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Empress Zedler collection

Identifier: 90.200-Faculty-2017-Zedler

Scope and Contents

This collection contains biographical information and artifacts related to Empress Zedlar, noted speech therapist and teacher. Notably this collection contains the teleprompt rolls from her appearance on NBC’s Today show, as well as some information about her endowment to Southwest Texas State University.


  • 1925, 1954-2007, undated


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researches without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

To the extent that they own copyright, the donor has assigned the copyright in their works to the Special Collections and Archives; however, copyright in some items in this collection may be held by their respective creators.

Empress Zedler

Empress Arlington Young was born November 9, 1908 in Abilene, Texas. After graduating from Abilene High School as the valdedictorian of her class she received a degee in Speech Arts from Simmons College in 1924. She received her B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of Texas in Austin. In 1928 she married Paul Louis Zedler and moved to Luling, Texas. Dr. Zedler, a pioneer in the field of language and learning disabilities, joined the speech department at Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1948. At SWTSTC, Zedler established the Speech, Language, and Hearing Clinic in the Department of Speech and Drama.

As director, Zedler brought the clinic, which was later moved to the Department of Education, to national prominence. She successfully secured a number of grants for speech and special education research, some of which she donated to start the college's Special Education Foundation. Zedler, who also served as chairman of the Department of Special Education (1964–1977), retired from the university in May 1981. She opened her private practice in psychology and language pathology and served as director of the Speech, Language, and Educational Therapy program at Baptist Memorial Hospital in San Antonio. Zedler received numerous recognitions for her work, including the Award of Honor from the Texas Speech and Hearing Association in 1975. She published a number of articles, essays, and books, and belonged to many professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association and American Speech and Hearing Association. In 1989, Zedler was named Professor Emeritus in perpetuity by the university's board of regents.

Dr. Empress Zedler died on May 30, 2006 at the age of 97.


3.44 Linear Feet (One half sized Hollinger box (legal), three flat boxes (10 x 12.5; 12 x 18; 16 x 20).)

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This collection contains biographical information and artifacts related to Empress Zedlar, noted speech therapist and teacher.

Physical Location

Materials may be located offsite. Advance notice may be required for use.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Teleprompter rolls were held in special collections prior to the creation of the University Archives.

All other materials donated by Dr. Valarie Fleming on behalf of the Department of Communication Disorders. The materials were sent to Dr. Fleming by the Zedler Mill Foundation, Luling, Texas.

Related Materials

Zedler was a participant in the Texas 150 project, see her interview in the Texas Sesquicentennial Oral History Project collection.

Empress Zedler collection
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Revision Statements

  • 2021 April: Revised for ArchivesSpace, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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