A Guide to the UT Rusk Literary Society Records, 1883-1913, 1945
The University of Texas Rusk Literary Society was founded by two law students on October 5, 1883, shortly after the University itself was established. Yancey Lewis and James Robert Hamilton both wanted to be president of the organization, and so split off into two factions. The Lewisites gained the temporary chairmanship and formed the Athenaeum Literary Society, while the Hamiltonites formed the Rusk Literary Society. The Society first met at the site of the temporary capitol before being assigned a room on the third floor of the old Main Building. Members discussed topics such as politics, foreign policy, economics, law, and education.
Prominent alumni of the organization include U.S. Senators Morris Shepard and Ralph W. Yarborough, Governor Pat Neff, and musicologist John Lomax, among others.
Cox, Patrick. 2001. Ralph W. Yarborough, the people's senator. Austin: University of Texas Press: 13.
"A to Z: A comprehensive look at UT History." UT History Central. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed May 21, 2013. http://www.texasexes.org/uthistory/atoz.aspx?letter=R.
University of Texas at Austin. 1894. Cactus. Austin, Tex: Published by Texas Student Publications: 113.
The UT Rusk Literary Society Records chronicle the early founding and development of this student organization through constitutions, minutes, bylaws, membership and attendance lists, correspondence, programs, and dues records from 1883 to 1913. Some additional material is from 1945.
This collection is open for research use.
UT Rusk Literary Society Records, 1883-1913, 1945, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, June 2004.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, May 2013.
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