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April 2001

Release Date: April 18, 2001

Reception Planned April 25 to Honor Harte Family for ASU Gifts

A public reception honoring Houston and Carolyn Harte of San Antonio and Edward Harte of Corpus Christi for their contributions to Angelo State University and the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, on the ASU campus.

The two brothers, sons of the late San Angelo Standard-Times publisher Houston Harte, donated $1 million to the university in 1998 to benefit the West Texas Collection's new quarters and to name them in honor of longtime San Angelo Pediatrician Ralph R. Chase. Earlier this year, the Hartes donated their father's personal and business papers to the West Texas Collection.

The reception is scheduled 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection, located on the second floor of the Houston Harte University Center. Samples of correspondence, photos and scrapbooks from the Harte papers will be on display at the reception.

As publisher of the Standard-Times from 1919 when he acquired the paper until his death in 1972, Harte was one of the most influential citizens in the history of San Angelo and one of Texas's most prominent journalists, his political influence spreading far beyond the circulation area of his flagship newspaper.

Among his many community accomplishments, Harte was instrumental in the expansion of Goodfellow Air Force Base, the construction of O.C. Fisher and Twin Buttes Reservoirs and the transition of Angelo State into a four-year institution.

The donation of papers included nine banker's boxes of personal and business correspondence and assorted photos as well as 23 scrapbooks. The papers cover the period from 1941 through 1972, the period when Harte's influence was at its peak. The materials relate to a variety of areas, including state and national politics, the newspaper business, San Angelo, the oil and gas industry, West Texas' water needs and personal correspondence.

The reception will honor the memory and accomplishments of Houston Harte and will acknowledge the ongoing support of Houston and Carolyn Harte and Edward Harte to Angelo State University.

For additional information, contact the ASU Office of University Relations and Development, 942-2116, or the Dr. Ralph R. Chase West Texas Collection, 942-2164.