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Accession numbers 2013-06, 2013-49, 2014-81, 2015-012, 2016-014, 2016-019, 2016-039, 2016-056, 2017-004
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The TXSSAR collection has been divided according to the distinct levels of operation in the Society. As such, series have been set aside for national, state, and chapter papers as well as for artifacts and other items held within the collection.
Series three demands special mention due to its numbering scheme. The series itself has been broken down into eleven sub-series that reflect the distriction divisions of TXSSAR. Chapters are divided in each sub-series based on their district afflicaiton, so a chapter that is in District 1 will be listed under Sub-series 1.
Boxes for each chapter also have their own unique numerical identifier based on their chapter number within the organization. For example, Chapter 23 is the Denton Chapter of TXSSAR so the first part of the number for each box belonging to the Denton Chapter begins with 023 and the second part of the number indicates the box number in that set. This means that the first box of records for the Denton Chapter is labeled 023.001, the second box would be 023.002, and so forth. This creates a unique subset for each chapter and allows for continued growth of the collection.
The collection contains various published books by and about the Sons of the American Revolution, including histories of chapters and societies, rosters, annuals, books on various aspects of the Revolutionary War, and other patriotic subjects.
Additionally, the collection contains many individual issues of chapter, state, and national newsletters, but no complete run of any title. Most, if not all, of these newsletters are not recorded in other collections, and no copies are preserved in other libraries or archives to be available to future researchers. We are actively seeking missing issues, and will gratefully accept donations for the TXSSAR Archives.
The collection holds over 50 scrapbooks assembled by the State Historian and by members from various chapters and groups. Scrapbooks contain original photographs of members and events, letters, artwork, newsletters, clippings, documents, etc. Each is a unique item recording the activities of TXSSAR and its chapters and groups.
Correspondence, e-mails, reports, minutes of meetings, and the files of a number of officers and chapters are preserved in the TXSSAR Archives. Examples of specific holdings include the files of the Hill Country Chapter, the files of Frank A. Gibson, files from the Plano Chapter, and files from the Liberty Chapter.
The Archives holds microfilm copies of the early membership applications, as well as 33 bound volumes of the original and supplemental applications.
Signed proclamations, original charters for closed chapters, research on chapter histories and on TXSSAR founding member Ira Hobart Evans, and materials from the collection of Past President General Clovis Brakebill are also part of the holdings of the TXSSAR Archives.
Albums of photographs, as well as groups of photos of events are included in the collection. The bulk of the photographs date from between 1985 and 2001.
Plaques, trophies, medals, badges, flags, flag streamers, and other objects relating to the history and activities of the Texas Society, Sons of the American Revolution and to the Sons of the American Revolution are an important part of the TXSSAR Archives
Contains correspondence concerning a Constitutional Amendment to outlaw burning the American flag as a means of expression in the United States, the Peter Jennings' documentary "Hiroshima: The Decision to Drop the Bomb" (including a form letter from Peter Jennings' defending the broadcast), and changes in education curriculum in the United States.
Includes: Patriot Medal, Minute Man Award, and Eagle Scout Award
General John Stark of New Hampshire: A Hero of the War for American Independence; Display of U.S. Flag; The Allene Wilson Groves Americanism Award; Biographical Sketches of New General Officers (Howard E. Coe, Secretary General; Harry T. Burn, Treasurer General; Robert L. Sanfield, Chancellor General); Timothy Murphy Revolutionary Hero, Proposed Change to the Oath of Enlisted Personnel
Do It Yourself: National and Civil Defense; The President General's Message; Texas Society
Tenative Schedule of Events for the 74th Annual Congress; The President General's Message; Sites of the Annual Congress of the Sons of the American Revolution
Proceedings of the Special Congress; 1965 Rules for the Douglas G. High Historical Oration Contest; An Opinion by the Chancellor General; Texas Society; Why are we a Republic and not a Democracy?; A Message from the National Membership Chairman
Texas Society; Medals Awarded by S.A.R.; "Where Do We Go From Here?";
The Bronze Patriot; Texas Society; The Price They Paid; America's Wars; Noteworthy Anniversaries for SAR Activities; Compatriot Harry S. Truman; Rochambeau Headquarters to be Restored by New York Chapter; Texas Society; Our Responsibility; Takoma Member Donates Valuable Objects to National Headquarters
Compatriots in the Public Eye; A Search for Reason; "What do you do?"; God Bless our Ancestors; The Saga of the Unsung Hero; A Brief History of the Constellation
Famous Revolutionary Rides; Righ Man, Wrong Gun; "Mr. FBI" is Awarded First SAR Law Enforcement Medal by "Mr. SAR"; A Red Hero, "Phoney" Facts; Handguide for Patriotism; Americanism defined; In Memoriam; Notables Join the Houston Chapter of Texas; "They Will Have a Hell of a Fight"; News and Events in Chapters and State Societies; Cannon Makers to General Washington; Shall we Disarm?; The Burial of a Heart; What Will You Tell Your Children?: How will you explain when your youngsters ask you about the America that was?; Colorful Couriers
Joseph Warren; Nathan Hale: A Magnificent Diadem in our Heritage; Compatriots in the Public Eye; Baron von Steuben: Creator of Discipline
Houston Chapter honors our servicemen in Vietnam; Texas Society; Medicine During the American Revolution; ...and how about your will, Compatriot?; Awards Night at the Congress; General Erskine;
Texas Society; Robert L. Sonfield, 1893 - 1972; Two Important Ingredients; Application Papers of Relatives of SAR, DAR, SR, Or CAR; Rarities of the Revolution; The Pine Tree Shilling; Public Relations and the SAR's; Hats Off to Mean Mothers!
