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The O.W. Moerner Collection

Identifier: MSS-0016

Scope and Contents

The O.W. Moerner Collection includes several of Moerner’s personal belongings acquired during his years at Southwestern University and Cherokee Junior College. The collection reflects Moerner’s involvement at both institutions. A majority of this collection was donated by his daughter, Alyce Phillips.

From Moerner’s first years at Southwestern University, the collection includes an SU Student handbook, debate programs, a debate speech by Moerner, and a track meet program. A Cherokee Junior College Catalogue and Annual are included in the collection from the years in which Moerner was a faculty member at the college. In photograph archives, there is a picture of the Cherokee Junior College Men’s Baseball Team with Coach (?) Moerner pictured to the far right. There is also a picture of the SU class of 1915 at their 50th reunion in 1965, and a picture of Moerner along with a Rev. King and Iola Bowden [Chambers] and several others who are unidentified. The rest of the Moerner collection is from Moerner’s later years at Southwestern, including alumni events. There are programs for recitals, Moerner’s graduation, debate meets, Glee Club, senior luncheon, and a Baccalaureate service. There is also a program for the first May Fete in 1915. The textiles collection contains a May Fete sash Moerner wore as one of the official May Fete Marshals. Among the programs there are broadsides/flyers for several concerts, track meets, and team manager elections. Other Southwestern includes promo flyers, a game ticket, SU buttons, and an SU Homecoming flag with a picture of the Homecoming King and Queen. There are also two ribbons Moerner earned in his track events. One was awarded to him for receiving 2nd place in the relay race, and the other for receiving 3rd place in the 440-yard run. Moerner’s photograph album dates from about 1911 to 1915 and contains pictures of Moerner at track meets, districts/towns in which he possibly preached, fellow students, friends, and family.


  • Majority of material found within 1909 - 1969

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

Southwestern University Special Collections and Archives is the owner of the physical materials in the collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from SU Special Collections and Archives before any publication use. Special Collections does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Biographical / Historical

O.W. Moerner first attended Southwestern University in 1910. During his years at the university, he also took classes at the Fitting School. In 1912, he joined the faculty at Cherokee Junior College, where he participated in the Glee Club and the College Quartette. He also helped coach/manage the Cherokee Junior College Men’s Baseball Team. After two years at Cherokee, Moerner returned to Southwestern an active student. He was a member of the San Jacinto Literary Society, Southwestern University Glee Club, Head Yell Leader, and a competitor on the Southwestern Track Team. Moerner also had the privilege of being one of the Chief Marshals at the first May Fete held in 1915. After he graduated from the university that same year, Moerner went on to become a Methodist preacher. O.W. Moerner was an active alumnus of Southwestern University throughout the rest of his life.


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Repository Details

Part of the SU University Archives Repository

1001 E. University Ave.
Georgetown TX 78626 USA