Toward a Better Living

Toward a Better Living: African American Farming Communities in Mid-Century Texas

These historical photographs are from the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. In the early 1970s, the Texas A&M University archives acquired a large collection of photographs from the Agricultural Communications Office of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. This collection consists of nearly 7000 photographs (a selection is reproduced digitally here). The vast majority are black and white images ranging from the 1930s through the late 1970s, although some photographs date from earlier and later periods. These images were captured by photographers working throughout the state, and document many activities aimed at improving the lives and livelihood of rural Texans. Farming, home improvement, livestock raising, and other programs of the Extension Service were illustrated and the photographs were retained for educational and publicity initiatives.

Photograph of George Ackerman

Texas FARMER, Full-text Agriculture Resource Materials Electronic Repository

A growing collection of agriculture-related resources from the state of Texas.

Contact: Rob McGeachin
r-mcgeachin@library.tamu.edu
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Bibliography of Science Fiction and Fantasy

A key reason for The Bibliography of Science Fiction and Fantasy is the provision of wide, reliable distribution of the bibliographic work.

Contact: Todd Samuelson
toddsamuleson@library.tamu.edu
Historical Images

Cushing Historical Images Collection

Description: The Cushing Memorial Library and Archives maintains an extensive photographic collection of over 300,000 images. The collection continues to grow. These images are in a wide variety of formats and sizes, including negatives on glass plates, post cards, and various early types of prints. The collection is organized by subject and contains a visual representation of nearly every aspect of Texas A&M University’s long and storied past beginning with the opening of the school in 1876. Categories include such subjects as campus views, individual buildings, athletics, research, teaching, student life, members of the faculty, visiting dignitaries, and important events. Most of the photographs were acquired through donation or from various units of the university.

Images of a Rural Past

Images of a Rural Past

Description:  In the early 1970s, the Texas A&M University archives acquired a large collection of photographs from the Agricultural Communications Office of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service. This collection consists of nearly 7000 photographs. The vast majority are black and white images ranging from the 1930s through the late 1970s, although some photographs date from earlier and later periods. These images were captured by photographers working throughout the state, and document many activities aimed at improving the lives and livelihood of rural Texans. Farming, home improvement, livestock raising, and other programs of the Extension Service were illustrated and the photographs were retained for educational and publicity initiatives.

Raiford L. Stripling Collection

Raiford Leak Stripling Architecture Collection

Description: The Raiford L. Stripling Collection is made up of over 250 projects contained in 24 boxes, as well as drawings and construction documents housed in flat files in one map case. In addition to architectural drawings and blueprints, the collection contains contract documents, correspondence, brochures, pamphlets, newspaper articles, magazine articles, photographs, sketches, drawings, and miscellaneous notes.

China Archive

China Archive

The China Archive is a data archive dedicated to support of scholarly, empirical research by anthropologists, economists, historians, political scientists, sociologists, and others in the fields of business, agriculture, and engineering. The goal of the Archive is to enable case research on Chinese domestic matters and China-U.S. relations, as well as to facilitate the inclusion of China in more broadly comparative studies.

Contact: Bob Harmel
e339rh@polisci.tamu.edu
Geo Atlas

Geologic Atlas of the United States

A set of 227 folios published by the U.S. Geological Survey between 1894 and 1945. Each folio includes both topographic and geologic maps for each quad represented in that folio, as well as descriptions of the basic and economic geology of the area. The Geologic Atlas collection is maintained by the Map and GIS Library.

Contact: Kathy Weimer
k-weimer@tamu.edu
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Historical Maps of Cuba

This collection contains digital versions of historical maps of Cuba held by the Texas A&M University Libraries. Subject matter includes soils and population.

Contact: Kathy Weimer
k-weimer@tamu.edu
Cervantes

Textual Iconography of Don Quixote

The Cervantes Project has created an innovative and unprecedented digital archive of images based on the textual iconography of the Quixote, i.e. interpretative illustrations included in published editions Don Quixote Iconography Digital Archiveof the text. The archive provides free access to rare visual resources, restores the traditional connection between word and image, and facilitates a better appreciation and understanding of the impact of Cervantes’ masterpiece through 400 years, from several perspectives: textual, critical, artistic, bibliographical, and historical. The Don Quixote Iconography Digital Archive is the result of a collaboration and NEH grant about the illustration of the Quixote.

Contact: Eduardo Urbina
e-urbina@tamu.edu
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Primeros Libros de las Americas

Primeros Libros is a digital collection of the first books printed in Mexico before 1601. These monographs are very important because they represent the first printing in the New World and provide primary sources for scholarly studies focused on a variety of academic fields. Approximately 220 unique titles are held in institutions around the world with most held in Mexico and the United States. Partner institutions contributing books to the project include: Biblioteca Palafoxiana in Puebla; Biblioteca Lafragua; Biblioteca Franciscana in Cholula; the Benson Latin American Collection at The University of Texas; the Cushing Library at Texas A&M; and the Biblioteca Histórica Marqués de Valdecilla of the University Complutense of Madrid.

Contact: Anton duPlessis
duPlessis@tamu.edu
Med Vet Zoology

Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology

The Texas A&M University Medical Sciences Library has partnered with Oklahoma State University Libraries to digitize the Index-Catalogue of Medical and Veterinary Zoology, a multilingual periodical published by the US Government Printing Office. This historical compendium of the parasitological literature is a key resource of importance to researchers in re-emerging diseases and global animal health. The compilation of content began in 1892, and resulted in over 100 separate publications comprising over 20,000 pages.

Vascular Plant Images

Vascular Plant Image Library

This is an archive of images from the Vascular Plant Image Library built by the now defunct Texas A&M Bioinformatics Working Group and maintained by the Center for the Study of Digital Libraries.

Contact: Digital Services and Scholarly Communication
digital@library.tamu.edu
Wheelan Collection

Wheelan Collection

Wheelan was one of a legion of newspaper and magazine reporters and photographers who covered the Mexican Revolution. He probably arrived in Northern Mexico early in the winter of 1913-1914. The main attraction was General Francisco (Pancho) Villa, who held Ciudad Juarez, just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. By this time Villa had the reputation of being the most able military commander among the Constitutionalists, a coalition of revolutionaries in rebellion against the provisional government of General Victoriano Huerta. In February, 1913, Huerta had conspired in the overthrow of the constitutionally elected government of President Francisco Madero. Villa, a devout supporter of Madero, was one of several leaders in Northern Mexico who were fighting for the restoration of constitutional government and for revolutionary reforms.