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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Additional Sources

Description of Series

I. Establishment.

II. Applications.

III. Oversized Proposals.

IV. Legal Documents. The following persons sold property to the State of Texas for the location of Texas Technological College. Details pertaining to the location of the land is explained in detail in the warranty deeds, which are photocopies from the Martin Stationary Company in Dallas, Texas.

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Locating Board:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1923 and 1938, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Technological College
Title: Locating Board records,
Dates: 1923 and 1938
Abstract: Records of the Locating Board which established the location for Texas Technological College.
Collection # U 113.1
Quantity: 8 Boxes (8.6 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Senate Bill No. 103 provided for the establishment of a “State school west of the 98th meridian and north of the 29th parallel,” thereby setting the ground work for the creation of Texas Technological School. Among the purposes of the school was to provide a “co-educational college giving thorough instruction in technology and textile engineering from which a student may reach the highest degree of education.”

Membership of the Locating Board consisted of S. B. Cowell (chairman), W. A. Nabours (secretary), Dr. F. M. Bralley, Dr. S. M. N. Marrs, Dr. W. B. Bizzell, and Dr. William B. Sutton.

The application form specified the role of the Locating Board, as well as the Board's requirement of six copies of each application. Members were not to accept, either directly or indirectly, any gifts, offers or bonuses which could influence their decision.

The applicants were free to submit their proposal in any form or size, as long as considerations such as climatic conditions, accessibility, water supply and location were addressed. 2,000 acres of land which could not exceed the sum of $150,000 was another provision for receiving the winning bid. Thirty-five cities and the county of Panhandle-Plains placed bids for the location of the Texas Technological School.

On August 8, 1923, the Locating Board announced Lubbock as the site chosen for the new college campus. A celebration to commemorate the selection occurred on August 28th, with Governor Pat Neff as the main speaker.

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Scope and Contents

The collection contains the applications, proposal and supplemental information submitted by 36 applicants for the location of the Texas Technological School. Several include black and white photographs, maps and blueprints. A few also have leather covers.

Selected proposals from this collection are currently being digitized and can viewed at http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/handle/10605/269

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Organization

The papers are arranged into four series:
Within these four series, the files are arranged in alphabetical order by the city/town name.
Establishment Materials
Application Materials
Oversized Proposals
and Legal Documents

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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 (Organizations)
Texas Technological College--History
Texas Technological College--Location
Texas Technological College Locating Board
Places
Abilene (Tex.)
Amarillo(Tex.)
Ballinger (Tex.)
Big Spring (Tex.)
Brady (Tex.)
Brownwood (Tex.)
Buffalo Gap (Tex.)
Cisco (Tex.)
Claude (Tex.)
Clyde (Tex.)
Coleman (Tex.)
Colorado City (Tex.)
Crosbyton (Tex.)
Floydada (Tex.)
Haskell (Tex.)
Lampasas (Tex.)
Lubbock (Tex.)
Memphis (Tex.)
Menard (Tex.)
Midland (Tex.)
Miles (Tex.)
Munday (Tex.)
Paint Rock (Tex.)
Plainview (Tex.)
Post (Tex.)
Quanah (Tex.)
Snyder (Tex.)
Spur (Tex.)
Stamford (Tex.)
Stanton (Tex.)
Sweetwater (Tex.)
Tulia (Tex.)
Vernon (Tex.)
Wilson (Tex.)
Subjects
Education, Higher--Texas, West--History
Universities and colleges--Texas, West--History

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • W. Hamilton Wright oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
  • Burke Mathes oral history interview [sound recording], 1975
  • Harry H. Hewlett oral history interview [sound recording], 1982
  • Clifford Bartlett Jones oral history interview [sound recording], 1968-1971
  • Texas Technological College Locating Board Photographs, 1923

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Technological College Locating Board Records, 1923 and 1938, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2003-0040-B

Gifts, 1969-2003

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, April 9, 2001. Revised on June 16, 2003.

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Additional Sources

Murrah, David. "Texas Tech in Retrospect: An Open Invitation."Texas Techsan, August 1979.

Murrah, David. "Texas Tech in Retrospect: The Time Has Come."Texas Techsan, December 1979.

Gabehart, Alan D. "West Texas A&M: The Selection of a Location for Texas Technological College."Panhandle-Plains Historical Review, 1992.

