02/24/U0081 Guide to the Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit Collection Dog Trots and Mud Cats - Museum Finding Aid Authors: Perri Hamilton and Rachel Motes.

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Guide to the Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit Collection 1976/1983 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit Collection 1976-1978 02/24/U0081 Jordan, Terry, 1938-2003 Bonneau, Cirrus, 1948-2017 Lavender, Linda, 1950- 5.00 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/
The material in this collection was used in the development of a book and exhibit on Texas log cabins, "Dog Trots and Mud Cats." The materials consist of photographs and negatives, lable text, lists, diagrams, research material, and budget information.
Biographical Information:

Terry Jordan was the Chairman of the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas from 1962 until 1982. Terry was born on August 9, 1938, in Dallas. In 1956, he enrolled in Southern Methodist University and was also a member and secretary of Beta Theta Phi fraternity and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated after three and a half years in January 1960, and received a $7,000 Southern Teaching Career Fellowship from the Council of Southern Universities for three years of graduate study for the Ph.D. Terry began his master's studies at Texas in fall 1960 at the age of 22, and he speedily completed his master's program in August 1961. In August 1962, he married Marlis Anderson. In January 1969, Dean Frank Gifford offered Terry the chairmanship of the Department of Geography at the University of North Texas with full professor status, telling him that they were seeking a vigorous young scholar who would continue to publish and would lead a transition from a teacher's college to a regional state university. Terry accepted this offer and remained at the department as chair until 1982. His appointment was newsworthy: the Dallas Morning News ran a feature article on his hire by Walter Moore, editor of the Texas Almanac. Over time, Terry became more interested in log structures (he never called them cabins) as a cultural indicator. He began maintaining a register of log structures at Denton, and he avidly sought examples throughout Texas and elsewhere, carefully noting building and notching styles. He published a series of articles on Texas log structures and a book, Texas Log Buildings: A Folk Architecture. This book won him the Tullis Prize of the Texas State Historical Association as the best book published on Texas history in 1978. He also won awards from the Texas Heritage Council, the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, and the American Association of State and Local History, and he was named one of sixty Fellows of the Texas State Historical Association in 1980. Terry chaired the geography department at North Texas for thirteen years. In 1982, Terry received the Honors Award of the Association of American Geographers, which was presented April 27, 1982, at the AAG meetings in San Antonio. About this same time, he was recruited by The University of Texas at Austin to fill its Walter Prescott Webb Chair of History and Ideas. The position at Austin came with research funding, and this enabled Terry to more freely pursue international research in such places as China, Tibet, Russia and Siberia, Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, Alaska, Tahiti, Scandinavia, Spain, and Korea. During the last twenty-one years of his life at Austin, Terry enjoyed his office in Room 306 of the Geography Building. He taught up until the final weeks before his death. He was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and died In October of 2003. Shortly after his diagnosis of terminal pancreatic cancer, the Department of Geography and the Environment at Texas honored him with a special reception, dedicating a newly renovated classroom in his honor.

Access Terms

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

Corporate Name: North Texas State University. Genre/Form of Material: Negatives (photographs) Photographs. Personal Name: Bonneau, Cirrus, 1948-2017. Jordan, Terry, 1938-2003. Lavender, Linda, 1950- Topical Term: Log cabins--Design and construction. Log cabins--Texas. Log cabins--pictorial works.
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Transfer

Custodial History:

Transferred to the 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:

Dog Trots and Mud Cats: Photographs and Exhibit Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

Dog Trots and Mud Cats Collection

Terry Jordan Collection

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is store off-site.  Items stored off-site require a minimum of 24 hours to retreive.

Arrangement of Materials:

The materials are in their original order. The documents' order follows: museum records, exhibit prepatory materials, and oversized photographic material.

Scope and Contents

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. The first box contains negatives of the 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.

Detailed List of Contents id90503 1 Museum Collections 652019

Located in Archives Room at Annex.

Scope and Contents

This box also contains Ranching and Museum brochure proofs, University Prints from the Historical Collection, and Public Affair Awards.

id163438 2 Dog Trots and Mud Cats Exhibit Preparation Material circa 1976 642744 Scope and Contents

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.

id163439 2 1 Negatives Scope and Contents

Also includes negatives related to the corresponding log-cabin book published by Linda Lavender and Cirrus Bonneau, as well as corresponding exposure notes for those negatives. Some are labeled as to where they are published in the book, while others are unidentified as being specifically located and/or used.

id163440 2 2 Prints Scope and Contents

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.

id163442 2 3 Map Scope and Contents

A map showing the "Distribution of Log Construction, Eastern Half of Anglo-America."

id163445 2 4 Print Scope and Contents

An image of the John Neely Bryan log cabin in downtown Dallas.

id163457 2 5 Labels Scope and Contents

Two text labels for the exhibit printed with black letters on clear plastic.

id163460 2 Three ring binder id163474 2 Exhibit Panel Plans Scope and Contents

Four pages of notebook paper with the outline of the exhibit panel plans with titles and lists of images to be used.

id163532 2 2 Photo Murals Scope and Contents

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.

id163533 2 3 Panel 1 Scope and Contents

"Panel 1: Introduction and Credits"

id163539 2 4 Panel 3: What is a Log House id163540 2 5 Panel 4: Where Did They Come From? id163541 2 6 Panel 6: Gone To Texas id163542 2 7 Panel 7: Give My Love to Sister Amanda id163543 2 8 Panel 8: Myths and Romanticism id163544 2 9 Panel 9: Making the Myth id163545 2 10 Panel 10: Sawn Lumber id163550 2 11 Panel 11: Depression Houses id163552 2 12 Panels 13 and 14: Remodeling and Restoration id163553 2 13 Panel 15: Contemporary Construction "Pre-Fabs" id163554 2 14 Panel 14: Open to the Public id163557 2 15 Color Work Scope and Contents

