University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Sarah Reveley Texas Centennial Collection, 1926-1958, 1979-2012 (bulk 1936)

Descriptive Summary

Collector: Reveley, Sarah
Title: Reveley, Sarah, Texas Centennial Collection, 1926-1958, 1979-2012 (bulk 1936)
Dates: 1926-1958, 1979-2012 (bulk 1936)
Abstract: The Sarah Reveley Texas Centennial Collection documents the 1936 Centennial celebration through printed materials and artifacts.
Accession No.: AR 2013-275; 2015-160; 2016-217
OCLC No.: 956781509
Extent: 4 ft. 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Celebrating 100 years of Texas independence, the Centennial commenced in 1936 and included statewide special events such as the Centennial Exposition in Dallas. Originating in a speech by Governor James Stephen Hogg, the Centennial celebration planning began with the establishment of a committee in 1924. In 1932, Texas adopted a constitutional amendment authorizing the Centennial celebration and charging the state legislature with the task of allocating the funding for the event. A number of important museums were built with Centennial funding, including the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin, the Panhandle-Plains Museum in Canyon, and the San Jacinto Monument and Museum near Houston. The main Centennial Exposition in Dallas’ Fair Park cost upwards of $25 million, occupied some 50 buildings, and featured a popular historical pageant titled “Cavalcade of Texas.” The Texas Centennial was also commemorated through a wide variety of collectibles including programs, magazines, books, stamps, coins, and numerous souvenirs.

San Antonio's Sarah Reveley has long been a noted collector of Texas Centennial and Alamo-related memorabilia.

"Texas Centennial." Handbook of Texas Online. (accessed Aug. 4, 2016).

Scope and Contents

Though it contains a significant component of artifacts, the Reveley Centennial Collection consists largely of printed material including journals, newspapers, books, envelopes, postcards, and stamps. The vast majority of the material pertains to the 1936 Texas Centennial celebration with a few pieces related to the 1945 Texas Statehood Centennial and the 1986 Texas Sesquicentennial.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Please contact repository in advance to arrange research with artifacts.

Use of video and digital material by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.

Index Terms

Texas Centennial (1936 : Dallas, Tex.)
Texas -- Centennial celebrations, etc.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Exhibitions.
Exhibitions -- Texas.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection and Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Sarah Reveley Texas Centennial Collection, 1926-1958, 1979-2012 (bulk 1936), Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Evan Hocker, May 2014.

