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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Manuscripts

Oversized Photographs [located in UA Photographs Oversize Box B)

Photographs

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Flora Dee Goforth:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1927-1934 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Goforth, Flora Dee
Title: Flora Goforth Papers,
Dates: 1927-1934 and undated
Abstract: Papers of the Texas Technological College graduate Flora Goforth, who went on to teach for the Indian Service at the Sioux Reservation.
Collection # U 242.2
Quantity: 2 Boxes (2.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born in 1907 in Granger, Texas, Flora Goforth spent her childhood in Texas and New Mexico. Relatives on both sides of her family had been weavers, spurring her desire to make a career out of designing surface patterns. She attended Texas Technological College in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Texas Technological College was the only school west of the Mississippi to have a textile school.

A sociable person, Goforth became the first freshmen to be elected president of the Home Economics Club. Music also occupied her time as Flora played the saxophone in the Girl's Orchestra and the trombone in the Tech Band. While teaching for the Indian Service at the Sioux Reservation, Goforth sought to impart to her students the perfection in the straight edges of weaving. Under her direction, students learned to create their own designs, build looms, weave the textiles, and finely turn them into a useable product such as a scarf or jacket that was marketable. Her book, Weave It Yourself, showed the reader how to build a loom and the steps required to produce the depicted blanket. This book included photographs of her students at work.

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes various woven textiles done by Goforth and her students, photographs, and Texas Technological College memorabilia and campus directories.

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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)
Goforth, Flora Dee
Goforth, Flora Dee--Photograph collections
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College
Texas Technological College. Dept. of Home Economics
Texas Technological College. Home Economics Club
Subjects
Textiles

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Related Material

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

  • Flora Goforth oral history interview [sound recording], 1999
  • Drama (Lubbock, Tex.) Papers, 1960-1966
  • Flora Goforth Photographs, undated
  • Flora Goforth Papers, 1906-2000

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Flora Goforth Papers, 1927-1934 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Collection accession #(s):
2001-0021-B

Gift, 2001

Processed by

Lynn Whitfield, October 2001

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Collection Inventory

 

Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Artistic Drawing, undated
2 Campus Correspondence, 1931
3 Campus Directories, 1927-1931
4 Fair Ribbons, 1928
5 Greeting and Holiday Cards, 1929 and undated
6 Home Economics Club- Installation of Officers, 1929-1930
7 Maisel's Indian Trading Post, Inc. Pamphlet, undated
8 Miscellaneous
Silver letter opener with "Texas Tech" and "Engineers 34" stamped in
Name engraving plate and card for Flora Goforth
Purple handkerchief with gold paint drawing
Mounted card of the Dept. of Engineering Drawing
Yearbook picture of the Home Economics Club
box folder
1 9 News Clippings, 1928-1930
10 Weavings
Cream weaving [scarf?]
Cream weaving [scarf?]
box folder
1 11 Weavings
Blue and gray weaving [scarf?]
Cream weaving
box folder
1 12 Weavings
Red, burgundy and cream weaving
Red fringed weaving [scarf?]
box folder
1 13 Weavings
Red, burgundy and cream weaving
Red fringed weaving [scarf?]
box folder
2 1 Weavings
Cream weaving with blue and red embroidery work
Cream weaving [scarf?]
Mint green weaving [scarf?]
Pink and blue fringed weaving
Multi-colored weaving
Orange, blue and yellow fringed blanket
Pink woolen blanket
box folder
1 13 Yearbooks [inscribed to Flora Goforth by friends]
La Ventana, 1929
La Ventana, 1931
La Ventana, 1934

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Oversized Photographs [located in UA Photographs Oversize Box B)

3 (11 x 14) b/w prints of students playing baseball
1 (11 x 14) b/w prints of Flora Goforth and students in break room
2 (miscellaneous sized) b/w photocopies of Flora Goforth

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Photographs

1 (6 x 7) b/w print of Flora Goforth taped to wood panel
1 (8 x 10) color print of Flora Goforth
1 (8 x 10) color print of the Engineering Drafting School building
1 (8 x 10) b/w print of a Native American doing pottery

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