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James Earl Rudder '32 Collection

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James Earl Rudder '32 Collection, 1918-2001 | Cushing Library

By Aletha Andrew, Lyndsey Raney

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Collection Overview

Title: James Earl Rudder '32 Collection, 1918-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944 - 1970

ID: 02/

Creator: Rudder, James Earl (1910 - 1970)

Extent: 97.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection is separated into 10 series:

 

Series 1. Early Life, 1918 - 1933.

Series 2. Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941.

Series 3. Military Service, 1941 - Apr. 1969.

Series 4. Brady, Texas, 1946 - 1959.

Series 5. Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1930 - 1959.

Series 6. Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970.

Series 7. Final Illness and Death, Feb. 2, 1970 - 1977.

Series 8. Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001.

Series 9. Awards and Ephemera.

        Series 10. Miscellaneous

 

Maps that originally arrived as part of this collection are stored seperately in mapcases, rather than being housed in boxes with the rest of the collection.

If there are any particular items you might be interested in during a visit, please contact Cushing Library in advance.

Online Catalog Terms

Names:

Rudder, James Earl

Rudder, Margaret

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines)

Shivers, Allan

 

Organizations:

Texas General Land Office, Commissioner

Texas A&M University System, Office of the Chancellor

Texas A&M University, Office of the President

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

 

Subjects:

World War II, 1939-1945

France

Normandy

Anniversaries

Texas Political Campaigns

College Administrators

Coaches

Aircraft Industry

 

Places:

Normandy, France

Brady, Texas

College Station, Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection spans the life of James Earl Rudder. The James Earl Rudder Papers (1918-2001 (bulk: 1944-1970)) are arranged into nine series, the first seven roughly corresponding to the chronology of James Earl Rudder's life, with an additional section devoted to materials collected mainly by his wife, Margaret Rudder, and a final one devoted to any memorabilia and awards received.  The collection includes materials from Rudder’s time in the service during WWII, clippings from newspapers, as well as posters, magazine issues, memorabilia, and Rudder’s awards.

 

 

 

Separated Materials

 

Items permanently loaned as of December 13, 2002 to the Texas A&M University Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center for display purposes include:

• 1 Class A hat with field grade insignia

• 2 Fatigue caps, one soft, one barrel shaped rigid with MGen insignia

• 8 Field caps as follows:

• 1 with Major General insignia

• 1 with Brigardier General insignia

• 1 American Legion

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee Vice Chairman

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee Chairman, 1965-1966

• 1 VFW 4692 Life Member—National Security & Foreign Affairs Committee, 1960-1970

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—Texas

• 1 Set Major General Insignia, class A embroidered stars

Biographical Note

James Earl Rudder was born on May 6, 1910, in Eden, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1927, Rudder attended John Tarleton Agricultural College. In 1930 he transferred to Texas A & M College, graduating in 1932 with a B.S. in Industrial Education. Upon his graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry of the U. S. Army Reserves. Rudder served as a football coach and teacher for the high school in Brady, Tex., from 1933 to 1938. In 1937, he married Margaret Exa Williamson, who was also a teacher at the Brady High School. He coached football for John Tarleton College from 1938 until 1941, when he was called to active duty in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant.

During World War II, Rudder was stationed initially with the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Sam Houston, and later became a Battalion Executive Officer with the 83rd Infantry Division. In the summer of 1943, he organized the 2nd Ranger Battalion. On June 6, 1944, the Rangers landed at Pointe du Hoc, on the shore of Normandy, as a part of the Allied invasion of Europe, and scaled its 100-foot cliff.

After the war, Rudder returned to Brady where he became a rancher and businessman. Elected mayor of Brady in 1946, he held the post until 1952. Rudder later served as Vice President, Public and Labor Relations Counselor at Brady Aviation Corporation from 1952 to 1955.

During his tenure as mayor, Rudder developed important political connections in Texas, most notably with Governor Allan Shivers and then-State Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.  In January 1955, Rudder became the Commissioner of the General Land Office of the State of Texas and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board, to finish out a predecessor’s unfinished term.  Rudder won popular election to the post in 1956; he remained in office as Commissioner until he was appointed Vice President of Texas A&M on February 1, 1958. He became President of the university on July 1, 1959. Rudder's position as President was combined with the position of Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System on September 1, 1965. Rudder served as both President of Texas A&M University and the University System until his death.

James Earl Rudder died 23 Mar. 1970 and is buried in College Station, TX.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Restricted access to original videocassettes and 16mm films, for which duplicate copies have been made for patron use. Restricted access to very fragile wooden field map case, and audiocassettes, for which duplicates have not yet been made.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access Note: This collection is located in an off-site storage facility.  As such, any requests to view the collection must be made at least 3 business days in advance of the patron's visit.

Technical Access Note: Equipment to view casettes and films is available for use in the Cushing Memorial Library Reading Room.

