Remember the Alamo

February 20, 2020

Thirteen Days to Glory

13 Days to Glory by Lon Tinkle

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.

The Alamo tickets and screenplay

The Alamo screenplay and tickets to the 1960 film premiere


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.

Benjamin Franklin Hughes diary

Benjamin Franklin Hughes diary

Please contact for assistance with these and other materials available in DeGolyer Library.

Remember the Alamo music

Remember the Alamo by Jessie Beattie Thomas
















Handbook of Texas Online, Stephen L. Hardin. “Alamo, Battle of the,”accessed February 18, 2020,

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


Kirk Douglas, Passing of a Hollywood Icon

February 12, 2020

Kirk Douglas with Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, December 12, 1977. Photograph by Andy Hanson, DeGolyer Library

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,

Curator of Photographs, DeGolyer Library Photograph by Andy Hanson, DeGolyer Library

Impeachment Season

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 if you have any questions.

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