Huston-Tillotson

Annual catalog of Lincoln University, 1917

This catalog of Lincoln University from 1917 records Harry Washington Greene, future Dean of Sam Huston, as a graduate cum laude and recipient of special honors in Classics. After Lincoln, Greene would go on to be a member of the Classics Society at Yale University.

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Photograph of Harry Washington Greene from Huston-Tillotson yearbook, The Dragon, 1928

Harry Washington Greene served as dean of Sam Huston (1922-28) before a brief tenure as dean at Prairie View State College (1928-30). He would go on to have a long career as director of the School of Education at West Virginia State College.

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Curriculum from 1940 Samuel Huston College course catalog

This curriculum from 1940 shows Latin still on the books, though the Chair of the Languages and Literatures Division, O. T. Smallwood, specialized in English and no Latin faculty are explicitly mentioned in the document.

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Letter from Samuel Huston College President, Stanley E. Grannum, to state education official

In this letter, Stanley E. Grannum, President of Sam Huston, argues in favor of eliminating the college’s foreign language requirement, noting the general trend at other institutions. While the letter explicitly mentions the continuing availability of languages as an elective, there is no mention of Latin or other ancient languages.

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Curriculum from 1942 Samuel Huston College course catalog

This 1942 course catalog, a year after Grannum’s letter, shows the continuing teaching of English, French, and Spanish. By contrast with the catalog from 1940, Latin and German are now conspicuous by their absence. This marks the end of Lovinggood’s aspirations for the classical course, 25 years after his death. 

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“Tillotson College from 1930-1940, A Study of the Total Institution”, 1940

Author: Jones, William H.

This Tillotson course syllabus on the “History of Civilization” surveys a remarkably broad range of cultures, including not only Greek and Roman antiquity but also Indian, Chinese, Byzantine, Persian, and Arabic history. The provision of this course along with classical language instruction introduced students in the 1930s to global premodernity.

Courtesy of the Huston-Tillotson University, Downs-Jones Library Archives and Special Collections

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