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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Virginia and Tufts University, 1958-1987

Texas Tech University, 1943-1988 and undated

Department of Education, 1969-1991 and undated

Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated

Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated

Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Lauro F. Cavazos:

An Inventory of His Papers 1943-1991 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Cavazos, Lauro
Title: Lauro F. Cavazos Papers,
Dates: 1943-1991 and undated
Abstract: The papers of Lauro F. Cavazos, a former President of Texas Tech University who later became Secretary of Education in 1988.
Collection # S 170.1
Quantity: 64 boxes (63.0 linear feet)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

A sixth generation Texan, Lauro Fred Cavazos was born on January 4, 1927 on the vast King Ranch in South Texas, where his father was the foreman of the showcase Santa Gertrudis Division. He earned his B.A. and M.A. in zoology at Texas Tech University and a doctoral degree in physiology from Iowa State University. In addition, he received honorary degrees from several universities and colleges. He married the former Peggy Murdock, and together they had ten children.

Dr. Cavazos served in various professional and administrative positions. He taught at the Medical College of Virginia and at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, where he was also Dean from 1975 to 1980. He returned to Texas Tech University in 1980 to become its tenth president, and the first Hispanic and first graduate of the school to hold the office.

A recognized expert in both the field of medicine and the field of education, Cavazos was a consultant to national and international health organizations, including the World Health Organization and a variety of inter-American health groups. He authored or co-authored approximately 75 publications in the areas of physiology and reproduction, fine structure of cells and tissues, and medical education. Cavazos also received a number of awards recognizing his efforts in education. In 1984 President Ronald Reagan presented him with an award for Outstanding Leadership in the Field of Education. In 1985 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal from the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences, and in 1987 he accepted an award designed in his honor from the Texas Tech University Ex- Student Association. The next year he received the National Hispanic Leadership Award in the field of education from the League of United Latin American Citizens.

On August 9, 1988 President Reagan nominated Cavazos for Secretary of Education, and on September 20, 1988 he was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. President George Bush asked him to continue as Secretary following the November 1988 election. He remained in the position until resigning in December 1990. As Secretary, Cavazos concentrated on reforming American Education through raising the expectations of students, teachers, and parents. He also targeted federal resources to improve opportunities for those most in need, and initiated special programs to combat drug and alcohol use. As a strong advocate of parental involvement in education, he provided leadership to encourage parental and community participation in education reform.

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Scope and Contents

The Lauro Fred Cavazos Papers, 1943-1991 and undated consist of personal and professional papers. The collection is divided into three sections: University of Virginia and Tufts University, 1958-1987 (2 linear feet); Texas Technological University, 1943-1988 and undated (23 linear feet); and Department of Education, 1969-1991 and undated (38 linear feet).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Cavazos, Lauro
Cavazos, Lauro--Archives
Cavazos, Lauro--Correspondence
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University--Administration
Texas Tech University--History
Texas Tech University--Presidents
United States. Dept. of Education
Places
King Ranch (Tex.)
United States--Politics and government
Subjects
College presidents--Texas
Education--United States
Education and state--United States
Mexican Americans--Texas
Minorities--Education
Speeches, addresses, etc. American

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Related Material

For related materials located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, see the following collections:

  • Lauro Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1984
  • Lauro Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1991
  • Lauro Cavazos oral history interview [sound recording], 1994

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lauro F. Cavazos Papers, 1943-1991 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, undated

Processed by

Abel Ramirez, August 2000

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Collection Inventory

 

University of Virginia and Tufts University, 1958-1987
(2 linear feet)

box folder
1 1 Virginia Medical Material, 1958-1963
2 Tufts Correspondence, 1963-1980
3 Tufts School of Medicine, 1974-1980
4 Tufts Invitations and Brochures, 1973-1980
5 News Clippings, 1962-1987
6 Memorabilia, 1977-1979 and undated
7 Printed Material, 1973-1980
box folder
2 1 Printed Material, 1964-1982
2 Student Dissertations, 1962-1977
(2 items)
3 Student Dissertations, 1962-1977
(2 items)
4 Student Dissertations, 1962-1977
(2 items)
5 Student Dissertations, 1962-1977
(1 items)

