An Inventory of Its Records, 1929-2009, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Dr. John C. Granberry is cited as the person who helped establish the Questers, a group of faculty men who got together to talk about a variety of subjects. The group, which began with approximately 20 men, remained small in number. Charter members included William Curry Holden, A. L. Carter, and R. S. Underwood. Informality and intellectual exchange were the ideals for the Questers, and the organization's name was culled from its "questing for knowledge." No formal constitution, by-laws and election of officers took place. Meeting would take place on the third Thursday of the month and, over the course of the year, each member would take a turn giving a presentation on the topic of his choice. Members also took turns chairing a meeting. Membership, which was open to all except academic administrators, was decided up by nomination and majority vote. The wives of the male members later established their own group, called the Jesters, and would meet in a different location at the same time as the Questers meeting.
The collection documents the activities of the Questers organization, with bulk dates from 1929-1973. The activity records contain rosters, nomination ballots, memos reminding speakers of their upcoming commitment, memos concerning meeting times and locations, annual program schedules, suggestions for future programs, and membership acceptance letters.
Transferred to Audio/Visual was a cassette tape of Strehli's "The Birth of the Questers." The nine page transcript by Clint MacDonald remains with the manuscript collection. Two other items in this collection address the history of the organization- a 1961 letter from H. Baily Carroll and a letter from Dr. Henry Shine, dated 2003.
Dr. Henry Shine added material to the manuscript collection in May 2011. Material added includes membership rosters from 1970 through 2006, activity records, obituaries, presentations given to the Questers by A. W. Young in 1963, 1972 and 1978, and a poem by Don Rude.
Open for research
Questers Records, 1929-2009, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Collection accession #(s):
Gifts, 1958, 1973 and 2000-2003, 2011
Lynn Whitfield, 2005