The 1965 relay team. Track began at the university in 1955, and it was the first sport integrated on campus. Robert Mallard, the African American student shown here, was the first African American athlete at MTSU
Relay racing; Track and field; African American athletes; College integration; College sports; Middle Tennessee State University
Saunders Fine Arts Building was built in 1959 (Wheeler, architect; Melson, contractor). Named in honor of E. Mai Saunders who began teaching music at Middle Tennessee State Normal School in 1911 and retired from the institution in 1955.
Arts facilities; College buildings; Middle Tennessee State College; Middle Tennessee State University
Blanche Cook McClure was in high school when the U.S. entered World War II and attended Middle Tennessee State Teachers College during the war years. Click the links in the Audio Clips field to listen to three excerpts of an oral history interview...
McClure, Blanche Cook; Women college students; Middle Tennessee State Teachers College; Middle Tennessee State College; United States. Army Air Forces. College Training Detachment, 11th; World War, 1939-1945
Mrs. Betty McComas, Director of Nursing Education, holding a copy of The Health Careers Subcommittee: Organization, Function. A handwritten note in the top, right corner of the manual reads "Nursing Education Office, Do Not Remove." In the...
McComas, Betty; Nursing--Study and teaching; United States. Army Nurse Corps; Military nursing; Nurses; Medical education; Middle Tennessee State Teachers College; Middle Tennessee State College
Excerpts of an oral history with Mary Scales, the first full-time African-American professor at MTSU. Scales shares her memories of campus life as an African-American graduate student at MTSU during the 1960s, the MTSU Upward Bound program, race...
College preparation programs; African American college teachers; African Americans; Race relations; Segregation; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority; Middle Tennessee State University
Two parachutists from a World War II maneuver on June 16, 1943. The following was written on the reverse side: "Pvt P D Hanson, Regt Hq Parachute Bn, Los Angeles Calif adjusts equipment on another chutist just before a mission at Camp Campbell,...
Parachute troops; Military maneuvers; World War, 1939-1945; Fort Campbell (Ky. and Tenn.)
Excerpts of an oral history with Sylvester Brooks, a progressive African-American MTSU student during the 1960s. Brooks shares his memories of MTSU campus life as a minority student during the turbulent 1960s and his advocacy of civil rights
African Americans; African American college students; Segregation; Race relations; Civil Rights; Student government; Forrest, Nathan Bedford, 1821-1877;