Margaret Parx Hays Papers, 1850-2008Add to your cart.

By Maddison Craig

Collection Overview

Title: Margaret Parx Hays Papers, 1850-2008Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1942-1986
ID: 01/ AR0906
Primary Creator: Margaret Parx Hays (1919-2008)
Extent: 19.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The Margaret Parx Hays (MPH) papers are arranged into 5 series: Photos, Biographical, Educational, Historical, and Landscape.
Languages: English
Spanish;Castilian

Abstract

The Margaret Parx Hays (MPH) papers contain a collection of letters, photographs, and official documents that depict two separate themes. First, U.S. Foreign Relations through the State Department in both Latin America and Southeast Asia. Second, the local history of Cooke County and Gainesville, TX through the Cooke County Historical Society and prominent genealogy.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The MPH Papers contain papers, letters, photographs, extensive notes, and official documents depicting the life of MPH. The collection is organized first by series of which there are 5: Photos, Biographical, Educational, Historical, and Landscape.

For the most part, items within each series are organized second by type (Correspondence, official document, news clippings), and lastly, chronologically.  The Photographic series is organized into 4 boxes: Personal, Historical and Genealogical, and Sides and Postcards, and Postcards (and Conferences). Each of these boxes is organized chronologically.

The second series, Educational, contains materials from schooling and study as both student and teacher for MPH, MPH's mother Ianna Hays, and her sister Estelle. The Education series is organized into 3 boxes: Conferences (and Postcards continued), Educational Materials and Notes, and Formal Educational Publications (and Genealogy).

Third, the series Biographical is divided into 9 boxes: Educational publications (and genealogy as continued), Family Correspondence and BIographical, Personal Correspondence, Personal Publications, Travel Publications (Box 1-4[genealogy]), and Personal News Clippings. Within each of these boxes, the material is organized chronologically.

The fourth series is historical, divided into 4 boxes of Historical Publications, Internal Notes, Official Correspondence, and News Clippings (and internal notes continued). Within each of these boxes, the material is for the most part organized chronologically.

Lastly, the fifth series is Landscape, arranged into one box, Misc. due to the size and shape of these documents. Documents here are arranged as close to their original order as possible in accordance to this finding aid.

The original intention of the collection was maintained as closely as possible, and unusual groupings of items within folders are annotated on each folder respectively.

The collection includes pieces from her mother, Ianna (Jones) Hays through her death, ranging from 1850 to 2008. Items that were collected by MPH but originally belonged to her mother or sister Estelle (Wallace) Hays are annotated as such.

Collection Historical Note

Margaret Parx Hays (MPH) was born in Gainesville, TX in 1918. After attending Newsome High School in Gainesville, TX (graduated 1931), MPH attended Gainesville Jr College and finally North Texas State Teacher's College (NTSTC), where she received her Bachelor of Science in Education in 1934. After working at the Registrar's office for NTSTC for a few years, she took a hiatus to complete a Masters in Education at the University of Michigan where she matriculated in 1938. MPH returned to her employment at NTSTC until she enlisted in the State Department for her first assignment to the domestic post of New Orleans, LA in 1942. During this time, MPH also applied to the Department of State Foreign Service Office, in which she was approved upon release of her 6mo assignment in New Orleans. She moved to Washington D.C., took the oath and began training for both Foreign Service and Language (Spanish) prior to her first assignment in Dec, of 1942 to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her duty stations are as follows:

12/42 - 1/45: Foreign Service Clerk (Cryptographic Clerk) Buenos Aires, Argentina. At this post, MPH served in a position that left her uniquely aware of the WWII Argentine-US relationship, in which the US denied Lend-Lease aid to Argentina who promptly overthrew the neutral government in favor of a pro-Ally one month before the end of the war.

12/45-12/47: Vice Consul, Cheif Consular Section, Bogota, Columbia. Here, too, MPH witnessed a revolution that overthrew the government for a new one.

3/48-9/50: Vice Consul, Visa Officer/Personnel Officer, Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

1/51-5/54 Area Personnel Placement Officer (Far East), Washington D.C.

7/54-6/55 Personnel Officer, Manila, Philippines. This position ended when MPH was promoted to Consul after passing the Foreign Office Exam. Additionally, this tenure was characterized by a Red Scare investigation into a specific passport denial case, in which MPH was accused of being a communist sympathizer.

