CUL Digital Collections: June 2014

In June 2014, CUL uploaded 261 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 38,550 published items.

Highlights include:

52 non-oil-related Texas negatives, August 1949-August 1954, by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant. Major companies and organizations depicted are Southern Pacific Railroad; Seatrain Lines; Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway; St. Louis Southwestern Railway; General American Transportation Corporation; and Champion Paper and Fibre Company. Also uploaded were aerial views of Houston and Eddie Rickenbacker’s Bear Creek Ranch, Hunt, Texas.

7 color transparencies relating to World War II aircraft by Robert Yarnall Richie, including a Dawn Patrol of warplanes over Lake Charles, Louisiana; Boeing Flying Fortress (B-17s) over Mount Rainier, washington; and U.S. fighter pilots, machine gunners, and navigators in Boeing aircraft at Mitchel Field Air Force Base in Long Island.

14 stereographs taken by John Carbutt and Andrew J. Russell, ca. 1866-1869, depicting views of the Union Pacific Railroad. Eleven stereographs document a group of excursionists viewing the progress of the railroad after it reached the 100th meridian of longitude in October 1866. The group included company directors, senators, congressmen, and other dignitaries.

Four railway images, including ‘‘The Lark” Southern Pacific train which began operation between Los Angeles and San Francisco, California, on May 8, 1910.

China and Second Sino-Japanese War, 1937-1939, album by Sir Victor Sassoon, which includes
24 images depicting ships near Hong Kong and Shanghai, China. Many of the images document the damage, death, and civilian strife during the Second Sino-Japanese war.

10 builder’s specification cards from the
Baldwin Locomotive Works builder’s cards
, including the Central Railroad of New Jersey, the Chapman Timber Company, the Charcoal Iron Co. of America, the Charleston & Western Carolina Railway, the Charlotte Harbor & Northern Railway, the Cherry River Boom & Lumber Co., and the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway.

[Ferrocarriles Unidos De Yucatan, No. 39], ca. 1860-1905, by H. Tyron Photo

[Ferrocarriles Unidos De Yucatan, No. 39], ca. 1860-1905, by H. Tyron Photo

12 large format builders’ photographs of locomotives built by Baldwin Locomotive Works for Lehigh Valley Railroad Company; Canadian National Railway Company; Chicago, Lake Shore & Eastern Railway Co. of Indiana; Wabash Railway Company; El Paso and Southwestern Railroad Company; Seaboard Railway Company; Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul, and Pacific Railroad Company; Louisville & Nashville Railroad Company; Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company; Internacional Mexicano; Lehigh Valley Coal Company; and Ferrocarriles Unidos De Yucatan.

Maverick Hotel, ca. 1885-1889, from the San Antonio View Co.

Maverick Hotel, ca. 1885-1889, from the San Antonio View Co.

139 stereographs, including 98 stereoviews of Texas.
In the upload were 26 stereoviews from the Henry A. Doerr Texas Stereographs depicting missions and everyday city life in San Antonio during the late 19th century; 8 stereographs from the San Antonio, Texas stereos; 11 stereoviews from the Collection of Texas Stereographs, primarily showing the cotton industry in the Dallas area, such as cotton fields, the process of weighing, packing cotton into bales, and the carding machinery used on the raw cotton; 38 stereoviews from the Texas Centennial stereo set, created as part of the Texas Centennial celebration in 1936, showing many historic landmarks such as the location of the first Texas capitol and the Confederate memorial to Dick Dowling at the Sabine Pass, as well as early photographs of several Texas learning institutions, including Texas A&M, TWU, and Texas Tech. The Amateur stereos of Louisiana, Texas and Mexico, ca. 1895-1905, includes 15 stereographs of Texas, as well as 24 stereographs of Mexico.

7 pamphlets, reports, books, presentations, and documents in the George Albert Converse Papers and Photographs, 1861-1897. The Torpedo Station, ca. 1882, is a pamphlet describing the history and functions of the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in Newport Harbor. Navy (Torpedo Boats). Return to an Order of the Honourable The House of Commons, dated 4 August 1887 is a pamphlet containing the response of the Admiralty of the Royal Navy to a House of Commons inquiry regarding tests of the Navy’s torpedo boats conducted in May 1887. The Whitehead Torpedo. U.S.N., 45c/m Mark I. General Description, 1894, a book containing technical descriptions and 17 cyanotype diagrams of the Whitehead Torpedo and its components. The information was prepared at the Naval Torpedo Station on Goat Island in Newport Harbor (Rhode Island) by order of the Bureau of Ordnance and approved for use in the Navy. The Whitehead Torpedo. U.S.N., 45c/m. Marks I and II. Notes on Care and Handling, Disassembling and Assembling, etc., 1895, a book containing instructions for the care, handling, disassembling, assembling, manipulating, and adjusting of the Mark I and Mark II Whitehead Torpedoes and their accessories, as well as a list of names and reference numbers of parts. Collisions at Sea. A Letter by John Donaldson, M. Inst. C.E., M.I.N.A., etc., 1882, a reprint of the letter written by John Donaldson to the editor of The Times of London and originally published on April 15, 1882. Donaldson, a marine engineer and partner in the shipbuilding firm John I. Thornycroft & Co., decries the loss of life that typically resulted from ship collisions of the day and recommends several key changes to the structure and fittings characteristic of ships at that time, including the fitting of all merchant ships with an overhanging bow. Some Experiments to Test the Resistance of a First-Class Torpedo-Boat, 1883, a leaflet containing the text of a paper read by Sir Alfred F. Yarrow on March 15, 1883, at the 24th session of the Institution of Naval Architects. Description of the Electrical Launch Built Last Year, 1884, a pamphlet containing the text of a paper read by Sir Alfred F. Yarrow on April 2, 1884, at the 25th session of the Institution of Naval Architects. The paper describes an electric launch built by the Electric Storage Company, the Siemens Brothers, and Yarrow Shipbuilding Limited. In addition, the results of various trials undertaken with the launch are reported.

