Austin History Center

Austin Retired Teachers Association Records

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Austin Retired Teachers Association
Title: Austin Retired Teachers Association Records
Inclusive Dates: 1952-2000
Abstract: The Austin Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) was organized on March 21, 1952 with thirty-two charter members to promote the social, professional, and economic status of retired teachers. The club yearbooks, scrapbooks and written history of the ARTA in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from 1952 to 2000.
Identification: AR.2002.002
Quantity: 2.2 linear feet (1 box and 6 scrapbooks)
Location: Archives stacks, Oversized Volumes
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 Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) was the "dream" of Edith Lanier Clark, former Dean of Women at North Texas State Teachers' College. Clark, along with thirty-one other retired teachers, were charter members of the ARTA which organized on March 21, 1952. The local association applied for a charter from the national organization which was granted on July 30, 1952. It was not until the next year that the Texas Retired Teachers Association was organized.

The purpose of the organization, as expressed in an early Constitution of the Austin Unit of Retired Teachers' Association (original name of the organization), was to promote the welfare and the social relationship of its members; to work at all times to safeguard teachers' professional interests; to aid in civic and educational advancement of our community; to cooperate with state and national organizations in their programs. An early hope of the organization was to "build a home where retired teachers may live-a home with rent small enough to fit into a budgeted teacher's salary." This dream of retirement home in Austin did not come to fruition, although a state residence located in Waco for retired teachers called Stilwell Memorial Residence was built in the 1960s and donations from ARTA went to this facility. The organization holds monthly meetings and programs, publishes a newsletter, raises money for scholarships for Austin high school students that intend to enter the teaching field and supports the State organization in communicating with their legislators about issues relevant to retired teachers.

Scope and Contents

The club yearbooks, written history of the Austin Retired Teachers Association and scrapbooks in this collection highlight the activities of the organization from its inception in 1952 to 2000. The club yearbooks span the years 1957-2000 and provide information about annual programming, office holders, and membership lists. The "History of the Austin Retired Teachers Association: 1952-1998" documents the beginnings of the organization through the 1990s. Also included are six scrapbooks that cover the years 1952-1964, 1965-1970, 1976-1986, 1986-1988 and 1990-1991. The scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings, photographs, yearbooks, newsletters, obituaries, and event flyers of the local organization as well as newsletter clippings of the Texas and National Retired Teachers Associations.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Clark, Edith Lanier.
Austin Retired Teachers Association.
Texas Retired Teachers Association.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

Periodicals Collection - The ARTA News (Austin Retired Teachers Association newsletter)

Austin Files - Teachers - Societies, Etc. - Austin Retired Teachers Association T0470 (11)

Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by the Historian of the organization.

Preferred Citation

Austin Retired Teachers Association (AR.2002.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2002/015

Donation Date: 2002

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2012.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 "History of the Austin Retired Teachers Association 1952-1998", 1998
Yearbooks, 1957-2000
Oversized Archives Scrapbooks, 1952-1991