February 20, 2020
It’s been 184 years since the battle of the Alamo was fought between February 23 and March 6, 1836 in San Antonio, Texas. Stephen Hardin’s Handbook of Texas article explains the context of these thirteen days that eventually led to Texas’ independence from Mexico.
Lon Tinkle’s papers contain manuscripts for his 1958 book, 13 Days to Glory, and materials related to the 1960 film and 1986 television movie inspired by his book.
Other notable manuscripts in the DeGolyer Library include:
Edward Hall letter to Andrew Briscoe, 1836 May 21
Edward Hall writes to Andrew Briscoe about the cost of land in Texas, the reaction of the news of Santa Anna’s capture, and his hopes for awards due to those who fought for Texas independence.
Benjamin Franklin Hughes’ memoir
Hughes was a career soldier in the nineteenth century, and his memoir describes his experience as a fifteen-year-old soldier for the Texian Army during the battles of Refugio and Coleto. He was saved from the Goliad massacre by Francita Alavez.
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Handbook of Texas Online, Stephen L. Hardin. “Alamo, Battle of the,”accessed February 18, 2020, https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/qea02
Hughes, Benjamin Franklin. Benjamin Franklin Hughes memoir, A2017.0023x
Matovina, Timothy M. The Alamo remembered : Tejano accounts and perspectives. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1995. F390.M485 1995
Thomas, Jessie Beattie. Remember the Alamo. St. Louis, Mo.: Thomas & Davis, 1908. Oversize Pamphlet M1658.T35 T46 1908
Thompson, Frank T. The Alamo : the illustrated story of the epic film. New York: Newmarket Press, 2004. Folio PN1997.A3219 T46 2004
Tinkle, Lon. 13 Days to Glory. New York: McGraw Hill, 1958. F390.T5 1958b
February 12, 2020
One of the last survivors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Kirk Douglas died on February 5, 2020 at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif. He was 103. After an impoverished childhood with Jewish immigrant parents and six sisters, Douglas made his film debut in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946) with Barbara Stanwyck. Douglas’s rugged good looks and muscular intensity made him known for commanding roles in westerns, war movies and Roman-era spectacles, notably in celebrated films like “Lust for Life,” “Spartacus” and “Paths of Glory.” In 80 movies across a half-century, Douglas was equally at home on city streets, in jazz clubs and, as artist Vincent van Gogh. He was an actor, producer, director, philanthropist and writer. In addition to his many roles, Douglas received three Academy Award nominations, an honorary Oscar for Lifetime Achievement, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Anne E. Peterson,
February 6, 2020
Impeachment of the President of the United States has been rare. Only three presidents have been impeached for “high crimes and misdemeanors”: Andrew Johnson (1868), Bill Clinton (1998), and Donald Trump (2019). Richard Nixon resigned from office before he almost certainly would have been impeached by the House and likely convicted by the Senate.
Presidential history is emerging as an area of strength for researchers here at the DeGolyer Library, and the trial of Donald J. Trump in the Senate gives us a chance to provide some historical context.
Our collection includes sheet music and joke book below are newly-acquired Danny O. Crew Collection, a simply astounding collection of over 30,000 items, from George Washington to the present.
Pictured here are two tickets from Andrew Johnson’s trial, courtesy of the Hervey Priddy Collection, an equally encyclopedic resource.
Our general collection features a variety of Clinton related titles, including Recipes From Hope, while the joke book is from the Crew Collection.
We encourage researchers to explore our presidential holdings, and we will gladly provide collaboration and support if not collusion! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.