Research Ready: August 2018

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Each month, we post an update to notify our readers about the latest archival collections to be processed and some highlights of our print material acquisitions. These resources are primed for research and are just a sampling of the many resources to be found at The Texas Collection!

August’s finding aids
By Paul Fisher, Assistant Director and Processing Archivist

  • Gail Borden Jr. papers (#2750): Documents the personal and professional lives of the founder of the Borden Milk Company and his successor, John Gail Borden. Includes Civil War era letters and letterpress books documenting the management of the Borden Milk Company.
  • Earl Curtis Hankamer papers (#BU/212): Contains documents accumulated by and relating to Earl C. Hankamer, such as correspondence, clippings, a scrapbook, and various literary productions.
  • Horace Kelland Jackson (#BU/14): Includes materials on Jackson’s life and accomplishments, including his time at Baylor as both a student and staff member, and his many community activities.
Letter from Gail Borden Jr.
This letter from Gail Borden Jr. to a business associate was written during the American Civil War. In the letter, Borden describes recent military action in the war, and at the bottom of the page, says he is “resolved to make condensed milk and to fight the rebels until they conditionally surrender to the national flag.” Two of Borden’s sons fought in the Civil War, one on each side. You’ll find this item in the Gail Borden Jr. papers, Accession #4045, box 1, folder 2, at The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

 

August’s print materials
By Thomas DeShong, Library Information Specialist III

Dorn, T. Felder. The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage & Carolina Scandal. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2018. Print.

 

Dorn, T. Felder.  The Downfall of Galveston’s May Walker Burleson: Texas Society Marriage & Carolina Scandal. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2018. Print.

Felder Dorn creates a gripping account of adventure, passion, and murder in his latest biography on May Walker Burleson. Burleson, a member of Texas high society, participated in the women’s suffrage movement and was married to Richard Coke Burleson, an esteemed veteran of both World Wars. But after a strained marriage, a highly publicized divorce, and a number of her husband’s affairs, May decided to take matters into her own hands…

View this in Bearcat here.

 

 

 

 

Garnett, Terrence A. The Descendants of Frank & Mary Travick. [United States]: Lulu.com, 2017. Print.

 

Garnett, Terrence A. The Descendants of Frank & Mary Travick. [United States]: Lulu.com, 2017. Print.

In this self-published genealogy, Terrence Garnett presents the research he has compiled regarding his family, spanning six generations.  Using deeds, birth certificates, death certificates, and other legal documents, Garnett reconstructs his family’s history back to pre-Antebellum Louisiana and Texas.

View this in Bearcat here.

 

 

 

Guittard, Charles Francis. A Ph.D.’s Reverie: Hard Times in Ohio, A Train Ride to Texas, A Late Night in Palo Alto. Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Publishing, Inc., 2018. Print.

 

Guittard, Charles Francis. A Ph.D.’s Reverie: Hard Times in Ohio, A Train Ride to Texas, A Late Night in Palo Alto. Sarasota, FL: First Edition Design Publishing, Inc., 2018. Print.

Author Charles Guittard writes this biographical poem concerning his grandfather, former Baylor University history professor Francis Gevrier Guittard (1867-1950).  The work focuses on Francis’ emotional journey as he leaves his family in Ohio behind to find better prospects in central Texas.

View this in Bearcat here.

 

 

 

 

Dimes Worth of Paper Plates

 

Hobbs, L. Duke.  A Dime’s Worth of Paper Plates: One Young Man’s Journey from the Great Depression through World War II. Morrisville, NC: Lulu Publishing Services, 2017. Print.

This autobiography by L. Duke Hobbs traces his family’s roots back to Norway then launches into a personal account of life in Texas during the Great Depression.  He then recounts some of his experiences in the U.S. Army during World War II, his studies at Texas A&M, and his service in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

View this in Bearcat here.

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