University of North Texas Archives

Rose Sizemore Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Sizemore, Rose
Title: Rose Sizemore Collection
Inclusive Dates: 1890 - 1975
Bulk Dates: 1938 - 1975
Identification: MSS Rose Sizemore Collection
Quantity: 6 boxes

Creator Sketch

Rose Sizemore was a North Texas educator and arts instructor who worked throughout the region from the 1920s to the 1960s. She taught school, served as a school principal, and operated dance studios for children in several towns including Denton, Cuero, Corsicana, and Lewisville. Sizemore received her undergraduate degree from North Texas State Teachers College in 1928 and a master's degree from Texas State College for Women in 1952. She was the sixth of thirteen children born to Margaret Etta Carr and Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Sizemore, a prominent Baptist preacher who founded the Trinity Baptist Church in Denton, known today as the Highland Baptist Church.

Scope and Contents Note

The records in this collection document Rose Sizemore's talent for teaching young children, especially in the arts. The collection includes handwritten and printed materials that reflect her varied interests including: music, dance, drama, speech, poetry, education, and travel. Of particular note is the large collection of sheet music and an original tune about Shirley Temple which was copyrighted by Sizemore. The collection also contains photographs, primarily of Sizemore's students, and other visual materials gathered during her years as a teacher and traveller.


The materials in this collection are organized into three series: Series 1, Personal Papers; Series 2, Printed Materials; and Series 3, Photographs.
Series 1, Personal Papers, 1921-1975, contains 3 folders of notes for singing and dancing instruction, 3 folders of notes for dramatic productions, 3 folders of poetry and prose notes, 2 folders pertaining to education, 2 folders of correspondence, and 3 folders of varied media.
Series 2, Printed Materials, 1921-1956, contains 1 box of loose sheet music, 3 folders of event programs that document Sizemore's career as an artist and educator, 1 folder of scripts and show booklets, 1 folder of newspaper clippings, and 1 folder of newspaper clipping reproductions.
Series 3, Photographs, n.d., contains 2 folders of photographs as well as several Viewmaster discs.


Restrictions on Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

For reproduction of any copyrighted materials, permission must be obtained from the owner of the copyright. This is a responsibility of individual researchers, not the University Archives.

Materials are available for research only in the University of North Texas Archives, during its normal hours of operation. Materials are not loaned out. Depending upon how fragile the materials are, they may or may not be allowed to be photocopied or scanned.

Index Terms

Near East Relief--Texas--Dallas. Brown Shoe Company--Missouri--Saint Louis. Calumet Baking Powder Company, Chicago. Seaboard Rice Milling Company--New York--New York. Dallas Morning News--Texas--Dallas. Gold Dust Corporation, New York, NY. Publix Theatres Corporation, Corsicana, TX. Grand Amusement Company, Ennis, TX. Library of Congress Copyright Office, Washington, DC. Texas State Department of Education, Austin, TX. First National Bank of Corsicana, Corsicana, TX. Cuero Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture, Cuero, TX. The Colonial Art Company, Oklahoma city, OK. Dublin Motor Company, Corsicana, TX. Texas State Teachers Association, Austin, TX. Donold High School, Lewisville, TX. Corsicana Public Schools, Corsicana, TX. W.H. Sizemore Food Corporation, Chicago, IL. First Baptist Church, Denton, TX. McAlester Public Schools, McAlester, TX. Cumberland Presbyterian Children's Home, Denton, TX. Texas State College for Women, Denton, TX.
Sizemore, Rose, 1890-. Temple, Shirley, 1928- . United States--Education--Texas--Denton.
Denton (Tex.). Cuero (Tex.). Lewisville (Tex.). Corsicana (Tex.).
Document Types:
correspondence, handwritten notes, typed notes, sheet music, newspaper clippings, photographs, event programs, scripts, Viewmaster reels.
"Every Little Girlie Wants To Be Shirley"

Administrative Information

Administrative Information: Custodial History

The Rose Sizemore Collection was donated to the UNT Archives in 2009 by Laura Saegert. Ms. Sizemore was Ms. Saegert's great aunt.

Preferred Citation

Rose Sizemore Collection, University of North Texas Archives, Denton, Texas.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1, Personal Papers, 1921-1975. 16 folders in three boxes.

Box Folder
Box 1 1 Song & Dance #1 n.d.
2 Song & Dance #2 n.d.
3 Song & Dance #3 n.d.
4 Drama #1 n.d.
5 Drama #2 n.d.
6 Drama #3 n.d.
Box Folder
Box 2 1 Poetry & Prose #1 n.d.
2 Poetry & Prose #2 n.d.
3 Poetry & Prose #3 n.d.
4 Education #1 n.d.
5 Education #2 n.d.
Box Folder
Box 3 1 Correspondence #1 1921-1937
2 Correspondence #2 1938-1975
3 Varied Media #1 1925-1975
4 Varied Media #2 n.d.
5 Varied Media #3 n.d.

Series 2, Printed Material, 1921-1956. 6 folders in two boxes.

Box Folder
Box 4 n/a Loose Sheet Music n.d.
Box Folder
Box 5 1 Sizemore Event Programs 1921-1956
2 Texas State College for Women Event Programs 1934-1952
3 Other Event Programs 1920-1949
4 Scripts / Show Booklets n.d.
5 Newspaper Clippings n.d.
6 Newspaper Clipping Reproductions n.d.

Series 3, Photographs. 2 folders in one box.

Box Folder
Box 5 6 Photographs #1 n.d.
7 Photographs #2 n.d.
Box Folder
Box 6 n/a Oversize Materials n.d.