A Principal with Principles; Who Helped? The Americans Did!; A Mississippi Compatriot Speaks; Epitaph of a Housewife; If I were the Devil; Rules for the 83rd Annual Congress; Hell for Leather; Our Heritage Covenants
Crime and Punishment; Duty, Honor, Country; The History and Mystery of Rum; Old Glory; In Memoriam; Something for Nothing; George Mason, Original Author of Our Bill of Rights; To Those Who Love America; Tragedy and Patriotism: Thomas Lynch, Jr.; The Battle of Saratoga; Angola
One if by Land; Remember Me?; Darned Clever, Those Americans!; Witch Hunt in Washington; At the 85th Congress: Winners of the Minute Man Award, top honor of the Sons of the American Revolution; Santa Claus wears a Black Robe; Overdue Justice; The Spirit of '76; A Message from the National Membership Chairman; Revolutionary Medicine; Renewed Patriotism Needed in America; All Volunteers on Commission
Ever Wondered where we've held our Annual Congresses since 1889? Here's a list of the sites; Why the 21-gun Salute?; Congress Awards Night; SAR Magazine Cover Winter 1976 (Featuring George Washington); Tragedy and Patriotism: Thomas Lynch Jr.
Biographical Sketches of the New National Officers; The Five Bicentenial Plaques of the Texas Society, SAR; The Russian Bear is Hungry; Sword of American Independence presented to Gerald Ford;
Penobscot Bay Expedition, 1779; Freedom: More Easily Kept than Recovered; Valley Forge; The Washington Family Pedigree; The Star-Spangled Banner
Kentucky Grand Lodge Building Located Within "Old Louisville"; Headquarters Move to Louisville Detailed at Trustees Meeting; New Members; Contributions of the Churches to American Independence
The American Revolution and Today's Death to America!; Other State Societies Help California Launch Americanism Program in Schools; Historic Places to Visit; The Story Behind the SAR Badge; What the SAR Means to Me; Constitution Week Big Success; The Liberty Bell has a Rich Heritage; Why a Redcoat is Honored in Connecticut; Tips on Searching for your Relatives; Re-enacting the Revolution; Texan Tops Oration Contest; Spanish Coins Dominated as Colonial Legal; Spanish Victory at Baton Rouge in 1779; Experts Offer Procedural Suggestions to Registrars; Oration Winner Stresses Freedom; Patriot George Mason - Framer of Liberty; Printing in the Colonies; The Men and Banner of Eutaw; "Honor America Day" in Alabama; Gifts to Headquarters Surging; Information Table Promotes Membership; The Fundamental Orders of Connecticut; Canadians in the Revolution
The Story of Independence Hall; Victory at Yorktown; Lord Cornwallis - A Capable Leader; Compatriot Furthering JROTC; Historic Places to Visit; The War in South Carolina - Prelude to Victory; The Battle of Stone Arabia; Nathanael Greene - Liberator of the South; The Battle of Guilford Courthouse
Geneology and Patriotism; The Battle at Lochry's Creek; Historic Places to Visit: Black Rock Fort; Exhibit Explores Washington's Life; The Law of War During the Revolution; The Making of an Army; Mark Battle of Groton Heights, Burning of New London; Patrick Henry Chapter Fields Oration Winner; First English Colonization of America to be Commemorated
Programs Attracting New Members; Historic Places to Visit: Historic Fort Wayne; Strategist by Land and Sea
TXSSAR State Records
These CDs contain drafts of information found in Volume I and Volume II of the TXSSAR History Books.
These CDs contain drafts of information found in Volume I and Volume II of the TXSSAR History Books.
Article discussing Prof. Ron Marcello's efforts to interview World War II veterans for the Oral History program at UNT.
