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Records of M. E. Sadler

Identifier: RU 14

Scope and Contents

The records document M. E. Sadler’s life and career. The records include Dr. Sadler’s writings, sermons, and speeches, as well as business correspondence and a limited amount of biographical information.


  • 1912-1971 (inclusive), 1945-1960 (bulk)


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

McGruder Ellis Sadler (1896 -1966) graduated from Atlantic Christian College in 1919 and earned an M.A. at Vanderbilt in 1921. He attended the University of Chicago (1921-1922) and earned degrees from Yale (B.D. 1925, Ph.D. 1929). He was awarded an Honorary LL.D. from TCU in 1941.

Dr. Sadler presided over TCU as president (1941-1959) and as chancellor (1959-1965). In this time, 243 acres were added to the campus and the student body growth gained from 1,700 to more than 9,000. The budget increased from $700,000 to $9,387,000 and endowments from $4 million to $27 million, making TCU the second largest private institution of higher learning in Texas. He influenced the growth of the language programs and the ministerial school at TCU. The Honors Program, full use of the College Entrance Board as part of the admission requirement, and the granting of the first Ph.D. degrees were inaugurated.


14.88 Linear feet

Language of Materials



Arranged in one series and two additions: Records of M. E. Sadler, 1912-1968. Accession 2005-A-004, 1916-1971. Accession 2014-014, 1941-1964.

Physical Location

Vault CA 1-5
Guide to the Records of M. E. Sadler
Compiled by David R. Prestianni and Special Collections Staff
July 2008
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
(817) 257-4566
(817) 257-7282 (Fax)