Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas:

An Inventory of Texas Writers' Project Records at the Texas State Archives, 1903, 1912-1916, 1931-1958, undated, bulk 1936-1942



Overview

Creator: Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas.
Title: Texas Writers' Project records
Dates: 1903, 1912-1916, 1931-1958, undated
bulk 1936-1942
Abstract: The Works Progress Administration (WPA), later known as the Work Projects Administration, was a federal relief agency established on May 6, 1935, by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. The Texas Writers' Project, directed by James Francis (J. Frank) Davis was part of the Federal Writers' Project, a national WPA initiative. The Project employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest for eventual publication. Records date 1903, 1912-1916, 1931-1958, undated, bulk 1936-1942, and consist primarily of unpublished research materials and manuscript drafts as well as transcriptions of items dating 1715-1941, created and compiled by the Texas Writers' Project, District 9, Work Project No. 16206, Official Project No. 165-1-166-109.
Quantity: 4.5 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English, with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was a federal relief agency established on May 6, 1935, by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt as part of the New Deal. In Texas, the WPA helped 600,000 people provide subsistence for themselves and their families through employment in a wide variety of projects based on local needs and workforce skills. In Texas, this included construction, vocational training, childcare, garment manufacturing, gardening and food production, healthcare, libraries and archives, recreation, and the arts. The name of the agency was changed to the Work Projects Administration on July 1, 1939, when it was placed under the supervision of the Federal Works Agency, an umbrella agency, although its purposes and operations continued as before. Due to falling unemployment during World War II, the WPA began phasing out operations in Texas in 1942, and the agency was dissolved on June 30, 1943.

Major archival and literary programs of the WPA in Texas included the Texas Historical Records Survey and the Texas Writers' Project, both organized in 1935. The Historical Records Survey hired historians, lawyers, teachers, and clerical workers to prepare inventories of historical materials.

The Texas Writers' Project, directed by author and newspaperman James Francis (J. Frank) Davis, employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest. Its best-known publication was Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State (1940), cosponsored and copyrighted by the Texas State Highway Commission for tourism development. Costs associated with the publication of these guides were usually underwritten by sponsors. Areas of Texas were assigned as Writers' Project districts, and researchers visited local libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and community members to collect information including folklore and folkways, legends, and local events and customs. The Writers' Project also researched the histories of Texas towns and cities, transcribed old newspaper articles, wrote essays on business, industry, architecture, and other topics, and created walking tours of historical sites. Writers also worked on a regional series and suggested for publication such titles as America Eats (on the culture and traditions associated with regional cuisine; to include recipes); Hands That Built America (a history of handicrafts, sometimes also referred to as Hands that Built the Nation); and The Western Range: The Story of the Grasslands (in cooperation with the Texas Historical Records Survey project). The University of Texas Bureau of Research in the Social Sciences sponsored the project after the federal government withdrew full funding in 1939; after the program ended, the bulk of its manuscript materials were deposited in the University of Texas at Austin archives.

(Sources include: Johnson, John, G, "Texas Writers' Project," Handbook of Texas Online;" Works Projects Administration," Handbook of Texas Online; Randle, Mallory B, "Records of the Works Projects Administration," Administrative History, National Archives, all accessed August 2, 2016; and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Writers' Project was a federal relief program of the Works Progress Administration (WPA, renamed the Work Projects Administration on July 1, 1939), directed by James Francis (J. Frank) Davis. The Project employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest for eventual publication. Records date 1715-1958 and undated and consist of materials relating to District 9, Work Project No. 16206, Official Project No. 165-1-166-109. County histories, dating 1912, 1935-1937, 1956-1958, undated, bulk 1935-1936, consist of transcriptions of published materials such as newspaper articles, book excerpts, and court records; also present are unpublished interviews, research notes, and manuscript drafts compiled by Writers' Project researchers, as well as a thesis, newspaper clippings, and postcards. City and town historical materials dating 1903, 1914-1916, 1931-1955, and undated, are primarily transcriptions made during the Writers' Project along with manuscript drafts, newspaper clippings, non-WPA publications, illustrations, and photographs. The transcriptions, made between 1938 and 1941, include newspaper articles, history essays, archival documents, and court records originally dating 1731-1941; dates of the transcribed items are noted where possible. Hands That Built America materials concern research for a national publication on the history of handicrafts that was never completed and include outlines, transcriptions, translations, and research notes, dating 1941-1942; dates of the transcribed items are noted where possible. Items dating post-1942 may have been added to these records while they were in the custody of the Secretary of State, but no documentation is present.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Organization of the Records

