University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Teague Milner Papers, 1852-1913

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Milner, Robert Teague
Title: Robert Teague Milner Papers
Dates: 1852-1913
Abstract: The papers of Robert Teague Milner, teacher, State Representative and Senator, and President of Texas A&M.
Accession No.: 1930
Extent: 2 vol.
Language: Materials are written in German and English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Arnold and Mary Milner moved to the Henderson, Texas area from Cherokee County, Alabama, bringing their young son Robert Teague Milner (1851-1923) with them. After teaching school for fifteen years, Robert purchased the Henderson Times in 1881, which he published and edited for twenty-five years.

His experience as a teacher aided him in becoming the chairman of the committee on education during his time in the House of, 1887-1892. He established the requirement to teach Texas history in public schools. He served as the first state commissioner for the new department of agriculture in 1907 but left the following year to become president of Texas A&M. During his tenure as president, he separated the engineering and agricultural schools. After serving as president for six years, Robert resigned in June 1913.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Milner, Robert Teague," (accessed July 27, 2010).

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, speeches, reports, affidavit, commission, deeds, scrapbook, and broadsides make up the Robert Teague Milner papers, 1852-1913, and relate to his long and varied career in the field of education.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Bailey, Joseph W. J(Joseph Weldon), 1863-1929.
Brackenridge, George Washington, 1832-1921.
Colquitt, Oscar Branch, 1861-1940.
Cushing, E. B. (Edward Benjamin), 1864-1924.
Hicks, James O.
Kone, Edward R. (Edward Reeves), 1848-1933.
Milner, R. T. (Robert Teague), 1851-1923 -- Archives.
Reagan, John H. (John Henninger), 1818-1905.
Ross, Lawrence Sullivan, 1938-1898.
Young, James, 1866-1942.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas A & M University -- History.
Texas. Dept. of Agriculture -- History.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Comittee on Public Education.
Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Agriculture -- Texas.
Education -- Texas.
Government -- Texas.
Politics -- Texas.
Social affairs -- Texas.
Austin (Tex.)
Henderson (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Teague Milner Papers, 1852-1913, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



4F43 Reports
3L351 Scrapbook