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Title: Green Jackets CollectionAdd to your cart.
ID: 02/23/ U0459
Extent: 29.0 Boxes


This collection documents the activities of the Green Jackets, a service organization on the University of North Texas campus.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection contains the original members books, scrapbooks, photographs, and artifacts (primarily the beanies and green jackets the members wore) and material from the 2008 Green Jackets Reunion.

Collection Historical Note

President Bruce hire Beulah Harriss in 1914.  She was the first woman hired to work in the Physical Education Department. She taught and coached both men and women. “Miss Harriss had gained respect early at North Texas after her initial “proving” period. “I had three strikes against me – I was a damn Yankee, I was young and I put the girls’ basketball team in bloomers.” [Denton Record Chronicle, 1977-11-04]

In 1926, Ms. Harriss founded the Green Jackets, a women’s service organization at North Texas. The group was modeled after the Orange Jackets of the University of Texas. Ms. Harriss served as the faculty advisor for four decades.

The original organization was for women only.  The membership was came from the best of the women in other organizations on campus.  Membership was by invitation only.  Members served the campus by greeting students, working registration, attending sporting events, and helping at functions and dances on campus.

The organization faded out during the late 1970s, but returned in the 2000s as a service organization open to both men and women. Today’s Green Jackets assist the UNT vice president for student affairs. The members lead tours, help with campus events, and make campus a friendlier place for students.

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:

Portions of this collection are stored off-site and require a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use. Boxes 13-26, Box 2016-2018, 2018a, 2018b and 2018c are housed in the Special Collections Department. Items in Series 4 are available in The Portal to Texas History.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 1996-021, 2002-011, 2008-012, 2008-019, 2008-029, 2008-030, 2008-032, 2009-002, 2009-005, 2009-007, 2009-010, 2009-013, 2009-017, 2009-041, 2009-045, 2010-044, 2017-054
Acquisition Source: Various alumni
Acquisition Method: Gifts
Related Materials: Beulah Harriss Papers, 1932-1951
Preferred Citation: Green Jackets Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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