Map of Mexico City and Valley, Designed by Carlos Merida, Published by Frances Toor Studios, 1935Map of Mexico City and Valley Business Directory, 1935, by Carlos Merida and published by Frances Toor Studios, and the associated envelope. Carlos Merida was a Guatemalan artist who joined a Mexican mural painting school and worked with fellow artist Diego Rivera circa 1919. Along with Rivera, Orozoco, and Siqueiros, Merida helped establish the Union of Workers, Technicians, Painters and Sculptors. At various points in his career, Merida’s work reflected the Maya and Zapotec heritage of his native village, geometric designs, elements of Surrealism, and an interest in various art mediums, like glass. American-born Frances Toor (1890-1956) became interested in Mexico’s indigenous cultures and folk traditions while traveling in Mexico in the early 1920s as she worked on her Master’s thesis. In 1925 in Mexico City she started the bilingual cultural magazine ‘Mexican Folkways,’ which remained in publication for 12 years. From her studio in Mexico City, Toor edited various tourist guides, “A Motorist Guide to Mexico” (1938), a volume titled “Mexican Popular Arts” (1939), and “A Treasury of Mexican Folkways,” first edited by Crown Publishers in 1947. (Sources: Carlos Merida (Guatemala, 1891 – 1984), 2014, LatinAmericanArt.com; Schuessler, Michael K. Frances Toor and Mexican Folkways, Inside Mexico, March 2003, Editorial Manda.)

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CUL Digital Collections Update: May 2014

In May 2014, CUL uploaded 398 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 38,289 published items.

Highlights include:

2 items from the George Albert Converse Papers and Photographs, including the 17-page Specifications for Illuminating Outfits for Ships of the U. S. Navy, 1903, and Description and Tests of Electrical Appliances, Monitor No. 10, U.S.S. Wyoming, 1902, a 136-page document consisting of test reports, descriptions, information, and blueprints relating to the U.S.S. Wyoming with sections on Turret Turning Gear; Endless Chain Ammunition Hoists; Ammunition Whip Hoist; Ventilating Sets, Long Arm System – W.T. Doors; and Name Plate Data – All Motors.

two items from the Collection of Adelsverein Documents, 1845-1864

Texas and German Emigration Company Certificate of Stock, June 15, 1859. The share is signed by Henry F. Fisher, one of the leading figures in the German Texas colonization. (Inset) Verein zum Schutze deutscher Einwanderer in Texas, a promotional piece for the Society for the Protection of German Immigrants in Texas, February 1846, signed in type by E. Karl, Prince of Leiningen (President of the Adelsverein), Karl, Count of Castell (Vice President and Business Manager), and Philip Cappes (Special Commissioner). Includes a description of the colony, the number of emigrants who have gone to Texas, and adds numerous other details about the means of transportation, costs, etc.

44 documents from the Collection of Adelsverein Documents, 1845-1864. This collection includes documents relating to the German colonization of Texas and the Adelsverein, also known as Society for the Protection of German Emigrants to Texas (Verein zum Schutze Deutscher Einwanderer in Texas). The Adelsverein brought thousands of German emigrants to Texas beginning in 1844. These documents include land grants, emigration contracts, promotional materials, and fiscal documents.

78 non-oil-related Texas negatives, 1951-1952, by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant, bringing the total number to 950 negatives for the FY2014 grant. Companies and organizations depicted, or as clients, include Southern Pacific Railroad, Southland Paper Mills, Inc., United Carbon Co., and Texas Gulf Sulphur Company, Inc. Notable images include the Pecos River High Bridge and Historical Marker; Diesel Locomotive No. 206, Sunset Limited; Silver Spike, Southern Pacific Railroad; Work Crew for Southern Pacific Railroad; views of Aransas Pass Plant; aerial views of Houston; the Shamrock Hotel; Prudential Building Construction; E. A. Craft Ranch; and the Newgulf Production Plant and Airport.

[Last Words of Maximiliano, 'Mexicans may my blood be the last that spills and may it restore this unfortunate peasant'], 1867, by Adrian Cordiglia

[Last Words of Maximiliano, 'Mexicans may my blood be the last that spills and may it restore this unfortunate peasant'], 1867, a photomontage depicting the execution of Emperor Maximilian and two of his generals at Santiago de Queretaro on June 19, 1867, by Adrian Cordiglia from the Thayer-Nagle Album of Scenes in Mexico.

Thayer-Nagle Album of Scenes in Mexico, containing 50 views of tourist interest along the Ferrocarril Mexicano (Mexican Railroad) in Orizaba, San Marcos, Tlapacoya, Castillo de Chapultepec, Amecameca, Mexico City and Veracruz including tracks, bridges, mountains, tunnels, cathedrals and the Museo de Nacional de Mexico.

17 builder’s specification cards from the Baldwin Locomotive Works Builder’s Cards, including several from the Carolina, Clinchfield and Ohio Railway.
19 Baldwin Locomotive Works Extra Order Books, 1890-1909, containing orders for locomotive parts from the owners of the locomotive in the order. These orders can be used to document ownership of the locomotive, as well as configuration changes in the locomotive.

Manchuria, ca. 1903-1919, from the Views of the Chinese Eastern Railway

Manchuria, ca. 1903-1919, from the Views of the Chinese Eastern Railway.

47 photographs from the Views of the Chinese Eastern Railway album, ca. 1903-1919. The photographs depict depots, railroad shops and yards, buildings, car interiors, tracks, health resorts, and other views along the line. Captions for the photographs are in Russian, Mandarin, and English. The Chinese Eastern Railway is the Trans-Manchurian line of the Trans-Siberian Railway that runs from the Transbaikal region to Vladivostok.

11 real photographic postcards of the Tulsa Race Riot, showing the racially-based violence that took place in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, on May 31 and June 1, 1921. Pictures illustrate the devastation to the African American community, including whole blocks burned to the ground, bodies of victims, and the convention hall.

Hot Spring and Castle Geyser by William Henry Jackson, from Photographs of the Yellowstone National Park and views in Montana and Wyoming territories, published in 1873

Hot Spring and Castle Geyser by William Henry Jackson, from Photographs of the Yellowstone National Park and views in Montana and Wyoming territories, published in 1873.

