Joseph William "Dad" Pender Papers, 1925-1958Add to your cart.

By Perri Hamilton

Collection Overview

Title: Joseph William "Dad" Pender Papers, 1925-1958Add to your cart.
ID: 02/17/ U0499
Primary Creator: Joseph William Pender (1876-1969)
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Date Acquired: 00/00/2014
Languages: English


The materials in the Joseph William “Dad” Pender Papers reflect his life and work.  These include testimonial letters, publications and photographs concerning his leadership as a professor, in his church, as a coach, and as a member of the masons.  The materials primarily date from 1925 to 1960.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The bulk of the contents of this collection were publications that were presented to J. W. “Dad” Pender from individuals or groups that wished to thank him for his support, scholarship and leadership.  The remainder of the collection is made up of testimonial letters and a small collection of photographs.

Biographical Note

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A native of Gilmer, Upshur County, Texas, Joseph William Pender received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Grayson College in Whitewright, Texas. He earned his Master of Arts degree from Baylor University in government and political science.  He married Miss Maude Hardison in 1900 in Paris, Texas. “Dad” Pender served on the faculty of UNT for 34 years beginning in 1912.  He is credited with the establishment of intercollegiate athletics at the university.  He use his athletes to clear a briar filled pasture for the first football field, located on what is now the library mall.  He coached the football, track, tennis and baseball teams. In 1920, he organized the first Athletic Council at UNT.  He also directed the band from 1915 to 1921.  He is also known as the founder of the government (political science) department.  In 1925, he was named as the head of the Government Department and served in that position until his retirement in 1946.  “Dad” Pender was a lifetime member of the Texas State Teachers Association. He was also a member of Pi Gamma Mu, a social science honorary fraternity; the American Political Science Association; the Kiwanis Club; and the Denton Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Pender was a member of the Masons.  He served of head of each of the four Masonic bodies in Denton: the Blue Lodge, the Royal Arch Chapter, the Royal Select Masons and the Commandery. He was Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas in 1932 and Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas in 1939. Pender was a 32nd degree mason, and a member of the Moslah Shrine Temple at Fort Worth later in life.

Joseph William Pender died in 1969 at the age of 93.

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 Archives and Rare Books 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 Archives
Acquisition Source: Tranfer within the UNT Libraries
Acquisition Method: Transfer
Related Materials: Clippings in the UNT clippings file.
Preferred Citation: Joseph William "Dad" Pender Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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  • Series 1: PublicationsAdd to your cart.

    • Box 1: PublicationsAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access

      Barcode: 642219
      • Item 1: Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version, 1952Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A bible that was given to J. W. "Dad" Pender and is inscribed,

        “Presented to J. W. “Dad” Pender, Sunday School Teacher, By: the Ministers

                    Association of Denton, Texas, September 30th 1952, Nation-wide

                    Observance of the publishing of The Revised Standard Version of the Holy

                    Bible In recognition of his Christian Service to this Community.”

      • Item 2: The Holy Bible: The Scofield Reference Bible, 1945Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        This bible was given to J. W. "Dad" Pender with a typed note taped inside that reads,

        “Christmas 1953. To Our Beloved

                    Teacher, “Dad” Pender.  We give you this book, “The Holy Bible”, as a token

                    of your love and affection for you, and appreciation of your services as “Our

                    Teacher”, for these many years.

                    As you read it and study its meaning for us, and bring us your

                    interpretations for our good, we pray for you that your life may be spared

                    for many years that you may continue your good work in this community as

                    a messenger of Jesus love to us.

        With our love and best wishes to you, and yours, we are, Yours sincerely,

        Business Mens Bible Class.”

      • Item 3: Grand Chapter of Texas R. A. M., 1939Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        This book documents the acitivies of the Masons in the late 1930s.  It has an incription that reads,

        “Presented to my warm personal friend and co-laborer for his invaluable

                    aid during my year as GHP [Grand High Priest].  I appreciate you for your

                    assistance; I respect you for your ability; I honor you for your achievements;

                    I value and cherish you for your friendship; and I love you for yourself and

                    for your filial devotion.  Sincerely, Joe W. Pender, Sr. _____  “Dad” “

                    “Sincerely of aims, Joe W. Pender, Sr. “Dad” Grand High Priest Grand

                    Chapter of Texas, 1939."

      • Item 4: The Legal Aspect of School Administration in Texas, 1925Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        The thesis written by Joseph William Pender to fulfill the requirements for his Master of Arts degree at Baylor University.
      • Item 5: J. W. "dad" Pender, 1960Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        A compilation of letters to “Dad” Pender celebrating his life and work and the program for a Testimonial Dinner in Pender’s honor, October 13, 1960; “November 4, 1960, Dear Dad: For my Birthday gift to you on your 85th birthday, I have chosen to present this bound record of written expressions of the love, respect, admiration and enduring regard in which you are held by _____ your loving friends and contemporaries.  ‘May the Lord bless and keep you, May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.’ Your Sincere Friend, Walter Morrison”
      • Item 6: Syings of Jesus, 1945Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Sayings of Jesus Gathered from the four gospels and printed with decoration by Valenti Angelo; Mount Vernon, The Peter Pauper Press, MCMXL (1940);  “July 11-1945, To my dear “Dad” Pender, one whom I love, from J. Fred Rayzor."
      • Item 7: Nine Circles of The Triangle, 1932Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Nine Circles of the Triangle by William Herschel Bruce, Ph.D., President Emeritus of UNT; Published by the North Texas State Teachers College, 1932; the book is incribed,  “To J. W. Pender with high regards of the author, W. H. Bruce, March 12, 1932.”
      • Folder 8: Auld Lang Sygne, 1958, 1971Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Auld Lang Syne: NTSNC North Texas State Normal College] is a collection of letters testifying to the importance of mother and “Dad” Pender to the writers’ lives.  The book contains a program for the 1971 dedication of the Social Science Building (now Wooten Hall) are included. Photographs were found inside the book and were placed in another folder.
      • Folder 9: Auld Land Synge (2), undatedAdd to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Photograghs that had been placed in the scrapbook Auld Lang Sygne.  They were removed to protect them.  They appear show Joseph William "Dad" Pender throughout his life.  He is seen with a group of fellow Masons in two images.
        Prints: 6
      • Item 10: People and Government by S. B. McAlister [Samuel Bertram McAlister], 1956Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        This book is part of the collection, but has been moved to rare book room storage.  It can be found in the UNT Libraries catalog.
      • Item 11: Milton’s Paradise Lost Illustrated by Gustave Dore, 1884Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        Milton’s Paradise Lost Illustrated by Gustave Dore has this inscription inside:  “To Rev. A. C. Pender from

                    One that loves him. ‘Our faith is in the hands of God, Why should we doubt

                    out fear? Our Father’s heart will never cause His child a needless tear.’ O. A.


        This book has been been removed and is held in the Rare Book collection.

      • Item 12: Foot-Prints of Time: As Revealed in Travel in Europe, Egypt, Syria, and Palestine             By J. N. Rayzor [James Newton Rayzor], 1927Add to your cart. Request Reading Room Access Request Duplication Services

        This book has the inscription, “To my good Deacon brother,J. W. Pender, J. W. Rayzor, Jan. 20th, 1927.”  This book has been placed in the Special Collection's book collection.
  • Series 2: Personal DocumentsAdd to your cart.

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