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Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit, 1976-1978 | University Archives

By Perri Hamilton and Rachel Motes

Collection Overview

Title: Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit, 1976-1978Add to your cart.
ID: 02/U0081
Extent: 5.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The materials are in the order they were in when originally used.
Date Acquired: 00/00/1986

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Abstract

The first box contains negatives of Texas log cabins that were used in the production of an exhibit and book with the title "Dog Trots and Mud Cats."  The second box in this collection contains materials used in the preparation of a traveling exhibit on the log cabins of Texas.  The third, fourth, and fifth boxes contain materials relevant to the “Dog Trots and Mud Cats: the Texas log house” exhibit.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The materials encompass research conducted by Dr. Terry Jordan and relate to the book written by Linda Lavender and Cirrus Bonneau.  The collection consists of photographic material (negatives and prints), diagrams, measurements, lists, research material, and budget information.

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department.  Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is store off-site.  Items stored off-site require a minimum of 24 hours to retreive.
Acquisition Source: Historical Collection
Acquisition Method: Transfer
Related Materials: Terry Jordan Collection:  Log Cabin Register. For more information please see http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/findingaid&id=120&q=Log+Cabin+register#.WIC-JBsrKUk.
Related Publications: Dog Trots and Mud Cats by Linda Lavender and Cirrus Bonneau
Preferred Citation: Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit
Finding Aid Revision History: Rachel Motes processed an accretion of three new boxes [Boxes 3, 4, and 5] to this collection on 5/24/2017.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Museum CollectionsAdd to your cart.
This box also contains Ranching and Museum brochure proofs, University Prints from the Historical Collection, and Public Affair Awards.
Barcode: 652019
Location: Located in Archives Room at Annex.
Box 2: Dog Trots and Mud Cats Exhibit Preparation Material, circa 1976Add to your cart.
The material in this box was used in the preparation of a traveling exhibit on the history of log cabins. The exhibit drew on the research of Dr. Terry Jordan  and the book Dog Trots and Mud Cats by Linda Lavender and Cirrus Bonneau.
Barcode: 642744
Folder 1: NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 2: PrintsAdd to your cart.
Prints of advertisements that use log cabins to sell a product, sell log cabin furniture, or provide instruction on how to build a log cabin.
Folder 3: MapAdd to your cart.
A map showing the "Distribution of Log Construction, Eastern Half of Anglo-America."
Folder 4: PrintAdd to your cart.
An image of the John Neely Bryan log cabin in downtown Dallas.
Folder 5: LabelsAdd to your cart.
Two text labels for the exhibit printed with black letters on clear plastic.
Item 6: Three ring binderAdd to your cart.
 
Item 1: Exhibit Panel PlansAdd to your cart.
Four pages of notebook paper with the outline of the exhibit panel plans with titles and lists of images to be used.
Folder 2: Photo MuralsAdd to your cart.
A folder with information on photography credits for panels 2,3, 11, and 16; "The Color Lab, Inc., Price List 1978;" and an image of the door of a log cabin.
Folder 3: Panel 1Add to your cart.
"Panel 1: Introduction and Credits"
Folder 4: Panel 3: What is a Log HouseAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 5: Panel 4: Where Did They Come From?Add to your cart.
 
Folder 6: Panel 6: Gone To TexasAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 7: Panel 7: Give My Love to Sister AmandaAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 8: Panel 8: Myths and RomanticismAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 9: Panel 9: Making the MythAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 10: Panel 10: Sawn LumberAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 11: Panel 11: Depression HousesAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 12: Panels 13 and 14: Remodeling and RestorationAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 13: Panel 15: Contemporary Construction "Pre-Fabs"Add to your cart.
 
