Southern Methodist University

Ruth P. Morgan faculty papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Morgan, Ruth P., 1934-
Title: Ruth P. Morgan faculty papers
Inclusive Dates: 1967-1993
Abstract: Ruth Morgan joined Southern Methodist University as an assistant professor of political science in 1966, was promoted to professor in 1974, and served as Provost from 1986-1993. This collection includes correspondence, invitations, subject and reading files, miscellaneous, restricted administrative files, and her meeting notes and calendar. Although these records cover Dr. Morgan's faculty career, the majority of the files reflect her years as Provost.
Accession No: SMU 2000.0350
Extent: 10 boxes (9 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

Ruth P. Morgan was born in Berkeley, Calif., in 1934, but her family moved to Austin, Texas, in 1939, when her father joined the University of Texas faculty. She spent her summers on the family's wheat land in the Texas Panhandle, where she learned that reading would exempt her from participating in chores. She carried this studious penchant with her to the University of Texas at Austin and graduated summa cum laude. Morgan received her master's and doctorate degrees from Louisiana State University in 1962 and 1966. Her academic specialty is in the American Presidency.

Ruth P. Morgan came to Southern Methodist University in 1966 as assistant professor of political science. She taught several courses including the American presidency and modern political thought. Her skills as an academician and pedagogue were recognized by both her colleagues and pupils, and she was twice named SMU's outstanding professor. From the first time she set foot on the campus, Dr. Ruth Morgan was actively involved in improving and developing SMU as an institution. While professor, she served as president of the Faculty Senate.

In 1978 she joined the provost's office and her talent for managerial and administrative tasks proved priceless. She quickly climbed the ranks in this office. In 1986 she was named interim provost to fill the position left by William B. Stallcup, Jr., and in 1987, SMU's ninth president, A. Kenneth Pye, made the appointment permanent. Morgan served an efficacious and diligent six years as provost and stepped down from her post in 1993.

In the provost's office she held a number of positions including chair of a steering committee on self-study and program review. As provost, Dr. Morgan helped update the school's academic program by increasing requirements for science, language and writing. She also established interdisciplinary programs in international and ethnic studies, as well as doctorate programs in both psychology and physics.

Dr. Morgan is provost emeritus and professor emeritus of political science at Southern Methodist University, and her published works include The President and Civil Rights: Policy-Making by Executive Order, 1987, and Governance by Decree: the Impact of the Voting Rights Act in Dallas, 2004.

Bibliography:

Brinkerhoff, Mary. "Professor Prefers Showing to Telling," Dallas Morning News, November 22, 1970, E1.

Dunlap, James. "Professor Advocates General Education," Dallas Morning News, February 5, 1976, A39.

"History is Not Just for Historians," Dallas Morning News, November 14, 1975, C1.

Parmley, Helen, and Connie Pryzant. "SMU Trustees Hear Charges of Cheating," Dallas Morning News, March 24, 1987, A15.

Pryzant, Connie. "Pye Picks Morgan For Provost, Vice President," Dallas Morning News, August 26, 1987, A21.

Pryzant, Connie. "Provost Selected At SMU," Dallas Morning News, June 30, 1987, A13.

Scott, Steve. "SMU's No. 2 administrator leaving to take another job," Dallas Morning News, Oct. 7, 1992, A29.

"SMU Provost - Ruth Morgan is an Excellent Choice for Job," Dallas Morning News, July 3, 1987, Editorials, A30.

"SMU Faculty Hold Special meeting to Discuss Future of the University," Dallas Morning News, January 14, 1987, A22.


Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Ruth Morgan faculty papers reflect her life as an academic. The correspondence is organized by date and includes both faculty correspondence as well as official correspondence as Provost. The correspondence series is almost half of the collection. The subject files encompass the wide variety of projects that a provost oversees, and it is a rich source of information about general SMU events.


 

Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into seven series:
Series 1: Correspondence, 1967-1996
Series 2: Invitations
Series 3: Subject Files, 1966-1996
Series 4: Reading Files, 1983-1986
Series 5: Miscellaneous
Series 6: Restricted Administrative Files
Series 7: Meeting Notes and Calendar, 1982-1993
Series 8: Provost Retirement

Restrictions

Access to Collection:

A majority of the collection is open for research use. Series 6 is restricted. Those files have been identified as "RESTRICTED" in the following container list.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.


Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Morgan, Ruth P., 1934-
Southern Methodist University--Faculty.
Southern Methodist University--Administration.
Southern Methodist University. Dept. of Political Science.
Southern Methodist University. Office of the Provost.
Political scientists--Texas.

Related Material

This is one of the collections in the Archives of Women of the Southwest.

In addition, Ruth Morgan donated her records about her civic participation in the Dallas community to the DeGolyer Library. See "Ruth P. Morgan papers," A1996.2099.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ruth P. Morgan faculty papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Ruth P. Morgan, 2000.

Processing Information

Records were processed in 2001 and 2006. The finding aid was written by Adam Hawkins.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2006


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Correspondence, 1967-1996

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, 1967-1968
2 Correspondence, 1968-1969
3 Correspondence, 1969-1970
4 Correspondence, 1970-1971
5 Correspondence, 1971-1972
6 Correspondence, 1972-1973
7 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1973-1979
8 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1979-1985
9 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1979-1986
10 Correspondence, January 1984
11 Correspondence, February 1984
12 Correspondence, March 1984
13 Correspondence, April 1984
14 Correspondence, May 1984
15 Correspondence, June 1984
16 Correspondence, July 1984
17 Correspondence, August 1984
18 Correspondence, September 1984
19 Correspondence, October 1984
20 Miscellaneous Correspondence, October-December 1984
21 Correspondence, November 1984
22 Correspondence, December 1984
23 Correspondence, January 1985
24 Correspondence, February 1985
25 Correspondence, March 1985
26 Correspondence, April 1985
27 Correspondence, May 1985
28 Correspondence, June 1985
29 Correspondence, July 1985
30 Correspondence, August 1985
31 Correspondence, September 1985
32 Correspondence, October 1985
33 Correspondence, November 1985
34 Correspondence, December 1985
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, January 1986
2 Correspondence, February 1986
3 Correspondence, March 1986
4 Correspondence, April 1986
5 Correspondence, May 1986
6 Correspondence, June 1986
7 Correspondence, July 1986
8 Correspondence, August 1986
9 Correspondence, September 1986
10 Correspondence, October 1986
11 Correspondence, November 1986
12 Correspondence, December 1986
13 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1986-1987
14 Correspondence, January 1987
15 Correspondence, February 1987
16 Correspondence, March 1987
17 Correspondence, April 1987
18 Correspondence, May 1987
19 Correspondence, June 1987
20 Correspondence, July 1987
21 Correspondence, August 1987
22 Correspondence, September 1987
23 Correspondence, September 1987, folder 2
24 Correspondence, October 1987
25 Correspondence, October 1987, folder 2
26 Correspondence, November 1987
27 Correspondence, November 1987, folder 2
28 Correspondence, December 1987
29 Correspondence, December 1987, folder 2
30 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1987-1988
31 Correspondence, January 1988
32 Correspondence, February 1988
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, March 1988
2 Correspondence, April 1988
3 Correspondence, May 1988
4 Correspondence, June 1988
5 Correspondence, July 1988
6 Correspondence, August 1988
7 Correspondence, September 1988
8 Correspondence, October 1988
9 Correspondence, November 1988
10 Correspondence, December 1988
11 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1988-1989
12 Correspondence, January 1989
13 Correspondence, February 1989
14 Correspondence, March 1989
15 Correspondence, April 1989
16 Correspondence, May 1989
17 Correspondence, June 1989
18 Correspondence, July 1989
19 Correspondence, August 1989
20 Correspondence, September 1989
21 Correspondence, October 1989
22 Correspondence, November 1989
23 Correspondence, December 1989
24 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1989-1990
25 Correspondence, January 1990
26 Correspondence, February 1990
27 Correspondence, March 1990
28 Correspondence, April 1990
29 Correspondence, May 1990
30 Correspondence, June 1990
31 Correspondence, July 1990
32 Correspondence, August 1990
33 Correspondence, September 1990
34 Correspondence, October 1990
35 Correspondence, November 1990
36 Correspondence, December 1990
Box Folder
4 1 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1990-1991
2 Correspondence, January 1991
3 Correspondence, February 1991
4 Correspondence, March 1991
5 Correspondence, April 1991
6 Correspondence, May 1991
7 Correspondence, June 1991
8 Correspondence, July 1991
9 Correspondence, August 1991
10 Correspondence, September 1991
11 Correspondence, October 1991
12 Correspondence, November 1991
13 Correspondence, December 1991
14 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1991-1992
15 Correspondence, January 1992
16 Correspondence, February 1992
17 Correspondence, March 1992
18 Correspondence, April 1992
19 Correspondence, May 1992
20 Correspondence, June 1992
21 Correspondence, July 1992
22 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1992-1993
23 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1994-1995
24 Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1996
25 Miscellaneous Correspondence
26 Miscellaneous Correspondence
27 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence
Box Folder
5 1 Miscellaneous Personal Correspondence, 1987-1992



