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Centennial Commission. Texas State University System 1911-2011. © Copyright, 2007 TSUS Board of Regents (Austin) All Rights Reserved.

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centennial commission

Centennial Commission

Texas State University System

1911-2011

© Copyright, 2007

TSUS Board of Regents (Austin)

All Rights Reserved

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organize, research, and author a publication documenting the life, history and culture of the Texas State University System and its component institutions. This would require participating faculty to commit to attend several meetings a year (in Austin, a campus, or telephonically) over the next three years and to assume responsibility for researching and writing or marshalling others to research and write assigned portions of text. The campuses would be asked to provide release time as necessary as well as travel and research costs. Lamar University has pledged the services this spring of a librarian/archivist to assist in commencing the project. The Vice Chancellor and General Counsel will be coordinating the project.

organize, research, and author a publication documenting the life, history and culture of the Texas State University System and its component institutions. This would require participating faculty to commit to attend several meetings a year (in Austin, a campus, or telephonically) over the next three years and to assume responsibility for researching and writing or marshalling others to research and write assigned portions of text. The campuses would be asked to provide release time as necessary as well as travel and research costs. Lamar University has pledged the services this spring of a librarian/archivist to assist in commencing the project. The Vice Chancellor and General Counsel will be coordinating the project.

The Texas State University System

Centennial Commission

(1911 – 2011)

The Thirty-second Texas Legislature (1911) created a State Normal School Board of Regents and charged it “with the responsibility of the general control and management of all State normal schools for white teachers now established or that may be established in the future in Texas . . . .” That antiquated and limiting vision, of course, has long passed into history, but the fundamental mission of educating the State’s youth remains vibrant and imperative. As we approach the centennial of the State’s oldest system of higher education, the Chancellor has determined that the System’s history should be documented and celebrated in an appropriate and dignified hard-bound publication.

Since the project, of necessity, would be a study in American, more specifically, Texas culture, the academic approach would be multidisciplinary, employing methodologies of the historian, art historian, sociologist, demographer, biographer, and so on. Such a study might include discussion of notable personalities (Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby’s serving as a regent in the 1940’s) or events (passage of legislation authorizing one institution to construct and maintain an airport) in the System’s history. Other topics could include the art ( from rainbow walkers to statues of significant historical and political figures) and architecture (a building, memorialized in a movie, with trapezoidal windows) of the campuses.

Accordingly, the provosts and vice presidents for academic affairs are being asked to identify faculty to participate as part of a system wide committee to conceptualize, organize, research, and author a publication documenting the life, history and culture of the Texas State University System and its component institutions. This would require participating faculty to commit to attend several meetings a year (in Austin, a campus, or telephonically) over the next three years and to assume responsibility for researching and writing or marshalling others to research and write assigned portions of text. The campuses would be asked to provide release time as necessary as well as travel and research costs. Lamar University has pledged the services this spring of a librarian/archivist to assist in commencing the project. The Vice Chancellor and General Counsel will be coordinating the project.

establishment of the system
Establishment of the System

●1904Superintendent of Education, Arthur Lefevre recommends that the normal schools be

under a Board of Regents

  • ◦“duplication of work”
  • ◦“injurious rivalry before legislatures in ever- recurring scrambles for appropriations.”
public higher education in 1911
Public Higher Education in 1911

● State Normal School Board of Regents

  • Sam Houston Normal Institute (SHSU)
  • Southwest Texas Normal School (TxState)
  • North Texas Normal School and Teachers Training Institute (UNT)
  • West Texas State Normal School (WTAMU)

●University of Texas

●Texas Agricultural and Mechanical College

●Industrial College for Women (TWU)

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Establishing State Teachers Colleges

Sam Houston State Normal School, first Normal School in Texas. Established, April 21, 1879

Images courtesy of SHSU Archives

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Southwest Texas Normal School, May 10, 1899

“Dear Little Mama:- All of us OK. You think I will never write, but I will in a day or two sure. Lots of love. Nona”

Image courtesy of San Marcos Public Library

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Additions to the System

  • 1917 Sul Ross State University

Archives of the Big Bend

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1995

Lamar University

Lamar State College of Technology ( n.d.) Lamar University Archives

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Lamar State College – Orange

Image courtesy of Ron E. Lewis Library, University Archives LSC-O

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Lamar State College – Port Arthur

Image courtesy of Student Services LSU-PA

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Lamar Institute of Technology

Photo courtesy of Lamar Institute of Technology

methodology
Methodology

The Centennial

Commission is a multidisciplinary study of Texas culture.

