April 17, 2014

This week marks Semana Santa or Holy Week for Christians across the globe. The nation of Mexico holds a number of festivities to honor this week. Some of these festivities feature characters from Jesus’s life and other local traditions. We have a few items related to Semana Santa. They are mostly masks used in festivities to imitate these characters.

Top Image:

A Lazarus mask from Purisima de Bustos

Bottom Left:

A Judas mask from Purisima de Bustos

Bottom Right:

A Negrito mask from Purisima de Bustos

These masks are part of the William Breitenbach Collection.

The whole collection can be viewed on our ContentDM page:

William Breitenbach Collection

There is even a cool Google map that lets you know the location where each mask was created.



April 16, 2014
This is a picture of the Sam Houston Teachers College archway which was given as a glass gift in 1934. The archway marks the entrance to campus on Sam Houston Ave., down the hill from the visitors’ center. Despite the school’s various name changes over the years, the archway stood until 2002.

This is a picture of the Sam Houston Teachers College archway which was given as a glass gift in 1934. The archway marks the entrance to campus on Sam Houston Ave., down the hill from the visitors’ center. Despite the school’s various name changes over the years, the archway stood until 2002.



April 15, 2014

Sam Houston State Teachers College All-Girl Orchestra

The All-Girl Orchestra provided entertainment at collegiate dances, assemblies, and other social events around campus during the years of 1943-1946. The orchestra came into existence when a large portion of the Sam Houston male population went into service for WWII. The group, directed by Eileen Wooten, debuted in November of 1943 and was a hit with students. The group also found success outside of Huntsville traveling to areas like Kearne, Nebraska. The group was disbanded after the war’s conclusion.

We do not have a lot of material on this amazing group nor a list of its original members (the university did not publish a yearbook the year they formed) but we will keep digging.



April 14, 2014

uispeccoll:

Miniature Monday!

This week we are taking pocket dictionaries to a whole new level with these mini dictionaries from Leipzig.  These four functional little volumes were printed by C.G Röder probably sometime in the 20th century, and include translations from German to Latin, English to German, Spanish to German, and German to English.  Imagine—all that language in the palm of your hand!

Miniatur Wörterbuch (four volumes). C.G Röder (1,2,10) and M. Kötzel (5), Leipzig.  20th century.  Charlotte Smith Uncatalogued Miniatures.

-Laura H.

See all of our Miniature Monday posts.

Wunderbar!



April 11, 2014
A Letter from George Pickett to Thomas J. Goree

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This is a letter from George Pickett to Thomas J. Goree of Huntsville, TX. George Pickett, famous for leading Pickett’s Charge at Gettysburg, wrote to Goree, discussing a disagreement the two had concerning the assignment of rifles to a certain battery.

It reads:

Captain

                        Your note of this date in reference

to the Rifle guns taken from Macon’s…

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April 11, 2014
Studying in the Library
Check out this student hard at work in Newton Gresham Library sometime in the 1970s. Oddly enough, those tables look exactly like the ones found in my office. Hey, wait a minute…

Studying in the Library

Check out this student hard at work in Newton Gresham Library sometime in the 1970s. Oddly enough, those tables look exactly like the ones found in my office. Hey, wait a minute…



April 10, 2014
todaysdocument:

nglspecialcollectionsandarchives:

National Archives Challenge
Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.
Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas
I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

Check out this #historygif submission from nglspecialcollectionsandarchives at the Sam Houston State University.  We’re mostly curious what variety of beaver that is?  The Forest Service may want to have a chat with him for damaging signs and misdirecting picnickers.
Thanks for the submission!
Got an idea for a #historygif from National Archives holdings? Tag us or submit it to our #GifChallenge!

Thanks for the shout out!

todaysdocument:

nglspecialcollectionsandarchives:

National Archives Challenge

Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.

Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas

I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

Check out this #historygif submission from nglspecialcollectionsandarchives at the Sam Houston State University.  We’re mostly curious what variety of beaver that is?  The Forest Service may want to have a chat with him for damaging signs and misdirecting picnickers.

Thanks for the submission!

Got an idea for a #historygif from National Archives holdings? Tag us or submit it to our #GifChallenge!

Thanks for the shout out!



April 8, 2014
A demonstration at the Steamboat House
This photo from the Springfield negative collection shows a demonstration to children at the Steamboat house sometime in the 1950s. The Steamboat House, which is located on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds, is the home where Texas hero Sam Houston passed away.
You can view more events at the museum: here 
We are currently working on making more of our collection of museum photographs available online, so please stay tuned.

A demonstration at the Steamboat House

This photo from the Springfield negative collection shows a demonstration to children at the Steamboat house sometime in the 1950s. The Steamboat House, which is located on the Sam Houston Memorial Museum grounds, is the home where Texas hero Sam Houston passed away.

You can view more events at the museum: here

We are currently working on making more of our collection of museum photographs available online, so please stay tuned.



April 7, 2014
todaysdocument:

Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor and Entertainer(September 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014)

"Private First Class Mickey Rooney imitates some Hollywood actors for an audience of Infantrymen of the 44th Division. Rooney is a member of a three-man unit making a jeep tour to entertain the troops. Kist, Germany, April 13, 1945."
From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954

todaysdocument:

Mickey Rooney, Legendary Actor and Entertainer
(September 23, 1920 - April 6, 2014)

"Private First Class Mickey Rooney imitates some Hollywood actors for an audience of Infantrymen of the 44th Division. Rooney is a member of a three-man unit making a jeep tour to entertain the troops. Kist, Germany, April 13, 1945."

From the series: Signal Corps Photographs of American Military Activity, 1754 - 1954

(via fdrlibrary)



April 4, 2014
National Archives Challenge
Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.
Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas
I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

National Archives Challenge

Hey todaysdocument! I saw your challenge to create a gif from your online holdings. What do you think of my #HistoryGIf? I used this photo of a Texas picnic ground from Record Group 95: Records of the Forest Service, 1879-2008.

Camping and Pincnickinging-Texas

I took some liberties by adding the beaver. I hope you don’t mind?

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