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Related Material

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alexander Caswell Ellis Papers, 1893-1960.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ellis, Alexander Caswell, 1871-1948
Title: Ellis, Alexander Caswell Papers
Dates: 1893-1960
Abstract: Correspondence, educational material, coursework, printed advocacy materials, Texas health surveys and reports, speeches, and photographs chronicle the personal and professional life of UT professor and adult education specialist Alexander Caswell Ellis. Most of the materials date from the early 1900s to the 1940s.
Accession No.: 91-301
OCLC No.: 830677444
Extent: 66 ft., 6 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Alexander Caswell Ellis, son of Orren Littleberry and Mary Louisa (McKnight) Ellis, was born on May 4, 1871, in Franklin County, North Carolina. He received his B.A. degree in classics at the University of North Carolina in 1894, and received his Ph.D. at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts in 1897.

Ellis joined the University of Texas faculty in 1897 as adjunct professor of pedagogy. From 1908 to 1926 he served as professor of educational philosophy, and he also directed the university's extension services in 1911–13 and 1914–16. In July 1917 Governor James E. Ferguson directed the board of regents to fire him because he disapproved of Ellis's extension work. Governor William P. Hobby reinstated Ellis in the fall of 1917.

Ellis was a Democrat and a leading spokesman for prohibition and woman suffrage across the state. He worked closely with Texas suffrage leader Minnie Fisher Cunningham and also worked in the 1919 campaign for a constitutional amendment to give Texas women full voting rights.

In 1926 he moved to Ohio to become director of Cleveland College, a downtown adult-education facility of Case Western Reserve University started by former University of Texas president Robert E. Vinson. Under Ellis's leadership Cleveland College grew from 1,400 students to approximately 7,000. In 1941 he resigned and returned to Texas.

Ellis was appointed adult-education counselor for the University of Texas in 1942, and in 1946 became director of the University Evening College. He also was active in the Texas Society for Mental Hygiene, and in 1946 served as president of the Austin-Travis County Mental Hygiene Society. He was author of a number of articles on education and was joint author with E. J. Kyle of Fundamentals of Farming and Farm Life (1912). He served as president of the Texas Pecan Association in 1947. He married Mary Heard in July 1901. He died in Austin on October 9, 1948. His wife established a mental health collection at the Austin Public Library in his memory.

Abridged from:

"ELLIS, ALEXANDER CASWELL," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fel14), accessed January 28, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, educational material, coursework, printed advocacy materials, Texas health surveys and reports, speeches, and photographs chronicle the personal and professional life of UT professor and adult education specialist Alexander Caswell Ellis. Most of the materials date from the early 1900s to the 1940s.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

The bulk of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882-1964
Ellis, A. Caswell (Alexander Caswell), 1871-1948 -- Archives.
Ellis, Mary Heard
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944
Subjects (Organizations)
American Association for Adult Education
Clark University (Worcester, Mass.)
Cleveland College
Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
Texas Society for Mental Health.
Texas Society for Mental Hygiene
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
Adult education--History--20th century.
Mental health--Texas.
Prohibition--Texas.
Women--Suffrage--Texas--History.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History--20th century.

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Related Material

See also the Conference for Education in Texas Records, 1907-1915.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alexander Caswell Ellis Papers, 1893-1960, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, June 1998.

Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, February 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

At LSF:

