Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Made in the Maker Spot: July 2016

It's been quieter in the Maker Spot this month, so we can't wait for all the students to come back next week! We are so excited to see what everyone makes this semester. We did have some really cool projects last month, though. The campus has been going crazy for Pokemon this summer, and several of our staff have gotten creative this summer. As always, if you see anything that inspires you and you want to try out the Maker Spot for yourself, come visit us in room 250, or go to

If you are looking to get started with 3D design, is a free, browser-based application that you can access from home. They have great tutorials, and we are always happy to help out with designs as well. Happy Making!

Purple Rose

Lego Mindstorm Sorter
Pikachu and Pokeball

Pikachu and Open Pokeball

Thursday, August 11, 2016

New Resources!

The library purchased several new electronic resources and the Texas State Library added additional titles this summer, so we are ready for the new semester!  Here is a list of the NEW electronic databases available to the students, faculty and staff of Tarleton State University for research and assignments.

  • APA Style CENTRAL - 
  • Cambridge Journals
  • Chicago Manual of Style Online
  • Emerald Insight
  • LegalForms
  • Legal Information Reference Center
  • Science in Context
  • SciTech Collection
  • Social Work Reference Center
This bring the total number of electronic resources, available both on and off campus, to over 250!  To access all these resources, click on Databases A-Z on the library's website.  

The library is here to help--if you have questions or need assistance, call the Reference desk at (254) 968-9249 or email   

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Adventures in the Archives: Dr. Richard Lee Thompson

Adventures in the Archives continues....

Here's a little more information about Dr. Richard Lee Thompson, whose papers are part of the archives at the library, pulled together by Crystal Stanley, our former Archives and Reference Assistant (now the Director of Library Services at Ranger College):

Richard Lee Thompson was born in Stephenville on November 4, 1925.  He was the youngest son of Robert Lee Thompson and Corinne Barkley.  They had married in 1920 and purchased a home located at 343 North McIlhaney Street in Stephenville, on the east side of the present-day Tarleton State University campus.

A photo posted by Tarleton State University (@tarletonstate) on

The Thompson house had belonged to James Cox, who became President of John Tarleton College in 1913.  Cox had the house built in 1915, and lived and worked in the house until the Thompsons purchased it from him in 1920.  The original price for the house and surrounding acre of property was $4,800.  The house has a second front door because it was the door to Cox’s Presidential office.  Most of the house itself is still the original construction, minus three fireplaces, which were taken out in 1937 and replaced with a natural gas heating unit.

Richard’s parents are credited with providing John Tarleton College a soda shop, called Campus Corner. His mother Corinne operated the establishment for 20 years. However, the Campus Corner did not make enough profits to keep open, and it was closed.

Richard Thompson graduated from Stephenville High School in 1943.  That same year, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy on his eighteenth birthday.  Six weeks later, he was drafted.  He served as a medic with the Marine Corps for three and a half years, from 1944 until 1946.  He participated in the invasion of Okinawa, Japan, where he spent one year of his service.

Upon returning home, he enrolled in John Tarleton College.  He then attended Southern Methodist University, where he worked as a student instructor in Biology.  After graduating, Dr. Thompson was accepted into the Baylor University Dental School.

Dr. Thompson practiced for ten years at the State Hospital in San Antonio and was working in the VA Hospital in Chicago when his father Robert died in 1969. He returned to Erath County and took over the family real estate business. Over the years, the Thompson family acquired the full block of property adjacent to Tarleton on McIlhaney and at times had as many as 22 renters living in the houses once there.

Dr. Thompson's mother Corrine Barkley Thompson passed away in 1984.  Thompson continued to live in the family home.  In 1998, Dr. Thompson donated six land parcels on McIlhaney to the university for use as parking for nearby dorms. He also donated a 20-foot magnolia tree moved from one of his rental properties to a location near Davis Hall. When renovations on the Trogdon House (then called the Hall of Presidents) were completed and a request was made for donations of authentic period furnishings, Dr. Thompson contributed items with  unique historical ties the furniture has to the University.  The Tarleton Alumni Association named him a Distinguished Friend at Homecoming in October 2002.

Dr. Richard L. Thompson passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2004.  In his will, he created a trust fund of $100,000, where the interest alone would pay for the upkeep of his family home.  His will further stipulated that the house and all the furnishings remain as is.  The house currently functions as the Tarleton State University Alumni Association building.

Tarleton Alumni Association - Alumni House

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Adventures in the Archives: Dr. Richard Thompson Collection - daguerrotypes and tintype

Adventures in the Archives continues....

When processing an archival collection, one may come across a rare find. In the case of the Dr. Richard L. Thompson D.D.S Papers, Crystal Stanley, our former Archives and Reference Assistant (now the Director of Library Services at Ranger College) found quite a few rarities. Six daguerreotypes and one tintype were discovered. You may be asking yourself: 

The first six images in this post are daugerrotypes.  They were on a silver-coated copper plate.  Daguerreotypes have a reflective surface, somewhat like a hologram. When viewed from one angle, a daguerreotype appears shiny and light-colored, and from the other angle it is negative with a duller matte finish.