Folder 14: Panel 14: Open to the PublicAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 15: Color WorkAdd to your cart.
This folder contains information on screen printing, a copy of the brochure for the exhibit, lists, copies, and examples of log cabin art and advertising.
Folder 16: Doye Homestead - Maxwell FamilyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 17: Binder ContentsAdd to your cart.
The binder has diagrams, measurements, text, lists of items needed, research notes, photographic prints, budget information, and drawings for each panel.
Box 3: Exhibit Preparation MaterialsAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 708139
Folder 1: “Our Cabin” Picture ClippingAdd to your cart.
This picture has a key next to it that explains what each part of the Cabin is called.  In addition to the key, this picture also has a small description sheet taped to the back of it.
Folder 2: Log Cabin Notch DocumentsAdd to your cart.
This contains documents that provide brief explanations for the “V” notch and the Saddle (or round) notch as well as the Half Dove-Tail and the Square (or quarter) notch as they are used in log cabins.
Folder 3: Laminated Projection Sheet ClippingsAdd to your cart.
This contains clippings that provide brief explanations of dogtrot floor plans, the mud cat chimney’s used in the East Texas areas, and of the typical notches used in Texas cabins.
Folder 4: Exhibit Panel NotesAdd to your cart.
This contains notes about the exhibit panels and their order as well as suggested tools or items to be exhibited with them.
Folder 5: Foundations – Panel 3Add to your cart.
This contains a negative of the “Our Cabin” picture clipping with a paper sleeve, papers with printed line drawings of cabin corners/notches, and 13 actual photographs of cabin corners/notches with numbers written in pencil on the backs of some of them.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 6: The Long Road West – Panel 4Add to your cart.
This contains two photographs: one is of a man with tools in his hands with a “70” written in pencil on the back of it while the other is of a document (or possibly a journal entry) with a “74” written in pencil on the back of it.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 7: Gone To Texas – Panel 5Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of pictures and prints.
Note: A large print/ picture of man in a suit staring at a sign with “G.T.T.” nailed to a door has been separated from this folder and placed within Box 4: Oversized Photographs.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 8: Log Cabin Candidate – Panel 8Add to your cart.
This contains a negative with a paper sleeve and photographs of artifacts and prints.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 9: Marketing the Myth – Panel 9Add to your cart.
This contains a label for “G.E. Henderson’s Original Old Style Old Log Cabin Fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey” and photographs of prints and log cabins.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 10: Saw Lumber – Panel 10Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of log cabins and even one of “lumbering trains and crew in a forest in eastern Texas”
Note: 2 large photographs focused on an exposed exterior corner of a log cabin with wooden sideboard paneling (and a window air conditioning unit) have been separated from this folder and placed within Box 4: Oversized Photographs.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 11: The Great Depression – Panel 11Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of log cabins.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 12: Photomural – Panel 12Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of an elderly man and woman standing in front of what appears to be a log cabin entryway.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 13: Use, Reuse, and Abuse – Panel 13Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of the interior and exterior of log cabins.
Note: A large photograph of a log cabin with a covered porch that appears to be leaning to the side and a “Keep Out” sign above its door has been separated from this folder and placed within Box 4: Oversized Photographs.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 14: Open to the Public – Panel 14Add to your cart.
This contains photographs of log cabins as well as a couple of a woman sitting on the porch of a log cabin.
Note: A large photograph of a white log cabin with a dog trot has been separated from this folder and placed within Box 4: Oversized Photographs.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 15: A Brand New Very Old Idea – Panel 15Add to your cart.
This contains documents advertising log cabins and photographs of log cabin businesses.
Note: A large photograph of a log cabin exterior corner with a small wooden ladder (or some type of wooden frame) has been separated from this folder and placed within Box 4: Oversized Photographs.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 16: Photomural  – Panel 16Add to your cart.
This contains a photograph of a log cabin with a dead tree (or dry wood) in front of it.
Note: This was a pre-compiled folder.
Folder 17: Photographs of Log Cabin Glass BottlesAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Note: One glass bottle is positioned to show the text, “Old Cabin Bitters,” on its ‘roof’ below the bottles neck.
Folder 18: Das Peach Haus Correspondence, 12-08-1978Add to your cart.
This is a letter from Mark Wieser of Das Peach Haus to Linda Lavender, Curator of Collection for the NTSU Historical Collection.  It contains information about a log cabin and approval for it to be used in research.
Folder 19: B. Carroll Tharp Correspondence, 12-06-1978Add to your cart.
This contains a letter from B. Carroll Tharp of Koetter Tharp Cowell & Bartletta to Linda Lavender of the NTSU Historical Collection bout a request for “three copies of the AIA Cedar Shingle Institute Award.”
Folder 20: Whiskey LabelsAdd to your cart.
This contains labels for “G.E. Henderson’s Original Old Style Old Log Cabin Fine Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey” from the National Distillers Products Company to Gretchen Niendorff.
Folder 21: Historical Collection Prints, 1-26-1983Add to your cart.
This contains black and white prints and negatives, from the Historical Collection, of people, log cabins, and covers of songbooks.
Folder 22: Tin Roof Log CabinsAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 23: Log Cabin PorchesAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 24: Log Cabin with GardenAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 25: Log Cabin with Wagon FrameAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 4 Photos
Folder 26: Log Cabin Porch with Covered FirewoodAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 6 Photos
Folder 27: Exterior Log Cabin Corner with Work Gloves and RopeAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 4 Photos
Folder 28: Log Cabin with Family in Front of itAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 29: Log Cabin with Wired FenceAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 30: “The Farmer of North Bend” Song Cover PageAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 31: “The Hard Cider Quick Step” Song Cover PageAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 3 Photos
Folder 32: “The Log House” Song Cover PageAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 3 Photos
Folder 33: Log Cabin in the Woods SceneAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 4 Photos
Folder 34: Different Log CabinsAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 5 Photos
Folder 35: Log Cabin with Damaged Roof-sidingAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 2 Photos
Folder 36: Log Cabin in the Tree ShadesAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 4 Photos
Folder 37: Photo of Archival DocumentAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 38: Photo of the “Log Cabin Song” Song Cover PageAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 39: Computer CardsAdd to your cart.
 