The records are organized into three series:
County histories, 1912, 1935-1937, 1956-1958, undated, bulk 1935-1936, 0.75 cubic ft.
City and town historical materials, 1903, 1914-1916, 1931-1955, undated, 3.5 cubic ft.
Hands That Built America materials, 1941-1942, 0.25 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies.

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
United States. Work Projects Administration.
Subjects (Organizations):
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas.
Subjects:
Archival surveys--Texas.
County government--Texas--History.
Municipal government--Texas--History.
Places:
Texas--History.
Texas--Social life and customs.
Bell County (Tex.)--History.
Burleson County (Tex.)--History.
Falls County (Tex.)--History.
Fayette County (Tex.)--History.
Gillespie County (Tex.)--History.
Kleberg County (Tex.)--History.
Milam County (Tex.)--History.
San Saba County (Tex.)--History.
Ballinger (Tex.)--History.
Bastrop (Tex.)--History.
Beaumont (Tex.)--History.
Bryan (Tex.)--History.
Castroville (Tex.)--History.
Corpus Christi (Tex.)--History.
Corsicana (Tex.)--History.
Dallas (Tex.)--History.
Denton (Tex.)--History.
El Paso (Tex.)--History.
Fort Worth (Tex.)--History.
Gatesville (Tex.)--History.
Gainesville (Tex.)--History.
Galveston (Tex.)--History.
Greenville (Tex.)--History.
Houston (Tex.)--History.
Marshall (Tex.)--History.
Palestine (Tex.)--History.
Paris (Tex.)--History.
San Angelo (Tex.)--History.
Sherman (Tex.)--History.
Tyler (Tex.)--History.
Uvalde (Tex.)--History.
Waco (Tex.)--History.
San Antonio (Tex.)--History.
Document Types:
Research notes--Texas--History.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas--History.
Drafts (documents)--Texas--History.
Reports--Texas--History.
Publications--Texas--History.
Transcriptions (documents)--Texas--History.
Photographs--Texas--History.
Postcards--Texas--History.
Theses--Texas--History.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Planning Board, Works Progress Administration studies, 1929-1937, undated, bulk 1935-1937, 2.31 cubic ft., 53 maps
Texas Governor James V. Allred records, 1931-1939, bulk 1935-1938, 54.05 cubic ft.
Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel records, 1938-1941, undated, bulk 1939-1941, 73.79 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board Civilian Conservation Corps drawings, 1905-1974, undated, bulk 1933-1945, 28.17 cubic ft.
Texas Planning Board records, 1914-1939, undated, bulk 1934-1939, 19.43 cubic feet, 3 scrapbooks, 366 maps, 48 photographs
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
Works Progress Administration Records, 1933-1943, 928 ft., 10 in.
Fort Worth (Texas) Narrative, 1812-1939, 6 ft., 5 in.
Works Progress Administration Records: Slave Narratives, 2 ft., 4 in.
La Villita Corporation Records, 1939-1966, 2 ft.
Allen (Winnie) Papers
Culberson County Churches WPA
Dallas (Tex.) Historical Narrative
Federal Archives Report
Galveston (Tex.) WPA Guide Illustrations
Galveston (Tex.) WPA City Guide Transcripts
Galveston County (Tex.) Records Survey
Haley (James Evetts) Papers
Wichita Falls (Tex.) Historical Survey
The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas, Fort Worth City Guide and History Draft Records, 1932-1954, bulk 1936-1941, 13.3 linear ft.
Publications
Writers' Program of the Work Projects Administration in the State of Texas; Texas State Highway Commission. Texas; a guide to the Lone Star State. New York, Hastings House, 1940.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Writers' Project records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1962/218

These records were transferred to the Archives Division of the Texas State Library and Historical Commission from the Texas Secretary of State on July 19, 1963.

