UTA Writing

The Compass Rose

This is a collection of the blog posts I've written or co-written for the Compass Rose, a blog series dedicated to presenting materials from the UTA Special Collections Archives.

The Hayataka Family Photo Album

Family photo albums provide a unique and profound perspective on everyday families. Check out our introduction of the Hayataka Family Photo Album and learn about this adventure-loving Japanese American family.

Navigating the 1950 Census

The 1950 Census was released on April 1, 2022, and is now available to use. Using Census Records can be complex, but we hope this blog post can help first time researchers make the best use of these records and veteran researchers find new tips and tricks.

80 Years On: Special Collections Remembers the Beginning of WWII

On December 7, 1941, the attack on Pearl Harbor plunged the United States into WWII. UTA Special Collections holds photographs, archival collections, and books that preserve and honor the legacies of the people who have served in the military. From the time of the Texas Revolution to the current day, Texans have valiantly and honorably served their nation and state. Over 750,000 Texans served during World War II, and more than a million and a half personnel were trained in Texas. Today, we present just a small portion of our collection materials regarding military service in remembrance of the 80th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

Visit Ye Arlington Inn!

Are you looking for a new vacation spot? A place to unwind, enjoy the outdoors, and enjoy the latest amenities our modern age can offer? Look no further than Ye Arlington Inn! (You'll need a time machine to get here, heads up)

The Codex Borgia - Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl

This Hispanic Heritage Month, learn a bit about Indigenous religions by checking out a few pages from the Codex Borgia - Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl, one of the few surviving Aztec religious texts. This blog will provide insight into the Aztec religion by briefly analyzing the Codex Borgia - Codex Yoalli Ehēcatl. Surviving works such as codices help us gain greater insight into Indigenous faiths, and help us understand some of the religious and spiritual concepts that continue to this day in different communities.

The Pinkie J. Harris Collection: HBCU Connections

The Pinkie J. Harris collection is a recently acquired collection here at the UTA Special Collections. This collection provides a personal insight into Black Texas life and history, and shares with us the hopes, dreams, and experiences of a woman who was born over 130 years ago. The Pinkie J. Harris collection largely contains correspondences from the 1920's to the 1940's, and includes correspondence she maintained with HBCU administrators and educators.

The Boydstun Family Legacy

At the dawn of the second World War, the Boydstun family circle had 8 members: James Jasper Boydstun and his wife, Ivy Ward, and their six children: Ira Seth, Iva Isabel, William, Robert, Ward, and Don Jasper. By the end of the war, nearly half of their family would have laid down their lives in service for their country. This post was a collaborative work between Priscilla Escobedo and Sara Pezzoni.

Today in History: The First Transatlantic Phone Call

Smartphones today bear little physical resemblance to the first telephones developed in the 1860's, but the ultimate goal of this technology remains the same: to give people the opportunity to instantly communicate with others regardless of physical distance. In this blog post, we'll some interesting pictures from our collections and learn about the first transatlantic phone call!

Obsequies: The Stories and Lives Within

As archivists, we understand that history is not the retelling of the great events and leaders who have shaped the world. History is made by everyday individuals. Their experiences and stories serve to build accurate narratives about their lives and communities, which in turn creates a more informed perspective on history. In this blog post, we will look at an example of obsequies from the Emerson Emory collection and review the information they hold about the person it memorialized.

Morality, Education, and Finances: Mrs. Josie Hall's Guide

Hall's Moral and Mental Capsule for the Economic and Domestic Life of the Negro as a Solution to the Race Problem was written by a Dallas teacher named Josie B. Hall, and published in 1905. Solutions as presented in this text reflects the ideas that were shaped and lauded by Booker T. Washington, and reflect contemporary ideas of race, racism, and education.

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Archives!

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, this blog presents images from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Collection of the 20th Annual National Championship Pow Wow that was held in Grand Prairie in September, 1982.

Highlights from the Archives: The Francisco "Pancho" Medrano Papers

Francisco "Pancho" Medrano was born on August 2, 1920, in the Dallas Mexican-American barrio of Little Mexico, and died on April 4, 2002, in Dallas. He became one of the leaders of the burgeoning Chicano community of Dallas. The Pancho Medrano Papers at the UTA Special Collections includes materials relating to Medrano's membership in the UAW, news clippings, and his work in Civil Rights and Labor Rights movements.

The Style of the Day: Fashion in 1920's Breckenridge, Texas

Our cultural image of the 1920's does often does not encompass the diversity of the era. These photographs from the Basil Clemons Photograph Collection are some examples of fashion during the 1920's as exhibited by the Mexican-American community of Breckenridge, Texas.

A Legacy of Service: Hispanics Serving in World War II

Between 400,000 and 500,000 Hispanic veterans served in WWII. In this blog, we'll look at two resources that give us information on the people who served in this war and their experiences: the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photograph Collection and the historical text, The Fighting Men of Texas.

Highlights from the Archives: The Mexican-American Farm Workers' Movement Collection

UTA's Labor Archives hold important records regarding Mexican-American labor rights organizations, movements, and protests. This blog introduces some of these materials.

The Lives of Heihachiro Izumi and Tamako Sasaki

Heihachiro Izumi and Tamako Sasaki served in the Armed Forces and WAC during WWII, in the midst of anti-Japanese laws and prejudices. This blog provides genealogical and historical documents about their family and experiences.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the Archives!

This blog reviews a few highlights from our archival collections that illustrate the history of Hispanics in the Americas in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month 2020.