Special Collections recently completed a project to digitize the TCU Horned Frog yearbooks dating from 1905 through 1999 and make them available in its online repository. Special Collections and Library staff worked with Lyrasis Digitization Collaborative to scan the yearbooks. Each volume can be downloaded or viewed online by users.
The TCU Horned Frog yearbook was first published in 1895 and has been published annually since 1905 with a few exceptions. No yearbook was published in 1910, the year of the Waco fire. In 1974, the Horned Frog folded due to lack of student support and funding. Image magazine was created in the 1973-1974 school year as a magazine to replace the yearbook and continues as a magazine today. The yearbook came back briefly in 1978 and 1979. From 1983 through 1985 TCU published The Feature, a magazine-like volume that covered the major events and organizations of the university, but did not include individual pictures of students. The Horned Frog resumed regular publication in 1986.
Yearbooks published earlier than 1905 will be digitized in-house and added to the repository. A complete collection of TCU yearbooks from 1895 through 2015 can be viewed in our reading room.
The library has acquired a copy of Francisco de Florencia’s Zodiaco mariano en que el sol de justicia Christo con la salud en las alas vista como signos, y casas proprias para beneficio de los hombres los templos, y lugares dedicados à los cultos de su SS. Madre por medio de las mas celebres, y milagrosas imagenes de la misma Señora, que se veneran en esta America Septentrional, y reynos de la Nueva España (Mexico: En la Nueva Imprenta del Real, y Mas Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, 1755). The work by the noted Jesuit author and Mariologist is the first published survey of shrines in Mexico relating to Mary and her Apparitions.
A small selection of letters from the Love Family Letters collection is now on display in the Special Collections reading room. The letters from the Civil War era, document the war from both the battlefield and the home front. The exhibit is being held in conjunction with the publication of the TCU Press book, Yours in Filial Regard: The Civil War Letters of a Texas Family, edited by Kassia Waggoner and Adam Nemmers, two TCU graduate students. The book transcribes and edits all 79 letters in the Love Family collection. The letters remain on display through 15 April 2016.
Special Collections has acquired the manuscript diary of Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn which she kept while her husband, Henry Dearborn, served as United States minister plenipotentiary to Portugal. The diary covers the period 9 July 1823 to 7 July 1824 in over 400 pages.
Entries range in length from one or two sentences to two full pages and more. Almost every entry describes in detail the Dearborns’ dinner companions, noting the positions of the men, and the social attributes of the women. She always notes the arrival and departure of dignitaries. The diarist comments on local customs, houses, the living arrangements of both the foreign officials and of the locals as well as street crime and other details of life in Lisbon. She was a close observer of the domestic situations of her companions: their children, personalities, education, and general accomplishments.
In all, a journal offering insight into the public as well as the domestic life of an American diplomat’s family in western Europe in the early 19th century. The journal is completely unknown, having descended in the Dearborn family until the present time.