University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Texas Union Records



Descriptive Summary

Creator: UT Texas Union
Title: UT Texas Union Records
Dates: 1928-2003
Abstract: Official records of the Texas Union at the University of Texas at Austin.
Extent 75 ft.
Language Materials are in English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Located near the center of the University of Texas at Austin campus, the Texas Union serves as a focal point for lectures, speeches, meetings, entertainment, music, dining, and other activities within the University of Texas community.

The Texas Union opened its doors in 1933, the fiftieth anniversary year of the University of Texas. A massive fund-raising campaign conducted by the Ex-Students' Association had provided the impetus as well as half the funds for construction of the building. The goal was to provide co-curricular activity space for the university's students.

As enrollment continued to climb, students and staff worked to raise the Union fee to fund the construction of an addition. In 1956, their efforts were successful, and construction of a 76,000 square foot addition got underway. The addition opened in October, 1960.

As student unrest grew in the latter part of the 1960s, the Texas Union became the focus of another kind of activity. Public debates on social issues attracted large crowds, and controversial speakers drew demonstrators. The Union arch became the scene of anti-war protests.

By the late 1980s, the advanced age of the Union building's internal operating systems necessitated another extensive renovation. Students supported a fee increase to pay for the repairs, and the $9.1M project was completed in August 1993. Major phased interior renovations continue.

[from the Texas Union website]


Scope and Contents

Official records of the Texas Union at the University of Texas at Austin. Includes correspondence, planning files, financial records, annual reports, committee reports, program files, publications, surveys, and other associated documents.


Restrictions

Restriction

Most of these records are stored off-site. Advance notice required for retrieval. Please contact repository.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Texas Union Records, 1928-2003, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

