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Linnea Smith collection of Oscar Strahan memorabilia

Identifier: 90.200-Faculty-2007-Strahan

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs, sweaters, and awards. All belonged to Oscar Strahan and reflect his lengthy athletic career first as an athlete and then as a coach and Athletic Director at Southwest Texas State University.


  • 1907-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. Special Collections and Archives owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections and Archives material in print or electronic form.

Biographical note

Oscar Strahan was hired in 1919 as the first Athletic Director at Southwest Texas State Normal College after graduating from Drake College in Des Moines, Iowa. In addition to serving forty-one years as Athletic Director, he also coached basketball for six years, football for sixteen years, and track for thirty-nine years. His 1921 Bobcat football team was the first at the school to go undefeated and the 1959-1960 basketball team (coached by Milton Jowers) won the national championship. Strahan retired in 1961, and he died in 1978 in Hays County, Texas.


1 Linear Feet (One records box)

Language of Materials



Collection of memorabilia related to Oscar Strahan and his lengthy athletic career at Southwest Texas State University.

Physical Location

Materials may be stored off-site. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Linnea Smith, 2007.

Related Materials

See also the University Archives online exhibit: Oscar Strahan and the Beginnings of Bobcat Athletics.

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Revision Statements

  • 2021-04: Revised for DACS compliance, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

Alkek Library Room 580
601 University Drive
San Marcos Texas 78666 USA