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Annie Virginia Sanders Research Collection

Identifier: A-0094

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of personal correspondence, notes, programs, accounts, souvenirs, religious materials, bills, receipts, and miscellaneous personal mementoes of Virgie Sanders. Also included are newspaper clippings about Virgie Sanders. The collection includes items about Nacogdoches history, Texas history, and the Texas Centennial. Topics about Nacogdoches include historic trees, the Old Nacogdoches University, businesses, historical markers, the Old Stone Fort, the Nacogdoches Opera House, West Nacogdoches Institute, the Hill School, and the Stone Fort Rifles. Biographical information about Texans such as Sam Houston, Dan Moody, James E. and Miriam Ferguson and Gustine Courson Weaver is included. The collection contains information about theatre and music within and outside Texas. Other items include correspondence and a yearbook of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, miscellaneous pictures of historic figures and local people, non-Texas biographies, and corporate and government pamphlets and brochures. Seven scrapbooks are included in the collection relating to the Texas Centennial Nacogdoches Homecoming, Texas history, Britain's George VI and Queen Elizabeth, World War II, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The collection contains several special editions of the DAILY SENTINEL including two Historical Editions, a 1936 "Homecoming Edition," and a "Gateway to Texas" Celebration Edition.


  • 1896-1973


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Miss Annie Virginia (Virgie) Sanders (Jan. 11, 1882-Sept. 30, 1966) lived in the city of Nacogdoches all of her life. She was the daughter of William Toombs and Amanda Eugenia Burk Sanders. Miss Sanders' adult life was dedicated to the task of preserving, recording, and using Nacogdoches' wealth of history. Miss Sanders organized the first Nacogdoches Historical Society, from which the Nacogdoches Historical Commission developed. As the organization's president for many years, Miss Sanders promoted the reconstruction of the Old Stone Fort, the Centennial Celebration in 1936 and other efforts. One of her dreams was the restoration of the Old Nacogdoches University, but she was unable to take an active part in the work because of her health. Miss Sanders made several scrapbooks using articles and information about certain political figures and historic events. Some people associated with Miss Sanders were her sister, Mrs. Roscoe Perry of Lufkin and three brothers, I. D. Sanders of Jasper, P. A. Sanders of Nacogdoches, and Eugene Sanders of Austin. ("Miss Sanders Dies Friday." Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel 1 Oct. 1960: p. A1).


14.50 Cubic Feet


The bulk of the collection (291 items) is described in 35 folders and housed in three clamshell boxes. The remainder of the collection (20 items) is housed in four oversize boxes.

Related Materials

Nacogdoches Historical Society, B-0028.

Guide to the Annie Virginia Sanders Research Collection
Emily Kerr
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository