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Jerome H. Supple personal papers and memorabilia

Identifier: 21.900-08-Supple-2014

Scope and Contents

The collection includes awards President Jerome Supple received, artifacts given to him, books, photographs of SWT events, videocassette tapes, a scrapbook of President Supple's investiture, and personal papers. The awards and artifacts make up the bulk of the collection. The art and artifacts consist of both originals and reproductions. Personal papers largely consists of clippings and ephemera Supple collected about major events surrounding SWT and the local community. It also contains a small amount of clippings from his time at Plattsburg state University College, as well as letters and notes sent to Supple and his wife Catherine (Cathy). This includes letters from the Johnson family. There are 7.5 inches of 4x6 colored photographs that are mostly unidentified. Photographs from same albums were kept together and labeled as a photograph group. Arrangement determined by type.

This collection is arranged in five series: I: Personal papers, 1980-2010, II: Photographs, undated, III: Videocassettes, 1999-2003, IV: Awards, 1994-2002, undated, and V: Artifacts, 1996-2002, undated.


  • 1980-2010, undated


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 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.

Biographic note

Southwest Texas State University inaugurated Dr. Jerome Supple as its eighth president in 1989. He served for 13 years as president until his retirement in 2002. While in office, he implemented many changes such as higher admission standards, an unprecedented increase in research funding, and the addition of the university's first doctoral programs. He oversaw the addition of several new buildings to campus such as the health Sciences Building and the Student Recreation Building. President Supple also initiated the university's acquisition of Aquarena Springs in 1994.

Supple was born April 27, 1936, in Winthrop, Massachusetts and grew up in Boston. He earned degrees in chemistry at Boston College, a PhD in organic chemistry at University New Hampshire and did a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley where he met his wife Catherine. They had three children: James, Andrew and Paul. He then worked as a various roles as a professor and administrator in the State University of New York System for ten years until moving to Southwest Texas State. Supple enjoyed pick-up basketball, golf, snow skiing, fly fishing, and folk music. He played the banjo in a folk band with his wife called “The Newton Street Irregulars.”

Supple passed away January 16, 2004 due to prostate cancer.


6.73 Linear Feet (Eight containers and nine items.)

Language of Materials



Dr. Jerome Supple was Southwest Texas State University’s (now Texas State University) eighth president from 1989-2002. Collection largely consists of awards and artifacts, with a small amount of personal papers, photographs, and collected clippings.

Physical Location

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

Jerome H. Supple personal papers and memorabilia
Nicole Critchley
2019 December
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Revision Statements

  • 2019: Added more materials and updated arrangement, Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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