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2P4-2P6 "Old Letters to Mother and Father"
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2P7 "Old Letters to Mother and Father"
Photographs
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2P8 Correspondence with Ross R. Wolfe and miscellany
Grade books, 1897-1911
Letter from Marie Boswell Smith and notes
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2P9 Correspondence:
Pecans
Correspondence with Will C. Perry and others
Receipts, Chadick contract, 1933
Correspondence, Barclay
Correspondence, Chadick, 1936
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2P10 Chadick reports, 1930-1935
Correspondence and miscellany, 1934
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2P11 Lomax material:
Bills, receipts, miscellany
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2P12 Correspondence (unarranged)
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2P13 Correspondence:
(Unarranged) mental health
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2P14 (Unarranged)
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2P15 (Unarranged)
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2P16 (Unarranged) Chadick accounts, 1937-1940
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2P17 Envelope addressed to Mary H. Ellis
"Essentials of Effective Programs for Clubs," by A. C. Ellis
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2P18 "Essentials of Effective Programs for Clubs," by A. C. Ellis
Notes:
Comenius
Hegel
Notes on Bacon
Dark Ages
Aristotle
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2P19 Notes regarding:
Plato
Socrates
Greek Philosophers of Education (introduction)
Book list of Philosophy of Education
Miscellany
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2P20 Philosophy of Education class reviews and pamphlets
Cleveland correspondence
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2P21 "Psychology and Mixed"
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2P22 Photographs and miscellany
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2P23 Education class papers
Pamphlets
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2P24 Resolutions of The University of Texas Faculty
Police training manual
Material on adult education
Correspondence (unarranged)
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2P25 Correspondence and miscellany (unarranged)
Personal letters from Mary Ellis
Education material
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2P26 Education material
Notes on Froebel, Herbart
German philosophy and the War
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2P27 Notes regarding:
Kant
Locke
Rousseau
Paper written by student
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2P28 Child study
Notes (unidentified)
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2P29 Old Texas rolls
"Harry's Papers"
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2P30 Campaign material:
Newspaper history of James E. Ferguson fight
Clark lecture notes
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2P31 Clark lecture notes
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2P32 Class notes
Papers of Leda N. Williams
Education material
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2P33 Theses
Pamphlets (Mrs. Mary Ellis)
Miscellany
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2P34 Miscellany
Theses
Pamphlets
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2P35 Pamphlets
Student government study
Theses
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2P36 Roy Bedichek's tribute
Lake Glenrose accounts
Letters, correspondence of M. H. Ellis
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2P37 Education material
Accounts
Stationery
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2P38 Cards
Graph-O-Log
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2P39 Miscellany
Heards Woodville
Pecans
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2P40 Correspondence
Envelopes
Philosophy of Education material
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2P41 Committee W
Tabulations, Trinity County, health data
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2P42 Tests and adult education papers
Education material
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2P43 Mental health
Hogg Foundation
NAM Education Workers
Federal aid
Miscellany
Weekly reports, 1941-1946
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2P44 Hessler Road
Worth Pendergrass
Dr. Salmon
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2P45 Rainey fight, personal articles
Rainey fight
General
Thesis
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2P46 Material on marriage
Student papers
Pecans
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2P47 Education material
Handbook for integrating Community School, Guidance, Health, and Welfare Services, Corpus Christi, 1942-1943
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2P48 Education material
Miscellany
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2P49 Report of Texas Mental Hygiene Survey, part 2, 1924
Prohibition
Dr. Salmon
Reformatory Bill
PTA
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2P50 Mental health
Health work
Texas State Federation of Women's Clubs
Miscellany
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2P51 Extension work (TSF of Women's Clubs), Psychology of Learning, exams
Philosophy of Education material
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2P52 Mailing list, Ellis's articles
Needed research, AA adult education
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2P53 Notes, speeches on cards
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2P54 The Occupation of the Vocational Counselor
Book lists
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2P55 Cleveland College
Cleveland College form letters, 1936
Publications and mailing
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2P56 East Texas Health Work (Senate bill to provide for health and recreation), 1915-1916
Farming and Farm Life (Agricultural edition), 1936-1937
Pictures and postcards
Malaria
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2P57 Articles by Mary Ellis
Newspaper accounts of speeches, 1898, 1903, 1909
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2P58 Cleveland College
Budget
Pamphlets
Old accounts
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2P59 Old accounts
Health bulletin and studies, not Texas
Recipes
