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Residence Hall Scrapbook Inventory

Identifier: 42.700-001

Scope and Contents

Inventory of scrapbooks created by dorm students living in Beretta, Brogdon and Laurel halls.


  • 1947-1998

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This collection is unprocessed. Contact the University Archives for more information at

Biographical note - Beretta Hall

In 1933, Sallie Beretta was appointed to the Board of Regents of the State Teachers Colleges of Texas. She served with distinction for eighteen years until 1951. During her career on the Board of Regents, she, along with other regent members, appointed Dr. John Garland Flowers as the third president of Southwest Texas State Teachers College. In 1951, she purchased 125 acres of land in Wimberley, Texas, near the Blanco River, and donated it to Southwest Texas State Teachers College to be used as a campsite. Throughout her remaining years, Sallie Beretta continued to contribute to Southwest Texas State Teachers College through the Sallie Beretta Gift Fund and the Sallie W. Beretta Award to acknowledge an outstanding woman scholar.

President Flowers named a dormitory building for her due to her efforts as a member of the Board of Regents and her support of Southwest Texas State Teachers College. In 1946, Southwest Texas State Teachers College broke ground for the construction on the new dormitory. Harvey P. Smith, an architect from San Antonio, Texas, along with Sipple and Adams, general contractors from New Braunfels, Texas, took charge of the project.

In February 2021, President Trauth convened the Scholars Task Force, comprised of scholars in history, sociology, political science, and library studies, to undertake a scholarly analysis of the historical facts about and contexts of the lives and careers of Sallie Ward Beretta, the namesake of Beretta Hall on the San Marcos Campus, and John Garland Flowers, namesake of Flowers Hall on the San Marcos Campus. The task force produced a report titled "Historical Background and Context: Sallie Ward Beretta and John Garland Flowers."

A Review and Recommendations Task Force in September 2021, comprised of students, alumni, faculty, and staff, to review the report and make recommendations based on its contents. The Task Force recommended to the President’s Cabinet that the university remove “Beretta” from the building named after Sallie Ward Beretta based, in part, on her documented:
1) Efforts to promote and preserve the Lost Cause Myth and glorify the memory of the Confederacy; and 
2) Viewpoints, which are antithetical to Texas State University’s current values, and its role as a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution.

It was announced in January 2022 by President Trauth that Beretta will be removed from the residence hall bearing her name after the end of the semester.


4.48 Linear Feet (4 containers)

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Inventory of scrapbooks created by dorm students living in Beretta, Brogdon and Laurel halls.

Physical Location

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred by Ted Ingwersen, Assistant Director, Residential Life and Education in August 2014 and Feburary 2020.

Residence Hall Scrapbook Inventory
Sonya I Prado
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Revision Statements

  • 2019-07-09: ArchivesSpace migration revisions by Sonya Prado

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections and Archives Repository

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