58 issues of The SMU Campus, SMU’s student newspaper from 1948. Highlights include an April Fool’s Day edition and the introduction of radio station KSMU.

Photographs of the Yellowstone National Park and views in Montana and Wyoming territories, a book containing 50 mounted photographs taken by William Henry Jackson for a United States Geological Survey landscape survey conducted in the Yellowstone region in 1871. Jackson’s photographs helped convince the U.S. Congress to vote for the Yellowstone National Park bill in 1872. Each photograph is accompanied by a guard sheet with descriptive letterpress.

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Octavio Medellin and Mesoamerican Art: Influences and Inspirations

Octavio Medellin's art and sculpture was profoundly influenced by South American Indian cultures. In this case, he photographed a Mayan bas-relief sculpture of a hummingbird during his trip to Chichén Itzá in 1938 and made a tracing. The colorful linocut of the bird was created in 1975.

Octavio Medellin’s art and sculpture was profoundly influenced by South American Indian cultures. In this case, he photographed a Mayan bas-relief sculpture of a hummingbird in the Lower Temple of the Jaguar during his trip to Chichén Itzá in 1938 and made a tracing. The colorful linocut of the bird was created in 1975.

Xalapa Museum, Veracruz, La Venta, Olmec, 1959, slide by Octavio Medellin

Xalapa Museum, Veracruz, La Venta, Olmec, 1959, slide by Octavio Medellin

The Octavio Medellin: Works of Art and Artistic Processes digital collection contains nearly 4,000 digitized slides, sketches, photographs, and works of art held by the Bywaters Special Collections, a division of SMU’s Hamon Arts Library. More than 1,000 of the items depict or relate to Medellin’s travels to Guatemala and Mexico. In many cases, Medellin traveled to these countries to study Mesoamerican art, which had a profound influence on his own work. The art and ruins from a variety of South American Indian cultures are depicted in the digital collection, including the Aztec, Chichimec, Maya, Olmec, Toltec, Totonac, and Zapotec.

Bywaters’ digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by SMU’s Central University Libraries special collections.

Medellin’s Early Background

[Temple of the Jaguar. 19B. Block print.], 1938, slide of print by Octavio Medellin

[Temple of the Jaguar. 19B. Block print.], 1938, slide of print by Octavio Medellin. During his trip to Chichén Itzá, Medellin made great efforts to replicate the colors originally used by the Mayan Indians.

Born in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, of Otomi Indian heritage, Octavio Medellin (1907-1999) made a home and career in the United States beginning in the 1920s when he studied at the San Antonio Art Institute with well-known Spanish artists José Arpa and Xavier Gonzales, as well as the Chicago Art Institute. In 1929, Medellin returned to Mexico in order to work with Guatemalan painter, Carlos Merida, and Colombian sculptor, Romulo Rozo, who were both living in Mexico City. Medellin eventually left Mexico City on foot to travel extensively through the Gulf Coast, where he studied local crafts and ruins as he lived in various South American Indian villages and worked alongside fishermen based out of Veracruz. Such experience is evident when considering that the following has been said of his work, “His principal concern has always been with the people—all kinds, though notably the American Indian race. His feeling for them is strong and simple and he translates it as simply and strongly into stone”  (Peck, August 9, 1942, ¶  5, 3).

Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938

[Relief Carvings, Mayan Ruins, Chichen Itza] from Maya - Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938

[Relief Carvings, Mayan Ruins, Chichen Itza] from Maya – Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938, photograph by Octavio Medellin

By 1931, Medellin had returned to San Antonio where he spent several years teaching and pursuing artistic projects, some for commission. It was during this period that Medellin met Lucy Maverick, who became a longtime friend and patron of Medellin’s works. Maverick had traveled in Mexico in the 1920s and became enamored with Mexican culture, participating in early archeological excavations. Medellin met Lucy Maverick in San Antonio, Texas, at the La Villita Art Gallery that he and several other artists opened in the early 1930s. It was Maverick who encouraged Medellin to return to his native Mexico to study Mayan culture and eventually funded Medellin’s six-month trip in 1938 to the Yucatan in order to study Mayan ruins and artwork (Peck, August 9, 1942). Medellin brought along his family, wife, Consuelo, and their two children, Patsy and Sergio. The Medellin family’s trip is documented in the Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 photograph album containing 181 black and white images.

The Medellin’s journey began in New Orleans and then to Progreso, Yucatán. They visited towns as well as historical sites and ruins, which included Merida, Izamal, and Uxmal. Medellin and his family were accompanied by American artist and sculptor David Slivka and his wife, Kayla. Their trip culminated in Piste, located four miles from Chichén Itzá. After staying in Piste for three months, Medellin and family were invited by Dr. Sylvanus Morley to stay at the Carnegie Institute research center, located next to the Chichén Itzá ruins. In 1913, Dr. Morley had been instrumental in initiating and directing the first Chichén Itzá project, funded by the Carnegie Institution of Washington, but excavations did not start until 1923 due to the Mexican Revolution and World War I. The Carnegie Institution continued to support excavations at the site until 1944.

The photographs in Maya-Toltec Temples and Carvings, 1938 contain images of Medellin’s travels in Mexico, his family, the ruins at Chichén Itzá, people associated with the ancient Mayan sites, and his art and travel friends David and Kayla Slivka. Several photographs towards the end of the scrapbook [beginning on page 85] are of the Mayan site at Uxmal. One photograph is that of Mrs. Marrufo [first name unknown] and her daughter, Ophelia Marrufo. Mrs. Marrufo’s father was Edward Herbert Thompson, who was an archeologist and U. S. Consul in the Yucatán in 1885. In 1894, with the assistance of Chicago patron, Mr. Allison V. Armour, Thompson purchased the land that included Chichén Itzá and the old Hacienda Chichén. Thompson rebuilt the hacienda that would later become the compound for the Carnegie Institute research center established by Dr. Morley. Thompson is known for dredging the Cenote Sagrado, a natural sinkhole at Chichén Itzá which the Mayans considered to be a sacred well, from 1904 to 1910.  Mayan artifacts were found including items made of gold, copper, and jade.

Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People, [front cover], 1947

Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People, [front cover], 1947, portfolio by Octavio Medellin

Granted access to the ruins whenever he wished, Medellin would work from morning to night sketching the ruins’ artwork or creating paintings of that artwork in hues akin to the colors used by those who first created them. “Medellin would work his way inside the tombs where the color is still pure and bright, making careful notes on shades and tones. These completed, he would wait for the rain. The dampness would bring out patches of the original color of the figures carved there…” (Peck, August 9, 1942, ¶ 7-8 ). Medellin was able to reproduce the Mayan art, resulting in many sketches and paintings of the figures throughout the ruins. In 1947, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts published Medellin’s portfolio of 11 block prints titled, Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People; Murals from the Temple of the Tigers at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico.

Untitled (Temple of the Tigers, Chichen Itza), 1938, sketch by Octavio Medellin

Untitled (Temple of the Tigers, Chichen Itza), 1938, sketch by Octavio Medellin

Bywaters Special Collections has two pencil-on-paper sketches and a color block print of an image of a hummingbird, which are available online in the Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture and Works on Paper digital collection, as well as a linoleum block for printing. All images are from the bas-relief carvings in the Lower Temple of the Jaguar at Chichén Itzá. Plans were made to make three additional portfolios using the remaining three registers of the bas-relief carvings, but funding kept future publications from materializing. One pencil sketch from the first register was used for the Xtol portfolio, and the other sketch is from the second register. The linoleum print block is of an image also on the second register. The image of the hummingbird is from the lower register. Some of Medellin’s drawings were reproduced in the article, “The Shower of the Road:  The Democratic Approach to Mayan Mysteries” by American writer and anthropologist Oliver La Farge (Town and Country, September 1942).

Other Trips to Mexico and Guatemala

Medellin made several subsequent trips over the decades to Mexico to study not only the Mayan ruins, but also the art and architecture of the contemporary Mexico of his visits. The images and artwork Medellin documented are part of the digital collection’s Travels to Mexico series. Medellin’s 1959 trip to Guatemala is highlighted in the series Travels to Guatemala, in which he visited, among other locations, the Museum of Guatemala City and the ruins at Kaminaljuyu and Quirigua.

Text by by Brandon P. Murray, Digitizer/Metadata Creator, Central University Libraries, Southern Methodist University and Ellen Buie Niewyk, Curator, Bywaters Special Collections, Hamon Arts Library, Southern Methodist University

Additional Source:

Patricia Peck, “Plaster for Victory is Medellin’s Medium,” Dallas Morning News, August 9, 1942, 4D, America’s Historical Newspapers database.

 

 

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Forensic Railroad History: Detecting Hidden Orders for Locomotives

Locomotive Historian Gilbert H. Hoffman ordered the digitization of 19 Baldwin Locomotive Works’ Extra Order Books, 1890-1909, held by SMU’s DeGolyer Library. The handwritten ledgers, which contain orders for locomotive parts from the owners of the locomotive, can be used to document ownership and/or configuration changes in the engine. A self-described “genealogist for locomotives,” Hoffman has been digitizing locomotive histories for the U.S. builders, particularly Baldwin, and has accumulated around 15,000 histories.

Page 133 from the Baldwin Extra Order Notebook (Box 24, Folder 1) in 1905 that shows new information about the ownership of a locomotive built for Central Resulta, a Cuban sugar plantation, along with its locomotive history, carefully crafted by Locomotive Historian Gilbert Hoffman.

Page 133 from the Baldwin Extra Order Notebook (Box 24, Folder 1) in 1905 that shows previously unknown information about the ownership of a locomotive built for Central Resulta, a Cuban sugar plantation, along with its locomotive history, carefully crafted by Locomotive Historian Gilbert Hoffman.

Hidden within the books is a wealth of information, provided someone is patient and knowledgeable enough to detect it. “To understand the significance of the material in these Extra Order (XO) books requires an extensive knowledge of Baldwin locomotive nomenclatures and the railroads of different countries, which I have acquired over some 30 years,” he says. “As you might guess, this kind of work is very tedious and takes someone with a large sense of delayed gratification.”

“I work in conjunction with like-minded locomotive historians around the country,” he says. “I am told by my compatriot in California that I am the first person to make extensive use of the Baldwin Extra Orders in discovering owners heretofore unknown, i.e., unknown to anyone else and not in the Baldwin Register.”

According to Hoffman, there are some notable orders in the DeGolyer Library’s Baldwin Extra Order Books, “in the sense that they reveal new owners not in the other Baldwin records, or they reveal configuration changes, such as adding a front truck or rear truck to the engine. Thus an 0-4-0 might become a 2-4-2. There are other orders for complete new boilers and these are significant. Some of these are indicated cryptically in the Spec Books while many others, listed in the Extra Orders, are not in the Spec Books.”

“An example of a significant find is XO-2643, dated 5/22/05,” he says. “Baldwin 13839 (engine 10-24 E 147) was built as Central Vitoria #4, for the Central Vitoria Cuban sugar plantation and, as Extra Order 2643 shows, was sold to Central Resulta, a different Cuban sugar plantation. The Central Resulta ownership is completely new information, not shown in any other Baldwin records.”

“There are others of this type … everything is in my all-encompassing lists compiled from both sets of XO books,” he continues. “As to the use of my material, I share it with whomever requests it free of charge.”

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CUL Digital Collections: April 2014

In April 2014, CUL uploaded 433 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 37,408 published items.

Georgia Tech vs. SMU Cotton Bowl Game Program Cover (1954)

Georgia Tech vs. SMU Cotton Bowl Game Program Cover (1954)

Highlights include:

23 program covers from SMU football game programs, 1928-1963. Opponents include
TCU, University of Arkansas, University of Missouri, Rice, Baylor, Texas A&M, Notre Dame, Ohio State, George Tech, Navy, Texas, Texas Tech, and Purdue.

