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W.E. Orgain Papers

Identifier: MSS-0020

Scope and Contents

Bulk of papers is correspondence, both personal and business-related. Most of his correspondence consists of business and financial dealings of the university, including several pieces of correspondence concerning land in Brazoria County that the Standard Oil Company purchased from the university. The collection also contains minutes from Board of Trustees meetings throughout Orgain’s years of service to the university.


  • 1938-1953

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

William E. Orgain, a judge who lived in Beaumont, Texas, was a Southwestern University Trustee for twenty-three years (1917-1940). Orgain attended Southwestern University from 1899 to 1903. After his death, family members established a scholarship fund in his memory for students at Southwestern.


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Repository Details

Part of the SU University Archives Repository

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