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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Lorene Rogers Papers, [ca. 1938 (1974-1979) 1986].



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Rogers, Lorene
Title: Rogers, Lorene Papers
Dates: [ca. 1938 (1974-1979) 1986].
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, photographs, printed materials, clippings, and audiovisual material comprise the Lorene Rogers Papers, [ca. 1938 (1974-1979) 1986], which document Rogers’ career at the University of Texas as a researcher, professor, administrator, vice-president, and president.
Accession No.: 2005-140
Extent: 24 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Lorene Lane Rogers (1914-2009), biochemist, professor, administrator, and former president of the University of Texas, was born in Prosper, Texas, on April 3, 1914. She studied English at North Texas State Teachers College, where she met her husband Burl Rogers, a biochemist. The couple moved to New Jersey when Burl got a job with a chemical company. However, in 1941, an explosion in the laboratory killed Burl.

Inspired by her late husband’s interest, Rogers pursued a master’s degree in organic chemistry and a doctorate in biochemistry at the University of Texas, enrolling in 1942 and graduating in 1946. After teaching chemistry at Sam Houston State University for two years (1947-1949), Rogers returned to UT in 1949 as a researcher at the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute. She was promoted to assistant director of the Institute in 1957. In 1962, she applied for a professorship in the chemistry department, but the department rejected her application due to her gender. Instead, Rogers obtained a position as a nutrition professor in the department of home economics. From 1962 until 1964, when she was appointed Associate Graduate Dean, Rogers worked half time in the department of home economics and half time at the Clayton Foundation.

Rogers, the first woman to hold the position of Associate Graduate Dean, resigned as associate dean in 1971 and attempted to take a leave of absence to conduct research before returning to teaching. However, the new University president, Stephen Spurr, proffered Rogers a vice-presidency, and she accepted. As a vice president Rogers notably strove for equality for women and even wrote UT’s affirmative action program.

After the firing of Stephen Spurr in August of 1974, Rogers was named ad interim president, and permanent president in 1975. Rogers’ appointment as president was highly controversial, due to the marginalization of a faculty-student committee, which had rejected Rogers. Faculty members and students held mass protests calling for Rogers’ resignation, claiming that the regents had denied them a say in the appointment process.

Despite this controversy, Rogers presided over a period of progress and prosperity at the University of Texas. During her tenure, Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy, Ilya Prigogine received a Nobel Prize in Chemistry, black enrollment rose from 200 to over 1,000, and Latino enrollment doubled. She brought many eminent scientists to UT, such as physicist John Wheeler, biochemist Esmond Snell, and botanist Richard Starr. In addition to her work with the sciences, Rogers presided over the creation of the College of Liberal Arts and the implementation of the National Merit Scholarship Program. Furthermore, as the first female president of a major research university, Rogers worked for higher pay for women. Late in her term as president, eight faculty members filed suit against Rogers, claiming they were denied raises in retaliation for their criticism of her administration. Only one of the eight won their case, history professor Philip White.

In August 1979, Rogers retired as president of UT. Following her term, Rogers served on several boards, both academic and industrial, such as for Texaco Inc., Texas Bank, and Gulf State Utilities. Rogers passed away in January 2009, in Dallas, at the age of 94.

Source: "Rogers, Lorene Lane," Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, speeches, photographs, printed materials, clippings, and audiovisual material comprise the Lorene Rogers Papers, [ca. 1938 (1974-1979) 1986], which document Rogers’ career at the University of Texas as a researcher, professor, administrator, vice-president, and president. The papers contain letters of congratulation on her appointment to the presidency from 1975, as well as personal correspondence from 1975 to 1979. Furthermore, the papers include many files concerning her involvement with conferences, boards, and professional organizations, such as her files relating to her work with the Graduate Record Examination Board. The collection also documents her work on the panel reviewing military academies in 1974. In addition to material pertaining to her presidency, the collection contains her diploma from UT, her late husband’s thesis, and the theses of her graduate students over the years. The photographs in the collection document her tenure as president, including events such as Earl Campbell’s Heisman trophy presentation, UT Alumni banquet, the Gutenberg bible presentation, and the presentation of the 7 millionth book to the University Libraries.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Rogers, Lorene L.--Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
College presidents--United States.
Women college administrators -- United States.
Education, Higher--United States--Administration.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Separated Material

