ETRC Postcard Collection, 1908-1970 | East Texas Research Center

By Michael Smith and Kyle Ainsworth

Collection Overview

Title: ETRC Postcard Collection, 1908-1970Add to your cart.

ID: B/73

Extent: 1.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

The East Texas Research Center Postcard Collection is processed at the item level, arranged into five series, and is currently contained in one box. Many of the postcards were originally in the the photograph collection and thus have corresponding 'P' numbers written on the verso.

            Series 1 - Stephen F. Austin State University

            Series 2 - Nacogdoches, Texas

            Series 3 - Texas

            Series 4 - Non Texas

            Series 5 - Miscellaneous

Subjects: Postcards -- Texas, Texas, East -- Pictorial works

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains postcards from various people and their travels, mainly in the State of Texas, but also some from various other states. The various places included in this postcard collection include Stephen F. Austin State University, Main Street Nacogdoches, The Old Stone Fort, Huntsville, Jefferson, Diboll, Center, San Augustine, Toledo Bend, and the Indian Reservation near Livingston for the Alabama Coushatta tribe. This collection also has places such as Sabine County and the Hoya Library and Museum. Many of the postcards contain writing on the reverse side.

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Two of the most interesting postcards in the collection were printed in 1908. The first [Folder 49] was published by Harkrider Drug Co., Center, Texas. It has a photograph of five African-American men hanging from a dogwood tree after they were lynched in Sabine County. T. DeBenning’s poem “The Dogwood Tree” is a subscript to the gruesome photograph. The ETRC copy of the postcard is in poor condition, with roughly 25% of the photograph and text missing. To see the full postcard, reference Henry Louis Gates Jr., “The Trope of a New Negro and the Reconstruction of the Image of the Black,” in The New American Studies: Essays from Representations, by Philip Fisher (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1991), p.339 (Call # E169.1 .N542 1991 in the SFA library stacks) or GoogleBooks (http://books.google.com/books?vid=ISBN0520073290). The second [Folder 53], “Great Drop in Colored Goods,” by P. Gordon, is a caricature of African Americans. It is postmarked from Nacogdoches in 1908 with a handwritten note.

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The postcard in Folder 49 is frequently referenced in scholarly works and could be a nice starting point for an upper-level undergraduate or graduate student paper.

Collection Historical Note

The postcards in this collection were acquired by the East Texas Research Center staff at yard and estate sales.

Subject/Index Terms

Postcards -- Texas
Texas, East -- Pictorial works

Administrative Information

Repository: East Texas Research Center

Related Materials: Evelyn Ellis Morgan Collection (A/281).

Processing Information: Processed by Michael Smith and edited by Kyle Ainsworth.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Stephen F. Austin State University],
[Series 2: Nacogdoches, Texas],
[Series 3: Texas],
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Series 1: Stephen F. Austin State UniversityAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Original Austin building and Administration founded in 1923, 7 Items.Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Vista Drive, 6 items including 2 postcard booklets, 1923-1970Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Boynton Building (old library) completed in 1957, 4 items.Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Gibbs Hall (Women’s Dormitory) and Lounge room, 3 items, 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Thomas J. Rusk building, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 6: The Science building, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 7: The Women’s Recreation building, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 8: The Boy’s Dormitory, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 9: The Aikman Gymnasium, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 10: Student Center in 1962, 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 11: The Fine Arts building (Turner Auditorium), 1 item.Add to your cart.
Series 2: Nacogdoches, TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 12: Main Street, 4 items, 1908-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 13: Hotel Fredonia, 5 items, 1957-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Hoya Memorial Library & Museum (Adolphus Stern House, Yard House, Sam Houston Room), 4 items, 1961-1962Add to your cart.
Folder 15: Historical Elm Tree and Cemetery, 3 items and cemetery note, 1890Add to your cart.
Folder 16: Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1 item, 1940Add to your cart.
Folder 17: First Baptist Church, 1 item, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 18: First Christian Church, 1 item, 1963-1964Add to your cart.
Folder 19: The Savings Building, 2 items, 1962Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Early School Building, 1 item, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Stone Fort Courts and Café, 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: Municipal Hospital, 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 23: Logansport Street, 1 item, 1969Add to your cart.
Folder 24: Old Stone Fort “Stone House," 17 items, 1936-1957Add to your cart.
Series 3: TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 25: Jefferson (Freeman Plantation House), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 26: Jefferson (guarding oak) House of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Lester, 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 27: Jefferson (The Manse), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 28: Jefferson (Mary Carlson Home), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 29: Jefferson (Jay Gould private railroad car), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 30: Jefferson (Excelsior House), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 31: Huntsville (Old Austin College), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 32: Huntsville (Sam Houston State Teachers College), 1 item.Add to your cart.
Folder 33: Huntsville (Sam Houston State Science Hall), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 34: Huntsville (Residence of J. Robert King), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 35: Huntsville (House of the Seasons), 1 item, 1964Add to your cart.
Folder 36: Huntsville (House of Sam Houston), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 37: San Augustine (Courthouse), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 38: San Augustine (County Jail), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 39: San Augustine (First United Methodist Church), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 40: Center (New School Building), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 41: Diboll (Business District), 1 item, 1966Add to your cart.
Folder 42: McMahans Chapel (Toledo Bend), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 43: Toledo Bend Dam (Louisiana Side), 1 item, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 44: Sam Rayburn Dam and Reservoir, 1 item, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 45: Texas’ Only Indian Reservation (Alabama Coushatta Tribes), 2 itemsAdd to your cart.
Folder 46: Flag of Goliad and Velasco (Independence), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 47: Mission Espitritu Santo (Mission of the Holy Spirit), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 48: Mission La Bahia, 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Folder 49: Sabine County (Dogwood Tree Lynching), 1 item, 1908Add to your cart.
Poor condition
Folder 50: Lufkin (Residential Area), 1 item, 1966Add to your cart.
Series 4: Non-TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 51: California (Hollywood Boulevard), 1 itemAdd to your cart.
Series 5: MiscellaneousAdd to your cart.
Folder 52: Good Luck Horseshoe, 3 items, 1910-1911Add to your cart.
Folder 53: Art and Caricatures, 3 items, 1908-1910Add to your cart.
Folder 54: Miscellaneous, 1 item, 1910Add to your cart.

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