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Texas Tech University, 1943-1988 and undated
(23 linear feet)

Correspondence, 1977-1988
box folder
3 1 File, 1977-1988
2 File, 1977-1988
3 File, 1977-1988
4 File, 1977-1988
5 File, 1977-1988
6 File, 1977-1988
7 File, 1977-1988
8 File, 1977-1988
9 File, 1977-1988
10 File, 1977-1988
11 File, 1977-1988
12 File, 1977-1988
13 File, 1977-1988
14 File, 1977-1988
15 File, 1977-1988
16 File, 1977-1988
17 File, 1977-1988
18 File, 1977-1988
19 File, 1977-1988
box folder
4 1 File, 1980-1987
2 File, 1980-1987
3 General, 1980-1985
4 General, 1980-1988 and undated
5 Invitations, 1980-1988
General Files, 1979-1988
box folder
4 6 Cavazos, Lauro F., 1979-1988
7 Cavazos, Lauro F., 1979-1988
8 Cavazos, Lauro F., 1979-1988
9 Cavazos, Lauro F., 1979-1988
10 Commencements, 1977-1988
11 Dads Association Newsletter, 1982
12 Diamond Shamrock, 1987
13 Dinners and Names, 1982-1988
14 Enterprise Campaign, 1986
15 Hispanic Education, 1987
box folder
5 1 Inaugural Material, 1980
2 Inaugural Material (Inaugural Speech), 1980
3 Inaugural Material (Inaugural Speech: Original Copy), 1980
4 Inaugural Material, Booklets, 1980
5 Midland/Port Arkansas, 1988
6 Personal, 1980-1988
7 Personal, 1980-1988
8 Program for Dedication, 1986
9 Press Clippings, 1988
10 Publications, 1983-1987
11 Resignation, 1988
12 Texas Tech Insight, 1980
13 Travel, 1981-1986
14 Vitas/Pictures, 1987
15 White House, 1987-1988
16 Women's Athletics, 1982-1984
17 Legal Material, 1988
18 Printed Material, 1964-1980
box folder
6 1 Printed Material, 1980
2 Printed Material, 1980-1981
3 Printed Material, 1982
4 Printed Material, 1983
box folder
7 1 Printed Material, 1984
2 Printed Material, 1985
3 Printed Material, 1986
4 Printed Material, 1987
5 Printed Material, 1988
6 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
7 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
box folder
8 1 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
2 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
3 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
4 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
5 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
box folder
9 1 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
2 News Clippings, 1980-1988 and undated
3 Programs, Pamphlets, and Brochures, 1977-1985
4 Programs, Pamphlets, and Brochures, 1984-1988 and undated
box folder
10 1 Speeches, 1980-1982
2 Speeches, 1980-1982
3 Speeches, 1980-1982
4 Speeches, 1980-1982
5 Speeches, 1980-1982
6 Speeches, 1980-1982
7 Speeches, 1980-1982
box folder
11 1 Speeches, Jan. - Feb., 1982
2 Speeches, March - April, 1982
3 Speeches, May - Dec., 1982
4 Speeches, Feb. - April, 1983
5 Speeches, April - Oct., 1983
6 Speeches, Oct. - Dec., 1983
7 Speeches, Jan. - May, 1984
box folder
12 1 Speeches, May, 1984 - Feb., 1985
2 Speeches, March - May, 1985
3 Speeches, June - Dec., 1985
4 Speeches, Jan. - June, 1986
5 Speeches, July - Dec., 1986
box folder
13 1 Speeches, Jan. - April, 1987
2 Speeches, May - Aug., 1987
3 Speeches, Sept. - Dec., 1987
4 Speeches, Jan. - April, 1988
5 Speeches, May - June, 1988
6 Speeches, July - Aug., 1988
7 Speeches, Miscellaneous, undated
box folder
14 1 Literary Productions, undated
2 Literary Productions, undated
3 Literary Productions, undated
4 Monthly Appointment Books, 1980-1985
5 Monthly Appointment Books, 1985-1988
box folder
15 1 Weekly Appointment Books, 1978-1988
2 Weekly Appointment Books, 1983-1984
3 Weekly Appointment Books, 1985-1988
4 Scrapbooks, 1983-1988
5 Scrapbooks, 1983-1988
box folder
16 1 Scrapbooks, 1983-1988
2 Photographs, 1980-1988 and undated
3 Photographs, 1980-1988 and undated
4 Photographs, 1980-1988 and undated
Memorabilia, 1953-1988 and undated
box folder
16 5 General, 1980-1988 and undated
6 Inaugural Recognitions, 1980
7 Inaugural Recognitions, 1980
box folder
17 1 Inaugural Recognitions, 1980
2 Inaugural Recognitions, 1980
3 Inaugural Recognitions, 1980
4 Honors, 1980-1988 and undated
5 Medals, 1973-1988 and undated
box folder
18 1 Keys to Cities, 1981 and undated
2 Keys to Cities, 1981 and undated
3 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
4 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
5 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
box folder
19 1 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
2 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
3 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
4 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
5 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
box folder
20 1 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
2 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
3 Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
box folder
21 1 Oversized Plaques, 1980-1988 and undated
(6 items)
box folder
22 1 Football, 1980-1981
(3 items)
box folder
23 1 Football, 1987 and undated
(4 items)
box folder
24 1 Basketball, 1984-1987 and undated
(3 items)
box folder
25 1 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
2 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
3 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
4 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
5 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
6 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
7 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated
8 Miscellaneous, 1953-1984 and undated