Acquisition Source: Received from Margaret W. Rudder of Bryan, TX in October 2002.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Early Life, 1918 - 1933],
[Series 2: Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941],
[Series 3: Military Service, 1941 - April 1969],
[Series 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 5: Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 6: Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970],
[Series 7: Final Illness and Death, 1970 - 1977],
[Series 8: Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001],
[Series 9: Awards and Ephemera, 1945 - 2001],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1957 -],
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Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1957 -Add to your cart.
Box 37Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1957
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence January – March 1958
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence April – December 1958
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1959
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1960
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1961
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1962
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1963
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1964
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1965
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence January – September 1966
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence October – December 1966
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence January – April 1969
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence May – October 1969
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence November – December 1969
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Personal Correspondence 1970
Box 38Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Buckeye Steel Castings Co (1966): General Correspondence
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Buckeye Steel Castings (1967): General Correspondence
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Buckeye Steel Castings (1968): General Correspondence
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Buckeye Steel Miscellaneous 1967
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Buckeye Board of Directors Meeting January 9, 1967
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Buckeye International 1968
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Buckeye International 1969
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Boy Scouts 1965-67
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Boy Scouts 1969
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Boy Scouts 1970
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Army Distaff Foundation, Inc 1960
Folder 12Add to your cart.
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Information Service
Folder 13Add to your cart.
IDS Personal 1963-64
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Itineraries 1959-1967
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Land Office Congratulatory Letters 1957-58
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Report to the Governor and Members of the State of Texas
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Veterans Land Board August 31, 1967 Audit Report
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Personal: McDowell, John C.
Folder 19Add to your cart.
Personal (1957-1967): Texas Law Enforcement Foundation, Board of Directors
Folder 20Add to your cart.
Personal (1962-66): Texas United Fund
Folder 21Add to your cart.
Texas United Fund 1967
Folder 22Add to your cart.
Dr. Kate Adele Hill Correspondence 1969-1970
Folder 23Add to your cart.
H.C. Hunt Correspondence 1968-1970
Box 39Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
West Point (1968): Personal
Folder 2Add to your cart.
West Point (1966): Booklets
Folder 3Add to your cart.
West Point (1967): Booklets
Folder 4Add to your cart.
West Point (1968): Booklets
Folder 5Add to your cart.
West Point: Booklets
Folder 6Add to your cart.
West Point 1970
Folder 7Add to your cart.
West Point Miscellaneous
Folder 8Add to your cart.
ROTC  1950s
Folder 9Add to your cart.
ROTC 1960s
Folder 10Add to your cart.
ROTC Miscellaneous
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Rangers: History
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Ranger Rosters 1965-67
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Personal (1961): Rangers
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Scottish Rite Meetings 1965-67
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Scottish Rite Speech Material 1966
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Scottish Rite 1969
Folder 17Add to your cart.
President Johnson Inauguration 1964-65
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Governor Connally Inauguration 1965
Folder 19Add to your cart.
March of Dimes 1965-66
Folder 20Add to your cart.
National Space Hall of Fame 1968-69
Folder 21Add to your cart.
Congratulatory Letters for President of TAMU System 1964-65
Box 40Add to your cart.
Folder 1Add to your cart.
Biographical Material 1961-70
Folder 2Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 3Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 4Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 5Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 7Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 8Add to your cart.
Margaret Rudder, March 22, 1942 – October 24, 2001
Folder 9Add to your cart.
Honors and Awards 1958 – 1970
Folder 10Add to your cart.
Good Citizenship Award – Sons of the American Revolution February 22, 1969
Folder 11Add to your cart.
Honorary Doctorate of Laws Degree, Baylor University
Folder 12Add to your cart.
Appreciation Dinner October 1961
Folder 13Add to your cart.
Appreciation Dinner April 1962
Folder 14Add to your cart.
Rudder Appreciation Dinner April 1965
Folder 15Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous
Folder 16Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous 1950s
Folder 17Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous 1960s
Folder 18Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous 1970s –
Folder 19Add to your cart.
Football Program A&M v UT Thanksgiving 1939
Folder 20Add to your cart.
The Battalion Magazine October 1939
Folder 21Add to your cart.
The Battalion Magazine December 1939
Folder 22Add to your cart.
The Battalion Magazine February 1940
Folder 23Add to your cart.
The Battalion Magazine March 1949
Folder 24Add to your cart.
The Battalion Magazine May 1940
Folder 25Add to your cart.
Newspaper Articles
Folder 26Add to your cart.
Newspaper Clippings 1950s
Folder 27Add to your cart.
Newspaper Clippings 1960s
Folder 28Add to your cart.
Newspaper Clippings Miscellaneous
Folder 29Add to your cart.
Pictures
Box 89Add to your cart.
Folder 6Add to your cart.
Announcements about Earl Rudder Middle School.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Early Life, 1918 - 1933],
[Series 2: Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941],
[Series 3: Military Service, 1941 - April 1969],
[Series 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 5: Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 6: Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970],
[Series 7: Final Illness and Death, 1970 - 1977],
[Series 8: Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001],
[Series 9: Awards and Ephemera, 1945 - 2001],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1957 -],
[All]


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