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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Memorabilia

Jerseys

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Ransom Walker:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1925-1961, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Walker, Ransom
Title: Ransom Walker Papers,
Dates: 1925-1961
Abstract: The collection contains memorabilia, dated 1925-1961, from former Texas Tech graduate Ransom Walker.
Collection # U 280.1
Quantity: 3 Boxes (5.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born in Vernon, Texas, Percy Ransom Walker was a star player for the Vernon Lions football team from 1922-1924. He went on to attend Texas Technological College from 1925-1930, where he was dubbed, "Handsome Ransom Walker, Tech's Galloping Gazelle," by the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal's sports editor, Rankin Dow. A variation of Walker's nickname was "the Galloping Gazelle of the Gridiron."

During his time at Tech, Walker lettered in basketball, football and track. Awarded an Amon Carter Scholarship, he became the first captain of the football team and the 1926 basketball team. He was also named the college's "Best All-Around Athlete" during his sophomore, junior and senior years. In addition, Walker was the first Tech player chosen to play in the East-West Shrine football classic (1928-1929) which was held in San Francisco, California.

After leaving Texas Tech,Walker moved to Mission and became associated with Jim Parrish in the operation of Parrish Farms Inc. Later, he moved to San Angelo and became a real estate salesman. On Oct. 14, 1961, Walker was one of five persons inducted into the newly established Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor. He passed away on September 9, 1957, and his memorabilia collection was donated by Walker's daughter, Helen Marie Jones.

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Scope and Content

The collection contains eight althetic jerseys worn by Ransom Walker, a scrapbook with photographs and news clippings, a dipolma from Texas Technological College, a certificat and a pewter etching.

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Organization

The memorabilia materials are located in box 1, with boxes 2-3 consisting of eight football jerseys worn by Ransom Walker.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Cawthon, Pete, 1898-1962
Tarbox, Elmer L.
Walker, Ransom
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College--Football
Texas Technological College--Sports
Subjects
College athletes--Texas--Lubbock
College sports--Texas--Lubbock

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Related Material

Kelly Cawthon oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Pete Cawthon Jr. oral history interview [sound recording], 1970s

Elmer L. Tarbox oral history interview [sound recording], 1973

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ransom Walker Papers, 1925-1961, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Collection accession #(s):
2002-0270-B

Gift, 2002

Processed by

Brenda Haes and Lynn Whitfield, November 2002

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Collection Inventory

 

Memorabilia

box folder
1 1 Photographs from scrapbook (11 prints), 1925-1961
2 Scrapbook, The scrapbook was disassembled to preserve the photographs from the adhesive and degrading news clippings. 1925-1961.
3 Scrapbook (photocopies), 1925-1961
4 Certificate for Ransom Walker's induction into the Texas Tech Athletic Hall of Honor for Outstanding Contribution to Athletics, . The item was removed from an acidic wood frame. 1961
5 Diploma for Ransom Walker from the Texas Technological College, School of Agriculture, . Item was unframed and the college seal torn off. 1930
6 Wood framed, pewter engraving of Ransom Walker, . undated

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Jerseys

othertype
1 Sweater, red pullover with crossover neckline, ribbed sleeves and waistline. Black and red "double T" lettermen's patch machine-stitched to front of sweater center. Three black stripes on left arm in sweater surface and a black patch star machine-stitched to sweater. Tag inside sweater reads: "W. A. HOLT COMPANY ATHLETIC OUTFITTERS WACO, TEX. If it's Sporting Goods the Holt Co. has it". Pulls on right and left sleeve cuffs, darned hole over left back shoulder blade area. Black grease or tar stains on ribbed waistline 1 inch to the left off center and three inches below the "double T" emblem. Stain is approximately six inches in height x 2 three-quarter wide and three and a half" below the "double T" patch emblem and one inch left off center midline. undated
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2 Sweater, red pullover with crossover neckline, ribbed sleeves and waistline. Black and red "double T" lettermen's patch machine-stitched to front of sweater center. Two black stripes on left arm in sweater surface. Tag inside sweater reads: "CHAMPION KNITWEAR MILLS INC. ROCHESTER N.Y." Holes at right arm ribbed cuff and ribbed waist, as well as scattered throughout the torso. Soiled on the back and frontsides of the sweater as well as the right arm sleeve. Discoloration among the yarns to a beige color concentrated on the front of the sweater and the right sleeve. undated
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3 Jersey, football, two-tone knit, dark purple body with white shoulder areas, three-quarter sleeves, and sewn-in elbow padding. Machine-appliqued white cotton "22" on front and back of jersey. Interior tag reads: "40." Badly soiled around neckline. Tear over second "2" on front side. Tear on first "2" on back of jersey on underside of numeral. On second "2" the numeral is working loose from the jersey. undated
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4 Jersey, football, two-tone wool knit, maroon with white striped long-sleeved arms in alternating bands of a thin white stripe, a broad white stripe, and a thin white stripe. Ribbed arm cuffs and at the neckline. Signs of dermestid infestation at the ribbed cuffs, front torso, front and back shoulders, and front and back neckline. Tag on front interior reads: "The Ellery Arms Company 583-85 Market St. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. THE SIGN OF QUALITY" undated
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5 Sweater, maroon and white vertical stripes from East-West game, Border Intercollegiate Conference. Ribbed maroon waistband, cuffs, collar, and flaps on breast pockets. The word "WEST" in on white felt on left-hand side breast pocket above an appliqued felt football player patch. Button-down front with seven black buttons, top button at throat missing and right breast pocket button missing. Long sleeves. Interior tag reads: The Ellergy Arms Company 583-85 Market St. SAN FRANCISCO, CAL. THE SIGN OF QUALITY" Signs of dermestid infestation at the ribbed waistband, cuffs, collar, arms, and front and back torso. undated
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6 Sweater, button-down, red and black knit with "double T" patch emblem on left-hand side of sweater. Black ribbed cuffs and one and a half black border along perimeter of sweater. Six black buttons. Red patch hip pockets. Four thin black knit stripes on left arm. Ground in dirt on elbow areas of both arms. Interior tag reads: "SAND KNIT MFG. BY SAND KITTING MILLS CO CHICAGO". Signs of dermestid infestation at the ribbed cuffs, front and back torso, collar, pockets, arms, and shoulders. undated
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7 Sweater, pullover, red ribbed knit cuffs, red ribbed knit v-neck, black ribbed knit waistband, "double T" appliqued emblem, double black thin knit stripes on the left arm. Internal tag reads: "SAND KNIT MFG BY SAND KNITTING MILLS CO CHICAGO". Internal black felt tag near waistband on back is embroidered: "Walker". Signs of dermestid infestation at the ribbed waistband, arms, cuffs, and front and back torso. Hand patch job on back of right arm sleeve with black thread. undated
othertype
8 Sweater, button-down, red and black knit with "double T" patch emblem on left-hand side of sweater. Black ribbed cuffs and one and three-quarter inch black border along perimeter of sweater. Six black buttons. Red patch hip pockets. Two thick black knit stripes on left arm. Interior tag reads: "SAND KNIT MFG. BY SAND KITTING MILLS CO CHICAGO". Signs of dermestid infestation at the ribbed cuffs, front and back torso, collar, pockets, arms, and shoulders. Extensive staining on right side hip pocket as if from a black ink pen. Embroidered felt patch on interior below right hip pocket that reads "Walker". Knit body completely missing between 1st and 2nd buttons. Repair on front right arm sleeve with white thread. Some scattered discoloration along knit torso. . undated

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