Prepared by: Sheena Wilson Edited and Curated by: Dr. T. DeWayne Moore & D'Asia Johnson
Title of Collection: UA0031 – Paul Rutledge, Jr. Papers
Extent: 0.25 Linear feet (1 box)
Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research
Use Restrictions: Written permission must be obtained from the Special Collections/ Archives Department and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts, or images from any materials in this collection.
Biographical Note: Known as a “Go-Getter” with a “Can-Do Spirit,” Paul Rutledge, Jr. was born in Palestine to the late Paul Lawrence and Johnnie Cephas Rutledge in 1937. He graduated from Green Bay High School in 1955 and earned both bachelors and master’s degrees from PVAMU. He worked as a teacher in the Cleveland Independent School District for one year, until he received his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and attained the rank of Major. He also taught at Kelly Springfield in Tyler and the Texas Employment Commission in Palestine. He was a lifetime member of Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church and president of the Green Bay Community Center. He made many video recordings and taped interviews to chronicle the life and times of people and events all over the state of Texas.
As a member of the Anderson County Historical Commission, he was responsible for acquiring four historical markers including Magnolia Cemetery, Green Bay School and Paul Rutledge Sr. He was a lifetime member of Prairie View A&M Alumni Association; he was inducted into the Prairie View Sports Hall of Fame, and he was honored by the Palestine Negro Business & Professional Women’s Club as Family of the Year in 1995 and Citizen of the Year.
He was survived by his wife, Jacqueline Rutledge; sons, Paul Rutledge III of Irving, Mark and Alma Rutledge of Little Elm, Christopher and Aurelia Rutledge of Somerset, N.J.; seven grandchildren, Nigel, Christopher Jr., Ryan, Mark II, Maya, Qwesi and Lee; one great-grandson, Nigel III; nieces, Laura and Jeannene Rutledge; nephews, Michael J. Lewis Rutledge Jr. and Jonathan Rutledge; sisters-in-law, Billie and Leola Rutledge; cousins, other relatives and friends.
Scope & Contents: The Paul Rutledge Jr. Papers contain Xerox copies of diplomas, letters, and memos related to his family history and his work with the Texas Historical Commission, the Anderson County Historical Commission, and the Green Bay Community Center in the 1980s.
Arrangement: The collection consists of nine items–newspaper articles, correspondence, newsletters, and a diploma–arranged in a single folder.
Acquisition: PVAMU Office of Academic Affairs Director Thomas J. Cleaver submitted this manuscript collection to PVAMU Interim Director of Library Services Joyce Thornton in 1987.
Preferred Citation: Paul Rutledge, Jr. Papers, UA 0031, Special Collections/Archives Department, John B. Coleman Library, Prairie View A&M University
Anderson County (TX) Historical Commission
Rutledge Jr., Paul
Texas Historical Commission–State Marker Program