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Earle T. Hawkins papers

Identifier: MSS-0005

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of documents concerning and kept by Dr. Earle Taylor Hawkins. They are papers of a personal nature that do not relate to his work at Towson State Teachers College. The collection consists of correspondence, honors, awards, speeches, event programs, and other activities that Dr. Hawkins was involved with both professionally and privately. The collection is made up of 10 file boxes and 5 oversized boxes organized by series, within series chronologically, and then by subject.


  • Creation: 1903-1972


Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access. This collection is open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

Towson University Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA) is the owner of the original materials and digitized images in our collections; however, the collection may contain materials for which copyright is not held. Patrons are responsible for determining the appropriate use or reuse of materials. Consult with SCUA to determine if we can provide permission for use.

Biographical Note

Dr. Earle Taylor Hawkins was born in Churchville, MD in 1903 to Mr. and Mrs. Philip Hopkins Hawkins. In 1919 he began his time at Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College), where he joined the Irving Literary Society and graduated Suma Cum Laude in 1923 with a Bachelors of Arts in Music. After graduating from the graduate program in Education at Columbia University he continued his education, taking summer classes at Yale, and eventually graduating from Yale with a Doctorate in Philosophy.

After finishing his Masters Degree at Columbia, he became Vice Principal of Bel Air High School in 1927, spent a year as principal of the Chesapeake City School in 1928, and then returned to his post at Bel Air High School, this time as Principal, from 1929 until autumn of 1938. On September 1st, 1938, Dr. Hawkins began his work as the Maryland State Supervisor of High Schools. During this time he helped overhaul the state high school curriculum and developed a survey of Maryland high schools. He held this position until he was named President of the State Teacher’s College in 1947.

Dr. Hawkins was also involved in many different clubs and organizations up to and through his tenure at Towson. In 1922 he graduated from the Reserve Officer Training Corps, qualifying as a Marksman and in 1943 he joined Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Delta Kappa at Johns Hopkins University. He was also President of the Harford County Society of Baltimore City, Vice-President of the National Education Association (NEA), the chief of the Division of Education of the Civilian Mobilization Committee, chairman of the NEA’s Committee on Citizenship, President of the Association of State Colleges and Universities, and Vice President and President of the Towson Chamber of Commerce. He was also a member of the Governor’s Committee to Evaluate Community College Construction Guidelines, the Maryland Historical Society, the Committee on Supervision of the National Council of Teachers of English, the Board of the Central Atlantic Area Council of the YMCA, and the Bel Air branch of the Automobile Club of Maryland.

Amidst all of his other commitments, Dr. Hawkins also found time for some personal pleasures and hobbies. A man dedicated to his work in education, Dr. Hawkins was a bachelor until 1951 when he married Juanita Maxine Greer. He was also an avid musician, becoming Vice President, Organist and Choir Director of the Christian Endeavour Society at the Churchville Presbyterian Church in 1933. As Principal of Bel Air High School he also ran the Glee Club and worked very closely with the drama department, directing many of the plays they put on during his time there. He was also interested in art, particularly the photographs of Maryland photographer A. Aubrey Bodine. Many of Mr. Bodine’s photographs appeared in the Baltimore Sun and the Sunday Sun Magazine, and Dr. Hawkins collected these images as they appeared in the newspaper.

Dr. Hawkins was also fond of word games and puzzles, which he would frequently send along with letters to his more familiar correspondents. In 1944 Dr. Hawkins temporarily donated his collection of puzzles to be put on display at the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore. Dr. Hawkins was also very fascinated with trains and kept many clippings and pamphlets focused on the B and O Railroad and other railroads and train stations. In 1939 Dr. Hawkins attended the World’s Fair in New York City and brought back souvenirs from the Railroads Conference exhibits. He also visited every state in the union as well as countries in Asia, Western Europe, Africa, the Caribbean, and Latin America. When Hawkins left the presidential home on campus at his retirement, he and Juanita had to auction off around 600 items they had collected from their travels, so all their belongings might fit into a smaller apartment.


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Language of Materials



Earle Taylor Hawkins was the eighth president of Towson University from 1947 to 1969. The collection consists of documents concerning and kept by Dr. Earle Taylor Hawkins. They are papers of a personal nature that do not relate to his work at Towson State Teachers College. The collection consists of correspondence, honors, awards, speeches, event programs, and other activities that Dr. Hawkins was involved with both professionally and privately.


Series 1: Correspondence Files Correspondence between Hawkins and various Department of Education officials, local, state, national, and government officials, persons of note (celebrities, including: Ogden Nash, Frank Sinatra, Cecil B. DeMille and others), colleagues, students, family, friends, and members of the general community.

Series 2: Honors and Awards/ Certificates Awards and designations of merit received as a student and as a professional working in the field of education.

Series 3: Speeches, Articles and Broadcast Transcripts

Subseries 1: Articles Articles written by or of interest to Dr. Hawkins

Subseries 2: Speeches Speeches and notes on speeches given by Dr. Hawkins thoroughout his professional career.

Subseries 3: Broadcast Transcripts Transcripts from radio broadcasts in which Dr. Hawkins was interviewed or featured

Series 4: Programs Iteneraries of school, local, professional and Department of Education events or conferences which Dr. Hawkins attended or spoke.

Series 5: Service Activities

Subseries 1: Committee on Citizenship Correspondence, pamphlets and notes from Dr. Hawkins involvement with the NEA’s Committee on Citizenship.

Subseries 2: Community College Development Correspondence, plans, applicants, forms and notes used by Dr. Hawkins during his involvement with the development and organization of Harford Community College.

Subseries 3: Educational Involvement Notes, correspondance and other documents focusing on Dr. Hawkins involvement with youth in the community both in a scholastic setting and in a more community based setting. This includes his involvement with clubs, the YMCA and reports on schools. This subseries also details his involvement with various educational conferences and comittees as a speaker, an organizer, and an attendee.

Series 6: Railroad Materials Pamphlets, Brochures, Maps, Tickets, Timetables, Magazines and Stories about trains, railroad stations, rail lines and other railroad related items.

Series 7: The Maryland Teacher 17 issues of The Maryland Teacher: An Official Publication of the Maryland State Teachers Association from 1947 to 1958 which feature or include articles authored by or including Dr. Hawkins.

Series 8: Newspaper Clippings This series is comprised of clippings on a very large number of topics, all of which held some interest fro Dr. Hawkins. Clippings are primarily from The Balitmore Sun and The New York Times, but also comprise of pieces from other local papers and magazines. This series serves to demonstrate the breadth and depth of Dr. Hawkins interest, not only with education, but with other ideas and topics as well.

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Repository Details

Part of the Towson University Special Collections and University Archives Repository

Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd
Towson MD 21252 United States