William Curry Holden
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Also known as Curry Holden was a noted
historian, archeologist, educator and author. In 1937 he became the
first director of the Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock
Texas. He authored or coauthored more than twelve books and
forty-two articles and pamphlets in professional and commercial
journals. Holden died on April 21, 1993, at the age of ninety-six.
Holden was one of three sons born to Robert
Lee Holden and Grace Holden née Davis in Coolidge, Texas. Both
families moved west to Colorado City, Texas, and after 1907 the
Holdens farmed near Rotan, Texas, where William completed high
school in 1914.
In summer 1914 he obtained teacher certification at the now-closed
Stamford Junior College in Stamford, Texas. At first refused jobs
because he was "too spindly", in 1915 he became the only teacher for
47 students in nine classes at the one-room schoolhouse in Pleasant
Valley. He organized a literary club and basketball teams and led
the students to victory in the county interscholastic meeting.
Holden studied Texas history under Professor Joseph A. Hill at West
Texas Normal College (now West Texas A&M University) in Canyon,
Texas, during the summers of 1917 and 1918. During World War I,
Holden served in the Eighty-sixth United States Army Infantry at San
In 1929, Holden joined the faculty of Texas Technological College
(now Texas Tech University) to teach history and anthropology. He
remained there for more than four decades, becoming chairman of the
history department in 1936, dean and director of anthropological,
historical, and social-science research in 1938, and in 1945, dean
of the Graduate School, a position that he retained until 1950. He
launched accredited programs in four doctoral fields, including
history. He received the Distinguished Faculty Emeritus Award of the
College of Arts and Sciences and, in 1965, was named Distinguished
Director Emeritus of the Museum at Texas Tech University. Holden
Hall, the original location of the museum and now used for
classrooms and offices, was named in his honor in 1972. This was the
first such honor accorded to a living member of the faculty. A
bronze bust of Holden, created by Lubbock sculptor
was unveiled in the museum rotunda.
Holden died on April 21, 1993, at the age of
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