Material stored off-site at LSF:
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2.325/J25 Union campaign, 1928-1938
Director Zivley's files, 1933-1934
Program files, 1940s
Effort to institute Union fee, 1940s
Rainey controversy, 1940s
Minutes, financial statements, 1938
Various reports on the Texas Union, undated
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2.325/J26 Union fund campaign, A - S, 1927-1936
Gregory and McCurdy correspondence
Pledge records
Building records, 1927-1936
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2.325/J27 Union fund campaign, T - Z, 1927-1936
Union business and correspondence, A - V, 1955-1956
File guide
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2.325/J28 Union business and general correspondence, W - Z, 1955-1956
Budget, 1955-1958
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2.325/J29 Union business and general correspondence, 1955-1957
Budget, 1956-1957
Union inventory
Round-up
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2.325/J30 General Union files, 1956-1958
Budget, 1955-1959
General correspondence
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2.325/J31 Union business and correspondence, late 1950s and early 1960s:
Betty Tieken, 1956-1958
Molly Moffett, undated
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2.325/J32 Union business and correspondence, late 1950s and early 1960s:
Leadership seminar, work schedule
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2.325/J33 Union business and correspondence, A - Q, 1946-1954
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2.325/J34 Union business and correspondence, R - Z, 1946-1954
Contracts dance bands
Director's files
Movie schedule for the Union
Personnel files, early 1950s
Unions out of state
Bank statements
Union business and correspondence, early 1950s
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2.325/J35 Organization of the Texas Union, annual report, 1953-1955
Director, Texas Union, personal file
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2.325/J36 CEC business records, 1955-1961
CEC stage requirements, 1961-1962
CEC finance
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2.325/J37 CEC financial records, 1938-1963
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2.325/J38 CEC financial records, 1943-1962
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2.325/J39 CEC business records, performances, 1967-1968
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2.325/J40 CEC business records, 1964-1973
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2.325/J41 CEC business records, performances, 1961-1967
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2.325/J42 Ideas and Issues:
Speakers and general correspondence, 1961-1966
Genesis, 1969-1972
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2.325/J43 Ideas and Issues, speakers, 1968-1974
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2.325/J44 Summer program, 1970-1972
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2.325/J45 Summer program, 1960-1970
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2.325/J46 International Club
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2.325/J47 International Club
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2.325/J48 International Club and Model United Nations
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2.325/J49 Program budget
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2.325/J50 Program budget
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2.325/J51 Texas Union Program Council handbook
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2.325/J52 Texas Union Program Council, retreats, banquets, and parties, 1959-1969
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2.325/J53 Texas Union Program Council, rosters, interviews, and chairmen selection
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2.325/J54 Texas Union Program Council, constitutions, minutes, correspondence, and advisory board
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2.325/J55 Texas Union Program Council, executive council, general information, reports, evaluation, and course proposal
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2.325/J56 Texas Union Program Council, executive council, general information, reports, evaluation, and course proposal
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2.325/J57 Hospitality, house decorations, and charm
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2.325/J58 Union Week, calendar, newsletter, public relations, and communications
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2.325/J59 Married Students Club
Graduate program
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2.325/J60 Fine Arts/Exhibit
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2.325/J61 Fine Arts/Exhibit
Campus committees
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2.325/J62 Curtain Club
Student Repertory
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2.325/J63 Curtain Club
Student Repertory
Challenge
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2.325/J64 Challenge
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2.325/J65 Challenge 1962-1968
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2.325/J66 Challenge 1962-1968
Challenge, tapes, scrapbooks, and packets
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2.325/J67 Dance, talent
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2.325/J68 Music, Round-up (showcase)
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2.325/J69 Music, Round-up
Leadership Committee workshops
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2.325/J70 Leadership workshop
Interdisciplinary retreats
Leadership Awards Convocation (Round-up)
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2.325/J71 Entertainment
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2.325/J72 Entertainment
Leadership Convocation
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2.325/J73 Entertainment
Student-Faculty Committee
President's Program
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2.325/J74 Coffee House Circuit
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2.325/J75 Coffee House Circuit
Program Director's general files, 1960s - early 1970s
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2.325/J76 Business records, 1950s
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2.325/J77 Program Director's general files, 1960s - early 1970s
Business records, 1950s
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2.325/J78 Board of Directors, minutes, etc.
Union budgets
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2.325/K1 Film/Theater
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2.325/K2 Film/Theater
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2.325/K3 Film/Theater
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2.325/K4 Games/recreation
Special programs
Travel
Informal classes
Radio
Afro-American
Mexican-American
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2.325/K5 Program Office, general
Program budget
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2.325/K6 Program Office, General Advisor's personal files, staff interviews
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2.325/K7 Campus Committees
Activities, student orientation, miscellaneous administrative concerns
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2.325/K8 Directors Steele and Perry, miscellaneous file
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2.325/G107 Texas Union Program Director files, 1973-1974
Association of College Unions--International, Region 12
Program budget
Program Office administration
Texas Union committees
Texas Union Program Council
Texas Union staff
Union/University publications
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2.325/G108 Texas Union Program Director files, 1974-1975
Association of College Unions--International
Finances
Publications
Staff
Texas Tavern
Texas Union committees
Texas Union, general
Texas Union Program Council
University of Texas, general
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2.325/G109 Texas Union Program Director files, 1975-1976
Association of College Unions--International
Finances
Publications
Staff
Texas Union committees
Texas Union, general
Texas Union Program Council
University of Texas, general
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2.325/G110 Mexican American Culture Committee files, 1972-1977
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2.325/G111 Ideas and Issues Committee files, 1967-1979
Chuckwagon, 1968-1970
Theater Study Group, 1969-1970
Union Week, 1968
Union news coverage, 1968-1969
Speakers, symposium, and conference information and advertisements, 1967-1979
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2.325/G112 Publicity files, 1976-1977
Speakers Committee files, 1966-1968
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2.325/G113 Speakers Committee files, 1968-1973
General Students Organization Committee, 1947-1948
Outing Committee, 1945-1948
Square Dance Committee, 1948-1950
Radio Committee, 1945-1948
Miscellaneous layouts and copy for publication, 1939-1950
All University dances, 1933-1934
Association of College Unions, general file, 1937, 1949-1950
Central Round-up, 1960-1961
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2.325/G114 Brochures, pamphlets, and invitations, 1939-1979 and undated
Calendars, advertisements, and brochures, 1949, 1967-1978, and undated
The Union News and other newspaper sections concerning the Union, 1974-1980 and undated
Calendars and advertisements, 1974-1980 and undated
Theater/film advertisements and posters, 1966-1980 and undated
Ideas and Issues publicity flyers and posters, 1974-1980 and undated
Music and Entertainment Committee publicity flyers, 1979 and undated
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2.325/G115 CEC posters and advertising, 1966-1980 and undated
Chicano Culture Committee, 1978-1980 and undated
Committee Interviews, posters, 1968-1969 and undated
Special events, flyers and posters, undated
Fine Arts, flyers and posters, 1977, 1979, and undated
Afro-American Culture Committee, posters and flyers, 1969-1971, 1976, and undated
Visiting Fellows, 1963-1966, 1968, 1970, and undated
Challenge, 1963-1972
William O. Douglas appearance, March 5, 1974
Miscellaneous Xerox copies, magazines, and brochures, 1936-1966
Texas Union historical materials, 1959-1964
Miscellaneous Union articles and clippings, 1933-1978
Song Contest entries, October 1944
Available dance bands and songs of the University of Texas, 1959-1960
Survey reports, 1941, 1950-1951, and undated
Yearly report, undated
Texas Tower Time scripts, 1947-1948 and undated
Austin Centennial Weeklies, May 1936-June 1938
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2.325/G116 Newspaper clippings and Union blueprints, 1939 and undated
Dedication, 1960
Orientation material, 1958
Statement of Union policy, rules, 1943-1952 and undated
Publications of the University of Texas, 1943-1944 and undated
FM radio stations, 1958
Union expansion, 1950-1960
Daily Texan articles on Union fee, 1943
Union clippings, Summer 1952
Union expansion, loan, 1951-1960
Texas Union dedication, 1960 and 1977
Union Planning Committee material, 1947-1953
Miscellaneous magazines and brochures, 1949-1954
Musical scores to the 1963 Round-up Review, 1963
Material stored off-site at CDL:
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2007-224/1 Annual reports, articles, reports, correspondence, budgets, memoranda, planning documents, clippings, etc., 1931-2003
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2007-224/2 Union files, 1930s-1990s
"Union" Room exhibit material
Union Building Committee, 1950s
Union space concerns
Board minutes
Correspondence
Surveys
Texas Exes
Traffic counts
Travel agency
Strategic planning
Texas Union fee
Financial information
Financial projections
Fee legislation
Material stored at Sid Richardson Hall:
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4M699j Scrapbook, 1931-1942