Happy Holidays To All BearKats!

xmas-1974The Sam Houston State University Archives would like to wish all BearKats a Happy Holiday and a great New Year!

This cover is from The Alumnus, the Alumni Magazine of Sam Houston State University, December 1974 issue.┬áHere in the Archives we refer to it as the “Elvis” cover. This image was used for the next two December issues of The Alumnus.

SHSU University Archives would like all BearKats to make a New Year’s resolution to visit the University Archives and say Hi!

Be happy, be safe, see you next year!

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Camels, Pyramids, and the Sphinx: A look inside a WWII scrapbook to celebrate Veterans Day!

Vet Day 1941

Veterans Day is Wednesday, November 11, 2015. Thank you to all our veterans for keeping American safe and free.

Sam Houston State University has a long history of men and women joining the armed services in times of war and peace. From the Spanish-American War to the current conflicts Sam Houston State students and alumni have always stepped up to do their duty.

The above photograph and letter comes from a page out of a scrapbook of World War II newspaper clippings and photographs that relates to Sam Houston State Teachers College students, faculty, staff, and Walker County community members who served during the war. This oversize scrapbook has no information as to who gathered the materials or created the scrapbook.

The young man on the far right camel is Lt. John H. Jenkins who graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College in August 1941 with a Bachelor of Science degree. This photograph was taken in Egypt as evident from the camels, pyramid, and the Sphinx in the background. It too has an unknown date and photographer.

To see more of this scrapbook and other items relating to veterans come visit the SHSU University Archives, room 400, Newton Gresham Library. The archives are open M-F, 8-5.