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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Outline

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Bibliography of Works by Vandiver in the Fondren Library

Description of Series

Series I: Correspondence

Series II: Publications

Series III: Addresses, Articles, Lectures, Reviews

Series IV: Teaching

Series V: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission

Series VI: Civil War Centennial Committee

Series VII: University of Texas Oral History Project

Series VIII: Ephemera and Other Materials

Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Frank E. Vandiver papers, 1947 - 1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator Vandiver, Frank Everson, 1925-
Title: Frank E. Vandiver papers
Dates: 1947 - 1977
Abstract: The papers of Frank Everson Vandiver (1925-), former Professor of History, Acting-President, and Provost of Rice University consist chiefly of correspondence, manuscripts, and other material generated by Vandiver as a historian, writer, teacher, and lecturer at Rice University. See "Related Materials" note for information on Vandiver's records as an administrator.
Identification: MS 348
Extent: 13 linear feet
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Biographical Outline

1925 Frank E. Vandiver born December 9 to Harry Schultz and Maude Folmsbee Everson Vandiver.
1945 Appointed Historian for Army Service Forces Depot, Civil Service, San Antonio.
1946-1947 Rockefeller Fellow in Humanities at U.T.
1947
1947-1948 Rockefeller Fellow in American Studies at U.T.
1949 Earned M.A. at U.T.
1949-1951 Teaching Assistant at Tulane University.
1951
1951-1952 Instructor for Extension Division, U. of Alabama.
1952
1952-1953 Instructor at Washington University.
1953 Received research grant from the American Philosophical Society.
1953-1955 Assistant Professor of History at Washington University, St. Louis.
1954
1954-1957 Professor of History at Louisiana State University, Summer Sessions.
1955-1956 Guggenheim Fellow Assistant Professor of History at Rice University.
1956 Published Rebel Brass: The Confederate Command System.
1956-1958 Associate Professor of History at Rice University.
1957
1958-1965 Professor of History at Rice University.
[1959] Became member of the Civil War Centennial Commission's Advisory Council.
1959 Edited Proceedings of Second Confederate Congress.
1960
1961
1962 Published Basic History of the Confederacy.
1962-1963 Served as Chairman of the History and Political Science Dept., Rice University.
1963
1963-1964 Harmsworth Professor of American History, Oxford University.
1964
1964-1966 Served as Master of Margaret Root Brown College, Rice University.
1965-1979 Harris Masterson Jr. Professor of History, Rice University.
1967 Keese Lecturer, U. of Chattanooga.
1968-1969 Served as Chairman of the History Dept., Rice University.
1969-1970 Served as Acting-President of Rice University.
1969-1974 Member of the Advisory Council, Office Chief Military History Dept., Army
1970
1970-1972 Executive Director, American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Texas.
1970-1979 Provost, Rice University.
1972-1978 Member of National Council for Humanities.
1973 Member of Board of Editors, U.S. Grant Papers.
1973-1974 Visiting Professor of Military History, U.S. Military Academy.
1974
1975
1977
1978 National Book Award Finalist.
1979-1981 President of North Texas State University.
1981- President of Texas A&M University.

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Scope and Contents

The papers of Frank Everson Vandiver (1925-), former Professor of History, Acting-President, and Provost of Rice University span the years 1947 through 1977 and total 13 linear feet.. A well-known historian and recipient of many awards and prizes, Vandiver later left Rice to become President of North Texas State University, and eventually President of Texas A&M University.

The collection consists of nine boxes of correspondence, manuscripts, and other material generated by Vandiver as a historian, writer, teacher, and lecturer. Some materials predate his arrival at Rice University; however, the bulk of the collection was generated during his tenure at Rice. Papers generated by Vandiver in his administrative positions (Provost, Acting-President, Brown College Master, History Dept. Chairman) are not included in the collection -- the guide section entitled "Related Collections in the Woodson Research Center" gives a brief description of those materials, as well as access information.

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Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the following series:
Series I: Correspondence
Series II: Publications
Series III: Addresses, Articles, Lectures, Reviews
Series IV: Teaching
Series V: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission
Series VI: Civil War Centennial Committee
Series VII: University of Texas Oral History Project
Series VIII: Ephemera and Other Materials

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Material stored off-site. Call ahead for access (24 hrs. turn around time).

