R. L. Day Papers, 1924, 1938
R.L. Day (1886-1963) was born in Ennis, Texas. A Baptist minister, he served for a time as the New Mexico State Evangelist and worked in churches in Eastern New Mexico and West Texas. After retiring in 1946, Day traveled and sold pictures he painted as a hobby. At the time he made the print "American Shield" in 1925, Day resided in De Leon, Texas. When the accompanying booklet was published, Day was a resident of Clovis, New Mexico.
Day is buried in Texico, New Mexico.
The R.L.Day papers, 1924, 1938, consists of a print of a pen and ink drawing, "The American Shield," with a companion booklet to the artwork. The print contains the words "In God We Trust," "Patriotism," and "Home." The design includes a set of symbolic birds representing the wars that the United States had been in up to 1924, a bird's nest with eggs representing home and a large star that the legend on the back of the image says refers to the face of Christ. Other birds in the image are symbolic of various events and ideas essential to the foundation of the United States as this artist saw it. The companion booklet was published in 1938.
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R. L. Day Papers, 1924, 1938, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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