Research Ready: February 2019

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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!

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

The League of Women Voters of Texas was created to encourage and educate Texas women who had been granted the right to vote following the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Pictured here is a workbook from the 1963 council of local-chapter presidents, illustrating a group of women running towards the capitol and political involvement, highlighting prominent issues such as Texas constitutional revision and permanent voter registration. From the League of Women Voters of Texas collection, Accession #706, Box #3, Folder #13, The Texas Collection, Baylor University.

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

Dowdy, F. Andrew, ed. Wanderer on the American Frontier: The Travels of John Maley, 1808-1813. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.

 

Dowdy, F. Andrew, ed. Wanderer on the American Frontier: The Travels of John Maley, 1808-1813. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.

As a result of the United States’ purchase of the Louisiana Territory in 1803, the young republic nearly doubled in size. In addition to the famous duo of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, there were several other surveyors and explorers who braved the nation’s new frontier. John Maley traveled nearly 16,000 miles from 1808 to 1813, following the Ohio, Mississippi and Red River valleys and interacting with local Native American tribes. Although his accounts were viewed skeptically at first, scholars have bestowed more credibility to Maley’s works in recent years.

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Kavanagh, Thomas W., ed. The Life of Ten Bears: Comanche Historical Narratives. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Print.

 

Kavanagh, Thomas W., ed. The Life of Ten Bears: Comanche Historical Narratives. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2016. Print.

In this work, editor Thomas Kavanagh crafts the story of Ten Bears (circa 1790-1872), a chief among the Yamparika Comanches who boasted a history of successful diplomacy with the United States during the nineteenth century including the Treaty of the Little Arkansas River (1865) and the Treaty of Medicine Lodge Creek (1868).  Relying on oral histories provided by Ten Bears’ great-great-grandson Francis Joseph Attocknie, Kavanagh explores a wide array of traditions in Comanche society and the role Ten Bears played in leading his people in the American Southwest.

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Morman, Todd Allin. Many Nations Under Many Gods: Public Land Management and American Indian Sacred Sites. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.

 

Morman, Todd Allin. Many Nations Under Many Gods: Public Land Management and American Indian Sacred Sites. Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2018. Print.

For the past several centuries, Native American tribes have struggled to maintain their sovereignty against ever-encroaching European and American powers.  Treaties with these relative newcomers have been forged and broken as tribal lands have decreased dramatically over time.  In this book, Todd Morman, an attorney working on the Indian Law Project for the Nevada Legal Service, recounts this history of complex relationships, focusing on the protection of sacred religious and cultural sites located on federally-owned lands throughout the United States. Morman describes some of the histories and cultures surrounding these diverse groups as well as American laws that have been passed to protect Native Americans’ rights. 

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