Collections

Histories of Texas Wesleyan University: The collection includes books on the founding and growth of Texas Wesleyan University.


Mason Johnson Theatre Collection: The collection includes photographs, playbills, posters, audio, and other memorabilia relating to Mason Johnson’s time at Texas Wesleyan College between 1956 and 1985. An emphasis is placed on the annual spring musicals, including “Brigadoon” (1956), “Damn Yankees” (1961), and “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying (1968).”

Mason Johnson served in the Navy during the second world war, serving on the U.S.S. Franklin. Discharged in the spring of 1946, Mason Johnson returned to Texas, where he worked at the State Fair Musicals in Dallas. He began work with Texas Wesleyan College in 1956, when Dr. Law Sone, president of TWC, asked Johnson to direct the 1956 production of “Brigadoon.”

As a celebration of Johnson’s success at TWC, the performance “Follow the Dream” filled seats in 1985, the year of his retirement. This performance was a compilation of musical numbers from the various shows Johnson directed and even saw some Theatre alumni return to the Wesleyan stage. At his retirement, he held the title of Professor of Theatre Arts and Speech. This project is made possible through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and technology Act. (2017)


Texas Wesleyan University Oral History Project: The collection contains transcripts and audio of Texas Wesleyan student’s interviews with a subject. The collection spans over a decade and will continue to grow.


Wesleyan's Permanent Art Collection: The permanent collection of Texas Wesleyan University is diverse. American, European, Early Texas Artists, former faculty and student artists are represented. The collection has developed over the years primarily through donations.

Currently, art works belonging to Texas Wesleyan are located in various offices and public spaces. Through exhibitions, the Bernice Coulter Templeton Art Studio Gallery provides a centralized venue for visitors to see these works. Continued efforts are made to maintain and expand the permanent collection with exceptional examples of historically significant and contemporary art. 


Yearbooks and Ramblers on the Portal to Texas History: Browse digital copies of Texas Wesleyan's student newspapers and yearbooks. The digital copies are hosted by the University of North Texas on the Portal to Texas History. Digital copies for use are available upon request.