University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the UH Veteran's Office Records



Overview of the Collection

Creator University of Houston. Veteran's Office
Collection Title UH Veteran's Office Records
Dates 1944-1958
Identification 1977-006
Physical Description 1.00 Linear Feet
Language of Materials English
Other Information:
Uploaded to TARO, 2005, revised 2017
Repository University of Houston Libraries
M.D. Anderson Library, 4333 University Drive, Houston, TX, 77204-2000, URL: http://info.lib.uh.edu/, Phone: 713-743-9750

Historical Note:

The University of Houston played an important part in the United States' efforts during the Second World War. Among its many contributions, the institution housed the first Naval School established in a college, training more than five thousand Navy personnel and several hundred Army and Navy pilots. Following the war, many of the nation's servicemen and women returned to colleges and universities to take advantage of the Servicemen's Readjustment Act of 1944, better known as the GI Bill of Rights. Under the GI Bill, veterans received up to $500 a year from the government to cover tuition and fees as well as a monthly stipend.

Just as the University of Houston contributed to the war effort, following the war it contributed to the education of thousands of returning veterans. Dr. W.W. Kemmerer, assistant to the university president, strongly influenced the university's successful shift from a wartime to a peacetime stance. The postwar years were an era of significant growth for the fledgling institution. Many UH students used the GI Bill to further training obtained in the military, learn a vocational trade, or pursue college degrees. Enrollment for Fall semester 1944 reached 2,720, a significant increase from the 1,104 students just a year before. By the 1947-1948 school year enrollment reached 10,882.

To aid veterans in their transition from military to student life, UH established a guidance program with Richard O. Jonas as chief counselor and Roy A. Crouch as head of the office of psychological services. In December 1944 the U.S. Veterans Administration selected the University of Houston as the site for an official VA Advisement Center, augmenting the guidance program's effectiveness. The office provided assistance in application for admission to the university and obtaining compensation through the GI Bill. A special housing bureau helped veterans and their families locate places to live. Counselors, often former members of the armed forces themselves, aided ex-soldiers with registration, career guidance, and overall readjustment to civilian life.


Scope and Contents

The UH Veteran's Office Records contain material pertaining to the university and government-sponsored office for the support and advising of veteran students during the 1940s and 1950s. Dates for items in the collection range from 1944 to 1958, with the bulk of the material dating from the late 1940s.

The collection is arranged into nine series: Veteran's Office, Veteran's Staff Meetings, Budget, Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, Veteran's Administration Field Manual for Training Officers, Guidance Office, Veteran's Service Center, Forms, and Miscellaneous. The original arrangement has been kept intact where possible, however some minor rearrangement was necessary to facilitate research. Material is grouped chronologically within each series. Folder headings used by the originators have been adhered to where possible. For additional information on veteran's affairs at the University of Houston, researchers should also consult the Veteran's Village Records.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.


Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston
University of Houston -- History
University of Houston. Veteran's Office
Genre/Form of Material:
Budgets
Correspondence
Minutes
Topical Term:
World War, 1939-1945

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

UH Veteran's Office Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. To cite a specific item from this collection, please consult the most recent edition of your style manual for the proper formatting. See the Citing Special Collections Materials page for more information.

Processing Information:

Tyler Selle, June 1997


Detailed List of Contents

Veteran's Office 1944-1951

Scope and Contents
There are twenty-one folders in this series containing items dating from 1944 to 1951. Material in this series consists of general correspondence between Veteran's Office personnel and University of Houston administrators, as well as some Veteran's Administration and other assorted letters.
Box Folder
1 1 June-December 1944
2 1944
3 January-May 1945
4 June-December 1945
5 February-June 1946
6 July-September 1946
7 October-December 1946
8 January-June 1947
9 July-October 1947
10 November 1947
11 December 1947
12 January 1948
13 February-August 1948
14 September-December 1948
15 January-June 1949
16 July-December 1949
17 February-June 1950
18 July-December 1950
19 1951
20-21 undated



Veteran's Staff Meetings 1946-1947

Scope and Contents
The three folders in this series contain minutes and notes from meetings held from 1946 to 1947.
Box Folder
2 1 1946
2 January-May 1947
3 June-December 1947



Budget 1948-1949

Scope and Contents
There are three folders in this series. Material dating from 1948 to August 1949 is largely in the form of ledger sheets and financial summaries.
Box Folder
2 4 1948
5 January-March 1949
6 April-August 1949



Correspondence with Veteran's Administration 1947-1949

Scope and Contents
There are eight folders in this series with material dating from 1947 through 1949. Items focus exclusively on correspondence with the Veteran's Administration. [Note: this material was separated from other general correspondence (i.e., what is now the Veteran's Office series) in the collection's original arrangement.]
Box Folder
2 7 January 1947
8 May-June 1948
9 July-August 1948
10 September-December 1948
11 January-March 1949
12 April-June 1949
13 July-September 1949
14 October-December 1949



Veteran's Administration Field Manual for Training Officers 1946

Scope and Contents
The one folder in this series is a guide published in May 1946 by the Vocational Rehabilitation and Education Division of the Houston, Texas Regional VA office. It compiles Veteran's Administration regulations and procedures for personnel working with veterans in higher education. Organizational charts and specific instructions for completing various forms are included.
Box Folder
2 15 May 1946



Guidance Office 1947-1950

Scope and Contents
There are three folders in this series with items dating from 1947 to 1950. Material in this series includes floor plans, a blueprint, and correspondence with university administration concerning the construction of an office space to house the UH Veteran's Office. It also contains specific registration procedures.
Box Folder
2 16 Floor Plans and Correspondence 1947-1949
17 Procedures and Regulations 1950
18 Blueprint undated



Veteran's Service Center 1947-1948

Scope and Contents
The two folders in this series contain material from August 1945 through 1948, and some undated items. It focuses on information dealing with a Veteran's service center located off campus, for ex-military personnel in the greater Houston area.
Box Folder
2 19 August 1945-May 1947
20 December 1947-1948 and undated



Forms 1945-1950

Scope and Contents
There are five folders in this series containing various forms and registration material required of veterans by the Veteran's Administration and the University of Houston. Material dates from 1945 to 1950.
Box Folder
2 21 U.S. Veteran's Administration April 1945-June 1950
22 UH Veteran's Registration 1946-1947
23-24 UH Veteran's Registration undated
25 UH Veteran's Registration Package 1950



Miscellaneous 1946-1958

Scope and Contents
The two folders in this series contain material from July 1946 and 1958. Documents include vocational school class lists and a copy of The Wesleyan, a Methodist students' group newsletter.
Box Folder
2 26 Vocational School Class Lists July 1946
27 The Wesleyan January 1958