A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from March 29, 2008
Texana or Texiana or Texicana ("all things Texas")

America has “Americana,” so Texas has—? Three words have historically been used to describe “all things Texas”—Texana, Texiana and Texicana.

“Texiana” and “Texicana” appear to be older and were in use in the 1930s, but “Texana” appears to be the most popularly used term today.


University Park Public Library
Discover the expanding Texana collection at the UPPL!  Housed in the farthest corner of our Library, the Texana section has all things Texas: history, biographies, fiction, true crime, guidebooks, nature, cookbooks, and more.  The collection can help scholars research any aspect of Texas culture, curious gardeners identify native trees, or armchair readers find a good Texas yarn. We hope the following list of selected titles from our Texana collection will encourage you to browse this cozy corner of our Library.

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185 items found in Americana and Texiana

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: St. Louis’ Isle, or Texiana;
with additional observations made in the United States and in Canada.
Author(s): Hooton, Charles, 1813?-1847. 
Publication: London, Simmonds & Ward,
Year: 1847
Description: 2 p. [vii]-viii p., 1 1., 204 p. front. (port.) plates. 23 cm.
Language: English
Standard No: LCCN: rc 00-2518
SUBJECT(S)
Geographic: Texas—Description and travel.
Galveston (Tex.)—Description and travel. 

19 February 1905, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “History of Fort Worth,” news magazine supplement, pg. 10:
“It is earnestly hoped that all our citizens will search their attics to see if they have not something that will add interest to the collection of Texiana and Fort Worthiana at the library.”

22 May 1911, Dallas (TX) Morning News, pg. 13:
The collection belonged to Dr. V. O. King, formerly of San Antonio, and was one of the largest private collections of Texana in existence at that time.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Peter W. Gray collection of Texiana /
Corp Author(s): Freemasons.; Grand Lodge of Texas.; Library. 
Publication: [Waco, Tex. : The Library,
Year: 1930s
Description: 20 leaves ; 28 cm.
Language: English
SUBJECT(S)
Named Person: Gray, Peter W., 1819-1874—Library—Catalogs. 
Geographic: Texas—History—Bibliography—Catalogs. 

22 April 1930, Dallas (TX) Morning News part 2, pg. 17:
Texas History
Is Read From
Living Pages

Dr. Alex Dienst Relates
Epochs and Shows Rare
Texiana Collection.


29 December 1935, Dallas (TX) Morning News, section 3, pg. 14:
Texana Collections
More than one Texas publisher has seen the possibilities in early Texas literature which the advent of Centennial year furnishes.

21 May 1936, Kerrville (TX) Times, pg. 6, col. 4:
“Texana” by Dean Tevis, another publication just off the Naylor Printing Company’s press, has come to us. “Texana” is a pictorial history of Texas, the illustrations being drawn by “Jinx” (J. Holmes Jenkins).

27 September 1936, Dallas (TX) Morning News, section 2, pg. 6:
Collection of Texana Visits Dallas
Centennial Announces Exhibition of Books and Prints
The book presents unusual, and many of them unknown, facts about history in boiled down style, uniquely illustrated. Every page contains an average of three of these nuggets of Texas history. They represent a lot of hard work on the part of Tevis and Holmes. They should stimulate a lot of study and research on the part of those who scan the pages of “Texana.”

(OCLC WorldCat)
Title: Book of Texana illustrated.
Publication: San Antonio, Tex. : Naylor’s epic-century magazine,
Year: 1938
Description: 30, [4] p. : ill., ports. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Contents: Texas events—A thumbnail history of Texas—12 immortal Texans—50 questions and answers on Texas history.

3 December 1939, San Antonio (TX) Express, pg. 8D, col. 3:
One of the interesting collections of Texiana in town is that belonging to Dr. P. I. Nixon, whose chief hobby is gathering books and bits of lore about the state, and it is from that store of knowledge that he will draw material for his talk before the Fenwick Club on Wednesday.

6 December 1941, Dallas (TX) Morning News, section 2, pg. 1:
Rare Texiana Collection is Bought
By Texas University for $25,000

1 April 1943, Dallas (TX) Morning News, section 2, pg. 5:
She has a number of novelties on tap for her Sunday opening here including a Parade Texana number which features things Texas is famous for, cotton, pecans, aviation, cattle-raising and oil, a Samba number, a cocktail number and a piano novelty routine.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Books of Texana, dated 1811-1904;
a listing of titles in the San Antonio Public Library.
Corp Author(s): San Antonio Public Library. 
Publication: [San Antonio,
Year: 1953
Description: 24 p. 23 cm.

25 March 1958, Dallas (TX) Morning News, letters, part 4, pg. 4:
The clipping has been passed around as a sample of genuine Texicana.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Texas heritage featuring the United States and Confederate states, Texas Senators, and other Texana.
Author(s): Adair, A. Garland 1889-1966.  (Anthony Garland),
Publication: Austin, Texas, Texas Heritage Foundation,
Year: 1959
Description: 144 p. illus.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Texana at the University of Texas;
an exhibition of manuscripts, broadsides, books, photographs & miscellaneous items relating to Texas, March 1962, at the Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas.
Corp Author(s): University of Texas. Humanities Research Center. 
Publication: [Austin,
Year: 1962
Description: 42 p. illus. 16 x 23 cm.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Texas book prices ($1.50 to $4,000);
a list of 4,000 items of Texiana & Texana
Author(s): Morrison, W. M. 1914- (William Melvin),
Publication: Waco, Tex.,
Edition: [1st ed.].
Year: 1963
Description: 208 p. 27 cm.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Texana.
Publication: [Waco, Tex., Texian Press]
Year: 1963-
Description: v. 1- winter 1963-; ill.; 23 cm.
Language: English
Standard No: ISSN: 0040-411X; National Library: 100970579; LCCN: sf 77-200
Class Descriptors: LC: F381
Other Titles: Texana
Material Type: Periodical (per)

