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Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. Papers, 1900-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Erwin, Frank Craig, Jr., 1920-1980
Title: Erwin, Frank Craig, Jr., Papers
Dates: 1900-1980
Abstract: The personal papers of Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. (1920-1980), Austin attorney and University of Texas regent from 1963 to 1975, contain correspondence, financial records, scrapbook materials, and photographs documenting his early social and academic life as a student, in addition to his career as a regent.
Accession No.: 83-273; 97-233; 98-312; 2009-221
OCLC No.: 827997398
Extent: 4 ft., 10 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. was born in Waxahachie, Texas on January 24, 1920, the son of Frank C. Erwin and Margaret Edwards. Erwin entered the University of Texas in 1937 and was admitted into Phi Beta Kappa in 1942. An active member of Kappa Sigma, he was also elected to honor fraternities for freshmen (Phi Eta Sigma) and in Government (Phi Sigma Alpha). Erwin served in the Navy during World War II before returning to UT to receive his law degree in 1948.

Following a brief career as an attorney in Austin, Texas, Erwin cultivated ties with the conservative Democratic faction of the Texas state legislature. He became an assistant to John B. Connally’s campaign for the Texas governorship in 1961, a position that later led to his friendship with Lyndon B. Johnson. In 1962, he served as chairman of the resolutions committee at the state Democratic convention and later as secretary and chairman of the state Democratic Executive Committee. From 1964 to 1968, he was the Democratic national committeeman from Texas. Erwin also served as the vice chairman of the Texas delegation to the 1964 Democratic National Convention and the state delegate for the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

Erwin served as a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents from 1963 to 1975 and held the office of chairman from 1966 to 1971. During Erwin’s tenure with the Board of Regents, he facilitated the increase of university appropriations and building contracts through the cachet of his political ties to the state legislature. Erwin’s chairmanship was also marked by a vocal opposition to liberal professors and student activist movements on campus.

In 1975, Erwin left the University of Texas System to again practice law. He was awarded the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the university’s Alumni Association in 1979. The University Special Events Center was named in his honor after his death.

Erwin died of a heart attack on October 1, 1980 in Galveston, Texas.

Sources:

Mitchell Lerner, "ERWIN, FRANK CRAIG, JR.," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fer08), accessed February 03, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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Scope and Contents

The personal papers of Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. (1920-1980), Austin attorney and University of Texas regent from 1963 to 1975, contain correspondence, financial records, scrapbook materials, and photographs documenting his early social and academic life as a student, in addition to his career as a regent. The collection includes Erwin family genealogical materials and a tape cassette of Erwin's funeral. Also featured in the papers are Erwin’s original office records.

Archivist's note

Erwin’s office records were donated by Jeff D. Sandefer, creator of the Frank C. Erwin, Jr. History Project in 2009 and are currently unprocessed.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

A portion of this collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Daniel, Chal N.
Erwin, Frank Craig, Jr., 1920-1980 -- Archives.
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973
Nowotny, Arno.
Subjects (Organizations)
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library.
University of Texas. Board of Regents.
University of Texas -- Fraternities and sororities.
University of Texas -- Student life.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. Oral History Project Records, 1937-1975, 1986-1996; UT Board of Regents Records, 1881-2010.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the TXC.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank Craig Erwin, Jr. Papers, 1900-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Francis Delor Angeles, April 1984.

Subsequent revisions made by archives staff; Vanessa Attia, January 2013.

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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3H25 General correspondence:
June 2, 1937-March 27, 1941
April 27-December 26, 1942
January 6, 1943-January 1, 1945
Correspondence from Lyndon Baines and Ladybird Johnson, December 23, 1963, May 21, 24, 1971
Income tax returns, 1942-1943
Commission as a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, January 11, 1969
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum dedication invitation and program, May 22, 1971
Texas House of Representatives, House Concurrent Resolution No. 177, in appreciation of Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., May 27, 1971
Genealogical materials, undated
Scrapbook materials:
High school memorabilia, 1933-1937
College memorabilia, 1937-1942
Naval memorabilia, 1942 and undated
Publications:
Brochure, "The Honorable Frank C. Erwin, Jr., Texan"
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3B62 Report: "Gubernatorial appointments to full terms on the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System," [Photocopy from the William P. Clements, Jr., Papers at Texas A & M University] June 1978
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3S139 Scene Magazine, [cover only] December 11, 1972
Forty Acres: A Portfolio of University of Texas Scenes, [incomplete] 1958
Certificates:
R. K. Erwin passport, February 5, 1900
Miscellaneous certificates, 1957-1980
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3S63b Photographs:
Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., as a student at the University of Texas, 1941
University of Texas students, circa 1940
Barnes, Ben
Connally, John B.
Erwin, Frank Craig, Jr., as Chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas System, November 1, 1968
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
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3S218 Johnson, Lyndon Baines and Ladybird
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3S63b Dedication of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, May 22, 1971:
Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., speaking at the dedication
Lyndon Baines Johnson speaking at the dedication
Bob Bullock, Reverend Billy Graham, Harry Huntt Ransom, President Richard M. Nixon, Pat Nixon, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Frank Craig Erwin, Jr.
Pat Nixon, John B. Connally, Ben Barnes, President Richard M. Nixon, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Vice President Spiro Agnew, and Frank Craig Erwin, Jr.
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3S218 President Richard M. Nixon, John B. Connally, Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., Ben Barnes, Lyndon Baines, Johnson, Ladybird Johnson, Vice President Spiro Agnew
President Lyndon Baines Johnson addressing the United States House of Representatives, undated
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3S63b Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., Ladybird Johnson and family at the dedication of the Lyndon Baines Johnson United States postage stamp, August 27, 1978
Works of art:
Sketch of a proposed building at the University of Texas at Austin, December 1, 1970
Still life depicting flowers in a vase, undated oil on masonite
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3S218 Batik longhorn
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2/FILM I7 Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., receiving the University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus Award, [16 mm motion picture film] October 5, 1979
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Sound Archives Memorial service for Frank Craig Erwin, Jr., October 3, 1980
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Artifact Collection Medals and awards, 1935-1936, 1972 and undated
[2009-221] Stored off-site:
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P01189 Original records from the office of Frank Erwin.
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P01190 Original records from the office of Frank Erwin.
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P01191 Original records from the office of Frank Erwin.
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P01192 Original records from the office of Frank Erwin.

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