Wright, Hamilton. "Big Step Forward in Education: Picking Texas Tech Site Was Big Event."Dallas Morning News, January 31, 1970.

Johnson, T. E. ";Thousands Will Greet Committee at Edge of City; Program Tonight."Amarillo Daily News, August 3, 1923.

"Plainview Entertains `Tech' Locating Board; Claims Are Presented."Amarillo Daily News, August 3, 1923.

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Collection Inventory

 

I. Establishment.

box folder
1 1 Instructions for submitting location proposal, 1923
2 Minutes of the first meeting of the Board of Directors of the Texas Technological College, held at Sweetwater, Texas, March 2, 1923.
3 Notebook with brief information on each applicant, 1923
4 R. C. Crane's rebuttal to Wright's “The Winning of the West Texas College,” 1926
5 Senate Bill No. 103 “To Establish the Texas Technological College”, 1923

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II. Applications.

Amarillo, Texas:
box folder
1 6 The 12 ¼ × 7 bound books entitled, “Brief for Amarillo on Location of Texas Technological College,” contain black and white photographs, statistics, maps and information on the town of Amarillo and what it has to offer should the Locating Board choose this as the site for building Texas Technological College. 1923
(2 copies)
7 Brief for Amarillo on Location of Texas Technological College,” 1923
(3 copies)
Abilene, Texas (see also oversized section):
box folder
1 8 The application includes a newspaper clipping about the construction of Highway No. 30; correspondence to members of the Locating Board; and Appendix A- Abilene Brief (3 copies), 1923
9 The 11 ½ × 7 ¾ bound books entitled “Photographic Views, Abilene, Texas” contain black and white photographs with captions of various buildings, scenery and businesses in the Abilene area, 1923
(3 copies)
10 Technological College with attached blueprint drawings for a dormitory; and Site maps for the proposed location of the college (2 copies), 1923
11 Booklet entitled “Brief in Behalf of Abilene, Texas, to the Honorable Committee to Locate The Texas Technological College” (4 copies), 1923
Ballinger, Texas:
box folder
1 12 The application includes a signed resolution; a 9 × 11 ¾ bound book entitled, “Ballinger, Runnels County, Texas”, which images, statistics and maps (4 copies), 1923
Boerne, Texas:
box folder
1 13 Includes an “Application and Brief of Boerne, Texas for the Location of the Texas Technological College (4 copies); and a Supplementary Brief (3 copies), 1923
14 Includes “Exhibit No. 2- Three Proposed Sties and Costs for Texas,” (3 copies); and “Exhibit No. 6- Co-operative School,” (3 copies); “Exhibit No. 3 and 4,”; and two colored maps, 1923
15 Includes a blueprint labeled “Exhibit No. 1- Skeleton Map of Kendall County Showing Surrounding Counties, Southwest, Texas,” (3 copies); and a colored map
Brady, Texas:
box folder
1 16 Includes a blueprint of Brady, Texas; and proposal bound book entitled, “Brady, Texas: Dedicated to the Interests of Texas School of Technology,” (4 copies), 1923
Brownwood, Texas:
box folder
1 17 The 8 ¼ × 10 ¼ bound proposal contains black and white photographs, statistics, and various information on the city of Brownwood and what it has to offer should the Locating Board choose this as the site for building Texas Technological College, 1923
18 Proposal (1 copy), 1923
19 Proposal (1 copy), 1923
20 Proposal (1 copy), 1923
Buffalo Gap, Texas:
box folder
1 21 Application in the form of 2 pages of correspondence (3 copies), 1923
Claude, Texas:
box folder
1 22 Application in the form of 1 page of correspondence (2 copies), 1923
Clyde, Texas:
box folder
1 23 Includes the “Brief and Application of Clyde for the Texas Technological College,” (3 copies); a western union telegram from the Locating Board; a site map; and a letter detailing the specifics of the proposal, 1923
Coleman, Texas:
box folder
2 1 The proposal includes a brief; 3 maps; a section entitled “Exhibit-Distribution of Population About Important Centers in Designated Section with Maps”; two blueprints; and 8 black and white photographs, 1923
2 Proposal (1 copy) and two loose maps, 1923
3 Proposal (1 copy) and two loose maps, 1923
Colorado, Texas:
box folder
