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Rebecca D. Radde papers

A Guide to the Collection


Creator: Radde, Rebecca D.
Title: Rebecca D. Radde papers
Dates: 1911-1982
Dates (Bulk): 1911-1927, 1971-1980
Abstract: The Rebecca D. Radde papers consist of one linear foot of research notes, correspondence, publications and photographs. These items document the research Rebecca D. Radde conducted for the book, Meridian College, which was published by Texian Press in 1979 and Methodists in the Meridian Area (First United Methodist Church), published in 1981.
Accession No: Collection BridArch 3.105
Extent: 1 box (1 linear foot)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Rebecca D. Radde was born Rebecca Doris Dickerson on February 24, 1910, at Caro, Nacogdoches County, Texas. Her parents were John L. Dickerson and Almeda Bell Dickerson. Rebecca Doris Dickerson studied at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1931. Following graduation she taught school in Garden City, Texas. On February 23, 1934, she married Sam Carl Radde. The couple moved to Hill County in 1937, then to a ranch between Meridian and Clifton, Texas, in 1946. They had four children, one daughter and three sons. Some years after moving to Bosque County, Mrs. Radde took up teaching again and taught at Moshelm, Cranfills Gap, and Meridian before retiring in 1975. She died on November 9, 1990.

Always interested in local history, Radde was the author of four books: Bosque Primer: An Introduction to the History of Bosque County; Meridian College; Methodists in the Meridian Area; and From Pomerania to America: The Radde Family. She was also an active member of the Bosque County Historical Commission, Bosque County Museum Board, and was a former member of the Meridian Planning and Zoning Commission.

In the book Meridian College, Radde explores the history of Meridian College located in Bosque County, Texas. Meridian Junior College originated as Meridian Training School and was incorporated in 1907 under the leadership of George F. Campbell, a Methodist pastor who envisioned a school to train ministers and their children. Initially, the school offered classes beginning with kindergarten, but gradually it dropped the first six grades and added two years of college courses. In 1920, Meridian achieved Class A Junior College status, and its name was changed to Meridian Junior College. In addition to the main administration building the college had a dining hall, two dormitories, and a former public school building. Three successive fires put the college in financial straits, and it closed its doors on May 30, 1927.


Handbook of Texas Online, H. Allen Anderson, "Meridian Junior College," accessed October 27, 2017,

"Obituary: Mrs. Sam (Rebecca) Radde." Bosque County News. November, 14, 1990.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Rebecca D. Radde papers comprise one linear foot of publications, photographs, correspondence, and research notes. Most of these documents were generated or collected by Mrs. Radde while she was doing research for her book, Meridian College.

Two folders contain research for another book, Methodists in the Meridian Area (First United Methodist Church).

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection was originally divided between publications and research notes and correspondence. Folders in each series are mostly in their original order with the exception of the photographs. Photographs were dispersed throughout the collection, but were arranged into a series during processing. Within each folder, items are arranged chronologically with undated material placed at the back.
Series 1: Publications, 1911-1980
Series 2: Photographs, 1907-1976
Series 3: Research Notes and Correspondence1916-1982


Access to Collection:

The collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Head of Special Collections of the Bridwell Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Materials Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which Bridwell Library assumes no responsibility.

Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Radde, Rebecca D. -- Meridian College.
Meridian College (Meridian, Tex.) -- History.
Universities and colleges -- Texas -- Meridian.
Women historians -- Texas.
Bosque County (Tex.) -- History.

Related Materials

Frank Reedy Correspondence with Meridian College, DeGolyer Library, SMU Archives, Southern Methodist University, SMU 1992.0151.

Rebecca Radde papers, Bosque County Collection, Bosque County Historical Commission, Meridian, Texas.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rebecca D. Radde papers, Bridwell Library, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Acquired prior to 2007.

Processing Information

This collection was arranged and described in 2010 by Allison Osborn. Materials relating to the First United Methodist Church, Meridian, Texas were added in 2011.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2010.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Publications, 1911-1980
17 folders

The first series consists of seventeen folders of publications, mostly printed by Meridian College. Rebecca Radde used the publications in preparing the book, Meridian College, which is included in the series.
Box Folder
414 01-08 The Bosque, 1916-1922, 1924
09 Meridian College, 1979
10 Programs and Announcements, 1914-1980
11 Meridian College ephemera, 1911-1939
12-13 Newspapers, 1916-1979
14 Bulletins, 1911-1923
15 Summer School bulletins, 1911-1924
16 Philos and San Jars, 1923-1926
17 Catalogues, 1915-1926

Series 2: Photographs, 1907-1976
3 folders

The second series consists of three folders of photographs. The first two folders contain photographs that Radde included in Meridian College. These photos are undated but most likely were taken between 1907 and 1927. One photograph of the First United Methodist Church in Meridian is also included. The third folder contains photos from the June 1976 Meridian College reunion.
Box Folder
414 18 Photographs, undated
19 Buildings, undated
20 1976 Reunion, 1976

Series 3: Research Notes and Correspondence, 1916-1982
6 folders

The third series comprises Radde’s research notes, correspondence related to her research and the publication of the books, and drafts of excerpts of the books. The majority of Radde’s research notes and collected documents are undated, but she most likely produced them between 1970 and 1979.
Box Folder
414 21-22 Correspondence, 1971-1982
23 First UMC, Meridian, Texas correspondence, 1980-1981
24-25 Research notes, 1916-1980
26 First UMC, Meridian, Texas research notes, circa 1970-1981