01/AR0336 Guide to the Texas County Records Texas County

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Guide to the Texas County Records 1885/2006 Manuscripts Overview of the Collection Texas County Records 1885-2006 1885-1940s 01/AR0336 1.00 English Manuscripts Texas-based printings and papers acquired from the former UNT historical museum on campus. Administrative Information 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:

Texas County Records, University of North Texas Special Collections

Related Materials:

University of North Texas Historical Museum Book Collection

University of North Texas Historical Museum Periodical 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:

Items are arranged chronologically.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various typed and printed documents, including brochures, student essays, license records, county histories, inventories, and small local publications from various Texas counties. Items come from the North Texas Historical Museum that existed on the UNT campus in what is now Curry Hall from 1925 until its closure in 1986.

The museum was started by the university's history department and the E.D. Criddle Society, a historical society that Professor Criddle founded. Joseph Lyman Kingsbury, a North Texas history professor from 1925-1949, was the main person responsible for gathering the collection. In 1930, the museum was named the Texas State Historical Collection by the state legislature. It held over 250,000 items from all over the world by 1952, until the mid-1960s when Kingsbury's wife retired and the collection was left with no curator.

In 1971, Barbara Butler was named the director and sought to revitalize the collection through increased funding, sponsored lectures, and public outreach. Butler was succeeded by Linda Lavendar, who ran the museum until it closed in 1986. Items in the collection were then divided out among the UNT Archives and the Denton County Historical Museum.

Detailed List of Contents id95080 1 654340 id200713 1 1 Cooke County, Gainesville 1885 Scope and Contents

Contains a bound copy of "The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas. October, A.D. 1862," by Thomas Barrett

id200714 1 2 Little Elm 1885 Scope and Contents

Page ad of "McNeil's Polymathical Investigator," a weekly printing.

id200715 1 3 Parker County 1904-1956 Scope and Contents

Records of dentist's licenses

id200716 1 4 Pan American League 1922-1923 Scope and Contents

Annual yearbooks and programs, in English and Spanish, from Dallas, TX and Atlanta, GA

id200717 1 5 Bonham 1929 Scope and Contents

An essay and publication on Bonham history

id200718 1 6 Grayson County 1929 Scope and Contents

Essays from the Grayson County Historical Essays Contest

id200719 1 7 Texas State Parks circa 1940s Scope and Contents

Brochures and maps

id200720 1 8 Inventories 2006 Scope and Contents

Inventories of various Texas county record boxes