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About The Aikin Archives

Published or Revised December 09, 2020

The A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives serve both as a collection of archives from the senator’s years of public service and as a State Depository for historical collections from this area.

Texas Sen. A.M. Aikin (1905-1982), “the Father of Texas junior colleges,” served in the Texas Legislature from 1935 until 1979. His 46 years in the Texas Legislature marked the longest period served by any legislator in the state.

The A.M. and Welma Aikin Regional Archives, in the Mike Rheudasil Learning Center, has archival material from Sen. Aikin’s public life and information about the Texas counties of Delta, Fannin, Lamar and Red River. It was dedicated in 1978 in honor of Senator and Mrs. Aikin. The Archives includes a replica of Aikin’s Senate office, a gallery exhibit, and the Archives reading room for research.

The Aikin Archives serves as a State Depository for official local government records of Red River, Delta, Fannin and Lamar Counties and for regional and local historical collections, such as:

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Call 903-782-0411 for additional information or email Daisy Harvill at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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