Use Restrrictions

Permission to publish from the Frank E. Vandiver papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Vandiver, Frank Everson, 1925-
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University. Dept. of History and Political Science.
Subjects
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865.
Confederate States of America--History.
Confederate States of America--Politics and government.

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Related Material

As a faculty member at Rice University, Dr. Vandiver was called upon to do more than teach. He served as Chairman of the History and Political Science Department in 1962-63, and as Chairman of the History Department in 1968-69. On March 20, 1969, he was appointed Acting-President of the university. He remained in that position until September 1, 1970, after which he assumed the position of Provost.

The following record groups contain materials generated during the period in which Vandiver held an administrative position:

  • History Department. Papers, 1955-1975.
  • President's Office. Papers, 1908-
  • Provost's Office. Papers, 1964-1980.

All of these record groups are restricted. Researchers should consult a Woodson Research Center staff member for information concerning access.

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Administrative Information

Aquisition Information

A gift of Dr. Vandiver, the majority was received throughout the 1960s. Additional papers were received in 1982.

Finding aid compiled by Deborah Gatlin, 1984.

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Bibliography of Works by Vandiver in the Fondren Library

E 468.9 .A5 The American Tragedy, The Civil War in Retrospect. Hampden-Sydney College, 1959.

E 487 .V3 *E 487 .V3 Basic History of the Confederacy, Van Nostrand, 1962.

E 181 .P575 WRC E 181 .P575 Black Jack: The Life and Times of John J. Pershing, Texas A&M University Press, 1977.

E 470 .G69 The Civil War Diary of General Josiah Gorgas, U. of Alabama Press, 1947.

AS 36 .R35 v.57 LD 4711 .R3 Q 11 .R5 *QD 1 .R5 v.57 "Commander-in-Chief - Commander Relationships: Wilson and Pershing", Rice University Studies, Rice University, 1971.

E 600 .V3 WRC E 600 .V3 Confederate Blockade Running Through Bermuda, 1861-1865, University of Texas Press, 1947.

E 464 .V3 Essays on the American Civil War, University of Texas Press, 1968.

E 181 .N45 Fields of Glory; An Illustrated Narrative of American Land Warfare, Dutton, 1960.

E 468.9 .V3 *E 468.9 .V3 The First Public War, 1861-1865, Foundation of Public Relations Research and Education, 1962.

AS 36 .R35 v.57 LD 4711 .R3 Q 11 .R5 *QD 1 .R5 v.57 "Haig, Nivelle, and Third Ypres", Rice University Studies, Rice University, 1971.

F 209.5 .V3 *F 209.5 .V3 Masterson 209.5 .V3 The Idea of the South: Pursuit of a Central Theme, U. of Chicago Press, 1964.

*LB 2325 .V35 In Praise of Folly: Oxbridge Against the Brainpickers, Philosophical Society of Texas, 1965?.

AS 36 .R35 v. 48.2 LD 4711 .R3 v.48 Q11 .R5 v.48 *QD 1 .R5 v.48 "In Quest of General Pershing", Rice University Studies, Rice University, 1962.

E 664 .D28 V3 *E 664 .D28 V3 Jefferson Davis and the Confederate State, Clarendon Press, 1964.

D 25 .H3 no.5 John J. Pershing and the Anatomy of Leadership, U.S. Air Force Academy, 1963.

U 53 .P4 V3 *U 53 .P4 V3 John J. Pershing, Silver Burdett Co., 1967

E 476.66 .V3 Jubal's Raid: General Early's Famous Attack on Washington in 1864, McGraw-Hill, 1960.

E 467.1 .D26 V24 The Making of a President: Jefferson Davis, 1861, Virginia Civil War Commission, 1962.

E 467.1 .J15 V3 Mighty Stonewall, McGraw-Hill, 1957.

E 467.1 .G68 V3 *E 467.1 .G68 V3 Ploughshares into Swords; Josiah Gorgas and Confederate Ordnance, U. of Texas Press, 1952

E 545 .V3 WRC E 545 .V3 E 545 .V3 1969 Rebel Brass; The Confederate Command System, Louisiana State University Press, 1956.

F 787 .V35 *F787 .V35 The Southwest: South or West?, Texas A&M University Press, 1975.

*E468.9 .V32 That Elusive Civil War, U. of Chattanooga, 1967

E 487 .V33 1970 *E 487 .V33 1970 Their Tattered Flags: The Epic of the Confederacy, Harper's Magazine Press, 1970.

