Correspondence between Sam Houston, Jr. and his father and mother comprise more than a third of the Papers. This one was written in Huntsville, Texas, the city to which Houston would eventually retire in the midst of the Civil War. Houston passed away in Huntsville in 1863, and not coincidentally Sam Houston State University is now located there. In this 1859 letter, Sam Jr. encourages his father, who had been absent from home for some time while serving as a Senator and campaigning for Texas governor, to return for a visit with Sam Jr. and his mother.
Houston was a national celebrity for much of his life. Times haven’t changed in some ways for the extremely famous, as evidenced by this March 1861 note. Theo Sutherland (about whom our collections sadly make no further mention) asks herein for Houston’s autograph. Note Sutherland’s use of the title “General” when addressing Houston. This title, rather than Governor or Senator, is by far the most frequently used our documents written after 1836 regardless of the office he held at the time.
We’ve told more of the tale of the Morrow Papers over here.
Last week, the University Archives at Texas Tech was visited by several gentlemen who were members of the Wranglers, a student organization formed in 1929 and active until 1953 when the organization became the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Members of the Wranglers have met yearly since 1977. They…
More interesting tales from our University Archives.
San Jacinto Day is today, Monday, April 21st, and that’s why we’re sharing with you our Temple Houston Morrow Papers this week. Morrow was the grandson of Sam Houston, and Sam Houston was a leader of the Texas Revolution, President of the Republic of Texas, a U.S. Senator, and the 7th Governor of Texas. Forces under his command defeated the Mexican Army at the Battle of San Jacinto on April 21st, 1836.
The letter above is one the most precious in this collection. Written by Governor Houston on December 2nd, 1860, to state Comptroller Clement R. Jones, this letter requests the transfer of funds from Texas University Land Sales in order to supply soldiers fighting along the frontier, which was, in Houston’s words, “being savaged by Indians.”
This Sunday, April 20th, is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, and that’s why this week we’re taking a look at the Gertrude C. Suppe Hispanic Church Music Collection. Our final image is of another cancionero (which were small song books used in worship.)This book was one of dozens of cancioneros published as a part of a series entitled “Cantado al Señor.” Many cancioneros were published in series like these that were organized either by theme or by collections of specific composers and authors’ pieces.
Curious what else Suppe’s collection holds? Check this out.
April 20th, is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians worldwide. That’s why this week we’re taking a look at the Gertrude C. Suppe Hispanic Church Music Collection. A large portion of the Collection documents Suppe’s participation in workshops and conferences in the United States, Canada, and a number of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking nations. She also worked with scholars, private individuals, and various organizations to assemble her impressive collection. The letter above comes from Rev. G. R. Sanchez in Lima, Peru, who not asked not only to meet her in person if possible, but also thanked her for her efforts to preserve these materials and, by extension, this aspect of international Hispanic culture.
We talk about some of Suppe’s other interesting items here.
April 20th is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians worldwide, and that’s why this week we’re taking a look at the Gertrude C. Suppe Hispanic Church Music Collection. Cancioneros (the small song books used in worship that we mentioned yesterday)were not the only hymnals that Suppe gathered. This work, The Paschal Mystery, is a full-sized publication containing songs to be sung during Paschal week. The Paschal Mystery is a central tenet of Christian faith (whether they know it by that name or not!) for both Catholics and Protestants. It revolves around the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus its celebration, and the performance of these tunes, occurs at Easter. Many of the works found in Suppe’s collections relate to such holidays, as well as saints’ days and festivals.
We’ve written more about this collection here.
It’s April 15 - Are Your Taxes Done?
State-of-the-art systems at internalrevenueservice are waiting to process your returns!
While punch cards and tape drives seem archaic now, they were a “new dimension” in data processing and tax administration at the time of this IRS educational film, “Right on the Button,” from the late 1960s.
Now, go finish those taxes!
The powerful technology that once fueled the tax machine!
This Sunday, April 20th is Easter Sunday, celebrated by Christians worldwide. That’s why this week we’re taking a look at the Gertrude C. Suppe Hispanic Church Music Collection. Suppe was an ethno-hymnologist who, beginning in 1976, became involved in the identification, transcription, translation, liturgical use, and promotion of Hispanic hymns, working with groups both nationwide and internationally. One way she supported her various projects was through the acquisition of cancioneros; small song books used in worship. The image above is a cancionero entitled Today I Return from Afar. The bottom of the image shows one of the hymns it contains, “Christ Surrendered for Us.”
Want to read more about Suppe’s collection? Check it out right here.
Just a note from Dad.
William Godwin to Mary Shelley - 1823.
"My dear Mary
I write these few lines, merely to tell you that Frankenstein was acted last night for the first time, & with success. I have therefore ordered 500 copies of the novel to be printed with all dispatch, the whole profits of which, without a penny deduction, shall be your own.
I am most impatient & anxious to see you, and am
ever most affectionately yours
July 29, 1823.
Ok, now this is just awesome.