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: A catalogue of a portion of the library of Texana :
formed by E.W. Winkler, State Librarian, 1909-1915, librarian of the University of Texas, 1923-1934 /
Corp Author(s): Brick Row Book Shop. 
Publication: Austin, Tex. : Brick Row Book Shop,
Year: 1964
Description: 30 p. ; 22 cm.
Language: English
Series: Catalogue / Brick Row Book Shop; Variation: Catalogue (Brick Row Book Shop)

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: Unpriced inventory of Texiana :
being a list of rare and important autographed letters, manuscripts and historical documents relating particularly to early Texas /
Author(s): Philpott, William Albert, 1885-
Publication: Dallas : [s.n.],
Year: 1969
Description: 57 p., [2] leaves of plates : facsims. ; 36 cm.
Language: English
SUBJECT(S)
Descriptor: Manuscripts—Texas—Bibliography.
Autographs—Texas—Bibliography. 
Geographic: Texas—History—Bibliography. 
Note(s): Cover title.
Class Descriptors: LC: Z1339
Other Titles: Texiana.
Responsibility: collected during the last half century by William A. Philpott, Jr., and offered for sale by him in this year, 1969, A.D.

(OCLC WorldCat record)
Title: A guide to the Texana holdings of the Texas History Library of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas /
Author(s): McDowell, Catherine, comp.
Corp Author(s): Daughters of the Republic of Texas.; Library. 
Publication: San Antonio : Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library,
Year: 1978
Description: 2 v. in 1 : ill. ; 28 cm.
Language: English
Contents: v. l. Documents, foreign language books, maps, serials.--v.2. Books.

13 March 1994, Austin (TX) American-Statesman, “Books mend gender gap in Texas history” by Mike Cox, pg. F6:
Mike Cox is the author of six Texas-related books and a collector of Texana.

Internet Movie Database
IMDb user comments for
Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary (1997)
Hilarious., 31 January 2000
Author: Marc-86 () from Houston, Texas
All I have to say is, “Go, Baby, Go!” Or perhaps, “Go, Baby, Go See It!” What a phenomenal piece of Americana...or should I say Texicana? I wonder how well it plays outside of Texas, seeing that the profound Texan love of trucks is an impossible to describe phenomenon. I grew up in East Texas and I felt like they were interviewing people I’ve met many times before. Absolutely hilarious. 

12 February 1998, Syracuse (NY) Herald-Journal, pg. A6, col. 4:
He recently tried to help magnify them by reprinting some of the current “Bum Steer” awards, the annual Texas Monthly feature highlighting wacky Texana (South Padre Island bans neckties; Kleberg County replace “hello” with “heaven-o").

Google Groups: alt.food.barbecue
Newsgroups: alt.food.barbecue
From: (Jim Bannerman)
Date: 7 Nov 2002 11:47:15 -0800
Local: Thurs, Nov 7 2002 3:47 pm
Subject: Re: BBQ Tour

Although there are two bbq restaurants, go to the one on the 5500 block of Kirby Drive (near the southwest freeway).  It is smaller but it is a museum of things Texana and worth the visit.  The selection of beers is amazing.  While you are there walk across the side street to his “Texas” store called the BBQ Hall of Flame. 

Keith Burgess-Jackson
Friday, 4 June 2004
Texana
Until now, this weekly feature has been called “Texasisms.” It’s an ugly word, isn’t it? The idea was to discuss a Texas saying, such as “Y’all,” each week. But I think I’ll expand it to include all things Texas. And maybe this is a good time to change the name, too. I had heard the word “Texiana,” but a quick Google search indicates that “Texana” is more common. Here and here are two sites devoted to Texana, which is supposed to parallel “Americana.” My goal each week will be to bring some aspect of Texas speech, history, or culture to you. If you don’t care about Texas, you can easily skip these posts. Just scroll past the word “Texana” when you see it. 

AnalPhilosopher
Friday, 17 June 2005
Texana
Here is a site devoted to all things Texas.

20 February 2006, San Antonio (TX) Express-News, pg. 1C:
It’s pretty darn ambitious, just six years into the 21st century, to call even a Texas-sized party “the Gala and Texana Auction of the Century.”
SA’s Charline and Red McCombs, whose fabulous collections of Texana ...

Houston (TX) Chronicle
February 08, 2007
Anna Nicole Smith (Nov. 28, 1967 - Feb. 8, 2007)
(...)
To have escaped Mexia, worked at a chicken restaurant, then at a Wal-Mart, and then as a stripper, and finding her way, as fate would have it, into celebrity, is truly Americana, or “Texicana” at its best.
(...)
Posted by: Robert at February 9, 2007 09:11 AM

Texan Expat Sociologist
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Texana/Texicana
Periodically I will post links to all things Texas related. I greatly miss my Texas homeland and family!
~texas.zephyr

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (1) Comments • Saturday, March 29, 2008 • Permalink


Barry, I much enjoyed your bibliograpical run of Texana.  Interested readers may wish to consult my
“Texas Parlor” blog, a companion to my “Will’s Texana Monthly,” a free e-journal of book reviews, movies, plays, websites, and other such carriers of Texana.

Posted by Will Howard  on  05/02  at  10:36 PM

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