6/55-8/56: Consul Cheif Passport Unit, Manila Philippines. The Philippines celebrated their 10-year Independence Day from the United States on July 4, 1956.

12/56-12/58: Consul: Assistant Cheif Visa Dept./Cheif Passport Dept. Mexico City, Mexico. MPH was stationed closer to home than she had been before at this duty station, and so this position was characterized by closeness with family.

6/59-3/61Career Development Officer (Personnel Needs Analyst) Washington DC

3/61-3/62 Assistant Cheif, Latin American Branch, Passport Office, Washington DC

3/62-6/62 Chairman, Staff Corp Review Panel, Washington DC

8/62-7/64 Consul, Chief, Citizenship and Passport Office, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China. After some dedicated sexism from her direct supervisor, MPH retired with prejudice.

After her retirement from the FSO in 1964, MPH returned to Washington D.C. to work at the American University as the Latin American Political Education Analyst and published extensively on the wants and needs of Latin American students in the political realm of the Cold War.

MPH returned home to her ailing mother in 1966 and began a new career by establishing the Cooke County Historical Society (CCHS). Through the foundation of the CCHS, MPH opened the Morton Museum in 1967 through extensive campaigning and grant writing to fund the project. In 1971-1973, MPH worked as a counselor and the Head of the Cooke County Mental Health Hospital working directly with mentally ill patients. Upon completion of her tenure there, MPH worked diligently for the next decade on memorializing and preserving Gainesville, TX and the historical significance of Cooke County. In 1981-1983, MPH served as the first (and to date, only) female Mayor of Gainesville, TX. She continued her work with the Morton Museum, and the foundation and renovation of the Santa Fe Depot museum until her formal retirement in 2002. MPH moved to Chapel Hill, NC to be closer to her sister and nephew, until her death in 2008.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Preferred Citation: Margaret Parx Hays Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections

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  • Series 4: Historical, 1966-2000Add to your cart.

    MPH founded the Cooke County Heritage Society (CCHS), often referred to as the Cooke County Historical Society in letters and paperwork, in 1966. Immediately after fundraising and gaining community support, the CCHS opened the Morton Museum in the old fire station in Gainesville, TX. MPH was an active board member, even during her tenure at the Mental Hospital and as Mayor. MPH continued to campaign for funding and completing historical research until her official retirement in 2002. MPH also began work on the restoration of the Santa Fe Depot (completed in 2001), and other historical ventures documented here.
    • Box 15: Historical Publications, 1889-2008Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      This box contains MPH's historical publications, that were founded by either Personal research or published through the CCHS. This includes a section of publications utilized for historical research from the area.
      Barcode: 714261
      • Folder 1: Cooke County Maps, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        These items were already folded into folder size, so they were returned to an acid-free folder without reshaped housing.

        These maps are estimated to be around the time MPH collected Soil and Historical Resource surveys, but are undated. They are not current maps.

