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Institutional name change records

 Collection
Identifier: 24.200-NameChange(2003)

Scope and Contents

These materials document the work done by University administration following the 2003 legislation that changed the name from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University-San Marcos.

Materials include personal notes, communication plans, correspondence, opinions, news clippings, meeting minutes, other papers, and artifacts. Rowe was the head of the communications team for the name change in 2003. Included in this accession is a copy of “Name Change in Ten Weeks,” which was a booklet outlining the change of the university’s name with a timeline. This booklet was distributed to University faculty.

Also included is information related to University name changes in 1959 (to Southwest Texas State College) and 1969 (to Southwest Texas State University), and an attempted name change in 1975.

Dates

  • 1958-2005, 2013
  • Majority of material found within 2000-2003

Creator

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 University Archives. Please contact univarchives@txstate.edu.

Historical note

Changing the name of Southwest Texas State University to "Texas State University" was proposed by and brought to the Texas legislature by three students: Robert Doerr, Justin Fisher and Ernie Dominguez. On June 18, 2003, Senate Bill 928 and House Bill 1961 was signed by Governor Rick Perry, which changed the name of the institution to Texas State University-San Marcos.

Once the name change bill was passed, the task of updating the name across campus was managed by T. Cay Rowe, Director of Media Relations and Publications. Rowe holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from Texas Christian University. Her career began in the Texas Christian University office of communication in 1973. She accepted a public affairs position at the University of North Texas Health Sciences Center in 1980. She joined Texas State University (then Southwest Texas State University) as Director of University Relations in 1988. She became Director of Media Relations and Publications at Texas State in 1994, which was the position she held during the 2003 name change. She was named Assistant Vice President for University Advancement in 2004 and retired from this position in December 2011.

Extent

2.08 Linear Feet (5 document cases. )

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection documents the work done by University administration following the 2003 legislation that changed the name from Southwest Texas State University to Texas State University-San Marcos.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by T.Cay Rowe, 2011.

Separated Materials

Items: 1) LBJ Distinguished Lecture Series medallion; 3” round metal with picture of LBJ on front and LBJ quote and signature on back. 2) LBJ signing of the Higher Education Act 2005 commemoration paper weight 3) Two Champaign flutes etched with 1985 commemoration of LBJ signing Higher Education Act

Moved To: 1) Moved to established record series - 11.200.LBJLecture 2) Separated into LBJ Signing of Higher Education Act series that will be established after processing 3) Separated into LBJ Signing of Higher Education Act series that will be established after processing

Title
Institutional name change records
Status
Completed
Author
Sarah Marshall
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2019 July : ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Eric Robertson-Gordon.
  • 2020 November: Materials added, revised for DACS compliance by Nicole Critchley

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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