02/20/U0041 Guide to the Historical Collection - Museum Records Historical Collection - Museum Records Finding Aid Authors: Perri Hamilton.

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Guide to the Historical Collection - Museum Records 1921/1986 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Historical Collection - Museum Records 1921-1986 02/20/U0041 Historical Collection (University of North Texas) 143.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
Historical Collection files that reflect the running of the museum.
Historical Note:

Dr. Joseph Lyman Kingsbury, a member of the History faculty, founded a museum on campus 1925 “In the two and one half years that I have been engaged in this work the Historical Collections have grown from a few hundred items to about seven thousand and we are now occupying three rooms of the third floor of the Library building of the Teacher’s College….It is the ambition of both President Marquis and myself to make the Historical Collections the largest in the United States…We are determined to make a collection that shall be comprehensive.”[ a letter from Dr. Kingsbury to Mr. Dick Chapman, 1928-11-01]

            “In the spring of 1925, the students of the Criddle Society voted to sponsor a museum in memory of E. D. Criddle, the history department head who had just died.  The first few exhibits were quartered in the history offices in the Administration Building [now the Auditorium Building]. A year later the Board of Regents named Dr. J. L. Kingsbury of the history faculty a curator of the Historical Collection, which was given one room on the third floor of the Library Building [now known as Curry Hall].  Two ore rooms had been taken over by 1929.  In March 1930 the legislature designated the college museum as a State Historical Collection.  Dr. Kingsbury by 1931 had developed a collection of manuscripts and documents, arms and weapons from 1840 through the World War, articles representing American economic and industrial development, foreign items, and archives of the college.” [The Story of North Texas, James Rogers, p174]

            Eventually the Historical Collection would be moved down stairs and take over all the rooms on the first floor.  The museum had a large collections of firearms, dolls, blue glass, and ethnographic artifacts.  It was closed in 1986. Part of the collection went to the Layland Museum in Cleburne, Texas.  Artifacts that had been placed on loan to the museum were returned or became the property of the state. Some of the artifacts remain in the collection of Special Collections.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: North Texas State University. Historical Collection Genre/Form of Material: Brochures. Clippings (information artifacts) Correspondence. Inventory. Topical Term: Advertising--United States--Specimens
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Transferred to Archives from the Historical Collection in 1986.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Historical Collection-Museum Records, University of North Texas Special Collection.

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The materials are divided between the following series: 1) Boxed Records; 2) Framed Items; 3) Ready Reference; 4) Clippings; 5) Artifact Inventory Sheets; and 6) Archivist's Files.

Scope and Contents

The papers document the running of the Historical Collection, the museum on campus that ran from the 1920s to 1986.  The items include artifact inventory sheets, artifacts, and operational documents.

Detailed List of Contents id108459 Boxed Records id89318 1 624110 id89319 2 624111 id89320 3 624112 id89321 4 624113 id89322 5 624114 id89323 6 624115 id89324 7 624116 id89325 8 624117 id89326 9 624118 id89327 10 624119 id89328 11 624120 id89329 12 624121 id89330 13 624122 id89331 14 624123 id89332 15 624124 id89333 16 624125 id89334 17 624126 id89335 18 628565 id89336 19 628566 id89337 20 628567 id89338 21 628568 id89339 22 628569 id89340 23 628570 id89341 24 628571 id89342 25 628572 id89343 26 Budget 628573 Scope and Contents

This box contains Historical Collection budget records, 1970s posters for events in the Lyceum, and a transparency Denton street map.

id89344 27 Budget 628574 id89345 28 Budget 628575 id89346 29 Budget 628576 id107438 30 654486 id107439 31 654487 id107440 32 654488 id107441 33 654489 id107442 34 654490 id177471 35 Posters 624175 Scope and Contents

This box also contains materials from the College of Visual Art & Design (U0703) and University of North Texas Library Records (U0153).

