A Guide to the John W. Bill Carter Papers, [ca. 1975-1981]
A graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, John W. "Bill" Carter, completed his Master’s thesis, Invasion and Stagnation: The Roles of Local Associations in Community Adaptation to Large Energy Development Episodes in Bastrop County, Texas, in 1981. The thesis examines the impact of lignite strip mining as an agent of social change in Bastrop County, Texas.
Comprised of reports, financial records, ethnographic field notes, newspaper clippings, printed material, and a Master’s thesis, the John W. "Bill" Carter Papers, [ca. 1975-1981], document Carter’s research for his Master’s thesis while a graduate student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas. Reports from Anthropology faculty to the Center for Energy Studies at UT and the Hogg Foundation concern the progress of Carter’s research, while financial records detail expenditures for the project. The collection includes Carter’s ethnographic field notes, which record the social implications of lignite strip mining, and political and economic issues in Bastrop County. Additionally, the papers house a copy of Carter’s Master’s thesis, newspaper clippings pertaining to lignite strip mining and general environmental issues and policies in Bastrop County and Texas, as well as printed material which contains issues of Environment and Behavior (1975); a 1977 Bastrop Long-range County Program, Bastrop County Plan prepared by Southwest Texas State University (1978); and The Governor’s Energy Advisory Council Technical Report for the State of Texas (1977).
This collection is open for research use.
John W. "Bill" Carter Papers, [ca. 1975-1981], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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.
Detailed Description of the Papers