Category Archives: Collections

Harold Leventhal Proletarian Archive

Earlier this semester we switched to a new database for our collections that, among other things, allows researchers to search for specific items through our entire collection instead of individual collections. This new system inspired us to go back through … Continue reading

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World War I Stereocard Collection

This semester the Art History department offered a course titled Cultural Reactions to War in the 20th Century. The class studied painting, posters, music, poetry, prose, and films that were all created in reaction to WWI, WWII, and the Vietnam … Continue reading

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Christmas Cards from the Past

Christmas celebrations have been around for hundreds of years. They can be found all around the world, and differ from place to place. They range from fireworks, to parades, to concerts, to more personal celebrations such as family get-togethers. But … Continue reading

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Our Claw-some Cat Collections

McFarlin Special Collection and University Archives houses many author’s personal papers and manuscripts. Recently I discovered that a popular topic amongst writers was their interest in cats. The first author that came to mind when I thought about this close-knitted … Continue reading

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Christopher Isherwood

McFarlin Special Collections and Archives is home to many collections of author’s personal papers and manuscripts. One such collection is the Christopher Isherwood papers, 1909-1954 (Collection number 1979.012). Isherwood was an English-American author and playwright. He wrote many novels and … Continue reading

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Dennis Banks, and the Wounded Knee Occupation

On Sunday, October 29, 2017, the world said goodbye to Dennis James Banks. Dennis Banks, alongside Clyde and Vernon Bellacourt, helped establish the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1960s to protest against the treatment of Native Americans. His character … Continue reading

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Henry C. Merriam papers, 1865-1907

Though McFarlin Special Collections is known for its extensive World War I collections, it also has some material related to other wars and military figures including the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. … Continue reading

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Bobo the Clown and Circus Fascination

Most people have heard of Bozo the Clown, but what about Bobo the Clown? Chester “Bobo” Barnett was a clown throughout much of the 1900s, with his career starting in about 1920 and ending in about 1970. One of the … Continue reading

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Alexandre Hogue, 1898-1994

We had very special guests this weekend at the Department of Special Collections and University Archives. A group from ZCZ Films, a UK film company, was commissioned by the BBC to produce a three part series on American Art. The … Continue reading

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Joseph Moller Photograph album of Kelly Field (San Antonio, TX) 1918-1919

McFarlin Special Collections and Archives has many World War I collections that include clothing, diaries, letters, and photographs. One of these collections, the Joseph Moller Photograph album of Kelly Field 1918-1919 (2011.0.36), consists of 93 photographs with handwritten captions on … Continue reading

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