Category: DeGolyer Library

In Process, Natalie Ornish papers

New Year, new processing project for the Archives of Women of the Southwest. Archival processing is a crucial element of collections care; it’s how we begin to know what materials are included in a collection, how we ensure preservation, and the first step in making our collections available to the public. This year I am…Continue Reading In Process, Natalie Ornish papers

News from the DeGolyer Library

Each month, DeGolyer Library shares updates and collection highlights via a month newsletter. You can read the latest edition here: December 2021 Want our updates delivered to your inbox? Click here to sign up to stay in touch! Past Issues: November 2021 October 2021 September 2021 August 2021 July 2021 June 2021 May 2021 April…Continue Reading News from the DeGolyer Library

Pumpkin Eater

“Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater” is an English language nursery rhyme first published in Infant Institutes, part the first: or a Nurserical Essay on the Poetry, Lyric and Allegorical, of the Earliest Ages, &c., in London around 1797. Anyone who knows me, knows I am all about pumpkins. From decorations to drinks, apparel to recipes, if it…Continue Reading Pumpkin Eater

Navy Veterans in DeGolyer Library Collections

America honors military veterans every year on November 11. The day was first observed as “Armistice Day” in 1919 by President Wilson, and in 1954 the federal holiday became known as Veterans Day to honor veterans of all wars. Manuscript and photograph collections of American military veterans can be found in DeGolyer Library, and below…Continue Reading Navy Veterans in DeGolyer Library Collections

Carrera Por La Vida (Race for Life)

Nancy Brinker founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation on July 22, 1982 in Dallas, Texas, in her sister’s memory. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, the organization searches for an end to breast cancer. In 1983 the first Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure® took place in Dallas, Texas, with 800 participants. Costa Rica…Continue Reading Carrera Por La Vida (Race for Life)

135 years of the State Fair of Texas

State Fair of Texas programs

The State Fair of Texas begins its 135th year this week in Dallas. In 1886 it was originally called the Dallas State Fair and Exposition, and by 1905 the annual event at Fair Park became the State Fair of Texas. The pandemic did not allow a full fair experience in 2020, but it wasn’t the…Continue Reading 135 years of the State Fair of Texas

Townsend Times

Clara Virginia Townsend was a teacher in Fulton, Missouri and Kansas City, an early feminist and writer. Her columns were published in Youth’s Companion, The Ladies World (New York), The Kansas City star, and other newspapers. This author’s personal scrapbook of her published works includes many columns entitled “Back talk to girls by Naomi Wantmore,”…Continue Reading Townsend Times


Mention the word “wireless” today, and the mind associates it with signal quality, upload or download speeds, or instant messaging.   However, it was radio broadcasting that pioneered wireless communication at the turn of the twentieth-century. Last month marked 100 years since WRR started to broadcast in Dallas as the city’s first public radio station. While…Continue Reading On-Air

Folklore in the Archives

Join archivists, researchers, and lore enthusiasts from around North America for a two-part virtual showcase all about folklore in the archives. Attendees will learn more about collections and research through archival materials on topics such as cryptids, urban legends, superstitions, local lore, hauntings and ghosts, UFOs, and more! Registration is required: August 27 speakers: -Jennifer…Continue Reading Folklore in the Archives