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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Investments, Trusts, and Lands Office Records, 1880-1968



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas System. Office of Investments, Trusts and Lands.
Title: UT Investments, Trusts, and Lands Office Records
Dates: 1880-1968
Abstract: The University of Texas Investments, Trusts, and Lands Office Records contain field notes, correspondence, judicial cases, surveyor reports, maps, property leases, financial records, and ledgers from 1880 to 1968, documenting the history of the university's land and mineral investments for the Permanent University Fund.
Accession No.: 64-126; 96-312
OCLC No.: 849517224
Extent: circa 160 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The State of Texas Constitution of 1876 called for the creation of the University of Texas and appropriated one million acres of land for the establishment of a Permanent University Fund (PUF). An additional one million acres were added to the PUF in 1883. These lands constitute the bulk of what is commonly referred to as the University lands or PUF lands. Now totaling approximately 2.1 million acres, most PUF lands (including mineral estate properties) are located in West Texas, in particular Andrews, Archer, Dawson, Crane, Crockett, Ector, El Paso, Gaines, Hudspeth, Martin, Pecos, Reagan, Terrell, Upton, and Ward Counties.

In 1923, oil was discovered at the first completed well on university lands, Santa Rita No. 1, in Reagan County. In 1929, the Board for Lease of University Lands was created by the Texas Legislature, and oil and gas management authority were transferred from the Texas General Land Office to the Board. In 1949, the management authority for all minerals other than oil and gas was transferred from the Texas General Land Office to the University of Texas System Board of Regents.

Investment income from the PUF is generated from "oil and gas royalties, lease bonuses, and rentals generated from the exploration and development of the University lands" and "is used to finance construction, renovations, major library acquisitions, significant educational and research equipment, and academic excellence programs" for the University of Texas System and the Texas A&M University System.

Abridged from:

"About University Lands" and "Facts About the University Lands." University Lands. The University of Texas System. http://www.utlands.utsystem.edu/.

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Scope and Contents

The University of Texas Investments, Trusts, and Lands Office Records contain field notes, correspondence, judicial cases, surveyor reports, maps, property leases, financial records, and ledgers from 1880 to 1968, documenting the history of the university's land and mineral investments for the Permanent University Fund.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Unrestricted access to material listed in this inventory. The bulk of these records may be closed to researchers until inventory and processing are completed. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Doyle, M.J.
Giles, Bascom
Walker, J.H. (James Hemphill), 1860-1947
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas – History.
University of Texas System. Board of Regents.
University of Texas System. Office of Investments, Trusts and Lands -- Archives.
University of Texas System – Endowments.
University of Texas System – Finance.
Subjects
Gas fields -- Texas.
Oil fields -- Texas
Permanent University Fund.
Petroleum industry and trade -- Texas -- History.
Trusts and trustees -- Texas.
University investments -- Texas.
Places
Andrews County (Tex.)
Archer County (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)
Crane County (Tex.)
Crockett County (Tex.)
Ector County (Tex.)
Martin County (Tex.)
Pecos County (Tex.)
Reagan County (Tex.)
Upton County (Tex.)
Ward County (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the UT Board of Regents Records, 1881-2010, UT Bureau of Economic Geology Records, 1874-1988, E.D. Walker Papers, 1936-1957, and Hal P. Bybee Papers, 1916-1957.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Investments, Trusts, and Lands Office Records, 1880-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, July 1964.

