FDR’s First Fireside Chat - March 12, 1933
FDR’s March 12, 1933 radio address on the banking crisis made a powerful impression on the public. His familiar speaking style made people feel as if he were sitting in their homes speaking directly to them.
The press soon labeled the speech a “Fireside Chat.” This term became associated with a series of informal radio addresses FDR made on important issues during his presidency. He used these speeches to bypass Congress and the press and speak directly to the nation.
Though the Fireside Chats seemed informal, Roosevelt carefully crafted them for his radio listeners. They usually ran for about thirty minutes and were generally delivered on Sunday evenings, when radio audiences were largest. Only a few radio technicians and advisers were in the room when FDR spoke. Roosevelt talked in a clear, informal, conversational style that featured intimate phrasing—including familiar expressions and terms like “we” and “you.” He imagined himself speaking to individuals, rather than a group. He spoke firmly, but softly, and deliberately slowed the pace of his speaking. The result was a new and powerful manner of presidential communication that inspired thousands of letters which often aided FDR in his political battles.
Roosevelt limited the number of his Fireside Chats, believing their impact would decline if he took to the airways too often. During his presidency, he made only thirty-one of them.
Radio microphone, Early 1930s
FDR used this RCA model 4-A-1 carbon condenser microphone to deliver some of his Fireside Chats from the White House.
I hope that SHSU students are enjoying their spring break. While this is not a picture of SHSU spring breakers, large amounts of TV has taught me that this is probably what spring break looks like.
This picture is from the 1996 Alcalde which can be found in University Archives.
It’s Miniature Monday!
Here we have an Almanac for 1790 by the Company of Stationers. This well-loved little volume comes in it’s own leather sleeve, complete with matching gold gilding. The title page gives a helpful explanation: “The Almanack Explained. Note that under the Title of every Month is the change of the Moon, & every Month contains three Columns, 1. Days of the Month 2 .Saints Days, &c. 3.Time of high water at London Bridge”. We have many other almanac’s in our collection, including this mini featured here.
The Company of Stationer’s Almanac, 1790. Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniature Collection.
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The “Hello Girls”
"American telephone girls on arrival for "hello" duty in France. They all can speak both English and French., 03/1918"
During World War I, over 400 women were enrolled in the U.S. Army Signal Corps to operate telephone* switchboards in France. Despite the sometimes hazardous conditions of their service, they were denied veterans status after the war ended. It would take 60 years until a bill was signed by President Carter granting them veterans status in 1978.
Read more about the “Hello Girls” at the Signal Corps “Regimental” History Site - The Hello Girls
* Today is also the anniversary of Alexander Graham Bell’s patent for “Improvements in Telegraphy”, aka the telephone.
Goree Family Papers, 1833-1996
Thomas Jewett Goree was born in Alabama on November 14, 1835. The Goree family moved to Huntsville, Texas and lived on a plantation near the Trinity River. Goree went to war in 1861 and served under General James Longstreet. Thomas J. Goree promoted to Captain and served as aide to Longstreet throughout the war. He and Longstreet became good friends and remained in contact with each other after the Civil War ended. In 1868, Thomas J. Goree married Eliza Thomas Nolley and moved to Midway, Texas to run a mercantile business. Thomas and Eliza returned to Huntsville in 1873 where Thomas J. Goree practiced law in Huntsville until 1877 at which time when he accepted the position of Superintendent of the Texas Prison at Huntsville. Later, Thomas Jewett Goree became Superintendent of Penitentiaries. Thomas Jewett Goree died in 1905.
The Goree Family Papers consists of documents, correspondence, articles, and photographs concerning the Goree family of Walker County, Texas. The majority of the collection is the original correspondence of Thomas Jewett Goree who served as aide to General James Longstreet during the Civil War. The collection also includes the correspondence of Eliza T. Nolley and E.K. Goree. Eliza Thomas Nolley was an early settler of Walker County and was one of the first teachers at Andrews Female College. The Goree Papers contain transcribed correspondence of Thomas J. Goree, Eliza T. Nolley, and various other members of the Goree family including a transcription of Thomas J. Goree’s brother-in-law Dr. Pleasant Williams Kittrell’s private journal. The Goree Papers hold numerous photographs and negative images of members of the Goree family.
View a detailed finding aid of this collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.
Aim and fire!
The bow must be pretty tight if he needed to use his leg strength to pull it in this John W. Thomason drawing.
See the whole (non-gif) collection at : John W. Thomason drawings
Thomason Special Collections houses a large collection of Mexican mask collected by William Breitenbach, an art professor at Sam Houston. He donated the collection upon his retirement.
This one is my favorites. It is simply called Mr. Orange by an artist named Victorino Salgado in Uruapan, Mexico. We currently don’t know the story behind the mask as Mr. Breitenbach has passed away and our research has not discovered anything yet, but hopefully we will.
The whole collection can be viewed on our ContentDM page:
There is even a cool Google map that lets you know the location of were each mask was created.
mardis gras in new orleans (vintage photo)
happy mardis gras 2014! laissez les bons temps rouler!
Louisiana knows how to throw a party.
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We’re not really sure if this title is terrible or terrific (maybe just tactical), but it comes from the Richard...