AS 36 .R35 v.58 no.4 LD 4711 .R3 *QD 1 .R5 v.58 "War and the Changing Nature of the Union", Rice University Studies, Rice University, 1972.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I: Correspondence

Includes all personal and professional correspondence except letters of recommendation written by Vandiver for former students (these have been placed with TEACHING materials) and correspondence related to PUBLICATIONS. Any fan mail or critical correspondence of Vandiver's works have been left in the CORRESPONDENCE section. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and covers 1947-1970.
Box Folder
1 1 1947-52
2 1953
3 1954
4 1955
5 1956
6 1957
7 1958
8 1959
9 1960
10 1961
11 1962
12 1963-65
13 1966
14 1967
15 1968-70
16 n.d.

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Series II: Publications

Forms the bulk of the collection and includes typescripts, revised drafts, page proof, printer's copy, research materials, publicity, and related correspondence. Arrangement is chronological by publication. Publications include Ploughshares into Swords; Rebel Brass; The Confederate Command System; Mighty Stonewall; Jubal's Raid; Fields of Glory; Basic History of the Confederacy; The Southwest: South or West?; General of the Armies: A Life of John J. Pershing; and Black Jack
Box Folder
1 17 Ploughshares into Swords - drafts (chap. 1-8)
18 Ploughshares into Swords - drafts (chap. 9-11)
Box Folder
2 1 Ploughshares into Swords - typescript (chap. 1-9)
2 Ploughshares into Swords - typescript (chap. 10-22)
3 Ploughshares into Swords - notes, research, correspondence
4 Rebel Brass; the Confederate Command System - typescript, 1st draft (chap. 1-2)
5 Rebel Brass; the Confederate Command System - typescript
6 Rebel Brass; the Confederate Command System - correspondence
7 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, 1st revised draft (chap. 1-6)
8 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, lst revised draft (chap. 7-10)
9 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, 1st revised draft (chap. 11-14)
10 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, 1st revised draft (chap. 15-18)
11 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, 2nd revised draft (chap. 1-6)
12 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, 2nd revised draft (chap. 7-10)
13 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, 2nd revised draft (chap. 11-14
14 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, 2nd revised draft (chap. 15-19)
15 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, 3rd revised draft (chap. 1-8)
Box Folder
3 1 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, 3rd revised draft (chap. 9-15)
2 Mighty Stonewall - typescript carbon, 3rd revised draft (chap 16-19, bib., footnotes)
3 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, printer's copy (chap. 1-7)
4 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, printer's copy (chap. 8-12)
5 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, printer's copy (chap. 13-17)
6 Mighty Stonewall - typescript, printer's copy (chap 18-19, bib., foot- notes, index)
7 Mighty Stonewall - printer's copy (unbound)
8 Mighty Stonewall - page proof
Box Folder
4 1 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 1)
2 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 2)
3 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 3-5)
4 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 6-7)
5 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 8-10)
6 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 11-13)
7 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 14-16)
8 Mighty Stonewall - extra copies of drafts (chap. 17-18)
9 Mighty Stonewall - research materials
10 Mighty Stonewall - correspondence and publicity, 1948-58
11 Jubal's Raid - early drafts (incomplete)
12 Jubal's Raid - typescript, revised draft
13 Jubal's Raid - typescript copy, final draft
14 Jubal's Raid - printer's copy
Box Folder
5 1 Jubal's Raid - page proof
2 Jubal's Raid - research materials
3 Jubal's Raid - correspondence, 1958-61
4 Fields of Glory - outline
5 Fields of Glory - typescript
6 Fields of Glory - printer's copy
7 Basic History of the Confederacy - typescript, 1st draft
8 Basic History of the Confederacy - typescript, final draft
9 Basic History of the Confederacy - page proof
10 Basic History of the Confederacy - correspondence, 1959-62
11 The Southwest: South or West? - printer's copy
12 The Southwest: South or West? - page proof
13 General of the Armies: A Life of John J. Pershing - typescript, 1st revised draft
14 General of the Armies: A Life of John J. Pershing - typescript, 2nd revised draft
15 General of the Armies: A Life of John J. Pershing - typescript, final draft
16 General of the Armies: A Life of John J. Pershing - correspondence, 1960-65
Box Folder
6 1 Black Jack - typescript, revised draft (chap. 1-13)
2 Black Jack - typescript, revised draft (chap. 14-22)
3 Black Jack - typescript, revised draft (chap. 23-24)
Box Folder
7 1 Black Jack - page proof (vol. I)
2 Black Jack - page proof (vol. II)
3 Black Jack - page proof (index)
4 Black Jack - miscellaneous materials re. publication
5 Black Jack - correspondence, 1960-69
6 Black Jack - complete master galley