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

This collection contains unprocessed materials.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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96-312/5 (5083752) Correspondence of J. W. Calhoun, 1937-1940
Correspondence of John H. Beckett, Jr., Chairman, Board of Regents, 1943-1944
J. W. Proctor vs. G. D. Miller, No. 8523, Court of Civil Appeals, Galveston (from Judge Gaines personal file), undated
George J. Helis, vacancy application, Crockett County, 1954
Robert Holiday, 1937-1953
State of Texas vs. J. T. Baker, et al, 112th District Court, Pecos County, Texas, 1929-1945
Bob Reid vacancy application, SF 14850, University Block 40 and Washington County RRC Survey, Irion County, 1947-1948
S. B. Phillips, Jr. vs. Standard Oil and Gas Co. et al, No. 745, District Court, Crockett County, Texas, 1933-1942
Gulf Oil Corp., et al vs. Rex C. Outlaw, No. 1408, District Court, Ector County, 1938-1940
Boundary line between Texas and Mexico, surveyed 1919, February 25, 1912
Landreth Strip file, Blocks 30 and 31, 1936-1937
Landreth Strip controversy, 1931-1940
Crane and Upton Counties, Block 35, 1937
Survey information, Corwin surveys east of the Pecos
Pecos County, University Block 19, 1940
J. H. Walker correspondence. Lear vs. Graeber, 1941-1942
Ward County, Block 16, 1939
Pecos County, Water Control and Implementation vs. Clayton W. Williams et al, 83rd District Court, Pecos County
Andrews County, Block 13, 1929 [?]
Ward County, S. F. 37-38, 1940
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96-312/6 (5083796) C. S. Graves, concerning State vs. York, field notes, 1882
Leo C. Haynes, Secretary, Board of Regents, correspondence, 1937-1943
R. V. Shirley, Claim of State of Texas vs. Associated Oil Co., bonds and rental account
C. D. Simmons, Vice President and Controller, 1944-1947
Frank F. Friend reports, special surveyor, 1938-1946
C. D. Simmons, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, 1950-1953
C. D. Simmons, Vice President and Comptroller, 1948-1949
T. S. Painter, 1945-1952
Leslie Wagener, Chairman of the Board of Regents, 1941-1947
H. L. Mills, school lands
Correspondence, 1938-1939
Joe Moore (Fouts, Amerman and Moore), Houston, Texas
C. D. Simmons, Question of the Redeemability of County Bonds after Five Years
Texas Research Corporation
Patents, Schoch processes
E. P. Schoch
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96-312/7 (5084020) Maps
Block 35, Crane and Ector Counties, mimeograph copies of report and exhibits by J. H. Walker
Grady Chandler and Russell Rentfro
Andrews, Dawson, Gaines, Martin Counties correspondence, 1929-1939
Frank F. Friend, Special surveyor
J. E. Anderson
Archer County School Land
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96-312/8 (5084020) University Lands, general file
Survey notes of Permanent University Fund Lands, by J. H. Walker, February 25, 1938
Block 19, Ward County, Caie's Block N and O
Ward County map, 1939
Dennis Corwin, specimens of writing
Horsehead Crossing, 1940-1943
Blocks 27 and 28, UT Pecos property, 1940
Ector County, 1938-1939
Pecos County, Blocks 16-20, field notes, sketches, etc., 1927
Reagan County, Blocks 43, 48, 49
Reagan County, copies of leases and transfers relating to Walling file, 1939-1940
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96-312/9 (5084019) Abstracts, Andrews County
Excerpt from Regents' minutes of April 30 1883 as certified by Leo C. Haynes, Secretary, Board of Regents, March 12, 1942
Excerpt from minutes of Board of Regents entitled "Boundary Controversy from Board of Regents" minutes, May 14, 1938
Correspondence from Commissioner of General Land Office regarding land in Crane County
C. D. Simmons, Comptroller, correspondence, September 1938 - November 1944
Wink Airfield, May 5, 1942
Fort Stockton landing filed site, correspondence, 1943
Cooke County, oil and gas lease
Correspondence of Carroll D. Simmons, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, 1938-1952
Crane and Ector Counties, Block 35
Information on surveying if land, September 8, 1884
Correspondence of J. H. Walker, University Lands Officer and Scott Gaines, Attorney, 1937-1939
Map of 34 producing leases, Block 35 of Ector and Crane Counties, 1936
Hudspeth County, correspondence of Scott Gaines and J. H. Walker, 1933-1951
Crockett County, Abstract of Title to SW/4, Sec. 22, Block 47, University County, 1949
Correspondence of Scott Gaines, attorney and Bascom Giles, Commissioner, General Land Office, 1933-1949
Vacancy suit brought under the Act of 1939:
G. W. Theisen, et al. appelants vs. Stanolind Oil and Gas Company, et al., Appelles, No. 4473 in the Court of Civil Appeals for the Eighth Supreme Judicial District of Texas at El Paso, undated
G. W. Theisen, et al., Appellands vs. Stanolind Oil and Gas Co., et al., Appellees; Appealed from 109th District Court of Andrews County, undated
Brief for Appellants; Reply brief of Appellants; Reply brief of Appellee, Ohio Oil and related documents
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96-312/10 (5083730) Dennis Corwin field notes, University Lands, 1937
Crane or Ector County map showing Twichell's notations in red with Mr. Walker's affidavit thereon, 1943
Edgar Tobin aerial surveys, 1941
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96-312/11 (5083956) D. Boone, field notes of survey 640, Andrews County, 1900
Brooks Baker Survey 168, Block E, Upton County, 1928
Survey #3 of Reagan County property, 1208.5 acres
