Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

President's Office:

An Inventory of Its Records, 1945-1961, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University
Title: President's Office Records,
Dates: 1945-1961
Abstract: The collection contains the papers of the Presidents of Texas Tech University and the assistant to the president Frank Junnel from 1945 to 1961. The major topics covered in the collection are the Texas Cotton Research Committee, Pantex ordinance Plant, and Pantech Farms.
Collection # U 147.20
Quantity: 4 Boxes and 3 oversized (4.5 linear foot)
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Texas Technological College was created by legislative action in 1923 and opened in 1925. Paul W. Horn was the first President of the University. Correspondence and material in the collection cover four Texas Technological College presidents. These are William Marvin Whyburn, Dossie Marion Wiggins, Edward Newton Jones, and Robert Cabiness Goodwin. The second series in the collection are the personal documents of Frank Junnel who was the assistant to President Dossie Marion Wiggins.

Frank Junnel was born in Sulphur Springs, Texas, on October 29, 1914. He graduated with his bachelors from Hardin Simmons in 1934 and his master’s from the University of Missouri. He was a part of the journalism faculty for a time at both Hardin Simmons University and Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy. He served in the Navy during World War II and the Korean War. When D. M. Wiggins became president of Texas Technological College Junell followed as his assistant. He worked in influential positions in various financial institutions after he left the Navy at the end of the Korean War. He died on October 15, 2000.

William Marvin Whyburn was born in Denton County, Texas, on November 12, 1901. He received his undergraduate education at North Texas State College and the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Texas at Austin under while teaching at Texas Technological College. Whyburn was a National Research Fellow at Harvard University before joining the faculty of the University of California-Los Angeles, where he became Mathematics Department chairman. Whyburn returned to Texas Technological College and was president of the College from 1944 until 1948. He was appointed as Kenan Professor of Mathematics and Mathematics Department chairman at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Whyburn also served as Acting Provost and Vice President for Research at the University of North Carolina. After his retirement from the University of North Carolina in 1967, Whyburn was Frensley Professor of Mathematics at Southern Methodist University until 1970, when he returned to Chapel Hill and teaching part time at Eastern Carolina University. He died in 1972.

Dossie Marion Wiggins was born in Crowley Louisiana on December 9, 1895. He attended Hardin-Simmons University where he graduated magna cum laude in 1919. Wiggins served in the U.S. Army during World War I. He was a principal, coach, and superintendent for several public school districts in the Texas panhandle region. Dr. Wiggins graduated with his master’s degree and PhD from Yale University. Prior to assuming the position as president of Texas Technological College, Dr. Wiggins was Dean of Students and Professor of Education at Hardin-Simmons from 1926 to 1935 and was president of Texas College of Mines and Metallurgy (now University of Texas at El Paso) from 1935 until 1948. He was president of Texas Technological College from 1948 until 1952 when he resigned and assumed a position in banking. Dr. Dossie Marion Wiggins died on September 1, 1978.

Edward Newton Jones was the sixth president of Texas Technological College. He was president from 1952 until 1959. A native Kansan, E.N. Jones earned his doctorate in botany at the University of Iowa. He was dean of arts and sciences at Baylor university and president of Texas A and I College before becoming Tech's first vice president in 1948. In his presidency, Tech joined the southwest conference IN 1956; received the federal license for KTXT-TV; expanded degree programs; strengthened the Southwest collection; and instituted a computer center. The first tenure policy committee was named. Increased enrollment made tech the state's second largest college. Jones died March 8, 1984.

Robert Cabiness Goodwin was the seventh president of Texas Technological College. He was president from 1960 until 1966. A native of Brownwood, R.C. Goodwin earned his doctorate at Harvard and taught chemistry at the University of Florida. During a 37-year career at Texas Technological College, he was professor and head of the department of chemistry and chemical engineering, dean of the graduate division, dean of the college of arts and sciences, vice president for academic affairs, and interim president. During his administration the state-coordinating board recognized Texas Technological College as one of four state supported graduate institutions.


Scope and Content

The collection contains correspondence, publications, newspaper clippings, and meeting minutes correlating to the Cotton Research Committee of Texas. News clippings and correspondence about the Pantex Ordinance Plant and Pantech Farms are contained in the collection. The papers created by Frank Junnel, the assistant to the president, contains correspondence, news clippings, 7 photographs and 2 negatives. Three blue prints were transferred to oversize.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research


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 (People)
Junell, Frank
Wiggins, Dossie Marion
Goodwin, R. C. (Robert Cabaniss), 1898-
Earl E. Berkley
Jones, E. N. (Edwards Newton), 1899-1984
Willa Vaughn Tinsley
George W. Pfeiffenberger
Weymouth, Chanslor E.
George Mahon
Price Daniel
Lyndon B. Johnson
W. L. Stangel
Subjects (Organizations)
Cotton Research Committee of Texas
Subjects (Places)
Lubbock (Tex.)
PanTech Farms (Tex.)
Pantex Plant (U.S.)
Subjects
Cotton--Research

Related Materials in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:

O. B. Ratliff oral history interview [sound recording], 1971

President’s Office Records, 1925-1950

Goodwin, R. C. (Robert Cabaniss), 1898-

President’s Office Records, 1961-1968

Texas Technological College. Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1960

PanTech P.R.I. registered bull sale : in the heated sale barn at PanTech Farms, Panhandle, Texas, Thursday, March 30, 1961.

