Sometimes when you are working on a large project for archives in a different area of the library you find diamonds in the rough where you least expect them. This edition of, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass”, was a surprise find in the Loyce Adams Graduate Reading Room here on the 4th floor of the Newton Gresham Library.
There is no visible publishing date but an inscription on the inside cover reads, “May Adelaide’s birth days to come be as full of pleasure as was her 10th, Peyton Dec 7th 1913.”
The ten year old Adelaide mentioned in the inscription grew up to be the wife of S. Calhoun Wilson, Jr. who was the son of S. Calhoun Wilson, Sr.
S. Calhoun Wilson, Sr. was the Head of the Sam Houston State Teachers College Department of Agriculture from 1910-1939. S. C. Wilson, Sr. is credited with growing the Sam Houston State Department of Agriculture to one of the largest agriculture departments in the South at the time. He was known as, “The father of vocational agriculture in Texas”. He was also responsible for acquiring large amounts of aid for his department and the university in 1917 under the Smith-Hughes Act.
This book is now a part of the S. C. Wilson Collection in the SHSU University Archives.