A Guide to the Julian Tex Robertson Papers, 1866-2007
Julian "Tex," Robertson was born on April 23, 1909 in Sweetwater, Texas to Francis (Frank) Garland Robertson and Nancy Cornelia Emerson. Robertson began swimming competitively as a teenager in Sweetwater. After graduating from Sweetwater High School, he moved to California, where he attended junior college and improved his swimming. At the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics, Robertson served as an alternate on the U.S. water polo team that won the bronze medal. He then swam on the University of Michigan championship teams in 1934 and 1935. Robertson became the first full-time University of Texas swim coach in 1935. He married Pat Hudson in 1939, and together they founded Camp Longhorn, located at Inks Lake. Robertson served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a swim instructor and trainer in underwater demolition tactics. He returned to Camp Longhorn after the war, retiring from UT in 1950 to focus on running the camp. Throughout his life, he continued promoting swimming in Texas, creating Working Exes for Texas Swimming (WETS) and Texas Age Group Swimming (TAGS). Robertson died at Inks Lake, Texas on August 27, 2007.
The collection consists of photocopies of original documents, 1866-2007, including clippings, correspondence, photographs, genealogical material, obituaries, legal documents, and receipts. The clippings primarily document Tex Robertson’s swimming record, his coaching career at UT, and Camp Longhorn. Also included is a photograph of the 1939 UT swim team in front of the Tower. The remainder of the collection relates to Tex Robertson’s father, Francis (Frank) Garland Robertson (b. 1867), his grandfather, Francis Garland Robertson (b. 1841), his grandmother, Ida Hightower Robertson, and other Robertson ancestors. The correspondence consists of letters from Frank Robertson (b. 1867) to relatives E. L. (Gene) and Nan Angier. The genealogical information includes a brief biography of Henry C. Robertson and notes on Hightower family history. The material is arranged in the order in which it was received.
Julian "Tex" Robertson Papers, 1866-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers