University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Alonzo B. Cox Papers, [ca. 1920s-1960s]

Descriptive Summary

Creator Cox, Alonzo B.
Title Alonzo B. Papers
Dates: [ca. 1920s-1960s]
Abstract Papers comprise the professional work of Dr. Alonzo B. Cox and the University of Texas at Austin Natural Fibers Information Center.
Accession No.: 2007-045
OCLC No.: 643541136
Extent 32 ft.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Professor Alonzo B. Cox was born on April 2, 1884, in Enfield, Illinois. He earned bachelor's and master's degrees from The University of Texas at Austin in 1911 and 1914, respectively. He was awarded a PhD from the University of Wisconsin in 1920.

He served as acting president of Abilene Christian University in 1911-1912. He worked from 1920-1923 with Texas A&M University, where he was in charge of the Division of Farm and Ranch Economics at the Texas Agricultural Experiment Station. He worked with the United States Department of Agriculture, directing cotton marketing research. In 1924-1925 he served in Europe as an agricultural economist for the department.

Professor Cox joined the faculty of UT Austin in 1926, retiring in 1957. After its establishment in 1926, he served as the first director of the Bureau of Business Research from 1927 to 1945. In 1947 he created the Natural Fibers Information Center (NFIC), evolving out of Cotton Economic Research. Although it closed in 2007, the center became internationally acclaimed under his leadership for a worldwide program that standardized scientific cotton testing and named its library the A. B. Cox Memorial Library in 1987.

In 1927 Professor Cox organized and chaired the Texas Cotton Committee, a policy-making group. In 1939 he started working with the Texas Cotton Research Congress. In 1942 he assisted the Texas Statewide Cotton Committee in preparing the Charter for Cotton, which established economic principles governing the cotton industry.

Professor Cox served on the State Intercollegiate Schools of Business Administration Committee in 1939. He also served on the Texas Postwar Planning Commission and as a consultant on cotton price fixing for the U.S. government.

Professor Cox authored or coauthored An Economic Study of a Typical Ranching Area on the Edwards Plateau of Texas (1922), The Cottonseed Crushing Industry of Texas in its National Setting (1949), and Cotton: Demand-Supply-Merchandising (1952).

On December 25, 1968, Professor Cox died.

Scope and Contents

Papers comprise the professional work of Dr. Alonzo B. Cox and the UT Natural Fibers Information Center. Included are chronological correspondence files, alphabetical subject and textile organization files, cotton research files, cotton marketing material, cotton financial data, and biographical files for Dr. Cox. Also includes a large component of cotton, fiber, and textile industry publications, reports, and journals.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Related Material

See also the UT Bureau of Business Research Records, 1901-1931, 1963-1973 and the UT Bureau of Cotton Economic Research Records, 1892-1964.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Alonzo B. Cox Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 2007. Subsequent revisions were made by Laurel Rozema, June 2010; Vanessa Attia, July 2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection



2007-045/2 Land tenure
Correspondence files, 1919-1945
2007-045/5 Correspondence files, 1946-1953
2007-045/7 Correspondence files, 1954-1961
Cotton research files
2007-045/10 Cotton research files
Cotton marketing
Cotton financial information
2007-045/13 Cotton financial information
Cotton marketing
Notes for papers
Notes for speeches
Alonzo B. Cox biographical
Telegram from R.T. Hoover to UT Chancellor James P. Hart applauding the work of the Cotton Research Committee, September 26, 1953
Miscellaneous cotton: financial, research
2007-045/19 Miscellaneous cotton: financial, research
Alphabetical files
Calibration program--Cotton classification
2007-045/21 Cotton course material--Government policy for cotton
2007-045/26 HVI--USDA standards
2007-045/29 Various Texas textile industry publications
Correspondence and articles re. Texas textile industry
Files on textile organizations (alphabetical)
American Textile Manufacturers Institute--Fiber lab at the University of Texas
2007-045/32 Fiber lab at Texas Tech University--Sunset Advisory Commission of 1988
2007-045/1 Publications and reports
Measurement of cotton and fiber properties
Texas Tech University
Plains Cotton Growers
Cotton economic research, Spinner Breeder Conference
2007-045/3 Cotton classing--instrument manufacturers
Cotton, cottonseed, textiles
Research reports--USDA
Data statistics--USDA
2007-045/6 Research--Department of Commerce and other federal agencies
Research--Texas Tech University, Texas Womans University, Texas state agencies, and other state agencies
Research--Texas A&M University experiment/extension
Research--University of Texas at Austin
2007-045/4 Cotton, oilseeds, textiles research--other universities and agencies
Measurement of cotton fiber properties and spinning/manufacturing performance--USDA
2007-045/8 Instrument measurement of cotton fiber properties and merchandising/marketing
Instrument classing of cotton
USDA and Cotton Economic Research (CER)
Instrument classing of cotton
Other than USDA and Cotton Economic Research (CER)
Instrument measurement in aeneral
2007-045/9 Otto Goedecke--including cotton variety maps, annual meetings, buyer conventions, blended cotton
Cotton variety and fiber tests
Cotton merchandising research
Texas Tech University
Texas A&M University
2007-045/11 Cotton economic research
Cotton merchandising clinics and research
2007-045/12 Publications of corporations
Miscellaneous magazine issues
Cotton exchanges
2007-045/14 Cotton exchanges
Census and other non-USDA historical cotton statistics
2007-045/15 Data--Cotton economic research
Research reports--Cotton economic research
Correspondence on fiber quality testing
2007-045/16 Alonzo Cox as author
2007-045/17 Alonzo Cox as author
2007-045/18 Alonzo Cox as author
Texas State Network radio broadcasts
Miscellaneous--addresses, reports, speeches, house bills, handbooks, tariffs
2007-045/20 Assorted public actions and reports
2007-045/22 U.S. Department of Agriculture
2007-045/23 U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce--Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce
U.S. Tariff Commission
U.S. Federal Reserve
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Federal Trade Commission
U.S. Department of Commerce--Bureau of the Census
2007-045/24 National Resource Planning Board
Office of National Recovery Administration
Social Sciences Research Council--miscellaneous bulletins
League of Nations
American Tariff League
National Industrial Conference Board
U.S. Treasury Department--Federal Farm Loan Board; IRS
U.S. Department of the Interior
2007-045/25 Miscellaneous state university and agricultural department publications
Texas A&M University
Southern Methodist University
2007-045/27 University of Texas
Texas as subject
University of Wisconsin
2007-045/28 Miscellaneous proceedings
Vintage educational materials
Cotton and cottonseed
2007-045/30 Wool and mohair
2007-045/31 B. Hall, University of Texas
Theses and dissertations signed off by Alonzo Cox
Guest book
3Y140 Photograph of A.B. Cox (b/w print)
2007-045/31 Biographical Encyclopedia of the World
2/FILM D Films (9) of the cotton industry worldwide
Artifacts Commemorative wooden plate from Egypt
2.325/NW corner Framed artwork: Japanese landscape scene made from silk threads