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Rebecca Hill Collection

Identifier: 2018.23

Scope and Contents

The Rebecca Hill Collection contains materials documenting the Centennial and Sesquicentennial celebrations for the state of Texas as well as historic literary newspapers and other informational directories.

Series I. Anniversary Celebrations contains a guidebook for the Texas Sesquicentennial, a Hunt County Sesquicentennial calendar, Centennial commemorative hand fans, and a song book for Lions International.

Series II. Manuals and Directories includes a historic telephone directory from Greenville, Texas and classic computer manuals.

Series III. Newspapers contains copies of issues from the King's Messenger (Dallas, TX), The New York Family Story Paper, The New York Fireside Companion, and The New York Weekly.


  • 1888-1996, Undated

Conditions Governing Access

Newspapers are very brittle. Access is limited due to fragile nature of materials.

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

The State of Texas celebrated the centennial of its independence from Mexico in 1936 and its sesquicentennial in 1986. The centennial celebration featured events throughout the state the erection of more than twenty statues of Texas heroes, restoration of historic buildings and forts, new monuments to special events, and the World's Fair held in Dallas. The sesquicentennial included many Texas history exhibitions, demonstrations, and celebrations, while including tributes for African American and Hispanic heritage in the state.

The King’s Messenger was a newspaper published by Mrs. W.H. Johnson in Dallas and printed by the Texas Christian Advocate. It contained articles of a religious nature, Bible excerpts, and teaching lesson plans for Biblical study.

New York Family Story Paper: A Lively, Interesting & Instructive Weekly that features stories about romances, outlaws, pulp fiction, heroic men, and adventure. Published by Norman Munro, the periodical began in 1873 and ran through at least 1905.

The New York Fireside Companion was published from 1869-1903 by George Munro. Billed as "A journal of instructive and entertaining literature," the weekly newspaper featured stories of wit, humor, romance, and adventure, including stories written by Laura Jean Libbey.


1 Linear Feet (1 flat box)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated to Special Collections and University Archives by Rebecca Hill in 2018.

Micah Lambert, Sawyer Magnus
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository