01/AR0088 Guide to the Dawson Letters Collection Dawson Letters Collection Finding Aid Authors: Amanda Montgomery.

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Guide to the Dawson Letters Collection 1907/1912 University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Dawson Letters Collection 1907-1912 01/AR0088 Dawson Family. Dawson, Jake. 1.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
The handwritten letters of members of the Dawson family from their time at Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas).
Administrative History:

On September 16, 1890, Joshua Crittenden Chilton formed the Texas Normal College and Teacher Training Institute in Denton, Texas, with 70 students in its inaguaral class. In 1891, the school was designated as a formal institution of education comprised of teachers and prospective teachers. In 1893, the school changed its name to North Texas Normal College and began issuing state teaching certifications under the authorization of Texas State Legislature. By 1901, the North Texas Normal School established itself as a specialized training school for teachers and educators. In 1913, the school developed a training (demonstration) school, which equipped students with experience and practice teaching under expert guidance and direction.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Genre/Form of Material: Letters (correspondence) Geographic Name: Denton (Tex.) Topical Term: Denton County (Tex.)--History
Administrative Information Acquisition Information:

Transferred to Archives from the Historical Collection in 1986.

Conditions Governing Use:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Conditions Governing Access:

This collection is not restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Dawson Letters Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

The collection materials are arranged in folders by the names of the three male members of the Dawson family who wrote the letters.

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 13 handwritten letters and their transcriptions from the following members of the Dawson family: Jake, Jesse L., also known as Jess or J.L, and Arch. Jake Dawson wrote three letters to his family while he attended Texas Normal College. Jesse L. Dawson wrote letters to his father and mother and Arch Dawson wrote to family members while he attended Texas Normal College from 1910 to 1912. The collection also includes some of the envelopes in which the letters were mailed. The collection gives insight into the lives of students at Texas Normal College at the beginning of the 20th century.

Detailed List of Contents id5299 2725 5000005286 id5300 2725 1 Envelope 1907-1912 Scope and Contents

Includes a note on the envelope that states "transcript"/ "Dawson letters" / "written by boy while in this college" / "1907-1912"

id5301 2725 2 Envelope undated Scope and Contents

Includes the statement "Bulletin"/ "of the" / " North Texas State Teachers College" / " Teachers College Station" / " Denton, Texas" / "Entered as Second-Class Mail Matter August 18,1903". It states the words "#459", "Dawson Letter Archives".

id5302 2725 3 Jake Dawson wrote to Homer Dawson 1907 November 1 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5303 2725 4 Jake Dawson wrote to Dawson Household 1907 November 17 Scope and Contents

Includes the handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5304 2725 5 Jake Dawson wrote to folks 1907 December 1 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5305 2725 6 Jess Dawson wrote to folks 1908 January 6 Scope and Contents

Includes the handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5306 2725 7 Jess Dawson wrote to his mother undated Scope and Contents

Includes the handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5307 2725 8 Jess Dawson wrote to his mother 1908 February 1 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5308 2725 9 Envelope sent to J.L Dawson 1908 February 16 id5309 2725 10 J.L. Dawson wrote to folks 1908 March 30 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5310 2725 11 J.L. Dawson wrote to folks 1908 April 11 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5311 2725 12 J.L. Dawson wrote to his father 1908 May 23 Scope and Contents

Includes the handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5312 2725 13 Arch Dawson wrote to folks undated Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5314 2725 14 Arch Dawson wrote to folks 1910 April 13 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5315 2725 15 Arch Dawson wrote to Homer Dawson 1910 April 21 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5325 2725 16 Arch Dawson wrote to his brother 1911 June 16 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5326 2725 17 Arch Dawson wrote to his brother 1911 April 13 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5327 2725 18 Arch Dawson wrote to folks 1911 December 15 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5328 2725 19 Arch Dawson wrote to his mother 1912 March 29 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.

id5329 2725 20 Arch Dawson wrote to his mother 1912 April 4 Scope and Contents

Includes the envelope, handwritten letter and the document of the transcribed letter.