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University of Texas Arlington

Carlisle and Cravens Families Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Carlisle and Cravens Families.
Title: Carlisle and Cravens Families Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1900-1965
Abstract: James M. Carlisle (1851-1922) was a prominent Texas educator and served as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1889 to January 1899. He founded Carlisle Military Academy, a forerunner of The University of Texas at Arlington, in 1901. The military academy remained in operation until 1913. Carlisle Hall at UT Arlington is named in his honor. Dr. Milton H. Cravens, an Indiana native, received his medical degree in Louisville, Kentucky. He moved to the Johnson Station area of Arlington in 1885. In 1906, Dr. Cravens married his second wife, Mary Carlisle, daughter of J.M. Carlisle. Dr. Cravens practiced medicine in the Arlington area from 1885 until 1916, and died in 1921. Mary Cravens was active in Arlington civic affairs until her death in 1937. Their son, attorney Carlisle Cravens served on the Texas State Board of Education; Cravens Stadium in Arlington is named in his honor. The Carlisle and Cravens Families Papers are comprised of correspondence, photographs, printed materials, ephemera, newspaper clippings relating to the multiple generations of the Carlisle and Cravens families, including James M. Carlisle and Dr. Milton H. Cravens. The collection is rich in history of Arlington, Texas, as well as The University of Texas at Arlington.
Identification: Unprocessed mss. 2012-65.
Extent: 3 boxes (3.0 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Biographical Note

James M. Carlisle was born at Beech Grove, Tennessee, on May 11, 1851; he died July 21, 1922, in Arlington, Texas. Carlisle was a prominent Texas educator and served as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1889 to January 1899. He founded Carlisle Military Academy, a forerunner of The University of Texas at Arlington, in 1901. The military academy remained in operation until 1913. Carlisle Hall at UT Arlington is named in his honor. Carlisle's daughter Mary graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and came to Arlington in 1902 to teach English at her father's military academy. In 1904, Mary Carlisle, with friend Maggie Smith, founded the only private girls' school in Arlington, the Carlisle-Smith Institute, which operated just one year.

Dr. Milton H. Cravens, an Indiana native, received his medical degree in Louisville, Kentucky. He moved to the Johnson Station area of Arlington in 1885. A year later, Cravens married Bettie Burney, daughter of Dr. W. L. Burney, an early day Johnson Station physician. The couple had three children: Mary ( -1918); Burney (died in infancy); and Tom ( -1945). Bettie Cravens died in 1904. Two years later, Dr. Cravens married Mary Carlisle, daughter of J.M. Carlisle. Milton and Mary Cravens had two children: Carlisle ( -1975) and Marjorie (Mrs. Joseph Andrasko). Dr. Cravens practiced medicine in the Arlington area from 1885 until 1916, and died in 1921. Mary Cravens was active in Arlington civic affairs until her death in 1937.

Carlisle Cravens, an attorney, and his wife Jimmie had two children: Tom and Mary (Mrs. Scott Wysong III). Carlisle Cravens served on the Texas State Board of Education; Cravens Stadium in Arlington is named in his honor. Marjorie Cravens Andrasko taught school. She was a charter member of the Arlington Woman's Club and co-organizer of the Arlington Historical Society in 1966. In 1961, the Andraskos moved and remodeled the old M. H. Cravens home, built in 1910, from its original East Main Street location to West Sanford Street.

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Scope and Contents

The Carlisle and Cravens Families Papers are comprised of correspondence, photographs, printed materials, ephemera, newspaper clippings relating to the multiple generations of the Carlisle and Cravens families, including James M. Carlisle and Dr. Milton H. Cravens. The collection is rich in history of Arlington, Texas, as well as The University of Texas at Arlington.

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Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.

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Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Carlisle family--Archives.
Carlisle, James M.,--1851-1922--Archives.
Cravens, Carlisle--Archives.
Cravens family--Archives.
Cravens, Milton H.--Archives.
Organizations
University of Texas at Arlington--History.
Places
Arlington (Tex.)--History.
Alternate Titles
Historical Manuscripts Collection

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of Tom Cravens, 2012.

Citation

Carlisle and Cravens Families Papers, Unprocessed Manuscript 2012-65, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 2012.

Accessioned as number 2012-65.

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