id177472 35 1 Kingsbury Lyceum, Programs in American Culture History advertisement Autumn 1976 id177473 35 2 Kingsbury Lyceum, Lectures in American Culture History advertisement Spring 1977 id177475 35 3 Kingsbury Lyceum advertisement Fall 1977 id177474 35 4 Kingsbury Lyceum, Programs in American Culture History advertisement Spring 1978
id108460 Framed Items id108458 1 Civilization Through Tools Poster 5001109695 id108461 2 Jefferson Davis National Highway Map 5001932822 id108516 3 Picture Frame 5001932836 id108517 4 Picture Frame 5001932837 id108518 5 5001932839 id171702 Ready Reference id171709 140 Historical Collection (Musuem) 1929 - 1995 707899 id171710 140 1 Historical Collection undated id171711 140 2 Historical Collection 1929 id171712 140 3 Historical Collection 1930s id171713 140 4 Historical Collection 1935 id171714 140 5 Historical Collection 1974 id171715 140 6 Historical Collection 1975 id171716 140 7 Historical Collection 1976 id171717 140 8 Historical Collection 1977 id171718 140 9 Historical Collection 1978 id171719 140 10 Historical Collection 1979 id171720 140 11 Historical Collection 1980 id171721 140 12 Historical Collection 1981 id171722 140 13 Historical Collection 1983 id171723 140 14 Historical Collection 1984 id171724 140 15 Historical Collection 1985 id171725 140 16 Historical Collection 1986 id171726 140 17 Historical Collection 1995 id175380 Clippings id175381 1 Clippings Book, volume 1 1927-1975 642104 id175382 2 Clippings Book, volume 2 1976-1977 642103 id175383 3 Clippings Book, volume 3 1978-1979 642102 id175384 4 Clippings Book, volume 4 1980-1983 642101 id175385 5 Clippings Book, volume 5 1984-1986 642100 id180734 36 Clippings 708094 Scope and Contents

These clippings primarily concern the loan of artifacts and sister museums in the North Texas region.

id180735 36 1 Clippings 1996 id180736 36 2 Clippings 1997 id180737 36 3 Clippings 1998 (1) id180738 36 4 Clippings 1998 (2) id180739 36 5 Clippings 1999 id180740 36 6 Clippings 2000 id180741 36 7 Clippings 2001 id180742 36 8 Clippings 2002 id180743 36 9 Clippings 2003 id180744 36 10 Clippings 2004 id180745 36 11 Clippings 2006 id180746 36 12 Clippings: Green Valley School 2004 id180747 36 13 Clippings: Layland Museum 2003
id177078 Artifact Inventory Sheets Scope and Contents

The sheets give descriptions of artifacts, many with hand drawn images.

id177079 1 Structures 708042 Scope and Contents

This binder contains sheets for: Building Fragments, Site Feature, and Unclassified Structure.

id177080 2 Building Furnishings 708043 Scope and Contents

Catagories covered include: Bedding, Floor Coverings, Furniture, Household Accessory Lighting Device, Plumbing Fixture, Temerature Control Device.

id177081 3 Personal Artifact 708044 Scope and Contents

Catagories in this binder include: Adornment, and Clothing: Accessory.

id177082 4 Personal Artifact 708045 Scope and Contents

Clothing: Footwear and Headwear

id177083 5 Personal Artifact 708046 Scope and Contents

Clothing: Outerwear and Underwear

id177084 6 Personal Artifacts 708047 Scope and Contents

Personal Gear

id177085 7 Personal Artifact 708048 Scope and Contents

Personal Symbol and Toiletries

id177086 8 Tools and Equipment 708049 Scope and Contents

Acoustical; Agricultural; Animal Husbandry

id177087 9 Tools and Equipment 708050 Scope and Contents

Armament: Chapman Collection

id177088 10 Tools and Equipment 708051 Scope and Contents

Armament: Ammunition, Artillery, Bludgeon, Body Armor

id177089 11 Tools and Equipment 708052 Scope and Contents

Armament: Edged

id177090 12 Tools and Equpment 708053 Scope and Contents

Armament: Firearm

id177091 13 Tools and Equipment 708054 Scope and Contents

Food Processing

id177092 14 Tools and Equipment 708055 Scope and Contents

Food Service

id177093 15 Tools and Equpment 708056 Scope and Contents

Blue Glass: Catagories 2 and 4

id177094 16 Tools and Equipment 708057 Scope and Contents

Blue Glass: Category 4

id177095 17 Tools and Equipment 708058 Scope and Contents

Blue Glass: Categoies 4, 5, and 7

id177099 18 Tools and Equipment 708059 Scope and Contents

Forestry; Glass and Plastics; Housekeeping; Leatherworking; Masonry; Mechanical; Medical and Psychological; Meteorlogical' Mining' Musical: Brass, Percussion, String, Woodwind, Unclassified; Nuclear Physics

id177100 19 Tools and Equipment 708060 Scope and Contents

Painting; Papermaking; Photographic; Power Production; Printing; Surveying and Navigational; Textileworking; Thermal, Timekeeping; Weights and Measures