Daguerreotypes are usually in a case sealed behind a thick piece of glass for protection, as the silver coat of the image is easy to damage.  The case often has a hinged cover, and the outside is sometimes covered with embossed leather, and lined with silk or velvet facing the picture.

Daguerrotypes were first used about 1839 and were popular until about 1860.

There is one tintype in the collection, which is pictured at left.  Tintypes, also known as ferrotypes, have grayish-white images with low contrast.  Tintypes were made on a thin black-enameled (or japanned) iron plate.  The process to make them was first developed about 1853.  Because then end product was lighter in weight, and because it was quicker and cheaper than the process to make daguerrotypes, tintypes had pretty much replaced the older process by 1860.  They remained popular in the early 1900s and even until about 1940.

Unfortunately, we have no idea who is pictured in this photographs.  All we can say for sure is that the daguerrotypes date after 1839 (and probably before 1860), and the tintype dates after 1853.   Likely these are images of ancestors of Dr. Richard L. Thompson, the owner.  More about him in the next post in this series.

For assistance with or to request to see archival materials, contact Collections Archivist Gary Spurr by phone at (254)968-1808, email at or

Monday, July 18, 2016

Adventures in the Archives: Dean Davis' brand and his legacy

Adventures in the Archives continues... 

Photo of Dean Davis in Cross Timbers Historical Images Project
Recently, the Collections Archivist, Gary Spurr, located the personal brand of Dean J. Thomas Davis in a volume of the Erath County Record of Marks and Brands 1893 - 1943 (ERA 121). J. Thomas Davis became the dean of John Tarleton Agriculture College (JTAC) in 1919. For twenty-six years, he "guided the school through a period of unprecedented growth, prosperity, and prestige" (Chamberlin).  

Davis knew the importance of involving the community in the affairs of the college and therefore provided ways for the college to assist local farmers, as agriculture was the primary venture of the college at the time. An example of this partnership with the community was a new policy inviting community livestock owners to utilize the services of Tarleton’s veterinarian. This arrangement provided the community with convenient veterinary assistance and gave Tarleton Agricultural students usable and valuable first-hand experience. 

It is not known if Dean Davis kept his livestock out at Tarleton's farm, but it would make sense for him to set an example for his students and the community by utilizing some of the agriculture initiatives he himself established (like the one mentioned above).

Scan of Marks and Brands record depicting the brand of J. Thomas Davis
Davis helped John Tarleton Agriculture College expand over his twenty-six years; not only with educational programs, but also with buildings. He added an Administration building (currently the E.J. Howell Education building), the Wisdom Gym, an Auditorium, a Science building, the Smokestack, the first Dining Hall (now the green space next to the O. A. Grant Building), Davis Hall (built as a boys dorm), and added several annexes (Chamberlin, Lewis, Moody, & Gough) to the Mary Corn-Wilkerson Dormitory. Many of these and other buildings have been torn down to contruct new buildings or have been extensively renovated over the years. Check out our Historypin project highlighting some of the buildings that came about as a result of Dean Davis' hard work.

Photo of Dean Davis with animals in Cross Timbers Historical Images Project

Davis stepped down as Dean in 1945. He was given Dean Emeritus status and continued to teach at Tarleton. He finally retired in 1950 and passed away shortly after on May 12, 1950. Thomas Davis was the epitome of a Tarleton Texan ("Plowboy" during his time at Tarleton). He worked hard to make Tarleton a better place and always had the best interests of the students and the local community in mind.

For assistance with or to request to see archival materials, contact Collections Archivist Gary Spurr by phone at (254)968-1808, email at or

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Made in the Maker Spot: June 2016

Even though campus is more quiet for the summer, the Maker Spot is still running! Here are some of the items we've made recently.

If any of these inspire you, come see us in the Maker Spot! Visit The Maker Spot's website at or come visit us in Dick Smith Library Room 250.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Adventures in the Archives: Robert "Bob" Glasgow Legislative Papers

Archival boxes housing materials from Glasgow Collection
Today, we are going to take an adventure through the archives and learn about Mr. Robert "Bob" Glasgow. He was born in 1942 and graduated from Stephenville H.S. After graduating high school, he served three years in the United States Army. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts from Tarleton State College in 1967 where he served as class president and student body president. After his time at Tarleton, he went on to the University of Texas in Austin where he received his J.D. (Juris Doctor). In 1970, Glasgow started his own law practice in Stephenville, TX. He was named a Distinguished Alumnus at Tarleton State University in 1987. For eight years (1972-1980), Glasgow was the District Attorney for the 29th Judicial District that served Erath, Hood, and Palo Pinto counties. He was then nominated to the Texas Senate, serving the 22nd District of Texas from 1981 to 1993 (67th-72nd Legislature) as a Democrat. He has been a member of the Stephenville Chamber of Commerce since December 1979 and continues to serve Erath and the surrounding counties through his law firm and local affiliations.

