A Guide to the William E. Dunn Papers, 1895-1969
William Edward Dunn (1888–1966) was a student of Herbert Eugene Bolton at the University of Texas and went with Bolton to Mexico City to assist in research work on the early history of the Spanish Southwest. He returned to Austin in 1913 and taught history and then Latin-American history and economics; in 1915–16 he served as Spanish archives investigator for the Library of Congress. During World War I he served in the naval intelligence service, and saw duty in various Latin-American countries. After the war he returned to the university to teach, then resigned to become Latin-American editor for the New York Sun Herald. Dunn spent approximately the next 30 years in various positions of foreign relations for the United States Dept. of State and other government positions. In 1950 he became a lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and in 1953 he became a director for the Inter-American Scholastic Service of the American Council on Education.
Dunn was the author of Commercial and Industrial Handbook on Peru (1925) and numerous monographs in the field of Latin-American history. He was married to Linda Tays, and they had two children. The family lived in Washington, D.C., and Dallas. Dunn died in Dallas on November 18, 1966, and was buried at Sulphur Springs.
Correspondence of Linda Tays Dunn and William E. Dunn and their children Paxton T. Dunn and Eugenia Dunn Fritz concern the career of Dunn with the U. S. State Department and American Council on Education; Tays family materials; the death of William E. Dunn. Papers also include photographs; certificates; programs; invitations; and other memorabilia as well as a medical report and obituaries.
Also included in the collection is correspondence, clippings, and report concerning William E. Dunn's work in locating and transcribing documents from Spanish and Mexican periods of Texas history; similar work done by Herbert E. Bolton and Eugene C. Barker; personal letters from Dunn's father; and extracts from two Biennial reports of the Texas Library and Historical Commission. Papers also relate to Dunn's career in the United States Foreign Service in Latin America; his work as economic advisor to foreign governments; his work as Director of the Inter-American Schools Service; his preparation and distribution of transcripts of material pertaining to the history of the Southwestern United States gathered from Archives in Mexico (1907-1911) and Spain (1914-1916). The papers also include photographs of Dunn's travel in Spain.
William E. Dunn Papers, 1895-1969, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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