62 issues of the SMU student newspaper from 1947.

9 Civil War photographs: One set of 7 stereoviews includes a sculpture by John Rogers called “The Wounded Scout,” the Gun Yards at Fort Monroe, and a photograph of the 134th Illinois Volunteers taken by John Carbutt, who followed the regiment from their training facility in Illinois to their garrisoning at Columbus, Kentucky, photographing them along the way. Also uploaded were a carte de visite of John R. Coxe, Captain, Assistant Commissary of Subsistence and a tintype of four Civil War Sons of Veterans from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, ca. 1890, wearing Grand Army of the Republic Camp Medals.

Public Library & Temple of the Winds, 1856, Sevastopol, CrimeaThe Seat of War in the East … 1st-2d series, ca. 1855-1856, a bound volume comprising 81 lithographic prints and 36 sketches by William Simpson depicting various aspects and military campaigns/battles during the Crimean War as seen by Simpson during his tenure as an observer/camp follower for the British Army in the Crimea. Of special note are Simpson’s sketches of the famous “Charge of the Light Brigade,” as well as the funeral procession of FitzRoy Somerset, 1st Baron Raglan and commander of the English forces in the Crimea, during the Crimean War.

4 panoramic photographs from the Giesecke Family Collection of Photographs and Panoramas of Mexico, ca. 1909-1911, including the Hacienda San Diego in San Luis Potosi, a birds-eye view of Zacatecas, a group shot of several hundred miners, possibly in Zacatecas, and a hacienda wedding procession, possibly in Rioverde, San Luis Potosi.

Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People; Murals from the Temple of the Tigers at Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, a portfolio containing 11 block prints by Octavio Medellin originally published by the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in 1947.

Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People, [Plate IX], 1947, by Octavio Medellin

Xtol: Dance of the Ancient Mayan People, [Plate IX], 1947, by Octavio Medellin

Bengal-Nagpur Railway, 1890, the first album (Album 1) in a two-album set depicting the construction of the Bengal-Nagpur Railway, ca. 1890-1897. Album 1 contains 45 albumen prints mounted one to a page, with large-format views of railroad and bridge construction showing tracks, tunnels, landscapes, Indian workers, ships, and British engineers in India. A related pamphlet was also uploaded, Bengal-Nagpur Railway: Its History and Development. Parts I. and II.

Two daguerreotypes, ca. 1850s, of Eliza Crary and Clarendon Harrisfrom the Collection of Cased photographs and Tintypes.

38 aerial photographs, ca. 1932-1934, by Robert Yarnall Richie featuring estates in Westchester, Putnam and Nassau Counties, New York; Somerset County, New Jersey; and Fairfield County, Connecticut, as well as the Montauk Yacht Club, located in East Hampton, the Creek Club in Locust Valley, New York, and the Danbury Fair in Danbury, Connecticut.

[1952 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe Catalina, Dow Chemical Plant, General Motors Corp.], by Robert Yarnall Richie72 non-oil-related Texas negatives by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant. Companies, organizations and clients depicted include South Texas Cotton Oil Company, Girdler Corporation, General Motors Corporation-Pontiac Motor Division, Ingersoll-Rand Company, A. O. Smith Corporation, Nordberg Manufacturing Company, Metso Minerals Milwaukee, Aluminum Company of America, Alcoa World Alumina, Alcoa Oil & Gas, Dow Chemical Company, Texas Illinois Natural Gas Pipeline Company, J.M. Huber Corporation, Lubrizol Corporation, Rohm & Haas Company, Texas Gulf Sulphur Company, Inc., Texas Gulf, Inc., Schlumberger Well Surveying Corporation, and Southern Pacific Railroad. Of special note are a Motion Picture Kitchen Set with Actors and Filming Equipment; Sakowitz Brothers Department Store in Houston; aerial views of San Jacinto and San Jacinto Monument; aerial views of Houston and suburban Houston; a 1952 Pontiac Chieftain DeLuxe Catalina automobile; and Englewood Classification Yard.

Washington Depot, with U. S. Capitol in the Distance, 1872

Washington Depot, with U. S. Capitol in the Distance, 1872

Photographic Views of the Baltimore and Ohio Rail Road, and Its Branches, from the Lakes to the Sea, a photographically illustrated book with views taken along the railroad line from Baltimore to Chicago showing Baltimore harbor, the U.S. Capitol, depots, bridges, viaducts, stations, roundhouses, mills, hotels, rivers, towns, cities, P & C RR [Pittsburgh & Connellsville Railroad], Harper’s Ferry, baths at Berkley Springs, West Virginia; Maryland; Virginia; Ohio; andChicago, Illinois.

Reconnaissance Geologic and Topographic Map of Las Naranjas and Environs, 191029 maps of Mexican oil fields from the early 1900s. Part of the Everette L. DeGolyer, Sr. Papers, these maps represent oil fields from each of the three most important areas of exploration in Mexico at that time: the Ebano-Panuco area in Veracruz, the “Golden Lane” in Veracruz, and the Isthmus of Tehuantepec. Together these geologic and topographic maps shed light on the work being conducted in Mexico by noted oil exploration companies, like the Mexican Eagle Oil Company, for whom Mr. DeGolyer worked from 1909-1919.

 

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CUL Digital Collections: March 2014

In March 2014, CUL uploaded 311 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 36,975 published items.

Highlights include:

The Arsenal Harbour, or Military Port, Sebastopol, 1856, lithograph of painting by Carlo Bossoli

The Arsenal Harbour, or Military Port, Sebastopol, 1856, lithograph of painting by Carlo Bossoli

68 lithographs from Bossoli’s Views in The Crimea. / Brierly’s Marine & Coast Sketches of the Black Sea &c. Bossoli’s Views in The Crimea contains 52 lithographs of idyllic scenes centering on the Crimean landscape and daily life of the people of the Crimean peninsula in the early part of the 19th century. Brierly’s Marine & Coast Sketches of the Black Sea comprises 13 lithographs concentrating on the naval operations and conflicts of the Crimean War, 1853-1856.

