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Arthur Robertson Letter

 File — Box: Small Collections 2
Identifier: 2015.13

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises one letter written by Arthur Robertson in 2005. The letter includes recollections of his memories of East Texas State College (ETSC) from 1957-1961 along with information about his personal life.

Regarding his time as a student, Robertson provides information about the various student religious groups on campus, including the Baptist Student Center, the Church of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and the Wesley Student Foundation. Robertson discusses racial segregation at the university and in Commerce, as it related to Black and Hispanic students. He notes the different dining options available in Commerce and discusses the City Café. He also notes that Hunt County was “dry” and did not allow liquor sales.


  • Creation: 2005


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Biographical / Historical

Arthur Autrey Robertson was born circa 1939 to John and Thelma Autrey Robertson. He attended East Texas State College (ETSC) from 1957-1961 and double majored in English and Spanish. Following his graduation from ETSC, Robertson taught at various schools. While teaching in Post, Texas, his superintendent was Barry Thompson, who later served as chancellor for the Texas A&M University system.

In 1965 Roberston achieved his Masters in German from Texas Christian University. He taught Spanish at Odessa College through 1969 and encountered many ETSU alumni during his time there. Starting in 1969 and through the 1970s, Robertson studied German at the University of Texas at Arlington. In the 1970s he began teaching Spanish at Tarrant County College. In the 1980s Robertson stopped teaching and worked in a variety of jobs, including as a translator.


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Custodial History

Originally sent to the Alumni Association on December 12, 2005, forwarded to President Jones in 2015, forwarded to University Archives later that year.

Josephine Rickman
September 30, 2021
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, Waters Library, Texas A&M University-Commerce Repository