Howard Payne University Catalogs

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Howard Payne University Catalogs
  • Title: Catalogue: Howard Payne College (later Howard Payne University)
  • Date range: 1891-
  • Number of volumes and linear feet: 4 archival envelopes containing single issues; 23 bound vols. Linear feet:
  • Language: English
  • Collection description:
  • Name Annual Catalogue Howard Payne College
  • Variant titles:
  • Howard Payne College Annual
  • Howard Payne Catalogue
  • Howard Payne Catalog
  • Howard Payne University Annual Bulletin

Access and Provenance. The catalogue has been published on an annual basis by Howard Payne's administration since at least 1891. Beginning in 2005, the university began issuing a biennial catalogue with annual updates, thus the first biennial issue is 2005-2007.

Owner of literary rights. Howard Payne University is the sole owner of literary rights to the Catalogues. Any questions concerning literary rights should be addressed to the library director of Walker Memorial Library, Howard Payne University. Address is 1000 Fisk Ave., Brownwood, Texas, 76801. Phone number: 325-649-8602.

Access statement. Current university catalogues are available from the Howard Payne University Admissions Office. Copies from the last four to six years are kept on reserve, for reference in the library. Copies are bound every four years, and the bound editions are housed in the library archival collection. The bound editions are available only by special request. The library also has duplicate copies of some later issues. Contact the Howard Payne University Admissions office or the university librarian for further information.

Collection Sketch. The Howard Payne catalogue is an annual publication describing the campus location, statement of purpose and beliefs, faculty and staff, types of courses and degrees offered, boarding facilities, and campus organizations. The earliest known copy is from 1891. The issues from 1891 through 1923-24 contain a few black and white photographs of the campus, early Brownwood homes and businesses, student groups, and faculty members, plus a roster of both current students and recent alumni (1891-1954): thus providing an early pictorial and narrative history that was only later taken up by the yearbooks. The title varies slightly from year to year. The cover title, beginning with the 1913-1914 issue for example, begins as "Howard Payne College Bulletin, Vol. 1, number 4". The numbering inconsistencies were later discontinued in favor of the catalogue volume and date, but the cover title continued through the 1988-89 issue. Vol. 64, 1952-53 through vol. 84, 1972-73 were issued jointly by Howard Payne College and Daniel Baker College (which consolidated with Howard Payne in 1953).

In 1975-76, the name of the issuing body was changed from Howard Payne College to Howard Payne University. Issues from the early 1980's to the present have colored photographs on the covers, as well as black and white photographs scattered throughout. However, unlike the earliest issues, the individuals in the photographs are not identified. In 2005 the university began issuing the catalogue biennially, with annual supplemental updates.

The library collection lacks issues for the following years: 1893/94, 1894/95, 1904/1905, 1905/1906, 1915/1916, 1916/1917, 1917/1918, 1921/1922, 1922/1923, 1941/42.

Scope and content range. Briefly: Issues 1891-present. Missing issues: 1893, 1894, 1904-05, 1905-06, 1915-1916, 1916-1917, 1917-1918, 1921-1922, 1922-1923, 1941-42 (no catalogue was published in 1941/42).

Contents of early volumes include black and white photographs of students and faculty, class rosters of students, lists of recent alumni, as well as descriptions of the campus, courses offered, housing, statement of purpose and beliefs, etc. There are also some black and white photographs of early Brownwood homes and businesses. Later issues include brief histories of the school, including Daniel Baker College, which merged with Howard Payne College in the early 1950's. From the 1970's on, the volumes include more detailed descriptions of departments and courses of study, with colored photographs of campus buildings on the covers and unidentified black and white photographs of various students involved in campus classes and activities.

Subject Tracings:

  • Howard Payne College (Brownwood, Tex.) - Catalogue
  • Howard Payne University (Brownwood, Tex.) - Catalogue
  • Daniel Baker College (Brownwood, Tex.)
  • Brownwood (Tex.) - Buildings, structures, etc. - 19th century.