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Image of the first words of the act creating the school along with early pics of buildings

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In the 1950s, the Soviet threat and Cold War was such a concern to the U.S. Government that employees had to sign a form that proved they were not communists. (see text below)

 

WE Allen Communist letter

STATE OF TEXAS, COUNTY OF TRAVIS


I, W E Allen the affiant herein, do solemnly swear (or affirm) as follows:


That the affiant is not, and has never been, a member of the Communist Party. (The term "Communist Party" as used herein means any organization which (a) is substantially directed, dominated or controlled by the Union of Soviet Socialistic Republics, or its satellites, or which (b) seeks to overthrow the Government of the United States, or of any State, by force, violence or any other unlawful means); and

That the affiant is not, and, during the preceding five year period, has not been, a member of any organization, association, movement, group or combination which the Attorney General of the United States, acting pursuant to Executive order No. 9835, Marc 21, 1947, 12 Federal Register 1935, has designated as totalitarian, fascist, communist or subversive, or as having adopted a policy of advocating or approving the commission of acts of force or violence to deny others their rights under the constitution of the United States, or as seeking to alter the form of Government of the United States by unconstitutional means; or, in the event that the affiant has during such five year period been a member of any such organization, association, movement, group or combination, its name and circumstance in detail which led him to join it are as follows:


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and at the time when he joined and throughout the period during which he was a member, he did not know that its purposes were the purposes which the attorney General of the United States has designated; and

That the affiant is not, and, during the preceding five year period, has not been, a member of any "Communist Political Organization" or "Communist Front Organization" registered under the Federal Internal Security Act of 1950 (50 U.S.C.A., sec. 781, et seq.) or required to so register under said Act by final order of the Federal Subversive Activities Control Board; or, in the event that the affiant has during such five year period been a member of any such organization, its name and the circumstance in detail which led him to join it are as follows:
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and at the time when he joined it and throughout the period during which he was a member, he did not know that its purpose was to further the goats of the Communist party or that it was controlled by the Communist Party.


(signed) William E. Allen (affiant)


Subscribed and sworn to before me this 31 day of March, 1953, to certify which, witness my hand and official seal of office


T.U. Bryant (Business manager)
Notary Public, Travis County, Texas