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Vernon McDonald memorabilia and manuscript collection

Identifier: 90.200-Faculty-2010-McDonald

Scope and Contents

This collection contains newspaper clippings, a manuscript and photographs detailing Vernon McDonald's time and tenure at Southwest Texas University (now Texas State University) in addition to a SWT jacket, an autographed basketball, along with a SWT "T" Association Hall of Honor plaque.


  • 1949-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. 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

Vernon McDonald enrolled at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in the fall of 1949 and graduated in 1952. While a student at the school, McDonald played the position of point guard for the men’s Bobcat basketball team. McDonald, who became better known as “Coach Mac,” began assistant coaching football and basketball at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1953. He became the head basketball coach in 1961 and held that position until 1977. The 1974 Bobcats won the Lone Star Conference Championship under his direction. After retiring as basketball coach in 1977, he served on the faculty as an assistant professor of physical education until 1988. As of 2011, he was overseeing the Vernon McDonald Endowment Fund, which provides financial assistance for basketball student-athletes to attend summer school.


4.6 Linear Feet (One Hollinger box, two standard records boxes and one flat box (11 x 17).)

Language of Materials



Collection of materials relating to Vernon McDonald's time and tenure at Southwest Texas University (now Texas State University). An alumni, McDonald returned to work as a coach and became the head basketball coach from 1961-1977.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Vernon McDonald in 2010. Manuscript and research transferred by Dr. Pam Wuestenberg who was working with Coach McDonald on book about Milton Jowers, at unknown date.

Vernon McDonald memorabilia and manuscript collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2019 August: ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Eric Robertson-Gordon.
  • 2021 April: Revised by Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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