[Tyler, Tx. 1937]. 64pp. Original brown textured cloth with blindstamped longhorn and date below a central oval raised title device printed in gilt. Minor rubbing and edge wear, long split to rear joint, shorter split to front joint, corners worn. Hinges mostly detached but holding, moderate foxing, dampstain along bottom margin throughout. Good. Item #4628
A rare yearbook for the year 1937 from Texas College, an Historically Black College and University in Tyler, Texas. The book contains the requisite sections in most yearbooks: photographic campus views, photos of administration and college staff, images and information on the student body divided by classes, and sections featuring scenes of the school's athletics (including a two-page spread on the Texas Steers football team), group shots of fraternity, student council, and other club activities, with the final page devoted to a group portrait of the yearbook's editorial staff. The final seven pages are comprised of advertisements for local businesses and organizations, including the Palace Theatre ("Exclusive Colored"), the local Grand Lodge of Colored Knights of Pythias, and The Dallas Informer (an African-American newspaper). Logos blindstamped on the rear cover indicate the binding was produced in Dallas and the text was printed in Shreveport. Just a single copy of any Texas College Texan yearbook appears in OCLC, a copy of the 1942 edition at the Dallas Public Library. A rare surviving record of African-American educational life in Jim Crow East Texas.