H. C. Barton Survey, field notes, 640 acres, Pecos County, Crockett County, 1941
W. H. Bonnell
J. C. Caie
Cobb
Jax M. Cowden
County lines field notes, N. line Ector, N. line Ward
D. L. Cunningham
Culberson County data
Boyd Douglas
M. J. Doyle
L. W. Durrell
Robert E. Estes
Field notes of county line
C. D. Foote
Frank F. Friend
Gardener report
Fort Stockton Blocks 27, 28
H. L. George
Riraud
J. Hubbell, Mrs. Annie James Fiel
Hope
Hudspeth and El Paso Counties
Kuechler
Fort Lancaster
A. N. Lea
Frank Lerch
S. L. Mooney
M. W. Neyland
Marvin Moore
Thomas C. Nelson
A. H. Parker, field notes and reports
Powell-Twichell controversy, Crockett
Observatory, Mt. Locke
Reagan County
Randolph
W. P. Ratchford
Rider
Schadowsky
J. A. Simpson
Shafter's Lake, preemption field notes
H. B. Tarver
J. Wilkin Fays
W. D. Twichell
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96-312/12 (5083785) Permit, lease information
Amerada Petroleum Corp.
Leases, oil and gas (permit), $2.00 per acre rental question
Sid Richardson
Ozona Development Company
Shell Oil Company
W. A. Stroman, boundary line controversy, Pecos County
Skelly Oil Co.
Continental Oil Company
Leases, oil and gas, ownership of and assignments
Long County, vacancy claim
Gulf Oil Corporation
Phillips Petroleum Company
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96-312/13 (5083741) Survey notes, Permanent University Fund Land
Tom Green County, certified copies of field notes of Gunter and Munson and Maddox Brothers and Anderson Survey, 1943
R. C. Crane, Tom Green County, 1939
Vacancy applications, 1939
Crane County, Blocks 1 and 2, corrected field notes of surveys made for H&TC Ry. Company in 1888
M. W. Neyland, surveyor, 1939
Certified copies of Twichell's field notes of Block B-19, Ward County, 1902
Sales contracts, 1904-1940
Texas Central Railroad Company Surveys, Tom Green County, by H. B. Tarver, Co., Survey, adjoining University Blocks 31-33, 35, made February 10, 1887; Map, Frank F. Friend, 1940
Tom Green County, certified copies of field notes and surveys, October 10, 1882
Palo Pinto Land District, field notes of survey made for CCSD&RGNG RR Company, D. L. Cunningham, Surveyor, copies dated 1881
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96-312/15 (5083810) Surveys, maps
L. A. McWhirter and J. P. Moore file concerning State vs. York, No. 58878, August 1, 1938
L. A. McWhirter and J. P. Moore, mineral application for lease together with field notes and sketches, 1939
S. A. Thompson, 1880-1889
J. R. Wadsworth, 1907
C. W. Williams, 1886
Waldo Williams, 1938
Field notes, North of Block 16 and 20, 1940
T & P Lands, Harris and Powell, 1941
R. M. Thomson, 1880
Terrell County, field notes, 1838
Woods connecting, line and map, New Mexico
C. E. Crimer, surveyor's report, 1933
Receipts, University Lands, field notebooks, 1935
W. J. Williams, 1929
N. B. C., 1935-1937
Live Oak controversy, Crockett County, 1941
Block UV, S. B. Phillips, Jr. vs. Stanolind Oil and Gas Co., 1941
El Paso County, 1937-1945
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96-312/16 (5083800) Andrews County, Blocks 12-14; Photostatic applications of Theisen and Daniels Applications
Theisen V. Woodward, et al., No. 768
Daniels vs. Texas Co., No. 76
Theisen vs. Stanolind, et al., No. 770, 109th District Court, Andrews County, Texas, 1945-1946
Lear vs. Graeber, No. 746, District Court, Crockett County, Texas, 1940-1941
Everett T. Lear vs. N. J. vs. N. J. Graeber, et al, No. 746, District Court, Crockett County, Texas, 1933-1943
Bascom Giles, et al vs. Edwin A. McKanna
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96-312/17 (5084008) J. L. Nutt Survey, S. F. 14312, Blocks 16 -20, Pecos County, 1879, 1942
J. L. Nutt vs. University of Texas, 1939-1941
Nutt application, S. F. 14312, Blocks 16 -20, Pecos County, 1927-1957
G. W. Theisen, et al. vs. Stanolind Oil and Gas Co. et al, El Paso Court of Civil Appeals, 1945-1946
G. W. Theisen, et al vs. Stanolind Oil and Gas Co. et al, application No. A-1152, Supreme Court of Texas, 1947
G. W. Theisen, et al, vacancy claim, Blocks 12-14, University Lands, Andrews County, Texas, 1944-1945
State of Texas vs. Continental Oil Co., No. 82013, 126th District Court, Travis County, Texas, 1948
State vs. Evans et al, No. 72, 127, 126th District Court, Travis County, Texas, 1946
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96-312/18 (5083720) Field note calls with Shorthand notes of stenographer
Survey by Frank F. Friend
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96-312/19 (5086659) University Endowment Lands in West Texas, statements of income, 1936-1956
J. H. Walker correspondence, 1941-1943
Hudspeth County correspondence, 1933-1937
Santa Rita Oil Well, University Lands, Reagan County, files of Burnell Waldrep, Land and Trust attorney, 1964-1965
Reagan County Purchasing Co., Inc., price modification agreement, 1942-1945
Bexar District, field notes of survey made for H&TC Ry. Co., 1872;M. J. Doyle, Deputy Surveyor, 1932-1940
W. J. Caples, realtor vs. J. H. Walker, Land Commissioner, respondent, et al., co-respondent, 1931-1932
Andrews County, 1946-1951
Theisen vs. Robinson, history of these cases, 1879-1926 [?]
Proposed constitutional amendment providing for a college building plan, 1947-1952
Brochure "A Statement Regarding Constitutional Amendment Permitting a Broader Diversification of Investments for the Permanent University Fund by the Constitutional Endowment Fund for the University of Texas and the A&M College of Texas, November 13, 1951," special election, 1945-1952
James P. