Foundation and Growth: Images of the University's Early Years

     
Jessie Andrews, UT's first female graduate, 1886. CN 09263

Jessie Andrews was the first woman to enroll at The University (1883), the first woman to graduate from The University (1886), and the first woman to be employed by The University as an instructor (1888). Ms. Andrews taught in the UT Department of Germanic Languages until 1918. Andrews Dormitory on the UT campus is named in her honor.
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  Jessie Andrews, UT's first female graduate, 1886
     
An early UT baseball team, 1898   An early UT baseball team, 1898. CN 09267

Though baseball was played on campus as early as 1886, official record keeping did not begin until 1897. UT's 1898 team only played five games, beating St. Edward's, but losing twice to the professional Austin Senators and once each on the road to teams from San Antonio and Galveston. The “Varsity” was coached in 1898 by Alexander Caswell Ellis, UT professor of education.
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The University's women's basketball team, 1902. CN 09266

Eleanor Norvell, director of the Women's Gymnasium, formed a women's basketball team in 1901. Although basketball at the intramural level had been played by women students at UT in previous years, Ms. Norvell arranged for the team, beginning in 1901, to play one game with an off-campus opponent. In 1902 the “Varsity” vanquished the “Town Girls” of Austin by the score of 7-4.
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  The University's women's basketball team, 1902
     

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