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Igo, Harry
Papers, 1934-1994 and undated
2 boxes (2.0 linear feet)

    The Igo Collection is a small collection containing business and personal files from 1934-1994. The bulk of the papers are mainly business material from Plainsman Fertilizer and W. R. Grace Company. Only a small portion of this collection contains items of Mr. Igo’s experience in World War II, such as photographs, manuscript, and scrapbook material.  For further details, click here:  HIgo.
    Harry Igo is a retired businessman from Plainview, Texas. He had been president of the Plainsman Fertilizer Company Division of W.R. Grace and Company for a number of years. Mr. Igo is known for his participation in World War II as an Army Air Force pilot. He was captain when on July 26, 1945, he crew flew the C-54 cargo plane with a special cargo on board from Kirtland Air Force Base (Albuquerque, New Mexico) to Hamilton Field (California). From there, another crew flew the parts to Tinian Guam. This special cargo was the parts necessary to complete the assembly of the first atomic bomb to, be dropped on Hiroshima, Japan, on August 6, 1945. At the time Mr. Igo and his crew had no idea what their cargo was until years later when the National Archives revealed its true identity. Harry Igo had become part of history when his actions as a transporter served to end the Second World War.
Immanuel Lutheran Church (Posey, Texas)
Records, 1914-1974
1 microfilm reel (50 ft.) : negative

    Consists of constitutions, membership rosters, financial material, and literary productions relating to the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Posey, Texas.
    The church was organized on May 15, 1915, in Lubbock County, by families who (mostly) had come to the South Plains from the German settlements in southeast Texas. The oldest Lutheran congregation in Lubbock County, Immanuel Lutheran Church celebrated its 75th anniversary in 1990.
Indian Schools
Collection, 1929-1945
5,411 leaves

    Materials in the collection were obtained by Evelyn Jennings while she was teaching on the Navajo Reservation at the Tohotchi, Toadlena, and Crown Point Boarding Schools from 1936 to 1942.  Contains correspondence, financial records, food and clothing allotment records, printed material, scrapbook material, vaccination records, and original drawings by Indian children. The materials pertain to various Indian schools.   For further details, click here:  IndianSchools.
    Established in 1824 under the U.S. War Department, the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) was transferred to the U.S. Department of the Interior in 1849. The BIA held jurisdiction over Native American trade, removal to the West, protection from exploitation, concentration on reservations, and education. Unsuccessful in preventing wars and eliminating corrupt practices, the focus of the BIA was changed by the Dawes Act of 1887, the Burke Act of 1906, and through the Meriam Report of 1928. Prepared by W. Carson Ryan, Jr., the Meriam report suggested that education should be the primary function of the BIA. He also advised that Indian education be geared for all age levels and that it be closely tied to the community. Moreover, the report encouraged the establishment of day schools to serve as community centers and proposed reform on boarding schools, including the introduction of Indian culture into the curriculum. The progressive educational program was led by John Collier, who served as commissioner of Indian Affairs from 1933-1945.

Infantry Regiment
Collection, 1851-1854
1 oversized box (2 linear feet)

    These are two photocopied rolls of infantry regimental returns for Fort Phantom Hill and Fort Chadbourne.  Roll One is for the 2nd Dragoons and the other for the 5th Infantry.  Forts Phantom Hill and Chadbourne were some of the forts built in a line of defense against the native Indians who pose a threat to pioneers making their way through the Texas frontier.  After the threat was removed in the late 1870s, the forts were abandoned and they deteriorated over time.  Now only their foundations remain as symbols of the U.S. Army’s occupation of the west and its wild frontier.

International Arid Lands Research and Development Conference (1985)
Collection, 1985
131 leaves

    Includes program schedules and abstracts of papers presented at the 1985 Conference, whose theme was "Arid Lands: Today and Tomorrow," plus a brochure on the Australian Revegetation Corporation.
    The 1985 conference met at the Holiday Inn Broadway in Tucson, Arizona, from October 20 to 25.

International Association of Drilling Contractors
Records, 1992
1 wallet (0.1 linear feet)

    Item is a membership directory of the International Association of Drilling Contractors.  This is an organization of oil well drillers.  Oil has played a vital role in the history and economy of Texas since Spindle Top.   It has shaped towns from poverty to wealth and has influenced the people who work for the petroleum industry.

International Congress of Historians of the United States and Mexico
Records, 1958
135 leaves

    Contains printed materials and literary productions, which include seven papers presented at the conference. Four of the papers are in Spanish and three are English translations.
    The conference occurred November 3-6, 1958, at the University of Texas in Austin. The congress consisted of papers presented in English and Spanish concerning issues in the history of Mexico and the United States.

