Austin History Center

Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Bodine, Willis R.
Title: Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records
Inclusive Dates: 1947-1949
Abstract: Photographs, short historical narrative of the program, copies of annual reviews from 1948 and 1949, one teachers' manual to radio show "Healthy Living in Our County", and the publication "Current Problems in Health Education and Selected Texas Communities" make up this collection.
Identification: AR.2002.017
Quantity: .5 linear feet (1 box, 229 items)
Location: Outer Vault - Archival Collections
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

The Austin History Center acquired Willis R. Bodine's records on the University of Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program by donation from Nancy E. Bodine. Begun upon the invitation of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation in the mid 1940's, the program was the joint responsibility of UT's Division of Extension and Department of Physical Education. The purpose of the program was to provide in-service and pre-service training to teachers in public health education with the intention of improving public health overall in selected communities. Travis County schools were among its participants. Besides teacher training, the program included a weekly radio program ("Healthy Living in Our County") which was broadcast from UT's Radio House during school hours. A "picture story" of the radio program, which constitutes the bulk of the records, was photographed over the 1949-1950 school year by Willis R. Bodine, who was the full-time consultant to participant schools.

Scope and Contents

The records on the Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program include: a folder containing a short historical narrative about the program and copies of annual reviews from 1948 and 1949; a teacher's manual to the program's radio show, "Healthy Living in Our County"; a copy of "Current Problems in Health Education and Selected Texas Communities; and a collection of photographs, the bulk of the records, which comprise the "picture story" documenting the program. The "picture story" is a photographic history of the role the radio program played in improving public health in Travis County schools. Its photos depict the following: students and teachers listening to broadcasts; live broadcasts being made from schools; unsanitary conditions in schools and in students' homes; teachers instructing students in health education; field trips to Radio House; students eating in cafeterias; students at play; and the superintendent advising teachers. Photos that show the interior and exterior of the different Travis County schools will be especially interesting and useful to researchers.


Willis R. Bodine's photograph collection consists of 1 file box with 23 numbered folders. The photographs were received in a series of labeled envelopes. Many of the photographs are dated and labeled with the names of various Travis county schools. Unlabeled photographs in the collection were matched as much as possible to labeled photographs by comparing certain features. Out of 214 photographs, 29 remain unidentified. The schools are presented in random order. Unidentified photographs are located in the last two folders.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Bodine, Willis R.
University of Texas at Austin
Bee Cave School
Bryker Woods School
Creedmore School
Creedmore School
Colorado School
Fiskvile School
Hornsby-Dunlap School
Montopolis School
Nichols School
New Sweden School
Oak Hill School
Pecan Springs School
Pflugerville School
Pilot Knob School
Pleasant Valley School
Summit School
Rural Schools
Radio - KUT
Austin (Tex.)
Travis County (Tex.)
Bee Cave (Tex.)
Creedmore (Tex.)
Fiskville County (Tex.)
Hornsby Bend (Tex.)
Pflugerville (Tex.)
Pilot Knob (Tex.)
Pleasant Valley (Tex.)
Montopolis (Tex.)
Document Types:
Silver Gelatin black and white photographs
Narrative Reports
Instructional Materials

Related Material

Austin Files:

AF R6600 - Rural Schools

AF R0300(10) - Radio - KUT

General Collection:

Austin Schools 1881-1954 Origin, Growth, Future. 2 vols., 1954

Travis County (Tex.). Public Schools. The Defender, 1936

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Nancy E. Bodine in 1995.

Preferred Citation

Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records (AR.2002.017). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1995/052

Donation Date: 1995

Processing Information

Finding aid was prepared by Erin McGuffee and Margaret Schlankey/2002.

Finding aid was encoded by Evan Usler/2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Texas Extended School and Community Health Education Program Records, 1947-1949

Location: Photographs Collection Outer Vault - Archives Collections
Box Folder
1 1 Nichols School
2 Pleasant Valley School
3 Pecan Springs School
4 Bryker Woods School
5 Hornsby-Dunlap (1-5)
6 Radio House
7 Hornsby-Dunlap (6-8)
8 Mondo [New Sweden School] (1-5)
9 Montopolis School
10 Pilot Knob School
11 Pflugerville School
12 Manor School (1-5)
13 County Superintendent, Irwin W. Popham
14 Creedmore School
15 Bee Cave School
16 Summitt School
17 Cedar Park School
18 Manor School (Fiskville School) (6-14)
19 Mondo [New Sweden - Snuff Box] (6-8)
20 Oak Hill School
21 Colorado School
22 Unidentified (1-20)
23 Unidentified (21-29)