James M. Carlisle Papers:
Born and educated in Tennessee, James M. Carlisle (1851-1922) moved to Texas in 1880 to establish the Whitesboro Normal College. He went on to become a prominent Texas educator and superintendent and served several terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1889 to January 1899. He then opened a private school for boys in Hillsboro, which he moved to Arlington in 1902, naming it the Carlisle Military Academy. It remained in operation until 1913. After its closure, the school underwent several transitions and eventually became the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) in 1967.
The collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial documents, teaching certificate, and miscellaneous documents and memorabilia. Correspondence, 1881-1889, pertains to personal and business matters. Also included is a letter from Carlisle's father that describes the family's history. Newspaper clippings, 1897-1898, pertain to a wide range of topics and include college education, economics, international figures, state government, and racial issues. The collection includes a clipping of Carlisle's obituary. Financial documents, 1880-1904, include receipts, promissory notes, and a handwritten statement. Miscellaneous documents, 1879-1896, include an endorsement, education and employment verification, and Department of Education lists for State Summer Normals. Memorabilia is a wallet.
Open for research.
James M. Carlisle Papers, AR196, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.
The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.