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2P60 Extension, 1912-1923
Texas, correspondence about trip, 1946-1948
Cleveland College
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2P61 Extension report, parental extension, Texas School Survey Committee
West Texas College, Texas School Survey Committee speeches
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2P62 Speeches
Lists of wealthy men and women
Adult education studies needed
Fundamentals of farming, 1912
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2P63 Agriculture book
Scribners, Kyle (1930)
Agriculture text
Newspaper clippings
Papers
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2P64 Poems
Letter of resignation, 1926
Correspondence, 1915-1926
Hofheinz, O. G.
Former students of The University of Texas
Correspondence
New experiments in college education
Professor Irving Fisher
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2P65 Not Cleveland College (quotations, articles, Irving Fisher, clippings)
Cleveland College
Letters
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2P66 Articles
Naval Academy Board of Visitors, 1903-1904
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2P67 Educational material
Grass pictures, 1941-1948
Articles and papers on education
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2P68 Articles and papers on education
Cleveland College
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2P69 ACE RADIO talks
Birthday letters
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2P70 Ranch, 1941-1948
Envelopes for Texas Society for Mental Health
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2P71 Magazine articles (A. C.) Ellis
Texas, 1942-1948
Publicity material
Health work in Leon County (Mary H. Ellis)
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2P72 Texas, 1909-1911
Bills for reformation
Agriculture in schools
Health and recreation
Texas after 1941
Speeches, notes, letters
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2P73 Texas, 1912
Child labor
Faculty Affiliation Committees
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2P74 Clark University
Speeches, 1904
Notes for speeches
Physical training
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2P75 Clippings and notes, 1940-1948
Cleveland College
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2P76 Money Value of Education
Milton Fairchild
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2P77 Bank accounts at Cleveland, Ohio
Texas
Miscellany
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2P78 Texas, 1912-1913
Correspondence
Texas, 1923-1925
Education
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2P79 Letters, personal
Texas (Mexico), 1920
Heating and Ventilation of School Days
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2P80 Money Value of Education
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2P81 Texas, education, 1935
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2P82 Old accounts, Austin
Old accounts, Glen Rose
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2P83 Old accounts, Glen Rose
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2P84 Matthews and Major Allen's Place
Child welfare, child labor:
1911-1913
1915-1916
Parents Teachers Association
Federation of Women's Clubs
Cosmos Club, Washington
Cleveland newspaper
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2P85 Cleveland newspaper
Sheppard Bill, 1919
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2P86 Sheppard Bill, 1919
Committee W, 1921-1924
Problems in advanced education
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2P87 Heating and Ventilation of School Days
Texas notes
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2P88 Cleveland, articles and speeches
Suffrage
Prohibition, 1917-1919
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2P89 Education courses, problems in education
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2P90 Texas after 1926
Texas, 1941
Letters about extension speeches
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2P91 Cleveland College:
Courses
Letters
Summary of accomplishments
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2P92 Speeches, 1909 and later
Women's suffrage
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2P93 School buildings
School hygiene
Letters, 1916-1917
Cleveland College, 1936-1939:
Courses
Faculty
Letters
Notes
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2P94 Courses
Faculty
Letters
Notes
Other institutions
Texas
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2P95 Other institutions
Cleveland College:
Courses
Letters
Faculty meetings
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2P96 Cleveland College, courses, letters, faculty meetings
Cleveland letters
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2P97 Date books
Letters (unclassified), 1918-1926
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2P98 Student papers, Texas
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2P99 Speeches:
1898
1899
1904
Letters:
1909
1912
Membership committees
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2P100 Clark University:
Notes
Letters
North Carolina
Extension
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2P101 Texas, summer courses in education, 1935
Photographs
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2P102 Notes and papers on education
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2P103 Women's suffrage (pamphlets)
Research committee
Research committee
American Association for Adult Education
Notes
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2P104 Police
Letters on Dr. Ellis's death
Newspapers
Cleveland
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2P105 Education notes
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2P106 Student papers, 1935
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2P107 Socialization of education
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2P108 Philosophy of Education Theses
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2P109 Education material
Extension programs
ACE
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2P110-2P111 Adult education material
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2P112 Adult education material
Letters
Photographs
Socialization of education
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2P113 Socialization of education
Picture postcards
Cleveland College
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2P114 Socialization of education
