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Descriptive Summary

Organization History

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of 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

Miscellaneous

University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

UH Veteran's Office Records, 1944-1958



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Houston. Veteran's Office.
Title: UH Veteran's Office Records
Dates: 1944-1958
Abstract: This collection contains material pertaining to the university and government-sponsored office for the support and advising of veteran students during the 1940s and 1950s. 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. Materials include budgets, correspondence, and UH Veteran's registration packets dating from 1944-1958.
Identification: 1977-006
Quantity: 2 Boxes; 1 Linear Foot
Repository: Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Organization History

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.

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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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Use Restrictions

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.

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Index Terms

Terms are either Library of Congress Subject Headings or taken from local sources.

Subjects

Veterans Education

Subjects (Organizations)

University of Houston
University of Houston. Veteran's Office.
University of Houston History.

Formats

Correspondence
Budgets
Minutes

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Related Material

Veteran's Village Records, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UH Veteran's Office Records, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Processed by

Tyler Selle, June 1997

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Detailed Description

 
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1 1-21 Veteran's Office
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.
1 Veteran's Office, June-December 1944
2 Veteran's Office, 1944
3 Veteran's Office, January-May 1945
4 Veteran's Office, June-December 1945
5 Veteran's Office, February-June 1946
6 Veteran's Office, July-September 1946
7 Veteran's Office, October-December 1946
8 Veteran's Office, January-June 1947
9 Veteran's Office, July-October 1947
10 Veteran's Office, November 1947
11 Veteran's Office, December 1947
12 Veteran's Office, January 1948
13 Veteran's Office, February-August 1948
14 Veteran's Office, September-December 1948
15 Veteran's Office, January-June 1949
16 Veteran's Office, July-December 1949
17 Veteran's Office, February-June 1950
18 Veteran's Office, July-December 1950
19 Veteran's Office, 1951
20 Veteran's Office, undated
21 Veteran's Office, undated

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2 1-3 Veteran's Staff Meetings
The three folders in this series contain minutes and notes from meetings held from 1946 to 1947.
1 Veteran's Staff Meetings, 1946
2 Veteran's Staff Meetings, January-May 1947
3 Veteran's Staff Meetings, June-December 1947

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2 4-6 Budget
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.
4 Budget, 1948
5 Budget, January-March 1949
6 Budget, April-August 1949

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2 7-14 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration
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.]
7 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, [January] 1947
8 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, May-June 1948
9 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, July-August 1948
10 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, September-December 1948
11 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, January-March 1949
12 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, April-June 1949
13 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, July-September 1949
14 Correspondence with Veteran's Administration, October-December 1949

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2 15 Veteran's Administration Field Manual for Training Officers
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.
15 VA Field Manual for Training Officers, May 1946

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2 16-18 Guidance Office
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.
16 Floor Plans and Correspondence, 1947-1949
17 Procedures and Regulations, 1950
18 Blueprint, undated

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2 19-20 Veteran's Service Center
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.
19 Veteran's Service Center, August 1945-May 1947
20 Veteran's Service Center, December 1947-1948 and undated

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2 21-25 Forms
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.
21 U.S. Veteran's Administration, April 1945-June 1950
22 UH Veteran's Registration, 1946-1947
23 UH Veteran's Registration, undated
24 UH Veteran's Registration, undated
25 UH Veteran's Registration Package, [1950]

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2 26-27 Miscellaneous
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.
26 Vocational School Class Lists, July 1946
27 The Wesleyan, January 1958

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