Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Melinda Shanklin:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1897-1989 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Gordon, James Marcus, 1875-1951
Title: Melinda Shanklin Papers,
Dates: 1897-1989 and undated
Abstract: Papers concerning former Texas Technological College Dean James Marcus Gordon and his family.
Collection # U 281.1
Quantity: 1 Box and 1 Oversized Folder (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

James Marcus Gordon was born in Grant County, Arkansas, on June 27, 1875. His father was a rural school teacher in Hubbard, Texas. Gordon attended Trinity University, Baylor University, the University of Texas, and the University of Chicago. He then taught at Trinity from 1903-1916, became president of East Central (Oklahoma) State Teachers College from 1916-1920, was president of the East Central Oklahoma Education Association, and, from 1920-1924, was president of Henry Kendall College, which later became the University of Tulsa.

Gordon worked at Texas Technological College for its first twenty years, during which time he taught Latin and education classes and served as head of the philosophy and sociology department. He was dean of Arts and Sciences from 1925-1945, dean of men from 1925-1937, as well as and dean emeritus.

Gordon married Alice Land in 1896, and, together, they had four sons and a daughter- James Maurice, Wilson Harold, Gerald Grayson, Lynn Gray and Betty Alice. His busy civic work included being a Rotarian, a mason, a Knight Templar, and an active Presbyterian church member. The much beloved dean was honored in 1948 when a new dormitory, Gordon Hall, was named after him. This dorm later became the first co-ed dormitory at Texas Tech.

Mrs. J. M. Gordon passed away in 1950 in Lubbock, Texas. Gordon passed away a year later, on May 14, 1951 in Amarillo, Texas.

Scope and Content

Donated by the granddaughter of James Marcus Gordon, the collection consists of news clippings, photographs, certificates and diplomas on the Gordon family. Also included is J. M. Gordon's correspondence and literary writings


Access Restrictions

Open for research

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)
Gordon, James Marcus, 1875-1951
Gordon, James Marcus, 1875-1951--Correspondence
Gordon family--Photographs
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College--History
Texas Technological College--Administration
College administrators--Texas--Lubbock
Universities and colleges--Texas--Lubbock--Administration

Related Material

Marshall Formby oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Melinda Shanklin Papers, 1897-1989 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gift, 2002

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, November 2002

Collection Inventory


Manuscripts Box

box folder
1 1 Biographical Information on James Marcus Gordon, 1915-1951
2 Brochures, 1950 and 1989
3 Cards and Obituary for Alice Land Gordon, 1950
4 Correspondence, 1915-1948
5 Correspondence, 1924-1952
6 Family Album presented at the 48th Wedding Anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. James Marcus Gordon, The album contains 13 black and white prints. The spine is broken and the pages yellowed. December 20, 1944
7 Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary Book for Mr. and Mrs. James Marcus Gordon, 1946
8 Literary Writings by James Marcus Gordon, 1933-1940 and undated
9 Literary Writings by James Marcus Gordon, 1940-1943 and undated
10 Memorial Book for the Passing of Mrs. James Marcus Gordon, 1950
11 Photographs of the James Marcus Gordon family (22 prints), 1939-1947 and undated
12 Resolutions for James Marcus Gordon, 1925 and 1951
13 Thesis: The Life of J. M. Gordon, Educator and Churchman, 1951 1951
14 Thesis Drafts, undated
15 Thesis Drafts and Notes, undated
16 Framed black and white portrait of Alice Land Gordon, undated


Oversized Folder

box folder
1 1 Certificate- The Alamo Latin and Music School Diploma for an English course, 1897
2 Certificate- Alpha Epsilon Delta, 1938
3 Certificate- Permanent College State Certificate, 1903
4 Certificate- State Summer Normal Certificate, 1896
5 Certificate- Freemasons, 1921
6 Certificate- Freemasons, 1921?
7 Certificate- Scottish Rites, 1921
8 Diploma from the Oklahoma State Board of Education, 1918
9 Diploma from Trinity University, 1903 1903
10 Diploma from Trinity University, 1919
11 Diploma from Universitas Chicaginiensis
12 Loose Scrapbook Page with a black and white photograph of the J. M. Gordon family on both sides, undated undated
13 Photograph of J. M. Gordon, undated