Photographs are possibly from the Big Country Chapter.
Includes a copy of the TXSSAR Resolution to Protect the American Flag addressed to President Clinton and a brief history of court cases surrounding protest burnings of the United States flag.
Ambassador Fletcher Warren Chapter North Central Texas Chapter Freedom Chapter
List of Texas Society Chapters Charter of Lt. Mordecai Baldwin Chapter Charter of Daniel Wood Chapter Chartering of North Central Texas Chapter, October 19, 1985 Chartering of Freedom Chapter, March 2, 1986 Chartering of Independence Chapter, June 23, 1986
Chartering of Bluebonnet Chapter, February 21, 1987 Chartering of Fletcher Warren Chapter, January 16, 1988 Chartering of Leon River Valley Chapter, February 8, 1994 Chartering of Brazos Valley Chapter, October 15, 1992 Chartering of Mesquite Chapter, October 24, 1992
Charter of East Fork - Trinity Chapter, January 16, 1993 Charter of Victory Chapter, December 11, 1993 Charter of Pineywoods Chapter, February 3, 1994 Charter of Arlington Chapter, February 25, 1994 Charter of Uvalde Chapter, March 4, 1994
Charter of Athens Chapter, May 20, 1994 Charter of Washington Chapter, January 10, 1995 Charter of Denton Chapter, January 14, 1995
Charter of East Texas Chapter, March 30, 1995 Charter of Fredonia Chapter, April 15, 1995 Charter of Aaron Burleson Chapter, January 14, 1999
Board of Managers Meeting, August 8, 1990
TXSSAR Convention, Dallas, TX, March 7-8, 1986 TXSSAR Convention, Kerrville, TX, March 6-7, 1987 TXSSAR Convetion, Lake Jackson, TX
TXSSAR Convention, Galveston, 1989 TXSSAR Convention, College Station, 1990 TXSSAR Convention, Abilene, 1991 TXSSAR Convention, Tyler, 1992
TXSSAR Convention, Brownsville, TX, 1993 TXSSAR Convetion, Killeen, TX, 1994 TXSSAR Convetion, San Antonio, 1995
TXSSAR Convention, Galveston, TX, 1996
TXSSAR Convention - Richardson, TX, 1997 NSSAR Convention - Kansas City, MO, 1991 NSSAR Convention - Phoenix, AZ, 1993 NSSAR Convention - Louisville, KY, 1995
NSSAR Convention, San Antonio, TX, 1996
Board of Manager's Meeting, Tyler, TX, August 12-13, 1995 Constitution Day at Mckinney, TX, September 16, 1995 Parade, Arlington, TX, July 4, 1995
Includes NSSAR semi-annual reports.
Includes support for William R. Eddleman and Dr. Robert Lee Kurth, M.D.
Membership Certificate, 1981; Life Member Certificate, 1981; Good Citizenship Medal, 1984; Certificate of Appreciation, 1988; Meritorous Service Medal, 1989; Certificate of Appreciation, 1990; Certificate of Appreciation, 1991; Certificate of Commendation, 1992; Silver Good Citizenship Award, 1993; Patriot Medal, 1994; Certificate of Appreciation, 1994; Silver Good Citizenship Award, 1995; Certificate of Distinquished Service, 1996; Bronze Good Citizenship Award, 1996.
Folder contains correspondence from J. R. Hudson, Jr. to Greg Shader questioning the historical accuracy of Greg Shrader's article as well as Shrader's reply defending the claims he made in the article.
Possibly associated with Series 004, Box 008 (004.008) - American Flag Flown over Afghanistan
Contains quote: "We may be beaten by the British on the field, it is the chance of war, but behold an army that cannot be conquered."
Two World War I veterans are recognized at the November meeting. Fellowship and coffee being enjoyed by members before a regular meeting. Sixth District Vice President, Col. Graham Martin and Past Chapter President Peter Orlebeke Newly elected treasurer David Holliday, seated, receives some help from past treasurer Jack Grady on the left, while a perspective new member receives his application papers. Dallas Chapter Chaplain, Rev. James Swafford, leads the chapter in the annual Memorial Service. Chapter Secretary William G. Duck gives his annual report for 1988
Col. George F. Germond, 2nd Vice President and Awards Chairman gives his annual report to the chapter. Col. Delbert M. Fowler, 1st Vice President and Program Chairman gives his annual report to the Chapter. Chapter President, John. R. Warterfield gives his annual report to the chapter. Col. Graham Martin, 6th District Vice President installs the new chapter officers for 1989. New Chapter President, Col. Del Folwer receives the gaval from Col. Graham Martin, 6th District Vice President.
