Arlington Citizen-Journal

UT Arlington’s history comes alive in new book

Though a new book, University of Texas at Arlington by Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester, outlines the story of the school’s history, it‘s the vintage black-and-white pictures that will likely keep graduates turning pages.
Though a new book, University of Texas at Arlington by Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester, outlines the story of the school’s history, it‘s the vintage black-and-white pictures that will likely keep graduates turning pages. University of Texas at Arlington

Though a new book, University of Texas at Arlington by Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester, outlines the story of the school’s history, it’s the vintage black-and-white pictures that will likely keep graduates turning pages.

The 128-page softcover volume was released last month by Arcadia Publishing and The History Press, a South Carolina-based publisher specializing in local and regional history titles.

Starting with the cover, featuring four pairs of cheerleaders from 1965 clad in striped tops monogrammed with an R for the former mascot Rebels, many Arlington residents might see themselves in a photo or two. The archive goes all the way to a 1999 graduation photo from the newly designated Honors College and into the new century.

Barker, who is the director of marketing and communications at the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, and Worcester, a librarian in the UTA Libraries’ Special Collections, have access to UTA’s extensive photography collection and have pulled out some gems.

They previously co-authored Legendary Locals of Arlington and Images of America: Arlington. Arcadia also published those books.

The UT Arlington book is no remember-when yearbook; the tough issues and eras that the school and its students have faced are chronicled, including the controversy that engulfed the campus when the Rebel symbol was replaced and the Confederate flag removed during the mid-1960s.

The school was founded as Arlington College in 1895 and has been a military school, a vocational college, an arm of Texas A&M and now part the University of Texas System. Students weathered the Great Depression, World Wars I and II and Vietnam.

It is all important, but hey, could that be Grandma dancing the Twist on Page 49?

Shirley Jinkins, 817-390-7657

Twitter: @shirljinkins

University of Texas at Arlington by Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester, $21.99 softcover, 128 pages. Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores, www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.

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