Bureaucracy : Promising

Promising

Bureaucracy is often an implicit promise in the sense that standardized procedures guarantee a certain outcome. But in some cases, bureaucracy offers a more explicit form of promise, such as when a loan document indicates a promise that the borrower will repay the loan or when an admission ticket promises that the bearer will be granted entry. Bureaucratic forms enact a promise that future outcomes can be guaranteed. Bureaucratic promising, therefore, is intended to reduce uncertainty about future events, actions, and results.

This document is an enrollment ticket issued by Texas Normal College and Training Institute in 1890. Tickets came in books of five, and they could be exchanged for a combination of classes, lectures, or drills.

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This certificate is a repurposed diploma issued to J.W. Medlin in 1892. The original document was a diploma for the Texas Normal College and Teachers Training Institute, which opened in Denton in 1890. 

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The Texian Loan Certificate documented a loan to the newly formed Republic of Texas in 1836. 

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Texian Loan Certificate

This pamphlet collects letters and documents related to the establishment of the Republic of Texas as an independent territory following a series of military conflicts between Texas settlers and the government of Mexico in 1835-1836.

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