Each month, we post an update to notify our readers about the latest archival collections to be processed and some highlights of our print material acquisitions. These resources are primed for research and are just a sampling of the many resources to be found at The Texas Collection!
July’s finding aids
By Paul Fisher, Processing Archivist
- John N. Rowe III papers (#2750): Legal documents, financial bonds, currency, and printed items relating to the early history of Texas and Mexico, as well as some early United States documents. Included are rare materials signed by important early Texas leaders such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston, and James W. Fannin.
- BU Records: Beta Delta Gamma (#BU/212): Records consist of materials produced by a group of women whose husbands were students in Baylor University’s Department of Religion. The records date from the mid-twentieth century and primarily consist of correspondence, cookbooks, minutes, student directories, and yearbooks. The organization was previously known as the Wives of Baylor Ministerial Students.
- BU Records: Athletic Department (#BU/14): Correspondence, promotional, financial, photographic, audiovisual, newspaper clippings, and administrative materials related to current varsity sports and non-sport specific offices. Documents from the Football Office and the Baylor Bear Foundation comprise the bulk of this collection.
- Harlingen Army Air Field collection (#3162): Contains a multi-volume set of the “History of Harlingen Army Air Field” as well as articles, ephemera, and a cookbook all relating to the town of Harlingen and its military base.
- Wilton Lanning papers (#4039): Includes a variety of materials on topics to do with the history of Waco, Texas, including Camp MacArthur, Rich Field, the Waco Tornado, Padgitt’s, and media. Lanning was a lifelong supporter of Waco history, Baylor University, and Dr. Pepper.
July’s print materials
By Amie Oliver, Librarian and Curator of Print Materials
Graham, Priscilla T. Texas 100 Year Old African American Churches. Morrisville, NC: Lulu.com, 2016. Print.
This brief pictorial history celebrates African American churches in southern Texas that are over 100 years old. Churches from various cities, including Galveston and Houston, are represented throughout. The buildings themselves exhibit wide influences in architectural style. The Allen Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Bellville, which was established in 1823, is the oldest congregation highlighted.
View this in Bearcat here.
First Baptist Church. Membership Directory: First Baptist Church, Oak & Gillis Street, Eldorado, Texas. Chattanooga, TN: Olan Mills Church Directories, 2004. Print.
This 2004 membership directory for the First Baptist Church of Eldorado, Texas includes contact information and photographs of lay members, staff, and various church ministries. Researchers can see how the church changed over time by viewing other directories from 1968, 1985, 1991, 1995, 1999, and 2004.
View this in Bearcat here.