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East Texas State Normal College Collection

Identifier: 2008.197-C

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a single series documenting the history of East Texas State Normal College: Series I. Newspaper. It aAlso includes an individual file for Cadman Choral Club and commencement programs.


  • 1920, undated

Conditions Governing Use

Items in this collection are protected by applicable copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

East Texas State Normal College (ETSNC) was the name of the university now known as Texas A&M University–Commerce from its acquisition by the State of Texas in 1917 to its renaming as East Texas State Teachers College in 1923. In the context of the college's significant institutional debt, a pressing need for repairs to campus facilities, and American entry into World War I, Randolph B. Binnion, the Assistant State Superintendent of Public Instruction, was selected as its second president in July 1917. Among Binnion's first accomplishments in office were enlarging the faculty and repairing the physical plant. Despite having an enrollment of just 234 when it reopened as a public school in 1917, by 1922 ETSNC was the second best attended normal college in the state.

The late 1910s and early 1920s were an era of marked conservatism at ETSNC, as all prospective faculty members were asked whether they danced or belonged to a church, while the school viewed itself as a surrogate parent for students in line with the principle of in loco parentis. Nonetheless, student life developed during this period, which saw the formation of student government in addition to ample opportunities for students to attend lectures and concerts as well as participate in extracurricular organizations. ETSNC also became known for its low costs as its reputation for quality grew, exemplified by the fact that the Cleveland, Ohio, school board offered to hire its "entire output of teachers" in 1920.


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All materials ordered first alphabetically by topic 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 Mayo Family Collection (2008.197-A), East Texas Normal College Collection (2008.197-B), 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).

East Texas State Normal College Collection
Michael Barera
July 17, 2017
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Repository Details

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