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Department of Education, 1969-1991 and undated
(38 linear feet)

Correspondence, 1988-1990 and undated
box folder
26 1 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
2 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
3 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
4 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
box folder
27 1 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
2 Letters of Congratulations, 1988
3 Personal, 1988-1990
4 Personal, 1988-1990
5 Professional, 1988
6 Professional, 1989
box folder
28 1 Professional, 1989
2 Professional, 1990
3 Professional, 1990 and undated
4 White House, 1988-1990
5 Inaugural Invitations, 1989
6 General Invitations, 1988-1990
Legal Material, 1988
box folder
29 1 Nomination as Secretary of Education Material, 1988
2 Confirmation Briefing Material, 1988
3 Appointment Books, Nov. - Dec., 1988
4 Appointment Books, Jan., 1989
5 Appointment Books, Feb., 1989
6 Appointment Books, March, 1989
box folder
30 1 Appointment Books, Oct., 1989
2 Appointment Books, July - Sept., 1989
3 Appointment Books, April, 1989
4 Appointment Books, May, 1989
5 Appointment Books, June, 1989
box folder
31 1 Appointment Books, Nov., 1989
2 Appointment Books, Dec., 1989
3 Appointment Books, Jan., 1990
4 Appointment Books, Feb., 1990
5 Appointment Books, March, 1990
6 Appointment Books, April, 1990
box folder
32 1 Appointment Books, May, 1990
2 Appointment Books, June, 1990
3 Appointment Books, July, 1990
4 Appointment Books, Aug., 1990
5 Appointment Books, Sept., 1990
6 Appointment Books, Oct., 1990
box folder
33 1 Appointment Books, Nov., 1990
2 Employee Roster, 1988
3 Briefing Books, 1988
4 Budget, 1988-1990
5 Budget, 1988-1990
box folder
34 1 Budget, 1990
2 Congressional Testimony, 1988
3 Congressional Testimony, 1989
4 Congressional Testimony, 1990
5 President George Bush's Educational Policies, 1988-1989
6 National Educational Goals, 1989-1990
Educational Reform and Initiatives, 1988-1990
box folder
35 1 Educational Reform (General), 1988-1990
2 Effective Schools (General), 1988-1990
3 Choice in Education, 1989
4 Choice in Education, 1989-1990
5 Choice in Education, Regional Strategy Meetings, 1989-1990
6 Choice in Education, Regional Strategy Meetings, 1989-1990
box folder
36 1 Choice in Education, Press Coverage, 1989-1990
2 Choice in Education, Printed Material, 1989-1990
3 Drug-Free Schools, 1988-1990
4 Drug-Free Schools, 1988-1990
5 Drug-Free Schools, 1988-1990
box folder
37 1 Model and Magnet Schools, 1988-1990
2 Model and Magnet Schools, 1988-1990
Educational Programs, 1969-1990
box folder
37 3 Arts and Education, 1990
4 At-Risk, 1988-1990
5 Early-Childhood, 1990
6 Family and Education, 1990
7 Higher Education, 1988-1990
box folder
38 1 Hispanic Education, 1987-1990 and undated
2 Indian Education, 1969-1989
3 Indian Education, 1989
4 Indian Education, 1989
5 Literacy, 1989-1990
6 Science Education, 1988-1990
box folder
39 1 Special Education, 1990
2 Teacher Training, 1988-1990
3 Vocational Education, 1989-1990
4 Writing Report Card, 1990
5 Miscellaneous, 1988-1990
