Margaret Watson Weeks:
An Inventory of Her Papers, 1925-1966, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Margaret Watson Weeks was one of the original faculty members at Texas Technological College when it opened in 1925. She served as Dean of the School of Home Economics during its formative years from 1925-1953. Born in 1886 in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, she began her career teaching grade school in Canada and the United States. Weeks received her B.S. and M.S. degrees from Columbia University in 1922 and 1925. At Texas Tech, she helped to organize the Home Economics Club in 1925, established the Home Economics Loan Fund, and helped form the Double Key Honor Society in 1930 and the first Texas chapter of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Society in 1938. Weeks successfully orchestrated the construction of the Home Economics Building addition in 1952. She was a member of the American Home Economics Association, the American Dietetic Association, the Texas State Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, Phi Upsilon Omicron, and served as a past president of the Texas Home Economics Association, the Texas Vocation Association, the State Nutrition Council, and the Lubbock Branch of the American Association of University Women. She retired from Texas Technological College in 1953 and later died in Lubbock, Texas, in 1967.
The collection consists of various materials on Margaret Watson Weeks, the first Dean of the School of Home Economics at Texas Technological College, and the establishment of the college and the School of Home Economics. Included are correspondence, biographical material, news clippings, programs and other memorabilia. One folder concerns Vera Maxey, who worked for the department store Hemphill-Wells in Lubbock, Texas, for 30 years.
The scrapbooks in this collection are in varying condition. Scrapbooks I-III include miscellaneous newsclippings, memorabilia, and photographs on Texas Technological College and the School of Home Economics. As several of the news clippings and other items were coming loose, the pages of the scrapbooks were photocopied and placed in a separate folder. The original parts of the scrapbooks were kept intact as much as possible and the photographs were sleeved. The Quarterly Club scrapbook was removed from its rusting metal binder and kept in its original order within two separate folders.
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Margaret Watson Weeks Papers, 1925-1966, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
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Processed by: Lynn Whitfield, May 2013