University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Michael Eakin Papers, 1952-1981



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Eakin, Michael, 1950-1979.
Title: Eakin, Michael, papers
Dates: 1952-1981
Abstract: Containing two series of subject files and publications, the Michael Eakin Papers, 1952-1981, document the reporting career of Eakin and his interest in energy resources and other topics.
Accession No.: 95-069
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Michael Eakin (1950-1979) was the son of Edwin M. Eakin, founder of Eakin Press in Austin, Texas. Michael attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he edited the Daily Texan. With Jeff Nightbyrd, he established the Austin Sun, a counterculture paper that ran from 1974 to 1978. Eakin was also as an early anti-nuke activist and had a special reporting interest in the politics of energy resources. In April 1979, Eakin was fatally shot in Houston by unknown assailants.

Source:

Nightbyrd, Jeffery. "The Mysterious Murder of Michael Eakin."The Rag Blog, September 13, 2010. Accessed November 18, 2010. http://theragblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/jeffrey-nightbyrd-rehearsals-for.html.


Scope and Contents

Containing two series of subject files and publications, the Michael Eakin Papers, 1952-1981, document the reporting career of Eakin and his interest in energy resources and other topics. The first series, Subject Files, represent Eakin’s reporting and activism interests. The subjects cover political and socioeconomic topics, including Texas nuclear industry, the auto industry, pollution, U.S. legislation and foreign relations, and various power resources, such as coal, solar, and oil and gas. The series also contains his columns and documents his work with the Austin Sun and Daily Texan. The second series, Publications, consists of books and magazines about energy resources, philosophy, American politics, capitalism, and Marxism.


 

Arrangement

The papers are arranged into two series:
  • I. Subject Files
  • II. Publications

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Eakin, Michael, 1950-1979 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin Sun (Austin, Tex. : 1974)
Daily Texan (Austin, Tex. : 1913)
Subjects
Power resources -- Texas.
Politics, Practical -- Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Texas -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Michael Eakin Papers, 1952-1981, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sarah Demb, June 1995.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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