University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Wythe (George) Papers, [ca. 1915]-1971



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wythe, George, b. 1893
Title: Wythe, George, Papers
Dates: [ca. 1915]-1971
Abstract: Correspondence, literary productions, certificates and awards, printed material, military and government records, legal materials, and photographs compose the George Wythe Papers, [ca. 1915]-1971, documenting Wythe's life and career.
Accession No.: 87-204
Extent: 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Weatherford, Texas, George Wythe (1893-1990) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1914, where he had served as editor of The Texan and was a charter member of the Sigma Delta Chi journalism fraternity. After college, he was a delegate the Henry Ford peace expedition and worked as a columnist for the Dallas News (1916-1917). During World War I, Wythe was wounded in France while serving with the 90th Infantry Division of the American Expeditionary Forces, but eventually rose to the rank of major. Upon his return to the states, he joined the U. S. Commerce Department, working as a trade representative in Turkey and Mexico and a Commercial Attaché-at-large in Europe. In the early 1930s, Wythe was called to Washington as an expert on Latin American commerce and industry and eventually became head of the Department's American Republics division. Wythe earned a doctorate in economics from George Washington University in 1938 and retired from the Department in 1960. He lectured on economics at several universities in the Washington, D. C., area before moving to Austria in 1972.

Source:

"Dr. George Wythe, 96, A Former U. S. Official." New York Times, July 16, 1990.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, literary productions, certificates and awards, printed material, military and government records, legal materials, and photographs compose the George Wythe Papers, [ca. 1915]-1971, documenting Wythe's life and career. The papers chronicle Wythe's military service in during World War I, his career in journalism and with the U. S. Commerce Department, his participation in the Henry Ford peace expedition, and his travels. Photographs portray Finland, Lapland, Wythe, and his grandchildren. Additionally, genealogical material and estate records relate to the Wythe family of Weatherford, Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wythe, George, b. 1893 -- Archives
Wythe family
Subjects (Organizations)
Henry Ford Peace Expedition (1915-1916)
United States. Department of Commerce -- History -- 20th Century
United States. Army. American Expeditionary Forces. Infantry Division, 90th
Subjects
Journalists -- Texas -- History -- 20th Century
World War, 1914-1918 -- Campaigns -- France
Places
Finland -- Pictorial works
Lapland -- Pictorial works
Weatherford (Tex.) -- History

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Wythe Papers, [ca. 1915]-1971, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
2.325/E497 Correspondence, 1917-1971
Biographical and genealogical files
Personnel file, 1933-1960
Military records, 1917-1919
Estate records of Thomas Ambrose, Nannie Bell, and Lois Wythe, 1955-1969
Literary productions
Certificates and awards, 1919-1965
Printed material
Newspaper clippings, 1918-1976
Miscellaneous
box
2.325/V60 Oversized certificates and awards, 1910-1950
box
3Y82 Photographs:
5 landscape photoprints of Finland ((c) Suomen-Matkat)
15 photoprints of views of Finland, ca. 1930s
11 photoprints of views of Lapland, ca. 1930s
59 photoprints of unidentified views, probably Finland or Lapland
2 unidentified postcard views, probably Finland or Lapland
1 photoprint portrait of George Wythe [?]
5 color portraits of Wythe grandchildren [?]