Austin Retired Teachers Association Records
An Inventory of the Collection
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.
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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Donated by the Historian of the organization.
Austin Retired Teachers Association (AR.2002.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.
Donor #: DO/2002/015
Donation Date: 2002
Finding aid created and encoded by Molly Hults/2012.
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