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Lula Mullins ETSTC Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: 2008.173

Content Description

This collection consists principally of Lula A. Mullins’ scrapbook, which includes various materials from her four years as a student at East Texas State Teachers College between 1927 and 1930. The scrapbook itself is titled “Leaves of Yesterday”, and was clearly designed and published by Shrewsbury Publishing Co. of Chicago, to be a school scrapbook. While many of the pages were used in the way the publisher intended (for example, the author affixed portrait photographs to a “Portraits” page), many others were not, and still others used blank pages. The scrapbook consists of various media documenting the author’s time at ETSTC, including lists of faculty and friends, newspaper clippings, quotes, performing arts programs, ETSTC event programs and booklets, notes, greeting cards - especially Christmas cards and Valentines, jokes, newspaper advertisements, movie advertisements, photographs, postcards, athletics logos and pennants, letters, ETSTC documents such as schedules, invoices, receipts, and registration cards, cartoons, flyers, tags, tickets, marriage announcements, personal cards, many still in their envelopes, and graduation cards. Also included are various small bits of realia, such as a cork with initials on it, ribbons, and locks of hair. Accompanying the scrapbook is a pouch with photographic prints and negatives, consisting of a series of undated, but fairly modern, photographic prints depicting an elderly woman, presumably the author, with the scrapbook and another woman. The negatives correspond to the same series of photographs.


  • Creation: (inclusive) 1927-circa 2002
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1927-1930

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Lula Mullins was born on a farm near Enloe, Texas on February 23, 1910. She graduated from Enloe High School in May 1926 as Valedictorian. She entered East Texas State Teacher's College in September 1926, and received a 4-year scholarship. She received her Bachelor of Arts in May 1930 with a major in English and a minor in History. She received her Master of Arts from the University of Texas in Austin in 1937. She went on to teach English at many highschools and universities over the state of Texas, including Enloe High School, Athen High School, Hockaday School-Dallas, The University of Texas in Austin and Arlington, Pleasant Grove High School, and South Oak Cliff High School. She served as a counselor at Justin, Kimbell, and South Oak Cliff High schools in Dallas. She holds the literary achievements of two poems published from 1922-1924, a book of poems published (Moods are Moments) in 1934, an article published ("Come Back to Us") in The Texan Outlook in the early forties, and was awarded by the Poetry Society of Texas from 1941-1949. She was a lifelong member of the Poetry Society of Texas, New Era Fellowship Class of Paris, Friends of the Library, Lamar Retired Teachers of Paris, and Dallas Retired Teachers association. She lived in Paris, Texas her last 18 years and passed away in 2003 at 93 years old.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition is unknown

Related Materials

There is an Oral History Record for Lula Mullins, OH164.

Condition Description

Fairly good. The newsprint shows the most decay, although some other materials (such as envelopes) are torn or otherwise damaged on occasion. Note also that some envelopes were affixed to the pages in such a way that they are either difficult or impossible to open and access the contents of without potentially damaging them.

Lula Mullins ETSTC Scrapbook Collection Finding Aid
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Repository Details

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