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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General Records

Annual Records

The Technician

Southern Methodist University

Technical Club of Dallas records

A Guide



Overview

Creator: Technical Club of Dallas
Title: Technical Club of Dallas records
Inclusive Dates: 1919-2009
Abstract: The Technical Club of Dallas was formed in Dallas, Texas on June 2, 1919. This society of engineers was involved with the Kessler plan for Dallas City planning, helped to support the co-op plan at Southern Methodist University School of Engineering, and sponsored the Student Engineering Society at North Texas Agricultural College (which would later become University of Texas at Arlington). This collection contains minutes from 1919, copies of their publication The Technician from 1944-2009, financial statements, and membership directories.
Accession No: A2010.0002
Extent: 6 boxes (6 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Historical Note

In the summer of 1919, Hart Vance, Otto H. Lang, S.E. Gillespie, S.D. Bacon, E.M. Noyes, and O.H. Koch took stock of Dallas. World War I was ending and the city was bustling. Business and industry were growing at a steady rate. These men felt that a city as prominent as Dallas needed an organization that brought together the various fields of engineering. An organization of this sort, they thought, could not only encourage social engagement but could also be a pivotal resource for the city. The six men each decided to survey a different branch of technical work to gauge interest in a technical club in Dallas. They invited all Dallas-area engineers to a dinner to discuss the group. On June 10, 1919 the response was encouraging. 77 men attended the dinner meeting and motioned that a committee be formed to draft a constitution and create a name. A few weeks later, on July 2, 1919, the Technical Club of Dallas was born.

It soon became obvious that the Technical Club of Dallas was indeed needed. The engineers of the club helped city officials in planning for city growth. The club supported the Kessler Plan—a plan that tried to solve the flooding of the Trinity River and many other dangers caused by the haphazard, and at times nonexistent, city planning of early Dallas. In 1923, O.H. Koch and the Technical Club organized a committee on water conservation and flood control. Another committee composed of club membership was formed in 1925 to aid in city planning through zoning. And again, in the late 1920s the organization helped the city by researching an appropriate site for Lake Dallas. The creation of the lake gave Dallas an adequate water supply for the future. Later in the century the club aided Dallas County in highway planning with in depth research and reports.

The Technical Club of Dallas’ activities did not end at professional consultation. The group also supported technical education in the area. In 1925, the Technical Club of Dallas helped establish an engineering school on a cooperative plan with Southern Methodist University. The members raised funds, taught courses, trained students, and hired students in their firms. In 1932, the club continued its support of area education by sponsoring the Student Engineering Society at North Texas Agricultural College (which would later become University of Texas at Arlington). This early dedication to education continued and in 1991 the Technical Club of Dallas donated $20,000 to the SMU School of Engineering.

The organization celebrated its 70th anniversary in 1989 and its 75th anniversary in 1994. On May 31, 1994 the city honored the club by declaring the day the “Technical Club of Dallas Day.”

Sources:

Technical Club of Dallas, “Technical Club of Dallas – General Information,” Folder 12 Box 1

Technical Club of Dallas, “1994 – Technical Club of Dallas 75th Anniversary,” Folder 8 Box 3

“Flood Control Program Planned,” Dallas Morning News, July 15, 1923.

“Technical Club Installs Officers,” Dallas Morning News, January 20, 1925.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

These are the records of the Technical Club of Dallas. They contain: membership rosters, expenses, dues, speeches, reports, correspondence, constitutions, by-laws, minutes, newspaper clippings, and the group’s newsletter, The Technician.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: General Records
Series 2: Annual Records
Series 3: The Technician

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

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.

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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.
Technical Club of Dallas.
Technology -- Texas -- Dallas -- Societies, etc.
Engineers -- Texas -- Dallas -- Societies, etc.
Minutes.
Technician.

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Related Material

Southern Methodist University School of Engineering records (SMU 1991.0069)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Technical Club of Dallas records, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Gordon L. Rice, 2010.

Finding aid

By Aaron Sanchez, 2010.

Finding aid encoded by

Cynthia Franco, 2011.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
General Records
2 boxes

Box Folder
1 1 Minutes 1919-1927
2 Membership – 1940s-1960s
3 Membership
4 Membership Rosters
5 Duplicate Rosters
6 Correspondence
7 Correspondence
8 Newspaper Clippings – Articles and Obituaries
9 Newspaper Clippings – Articles and Obituaries
10 Newsletters
11 Publications
12 Technical Club of Dallas – General Information
13 Constitutions and Bylaws
14 Finances
15 Dues
16 Expenses
17 Expenses
Box Folder
2 1 Reports
2 Speeches
3 Organizational Activities
4 Social Activities
5 Membership
6 Notes
7 Photographs
8 SMU Course Catalog – 1925-26
9 Student Award
10 Outstanding Senior Award, Technical Club of Dallas, UTD
11 Dallas Technical Club Education Fund
12 Awards
13 Miscellaneous [business cards, envelopes, brochures, and unrelated reports]
14 Miscellaneous [club stationery, conference, programs, and a court transcript]
15 Miscellaneous [envelopes, club seal, and lanyards]
16 Slides
17 Hazardous Waste Incineration

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Series 2:
Annual Records
3 boxes

Box Folder
2 18 1964-1965
19 1967-1969
20 1970
21 1971 – Summer Survey
22 1973
23 1974
24 1975
25 1976
26 1977
27 1979
28 1980
29 1981
30 1982
31 1983
32 1984
33 1985
34 1986
35 1986 – Expenses
36 1987
37 1987 – Expenses
38 1988
Box Folder
3 1 1989
2 1989 – Dallas Technical Club 70th Anniversary
3 1990
4 1991
5 1992
6 1993
7 1994
8 1994 – Dallas Technical Club 75th Anniversary
9 1995
10 1996
11 1997
12 1997 – Tech/SEAS Lecture
13 1997 – Program Information
14 1998
15 1998 – Tech/SEAS Lecture
16 1999
17 1999 – Gary Kitmacher
18 2000
19 2000 – Water
20 2001
21 2001 – Program Information
22 2002
23 2002 – Lecture
24 2003
25 2004
26 2005
27 2005 – Awards Ceremony
28 2006
29 2006 – Student Award
30 2007
31 2008 – Student Award
32 2009 – Student Award
Box Folder
4 1 Technical Club of Dallas Day
2 Dialog

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Series 3:
The Technician
3 boxes

This series contains the group’s newsletter, The Technician. Missing from this collection are the years 1933-1943, 1956, 1960, and 1961.
Box Folder
4 3 1922-1923
4 1923-1924
5 1924-1925
6 1925-1926
7 1926-1927
8 1927-1928
9 1929-1932
10 1944
11 1945-1946
12 1946-1947
13 1947-1948
14 1949
15 1949-1950
Box Folder
5 1 1950-1951
2 1951-1952
3 1952-1953
4 1953
5 1953-1954
6 1954
7 1954-1955
8 1955
9 1957
10 1958
11 1959
12 1962
13 1963
14 1964
15 1965
16 1966
17 1967
18 1968
19 1969
20 1970
21 1971
22 1972
23 1973
24 1974
25 1975
26 1976
27 1977
28 1978
29 1979
Box Folder
6 1 1980
2 1981
3 1982
4 1983
5 1984
6 1985
7 1986
8 1987
9 1988
10 1989
11 1990
12 1991
13 1992
14 1993
15 1994
16 1995
17 1996
18 1997
19 1998
20 1999
21 2000
22 2001
23 2002
24 2003
25 2004
26 2005
27 2006
28 2007
29 2008
30 2009

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