E.N. Jones oral history interview [sound recording], 1973

Willa Vaughn Tinsley oral history interview [sound recording], 1975

George Herman Mahon oral history interview [sound recording], 1971

George Herman Mahon oral history interview [sound recording], 1980

W. L. Stangel: An inventory of His Papers, 1888-1975 and undated


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

President's Office Records 1945-1961, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gifts, undated

Processed by

Ruth Field, 2016


Collection Inventory

 

Cotton Research, Pantex and PanTech Farms

box folder
1 1 Cotton Research, 1947-1949
2 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1949-1950
3 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1949-1950
4 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1950
5 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1950
6 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1951
7 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1951
8 Cotton Research, 1951-1955
9 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1952
10 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1952
11 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1952-1954
12 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1952-1954
13 Cotton Research, 1953-1957
box folder
2 1 Cotton Research, 1954-1955
2 Cotton Research, 1954-1957
3 Cotton Research, 1955-1959
4 Cotton Research (1 of 2), 1957-1958
5 Cotton Research (2 of 2), 1957-1958
6 Cotton Research Committee: Budget Request, 1956-1959
7 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1948
8 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1950
9 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1950-1951
10 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports (1 of 2), 1951
11 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports (2 of 2), 1951
box folder
3 1 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1951-1952
2 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1953-1954
3 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1954-1956
4 Cotton Research Committee: Progress Reports, 1957 and 1961
5 Cotton Research Director Application, 1947-1948
6 Pantex Ordinance Plant, 1950-1952
7 Pantex Ordinance and Pantech Farms, 1953
8 Pantex Ordinance Plant and Pantech Farms, 1954-1955
9 Pantex Ordinance Plant and Pantech Farms, 1956-1957
10 Pantex Physical Plant Blueprint and Building List, Undated
11 Pantex Request from Tech, 1945



 

Frank Junell

box folder
3 12 Advertising, 1948-1949
13 American Association of American Women, 1949
14 Artist Course, 1949
15 Board of Directors, 1948-1949
16 Catalog and Bulletin, 1949
17 Commencement (1 print), 1949
18 Complaints, 1948-1949
box folder
4 1 Complimentary Tickets, 1948-1949
2 Concessions, 1949
3 Correspondence, 1948-1949
4 Cotton Research Committee, 1948-1949
5 Dean’s Council, 1948-1949
6 Dormitories, 1948-1949
7 Faculty Notices, 1949
8 Financial Report, 1948
9 Financial Report, 1948-1949
10 Fire Protection Committee, 1949
11 Futures Unlimited, 1949
12 GI Housing, 1949
13 High school Visits, 1949
14 Infirmary, 1949
15 Interscholastic League, 1948-1949
16 Inauguration (2 Negatives), 1949
17 Invitations, 1949
18 Jaycees Texas Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1948-1949
19 Job Request, 1949
20 Legislation, 1948-1949
21 Lions Club (1 Pirint), 19459
22 Lubbock Chhamber of Commerce, 1948-1949
23 Lubbock Community Chest, 1949
24 Miscellaneous, 1948-1949
25 Newspaper’s Educational Issues, 1949
26 Nursery School, 1949
27 Office Space Committee, 1948-1949
28 Pantex Committee, 1949
29 Parent Teacher Leadership Institute, 1949
30 Personal: Frank Junell (4 Prints), 1948-1949
31 Prospective, 1949
32 Publicity Departments, 1949
33 Public Relations, 1949
34 Public Schools, 1948-1949
35 Publications, 1947-1949
36 Recommendation Letter, 1949
37 Registration, 1948-1949
38 Religious Emphasis Week, 1949
39 Rodeo, 1949
40 ROTC, 1949
41 Southwestern Sun Carnival, 1948
42 Speaking Engagement, 1949
43 Star Engraving Company, 1948-1949
44 State Fair, TX, 1948-1949
45 Student Council, 1949
46 Student Handbook, 1949
47 Student Life and Recreation Committee, 1949
48 Student Organizations, 1949
49 Student Publication Committee, 1949
50 Texas Tech Chamber of Commerce, 1948
51 Texas Western College, 1948-1949
52 Traffic Regulations, 1949
53 Tri-State Fair, 1949
54 Varsity Show, 1949
55 West Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1949
56 YMCA Youth Government Program (1 Print), 1949



 

Oversized

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1 First floor plan, Textile Engineering Building, undated
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2 Second floor plan, Textile Engineering Building, undated
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3 Boundary survey Texas Technological College, Carson County, Texas, March 7, 1954