Folder 40: NegativesAdd to your cart.
 
Box 4: Oversized PhotographsAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 708140
Item 1: 2 Gentlemen and 1 LadyAdd to your cart.
 
Item 2: Exhibit/DisplaysAdd to your cart.
 
Item 3: Exhibit/Display with model ships and a girl standing in front of itAdd to your cart.
 
Item 4: Books, Typewriter, and moreAdd to your cart.
 
Item 5: Separated Photograph from Folder 7Add to your cart.
A large print/ picture of man in a suit staring at a sign with “G.T.T.” nailed to a door.
Item 6: Separated Photographs from Folder 10Add to your cart.
Two Large photographs focused on an exposed exterior corner of a log cabin with wooden sideboard paneling (and a window air conditioning unit).
Item 7: Separated Photograph from Folder 13Add to your cart.
A large photograph of a log cabin with a covered porch that appears to be leaning to the side and a “Keep Out” sign above its door.
Item 8: Separated Photograph from Folder 14Add to your cart.
A large photograph of a white log cabin with a dog trot.
Item 9: Separated Photograph from Folder 15Add to your cart.
A large photograph of a log cabin exterior corner with a small wooden ladder (or some type of wooden frame).
Item 10: “The Cabin” PrintAdd to your cart.
 
Extent: 3
Item 11: Log Cabin Exterior on Oversized Tan CardstockAdd to your cart.
 
Box 5: PostersAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 708141
Item 1: “Dog Trots and Mud Cats: the Texas log House” PostersAdd to your cart.
These posters state: “An Exhibit developed by the North Texas State University Historical Collection.  This project has been funded in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and North Texas State University Faculty Research Committee.”
Extent: 10

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