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.

id163558 2 16 Doye Homestead - Maxwell Family id163555 2 Binder Contents Scope and Contents

The binder has diagrams, measurements, text, lists of items needed, research notes, photographic prints, budget information, and drawings for each panel.

id174940 3 Exhibit Preparation Materials 708139 id174956 3 1 “Our Cabin” Picture Clipping Scope and Contents

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.

id174957 3 2 Log Cabin Notch Documents Scope and Contents

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.

id174958 3 3 Laminated Projection Sheet Clippings Scope and Contents

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.

id174959 3 4 Exhibit Panel Notes Scope and Contents

This contains notes about the exhibit panels and their order as well as suggested tools or items to be exhibited with them.

id174960 3 5 Foundations – Panel 3

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

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.

id174961 3 6 The Long Road West – Panel 4

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

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.

id174962 3 7 Gone To Texas – Panel 5

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.

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of pictures and prints.

id174963 3 8 Log Cabin Candidate – Panel 8

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains a negative with a paper sleeve and photographs of artifacts and prints.

id174965 3 9 Marketing the Myth – Panel 9

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

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.

id174966 3 10 Saw Lumber – Panel 10

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.

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of log cabins and even one of “lumbering trains and crew in a forest in eastern Texas”

id174967 3 11 The Great Depression – Panel 11

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of log cabins.

id174969 3 12 Photomural – Panel 12

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of an elderly man and woman standing in front of what appears to be a log cabin entryway.

id174970 3 13 Use, Reuse, and Abuse – Panel 13

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.

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of the interior and exterior of log cabins.

id174971 3 14 Open to the Public – Panel 14

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.

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains photographs of log cabins as well as a couple of a woman sitting on the porch of a log cabin.

id174972 3 15 A Brand New Very Old Idea – Panel 15

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.

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains documents advertising log cabins and photographs of log cabin businesses.

id174973 3 16 Photomural – Panel 16

This was a pre-compiled folder.

Scope and Contents

This contains a photograph of a log cabin with a dead tree (or dry wood) in front of it.

id174974 3 17 Photographs of Log Cabin Glass Bottles

One glass bottle is positioned to show the text, “Old Cabin Bitters,” on its ‘roof’ below the bottles neck.

2 Photos
id174975 3 18 Das Peach Haus Correspondence 12-08-1978 Scope and Contents

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.

id174976 3 19 B. Carroll Tharp Correspondence 12-06-1978 Scope and Contents

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.”

id174977 3 20 Whiskey Labels Scope and Contents

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.

id174978 3 21 Historical Collection Prints 1-26-1983 Scope and Contents

This contains black and white prints and negatives, from the Historical Collection, of people, log cabins, and covers of songbooks.

id174979 3 22 Tin Roof Log Cabins 2 Photos id174980 3 23 Log Cabin Porches 2 Photos id174981 3 24 Log Cabin with Garden 2 Photos id174982 3 25 Log Cabin with Wagon Frame id174983 3 26 Log Cabin Porch with Covered Firewood 6 Photos id174984 3 27 Exterior Log Cabin Corner with Work Gloves and Rope 4 Photos id174985 3 28 Log Cabin with Family in Front of it 2 Photos id174987 3 29 Log Cabin with Wired Fence 2 Photos id174988 3 30 “The Farmer of North Bend” Song Cover Page 2 Photos id174989 3 31 “The Hard Cider Quick Step” Song Cover Page 3 Photos id174990 3 32 “The Log House” Song Cover Page 3 Photos id174991 3 33 Log Cabin in the Woods Scene 4 Photos id174992 3 34 Different Log Cabins 5 Photos id174993 3 35 Log Cabin with Damaged Roof-siding 2 Photos id174994 3 36 Log Cabin in the Tree Shades 4 Photos id174995 3 37 Photo of Archival Document id174996 3 38 Photo of the “Log Cabin Song” Song Cover Page id177808 3 39 Computer Cards id177809 3 40 Negatives
id174941 4 Oversized Photographs 708140 id174943 4 2 Gentlemen and 1 Lady id174944 4 Exhibit/Displays id174945 4 Exhibit/Display with model ships and a girl standing in front of it id174946 4 Books, Typewriter, and more id174947 4 Separated Photograph from Folder 7 Scope and Contents

A large print/ picture of man in a suit staring at a sign with “G.T.T.” nailed to a door.

id174948 4 Separated Photographs from Folder 10 Scope and Contents

Two Large photographs focused on an exposed exterior corner of a log cabin with wooden sideboard paneling (and a window air conditioning unit).

id174949 4 Separated Photograph from Folder 13 Scope and Contents

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.

id174950 4 Separated Photograph from Folder 14 Scope and Contents

A large photograph of a white log cabin with a dog trot.

id174951 4 Separated Photograph from Folder 15 Scope and Contents

A large photograph of a log cabin exterior corner with a small wooden ladder (or some type of wooden frame).

id174952 4 “The Cabin” Print 3 id174953 4 Log Cabin Exterior on Oversized Tan Cardstock
id174942 5 Posters 708141 id174954 5 “Dog Trots and Mud Cats: the Texas log House” Posters 10 Scope and Contents

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.”