      • Folder 2: Pub: History of Montague County, 1889Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In an effort to collect samples of local history, MPH collected neighboring Montague County's historical publications.
      • Folder 3: Official pub: Camp Howze, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Responsible for WWII POW and Infantry Training for the US Army, the Camp is celebrated as historically important and preserved by the CCHS.
      • Folder 4: Pub: Biographical Info, Texas Government, 1889Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Under a Blue Texas, MPH sourced information about the Texas government during Gainesville, TX's foundational years.
      • Folder 5: Pub: CCHS Publications and Bibliographies, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In a general collection of publications and research material, this folder contributed to exhibits in both museums but are not identified specifically.
      • Folder 6: Pub: Centennial Gainesville, TX, 1950Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH saved the 1850-1950 publication about Gainesville, TX from her Mother's collection. On her return, MPH modeled the 125/150 year celebrations on this formatting.
      • Folder 7: Brochures: Museum Membership Brainstorming, 1967-1968Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In the CCHS's early years, membership and financial support through sponsorship were crucial. Through Grantwriting and Local support, the Morton Museum was founded. Membership ideas and support promotional material in the foundations early years are collected here.
      • Folder 8: Trails of Texas Pub, 1967Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In her initial years of history collection, MPH sourced local Trails information to root Gainesville, TX history back to the settlers and the American revolution. This trails publication covered both state-sponsored, federally-sponsored and local trails.
      • Folder 9: Brochures: Gainesville, TX General History, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH wrote historical brochures of her own under the collaboration and supervision of the CCHS that she founded. Brochures like this were for the general public's information on the surrounding areas and promoted both local histories and local businesses.
      • Folder 10: Pamphlet: Denton County Historical, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In an effort to collect samples of local history, MPH collected neighboring Denton County's historical brochures.
      • Folder 11: Pub: "Meals by Fred Harvey" by Henderson, 1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A Cooke County Local wrote a piece on the Harvey House, a local restaurant that served the community and train travelers in the early 1900s. This publication covers local Gainesville, TX history and was a part of a few Morton Museum walking tours.
      • Folder 12: Brochures: Texas History, 1970-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH's love of travel did not end with her retirement from the FSO. Instead, MPH continued to travel across Texas to various destinations collecting brochures for informational and historical reference. Invested in the CCHS and foundation of the Santa De Depot/Morton Museum, she collected brochures from other museums across the state of Texas.
      • Folder 13: Brochures: Texas Museum's Childrens' Programs, 1970-1971Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In an effort to garner the local community's support for the Morton Museum, MPH collected Brochures from visits to other Texas Local Museums. In these collections, a focus on children's programs allowed MPH to support local schools and summer programs in later CCHS years.
      • Folder 14: Gainesville, TX Bi-centenntial American Revolutionary Meeting, 1976Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        As a part of the United States national movement to celebrate the Nation's bicentennial birthday, the city of Gainesville in collaboration with the CCHS celebrated their American revolutionary roots with a semi-secret meeting.
      • Folder 15: Soil Survey, Cooke County, TX, 1979Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A formal soil survey provided historical information to MPH about surround archeological digs. With rumors of Native American remains in the area, MPH kept a close watch on soil conditions and topography in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
      • Folder 16: Official Publication: Texas Main Street Project, 1980-1989Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The State of Texas Tourism and Historical commissions were interested in promoting small-town Texas to the larger public. This involved the restoration of old historic Main Streets and the subsequent funding support for each.
      • Folder 17: MPH Historical and Edited Published Works, 1980-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Each of MPH's final copy published works for the CCHS on local histories, in which she was either first author or second (formal editor).
      • Folder 18: "Cross Timbers Genealogical Post", 1980-1988Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Cross Timbers, a region of North Texas, wrote a monthly newsletter published for locals interested in their historical genealogy and significance. MPH collected these to assist in her own genealogical study, but also in the methods and practices of the area to promote historical advantage for CCHS.
      • Folder 19: Pub: Cooke County Historic Resource Survey, 1981Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        With State-level assistance, MPH complied a historical resource survey for Gainesville, TX grant writing. In this report, MPH found each historical event, place, and marker potential. Additionally, this survey demonstrated the ability for tourism and the local community to support historical tourist attractions ie Museums, markers, etc.
      • Folder 20: Official Pub: Springs of Texas, 1981Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Many Texas public parks services were opening land works to the public as a draw for tourism. MPH investigated the matter through publications like this one.
      • Folder 21: Pub: Gainesville Chamber of Commerce, 1982-1989Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH was greatly invested in the success of Gainesville local business and government spending. In her tenure as Mayor and the decade following, MPH followed the Chamber of Commerce closely.
      • Folder 22: Official Pub: Surface Transportation Project, 1990-1999Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In an effort to formalize and promote the Santa Fe Depot, MPH became interested in grant writing for Transportation projects instead of historical ones. Additionally, the Federal government's interest in promoting surface transportation projects led to a formal grant that supplied Amtrak to the Gainesville, TX city and county limits again.
      • Folder 23: Dr. Meluguin Address to CCHS, 1992-09-15Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Dr. Rob Meluguin, Professor of Government at the Cooke County Community College, addressed the CCHS on political atmospheres historically in the area. The address was transcripted and published formally.
      • Folder 24: Pub: Texas Committee for the Humanities, 1993-1995Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH  collected this publication for both its program overview and its grant program. MPH was a known excellent grant writer and used publications like this to structure her grant writing.
      • Folder 25: Morton Museum Walking Guide, 1996-1997Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The Morton Museum, in partnership with the CCHS, published walking tours every year to view the historical markers, historical homes, and other historical locations in the area. These walking guides include both locations and descriptions for each historical point, whether official through the State of Texas Historical Society or not.
      • Folder 26: CCHS Committee to Retire Old Buildings, Gainesville, TX, 1997-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The CCHS met to discuss the retirement and addition of older buildings to the historical registry. This involved official applications to the State of Texas Historical commission and subsequent historical documentation that is collected here.
      • Folder 27: Pub: "The Howeths" Cooke County, TX, 1997Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH, in tracing the historical accuracy of her genealogy, collected publications such as this for both historical and personal research.
      • Folder 28: Fairview Cemeteries, 1997Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH, obsessed with her own genealogy, traced the historical importance of several cemeteries in the area. The Fairview plots, however, contained a mass of Cooke County information unrelated to her personal linage.
      • Folder 29: Morton Museum Walking Guides, 1998-1999Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The Morton Museum, in partnership with the CCHS, published walking tours every year to view the historical markers, historical homes, and other historical locations in the area. These walking guides include both locations and descriptions for each historical point, whether official through the State of Texas Historical Society or not.
      • Folder 30: Morton Museum Exhibit Guide, 2000-2008Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Each exhibit published after MPH left Texas for North Carolina is documented there, through mailers to keep her updated.
      • Folder 31: Nelson Grove Cabin and Cemetary, Cooke County, TX, 2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        After exploring her personal ancestry in the Gainesville area, MPH traced her Genealogy back to the Nelsons and their ancestral cabin and cemetery here. MPH successfully traced her lineage to most of the members of the unmarked cemetery.
      • Folder 32: Pub: Gainesville National Bank History, 2001Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Gainesville, Texas was a banking area that was over 100 years old when this article was published. Additionally, Bonnie and Clyde made bank runs near this area, and this article documents their time near here as well.
      • Folder 33: "The Great Hanging" by MPH, 2003Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH wrote her own version of the history of the "Great Hanging" utilizing several sources for her research including Historians at the University of North Texas, personal oral histories from local Gainesville Citizens, and several formally published articles on the topic to write a more complete story.

        The "Great Hanging", an event in which Confederate sympathizers hung to death several North Texas Union sympathizers in the square after the war in Gainesville, TX. MPH sought to commemorate the event in the park in which it occurred and collected an abundance of research personally and through the History department at the University of North Texas to institute the exhibit.

      • Folder 34: Pub: Great Hanging Research, 1999-2002Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The "Great Hanging", an event in which Confederate sympathizers hung to death several North Texas Union sympathizers in the square after the war in Gainesville, TX. MPH sought to commemorate the event in the park in which it occurred and collected an abundance of research personally and through the History department at the University of North Texas to institute the exhibit.
      • Folder 35: "Outlaws of the Old West" by Carl Breihan, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Recording pieces of "old west" history in Texas, MPH added this printed copy of this article to her historical publication collection.
      • Folder 36: "Smoke Signals: C.O. Indian Tribes" by Edward Swick, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Likely printed for MPH's historical education, the tribes listed here do not have an apparent connection to North Texas but MPH deemed them important enough to include in her personal collection of historical publications.
      • Folder 37: Texas Historical Marker Pubs and ApplicationsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        During MPH's tenure working with the CCHS, she implemented a large number of changes for Cooke County through the State of Texas, including the application, writing, and permanent marking new historical sites across the county.
      • Folder 38: Pub: Misc. Events CCHS, 1989-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Including canceled walking tours, scripts for museum tours that were incomplete, and other published materials
    • Box 16: Internal Notes, 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      MPH kept particular notes on all aspects of the CCHS; including fundraising, minutes, applications, group memberships, and grant writing.
      Barcode: 714263
    • Box 17: Family Histories and Official Correspondence, 1835-2010Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      This box is split into 2. First, MPH made a call for papers through the CCHS, asking for family histories to pieces together gaps in the literature for Gainesville, TX. Her call for papers and the documented replies are published here.

      Second, In her capacity as lifetime member, MPH often fielding letters from locals, politicians, and historical societies to ensure the preservation and advancement of the CCHS and the Morton and Santa Fe Museums.

      Barcode: 714262
      • Folder 1: Family: Call for Papers/ Family Histories, 1987Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH called for local historians to submit their families' histories to the CCHS for collection and publication. This call for papers came out to CCHS members my mail and included "how to" instructions.
      • Folder 2: Family History: Dr. Samuel Seth Ligon by Mrs. AY GunterAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In response to MPH's Call for Papers, Gunter responded with the story of her ancestor who was an early Cooke County settler
      • Folder 3: Family History: "The Great Hanging" by George Ragsdale, 1892Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Including a hand-written Ragsdale account, a typed family history, and MPH's notes on the subject for publication in response to her call for papers.
      • Folder 4: Oral History Transcript: Mrs Douglas B Holman, 1948Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Transcripted oral history by her family, Mrs. Holman recounted her parent's (maybe grandparent's) experience in the Civil War, and her time settling in the Gainesville, TX area.
      • Folder 5: Hays Family History by MPH, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH utilized her mother's experiences and her genealogical studies to write her own family's history of settling in the Cooke County area.
      • Folder 6: Family History: "Ware Ranch" by Ethyl Fae Ware, 1841-1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Mrs. Ware wrote the story of her husband's parents settlement into the Cooke County area in 1841, and their time in Texas during the Civil War.
      • Folder 7: Family History: JM Lindsay by Dr. Meluguin, 1835-1919Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Dr. Rob Meluguin from the Cooke County Community College wrote a detailed account of JM Lindsay, a settler to the Gainesville, TX area in 1857.
      • Folder 8: Officially Published Stagecoach Histories, Selected, misc.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A collection of photocopied book pages of the following, in relation to Cooke County Histories;

        The First 100 Years in Cooke County by A Morton Smith (a book which was regarded as foundation to the Morton museum)

        That Old Overland Statecoach  by Boyd, chapter 1 and 9

        Through Unexplored Texas by WB Parker, pg 84/85

        The Butterfield Overland Mail by Waterman L Ormsby, the only through passenger on the first westbound stage, selected pages and primary documents

        History of Irion County by Marvin Carr, pgs 8,29,36

        The Butterfield Line by Boyd, The southern Overland Mail blazed an unbroken trail from Missouri to California in the late 1850s.