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Series III: Addresses, Articles, Lectures, Reviews

Consists of manuscripts or annotated typescripts. Includes commencement addresses, articles, conference papers, and lectures. Arrangement is alphabetical by form and title.
All manuscripts are in excellent physical condition, no tears or folds and very few dogears. All are signed by the author.
Box Folder
7 1 "Historians and Modern War". Appeared in Sallyport, was the Rice University Alumni Association Distinguished Scholar Address. Original typescript in 18 pages double spaced. Typescript is relatively clean with few strikeovers. There are several word changes in the author's hand, but no marginal notes or vast changes.
7 Address - "Historians and Modern War" (Rice University Alumni Association Distinguished Scholar Address)
7 "In Quest of General Pershing". Appeared in Rice University Studies. Carbon copy in 12 pages, double spaced. This is clean and has only one word change by the author.
8 Address - "The Ivy Covered Foxhole", (Commencement Address, UT at Arlington) 1970
9 Address - "Pursuit of Happiness" (Commencement Address, Stephen F. Austin College)
10 Address - "View from the Foxhole", (Commencement Address, College of the Mainland) 1970
10 "The Southerner as Extremist". Appeared in Vandiver, ed., The Idea of the South. Original typescript in 28 pages, double spaced. All but three pages have pencilled corrections by the author plus strikeouts and strikeovers. Written additions and corrections appear throughout the manuscript.
11 Address - "A Zest for Learning", (Commencement Address, St. Mark's School) 1962
12 Article - "The Affair at Bayou Oeuf"
13 [Article] Outline - "The Confederate War Effort and the Problem of Command"
14 Article - "In Quest of General Pershing" ( Rice University Studies)
14 "The Civil War As An Institutionalizing Force". The inaugural lecture for the Walter P. Webb Memorial Lecture series, Arlington State College, Arlington, Texas, Original typescript, 20 pages, double spaced. Heavily corrected by author with strikeouts and strikeovers. Each page contains changes, insertions, and marginal notes. April 12, 1966.
15 Article - "Notes and Comments. Harper's Interprets `The South Today'"
15 "John J. Pershing and the Anatomy of Leadership". Harmon Lecture, Air Force Academy. Original typescript in 33 pages double spaced. Heavily marked with strikeouts, strikeovers, and corrections, additions, and deletions. Marginal notes, editorial marks throughout.
16 Article - "The Shelby Iron Company in the Civil War…"
17 Article - "The Southerner as Extremist"
17 "In Praise of Folly: Oxbridge Against the Brainpickers". Speech for the Philosophical Society of Texas, Saledo, Texas. Original typescript, 19 pages, double spaced. With insertions and deletions. Page 10 is written on reverse and then crossed out. Was not included in speech. Heavily marked with marginal notes. Also included is the carbon copy of the speech as given. December 11, 1965,
18 Article - "Stonewall Jackson: American Soldier"
19 Article - "Stonewall Jackson: The Man and the Myth"
20 Book Reviews done by Vandiver
21 Lecture - "The Civil War as an Institutionalizing Force", (Walter P. Webb Memorial Lecture, Arlington State U.) 1966
22 Lecture - "John J. Pershing and the Anatomy of Leadership" (Harmon Lecture, Air Force Academy)
23 Paper - "Some Problems in Writing Confederate History", (12th Missouri Valley History Conference) 1969
24 Speech - "In Praise of Folly: Oxbridge Against the Brainpickers", (Philosophical Society of Texas) 1965

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Series IV: Teaching

Includes class rosters, course outlines, quizzes and examinations, term papers, and other materials related to courses which Vandiver taught at Rice University and elsewhere. Arrangement is by university and course number (where known). Also included are letters of recommendation which Vandiver wrote for former students.
Box Folder
8 1 Rice University - Letters of Recommendation, 1959-67
2 Rice University - History 110
3 Rice University - History 340b
4 Rice University - History 395
5 Rice University - History 495
6 Rice University - History 500
7 Rice University - History 570
8 Rice University - History 600
9 University of Arizona
10 Louisiana State University
11 Unidentified teaching materials

