Dawson Letters Collection, 1907-1912Add to your cart.

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Collection Overview

Title: Dawson Letters Collection, 1907-1912Add to your cart.
ID: 01/ AR0088
Primary Creator: Dawson Family.
Other Creators: Dawson, Jake.
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The collection materials are arranged in folders by the names of the three male members of the Dawson family who wrote the letters.
Forms of Material: Letters (correspondence)
Languages: English


The handwritten letters of members of the Dawson family from their time at Texas Normal College (now the University of North Texas).

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Collection Historical Note

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.

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Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

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

Physical Access Note:

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

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Acquisition Method: Transferred to Archives from the Historical Collection in 1986.
Preferred Citation: Dawson Letters Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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