id177105 20 Tools and Equipment 708061 Scope and Contents

Woodworking; Unclassified: General and Special

id177107 21 Tools and Equipment 708062 Scope and Contents

Astronomical; Biological; Chemical; Construction; Data Processing; Drafting; Electrical and Magnetic; Fishing and Trapping; Food Processing

id177109 22 Communication Artifacts 708063 Scope and Contents

Advertising Medium; Documentary; Sound Communication; Telecommunication; Visual Communication; Written Communication

id177111 23 Transportation 708064 Scope and Contents

Aerospace; Land; Rail; Water

id177114 24 Transportation 708065 Scope and Contents

Aerospace; Land; Rail; Water

id177119 25 Art Objects 708066 Scope and Contents

Commercial Decorative Art; Folk Art

id177120 26 Original Art 708067 id177125 27 Recreational Artifacs 708068 Scope and Contents

Games; Toys

id177127 28 Recreational Artifacts 708069 Scope and Contents

Toys: Weaver Dolls

id177131 29 Societal Artifacts 708070 Scope and Contents

Behavioral Artifacts; Ceremonial Artifacts; Exchange Artifacts; Governmental Artifacts

id177134 30 Packages and Containers 708071 Scope and Contents

Product Package; Unclassified Package

id177137 31 Unclassified Artifacts 708072 Scope and Contents

Artifact Remnant; Function Unknown

id177139 32 Natural Substances 708073 Scope and Contents

Taxidermy

id177149 33 Artifacts 708074
id192476 Archivist's Files id192477 141 Archivist's Files 703188 Scope and Contents

Some of the files used by University of North Texas archivist, Richard Himmel, reguarding the artifacts in the Historical Collection.

id192478 141 1 Artifact Lists undated id192479 141 2 Artifact Lists (2) undated id192480 141 3 Artifact Lists (3) undated id192481 141 4 Clippings 1994-1995 id192735 141 5 Museum Artifacts 1980, 1994 - 1995 Scope and Contents

Documents that show the process of clearing title to the artifacts in the Historical Collection.

id192736 141 6 Museum Artifacts 1994-1995 Scope and Contents

Documents and handwritten lists of artifacts on loan to the Historical Collection. These lists were produced during the process of clearing titles to the items.

id192739 142 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Records 703189 Scope and Contents

A collection of papers that document the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act law and the process of compliance.

id192740 142 1 Copy of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Law 1990 id192741 142 2 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Information 1990 - 1995 id192742 142 3 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Information (2) undated id192743 142 4 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act: Interim Rules 1997/01/13 Scope and Contents

This is a copy of the Federal Register.

id192744 142 5 Inventory of Native American Artifacts 1996 id192746 142 6 Mail Return Receipt 1995/11/10 id192747 142 7 Implimenting the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 1997/1/27 and undated id192748 142 8 Grant Information 1997 id192749 142 9 Correspondence: Consultant 1995 id192750 142 10 Correspondence: National Park Service 1995 id192751 142 11 Correspondece: Richard Rafes 1996 id192752 142 12 Correspondence: Dr. Grose 1996 id192753 142 13 Correspondence: Notification 1996/03/11 id192755 142 14 Correspondence: Tribes 1996-1997 id192756 142 15 Correspondence: Tribes (2) 1996-2000 id192757 142 16 Native American Artifacts on Loan to the Denton County Courthouse on the Square Museum circa 1996 id192758 142 17 Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Information Responses 1996 id192759 142 18 Publications Concerning Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act 1996 id192760 142 19 Notes for the Inventory of Native American Artifacts circa 1995 id192761 142 20 Notes on Artifacts undated id192762 142 21 Notes 1995
id204493 143 Archivist's Files id204494 143 1 Artifact in the Annex 1986 Scope and Contents

The items on this list were tranferred to the Layland Museum in Cleburne.

id204495 143 2 Donors: Artifact Returns Information 1994 - 1995 id204496 143 3 Layland Museum, Cleburne, Texas 1995 id204497 143 4 Museum Contacts and Correspondence 1995 id204498 143 5 Proposal for Artifact Transfer Brochure 1995 id204499 143 6 Proposal for Artifact Transfer Brochure, Creation of 1995 id204500 143 7 Denton County Historical Collection Contact 1998, undated id204501 143 8 Newspaper Notice 1995 Scope and Contents

The notice was published to inform people with items on loan to the Historical Collection that UNT wanted to return those artifacts.

id204502 143 9 Official Bids 1995 702936