8 real photographic postcards of the Mexican Revolution, including President Victoriano Huerta in military dress; a Mexican train enroute to the front, with several open-aired flatcars transporting troops; F. I. Madero & Pascual Orozco in Ciudad Juarez; Mexican refugees boarding a train in the Border Region; burned bodies of two Mexican snipers in Veracruz during the U.S. occupation in 1914; a Mexican family riding the rods under a freight car on a Mexican troop train; and Villa deserters being escorted to 11th Infantry Army Headquarters after the 2nd battle of Agua Prieta.

Galeria Del Teatro Infantil, Coleccion de Comedias para Ninos o Titeres, 'Los Chascos de un Licenciado'

Galeria Del Teatro Infantil, Coleccion de Comedias para Ninos o Titeres, ‘Los Chascos de un Licenciado’

53 broadsides illustrated, ca. 1910-1931, by José Guadelupe Posada and published by Antonio Venegas Arroyo, describing sensational events, accidents and crimes, as well as developments in the Mexican Revoluion. Many of the broadsides, often written satirically, are presented as songs written in verse.

Groups, Military Men including President Porfirio Diaz, ca. September 1910, a panoramic portrait with President Porfirio Diaz and members of his cabinet. Included are Ramon Corral, Secretary of the Interior and Vice-President; General Manuel Gonzalez Cosio, Secretary of War and the Navy; Enrique Creel, Secretary of Foreign Affairs; Olegario Molina, Secretary of Public Promotion; and Leandro Fernandez, Secretary of Communications and Public Works.

The Galveston News War Map of Mexico, ca. 1914

The Galveston News War Map of Mexico, ca. 1914

The Galveston News War Map of Mexico, ca. 1914, showing the military (both troop and fleet positions) of the Mexican Federales, the rebels, and the U.S. military garrisons along the border during the Mexican Revolution. In particular, the map distinguishes which rebel leader operated in which part of Mexico, the Mexican and U.S. Naval fleet after the Veracruz Incident, and U.S. Consulate towns throughout Mexico.

113 non-oil-related Texas negatives by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant. Major companies and organizations depicted or clients mentioned are Fortune Magazine; the Pin Oak Charity Horse Show; Lone Star Cement Corporation; Texas Chemical Company; Consolidated Chemical Industries, Inc.; McCarthy Chemical Company; Levingston Shipbuilding Company; Moran Shipbuilding Company; Moran Towing & Transportation Company; Texas & Pacific Railway Company; E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company; DuPont Company; Gulf Coast Films, Inc.; Houston Lighting & Power Company; Pure Oil Company; and Mission Manufacturing Company. Other photographs, includig aerial views, of note include the Houston Country Club, Texas Capitol Building, Dallas National Bank Building, Shamrock Hotel, and Rice Stadium at Rice University, as well as the All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Littlefield Fountain, and The Tower (Main Building) in Austin.

[East Indian Man Smoking], ca. 1890-1896

[East Indian Man Smoking], ca. 1890-1896

Photographs of Jamaica, Trinidad, and Venezuela containing 48 photographs of towns, harbors, people, railroads and 1896 maps of Caracas and Venezuela y Sus Ferrocarriles. Also included are views of sugar cane fields and workers, a photographer with a view camera, plantation houses, and workers from India in Jamaica.

In March, nCDS also added 4 photographs of Dallas in the late-19th and early-20th centuries; two maps, one of Native American settlements in Texas and surrounding areas, 1915, and one of the Sierra Gorda and the Seno Mexican Coast, ca. 1792;
three images from the Stanley Marcus papers featuring fashion designer James Galanos, and three images, including 2 stereographs, of New Mexico in the mid- to late-19th century: Las Vegas Hot Springs and Vicinity, “Dos Cargas” Two Loads, and Street View at Mesilla, New Mexico.

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Newgulf: From Sulfur Boomtown to Texas Ghost Town

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company], ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company] ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Now online are 49 photographic prints of Texas Gulf Sulphur Company interests (ca. 1939) in the company town of Newgulf, Texas. The images of the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company (later known as Texasgulf Inc.) are part of a TexTreasures 2014 grant project intended to digitize 1,000 prints and negatives taken by Robert Yarnall Richie (1908-1984) that depict non-oil-related Texas companies (ca. 1937-1969). These items are part of the DeGolyer Library’s Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection, which consists of industrial and corporate photographs taken by Richie throughout his career.

DeGolyer Library digital collections are part of CUL Digital Collections, which contain thousands of digitized photographs, manuscripts, imprints, and works of art held by Southern Methodist University’s Central University Libraries special collections.

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company], ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company] ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

The Wharton County town of Newgulf, Texas, was established in 1928 by the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company. This company town was named “Newgulf” via a contest conducted for employees during its construction in which Marie Ertz, who worked at the Houston office, devised the winning name in deference to the Texas Gulf Sulphur Company’s original company town called Gulf (Newgulf, TX, TSHA).

Newgulf was founded atop the Boling Dome, an underground rock structure with an area of about 5,500 acres on the western bank of the San Bernard River primarily in Wharton County. Its contents include petroleum, sulfur, and a significant salt dome. Sulfur production at the Boling Dome began in March 1929 through the use of the Frasch method by which steam is pumped into the ground to melt sulfur, then the resulting liquid sulfur is pumped out in order to remove it (Boling Dome, TSHA).

Texas Gulf Sulphur Company, which became known as Texasgulf, Incorporated beginning in 1973, has produced more sulfur from the Boling Dome than any other sulfur mine in the world, with a total production of 80.5 million long tons of sulfur successfully extracted from the earth as of 1990 (Boling Dome, TSHA).

[Texas Gulf Sulphur], ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

[Texas Gulf Sulphur], ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

Built in a section of Wharton County that had previously lacked any paved roads, Newgulf had 400 company-owned houses, ranging from one to three bedrooms, which were leased to employees. The town’s prosperity and population peaked in 1940 with 1,586 people, as well as 15 businesses that included but were not limited to a café, two dry-goods stores, two pharmacies, two grocery stores, a movie theater, a company-built post office, a hospital, a library, a school, and a nine-hole golf course with a clubhouse (Newgulf, TX, TSHA).