International Organization of Women Pilots, "The 99s" (Lubbock, Texas Chapter)
Records, 1967-1995
5 boxes (5 linear feet)

Records of the Lubbock, Texas Chapter of the International Organization of Women’s Pilots.   This material includes papers relating to chapter business and activities, such as membership records, meetings, seminars and classes, and financial reports.  A range of printed material is contained including international membership directories, FAA supplements and catalogs, biographies of famous women, and a history of the “99s”.  For further details, click here:   IOWP.
    The International Organization of Women Pilots or “99s” was founded in 1929 for the mutual support of women aviators and the advancement of aviation.  The Lubbock, Texas chapter was formed in 1972, initially, with eleven members among whom were housewives, businesswomen, teachers and nurses.  Their principal goal is to encourage members to remain proficient in flying and acquire advanced ratings.

Irwin, John Chadbourne
Papers, ca. 1930
41 leaves

    The collection includes three typescript copies of Irwin's reminiscences of his life in early West Texas, entitled "Frontier Life of John Chadbourne Irwin: From His Own Narrative as Given to Hazel (Best) Overton."
    Irwin was born in 1855 at Fort Chadbourne in Tom Green County, Texas. In 1859, his family moved to Camp Cooper, Throckmorton County, and then to Fort Davis during the Civil War. In 1867, his family moved to Fort Griffin, Shackelford County, Texas. Irwin later worked as deputy and rancher in Throckmorton County.
Isbell, Robert G.
Papers, 1852-1865
49 leaves

    Consists of correspondence between Robert G. Isbell and his wife, Elizabeth, and other family members while he served in the Confederate Army in Virginia and Tennessee. Also includes pre-Civil War correspondence concerning agriculture.
    Isbell served as a private with the Georgia Regiment of Volunteers during the Civil War. His wife, Elizabeth, and their children maintained the family farm in Franklin County, Georgia, during his absence.
Isett, Frank E.
Papers, 1838-1969
7,691 leaves

    Includes correspondence, financial and legal material, and office files pertaining to Isett's business activities in the oil and gas industry. The collection bulks with financial documents, including oil and gas well receipts and business files, including abstracts of title for Eastland County, Texas (1838-1958); reports and drilling logs (1920-1966); plats, maps, and tables (undated); and Texas Railroad Commission rulings and reports (1948-1969). Also included are personal files and correspondence concerning family matters.
    A resident of Brownwood, Texas, Isett served as an oil scout for the Gulf Oil Company (1917-1918), as superintendent for Schermerhorn Company of Arizona, and owned independent oil and gas wells in Eastland and Brown counties of Texas (1950-1969).
Itasca Cotton Manufacturing Company and Weavers Guild (Texas)

Records, 1896-1971
398,672 leaves

    Itasca Cotton Manufacturing Company records include correspondence, blueprints, cloth samples and data cards, employee records, financial and legal materials, printed materials, and the papers of Sidney J. Files and Ella Pierce. The Weavers Guild materials include correspondence, advertising material, cloth samples and data cards, employee records, general files, inventory, legal materials, financial materials, literary productions, mail order customer cards, photographs, printed materials, branch store records, and job orders pertaining to the to the development and decline of a company.
    The company was founded to purchase raw cotton to spin and weave into textiles and to act as sales agent through mail orders and retail sales. The mill in Itasca, Texas, run by the Files family, began operations in 1901 producing cotton textiles primarily for draperies and upholstery. The Weavers Guild, having begun in the mid 1930s, operated retail stores in large cities throughout Texas specializing in custom-made draperies. During its peak years the mill had over 350 employees. The mill closed in 1962, while the guild stores operated until 1971.
Ivey, Arthur Harold
Papers, 1874-1943
1 microfilm reel (25 ft.) : negative

    Consists of abstracts of title and maps which reveal patterns of land settlement in the Rio Grande Valley of El Paso County, Texas.
Ivey, Louis J.

Papers, 1939-1963 and undated
1 wallets (0.1 linear feet)
    Collection contains materials regarding Louis J. Ivey’s involvement in the Pecos Growers Gas Company and the Farmers and Merchants Association, Inc.  Ivey is considered the father of the cotton industry in the El Paso Valley and later was a prominent cotton farmer in the Pecos, Texas area.

Ivey, Louis J.
Papers, 1954-1962
1 wallets (0.1 linear feet)

    Includes printed material of Future Farmers of America and Ivey family reunion.  Louis J. Ivey served as a State Representative from West Texas and is considered to be the father of the cotton industry in the El Paso, Texas area.  The Future Farmers of America is a nation-wide organization designed to promote the agriculture industry.


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