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University History: Event: Integration


Integration of SWT, February 1963

The story of integration at Texas State -- then Southwest Texas State College - is summarized in an upcoming digital exhibition.  It is not a simple story, as it involved a judge's order because school was founded in the Texas legislature as a school for white teachers.  Five young women simply wanted a chance to go to the college of their choice - and ended up making history.

Evidence in the archives shows that the college was preparing for the worst, given what happened at other schools ... but fortunately for everyone involved, the women were able to register and attend classes without violence or protests. For years we did not think there were any photographs of the event; Dr. Flowers stated clearly that he wanted the students to have as normal a college experience as possible.  Thus, the Archives was surprised to discover these images in a box of unidentified negatives from the 1960s.

To tell this story for class, we recommend telling the story about the students registering for classes in the Main Building. This ties the story to one location and allows you to focus on a specific set of facts.  (Telling the entire story of integration is far too big for this project.)

Contact Information

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University Archives

Alkek Library, Room 580


Research by appointment

Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm


The University Archives is physically located on the 5th floor of the Alkek Library.  In-person and virtual research assistance is generally available Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm (excluding holidays and energy conservation days). 


Research appointments are required for in-person research to allow time for retrieval of offsite materials, to reserve research space, and to allow staff to sanitize the space between researchers.  Walk-in assistance is dependent on staff and space availability, as researchers with appointments are given priority.  Masks are encouraged. 


To request virtual or in-person assistance, please Ask an Archivist