Processing Information

Processed by Susan Floyd, August 2016


Detailed Description of the Records

County histories, 1912, 1935-1937, 1956-1958, undated, bulk 1935-1936,
0.75 cubic ft.

The Texas Writers' Project, part of the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest. The Project's county history files, dating 1912, 1935-1937, 1956-1958, undated, bulk 1935-1936, consist mostly of typescript reports dealing with eight counties: Bell, Burleson, Falls, Fayette, Gillespie, Kleberg, Milam, and San Saba. Each includes a bibliography and narrative history compiled from original research and interviews in 1935-1937. Also present is a transcription of a thesis on Kleberg County dating 1931, newspaper clippings for Bell and Milam counties dating 1956-1958, and postcards of La Grange in Fayette County dating 1912 and undated.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by county and then by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), County histories, Texas Writers' Project records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Bell County:
Box
1962/218-3 Part I: Indians, topography, geology, history; Part II: Towns and villages, education, music, health, recreation, growth and development, Brazos River, fauna and flora; newspaper clippings, 1936, 1956-1958
Burleson County:
Box
1962/218-3 Accommodations, 1935
Drama, 1935
Education, 1935
Fauna, 1935
Flora, 1935
Folk festivals, pageants, and celebrations, 1935
Geology, 1935
Growth and development, 1935
History, 1935
Libraries, 1935
Manufacturing and industry, 1935
Parks, 1935
Points of interest, 1935
Products, 1936
Religious institutions and structures, 1936
Societies and associations, 1935
Topography, 1935
Transportation, 1935
Falls County:
Box
1962/218-3 Accommodations, 1936
Annual events, 1936
Archaeology, 1936
Art, 1936
Chilton, 1936
Conservation, 1936
District neighborhood architecture and housing, 1936
Domestic experimentation, 1936
Drama, 1936
Education, 1936
Ethnography, 1936
Fauna, 1936
Flora, 1936
Manufacturing and industry, 1936
Marlin, 1936
Missionaries, 1936
Mooreville, 1936
Geology, 1936
Growth and development, 1936
Health and social work, 1936
History, 1936
Libraries, 1936
Literature, 1936
Lott, 1936
Music, 1936
Natural resources, 1936
Otto, 1936
Parks, 1936
Perry, 1936
Points of interest, 1936
Products, 1936
Reagan, 1936
Recreation, 1936
Religious institutions and structures, 1936
Rosebud, 1936
Societies and associations, 1936
Topography, 1936
Transportation, 1936
Fayette County:
Box
1962/218-3 Flatonia, La Grange, and Schulenberg, 1912, 1936
[Includes three photographic postcards of La Grange, 1912 and undated (about 1912).]
Fauna, 1936
Flora, 1936
Geology, 1936
Growth and development, 1936
History, 1936
Box
1962/218-4 History and accommodations, 1936
Industries, 1936
Points of interest, 1936
Products, 1936
Recreation, 1936
Topography, 1936
Transportation, 1936
Gillespie County: City of Fredericksburg map brochure, Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce, undated
Kleberg County: Transcription, A History of Kleberg County, thesis by Stirling Wesley Bess, written in 1931, transcribed in 1936
Milam County:
History, newspaper clippings,1936, 1937, 1956
Box
1962/218-4 Topography, Geology, Fauna and flora, Towns and villages; Missions and churches, Schools, Literature music, and drama, Health and recreation; Industries: agriculture, manufacturing, businesses, 1936
San Saba County: Topography, geology; History; Towns and villages; Industries and products; Fauna and flora, 1936



City and town historical materials, 1903, 1914-1916, 1931-1955, undated,
3.5 cubic ft.

The Texas Writers' Project, part of the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest. The city and town historical materials within the Texas Writers’ Project records consist mostly of typed transcriptions of previously published works, along with some original materials, dating 1903, 1914-1916, 1931-1955, and undated. These are comprised mainly of newspaper articles, though primary source archival documents and excerpts from published works (including histories, biographies, theses, and dissertations) are also present. The transcribed material dates from 1731 to 1941; dates listed in the inventory reflect the creation dates of the original articles and excerpts transcribed. The transcriptions themselves were made by the Writers' Project from 1938 to 1941. This series also includes outlines, notes, and drafts of the WPA-funded original works Fiesta!, dating 1940, and La Villita, dating 1939-1940, both focusing on San Antonio; and typed transcripts of county court and related records, dating 1755-1927, 1938, and undated, where San Antonio is especially well represented. Various non-WPA publications (magazines, reports, city guides) dating from the 1910s through the 1950s are scattered throughout, along with newspaper clippings dating 1903, 1906, 1939-1941, the 1950s, and undated; illustrations removed from books, dating 1879 and about 1892; photographs of the Alamo and immediate environs dating 1916; and a photograph of Mission Concepción, undated. Materials written in both English and Spanish are present, especially within the San Antonio transcriptions, in which a good portion of the transcriptions are of Spanish language documents.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically by city or town and then roughly chronologically by date of original publication.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), City and town historical materials, Texas Writers' Project records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
1962/218-4 Ballinger, Bastrop, Beaumont, Bird's Point, Bryan: transcriptions and publication, 1844-1934
[Includes Bryan: The City of Schools, 1931.]
Concho, Corpus Christi, Corsicana: transcriptions and news clippings, 1841-1937, 1940, 1955
Dallas: transcriptions, 1857-1863
Dallas: transcriptions, 1864-1867
Dallas: transcriptions, 1868-1869
Dallas: transcriptions, 1870-1871
Box
1962/218-5 Dallas: transcriptions, 1872
Dallas: transcriptions, 1873
[Includes Dallas Weekly Herald, Dallas Daily Herald, and Dallas City Guide research.]
Dallas: transcriptions, 1874-1875
[Includes Dallas Daily Herald and Dallas City Guide research.]
Dallas: transcriptions, 1876
[Includes Dallas Morning News and Dallas Weekly Herald.]
Dallas: transcriptions, 1876
[Includes excerpts from Dallas City Guide research material and transcriptions, Weekly Democratic Statesman, Austin.]
Dallas: transcriptions and biography, 1836-1905
[Includes Miscellany; The Herald's old and new homes; The medicine man in Texas; Stages; list of missing dates of some early newspapers in files of State Library; and excerpts (minor) from Austin Daily Statesman.]
Dallas: newspaper clippings, 1941, 1955
Denton: transcriptions, before 1856-1911, 1931-1933
[Includes transcriptions relating to John B. Denton, Indian raids, and the history of Denton.]
Denton: transcriptions, 1909-1930
[Includes bibliography.]
El Paso: Long, Grace. The Anglo-American Occupation of the El Paso District, undated
[Chapter headings: The Coming of Americans, The Episode of the Civil War, Civil Disorder and Political Strife.]
El Paso: Military Area Guides: Fort Bliss, 1942
Fort Worth: transcriptions, before 1860-1874
Fort Worth: transcriptions, 1875-1886
Box
1962/218-6 Fort Worth: transcriptions, 1887-1894
[Includes newspaper clipping, 1955.]
Fort Worth: transcriptions, 1894-1909, 1931
[Includes transcriptions relating to early settlers – biographies and stories; Fort Worth city charters; and a bibliography.]
Gainesville: transcriptions, 1862-1910, 1915, 1931
[Includes: Barrett, Thomas, The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Cook County, Texas; excerpts from Catalogue of Texas Synodical Female College, Gainesville, Texas; Gunter, Lillian, Research in history of Gainesville; The Gainesville Circus.]
Galveston: newspaper clippings, publications, and transcriptions, 1840-1865, 1879, 1897, 1906, 1950, 1955
[Includes newspaper clippings, 1955; Galveston Isle magazine, 1950; The Galveston Daily News, January 5, 1906; transcriptions, including Galveston's New Year showing, from Galveston Daily News, January 1, 1897; Quality Ridge; and illustrations removed from Rev. Homer S. Thrall's A Pictorial History of Texas,1879: Oleander Grove, Tremont Street, Post-Office, Lafitte, Ruins of Lafitte's Port.]
Gatesville: transcriptions, 1849-1889, 1983, 1935
[Includes Records of County Reveal Some Interesting History and Incidents, from The Messenger, Gatesville, Texas, October 20, 1935; Memorial and Biographical History of McLennan, Falls, Bell, and Coryell Counties, Texas, 1893; and a bibliography.]
Greenville: transcriptions, 1881, 1886-1894, 1931, 1933, 1937, undated
[Includes "Greenville," from Encyclopedia of the New West, 1881; a sketch of M.H. Wright, Founder of Greenville; "Hunt County metropolis shows great progress since start in 1844," from Dallas Morning News, August 13, 1933; "Judge Bowman tells of pioneer days of Hunt County," from the Wolf City Sun, November 27, 1931; Greenville, by Robert M. Hayes, from the Dallas Morning News, April 11, 1937; "Looking backward," by C.W. Goff, from the Greenville Herald, April 9, 1931; "Early history and growth of Greenville Public Schools," from the Greenville Herald, September 10, 1933; "An early lynch court," manuscript, University of Texas Archives; "Social changes in Hunt County: The decade 1920-1930," by James Tull Richardson.]
Houston: transcriptions, 1837-1849
[Includes transcriptions from the Telegraph, Weekly Times, Houstonian, The Morning Star, and other newspapers, along with Republic of Texas Acts Passed by Congress at Houston, the Lamar Papers, and illustrations removed from Rev. Homer S. Thrall's A Pictorial History of Texas, 1879: Bird's-Eye View of Houston, Market House, and Masonic Headquarters of State.]
Houston: transcriptions, 1864
[Excerpts from the Houston Telegraph.]
Houston: transcriptions, 1850-1863
[Excerpts from various newspapers.]
Box
1962/218-7 Houston: transcriptions, 1865
[Excerpts from the Houston Telegraph.]
Houston: transcriptions, 1866
Houston: transcriptions, 1867
Houston: transcriptions, 1868-1870
Houston: transcriptions, 1871-1873
Houston: transcriptions, 1874-1886
Houston: transcriptions, 1907-1925
Houston: transcriptions, 1894
[Excerpts from Industrial Advantages of Houston: The City of Houston.]
Houston: transcriptions, 1936 and undated
[Memoirs, by Francis Richard Lubbock, undated; and The City of Houston from Wilderness to Wonder, by Dr. O.F. Allen, 1936.]
Houston: transcriptions and city guide research, 1915, 1924, 1931, 1938, 1940, and undated
[Includes summary of Factors in the economic development of Houston, thesis, University of Texas, by William Barrington Shelton, 1931; transcriptions relating to the Houston Ship Channel; Houston City Guide research on churches in Houston, the Houston fire department, Houston Public Library, Cotton Exchange building, and Ellington Field; and a bibliography.]
Houston: bibliography and typescript, undated
[Includes bibliography titled Houston in the University Library, by Sara Lacy of Austin and a newspaper transcription relating to fires in Houston from The True Issue, La Grange, Texas, both undated.]
Houston: newspaper clipping and publications, 1936, 1953, 1955
[Includes newspaper clipping, Houston Chronicle, 1955; Houston, 1836 - 1936, Chronology and Review, by Clarence Perkins Dunbar and William Hunter Dillard; and Houston magazine, October 1953.]
Box
1962/218-8 Marshall: transcriptions, 1840-1889, 1927
[Includes transcriptions from the Texas Republican, Weekly Harrison Flag, and various other newspapers; Marshall and Harrison County During the Civil War and Reconstruction Period, by Eudora Earle Coleman, undated; The Shooting of Maurice Barrymore, by Clifton Seymore, 1927; and legal notices, 1840, 1846.]
Marshall: transcriptions, 1849-1854
[Includes transcriptions from the Texas Republican and the Star State Patriot.]
Marshall: transcriptions, 1855-1859
[Includes transcriptions from the Texas Republican and the Harrison Flag.]
Marshall: transcriptions, 1863-1867
[Includes transcriptions from the Texas Republican, the Harrison Flag, and various other newspapers.]
Palestine, Paris, Peters Colony: transcriptions, 1841-1894, 1925, 1934, 1937
San Angelo: transcriptions, 1869-1914, 1923, 1927, and undated
[Includes excerpts from various newspapers, transcriptions relating to Fort Concho, 1869-1914; transcriptions of feature articles Twin Mountains by Curtis Vinson, from The Dallas Morning News, 1923; "The Mystery Woman of Ft. Concho", by J. Marvin Hunter, from Frontier Times Monthly, 1927; and a bibliography, undated.]
San Antonio: transcriptions, 1755-1927, and undated
[Includes transcriptions of court records and miscellaneous typescripts.]
San Antonio: transcriptions, 1731-1875, 1938, and undated
[Includes transcriptions of court records and miscellaneous typescripts.]
San Antonio: transcriptions, 1740-1871, and undated
[Includes transcriptions of court records and miscellaneous typescripts.]
Box
1962/218-9 San Antonio: nine photographs of downtown San Antonio, missions, and Alamo, 1916
San Antonio: transcriptions, 1817-1937, undated
[Includes compiled research reports and transcriptions relating to the Spanish Governor's Palace, the missions, early families, and the Texas Revolution.]
San Antonio: publications and transcriptions, 1839-1859, 1892, about 1920s, 1940, 1947, 1953
[Includes Appler-Klappenbach Street Guide and Traffic Laws of San Antonio and Texas, 1940; San Antonio Facts (brochure), 1947; True Romance of the Alamo, by Jane Maury Maverick, about 1920s; transcriptions, 1839-1859; illustrations removed from History of Texas, by J.H. Brown, about 1892: Ruins of the San Hose Mission, Mission of San Jose, Former Military Headquarters, Storming of the Alamo, The Ursuline Convent, Cathedral San Fernando, The Old Concepción Mission, View of San Pedro Springs, View of San Antonio in 1878, and View of Commerce Street; photograph, First Mission Front View (Mission Concepcion), on cardboard backing, undated; and a newspaper clipping, Austin American, 1953.]
San Antonio: transcription, Interesting Dates in the History of San Antonio, 1890
[Taken from San Antonio de Bexar, by William Corner, 1890, as reprinted in the San Antonio Express, May 10, 1918.]
San Antonio: Fiesta! typescript, 1940
[Includes table of contents, calendar, and description of major festivals, 139 pages, 1940.]
San Antonio: newspaper clippings and transcriptions, 1924, 1935-1940, undated
[Includes newspaper clippings, 1939 and undated; Jules A. Appler's Map of San Antonio, Tex., and Suburbs (fragment), undated; The Romance of San Antonio's Water Supply and Distribution, by Bert J. McLean, 1924; and transcriptions relating to the history of San Antonio's acequias, missions, La Villita, mills, and early water company, 1935, 1940, and undated.]
San Antonio: transcriptions and oral histories, 1937-1941 and undated, about 1937-1941
[Includes transcriptions and oral histories relating to La Villita.]
San Antonio: transcriptions and oral histories, 1771, 1818, 1836-1876, undated
[Includes interview by Jessie Micklejohn with Miss Adina de Zavala, Mother M. Loyola, Superior, and Mother Francis, Assistant, of Ursuline Academy and Miss Mamie Florian, typescript report, undated; interview with Miss Mamie Florian regarding the convent, the Ursuline Academy, undated; and transcriptions, primarily Bexar County court records, 1771, 1818, 1836-1876.]
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1962/218-10 San Antonio: Early Days of San Antonio or La Villita, by James B. Farley, Research Assistant, Federal Writers' Project, 1939-1940
[Includes manuscript pages 1-343, typescript research notes, drafts, related correspondence, and memos.]
San Antonio: Early Days of San Antonio or La Villita, by James B. Farley, Research Assistant, Federal Writers' Project, 1939-1940
[Includes manuscript pages 344-726, typescript research notes, and drafts.]
San Antonio: Early Days of San Antonio or La Villita, by James B. Farley, Research Assistant, Federal Writers' Project, 1939-1940
[Includes manuscript pages 730-1001, typescript research notes, and drafts.]
Box
1962/218-11 Sherman: transcriptions, 1868-1913
[Includes transcriptions from various newspapers.]
Sherman: transcriptions, 1894, 1910, 1932, 1934, and undated
[Includes various transcriptions, 1894, 1910, 1932, 1934, and undated; a transcription of Preston Bend's Paul Revere was a lady, by Elizabeth Lucas, undated; research report, A History of Grayson County, by Aileen Abrams, undated; and a bibliography, undated.]
Tyler: newspaper clipping and transcriptions, 1850-1877 and undated
[Includes a news clipping, undated, and transcriptions of excerpts from various newspapers, 1850-1877.]
Tyler: transcriptions, 1881-1931, undated
[Includes excerpts from various newspapers, 1881-1893; a letter from Judge O.M. Roberts to J.N. Dodson, 1861; a history of Smith County, undated; Tyler's history goes back to April 11, 1846, from the San Antonio Messenger, 1930; Bryan, Thomas Ludwell, The old stockade, undated; Battle ground where famous Chief Bowles lost his life is located by Tyler physician, from the Houston Chronicle, 1931; Description of Tyler, from the Teacher's Bulletin, undated; Reconstruction days in Tyler, essay by Tyler high school student, undated; Tyler, from The Encyclopedia of the New West, undated; and a bibliography, undated.]
Uvalde: transcription, 1880
[Transcription from Carthage, Mississippi, newspaper on first settlement of Uvalde County, March 6, 1880.]
Waco: publications and newspaper clippings, 1903, 1914, 1954-1955
[Municipal Hand Book of the City of Waco, compiled by Mayor J.H. Mackey (illustrated) for the years 1912-1914, 1914; newspaper clippings, 1903, 1955; Newsletter of the Graduate School of Library Science, the University of Texas, featuring the Armstrong Browning Library, Baylor University, Volume 1 Number 6, (cover only), May 1954.]
Waco: transcriptions, 1853-1898, 1938
[Includes excerpts from the State Gazette and Southern Democrat, 1853-1859; various newspapers, 1860-1885; the Waco Daily Examiner and Austin Daily Statesman, 1886; various newspapers, 1887-1898; and a bibliography, 1938.]