Bound materials from Bob Glasgow Collection

The Bob Glasgow Texas Legislative Papers were donated to the Dick Smith Library by Glasgow circa 2008. The collection is housed in the Archives and is maintained by the Collections Archivist, Gary Spurr. Today, the collection is fully processed with a finding aid completed by Archives and Reference Assistant Crystal Stanley. The finding aid can be found on a web page that has been created to briefly describe the collection. The Bob Glasgow Texas Legislative Papers consists of bound copies of legislation, press clippings and releases, committee minutes, and redistricting minutes/information during the time Glasgow served on the Texas Legislature. Some materials originally housed in binders have been placed in folders and boxes. This collection is open for research, but advance notice is required before conducting research. 

For more information, contact the Collections Archivist Gary Spurr at, (254)968-1808, or email

Check back in later this summer to learn more about collections in the archives.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Blood Drive June 21

The Dick Smith Library is sponsoring a blood drive! 

Tuesday, June 21st 
Thompson Student Center ballrooms 

To reserve your spot, visit and in the “Find a Blood Drive” box enter "Purple" or "76401".

Monday, June 6, 2016

Study Grounds Café Summer Hours

As of today, the Study Grounds Café has re-opened for the summer sessions with limited hours and items.  Currently they will be open Monday through Thursday from 8 AM until 2 PM.  Coffee and tea drinks and breakfast pastries will be available, along with bottled water and Simply To Go pre-packaged food items.  There will be no Sandella's items (all hot foods: flatbreads, etc.) at the present time.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Made in the Maker Spot - April & May 2016

We've had an explosion of cool stuff made in the Maker Spot in the past couple of months!  To join in on the fun, visit The Maker Spot's website at or come visit us in Dick Smith Library Room 250.

Headphone Holder
MineCraft figures with moving parts
Longhorn Keychain

VW Bug Keys
Quilling Swan
Dice Tower

Quilling Jewelery Box
Thor's Hammer cookie cutter
Batman Bottle Opener

Tarleton Phone Case

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Get Comfortable, Relax, and READ!

We are now in our summer hours. What better time to grab a book, find a comfortable spot, and read?! You can search the catalog to find materials. Maybe you want to reread a classic or listen to the audio book version.

Are you interested in seeing what new materials we have? New books arrive monthly and you can find them in several locations. New Books are displayed on the lower level at the information desk and on the shelves located next to the Sara Tyler Memorial Area in front of the Archives offices; these materials are from the Curriculum Collection (juvenile or young adult). 


You can also find new books  at the Reference desk in the Learning Commons (main level) and in the front lounge of the library. These materials are a mixture of subjects and genres. If you can't find what you're looking for, remember to browse the General Stacks on the upper level. 

While you're checking out the new books in the lounge, take a seat and relax for a while. This little nook would make a great place to read your desired book. You could bring a snack and a drink and make a day out of it. There are several other places you could "curl up" and read a book or listen to an audio tape. We have new comfortable furniture on the lower level and some nice little spaces on the upper level of the library, as well.

Now don't forget that we also offer OverDrive! You can access OverDrive through the library's Databases: A-Z or by getting the app (available on iOS, Android, and Windows). You will need to use your NTNET login and password to gain access.  You'll be able to find eBooks and audio books of all subjects and genres.

If you have questions or need assistance, call the Reference desk at (254)968-9249 or email

Check our Facebook and Twitter for events and updates! 

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Summer Hours

The Dick Smith Library is in the midst of extended hours for finals, with all-night study continuing midnight through 7 AM today (Thursday, May 5) and tomorrow (Friday, May 6) - don't forget to bring your Texan Card!  The library will close at 10 PM on Friday, May 6, and remain closed on Saturday and Sunday, May 7-8.

Here are the hours for the Summer term, starting on Monday, May 9:
Monday - Thursday 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday 1:00  - 6:00 PM
Sunday 1:00 - 10:00 PM

We will be closed for Memorial Day weekend (Saturday, May 28, through Monday, May 30) and July 4 weekend (Saturday, July 2, through Monday, July 4).

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Made in The Maker Spot

Since our Maker Spot opened, we have had some pretty cool stuff to print on our 3-D printer! Below are just a few of the things our Tarleton community has designed or found to print:


If you want join in the fun here are some resources to get you started:
TinkerCAD  - A free 3-D design program that you can use right in your web browser. Start from scratch with the building blocks available, or import other objects and modify them. Be sure to check out their tutorials for more ideas and lessons on how to use it to it's fullest.

Thingiverse - An online library of 3-D printable objects. Find objects to print right away, or to modify to fit your needs.

YouMagine - Another online library of 3-D printable objects. Not quite as large as Thingiverse, but it has some different designs.

When you are designing for the 3-D printer, keep in mind that our print capacity is 9"X9"X20", or 229mmX229mmX508mm. 

Happy designing and we hope to see you in the Maker Spot soon!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

New Bike repair station

Hey all you bike riders! The library has just added a bike repair station in front of the building. You can air up your tires and use a variety of tools to keep you rolling!

The fix-it station has a lot of  tools tethered to the unit. Tire pump in the the back and a rack to put your bike up on so you can do repairs.  There is also a QR code that takes you to a bike repair guide. 

Do you have any other ideas of cool things or ways the library can help our students?  Post a comment and let us know!