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Lester C. Harling Papers

Identifier: A-0104

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of a typed manuscript on the causes of World War I by Prof. Harling, newspaper clippings, and some honorary materials, including a certificate signed by Gov. Allan Shivers and Secretary of State John Ben Shepperd making Harling an Honorary Admiral in the Texas Navy. There is a mock-court martial from Harling's veterans association in Leon Springs protesting Harling's "fraudulent enlistment in the Navy" while still a PFC in the U. S. Army. There is also information on Mrs. Harling, especially about her being stranded with a tour in Russia while traveling through Asia in 1962.


  • 1927-1977


Language of Materials

The collection is in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.

Biographical or Historical Information

Lester C. Harling, son of Jannie Litton and John Eldred Harling, was born On April 25, 1889 in Elgin, Texas. He was a veteran of World War I and held a Bachelor of Arts from University of Texas and a Master of Arts from Columbia University. He taught at the Bell County schools, Cleburne High School, the Masonic Home at Fort Worth, and Midland College before coming to Stephen F. Austin State College in 1925 to join the history faculty. In 1936 he married Thelma Jagoe, who was head of the Women's Physical Education Department at the time and originally from Owensboro, Kentucky. Harling retired from teaching in 1946 and died in Nacogdoches on May 23, 1961.


0.20 Cubic Feet


This collection consists of 10 items described in four folders and one oversize bundle. The folders are housed with other collections in a clamshell box.

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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository