By Deanna Rainey
Scope and Contents of the Materials
The Collection of Alabama-Coushatta Materials consists of correspondence, photographs, booklets, newspaper articles, programs, and pamphlets pertaining to the Alabama-Coushatta reservation and tribe, as well as laws pertaining to reservation rights. The Alabama-Coushatta Reservation is located outside of Livingston, Texas. The collection includes a focus on the “Before the Sundown” historical drama.
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Collection of Alabama-Coushatta Materials. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.
Box and Folder Listing Browse by Series:
- Series 1
- Box 1
- Folder 1: Alabama-Coushatta Correspondence, 1927-1997
- Texas Federation of Women's Club letter from Gertrude Cogdell, Mrs. Earl Cogdell (1927 January 21); Texas Federation of Women's Club letter from Gertrude Cogdell, Mrs. Earl Cogdell (1927 January 31); Letter to Mrs. Earl Cogdell from Mrs. C. Wallace Chambers (1932 October 15); Letter to Mrs. I. B. McFarland from Rex Corley, Superintendent of Alabama-Coushatta Reservation (1940 December 30); Letter from Louise Stellars, the great great granddaughter of James Barclay (1997 June 25)
- Folder 2: T. J. Rowe Letter to Governor E. J. Davis, 1871-2010
- Printout of Southern Superintendency, Letters Received from 1851-1871 and other information of T. J. Rowe letter to Governor E. J. Davis (2010 March 2); The letter from T. J. Rowe to Governor E. J. Davis (1971 September 5)
- Folder 3: Medicine Man Photograph, circa 1976
- Photograph of a Medicine Man, information tag located on the back explains the historical role played in the drama 'Beyond the Sundown'
- Folder 4: Tribal Dances Photographs, circa 1976
- Three photographs of two young Indian girls preparing for their daily dance program
- Folder 5: Living Indian Village Photograph, circa 1976
- Photograph of visitors exploring Native American handicrafts
- Folder 6: Reptile Lecture Photograph, circa 1976
- A guide holds a small turtle, while she lectures visitors about the reptiles of the Reservation
- Folder 7: Sundown Theatre Photograph, circa 1976
- Photograph of the Sundown Amphitheatre, able to seat 1,545 patrons
- Folder 8: Indian County Tour Photographs, circa 1976
- Two photographs of a replica of a woodland Native American Village, which highlight the Indian Country Tour
- Folder 9: Big Thicket Photograph, circa 1976
- A photograph of a special four-wheel drive vehicle that is used for guided tours of the Big Thicket Area of East Texas
- Folder 10: Indian Chief Railroad Photograph, circa 1976
- Two photographs of a train that visitors can take on a tour of the Big Thicket Area
- Folder 11: "Beyond the Sundown" Historical Drama, 1978-1982
- Newspaper clipping from the Huntsville Item 'Play has undergone changes' (1978 August 17); Souvenir Program for "Beyond the Sundown" drama (1982)
- Folder 12: Alabama-Coushatta Reservation Information Folder, circa 1976
- A souvenir folder containing pamphlets and brochures with information about the Alabama-Coushatta Reservation
- Folder 13: Alabama-Coushatta Publications, 1932-2012
- Barcus, Nancy. "Baylor Salutes Native Americans," Baylor University Report, Vol. III, No. 4. pp.4-7 (1982 September); Berry, Rotha McClain. "The Alabama Coushatta Indians of Texas," Texas Geographic Magazine, Vol. XII, No. 2. pp.19-23 (1948 Fall); Bounds, John H. "The Alabama-Coushatta Indians of Texas," The Journal of Geography, Vol. LXX, No. 3. pp.175-182 (1971 March); Cook, Christopher. "The Alabama-Coushatta's," Texas Co-Op Power, pp.6-11 (2000 June); Cordes, Helen. "Speaking Up for Heritage," Texas Co-Op Power, pp.3-12 (2012 July); Halmari, Helena. "Alabama-Coushatta and Finnish-Americans: Linguistics and Multilingual Populations," Faculty Research Forum, Sam Houston State University (1997 September 24); Halmari, Helena. "Language Maintenance on the Alabama & Koasati Languages on the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation in Polk County, Texas." The Mosaic of Texas Culture National Conference, Hardin Simmons University, Abilene, Texas (1997 April 4-5); Halmari, Helena. "Towards Additive Multilingualism: a Sociolinguistic Perspective on the Maintenance of Alabama and Coushatta in Texas," Issues of Minority Peoples, No. 31, pp. 63-97 (2000); Photocopy of "Tribe of Indians Living in Eastern Part of Texas," The News Magazine Supplement (2012 May); Martin, Howard N. "Texas Redskins in Confederate Gray," Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. LXX, No. 4, pp. 1-7 (1967 April); Rogers, Tex. "New Chief for the Alabama Tribe," Tempo: Sunday Magazine, pp. 6-14 (1970 February 8); Smither, Harriet. "The Alabama Indians of Texas," The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Vol. XXXVI, No. 2, pp. 83-108 (1932 October); Photocopy of Dictionary of The Alabama Language, Sylestine, Cora, Heather K. Hardy, Timothy Montler, call number: Sp.Coll. PM 592 .S94 1993, (1993); "To Be An Indian in Texas," The Texas Observer, p.11 (1968 August 9); "Alabama-Coushatta Windfall?? ", Big Thicket Reporter, p3-4, (1996 July-August); "Tribal Dancers in Russia," Big Thicket Reporter (1994)
- Folder 14: Texas Reservation Laws, 1856-1971
- General Laws of the Sixth Legislature of the State of Texas (1856); Photocopy of Letter from Chiefs of the Alabama Indians to Sam Houston (1859 December 29); A Texas Scrapbook, "The Last of the Alabamas" (1869 May); The Laws of Texas, Vol. IV "An Act for the Relief of the Alabama Indians" (1898); Federal and State Indian Reservation (1971)
- Folder 15: Alabama Coushatta Newspaper clippings, 1936-2012
- Folder 16: Alabama-Coushatta Background Information, 1983-2010
- Photocopy of "Our Children of the Forest", additional copy located in E99 .A4 S37 Vol 2 (don't touch the pages); 2 copies of Printout of information of Caleb Wallace and Mary Emma Chambers (2010 March 9); Tribal Rolls & Records notes; Photocopy of The Houstonian article concerning a collection of Indian baskets presented to the Sam Houston Memorial Museum (1988 February 9); Information concerning the introduction to the two Alabama and Coushatta Indian Reservation Scrapbook volumes (1992 November 11); Photocopy of notes concerning museum donation (1988 May 26); Letter from Mary E. Rainey to James L. D. Sylestine (1988 June 10); Letter from James L. D. Sylestine to Mary E. Rainey (1988 May 6); The Alabama-Coushattis Indians of Polk County, with page of corrections (1988 May 6); Letter from Mary E. Rainey to James L. D. Sylestine (1983 August 4); Letter from James L. D. Sylestine to Mary E. Rainey (1983 July 20)