Texas, Our Texas #1

We’re starting a new blog series featuring oddities, rarities, and interesting titles from our Texana Collection at the Emily Fowler Library. The title of it is as above, “Texas, Our Texas”, which we’re sure some of you are familiar with.

What is a “Texana” collection, you ask? Our definition is: items that cover all areas and aspects of Texas from its birth to current events. Our collection has been designated a Texas Heritage Resources Center by The Texas Historical Commission since 1982 and we strive to have a history for each of the 254 counties.

Interestingly, one cannot find an actual definition of “texana” in any dictionary! Not for the first or last time, Texans have apparently coined a term for a unique need and we aren’t going to argue with custom or The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas (maybe the premier collection in the state).

So, without further ado, our first book is Texas Women’s Hall of Fame by Sinclair Moreland. Published in 1917, it contains short biographical sketches and photos of notable Texas women, most of whom are addressed by their married name or title, ie; “Mrs. John Davis”. Also included following each entry are short quotes such as the following,

“When a woman works, she gets a woman’s wage; but when she sins, she gets a man’s pay-and then some.”


Below is Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, who later became the first female Texas governor and the first elected female governor in the United States in 1924. Interestingly, this biographical sketch was written by one Katie Daffan who was the president of the Texas chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and namesake of the Denton chapter of that organization.


Keep your eyes on this blog for our next installment of Texas, Our Texas where we take a look at a book that discusses the Zapruder Film’s effects on modern visual culture.

Written by Chuck Voellinger at the Emily Fowler Library. Please contact me with any questions at chuck.voellinger@cityofdenton.com





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