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Series V: American Revolution Bicentennial Commission

Consists of office records of the commission formed to commemorate the American Revolution's Bicentennial. Vandiver was Executive Director of the American Revolution Bicentennial Commission of Texas from 1970 until 1972. Included are materials generated at the Commission's national, state, and local levels. Arrangement is by ARBC level, and folders are arranged alphabetically within each level. Papers cover the 1970-1974 period.
Box Folder
8 12 ARBC, National - American Historical Assn., 1971
13 ARBC, National - Articles and Publicity, 1970-72
14 ARBC, National - "Bicentennial Bulletin", 1971-72
15 ARBC, National - "Bicentennial Bulletin", 1973-74
16 ARBC, National - "Bicentennial News/Newsletter", 1971-73
17 ARBC, National - "Bicentennial Times", 1974
18 ARBC, National - Commission Meeting, 1971
19 ARBC, National - Legislation, 1966-69
20 ARBC, National - Members
21 ARBC, National - Other Planned Participations, 1971-74
22 ARBC, National - Report to the President, 1970
23 ARBC, Texas - Bicentennial Alliance, 1971
24 ARBC, Texas - Brochures, Contests, 1971
25 ARBC, Texas - Budget & Audit, 1970-71
26 ARBC, Texas - Citizen's Advisory Committee, 1970
27 ARBC, Texas - Community Service Bureau, Inc.
28 ARBC, Texas - Correspondence (Miscellaneous), 1971-73
29 ARBC, Texas - Directory of Regional Councils, 1970
30 ARBC, Texas - Goals
31 ARBC, Texas - Guidelines for Cities Seeking Endorsement
32 ARBC, Texas - Institute of Texas Cultures, 1971-73
33 ARBC, Texas - Legislature (Texas Members), 1970
34 ARBC, Texas - Meetings (Agenda & Minutes), 1970-72
35 ARBC, Texas - Members
36 ARBC, Texas - National ARBC Correspondence, 1970-72
37 ARBC, Texas - Newsclippings, 1971
38 ARBC, Texas - Newsletter, 1970-74
39 ARBC, Texas - Other Planned Participations, 1970-74
40 ARBC, Texas - Ranch Headquarters Assn., 1970-72
41 ARBC, Texas - Research Director's Report, 1970
42 ARBC, Texas - Rice University, 1971
43 ARBC, Texas - Riddle, Gene, 1970-73
44 ARBC, Texas - Stern, Alfred, 1970-71
45 ARBC, Texas - Texas Bicentennial Assn., 1972-74
46 ARBC, Texas - Texas College and University Bicentennial Program, 1970-71
47 ARBC, Texas - Texas College and University Bicentennial Program, 1972-73
48 ARBC, Texas - Texas Fine Arts Commission, 1970-71
49 ARBC, Texas - Texas State Historical Assn., 1970-71
50 ARBC, Texas - Vandiver as Executive Director, 1970-72
Box Folder
9 1 ARBC, Texas - Volunteers, 1970-72
2 ARBC, Houston - Americana Center, 1968-69
3 ARBC, Houston - Americana Center, 1970
4 ARBC, Houston - Americana Center, 1971
5 ARBC, Houston - Americana Center, n.d.

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Box Folder
9 6-8 VI
Series VI: Civil War Centennial Committee
Consists of correspondence and literature for the years 1957-1965. Vandiver was a member of the commission's advisory council. Also included are papers read at the commission's 7th National Assembly in 1964. Arrangement is by subject.
6 Correspondence, 1957-65
7 Literature
8 Papers Read at 7th National Assembly, 1964

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Series VII: University of Texas Oral History Project

Consists of one folder of correspondence and interview transcripts made in 1969 and 1970. Vandiver was chairman of the project's board of directors at that time.
Box Folder
9 9 Correspondence and Interview Transcripts, 1969-70

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Series VIII: Ephemera and Other Materials

Consists of undated photographs, calendars, and address books belonging to Vandiver; as well as reviews of Vandiver's works and publications sent to him by other historians. Three folders contain photocopies of newspaper clippings dealing with Vandiver's personal life and career; reviews of his works; or reviews that he wrote of others' works.
Box Folder
9 10 Photographs
11 Calendar and Address Books
12 Newsclippings - re. Vandiver
13 Newsclippings - Reviews by Vandiver
14 Reviews of Vandiver's Works
15 Publications of Others
16 Other Materials

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