 

Series 2:
Invitations

Box Folder
5 2 Invitations



 

Series 3:
Subject Files, 1966-1996

Box Folder
5 3 ABC 1982 Election Analysis
4 1989 Academic Priorities Task Force
5 Academic Priorities Task Force
6 Academic Priorities Task Force
7 Activities, 1970-1977
8 Activities, 1978-1979
9 Early Brunches, 1974-1981
10 Breakfast, 1983
11 Breakfast, 1985
12 Breakfast, 1986
13 Breakfast, 1987
14 Spring Brunch, 1988
15 Breakfast, 1989
16 Spring Brunch, 1990
17 Breakfast, 1991
18 Brunch, 1992
19 Breakfast, 1993
20 Breakfast, 1994
21 Spring Brunch, 1995
22 Spring Brunch, 1996
23 Commencement, 1992
24 Civiletti, 1980 October 31
25 Class Visits/Dept. Meetings/Breakfasts
26 Cuomo Intro, 1992
Box Folder
6 1 Dallas Historical Society
2 Dean of Humanities and Sciences
3 Faculty Policies
4 Faculty Policies Revisions
5 January, 1993 Faculty Addresses
6 January, 1993 Faculty Meetings and Reactions
7 Spin-offs from January 1990 Address
8 Letters to Faculty
9 Faculty Comp. Goals, 1980s
10 Kilby Awards/Foundation
11 Miscellaneous Contributions
12 Government Department, 1968-1972
13 Government Department, 1972
14 1989 Fed. Reserve Anniversary Talk and Responses
15 U.S. Army Command and General Staff College
16 Phi Beta Kappa
17 Charter 100
18 Provost Staff Meeting
19 Washington Trip - Provost Meeting
20 Provost Letters on Appointment
21 Promotion
22 COD Notes
23 Prouse Endowment
24 Prouse Endowment
25 1991 Staff/Budget Reductions
26 Budget Reductions 1990s
27 Searches - Notes on Library Search
28 TX-EX Scholarships
29 1990 NEH Reauthorization Hearings
30 President Searches, 1972 and 1980
31 Presidential Search Committee, 1986-1987
32 Inauguration of Paul Hardin, 1972
33 President Tate Honoring at 1972 Commencement
34 Jordan Honorary Degree, 1976
35 Introductions
36 Founder's Day 1986
37 Remarks, Fall of 1988
38 Faculty Senate Reception
39 Commencement 1993
Box Folder
7 1 KERA, Jan. 1987 on SMU
2 Remarks to Faculty, January, 1987
3 Tag August 1, 1985
4 Welcomes for Student Activities Committee
5 Public Talks and Comments, 1966
6 Talks and Appearances on Radio and Television
7 Alumni Talks
8 Pye/Jones
9 Justice O'Connor Introduction, 1987
10 Powell Introduction at Women's Symposium, 1984
11 Introductions
12 Ruth's SMU Documents
13 SMU: Leave, etc.
14 Job Correspondence
15 Associate Provost Resignation
16 Victoria College
17 Job Interviews 1983



 

Series 4:
Reading Files, 1983-1986

Box Folder
7 18 Reading File, July-December, 1983
19 Pending
20 Reading File, January-March, 1984
21 Reading File, April-June, 1984
22 Reading File, July-September, 1984
23 Reading File, January-March, 1985
24 Reading File, April-June, 1985
25 Reading File, July-September, 1985
Box Folder
9 1 Reading File, October-December, 1985
2 Reading File, January-March, 1986
3 Reading File, April, 1986



 

Series 5:
Miscellaneous

Box Folder
9 4 Miscellaneous Correspondence
5 Miscellaneous Correspondence
6 Miscellaneous Correspondence



 

Series 6:
Restricted Administrative Files

Box Folder
8 1 OFCCP Investigation, 1985. RESTRICTED.
2 Dedman Dean Search. RESTRICTED.
3 Dedman Dean Search. RESTRICTED.
4 Law Dean Search. RESTRICTED.
5 Business School Dean. RESTRICTED.
6 Law School. RESTRICTED.
7 SMU. RESTRICTED.
8 Sexual Harassment Examples. RESTRICTED.



