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!
February’s finding aids By Paul Fisher, Assistant Director and Processing Archivist
BU Records: Mortar Board, 1961-1983, undated (#BU/211): Includes materials on Baylor’s Laurel Society through the 1960s and 1970s, including the society’s affiliation with the national Mortar Board. A large portion of the collection documents the society’s yearly “Woman’s Week,” which featured female professionals and was geared towards breaking gender boundaries.
Clifford Hopewell manuscript, 1997 (#3948): Describes the massacre at Goliad, one of the flashpoint battles of the Texas Revolution. Hopewell himself was a veteran of World War II and Korea, and his life experiences dictated his academic interests and historical pursuits
February’s print materials By Thomas DeShong, Library Information Specialist III
Dowdy, F. Andrew, ed. Wanderer on the American Frontier: The Travels of John Maley, 1808-1813. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.
As a result of the United States’ purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the young republic nearly doubled in size. In addition to the famous duo of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, there were several other surveyors and explorers who braved the nation’s new frontier. John Maley traveled nearly 16,000 miles from 1808 to 1813, following the Ohio, Mississippi and Red River valleys and interacting with local Native American tribes. Although his accounts were viewed skeptically at first, scholars have bestowed more credibility to Maley’s works in recent years.
Kavanagh, Thomas W., ed. The Life of Ten Bears: Comanche Historical Narratives. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Print.
In this work, editor Thomas Kavanagh crafts the story of Ten Bears (circa 1790-1872), a chief among the Yamparika Comanches who boasted a history of successful diplomacy with the United States during the nineteenth century including the Treaty of the Little Arkansas River (1865) and the Treaty of Medicine Lodge Creek (1868). Relying on oral histories provided by Ten Bears’ great-great-grandson Francis Joseph Attocknie, Kavanagh explores a wide array of traditions in Comanche society and the role Ten Bears played in leading his people in the American Southwest.
Morman, Todd Allin. Many Nations Under Many Gods: Public Land Management and American Indian Sacred Sites. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.
For the past several centuries, Native American tribes have struggled to maintain their sovereignty against ever-encroaching European and American powers. Treaties with these relative newcomers have been forged and broken as tribal lands have decreased dramatically over time. In this book, Todd Morman, an attorney working on the Indian Law Project for the Nevada Legal Service, recounts this history of complex relationships, focusing on the protection of sacred religious and cultural sites located on federally-owned lands throughout the United States. Morman describes some of the histories and cultures surrounding these diverse groups as well as American laws that have been passed to protect Native Americans’ rights.