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Presidential inaugurations records

Identifier: 11.100-Inaugurations

Scope and Contents

Collection contains sound and video recordings, programs, proceedings, and newspaper clippings related to presidential inauguration/investiture ceremonies. Arranged chronologically by president.


  • 1964-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers with some restrictions: audio/visual materials in collection will need to be digitized before viewing. Contact the University Archives for more information at

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright held by Texas State University. Educational reproduction is allowed without permission. Authorization to publish must be obtained from the Special Collections and Archives.

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Historical note

Texas State University was established by the 26th Legislature in 1899 as the Southwest Texas State Normal School; 313 pupils were enrolled in 1903-04, the first year classes were held. The school name changed to Southwest Texas State Normal College in 1918, to Southwest Texas State Teachers College in 1925, to Southwest Texas State College in 1959, to Southwest Texas State University in 1969, to Texas State University-San Marcos in 2003, and to Texas State University in 2013.

The University has had nine presidents (called Principal in the normal school days) thus far. They are:
Thomas G. Harris, 1903-1911
Cecil E. Evans, 1911-1942
John Garland Flowers, 1942-1964
James H. McCrocklin, 1964-1969
Billy Mac Jones, 1969-1973
Lee H. Smith, 1974-1981
Robert L. Hardesty, 1981-1988
Jerome H. Supple, 1989-2002
Denise M. Trauth, 2002-2022

Three people have served as interim presidents:
Lelland Eugene Derrick, 1968 July - 1969 January, 1969 April - September
Jerome (Jack) Cates, 1973-1974
Michael L. Abbott, 1988-1989


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Language of Materials



Planning records including sound and video recordings, programs, proceedings, and newspaper clippings related to presidential inauguration/investiture ceremonies at Texas State University.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Compiled from various sources over time.

Related Materials

See also News Service collections on Jerome Supple and Lee Smith. Recordings of some of the ceremonies can be found in the library catalog.

Presidential inauguration records
Nicole Critchley
2022 February
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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