However, the prosperity in Newgulf, Texas, brought forth from the sulfur industry was not to last. The sulfur industry faced difficulties by 1956 as foreign sulfur prices began to drop and the industry began producing more sulfur than it was able to sell.  Newgulf was hit especially hard in 1957 when the construction of several Texas Gulf Sulphur plants away from Newgulf coincided with a national recession, leading to both layoffs of Newgulf employees, and the start of the company selling empty houses in the town by 1961 (Newgulf, TX, TSHA).

With the onset of technological changes in sulfur mining, there was a reduced need for employees and the town population stalled at 963 from 1980 to 1990, and only 100 houses remained in Newgulf in 1990. The businesses and resulting infrastructure of

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company], ca. 1939, by Richie, Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

[Texas Gulf Sulphur Company], ca. 1939, by Richie Robert Yarnall, Degolyer Library, SMU.

Newgulf was largely gone as better roads facilitated increased shopping in neighboring towns. The Newgulf post office closed in 1993 and by 1995 the mining site was manned by a mere skeleton crew with the golf course and elementary school, which eventually absorbed into the Boling Independent School District, among the only remaining institutions in Newgulf (Newgulf, TX, TSHA).

Today, Newgulf Elementary School is “one of the three campuses that comprises Boling Independent School District. Newgulf Elementary is located in the former town site of Newgulf, ‘the last company town in Texas’” (Bolingisd.net, 2013).

Newgulf is now considered by many as a ghost town, the sulfur production facilities and its prominent smokestacks left unused.

Texas State Library and Archives CommissionInstitute of Museum and Library ServicesThe non-oil-related Richie images of Texas companies were made available through funding from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission as part of the TexTreasures program. The TexTreasures program was funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services which is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

by Brandon P. Murray, Digitizer/Metadata Creator, Central University Libraries, SMU

 Sources:

Merle R. Hudgins, “BOLING DOME,” Handbook of Texas Online, January 23, 2014, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/gzb01

 Merle R. Hudgins, “NEWGULF, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, January 23, 2014, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hln18

 “Newgulf Elementary School,” Boling Independent School District, February 12, 2013, http://www.bolingisd.net/elementary/

 

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CUL Digital Collections Update: February 2014

In February 2014, CUL uploaded 427 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 36,664 published items.

Highlights include:

Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. [Panel 6], 1877, by Eadweard Muybridge

Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. [Panel 6], 1877, by Eadweard Muybridge

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Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill, 1877, by Eadweard Muybridge, comprising 11 photographs, taken over a period of several hours from the central tower of Central Pacific Railroad magnate Mark Hopkins’ then unfinished Nob Hill home, located at the corner of California and Mason Streets. (The mansion burned to the ground in the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake.)

96 non-oil-related Texas negatives by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant. Major companies depicted or clients are Fortune Magazine, United Carbon Company, Carbon Company, Columbia Carbon Black Company, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, International Steel Group, Mittal Steel Company, Naval Air Station (Corpus Christi), Consolidated Aircraft Corporation, Texas Company (Texaco), Lone Star Cement Corporation, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, DuPont Company, James S. Abercrombie Company, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, A. B. Farquhar Company, Limited, Cameron Iron Works, Dow Chemical Company, Houston Pipe Line Company, Champion Paper & Fibre Company, and Franks-Wilkinson-Schiwetz & Tips Inc. Also of note are location shots of the Fort Bend County Court House in Richmond, Texas; Houston Naval Hospital; Houston Chamber of Commerce; Shamrock Hotel; and James Smither Abercrombie’s Ranch.

U.S. Soldiers on the Mexican Border, ca. 1910-1918

U.S. Soldiers on the Mexican Border, ca. 1910-1918

20 real photographic postcards from World War I, including American soldiers in Camp Kearny, Germans on the march, bombed cities in France, artillery, views of a World War I airplane crash, funeral procession, and an aerial view of the Air Service Second Provisional Wing Camp at Park Place, Houston, Texas.

47 real photographic postcards from American Border Troops and the Mexican Revolution and the Collection of Walter H. Horne photographs, showing the Pershing Expedition, the Mexican Revolution, and U.S. military and camp activities along the Mexican border, ca. 1910-1917. Mexican generals and politicians depicted include General Rodolfo Fierro, Pancho Villa, General Toribio Ortega, Colonel Juan Medina, General Lucio Blanco, F.I. Madero (President of Mexico), Sanchez Azcona, and General Venustiano Carranza. One postcard shows a group of female soldiers with anarchist, revolutionary, and journalist Lazaro Gutierrez de Lara.

Ringed Horn Bull by Frank Reaugh, The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

Ringed Horn Bull by Frank Reaugh, The Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

216 paintings and works on paper by Texas Artist Frank Reaugh, held by the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas, Austin. The Harry Ransom Center is a partner in the collaborative to the Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper digital collection.

This month nCDS added 15 reproduction orders for the DeGolyer Library into CUL Digital Collections, including 10 railroad locomotive images from the Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. collection of United States Railroad Photographs collection. All but one of these images will be used by the City of Allen in their interpretive trail panels for trail users and cultural heritage users to explain the contribution of the Houston & Texas Central railways to the location of the City of Allen. Also uploaded were five items relating to Mexican oil in the early 20th century, including four maps of Mexican oilfields and a geology report of the Tampico Embayment area, all requested by a visiting fellow. From the J. Erik Jonsson papers we uploaded a rendering of DFW airport ca. 1966-1969, ordered by an SMU student researcher.

Shown above right: Panorama of San Francisco from California St. Hill. [Panel 6], 1877, by Eadweard Muybridge. This panel shows Pine Street and the Union Foundry. Above left: U.S. Soldiers on the Mexican Border, ca. 1910-1918. Right: Ringed Horn Bull by Frank Reaugh, one of The Harry Ransom Center’s contributions to the Texas Artists: Paintings, Sculpture, and Works on Paper digital collection.