Port Arthur College Radio School Catalog, Museum of the Gulf Coast

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Archivists and Librarians

  • Melleta Bell, Archivist, Archives of the Big Bend, SRSU
  • Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, SHSU
  • Susie Fortenberry, Executive Assistant, LIT
  • Lauren Ham, Archivist, Museum of Gulf Coast, LSCO-PA
  • Charlotte Holliman, John Gray Library, LU
  • Peter B. Kaatrude,Dean of Library Services, LSCO-PA
  • Barbara Kevit -Mason, University Archivist, SHSU
  • Mary McCoy, Librarian, LSC-O
  • Kris Toma, University Archivist, Texas State
goals
Celebrate a century of service to Texas

2. Showcase campus communities

3. Recognize alumni achievements and contributions

Goals
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Celebrating a century of service to Texas

Texas State University System Board of Regents, 1961.

Sam Houston State University Archives

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Showcasing campus communities

Lamar State College - Port Arthur, Student Services Photo

Aerial view of Sul Ross,

Archives of the Big Bend

Lamar State College-Orange,

Ron E. Lewis Library Archives

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Recognizing Alumni Achievements and Contributions

Dan Blocker, Sul Ross University

Dan Rather, Sam Houston State University

Janis Joplin, Port Arthur College and Lamar University

Dr. George Strait, Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, Texas State University

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Notable Personalities

“It would have never crossed my mind to command an army of women. I never did learn to salute properly or master the 30-inch stride.”

-Oveta Culp Hobby, Colonel,

first commanding officer of the Women’s Army Corps and TSUS Regent.

the system in time of war
The System in Time of War

History of the Country Campus, Frances Handley Bowers. http:unicorn.shsu.edu/Archimages/2811.pdf (05/10/07)

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History of the Country Campus, Frances Handley Bowers. http:unicorn.shsu.edu/Archimages/2811.pdf (05/10/07)

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Politics

Lyndon B. Johnson, President of the United States

Mirabeau Lamar, President and Vice President of the Texas Republic, Lamar University Archives

Sam Houston, President of the Texas Republic, SHSU Archives

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Art

Watercolor of Casa Grande (Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park). Art Colony, Sul Ross State University. Archives of the Big Bend

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Rainbow Walker, Ali Baudoin, artist. Sam Houston State University Archives

Music of the Sea, 1940. Lamar State College – Port Arthur. Student Services Photograph

Mirabeau B. Lamar. Sculptured by David Cargill, 1966. LU Archives

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Architecture

Branding Bar, Texas State University, San Marcos. University Archives, Texas State University, San Marcos

Clock Tower, Sam Houston State University, SHSU Archives

Science Building, Sul Ross State University. Archives of the Big Bend

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Athletics

Tennis Players, Old Port Arthur College, c. 1900. Museum of the Gulf Coast Archives

diversity
Diversity

Bill Witliff, Texas State University

Carmen Lomas Garza - Prickly Pear

(A Little Piece of My Heart), 1991

Author, Dr. Caroline Crimm, Sam Houston State University

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Literature

The Cottage Tales of Beatrix Potter

By Susan Wittig Albert, TxState

Texas Review of Books, TxState

Jewel Gibson - Henson,

SHSU

John W. Thomason, Thomason Room, SHSU

music
Music

The Journal of Texas Music HistoryVol.1#2 Tx State

Dr. James Simmons, “Jimmy and Friends” CD, LU.

Dr. Norman Laird “Brownie” McNeil, Album cover, 1973. SRSU

The Cardinal Moods, LSCO

Fisher A. Tull, Composer, SHSU

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System During the Great Depression

Lawrence Hall, Sul Ross State University,

Archives of the Big Bend

Dr. Ron Brown, Oral Histories of the Civilian Conservation Corps at Mesa Verde National Park. Texas State University

outcome
Outcome :

● A dignified hard-bound publication including:

◦Regents biographies

◦Notable graduates

◦ Audio and film CD

● Oral Histories

● Exhibits

● Website

1911-2011