Category Archives: Manuscripts

Helping to document the closing of a JCPenney store

It usually starts with an email from a reporter.  “I am working on a story…..”   The first question is “what is your deadline?”  Then I begin the search for information, photographs, or anything else that can shape the story.

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Preparing for the Christmas Holiday in 1929

Are you feeling overwhelmed by your list of things to do before December 25th?  Step back in time and visit toys from the 1920s from JCPenney. Although JCPenney started in 1902, by 1929, the company was operating nationwide, had 1,395

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Mr. Penney’s birthday celebrated on September 16

On September 16, 1875, James Cash Penney was born in Hamilton, Missouri. Although his retail career began in Hamilton, he moved to Colorado to find his fortune.  His first store, the Golden Rule, opened in Kemmerer, Wyoming in 1902.  Kemmerer was

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Remembering Blackie Sherrod

Bill Millsaps of the Richmond Times-Dispatch once commented on Texas sportswriter Blackie Sherrod’s writing abilities by saying that, “John Kennedy once said Winston Churchill marshaled the English language and sent it into battle. Blackie invited the English language up on

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Elmer and Diane Powell Collection on the Mexican Revolution

    In December, the DeGolyer Library was the recipient of another generous donation from Elmer and Diane Powell in addition to the thousands of items donated in 2014! Of great historical importance in the study of the Mexican Revolution,

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George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection

The George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection is an important addition to the DeGolyer Library and is a wonderful resource for research in Dallas and Texas history. A native Dallasite, George W. Cook (1949-2012) collected Dallas and Texas primary sources.

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