2 4 Includes application brief (3 copies); correspondence regarding site for the proposed college; and a brief annendo showing plat and relief drawings of site offered for location of the college, 1923
Crosbyton, Texas:
box folder
2 5 Bound application and brief (3 copies), 1923
Floydada, Texas:
box folder
2 6 Includes application (3 copies); site map; and two blueprints, 1923
7 Brief (3 copies), 1923
8 Brief of Argument (4 copies), 1923
Haskell, Texas:
box folder
2 9 Proposal entitled “Haskell- the Strategic Location for the Texas Technological College,” includes 4 pages of black and white photographs, (2 copies), 1923
Lampasas, Texas:
box folder
2 10 Includes a location description; a brief (2 copies); and the cover of a third brief, 1923
Lubbock, Texas:
box folder
2 11 Proposal and site blueprint (2 copies), 1923
12 Proposal and site blueprint (3rd copy), 1923
Memphis, Texas:
box folder
2 13 Brief includes the application, information on the town, and black and white photographs (2 copies), 1923
14 Brief includes the application, information on the town, and black and white photographs (1 copy), 1923
Menard, Texas:
box folder
2 15 Brief (2 copies) and description of site location, 1923
Midland, Texas:
box folder
2 16 11 ¼ × 8 ¾ bound brief (3 copies), 1923
Miles, Texas:
box folder
2 17 Proposal includes an attached blueprint (3 copies, one missing the blueprint), 1923
Munday, Texas:
box folder
2 18 Includes resolution (3 copies, one with blueprint); correspondence; and application and brief (2 copies, one still in original envelope), 1923
19 Includes application and brief (2 copies), 1923
Paint Rock, Texas:
box folder
2 20 Includes explanation of site map (7 copies); application; and four maps, 1923
Post, Texas:
box folder
2 21 The 12 ½ × 9 ½ proposal includes a lining of “Garza Sheeting” from the Postex Cotton Mills, numerous scenic black and white photographs, and various information and statistics on Post, Texas, (2 copies), 1923
22 Proposal (copies 3 and 4), 1923
23 Photocopy of proposal, correspondence and supplemental brief, and letter and black and white photograph of mineral display. 1923; 1923; (1938)
Quanah, Texas:
box folder
2 24 Includes correspondence; site map; and brief (2 copies), 1923
25 Brief (1 copy), 1923
Seymour, Texas:
box folder
2 26 Application and brief with attached blueprint (2 copies), 1923
Snyder, Texas:
box folder
2 27 Includes minutes from City Council meeting; application; correspondence; site map; and a 9 × 12 book entitled “Snyder and Scurry County Presenting Advantages for the Location of the Texas Technological College”, 1923
box folder
3 1 The 11 ½ × 9 leather bound proposal includes black and white photographs, maps, and various information on the town of Snyder, Texas, 1923
2 11 ½ × 9 leather bound proposal
(1 copy)
3 11 ½ × 9 leather bound proposal
(1 copy)
4 11 ½ × 9 leather bound proposal
(1 copy)
Spur, Texas:
box folder
3 5 Includes correspondence; booklet entitled “Spur, Texas: Its Advantages as a Location for the Texas Technological College”, colored site blueprint; and booklet entitled “Spur Farm Lands: The Homeseeker's Opportunity” along with its matching envelope, 1923
6 11 × 9 bound proposal includes color tinted photographs (1 copy), 1923
7 11 × 9 bound proposal includes color tinted photographs (1 copy), 1923
8 11 × 9 bound proposal includes color tinted photographs (1 copy), 1923
9 11 × 9 bound proposal includes color tinted photographs (1 copy), 1923
Stamford, Texas:
box folder
3 10 12 ¼ × 9 ½ bound proposal includes numerous black and white photographs and information on the town of Stamford, Texas (1 copy), 1923
11 12 ¼ × 9 ½ bound proposal (1 copy), 1923
12 12 ¼ × 9 ½ bound proposal (1 copy, with original envelope), 1923
13 12 ¼ × 9 ½ bound proposal (copy 3), 1923
Stanton, Texas:
box folder
3 14 Brief, 1923
Tulia, Texas:
box folder
3 15 Brief (4 copies), 1923
16 Includes site map; application (2 copies); and site location information (7 copies), 1923
Vernon, Texas:
box folder
3 17 Includes brief (2 copies); site drawing; application (2 copies); and supplemental brief, 1923
Wilson, Texas:
box folder
3 18 Includes brief (4 copies) and blueprints (2 copies), 1923

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III. Oversized Proposals.

