L.D. Sparkman Collection, 1928-2011Add to your cart.

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Title: L.D. Sparkman Collection, 1928-2011Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0822
Extent: 44.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Series 1: Slides is arranged first by four to five 35mm carousels to a box, which are also housed alphabetically by trip. Included in this series are stereo format slides in original containers, as well as 35mm slides in sleeves. Series 2: Photo Prints are arranged alphabetically, as well as by date with the Jacob's Pillow notebook treated as a separate unit. Series 3: Papers and Negatives are arranged in alphanumerical order. Series 4: Publications are housed with the book materials in Special Collections. Series 5: Artifacts is arranged by smaller artifacts, followed by those not kept in boxes. Series 6: Additional Slides and Photographs are arranged first by 35mm slides, then carousels, followed by Stereo Realist slides and lastly, photographic materials. Series 7: Recordings is arranged by the name of the opera or name of the recording in alphabetical order.
Date Acquired: 11/04/2012

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Leon D. Sparkman, Jr., or L.D. Sparkman (1927-2012), as he was commonly called, was an art teacher who worked with the Fort Worth Independent School District. Prior to, or during his teaching position, Sparkman was also a dancer who performed in The Dreams of Jacob as part of the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival in 1949. Photographs in a scrapbook from this period of time document Mr. Sparkman’s stay at the dance school as well as the other dance and/or theater shows he performed in. At the Jacob's Pillow School, Sparkman was in the company of several well-known dancers, including Ruth St. Denis, Hugh Laing, Ted Shawn, Swen Swenson, Karoun Tootikian, Tom Two Arrows (Thomas J. Dorsey), the choreographer Antony Tudor and Jocelyn Vollmar. He was also a member of the North Texas State College Modern Dance Group during the 1950s and he served in the Korean War with the Army Air Force.

Sparkman traveled to Arizona, California, Canada, Colorado, Germany, Mexico, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Philadelphia, San Antonio and Switzerland. Records of his travels, which comprise the bulk of the collection, are in slide format, including glass slides and some stereoscope images. Photographs, which reveal more about the Sparkman family history are also included with images of Sparkman's mother, Lela, his father, Leon Sparkman, Sr., his cousin, Maurine Monk, their friends, Juanita Sanders Owen and E.T. Sanders along with other relatives.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Acquisition Source: Robbie Swafford
Related Materials: Mildred Schaeffer Zichner Collection
Preferred Citation: L.D. Sparkman Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections
Finding Aid Revision History: Cody Rone added Series 5 Box 47: Glass Slides Stereoscope, Sylvania Projector Lamp Bulb, Photograph in Frame, Slide Changer Magazine on 2019-07-10.


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  • Series 4: PublicationsAdd to your cart.

    • Item 1: A Bunch of Primroses, George Robert Sims, 1891Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      This book was published by Raphael Tuck & Sons. Illustrated by J. Willis Grey.

      Inscription on the inside front cover reads:

      "A Christmas Greeting From Auntie."

      This item is located in Rare Books.

    • Item 2: Playmates Stories, 1919, 1927, 2008Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

      This book was published McLoughlin Brothers, New York.

      The book was given to Juanita Sanders (later named Juanita Sanders Owen) by her grandfather in 1919.

      The inscription on the inside cover reads:

      "Juanita Sanders - This book given to her by her grandfather. X-Mas, 1919. W.R. Watherly"

      The inscriptions on the inside back cover reads:

      "This, the year of 1927, I live in Denton, Texas and am 15 years of age. I live at 618 South Elm St. My phone number is 413W. My box number is 973. I am in the 10th grade in High School."

      "This year - 2008 - I'm 96 years old. Live in a care facility. My caretaker is Leon D. Sparkman, Jr. His birth - 1927 - Sept. 9th (Denton, Texas). My birth -1912 - Jan. 24th. ______ Co. (Between - Garza, TX & Cornith [Corinth], TX) L.D.'s address: 1201 Tulane, Denton, Texas, 76201."

      This item is located in Rare Books.

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