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Nacogdoches Historical Society Records

Identifier: B-0028

Scope and Contents

The collection includes minutes, correspondence, newspaper clippings and stationery of the original Historical Society. Other items include reports on sales and distribution of the Nacogdoches Historical Pamphlet; a list of major accomplishments, 1934-1937; a history of the Society by Miss Virgie Sanders; membership cards; a 1937 program; and invitations. Three items relating to the reorganized Society are contained in the collection. Scrapbooks from 1934-1948 were compiled by Miss Virgie Sanders and include membership cards, newspaper clippings and correspondence.


  • Creation: 1934-1969

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Nacogdoches Historical Society was formed in April 1934 to rebuild the Stone Fort and to translate many of the existing records from the old Spanish into present day English, as well as to perpetuate many of the historical spots of Nacogdoches. The Society received its charter from the State of Texas Historical Society in August 1935. Miss Virgie Sanders was the first president and the Society accomplished a great deal: the publication of a 24-page illustrated historical pamphlet, "Nacogdoches, Texas Centennial, 1716-1936; the building and dedication of the Stone Fort Replica in 1936; the marking of all historic spots and shrines in Nacogdoches; and organizing a Nacogdoches Homecoming celebration for the Texas Centennial on May 25, 1936. In 1939, Miss Sanders wrote several letters as president of the Society to arouse public interest in the preservation of the Old Nacogdoches University Building. The historical pamphlet "Nacogdoches, Texas Centennial, 1716-1936" was revised and reprinted in 1940. The Nacogdoches Historical Society disbanded in 1941. Miss Sanders was the last president of the group and continued to correspond on behalf of the Nacogdoches Historical Society throughout World War II. In a 1945 letter, Miss Sanders mentioned that the Society had discontinued their meetings until the post-war period. The Nacogdoches Historical Society was reorganized in September 1956 with Mrs. Garland Roark as president. The Society designated the restoration and preservation of the Old Nacogdoches University Building as its first goal.


3.50 Cubic Feet

Language of Materials



This collection consists of 14 folders housed in one clamshell box, one scrapbook in a clamshell box, and four scrapbooks in oversize boxes.

Related Materials

Annie Virginia Sanders Research. ETRC Personal and Family Collections, number A-0094.

Guide to the Nacogdoches Historical Society Records
Emily Kerr, 1982
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository