James William “Tiny” Standifer Collection


      Dates: 1929-1961
      Size: 1 cubic foot
      Access: Open for research
      Collection Number: Special Collections #74

      Processed by: Charlotte A. Holliman


James Standifer was born on October 20, 1913 to Samuel Francis Standifer and Zena Zora Owens Standifer in Beaumont, Texas. He attended Beaumont High School where he played football, ran track and was on the tumbling team. In 1931, he was chosen to the all-star interscholastic league football team by the sports writers of Texas with 19 votes. He graduated in 1932 and then played college football at Louisiana State University and St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. He received an associate’s degree from Lamar Junior College and a bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 1944. He also received his Master of Education (M Ed.) degree in 1945 from the University of Texas at Austin and a Doctorate in Education (D Ed.) from the University of Michigan in 1957.

Standifer was employed by Lamar College in the 1940s where his duties included line coach for the football team.

From 1947 to 1952 Standifer worked for Phillips Petroleum Company, where he organized physical activities for their employees all through the Texas Panhandle.

In 1957 he and his family moved to Fort Worth, Texas where he began a professorship at Texas Christian University where he was an instructor in Safety, Physical Education and Driver’s Education.

Standifer retired in 1978 after a 32 year career of teaching and coaching at TCU as professor of health and physical education in the School of Education. He died on January 24, 1986 and is buried at Greenwood Memorial Park in Fort Worth, Texas.


The James “Tiny” Standifer Collection was donated to Special Collections in 2012.  The collection is primarily photographic images of Lamar students and the campus in the early 1940s but also includes pamphlets on various subjects.

The images document the early history of Lamar as we have virtually no images in our collections from this time period. The collection also includes images of the Neches River, Beaumont High School football and the 1932 Olympics.


[Identification of item]. James Standifer Collection, University Archives and Special Collections, Lamar University.


Special Collections


Folder 1: Unidentified images
Folder 2: Athletics 1930, 1939
Folder 3: Standifer – Beaumont High School graduation, 1932
Folder 4: Beaumont scenes
Folder 5: Christine Brown c. 1925
Folder 6: Standifer – Leaving for college (LSU), 1932
Folder 7: College Station 1940s
Folder 8: Football (high school), 1929-1936
Folder 9: Lamar College athletics
Folder 10: Lamar College – early 1940s
Folder 11: Lamar students at unknown places
Folder 12: University of Texas and the Austin area
Folder 13: Lamar, 1940s?
Folder 14: Lamar football
Folder 15: Lamar scenes – early 1940s
Folder 16: Lamar scenes – early years
Folder 17: Lamar Junior College co-eds, 1941-1942
Folder 18: Lamar Junior College faculty, 1941-1942
Folder 19: Navy
Folder 20: X Olympics (Los Angeles), 1932
Folder 21: San Antonio, Texas, 1941-1942
Folder 22: Scenes along the river in Beaumont, Texas – 1930s
Folder 23: The Long family
Folder 24: Railroad
Folder 25: James Standifer’s car
Folder 26: Beaumont High School football, 1931
Folder 27: The Broadcaster, South End Junior High, Beaumont, Texas publication, 1925
Folder 28: Lamar College Graduation and Dedication Service, May 21, 1943
Folder 29: Lamar football program, November 6, 1941
Folder 30: Lamar Tech graduation announcement, 1958
Folder 31: Lamar Tech graduation program, June 1, 1958
Folder 32: Boys’ Haven, 1947
Folder 33: “History of the American Flag and Touring Historic America” 1959, The Texas Company
Folder 34: “Mattress Making on the Farm”, 1939
Folder 35: Spindletop 60th Anniversary – newspaper clippings, 1961

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