Subsequent revisions were made by Colleen Hobbs, August 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4L998 Road maps: Gulf, Texaco, Conoco
Newspaper clippings
Cities approved by the U.S. Post Office Dept. for Centennial cachets
Program from testimonial dinner honoring the Texas congressional delegation, Nov. 23, 1936
Post cards
Spiral-bound calendar with photographs of Texas historical markers, 2011
Two silhouette portraits in Texas Centennial print matting, 1936
Photograph of Ben Milam statue by Bryant Baker, 1937
Pamphlets and fliers
Texas Almanac Centennial Edition
Official souvenir guides
Booklets on Texas
Booklets on Texas history movies
Pictorial Parade of Texas booklet
Pencil Trails booklets by Nelson M. Davidson
Time magazine with article on Centennial, June 8, 1936
Casa Mañana presented by Billy Rose
Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Circus
The Highway Traveler Exposition Number
Song books and sheet music
Photo of Centennial grounds, Fair Park, Dallas, by Lloyd M. Long
Centennial book cover on textbook, 1936
Scrapbooks containing Centennial envelopes, stamps, and post cards
4La95p Books:
Hans Brinker or the Silver Skates, by Mary Mapes Dodge, with Centennial stamp
Early Texas Verse, collected by Philip Graham, 1936
Texas the Marvellous, by Nevin O. Winter, Centennial edition, 1936
The Romantic Flags of Texas, by Mamie Wynne Cox, 1936
South to Padre, by Dorothy Childs Hogner, 1936
The Romantic Story of Texas, by Peter Molyneaux, 1936
Texas History Carved in Stone, by William Moses Jones, 1958
Texas: A Guide to the Lone Star State, Works Progress Administration, 1940
Odd Texas, by Jack Harper and John Newbern, 1936
Here Comes Texas: A Centennial, by Ralph Selle, 1935
Workers and Wealth of Texas, by W.A. Stigler and William T. Tardy, 1935
Texas History Movies, Centennial Edition, by Jack Patton and John Rosenfield (2 copies), 1935
Dallas Architecture, 1936-1986, by Doug Tomlinson and David Dillon, 1985
Scrapbook of Centennial postcards, 1936
Cavalcade of Texas, Souvenir Program of the Texas Centennial Exposition, 1936
Centennial Projects: Texas Under Six Flags: A Work Book on Texas History for Primary Grades, by Martha Craig and Mary Smart Carter, 1936
4La95q Southwestern Historical Quarterly with article on Centennial, Jan. 2011
Images of America: Will Rogers Coliseum, by Debbie M. Liles, signed, 2012
New Texas History Movies, by Jack Jackson, 2007
Songs from the Heart of Texas, 2001
A Philatelic Guide to the 1936 Texas Centennial Celebration, by Charles Deaton, 1984
Billy Rose Presents Casa Mañana, by Jan Jones, (2 copies) 1999
The Forester, Forest Avenue High School yearbook, 1936
Life on the Texas Range, by Erwin E. Smith and J. Evetts Haley, 1952
Historical Encyclopedia of Texas, Texas Historical Society (2 vols.), 1936
Texas Centennial Scrapbook
Texas Sesquicentennial daybook calendar, by Norman Baxter, 1986
University of Texas Cactus yearbook, Centennial Edition, 1936
Texas Centennial: The Parade of an Empire, by Wallace Owen Chariton (signed), 1979
New Standard Reference Bible, Hertel Company, 1936
4Jc129a Books and journals:
When Texas Came Romping Into the Union, by Robert Emmett Pellow, 2 copies, one inscribed by author to Gov. James V. Allred, 1935
Texas History Movies, by John Rosenfield, Jr, 1926
The Texas Centennial, by R.A. Selle, 1934
The Constitution of the State of Texas, authorized by Senate Resolution No. 58, 1935
The World Looks at Texas, by A.M. Bradley and H.T. Bradley, 1936
Here Is Texas, by Wylie A. Parker, 1936
A Century of Texas Governors and Capitols, Texas Centennial of Statehood Commission, 1943
Texas History Syllabus for Use in Extemporaneous Speech Contests, University of Texas Bulletin, 1935
Twice-Told Tales of Texas, Humble Oil and Refining Company, 1936
Cynthia Ann and John Visit Humble’s Hall of Texas History, Humble Oil and Refining Company, 1936
Under Texas Skies, School Centennial Edition, Texas Heritage Foundation, January 1954
Twice-Told Tales of Texas, Republic of Texas Museum, 2000
Tell Me About Texas, Austin Chamber of Commerce, 1935
100 Centennial Recipes Celebrating 100 Years of Progressive Flour Milling in Texas, Southern Laboratory Kitchens, 1936
Texas Through 25,000,000 Years, Texas Memorial Museum, April 1939
Texas Pictorial Handbook, A. Garland Adair, 1956
West magazine, Texas Centennial Number, September 1936
Texas Centennial Review, Vol. 1, numbers 15, 17, and 23, Feb.-April 1936
Under Texas Skies: Twice-Told Tales About Travis, Bowie, Bonham, and Davy Crockett, A. Garland Adair and M.H. Crockette, Sr., December 1955
Sesquicentennial News, State Fair of Texas, 1986
“1st Shot,” dedication, centennial, Gonzales, Texas, 2012
“The Big Show,” including action filmed at the Texas Centennial, 1936
“A Fair to Remember,” Texas State Fair, 2007
“Hats Off,” 2 copies, 1936
“Sally Rand Striporama,” undated
3W112 The Big Show, VHS tape, undated
4N17c Centennial newspapers
Magazines from 1936:
Saturday Evening Post
Country Gentleman
The American Home
Oversize articles
Oversize scrapbook pages
Oversize booklet: “Texas Centennial Stamp ‘First Day Sale’ Collection”
Portrait of Gov. James V. Allred, 10 1/2" X 14," with note from seller, undated
Artifacts Contact artifacts curator