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Thomas G. Harris administrative records

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 21.900-01-Harris

Scope and Contents

The collection mainly consists of correspondence written to Harris, although the years 1904, 1907, 1908, and 1910 contain letters from Harris. Letters concern school related matters such as admission requirements, student grades, and recommendations. There are also letters from school administrators requesting teachers, letters written by individuals to other faculty members, letters to State Representatives regarding scholarship appointments, and letters to and from other parties. Printed materials are arranged in a second series, with the exception of documents specifically referred to in a letter, in which case the item was left with the corresponding letter. Printed materials include financial documents, applications, programs, brochures, legislative material, and a poem written by students. School regulations and a copy of a blank diploma are also included. The materials span 1903 to 1911.

The collection is arranged into two series, Correspondence and Printed Materials. The series Correspondence is organized chronologically for the Harris letters with a folder for undated items. The remaining letters are grouped according to parties with a folder for faculty letters and one for other parties. Printed Materials are arranged by document type. Due to the absence of a usable original order, the arrangement was artificially imposed during processing.


  • 1903 - 1911


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

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

Thomas G. Harris was the first Principal of the Southwest Texas Normal School, which opened in 1903. His title was Principal and not President because the school would not become a college until 1918. During his tenure he taught classes, hired faculty, planned courses, conducted daily chapel services, drew up schedules, and wrote the catalog. President Harris served until 1911, when he left to become president of San Marcos Baptist Academy, a position he held until 1916.


0.41 Linear Feet (1 document box)

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Thomas G. Harris was the first Principal of the Southwest Texas Normal School, which opened in 1903. The collection mainly consists of correspondence written to Harris concerning school related matters, with a small amount of printed materials.

Physical Location

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

Custodial History

Dr. Claude Elliot found the materials under Old Main. After his death, his widow Emma Edwin Elliot gave the papers to Dudley Dobie. Upon his death, Dobie’s widow returned the items to SWTSU. The papers were sent to the University Archives on August 9, 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gifted by Mrs. Dudley Dobie, 1982 August 9.

Thomas G. Harris administrative records
Wendy Thompson
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Revision Statements

  • 2019 July 9: ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Zoe Heinsohn
  • 2021 July: Revised for DACS compliancy, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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