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New finding aids for the week of 9/18/06: “Miss Moonlight”, Mexico Documents

Finding Aids, Hispanic Collections, Houston & Texas History


Once again, the collections represented in this week’s crop of of new finding aids represent some far-reaching aspects of the history of Houston, Texas, and beyond.  

 Maxine Mesinger Papers, 1965-2001

Special Collections holds the papers of the late great Houston society columnist Maxine Mesinger. Mesinger, also known as "Miss Moonlight", wrote the "Big City Beat" column for the Houston Chronicle. At her memorial service, Liz Carpenter eulogized "She was the last of the dot dot dot girls". Our holdings include the entire run of the "Big City Beat" column, Mesinger’s personal photo collection and an audio tribute from Joan Rivers!

Mexico Documents Collection, 1570 – 1898

Moving right along, I’ve put up the finding aid for this collection, which is really just a broad assortment of historical materials from Mexico. Translations are available for many of the documents. If you are a UH Faculty member, student, or any other community member with an interest in historic documents from the US-Mexico border region, get in touch with me. We have an even larger collection of materials, and they’re very underresearched.

More items unearthed from our unprocessed Manuscripts: 

Paul Alexander Bartlett Letter, 1933

A letter from writer and artist Paul Alexander Bartlett asking for educational support from philanthropist Anita McCormick Blane. The Benson holds a collection of Bartlett’s photos.

D. Enoch Bacon Letter, 1848

This document details a skilled worker’s entry to Cuba.

Marcel Breuer Letter, 1971

Letter from the modernist architect and designer Marcel Breuer, written from New York City to University of Houston Professor of Architecture Howard Barnstone. October 12, 1971. Regards letter from Barnstone asking for support in Hugo V. Neuhaus Jr.’s nomination to the AIA College of Fellows.

Photo: Maxine Mesinger with Judy Garland. Photo dated Dec. 15, 1965. Houston Chronicle File Photo

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