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A Guide to the Southwest Texas State Teachers College 50th Anniversary Ceremony Audio Collection, 1951
Created in 1893 by the Texas Legislature, the Southwest Texas Normal School in San Marcos opened in 1903 to educate and certify teachers for the public schools of Texas. Promoted to a full-fledged senior college, the Southwest Texas Normal College, in 1918, the school again changed its name five years later to the Southwest Texas State Teachers College. A cooperative agreement with San Marcos created progressive laboratory schools in the city's public system, allowing student teachers to gain firsthand experience. In 1950, the college greatly expanded its campus and curriculum to offer graduate degrees, causing a leap in enrollment. By 1969 the school had expanded into academic disciplines other than education and become Southwest Texas State University. Additionally, it gained attention in the 1960s as the alma mater of Lyndon Baines Johnson
"Texas State University-San Marcos." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 8, 2011.
Comprising two audiocassettes, the Southwest Texas State Teachers College 50th Anniversary Ceremony Audio Collection, 1951, documents the celebration of the College, now the College of Education of Texas State University in San Marcos. Included in the recording are speeches by future president Lyndon B. Johnson, then a U. S. Senator, and Sallie Ward Beretta, chair of the college's oversight committee, as well as a music performance and introductions of several of the college's presidents. Recorded from transcription discs in poor condition, portions of the ceremony audio are of poor quality or are incomplete.
Due to preservation concerns, use of audio materials by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.
Southwest Texas State Teachers College 50th Anniversary Ceremony Audio Collection, 1951, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.