University of Texas Arlington

James M. Carlisle Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Carlisle, James M., 1851-1922.
Title: James M. Carlisle Papers
Dates: 1879-1922
1879-1899
Abstract: James M. Carlisle (1851-1922) was a prominent Texas educator and served several terms as State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1889 to January 1899. In 1902, he founded the Carlisle Military Academy, a private school for boys and a forerunner of the University of Texas at Arlington. This collection contains correspondence, newspaper clippings, financial documents, teaching certificate, and miscellaneous documents and memorabilia. Materials mainly document general personal and business matters.
Identification: AR196
Extent: 6 folders (0.08 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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.


Organization

Materials are arranged according to document type.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Carlisle, James M., 1851-1922--Archives.
Organizations
Carlisle Military Academy--History--Sources.
Subjects
School superintendents--Texas--History--Sources.
Educators--Texas--History--Sources.
Places
Arlington (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
University Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

James M. Carlisle Papers, AR196, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

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.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1881-1899
2 Clippings, approximately 1897-1898
3 Financial Records, 1880-1904
4 Miscellaneous Records, 1879-1896
5 Teaching Certificate, 1883
6 Memorabilia-wallet, undated