Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Flora Dee Goforth:

An Inventory of Her Papers, 1906-2000, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Goforth, Flora Dee
Title: Flora Goforth Papers,
Dates: 1906-2000
Abstract: Papers of the Texas Technological College graduate Flora Goforth, who went on to teach for the Indian Service at the Sioux Reservation.
Collection # U 242.3
Quantity: 3 Boxes (2.5 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Born in 1907 in Granger, Texas, Flora Goforth spent her childhood in Texas and New Mexico. Relatives on both sides of her family had been weavers, spurring her desire to make a career out of designing surface patterns. She attended Texas Technological College in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Texas Technological College was the only school west of the Mississippi to have a textile school.

A sociable person, Goforth became the first freshmen to be elected president of the Home Economics Club. Music also occupied her time as Flora played the saxophone in the Girl's Orchestra and the trombone in the Tech Band. While teaching for the Indian Service at the Sioux Reservation, Goforth sought to impart to her students the perfection in the straight edges of weaving. Under her direction, students learned to create their own designs, build looms, weave the textiles, and finally turn them into a useable product such as a scarf or jacket that was marketable. Her book, Weave It Yourself, showed the reader how to build a loom and the steps required to produce the depicted blanket. This book included photographs of her students at work.

Scope and Content

The collection includes correspondence, financial records, printed materials, hand notes, diaries, and appointment calendars by Flora Goforth, some Texas Technological College memorabilia, a stick loom project, and class notes.

Also included are 115 negatives and 175 prints of the Goforth family and friends, and images taken by Flora Goforth on an archaeological expedition at Jemez, New Mexico, under the direction of Dr. Hewitt of the University of New Mexico. These expedition images are all undated but likely circa the late 1920s or early 1930s.



The collection is divided into two sections: manuscripts and photographic materials.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Goforth, Flora Dee
Goforth, Flora Dee--Correspondence
Goforth, Flora Dee--Diaries
Goforth, Flora Dee--Friends and associates--Photographs
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Technological College
Archaeological expeditions--New Mexico--Photographs
Weaving--Study and teaching
Handlooms--Design and construction

Related Material

Flora Goforth oral history interview [sound recording], 1999

Drama (Lubbock, Tex.), Papers, 1960-1966

Flora Goforth Photographs, undated

Flora Goforth Papers, 1927-1934 and undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Flora Goforth Papers, 1906-2000, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Collection accession #(s):
2001-0123-B, 2001-0324-B, 2002-0165-B

Gifts, 2001-2002

Processed by

Abel Ramirez and Lynn Whitfield, December 2002

Collection Inventory


I. Manuscripts

box folder
1 1 Correspondence: Personal and Business, 1935-1940
2 Financial Material: Miscellaneous Expenses, 1935-1965
Literary Production
box folder
1 3 Address Booklets, undated
4 Diaries, 1929
5 Diaries, Auto Log Book, and Appointment Calendars, 1935-1939
6 Diaries, Auto Log Books and Expenses, and Appointment Calendars, 1940-1949
7 Diaries, Expenses, and Appointment Calendars, 1950-1957
8 Diaries, Expenses, and Appointment Calendars, 1960-1970
box folder
2 1 Diaries, Expenses, and Appointment Calendars, 1969-1979
2 Diaries, Expenses, and Appointment Calendars, 1980-1989
3 Diaries and Appointment Calendars, 1990-1997
4 Hand Notes on Weaving, undated
5 Hand Notes, Poems, and Agenda, 1938 and undated
Printed Materials
box folder
2 6 Articles about Flora Goforth, 1936-1972
7 Bulletins of Archaeological Institute of University of New Mexico, 1929-1930
8 Denver Art Museum, 1950
9 Hand Crafts of Sioux Spinning and Weaving, Vol. 1, 1942
10 Miscellaneous Publications, 1938-1954 and undated
11 Rocky Mountains Weavers' Guild, 40th Anniversary, 1993
12 Texas Sesquicentennial, Read and Remember, 1986
Scrapbook Material
box folder
2 13 Calendars, 1933-2000
14 Kate Douglas Wiggins' artwork, 1933
15 National Wool Growers Association, 1956
16 Miscellaneous and Texas Tech, 1929-1983 and undated
Texas Tech
box folder
2 17 Class Notes, 1930
18 Goforth's School Records, 1930
19 Stick Loom Project, undated
box folder
3 1 Memorabilia, 1930-1940s
Red yo-yo
Texas Technological College pendent on chain, still in original box
Red and black "Tech" armband
Texas Tech Engineer's Show miniature rolling pin
Silver gear with ""Tech 1930"" on one side and ""Engineers" "on the other
Silver ""Texas Tech Engineers"" seal
Beaded bookmarker
Matchbook with three matches, from Pinson Drug Co.
Miniature bell with pink ribbon tie
Texas Tech belt buckle
Leap the Frogs red ribbon
3 silver keys, unidentified
Silver item, possibly a weight?
City Bus coin with heart-shape stamped out of center
One penny, 1930
One mill tax token, New Mexico Bureau of Revenue, 1935


II. Photographs

box folder
1 1 Rolled, oversized group portrait, unidentified and not dated
2 Family and friends (14 negatives), undated
3 Family and friends (124 prints), 1906-2000
4 New Mexico and Native American Images (6 prints), undated
5 New Mexico Expedition (101 negatives), undated
6 New Mexico Expedition (45 prints, 3 postcards), undated
7 Scrapbook, 1923-1924