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


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.


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 ( 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.


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

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Stephen F. Austin State University],
[Series 2: Nacogdoches, Texas],
[Series 3: Texas],
[Series 4: Non-Texas],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],

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.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Stephen F. Austin State University],
[Series 2: Nacogdoches, Texas],
[Series 3: Texas],
[Series 4: Non-Texas],
[Series 5: Miscellaneous],


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