Hands That Built America materials, 1941-1942,
0.25 cubic ft.

The Texas Writers' Project, part of the WPA's Federal Writers' Project, employed researchers and writers to compile guides to the state and its regions focusing on cultural, geographic, and historical points of interest. Writers worked on a regional series of publications, one of which was Hands That Built America (sometimes referred to as Hands That Built the Nation), produced collaboratively by Writers' Project contributors. Hands That Built America materials consist of a chapter-by-chapter outline of the proposed book project and a collection of research notes, primarily transcripts of archival materials translated from Spanish primary sources (dating 1715-1865 and 1921-1933) by researcher Julius C. Anguiano in 1941-1942. Dates of the transcribed items are noted in the inventory where possible. Topics covered include crafts within early Spanish missions and presidios; imported luxury items; ranch-, plantation-, and homestead-based equestrian, agricultural, and household crafts and implements; the Civil War and Reconstruction household; cowboy clothes and handicrafts; and urban crafts since the late 1840s. Hands That Built America was never completed, likely due to the staffing shortages that were a feature of the later years of the Writers' Program.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received, in roughly chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Hands That Built America materials, Texas Writers' Project records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
1962/218-11 Typescript manuscript outline, notes, and archival transcriptions for Hands That Built America,1753-1865, 1921-1933, 1941-1942
[Compiled 1941-1942.]
Typescript notes, bibliographies, and archival transcriptions; tentative table of contents; and outline of methods of work for Hands That Built America, 1715-1795, 1941-1942
[Compiled 1941-1942.]