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The Texas Zephyr: A Bygone Era in Luxury Train Travel

In the 1930s, in an effort to combat the declining number of passengers, several railroads adopted the lightweight, diesel-powered Streamliner passenger trains. Combining esthetic beauty with modern science, the Streamliners were more aerodynamic than previous trains, and able to reach a higher speed. The exteriors were a mix of sleek, stainless steel and bright, vibrant colors, while the interiors had opulent furnishings, air conditioning, and a trained staff providing impeccable service for passengers. The epitome of luxurious railway travel, each train featured specialized passenger cars, ranging from sumptuous dining facilities to lavish sleeping and observation areas.

[Coupled Passenger Cars from "Texas Zephyr", with Diaphragm], January 4, 1958, by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

[Coupled Passenger Cars from "Texas Zephyr", with Diaphragm], January 4, 1958, by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

In some cases, the Streamliners were more than just a means of traveling the country. On August 22, 1940, Chicago, Burlington and Quincy inaugurated the Texas Zephyr Streamliner, under its subsidiary, the Fort Worth and Denver Railway. In some small towns, people even viewed the Streamliner as a symbol “that perhaps the hard times of the Great Depression were over” (Goen, 1999). The Texas Zephyr became extremely popular with passengers and gained a great deal of publicity for the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy Railroad, including garnering a cameo in the movie “HUD” with Paul Newman.

The Fort Worth and Denver Railway acquired two, 12 car trains in 1957 (previously belonging to the Denver Zephyr) from its parent company, the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy, for use on the Dallas to Denver run. However, passenger travel continued to decline due to the development of highways and explosion in automobile traffic, which continued to impact the future of railway transportation. By 1965, the Texas Zephyr trainsets acquired in 1957 were sent away to Denver for storage, and the Texas Zephyr was eventually decommissioned on September 10, 1967, shortly after the U.S. Postal service announced its plans to terminate the mail contract with the train.

Fort Worth & Denver City, "Texas Zephyr", August 16, 1962, by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Fort Worth & Denver City, “Texas Zephyr”, August 16, 1962, by Everett L. DeGolyer, Jr., DeGolyer Library, SMU.

Recently, 24 photographs held by SMU’s DeGolyer Library, from the Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. collection of United States railroad photographs, have been made available online. These images show locomotives and railroad cars centered around the “Texas Zephyr,” formerly the “Denver Zephyr,” from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad and its subsidiaries. Most of them were taken by Everett DeGolyer Jr. between January 1958 to August 1962, thus showing the Texas Zephyr in all of its glory. While these trains have all but vanished, either sold off for scrap, sitting in storage, or on display in a museum, their legacy continues to live in the photographs which captured them in their heyday, for future generations to come.

Sources:

Goen, S. A. (1999). Zephyr a star in Wichita’s crown. Wichita Falls Times Record News. 

University of Iowa (2001). Cheating the Wind: Streamliners on the Rails. The University of Iowa Libraries.

Union Pacific Railroad (2014). Union Pacific Passenger Trains. Union Pacific.

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CUL Digital Collections Update: January 2014

Mato-Tope, adorned with the insignia of his warlike deeds, 1839, by Karl Bodmer, engraving by Johann Hurlimann

Mato-Tope, adorned with the insignia of his warlike deeds, 1839, by Karl Bodmer, engraving by Johann Hurlimann

In January 2014, CUL uploaded 518 items into our CONTENTdm collections. CUL now has approximately 36,217 published items.

Highlights include:

146 non-oil-related Texas negatives by Robert Yarnall Richie as part of the TexTreasures FY2014 grant. Major companies include Imperial Sugar Company, Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing Company, Continental Carbon Company, Engineering Laboratories Inc., and Texas & Pacific Railway Company

30 aerial photographs, ca. 1932-1934, by Robert Yarnall Richie of estates, colleges and buildings in New England, New York’s Gold Coast, and New Jersey, including Sarah Lawrence College, J. Pierpont Morgan, Jr.’s “Matinecock Point” Estate, and Herbert Lee Pratt’s “The Braes” Estate.

90 issues of The Campus, SMU’s student newspaper, from 1945-1946.

Puente del Chiquihuite. (Chiquihuite Bridge.), ca. 1875-1890, by Abel Briquet

Puente del Chiquihuite. (Chiquihuite Bridge.), ca. 1875-1890, by Abel Briquet

85 items, including 78 aquatint prints, 1843, from a portfolio accompanying the Travels in the interior of North America by Maximilian, prince of Wied. The illustrations depict Maximilian Prince of Wied’s travels in the northern part of the United States, 1833-1835. The portfolio contains 1 map and 81 plates showing North American scenery. Many of the prints show Native Americans and/or Native American objects and dwellings.

Mexican Railroads, an album containing 25 photographs by Abel Briquet, ca. 1875-1890, showing depots, towns, and geographical highlights, such as the Pico de Orizabo volcano, along the way on the Ferrocarril Mexicano (Mexican Railway) from Veracruz to Mexico City.

George M. Dallas. The People's Candidate for Vice-President of the United States, ca. 1844

George M. Dallas. The People’s Candidate for Vice-President of the United States, ca. 1844

Trails, Drives and Saddle Horses, 1910, by the Fred Harvey Company.

26 photographs from the Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. collection of United States railroad photographs, showing primarily locomotives and railroad cars centered around the “Texas Zephyr,” formerly the “Denver Zephyr,” from the Chicago, Burlington and Quincy railroad and its subsidiaries.

6 portrait prints from United States Presidents and Vice-Presidents.

Photographs of Western India. Volume III. Scenery, Public Buildings, &c., part of
Photographs of Western India by William Johnson, ca. 1855-1862.

Shown above left: Mato-Tope, adorned with the insignia of his warlike deeds, 1839, by Karl Bodmer, engraving by Johann Hurlimann. Right: Puente del Chiquihuite. (Chiquihuite Bridge.), ca. 1875-1890, by Abel Briquet. Left: George M. Dallas. The People’s Candidate for Vice-President of the United States, ca. 1844.

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