Texas in Review – Seward Plantation (1957)

This clip, originally aired as part of the January 7, 1957 episode of “Texas in Review,” features the Seward home, a 24-room plantation mansion and grounds located outside of Independence, Texas. The tour of the property highlights the craftsmanship and interesting points of the house and outbuildings. At the time of filming, the plantation had […]

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The Orris D. Brown Collection, no. 6 – Houston, Henderson, and FDR (1936)

This reel from the Orris D. Brown Collection contains footage from a number of events. The first part includes examples of early film credit techniques, footage of a then-modern, diesel electric streamlined train at Houston’s Railway Post Office, fireworks over Houston’s Buffalo Stadium, and scenes of Clara Mae Brown, Orris D. Brown’s mother, visiting family […]

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The Railford H. Burton Collection, no. 2 – Texas Centennial and WWII Scrap Metal Drive (1930-43)

This home movie captures scenes of the Burtons throughout the 1930s and early 40s at work, on vacation, and at home. Notable footage includes a sandstorm in Andrews, Texas, a trip to the Texas Centennial Exposition at the World’s Fair in Dallas, and a scrap metal drive for the war effort in Freeport in 1943.

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Moore Family Films, no. 1 – Moore Drilling Companies (c. 1956)

This home movie captures scenes of operations at oil rigs in Abilene run by Lamar Moore’s two drilling companies, Moore and Moore Drilling Co. and Moutray-Moore Drilling Co. Scenes of the machinery in operation and drilling teams working on the rigs are included.

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Moore Family Films, no. 2 – Moore Drilling Companies (c. 1956)

This home movie captures scenes of operations at oil rigs in Abilene run by Lamar Moore’s two drilling companies, Moore and Moore Drilling Co. and Moutray-Moore Drilling Co. Scenes of the machinery in operation and drilling teams working on the rigs are included.

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R.H. Burton Geophysics Films (1953-54)

This film contains footage of Headlee Field in West Texas shot by Raiford Harold (R.H.) Burton from 1953-1954. The footage captures scenes of drilling equipment, operating rigs, and oil teams working for Burton Geophysical Company at the oil field. The Headlee oil discovery is in Ector County, Texas, about 5 miles outside of Odessa, Texas […]

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