By Ashley Rankin and E. Aparicio
|Title:||Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way), 1973-1999|
|Arrangement:||The first four boxes in this collection are arranged in alphabetical order according to research subject. The last box contains loose research materials that were not received in alphabetical order.|
|Date Acquired:||00/04/2014. More info below under Accruals.|
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|Acquisition Source:||Leo Cusimano|
|Preferred Citation:||Dennis Vercher Collection (The Dallas Way), University of Noth Texas Special Collections|
|Finding Aid Revision History:||Cody Rone added Box 5 Item 32 Mapsco Dallas and Item 1 Dennis Vercher's Typewriter on 2019-07-10.|
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When Dallas Voice was founded, we submitted typed articles that we scanned. Then we proofed the scans because the scanner often read letters incorrectly. The scan could be sized into columns and those were cut out and pasted onto full-sized sheets that were waxed, rolled and driven to the printer.
This is Dennis Vercher’s typewriter that he brought to the office when he was hired. When we went to a computer system and learned to use Word Perfect, he kept the typewriter on his desk.
After Dennis retired for health reasons, Tammye Nash became editor. She took Dennis’ desk and the typewriter sat on her desk until she left in 2013. The new editor — someone who hadn’t worked with Dennis — didn’t want it, so David Taffet moved it to his desk, where it’s been sitting as a tribute to Dennis and a reminder of his high standard of journalistic values — until it was donated to UNT’s LGBT archives in 2019.
Along with the typewriter, Dennis had a Mapsco that everyone used. The Mapsco store was on Maple Avenue. The building is now a El Rio Grande supermarket. To use a Mapsco, look up a street name and street address number range in the front section of the book. That refers you to a page with a letter that shows what sector you’ll find the street on the page. On top, bottom and each side of each map page, it tells you on what page the map continues. The Mapsco has been sitting on top of Dennis’ typewriter since before his death.
Description provided by David Taffet, donor.Barcode: 5001313845