Educational Conferences, 1989-1990
box folder
39 6 Int'l Conference on Children and Youth At-Risk, 1990
7 Int'l Conference on Children and Youth At-Risk, 1990
8 President's Education Summit With Governors, 1989
9 President's Education Summit With Governors, 1989
box folder
40 1 President's Education Summit With Governors, 1989
Educational Research, 1988-1990
box folder
40 2 Business-Higher Education Forum, 1988-1989
3 Educational Research and Improvement, 1988-1989
4 National Research Council, 1990
5 National Center on Education and the Economy, 1989
6 Speeches, Sept., 1988
7 Speeches, Oct., 1988
8 Speeches, Nov., 1988
9 Speeches, Dec., 1988
10 Speeches, Jan., 1989
11 Speeches, Feb., 1989
12 Speeches, March, 1989
13 Speeches, April, 1989
14 Speeches, May, 1989
box folder
41 1 Speeches, June, 1989
2 Speeches, July, 1989
3 Speeches, Aug., 1989
4 Speeches, Sept., 1989
5 Speeches, Oct., 1989
6 Speeches, Nov., 1989
7 Speeches, Dec., 1989
8 Speeches, Jan., 1990
9 Speeches, Feb., 1990
10 Speeches, March, 1990
box folder
42 1 Speeches, April, 1990
2 Speeches, April, 1990
3 Speeches, April, 1990
4 Speeches, May, 1990
5 Speeches, May, 1990
6 Speeches, June, 1990
7 Speeches, July, 1990
8 Speeches, Aug., 1990
box folder
43 1 Speeches, Sept., 1990
2 Speeches, Sept., 1990
3 Speeches, Sept., 1990
4 Speeches, Oct., 1990
5 Speeches, Oct., 1990
6 Speeches, Nov., 1990
7 Speeches, Dec., 1990
Presidential Trips, 1989-1990
box folder
44 1 La Paz, Bolivia, 1989
2 La Paz, Bolivia, 1989
3 Guadalajara, Mexico, 1990
4 United States, 1990
box folder
45 1 School Visits, 1988-1990
2 School Visits, 1988-1990
3 School Visits, 1988-1990
box folder
46 1 Commencement Invitations, 1988-1990
2 Honorary Doctoral Degrees, 1988-1990
3 Honorary Doctoral Degrees, 1988-1990
box folder
47 1 Honorary Doctoral Degrees, 1988-1990
Printed Material, 1958-1990
box folder
47 2 News Clippings, 1958-1969
3 News Clippings, Aug., 1988
4 News Clippings, Aug., 1988
5 News Clippings, Aug., 1988
6 News Clippings, Aug., 1988
7 News Clippings, Sept., 1988
8 News Clippings, Oct., 1988
9 News Clippings, Nov., 1988
box folder
48 1 News Clippings, Dec., 1988
2 News Clippings, Jan., 1989
3 News Clippings, Feb., 1989
4 News Clippings, March, 1989
5 News Clippings, April, 1989
6 News Clippings, May, 1989
7 News Clippings, June, 1989
8 News Clippings, July, 1989
9 News Clippings, Aug., 1989
10 News Clippings, Sept., 1989
11 News Clippings, Oct., 1989
12 News Clippings, Nov., 1989
13 News Clippings, Dec., 1989
box folder
49 1 News Clippings, Jan., 1990
2 News Clippings, Feb., 1990
3 News Clippings, March, 1990
4 News Clippings, March, 1990
5 News Clippings, March, 1990
6 News Clippings, April, 1990
7 News Clippings, May, 1990
8 News Clippings, June, 1990
9 News Clippings, July, 1990
box folder
50 1 News Clippings, Aug., 1990
2 News Clippings, Sept., 1990
3 News Clippings, Oct., 1990
4 News Clippings, Nov., 1990
5 News Clippings, Dec., 1990
6 "Daily Education News," Sept., 1988
7 "Daily Education News," Oct., 1988
8 "Daily Education News," Nov., 1988
9 "Daily Education News," Dec., 1988
10 "Daily Education News," Jan., 1989
