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Eugene Davidson Priest Diploma Collection

Identifier: UAC/25/2023.a010

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of Eugene Davidson Priest's teachers certificates and a diploma from Sam Houston Normal Institute, torn-out pages of the 1922 Sam Houston Normal Institute featuring the Dramatic Club, and a manila folder with Priest's military rank.


  • 1922 - 1923

Conditions Governing Use

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching, and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

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Biographical / Historical

Eugene Davidson Priest was born in Lott, Falls County, Texas, on January 19, 1903.

After Priest graduated from Lott High School, he attended several institutes before graduating from Baylor University in 1925. Of the institutes, he attended Southwest Teachers College, University of Texas, Northwestern University, and Sam Houston Normal Institue.

At SHNI, Priest received a Normal High School diploma, a Teachers Elementary Certificate, and a Teachers Temporary Certificate in 1922. In 1923, he received two Teacher Temporary Certificates, a Teachers Permanent Certificate, and a diploma from SHNI. He was a part of the Dramatic Club.

On July 10, 1943, Eugene Davidson Priest married Leta Katherine Inman in Rosenberg, Texas.

Priest served in the military during World War II. Based on the manila folder within the collection, Priest was at least a 2nd Lieutenant in the military. In 1947, he moved to Abilene, Texas from Japan.

Priest was a Collecting Agent for the Internal Revenue Service for thirty-five years. He received the IRS Outstanding Collection Officer Award for the Southwest. He was also a teacher in Putnam, Texas, a coach and principal in Cross Plains, Texas, and an accountant.

Eugene Davidson Priest, 78, died in Abilene, Texas, on August 2, 1981, from a long illness. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Victory Bible Class.


1 boxes

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This collection is arranged by date.

Physical Location

Located in the University Archives, Newton Gresham Library, room 400.

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Repository Details

Part of the Thomason Special Collections & SHSU University Archives Repository

1830 Bobby K. Marks Drive
Huntsville TX 77341 US