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Mayo Family Collection

Identifier: 2008.197-A

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two series documenting the history of the W. L. Mayo family: Series I. General family history and Series II. Individual family members. Series I. consists of correspondence, documents, family trees, newspaper, notes, and photographs and negatives relating to the family generally or as a whole. Series II. consists of sub-series on the Mayo family members Henry Charles Booth, Aileen Mayo, Beatrix "Trixie" Mayo (Thompkins), Booth Mayo, Douglas Mayo, Gladys Mayo (del Busto), Henrietta "Etta" Booth Mayo, Margaret Melba Mayo, Marion Seymour Mayo, Porter Mayo, Stephen Liebling Mayo, T. D. Mayo, William "Bill" Mayo, William Leonidas Mayo, Aileen Tuck Stone, and Avery Booth Stone.


  • 1880-1987, undated

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

William L. Mayo was born in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, in 1861, and was educated at Prestonsburg Seminary, Cedar Bluff Academy in Virginia, and Central Normal College in Indiana. He had worked as a teacher and principal at Cedar Bluff Academy and in Denver, Pecan Gap, and Cooper by 1889. In 1889, Mayo founded East Texas Normal College (ETNC) in Cooper as a private teachers' college. He served as the president of the institution from its foundation until his unexpected death from a heart attack in 1917.

In 1891, Mayo married Henrietta "Etta" Booth, a fellow ETNC instructor and native of Tennessee who was born in Crocket County in 1869 and had studied at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Together, they had eight children: Gladys, Douglas, Booth, Marion Seymour, Aileen, William Leonidas, Jr., Stephen Liebling, and Margaret Melba, all of whom except William Leonidas, Jr. (who died shortly after being born) are documented in this collection. Etta Booth Mayo died in Greenville in 1918.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



After being split into series entitled "General family history" and "Individual family members," all materials are ordered first alphabetically by topic or subject and then chronologically.

Separated Materials

Originally interfiled with the other materials from the ETNC and W.L. Mayo Artificial Collection (2008.197), which have been removed into seven separate collections: the East Texas Normal College Collection (2008.197-B), East Texas State Normal College Collection (2008.197-C), East Texas State Teachers College Collection (2008.197-D), East Texas State University History Collection (2008.197-E), Mayo Memorial Collection (2008.197-F), Northeast Texas Church History Collection (2008.197-G), and Commerce Independent School District Collection (2008.197-H).

Mayo Family Collection
Michael Barera
July 17, 2017
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Repository Details

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