11 "Daily Education News," Feb., 1989
12 "Daily Education News," March, 1989
13 "Daily Education News," April, 1989
box folder
51 1 "Daily Education News," May, 1989
2 "Daily Education News," May, 1989
3 "Daily Education News," May, 1989
4 "Daily Education News," June, 1989
5 "Daily Education News," July, 1989
6 "Daily Education News," Aug., 1989
7 "Daily Education News," Sept., 1989
8 "Daily Education News," Oct., 1989
9 "Daily Education News," Nov., 1989
10 "Daily Education News," Nov., 1989
11 "Daily Education News," Dec., 1989
12 "Daily Education News," Jan., 1990
13 "Daily Education News," Feb., 1990
14 "Daily Education News," March, 1990
15 "Daily Education News," April, 1990
box folder
52 1 "Daily Education News," May, 1990
2 "Daily Education News," June, 1990
3 "Daily Education News," July, 1990
4 "Daily Education News," Aug., 1990
5 "Daily Education News," Aug., 1990
6 "Daily Education News," Sept., 1990
7 "Daily Education News," Sept., 1990
8 "Daily Education News," Oct., 1990
9 "Daily Education News," Nov., 1990
10 "Daily Education News," Dec., 1990
11 "Friday Follies," 1990
12 Magazines, 1988
box folder
53 1 Magazines, 1989-1990
2 Magazines, 1989-1990
3 Magazines, 1989-1990
Photographs, 1970-1990 and undated
box folder
54 1 Presidential, 1988-1990 and undated
2 President's Summit with the Governors, 1989
3 Departmental, 1988-1990 and undated
4 General, 1970-1990 and undated
box folder
55 1 Oversized, 1980-1990 and undated
(14 items)
box folder
56 1 Miscellaneous Material, 1980-1991 and undated
Memorabilia, 1983-1990 and undated
box folder
56 2 Honorary Awards, 1983-1990
3 Honorary Awards, 1983-1990
4 Credentials, 1988-1990
box folder
57 1 Inter Active Video, 1988
(1 item)
2 Academic Hoods and Gowns, undated
(12 items)
box folder
58 1 Academic Hoods and Gowns, undated
(11 items)
box folder
59 1 Medals, 1988 and undated
2 Keys to Cities, 1900 and undated
3 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
4 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
5 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
box folder
60 1 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
2 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
3 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
4 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
5 Plaques, 1988-1990 and undated
box folder
61 1 Oversized Plaques, 1988-1990
(8 items)
2 Miscellaneous, 1988-1990 and undated
box folder
62 1 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
(11 items)
box folder
63 1 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
(13 items)
box folder
64 1 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
(10 items)

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box folder
Box 62 EOS #78 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
11 items
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box folder
Box 63 EOS #79 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
13 items
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box folder
Box 64 EOS #80 Oversized Material, 1988-1990 and undated
10 items
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