Stephen F. Austin High School Scottish Brigade Drill Team and Alumni Association Records, 1937-2011
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Brief Description:

This collection includes the records from the Scottish Brigade Alumnae association and the Scottish Brigade. The series included are: Scottish Brigade Alumnae Records; Scottish Brigade Alumnae Photographic and Video Material; Official Brigade Records; Scottish Brigade Performance Material; Scottish Brigade Photographic Material; Scottish Brigade Publicity Clippings; Stephen F. Austin Senior High School Yearbooks; and Scottish Brigade Memorabilia and Scrapbooks.

The Alumnae records include the organizational documents, financial reports, plans for the luncheon and scholarship reports as well as photographs and photo albums of the Alumnae Association activities and luncheons.

The Scottish Brigade records include organizational documents, performance records and plans and photographs of Scottish Brigade members, performances and events. In addition it contains an extensive series of Scottish Brigade memorabilia.

Materials are arranged as Alumnae Records or Brigade records and then arranged by topic within each series. Whenever possible, dated materials are arranged chronologically. The collection is housed in 12 boxes and also includes two oversize items.

Held at:
University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library
4333 University Drive
Houston, TX 77204 2000
Phone: 713-743-9750
Email: cdkelleher [at]
Record Series Number: 02/2010-004
Created by: Stephen F. Austin High School Scottish Brigade (1937-1978)
Volume: 15.0 Linear Feet
Acquired: 01/13/2011.
Biographical Note for Stephen F. Austin High School Scottish Brigade (1937-1978) :

The Stephen F. Austin High School Scottish Brigade drill team was founded by Beatrice Lytle in September of 1937. The Scottish Brigade’s mission was defined as service to school and community, as well as embracing the ideals of honor, spirit and loyalty. Drill teams played an important social role in the years that the Scottish Brigade was active. Girls’ sports teams were rare or nonexistent in many American high schools and colleges until the enforcement of Title IX in 1972, and drill teams like the Scottish Brigade offered a place to promote scholarship, discipline, respect, leadership skills, social skills and fitness to high school girls.

For the next forty years the Scottish Brigade performed at Austin High School football games, as well as drill team contests and city and state parades and festivals. The brigade disbanded on May 25, 1978. On the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Scottish Brigade, the alumnae decided to form an association to keep the memory and spirit of the Scottish Brigade alive. In 1987 the Scottish Brigade Alumnae Association formed and is still active providing scholarships to Austin High School students and planning yearly meetings of Brigade alumnae.


Harwood, Nancy. “Scottish Brigade Alumnae members keep the spirit alive” The Leader. Houston, Texas [March 16, 2006].

“Scottish Brigade highlights” <<>>. Accessed 5/12/2009 (created 12/5/00)

Bell, Richard C.“A history of women in sport prior to Title IX” The Sport Journal, Vol 10, No. 2 (2007). Accessed on May 19, 2011

Access Restrictions: Open for research.
Subject Index
Lytle, Beatrice
Marching drills
Stephen F. Austin High School (Houston, Tex.)
Genres/Forms of Material
Administrative records
Audiovisual materials
Financial records
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
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Acquisition Notes: Donated by Offices of the Scottish Brigade Alumnae Association.
PreferredCitation: Scottish Brigade Drill Team Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.