 

Series 7:
Meeting Notes and Calendar, 1982-1993

Box Folder
9 7 Meeting Notes, 1982
8 Meeting Notes, 1983
9 Meeting Notes, January, 1984
10 Meeting Notes, February, 1984
11 Meeting Notes, March, 1984
12 Meeting Notes, April, 1984
13 Meeting Notes, May, 1984
14 Meeting Notes, June, 1984
15 Meeting Notes, July, 1984
16 Meeting Notes, August, 1984
17 Meeting Notes, September, 1984
18 Meeting Notes, October, 1984
19 Meeting Notes, November, 1984
20 Meeting Notes, December, 1984
21 Meeting Notes, January, 1986
22 Meeting Notes, February, 1986
23 Meeting Notes, March, 1986
24 Meeting Notes, April, 1986
25 Meeting Notes, May, 1986
26 Meeting Notes, June, 1986
27 Meeting Notes, July, 1986
28 Meeting Notes, August, 1986
29 Meeting Notes, September, 1986
30 Meeting Notes, October, 1986
31 Meeting Notes, November, 1986
32 Meeting Notes, December, 1986
33 Meeting Notes, January, 1987
34 Meeting Notes, February, 1987
35 Meeting Notes, March, 1987
36 Meeting Notes, April, 1987
37 Meeting Notes, May, 1987
38 Meeting Notes, June, 1987
39 Meeting Notes, July, 1987
40 Meeting Notes, August, 1987
41 Meeting Notes, September, 1987
42 Meeting Notes, October, 1987
43 Meeting Notes, November, 1987
44 Meeting Notes, December, 1987
45 Meeting Notes, January, 1988
46 Meeting Notes, February, 1988
47 Meeting Notes, March, 1988
48 Meeting Notes, April, 1988
49 Meeting Notes, May, 1988
50 Meeting Notes, June, 1988
51 Meeting Notes, July, 1988
52 Meeting Notes, August, 1988
53 Meeting Notes, September, 1988
54 Meeting Notes, October, 1988
55 Meeting Notes, November, 1988
56 Meeting Notes, December, 1988
Box Folder
10 1 Meeting Notes, January, 1989
2 Meeting Notes, February, 1989
3 Meeting Notes, March, 1989
4 Meeting Notes, April, 1989
5 Meeting Notes, May, 1989
6 Meeting Notes, June, 1989
7 Meeting Notes, July, 1989
8 Meeting Notes, August, 1989
9 Meeting Notes, September, 1989
10 Meeting Notes, October, 1989
11 Meeting Notes, November, 1989
12 Meeting Notes, December, 1989
13 Meeting Notes, January, 1990
14 Meeting Notes, February, 1990
15 Meeting Notes, March, 1990
16 Meeting Notes and Calendar, April, 1990
17 Meeting Notes and Calendar, May, 1990
18 Meeting Notes and Calendar, June, 1990
19 Meeting Notes, July, 1990
20 Meeting Notes and Calendar, August, 1990
21 Meeting Notes and Calendar, September, 1990
22 Meeting Notes and Calendar, October, 1990
23 Meeting Notes and Calendar, November, 1990
24 Meeting Notes and Calendar, December, 1990
25 Calendar, January, 1991
26 Calendar, February, 1991
27 Calendar, March, 1991
28 Calendar, April, 1991
29 Calendar, May, 1991
30 Calendar, June, 1991
31 Calendar, July, 1991
32 Calendar, August, 1991
33 Calendar, September, 1991
34 Calendar, October, 1991
35 Calendar, November, 1991
36 Calendar, December, 1991
37 Calendar, January, 1992
38 Calendar, February, 1992
39 Calendar, March, 1992
40 Calendar, April, 1992
42 Calendar, May, 1992
43 Calendar, January, 1993
44 Calendar, February, 1993
45 Calendar, March, 1993
46 Calendar, April, 1993
47 Calendar, May, 1993
48 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1986
49 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1987
50 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1988
51 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1989
52 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1990
53 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1991
54 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1992
55 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1992
56 Weekly Appointment Calendar, 1993



 

Series 8:
Provost Retirement

Box Folder
1 57 Provost Retirement
58 Provost Retirement Letters