Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

J. R. Manning Collection

Collection Summary

Creator Jesse Robert Manning
Title J. R. Manning Collection
Dates: 1925-1997
Abstract: Dr. J. R. Manning was elected Head of the Department of Business Administration at the South Texas Teachers College in 1925. Throughout his forty-four year career, from 1925 to 1969, Dr. Manning directed the growth and direction of the Business Administration Department and was actively involved with several business-related student fraternities and clubs. Upon his retirement in 1969, the University named the building that housed the Business Administration Department since 1925 in his honor, Manning Hall. He went on to become Kingsville's mayor for three terms. Dr. J. R. Manning was given the status of Professor Emeritus in 1982 and he was the last surviving member of the original faculty of the South Texas State Teachers College, now Texas A&M University-Kingsville. His papers show his academic achievements and his dedication to the Business Administration Department and the University.
Identification A1982-107; A1998-004
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/ead.php?xml=Manning%20EAD
Quantity: 1.5 Linear ft.
Location: Newspaper Box 0037; H-3-2 Box 1 and 2 and Media Center.
Language: English

Historical Note

Jesse Robert Manning was born September 26, 1898 in the small town of Yoakum, Texas. His parents were Joseph Edward and Frances Rebecca Smith Manning. He entered Yoakum High School in 1914 and graduated in 1918. Immediately he went into the infantry in World War I. The armistice was signed at that time and Manning entered the University of Texas in Austin instead. He received his B. A. A. degree in 1921. He worked in the business field, taught elementary school and taught night school at a junior college in Witchia Falls. In 1924 he went to Gainesville Junior College and headed the business program there. In the meantime, he was working toward his M. A. degree at UT which he received in 1925. Manning signed his first contract at South Texas State Teachers College on July 26, 1925 as head of the Business Administration Department. Dr. Manning received his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Texas in 1939. He continued working for Texas College of Arts and Industries (used to be South Texas State Teachers College.) When the college was reorganized in 1947, Dr. Manning was made the first director of Business Administration. He worked with many of the university clubs, was faculty advisor for Alpha Chi for 27 years, Business Manager to the annual staff, submitted the name "El Rancho" as the name for the annual, and sponsored Delta Sigma Chi fraternity for 13 years. The Old Administration Building was renamed J. R. Manning Hall in 1969 to honor Dr. Manning's long years of service. Dr. Manning was married three times, to Nellie Josephine Thiele Manning who died young, to Elizabeth Alice Wimberly Manning who also died early and lastly to Gertrude Ophelia Sammons Lee on December 23, 1956. They divorced on September 20, 1984. Dr. Manning did not have any children. Healthy all his life, Dr. Manning died at the age of 98 on March 5, 1997.

Scope and Contents

Dr. Manning donated two oral history recordings, correspondence concerning the early days of South Texas State Teachers College, photographs, notes on education, his personal writings on the history of Kingsville, membership certificates from the Javelina Club, the Mason's and other organizations. The collection includes Commencement programs from UT Austin and Texas College of Arts and Sciences, newspaper clippings of important events during his life in Kingsville and grade books for the years he taught.


The collection is divided into seven series: Series I: Correspondence Series II: Notes on Education Series III: Commencement Programs Series IV: Grade Books Series V: Certificates Series VI: Publications and Newspaper Clippings Series VII: Photographs & Miscellaneous Materials

Index Terms

Manning, Jesse Robert, 1898-1997
Manning, Joseph Edward (father), 1876-1952
Manning, Frances Rebecca Smith (Mother), 1874-1956
South Texas Normal School
South Texas State Teachers College
Texas College of Arts and Industries
Texas A&M University-Kingsville
University of Texas at Austin
Geographical Names
Yoakum (Tex.)
Kingsville (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
College teachers
Business education -- Texas -- Kingsville
Basketball coaches
Municipal government