Abilene, Texas:
box folder
4 1 Site maps (2 sets), 1923
Big Springs, Texas:
box folder
4 2 11 ½ × 14 ½ bound proposal includes colored maps, black and white photographs, some of which are folded panoramics (1 copy), 1923
3 11 ¾ × 14 ½ bound proposal (1 copy), 1923
4 11 ¾ × 14 ½ bound proposal (1 copy), 1923
Cisco, Texas:
box folder
5 1 14 × 9 ¾ bound brief (4 copies, one missing the black outer cover), 1923
2 14 × 9 ¾ bound brief (2 copies), 1923
Lubbock, Texas:
box folder
5 3 14 × 10 bound brief and 12 × 9 bound brief, 1923
Panhandle-Plains Country, Texas:
box folder
5 4 14 × 10 ¼ bound brief (2 copies, one missing the colored map), 1923
Plainview, Texas:
box folder
6 1 14 × 10 ¼ bound brief (2 copies, with black covers); correspondence regarding elimination of railroad crossing on Sixth Street; and site location information, 1923
2 14 × 10 ¼ bound brief (3 copies, with green covers), 1923
San Angelo, Texas:
box folder
6 3 14 ¾ × 10 ½ bound brief includes various information on the town of San Angelo as well as numerous black and white photographs (2 copies), 1923
box folder
7 1 Supplementary materials: Exhibit Items A-I, K-O, 1923
2 Includes San Angelo Fair Booklet; site alternative and black and white photograph of Glenmore Farm Irrigation and Power Dam; and site blueprint, 1923
3 Supplementary materials: Supplementing the San Angelo Brief and Exhibit Items A-I, K-O, 1923
Sweetwater, Texas:
box folder
7 4 14 × 10 ¼ bound brief (2 copies), 1923
5 14 × 10 ¼ bound brief (2 copies), 1923

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IV. Legal Documents. The following persons sold property to the State of Texas for the location of Texas Technological College. Details pertaining to the location of the land is explained in detail in the warranty deeds, which are photocopies from the Martin Stationary Company in Dallas, Texas.

box folder
8 1 Contracts to Purchase Land for Texas Technological College, 1923
2 Surveyor's Report, 1923
3 Tax Receipts, 1923
4 Warranty Deeds to Purchase Land for Texas Technological College, 1923
item
1 Alexander, J. E. and wife, Ellen S. Alexander were paid $4,000 (2 copies).
item
2 Alexander, Joab L., now a widower, was paid $7,000 (2 copies).
item
3 Allen, Olive Curran (nee Olive Bevington), now a widow, was paid $3,000. (2 copies).
item
4 Boerner, F. W. and wife, Ora Boerner, were paid $20,000 (2 copies).
item
5 Bryan, J. H. and wife, Gertrude J. Bryan, and Sam C. Arnett and wife, Ford H. Arnett, were paid $47,000 (2 copies).
item
6 Carruth, W. R. and wife, Mattie Carruth, were paid $6,000 (2 copies).
item
7 Copp, J. E. and wife, Jane Copp, were paid $4,000 (2 copies).
item
8 Hankins, J. H. and wife, Nell Hankins, were paid $2,100 (2 copies).
item
9 Jackson, A. W. and wife, Ollie A. Jackson, and J. B. Jackson were paid $24,240 (2 copies).
item
10 Lawson, J. T. and wife, Rose (?) Lawson, were paid $7,000 (2 copies).
item
11 Montgomery, L. C. and wife, J. R. Montgomery, were paid $150 (2 copies).
item
12 Niblick, Christena, a widow, was paid $32,000 (2 copies).
item
13 Overton, M. C. and wife, Nannie (?) J. Overton, were paid $1.00 (2 copies).
item
14 Peebler, O. F. and wife, Mayme L. Peebler, were paid $2,000 (2 copies).
item
15 Robards, J. C. and wife, Pearl Robards, were paid $25,000 (2 copies).
item
16 Rush, G. A., a widower, was paid $40,950 (2 copies).
item
17 Spikes, Fred and wife, Lillie E. Spikes, were paid $1,250 (2 copies).
item
18 Thorp, Ed and wife, Lottie Thorp, were paid $750 (2 copies).
item
19 Wall, Elmo and wife, Lillie Wall, were paid $387.22 (2 copies).

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