Cleveland, correspondence and notes
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2P115 Study of Honor System
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2P116 Old Child Study, notes and quizzes
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2P117 Old newspaper articles about Dr. Ellis
East Texas health work
Education campaign
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2P118 Education campaign
Prohibition material
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2P119 Cleveland College reports, 1926-1941
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2P120 Adult education
Columbia notes, lists, quizzes
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2P121 Old notes and theses
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2P122 Old notes and theses
Clark notes
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2P123 "Journals Kept for Suggestions"
"Suggestions for Articles to Write"
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2P124 Notes
Photograph (unidentified)
Miscellany
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2P125 Education pamphlets, newspapers, papers
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2P126 Education papers, pamphlets
Speeches
Photographs
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2P127 Committee W
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2P128 Rating college teaching
Cleveland College
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2P129 "Straight and Crooked Thinking"
Committee on Research and Studies, AAAE
"How to Study in School"
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2P130 Education papers
Mental hygiene
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2P131 Adult Education Journal
Adult Education Bulletin
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2P132 Psychology of Education
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2P133 Bank statements and miscellany
Newspaper clippings and miscellany
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2P354 Cleveland notes
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2P355 Notes
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2P356 Books list
Class rolls
Miscellaneous
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2P357 Notes for speeches
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2P358 Correspondence (unarranged)
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2P359 Correspondence:
Child labor
Visitation
School buildings
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2P360 Health
Educational material
Bulletins and journals
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2P361 Books and bulletins
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2P362 Correspondence, Mansbridge
Mental hygiene
Women's suffrage
Engagements, 1948-1949
Extension after 1941
Hogg Foundation
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2P363 Correspondence, education
Mental health
Consulting
Humphrey Lee
Cunningham
Political
Baker
Communities
John Adams
Labor
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2P364 Correspondence, Farmers' Union
University of Houston
Workers' education
Robertson County
Pecans
box
2P365 Books
Correspondence
Classical course
Evening school
Chadick
Vocational training
YMCA
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2P366 Correspondence, education
University of Houston
Committee W
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2P367 Correspondence, educational campaign, 1919-1923
Committee W
DOW
Democrats
Hugo de Vries
Education
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2P368 Correspondence, battles
Blind
Cactus
Child study
Agriculture
Alderman, E. A.
Guggenheim idea
Personal
Education
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2P369 Correspondence, education
Prison equipment
Personal
Negro
Dr. Manuel
Sheppard Bill
Education
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2P370 Correspondence, education
League of Nations
Retirement ideas
Hogg Foundation
Cleveland College
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2P371 Correspondence, adult education
Cleveland College
Mental health
Education
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2P372 Correspondence, adult education
Education
Theses records, 1922-1930
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2P373 Correspondence, theses records, 1931-1941
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2P374 Correspondence, Cleveland College
Dr. Albert Einstein
Governor's attack
Money Value of Education
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2P375 Ellis, Alexander Caswell (in envelopes)
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2Q5 Holy Bible
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2Q6 Papers, pamphlets, notes, newspaper clippings
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2Q7 "Deed to 400 Acres" (1780)
Cleveland letters, 1926-1941
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2Q8 Directors reports
North Carolina
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2Q9 Cleveland College
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2Q10 Philosophy of Education
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2Q11 Cleveland College
Correspondence, 1960 and miscellany
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2Q12 Bulletin
Clark University (a book about the decennial celebration of the University)
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4N8m Poem by Adler
Drawing by A. E. Ellis
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3J304 Material related to A. Caswell Ellis Memorial Collection on Mental Hygiene, Austin Public Library:
Clippings
Photograph of portrait medallion
Circulars and announcements
Correspondence, 1951-1957, undated
Ellis Memorial Collection Committee announcements and minutes
Book and usage lists
Mailing lists
Appeal for information about A. C. Ellis in Texas Outlook and Houston Post

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At SRH:

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OD1287 Glen Rose Farm house (blueprints)
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3S203 Photographs:
Ellis and classmates at The University of North Carolina
University of North Carolina baseball team, 1893
Faculty at The University of North Carolina or Clark University
Ellis and The University of Texas baseball team, 1901 and undated
Pen and ink drawing of medallion

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