Hardin-Simmons University Yearbooks

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Hardin-Simmons University Yearbooks

The Hardin-Simmons University Yearbooks collection includes the Bronco, which includes photos and information about the school, student body, professors, and organizations. The Bronco is preserved as a complete collection for the years 1908-2007, with 1918 being the only year not available due to no publication for that year.

Descriptive Summary.

  • Creator: Hardin-Simmons University
  • Title: The Bronco
  • Dates: 1908-2007
  • Abstract: Annual published by the University as a student organization project beginning in 1908.
  • Collection #: LD2101.H8637 S51X
  • Quantity: 201 volumes (18 linear feet)
  • Language: English
  • Repository: Rupert N. Richardson Research Center of the Southwest, Richardson Library, Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, Texas.

Biographical Sketch. The Abilene Baptist College was established October 1890 in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas to meet the educational needs of males and females of all religious denominations within the Sweetwater Baptist Association. In November 1891, the name was changed to Simmons College as a result of a $5,000 gift by James B. Simmons. Simmons University became its official name in 1925. The generous gift of approximately one million dollars by John G. Hardin was acknowledged in 1934 with an institutional name change to Hardin-Simmons University.

Although the first graduating class held commencement exercises in the spring of 1895, the first Bronco publication was not until 1908. Early Bronco volumes through 1927 were published by the Senior Class; later Bronco editions are published by the student body.

Beginning in 1908, The Bronco has been published annually except for 1918. The 1918 edition was not published due to low enrollment.

The correlation of date to volume number varies; some volume numbers have been skipped (i.e., Volume 6).

Scope and Content. The Bronco is preserved as a complete collection for the years 1908-2007, with 1918 being the only year not available due to no publication for that year. The earliest issues contain photocopy pages tipped in for missing pages to make a complete volume.

Early publications are paper bound, as well as purple suede leather and in fragile condition. Later and current issues are hard bound. Many earlier volumes have been rebound. Beginning in 1916, color images began to be included.

A detailed description for the collection can be found in the ALC On-line Catalog and accessed through the Hardin-Simmons University Richardson Library webpage.

Organization. The collection is housed by Library of Congress Call Numbers with two volumes preserved for each year published and located in the 1891 Legacy Room of the Rupert N. Richardson Research Center in the Richardson Library located on the campus of Hardin-Simmons University.

Restrictions. Hardin-Simmons University is the sole owner of literary rights to The Bronco. Volumes housed in the Research Center are open for research, non-circulating. Circulating copies are located in the Education Library in the Richardson Library.

Index Terms. The subject headings used by the Rupert N. Richardson Research Center of the Southwest are derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings and/or locally developed subject headings.

Subject Terms (LOC)

  • Simmons College (Abilene, Tex.) - The Bronco
  • Simmons University (Abilene, Tex.) - The Bronco
  • Hardin-Simmons University (Abilene, Tex.) - The Bronco

Subjects (Organizations)

  • Abilene Baptist College (1890-1891)
  • Sweetwater Baptist Association
  • Simmons College (1891-1925)
  • Simmons University (1925-1934)
  • Hardin-Simmons University (1934- )

Related Material

  • Hardin-Simmons University, Education Library, Richardson Library, circulating copies: LD2101.H8637 S51X
  • Abilene Christian University, Brown Library, incomplete collection: 371.8 Hardin
  • Abilene Public Library, incomplete collection: G R 976.405 BRO

Administrative Information

  • Preferred Citation: Hardin-Simmons University, The Bronco, Abilene, Tex.: Hardin-Simmons University, [year].
  • Acquisition: Gifts: alumni, ex-students, and The Bronco.
  • Processed by: HSU Cataloging Librarian