        The Stagecoach Mail  author unknown

      • Folder 9: Pub Family History: Early Settler Research, Cooke County, 1987Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH's collection of photocopied publications regarding early settlers in North Texas.
      • Folder 10: Family History: WR Strong, by self, 1914Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Titled "reminiscence", WR Strong self-published his local history in response to MPH's call for papers.
      • Folder 11: Family History: Belle Rodgers, 1850-1938Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In response to MPH's call for papers, Rodger's story was recorded about her memories in the square. Specifically, she recorded what she had remembered about the way the square looked and was constructed for the purposes of reconstruction.
      • Folder 12: TX State Historical Committee Correspondence, 1966-1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH was constantly in correspondence with the TX State Historical Committee for museum foundation and historical resource purposes.
      • Folder 13: CCHS Foundation Official Correspondence, 1966-1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In light of the foundation of the CCHS, mailers to the community and community response are documented here.
      • Folder 14: CCHS Grant Correspondence, 1967Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In her duties as the grant writer, MPH collected the correspondence from successful and unsuccessful attempts at getting grant money for the CCHS.
      • Folder 15: Museum Accredidation Committee Correspondence, 1971Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        In her official capacity as President, MPH was responsible for the formal accreditation of the museum including historical resource surveys.
      • Folder 16: Correspondence: Senate Bill 321, 1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH wrote to Senators to state her public opinion on the Antiquities Committee sponsored by the state for historical and archeological preservation.
      • Folder 17: Correspondence: TX State Historical Survey Committee, 1970-1985Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        With the continued development and accounting for historical resources (newly developed homes, train stations, family histories etc.) This correspondence from MPH to the TSHSC includes the promotion and advancement of new financial resources offered by the state.
      • Folder 18: CCHS Correspondence (Folder 1 of 2), 1968-1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        General correspondence between MPH and the public and government offices regarding the works and actions of the CCHS and foundation/support of the Morton Museum
      • Folder 19: CCHS Correspondence (Folder 2 of 2), 1968-1970Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        General correspondence between MPH and the public and government offices regarding the works and actions of the CCHS and support of the Morton Museum/foundation of the Santa Fe Depot
      • Folder 20: CCHS Correspondence, 1971-1976Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        General correspondence between MPH and the public and government offices regarding the works and actions of the CCHS and support of the Morton Museum/foundation of the Santa Fe Depot
      • Folder 21: CCHS Correspondence, 1977-1989Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        General correspondence between MPH and the public and government offices regarding the works and actions of the CCHS and foundation/support of the Morton Museum/Santa Fe Depot. These years include MPH's step down from an active role with the Society as she focused on the Mental Health Hospital and Mayorship of Gainesville.
      • Folder 22: CCHS Correspondence, 1999-2010Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        General correspondence between MPH and the public and government offices regarding the works and actions of the CCHS and support of the Morton Museum/foundation of the Santa Fe Depot. However, these years cover her full retirement from the program as she only responds to messages directed at something she exclusively is able to handle.
      • Folder 23: National Preservation Needs Correspondence, 1999Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Specific to the preservation of historical buildings and landmarks, MPH corresponds with the National Preservation society regarding methods and grant information.
      • Folder 24: CCHS Other Group Membership, 1997-1998Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A written record of memberships that the CCHS and thus MPH were participants in. For example, other museum and historical associations at a state and federal level make up a majority of memberships on the list.
      • Folder 25: Sesquincentennial Correspondence Cooke County, TX, 1997-1999Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Regarding Gainesville's birthday, the CCHS organized an event in which local politicians attended.
      • Folder 26: Correspondence: Amtrak, Gainesville, TX, 1999Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Amtrak Trains decided, after some petition from MPH, to begin regular service through the historic train station in Gainesville, TX. Gainesville was originally founded as a train station point to the West, as a major transportation hub. This historic event was important to the CCHS and was celebrated throughoutt the county.
      • Folder 27: Correspondence and Notes; Depot Days and Opening, 1992-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        With the adoption of the Santa Fe Depot and subsequent renovation, Depot Days allowed the public an inside look at the to-be museum and encouraged fundraising and community involvement.
      • Folder 28: Harvey House Depot Days, 2001-2002Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The Harvey House, the former diner and bed and breakfast in Gainesville for the past train-station riders, was celebrated and added to the Depot Days celebration when the Santa Fe Depot renovation opened.
      • Folder 29: The Great Hanging, Gainesville, TX, 2002-2003Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The "Great Hanging", an event in which Confederate sympathizers hung to death several North Texas Union sympathizers in the square after the war in Gainesville, TX. MPH sought to commemorate the event in the park in which it occurred and collected an abundance of research personally and through the History department at the University of North Texas to institute the exhibit.

        This folder contains MPH's extensive notes on other histories written on the topic, as well as a variety of mappings for the actual Museum installation she intended to place in its original location.

      • Folder 30: Bass Park "The Great Hanging" Installation, 2003Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        For the Bass Park Great Hanging installation, MPH would require funding and plot on the land. All phases of the project are listed here, including historical resources to apply to the new exhibit. There is no evidence that the exhibit ever came to fruition.
      • Folder 31: University of North Texas Legislation, 1988-1989Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH agreed to serve as part of UNT's Legislative Advisory Committee in regards to "lobbying" for state education funding. Due to financial crises, MPH served as a writer to Senate and House members regarding educational funding for North Texas, the expansion of the University of Texas at Dallas to a four-year institution, and the promotion of the University of Texas at Austin for higher education.

        During this time, MPH served as a promotional advisor for the furtherance of government (from her FSO experience) and specifically her history experience (with the CCHS).