Some materials have been separated to the Library Unit and the Artifact Collection.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Lorene Rogers Papers, [ca. 1938 (1974-1979) 1986], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ralph Elder, July 2005. Subsequent revisions were made by Megan Mummey, July 2010

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Stored off-site at CDL3:

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2005-140/1 Correspondence:
Congratulations on Lorene Rogers’ appointment as UT president, A-Z, 1974
Personal correspondence, A-N, ca. 1975-1979
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2005-140/2 Personal correspondence, O-Z, ca. 1975-1979
Student contacts, 1975-1978
Correspondence regarding Lorene Rogers’ surgery, 1977-1978
Correspondence regarding Lorene Rogers’ retirement, 1977-1978
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2005-140/3 Travel
China exchange program
Speech invitations
Speech material
Invitations to serve on national boards
Recommendations
American Home Economics Association
Council on Post-Secondary Education
Scholarships/Fellowships
American Council on Education
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2005-140/4 American Council on Education
Catalyst
Ex-Student speeches and trips
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
Open Forum
Title IX - HEW
University Research Association
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
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2005-140/5 National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
Lorene Rogers’ speeches, 1977-1979
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2005-140/6 Lorene Rogers’ speeches, 1971-1976
Official statements and welcoming remarks
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2005-140/7 University of Texas at Austin files, A-Z
UT committees
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2005-140/8 Research
Travel
Trip to Taiwan
Air University Board of Visitors
Inauguration of President Hanna Gray (Univ. of Chicago)
Tribute to Cecil and Ida Green
Council of Higher Education Conference
Conferences and institutes
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2005-140/9 Speeches of others
Professional organizations
Test of English as a foreign language
Graduate Record Examinations Board
National Energy Foundation
National Fund for Minority Engineering Students
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2005-140/10 Professional organizations
Graduate Record Examinations Board
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2005-140/11 Professional organizations
Graduate Record Examinations Board
International Telephone and Telegraph Corporation
Air Force Academy review
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2005-140/12 Professional organizations
American Council on Education
National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges
Conferences and seminars
Miscellaneous publications
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2005-140/13 Greek University project
Travel
Institutes, symposia, conferences
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2005-140/14 Lorene Rogers’ Christmas cards, 1971-1975
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2005-140/15 Lorene Rogers’ Christmas cards, 1976
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2005-140/16 Lorene Rogers’ Christmas cards, 1977-1978
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2005-140/17 UT theses and dissertations of Lorene Rogers’ students
UT Regents’ Rules and Regulations, 1979
Miscellaneous certificates
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2005-140/18 Unarranged files on Lorene Rogers’ desk
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2005-140/19 Unarranged files on Lorene Rogers’ desk
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2005-140/20 Lorene Rogers’ clippings and biographical material
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2005-140/21 Lorene Rogers’ clippings and biographical material
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2005-140/22 Lorene Rogers biographical and personal material

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Stored off-site at LSF

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2005-140/23 Photographic material:
Albums:
The University of Texas at Austin, McDonald Observatory, October 25-27, 1974
Endowed Presidential Scholarship, First Annual Banquet, September 26, 1975
University of Texas Boat Basin, Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas Marine Laboratory
McDonald Observatory
Dedication of Ernest Cockrell, Jr. Hall, College of Engineering, the University of Texas at Austin, 1974
Photographs:
Events, ca. 1970s
Rogers with others, ca. 1970s
Lorene Rogers, ca. 1970s
Gutenberg Bible, 1978
University of Texas
Artwork:
Sketch of Lorene Rogers

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Stored on-site at SRH:

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3P197a U-Matic video:
People and Ideas, Lorene Rogers, 2850 Master, 11/13/1977
Audiocassette:
Women in Public Life #949
2. Dr. Lorene Rogers
Reel-to-reel tapes:
Rogers-Lorene-Dr., Personality sketch, for Cover Story "Austin" magazine, October 1977
People and Ideas, no. 6-77, Dr. Lorene Rogers President of the University of Texas at Austin, 7 ½ i.p.s. Full Track
People and Ideas, no. 6--77, Dr. Lorene Rogers President of the University of Texas at Austin, 3 ¾ i.p.s. Full Track
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2AA20 Oversize photographs, ca. 1970s
Diplomas, certificates, and awards, 1948-1981
Cartoons and artwork, ca. 1970s
Collage, ca. 1970s
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2AA17 Artwork
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OD1223c Oversize material

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