Lt. General John M. Wright, Jr., President of the Dallas Chapter receives the Presidents Award at the Texas SAR Convention March 8, 1985. Fifteen members of the Dallas Chapter were delegates at the Sons of the American Revolution state convention. Compatriot Bill Eddleman, elected President of Texas SAR, makes his report to our chapter on March 15, 1985. The March meeting was delayed one week because many of our members were attending the convention. Graham Martin receiving the Presidents Plaque at the SAR State Convention - March 8, 1985. Paul Wise receives the Award for "Outstanding Chapter" at the Texas SAR Convention. Compatriot Graber Kidwell organizing proposed projects for the Dallas Chapter for the Texas Celebration of the Texas Sesquicentennial which be be started January 1st, 1986 and continue for a full year. Compatriot Judge John Marshall presenting his talk on "Americanism" to the Sherman Texas Chapter of the Children of the American Revolution. Danny Wilson, 2nd Vice President of our Dallas Chapter ask for volunteers to present the Good Citizenship Medals and ROTC Awards. Compatriots Bill Eddleman, Graber Kidwell, and Lee Ritchie representing the Dallas Chapter at the SAR State Convention.
Many photos unidentified. Compatriots Colonel Joe Hill, Judge Marshall, and 2nd Vice President John Warterfield of the Dallas Chapter, SAR at the CAR organizational meeting of the Treaty of Paris, CAR, held in July, 1985.
The newly elected 1986 officer of the Dallas Chapter. Delmar Gurley, a new member, is sworn in at our December, 1985 chapter meeting. Compatriot Ralph Widener presents his one minute talk on Americanism. *Some photos are missing from this page.
No captions present.
Compatriot Ralph Wilcox, showing young people how rope was made during the revolutionary period. He also manned the SAR booth at the State Fair in October 1988. LTG Jack Wright was the guest speaker of the Dallas Chapter for November. Col. Joe Hill Pins the SAR rosette on CAR transfer, Jiri Prevratil. Ladies Night Dinner - Unidentified Photographs
A tribute to the 100th birthday of Irving Berlin with Choral singers. Some of the decorations done by Mrs. Helen Kelso and her Decorating Committee. Mrs. Lynn Young, TSCAR Senior President; John Warterfield, Dallas Chapter President; Col. Graham Martin, 6th District Vice President TXSSAR and Andy Scardino TSCAR President. Mr. Oscar Renee Morales, the speaker for the Luncheon giving his "Wake up America!" Co-host Mrs. Jeanette Hansen, Chairman Dallas Area DAR Regents Council addressing the Constitution Week Luncheon. Compatriot John Warterfield, President Dallas Chapter addressing the Constitution Week Luncheon.
Pictures the United States flag and the words "Let's Raise our Standards"
Pictures the United States flag and the words "Let's cheer it up!"
Dedication of an Official State of Texas Historical Marker: Honoring Abston Cemetery and the grave of John Abston, only veteran of the American Revolution buried in Collin County, TX
Contains a facsimile of Washington's public accounts, kept during the Revolutionary War; and some of the most interesting documents connected with his military command and civil administration.
Please note: item binding is very fragile.
Contains papers for: 009 - Col. Turner Sharp Chapter 018 - Permian Basin Chapter
Contains papers for: 010 - Panhandle Plains Chapter 015 - Texas Tech Chapter
Contains papers for: 029 - Lt. Abraham Cantine Chapter 053 - Uvalde Chapter 064 - Boerne Chapter
Contains papers for: 011 Patrick Henry Chapter 032 Waco Chapter
Contains papers for: 016 - Big Country Chapter 030 - Mineral Wells Chapter 036 - North Central Texas Chapter 044 - Leon River Valley Chapter
Contains programs for: Skyline High School, Dallas, TX; Lake Highlands Freshman Center; Forest Meadow Junior High School; Naval Reserve Officers' Training Corps Unit; DeSoto High School; Grand Prarie High School
Contains: Neighbors Go, Lake Highlands/Richardson; Lake Highlands People, Lake Highlands; Park Cities People
Assembled by Tom Whitelock, original volume presented by Dallas Chapter, Texas Sons of the American Revolution on November 10, 2007.
"Grave of Revolutionary War veteran to get marker," Dallas Times Herald, August 31, 1988 "Club of the Week," Plano Star Courier, April 12, 1987 "SAR Meeting in Greenville," The Courier-Gazette, July 19, 1988 "John Abston descendant is named chapter president,"McKinney Courier-Gazzette, June 9, 1988
Includes district map of Plano ISD (1999)
Good Citizenship Medal E. Marshall Hunter Attendance Trophy E. A. Limmer Project Challenge Walter G. Sterling Award Louis J. Rumaggi Americanism Contest