    • Box 18: News Clippings (and Internal Notes), 1915-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      MPH saved news clippings regarding CCHS and other historical information from the Gainesville Daily Register.
      Barcode: 714264
      • Folder 1: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 1 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 2: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 2 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 3: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 3 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 4: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 4 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 5: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 5 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 6: CCHS New Clippings (Folder 6 of 6), 1966-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH collected clippings regarding local histories, the museum and CCHS work, major local events, and other miscellaneous things she found important published exclusively in the Gainesville Daily Register. Some clippings are dated, but not all. Most are on the original newspaper print, but some are photocopies. No part of this segment of folders is duplicated, so each piece is unique.
      • Folder 7: News Clippings: Chisolm Trail Museum, Gainesville, TX, 1967Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The mobile Chisolm Trail museum as it came to Gainesville, TX is recorded in the Gainesville Daily Register on both on its way, and during its stay.
      • Folder 8: News Clippings: Cooke County Church Histories, 1972Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        During MPH's collection of historical survey information for Federal and State grants, she collected Newspaper articles regarding the history of churches in the area that were founded more than 100 years prior to the date the articles were published in the Gainesville Daily Register.
      • Folder 9: Heritage Highlights, 1966-08 to 1974-12Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The CCHS released the Heritage Highlights as a "newspaper" for the goings on in the Gainesville, TX area regarding historical discoveries and events. The mailer was once a month, and collected here in its entirety, including add-on mailers.
      • Folder 10: Heritage Highlights, 1975-01 to 1985-03Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The CCHS released the Heritage Highlights as a "newspaper" for the goings on in the Gainesville, TX area regarding historical discoveries and events. The mailer was once a month, and collected here in its entirety, including add-on mailers.
      • Folder 11: Heritage Highlights, 1985-04 to 1994-12Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The CCHS released the Heritage Highlights as a "newspaper" for the goings on in the Gainesville, TX area regarding historical discoveries and events. The mailer was once a month, and collected here in its entirety, including add-on mailers. This folder begins the addition of brightly colored paper.
      • Folder 12: CCHS Mailer Add-ons, 1980-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The CCHS released the Heritage Highlights as a "newspaper" for the goings on in the Gainesville, TX area regarding historical discoveries and events. The mailer was once a month, and collected here in its entirety, including add-on mailers.
      • Folder 13: News Clippings: Camp Howze, Gainesville, TX, 1985Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Clipped from the Gainesville Daily Register, Camp Howze Days were important for recalling the WWII history including infantry training and POW camp.
      • Folder 14: News Clippings: Olena School, 1915, 1995Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Both from the Gainesville Daily Register, news about the opening and closing of the Olena School in Gainesville, TX reporting on its construction and tear down.
      • Folder 15: News Clippings: Santa Fe Depot Days Opening, 2001Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Both originals and photocopies from the Gainesville Daily Register reporting on the final completion of restoration on the Santa Fe Depot Museum.
      • Folder 16: News Clippings: The Great Hanging, Gainesville, TX, 2002Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        As MPH began to publish her findings and petitioning for the creation of a Great Hanging Memorial, the Gainesville Daily Register picked up on the story and published it.
      • Folder 17: News: Cooke County College, 1965-1989Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The Local community college kept the publication of news bulletins for the local community and for its students.
      • Folder 18: Notes: CCHS Gainesville Circus, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Regarding the Gainesville Circus, the first traveling circus in North Texas, the collection of research and exhibit materials are annotated here.
      • Folder 19: CCHS Financials, 1966-1968Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        For the foundation of the Morton Museum, this is the collection of formal financial records regarding donations and stipends, and how they were spent.
      • Folder 20: CCHS Minutes, 1989-1995Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Formal minutes recorded, as MPH returned to a more active position in the CCHS post-Mayorship.
      • Folder 21: CCHS Membership, 1988-2000Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Extensive records including addresses and donations of membership for each year from the CCHS.
      • Folder 22: TP Airheart Collection, Denver, C.O., n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Photocopied material from the exhibit for notes regarding a new exhibit. While MPH was interested in the history of the West, the Morton Museum ultimately settled on North Texas history exclusively.
      • Folder 23: Cooke County Archeological Dig, 1969Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        During a construction dig, workers discovered what was presumed to be Indian remains in Cooke County. MPH took a great interested in the local history of the area, including the archeological discoveries made there, as she noted all information and collected news clippings regarding the event.
      • Folder 24: First Board of Trustees Meeting, 1968-11-21Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH conducted the first Board of Trustees meeting for the Morton Museum, after collecting enough patronage to warrant a board.
      • Folder 25: Texas League of Women Voters, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        MPH's participation initially rested in ensuring funding for the museum and educational programs. After retirement from the CCHS, MPH continues lobbying for Senior Citizen's rights.
      • Folder 26: CCHS Board Packet, n.d.Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        This packet was bracketed in a folder and removed for preservation purposes. It is unclear if this is the first board packet because MPH served in that capacity for several years. However, this version of the packet seems to be newer as it does not include the Santa Fe Depot.  The packet itself serves as a tool for board members to conduct membership applications, to pursue funding, and for further information for the community.
      • Folder 27: CCHS Guestbook, 1966Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A guestbook for CCHS meetings prior to the museum opening. This documents those in the community interested in membership, which was later used for that purpose.

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