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Descriptive Summary

Biographical/Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General, 1973, 1987-[ca. 1990s]

Dedication and Early Years, 1970-1972

Photographs, [ca. 1970s]-1993

Southland Corporation publications, August 1962, October 16, 1970, undated

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Thompson (Joe C.) Conference Center Records, 1962-1993 [bulk 1970s]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Joe C. Thompson Conference Center.
Creator: Thompson, Joe Clark, 1901-1961.
Title: UT Thompson (Joe C.) Conference Center Records
Dates: 1962-1993 [bulk 1970s]
Abstract: Audiotapes, photographs, publications, and other material compose the UT Thompson Conference Center (TCC) Records, 1962-1993 [bulk 1970s], and illuminate the history of the Center, primarily the dedication in 1970 and information about operations and programs instated throughout the years.
Accession No.: 2007-265
Extent: 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Completed in 1970, the University of Texas at Austin built the Joe C. Thompson Conference Center (TCC), specifically designed for use in continuing education and public service programs directed at off-campus adult groups. In its first year, September 1970-August 1971, the TCC held 330 conferences, meetings, institutes, etc., sponsored by University, state organizations and departments, as well as private or corporate entities, with over 38,000 participants.

Joe C. Thompson was born in Waxahachie, Texas, on January 25, 1901. From the University of Texas, he earned A.B. and B.B.A. degrees. In 1922, he began an ice business, which eventually grew into an international merchandising organization, called Southland Corporation (parent company of 7-Eleven Convenience Stores). In 1956, Thompson became the first life member of the Ex-Students Association, symbolizing permanent membership in the University, and joined the UT Development Board. The following year he was appointed to the University’s Board of Regents and supported the UT’s first computer program development.

Thompson first discussed the idea of a conference center in 1956. He became involved in educational meetings, including the Industrial Conference Board. After his death on June 11, 1961, funds from the Thompson family, Southland Corporation, and the UT Board of Rents helped the approval of the TCC on June 18, 1966. The building was dedicated on October 30, 1970, and includes seminar and conference rooms, a library, administrative offices, an auditorium, and other areas to promote numerous interests and activities and to unite the academic community and the public.

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Scope and Contents

Audiotapes, photographs, publications, and other material compose the UT Thompson Conference Center (TCC) Records, 1962-1993 [bulk 1970s], and illuminate the history of the Center, primarily the dedication in 1970 and information about operations and programs instated throughout the years. The collection is divided into four series: I. General, with information about the TCC; II. Dedication and Early Years with audiotapes, newspaper clippings, a dedication ceremony transcript, and exhibit material that includes the dedication invitation and program as well pictures of and documents about the first years of the Center; III. Photographs, which include prints and restricted negatives of the building’s interior as well as ceremonies and programs occurring in it; and IV. Southland Corporation publications, containing 7-Eleven newspaper clippings as well as information about the late Joe C. Thompson and his involvement with the TCC.

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Arrangement

The collection contains four series:
  • I. General information, 1973, 1987-[ca. 1990s]
  • II. Dedication and early years, 1970-1972
  • III. Photographs, [ca. 1970s]-1993
  • IV. Southland Corporation publications, 1962, 1970, undated

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of some audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

Use of photographic negatives by appointment only; please contact photos archivist for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Thompson, Joe Clark, 1901-1961 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Division of Continuing Education.
University of Texas at Austin. Continuing & Extended Education.
Subjects
Continuing education centers.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also UT Division of Continuing Education Records, 1980-2002, and UT Division of Extension Records, 1917-1964.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Thompson (Joe C.) Conference Center Records, 1962-1993 [bulk 1970s], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, January 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

General, 1973, 1987-[ca. 1990s]

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3F421 Timelines, [ca. 1990s]
Building maps, [ca. 1990s]
Publications, 1973, 1987, undated

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Dedication and Early Years, 1970-1972

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3F421 Dedication transcript, [1970]
Newspaper clippings, [October 1970]
Exhibit material, 1970-1972
Audiotapes, [October 30, 1970], undated
Two 5” Reels of Dedication Ceremony, [October 30, 1970]
7” Reel of Dedication Ceremony, “Original”, [October 30, 1970]
Audiocassette labeled “Audio for Oct. 18 (no music),” undated
Microcassettes, undated
Tape 1 labeled Alan/Dean; Side A - Thompson 7/5; Side B - Hatfield 7/6, undated
Tape 2 labeled Jackson; Side A - Roche 7/11; Side B - Jackson 7/12, undated
Tape 3 labeled Gene; Side A - Phillips 7/13; Side B - Sherman 7/18, undated
Tape 4 labeled Side A - Gene Ms., Richardson 8/15; Side B - Franz Plotsky / Martin / Ruston, undated

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Photographs, [ca. 1970s]-1993

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3S116 Prints, [ca. 1970s]-1993
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3S61 Negatives, [ca. 1980s]-1991
[Restricted]

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Southland Corporation publications, August 1962, October 16, 1970, undated

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3F421 Southland Corporation publications, August 1962, October 16, 1970, undated

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