Reta Scott Garrett Papers

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Scope and Content Note

This collection contains the certificates, honories, and publications Reta Scott Garrett accumulated over the course of her teaching career. It also contains many of her own personal writings and some photographs of her.

Biographical Note

Reta Scott Garrett (1888-1979) was born in Denton, Texas and was a member at University Church of Christ. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harding College in 1928 and a masters from Texas State College for Women in 1933. In addition, she was head of the Modern Language at Tarleton State College in 1928. She also attended the University of Georgia in 1941. She taught English and Spanish at Harding College from 1928-1932 and English at Abilene Christian College from 1935-1958. She also served as Dean of women at ACU from 1940-1942. After retiring from teaching she spent two years in Oklahoma City as the director of the English Department with Central Christian College (now Oklahoma Christian University). She was a member of the national English fraternity, Sigma Tau Delta and was on the state and national councils of Teachers of English. She was also a member of the American Association of University Women. She authored two books of poetry, My Children, in 1935 and Dream Smoke, in 1937.

Donor Note



This collection has retained its original arrangement since it was initially accessioned into the University Manuscripts. However, it has been reboxed.

Content List

Box #1 List of item level descriptions Yearbooks from Harding College, Morrilton, Arkansas (The Petit Jean) Volume 6, 1930 Volume 8, 1932 Gradebook for English class, 1959-1960 Black, loose leaf notebook of Reta Scott Garrett’s personal writings Copy of the Pickwicker, published by the Pickwickian Club of Abilene Christian College, Fall 1937, Volume 5, personal note to student Three photographs of Reta Scott Garrett as a young adult, 1958, and 1971 Photocopy of Reta S. Garrett’s Master of Arts diploma from the College of Industrial Arts, Texas State College for Women, August 29, 1933 Certificates from the International Mark Twain Society, Saint Louis Missouri, certifying that Reta Scott Garrett is an honorary member, 1945 and 1947 Materials from the International Mark Twain Society Abilene Christian College certificate honoring Ashbury Bratten Morris, May 3, 1969 Photocopy of Reta Scott Garrett’s obituary, June 26, 1979 Collection of handwritten and typed poems Copy of the Pickwicker, 1953, Volume 23, with personal notes Southwester, Volume 1, Number 6, January, 1936 Contains Reta Scott Garrett’s poem “The New Year” “Light After Darkness” original manuscript


Church of Christ--Texas (Abilene)



Extent of Collection

One Box

Manuscript Number

Center for Restoration Studies Manuscript #363

Physical Location

Center for Restoration Studies

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Finding Aid created by

Sarah Dannemiller


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