W. Stewart Caffey

Award Proclamation

Whereas, the Texas Oral History Association is a professional organization established to foster a better understanding of the nature and value of oral history and to maintain and strengthen relations between the profession and educators with a mutual interest in the preservation of the recorded heritage of the people of Texas, and

Whereas, Mr. W. Stewart Caffey, of Abilene, Texas, served thirty-one years as an exemplary public school teacher and enhanced learning in his classes in Comanche, Texas, through an innovative program of oral history interview research, and

Whereas, Mr. Caffey implemented a model writing program based upon oral history research resulting in the publication of twelve volumes of Comanche Country, and demonstrated in his oral history project ways to connect students, schools, and communities in historical preservation, and

Whereas, Mr. Caffey received recognition for his teaching excellence through the Texas State Historical Association Leadership in Education Award, and

Whereas, Mr. Caffey represented the causes of professional oral history in his civic activities, including service as President of the Comanche Public Library Board, member of the board of the Comanche Public Library Foundation, and through the Abilene Preservation League, and

Whereas, Mr. Caffey is a member in good standing of the Oral History Association and the first Lifetime member of the Texas Oral History Association, and

Whereas, Mr. Caffey served with distinction as a member of the Texas Oral History Association Board of Directors from 1993 through 1999 and supported generously the publication of Sound Historian: The Journal of the Texas Oral History Association,

Be it Resolved, that the Texas Oral History Association acknowledges sincere appreciation to Mr. Caffey and hereby creates in his honor the W. Stewart Caffey Award for Excellence for Precollegiate Teaching.