Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University


An Inventory of Its Records, 1929-2009, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: Questers Records,
Dates: 1929-2003
Abstract: The records pertain to the history of the Quester organization from 1929-2003.
Collection # U 149.1
Quantity: 1 Box (1.0 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

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.

Scope and Content

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.


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.
College teachers--Texas--Lubbock
Learned institutions and societies--Texas--Lubbock
Lubbock (Tex.)--Social life and customs
Texas Tech University--Faculty
Texas Technological College--Faculty
Texas Technological College--Societies, clubs, etc.
Universities and colleges--Texas--Faculty

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Questers Records, 1929-2009, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):

Gifts, 1958, 1973 and 2000-2003, 2011

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, 2005

Collection Inventory


Activity Records

box folder
1 1 Activity Records, 1929-1930
2 Activity Records, 1930-1931
3 Activity Records, 1931-1932
4 Activity Records, 1932-1933
5 Activity Records, 1933-1934
6 Activity Records, 1934-1935
7 Activity Records, 1935-1936
8 Activity Records, 1936-1937
9 Activity Records, 1937-1938
10 Activity Records, 1938-1939
11 Activity Records, 1939-1940
12 Activity Records, 1940-1941
13 Activity Records, 1941-1942
14 Activity Records, 1942-1943
15 Activity Records, 1943-1944
16 Activity Records, 1944-1945
17 Activity Records, 1945-1946
18 Activity Records, 1946-1947
19 Activity Records, 1947-1948
20 Activity Records, 1960-1962
21 Annual Speaker Programs, 1945-1973
22 Historical Account by Al Shrehli entitled, "The Birth of the Questers," and transcribed by Clint MacDonald, undated
22B A History of the Questers Written by Henry J. Shine, 2012
22C A History of the Questers Slideshow Written by Henry J. Shine, 2012
23 Jesters, 1966-2003
24 Membership Rosters, 1946-1976
25 Membership Rosters, 1970-2006, undated
26 Activity Records, 1969-1978
27 Activity Records, 1980-1988
28 Activity Records, 1996-2009
29 Emails (saved from Clinton MacDonald - 126 pages, includes 1 CD), 1996-2003
30 Emails (saved from Clinton MacDonald - 133 pages), 2003-2011
31 Member Obituaries, 1996-2009
32 Membership Rosters, 1996
33 Member Vitaes, undated
34 A. W. Young Presentations to Questers, 1963-1978
32 Poem by Don Rude, 1998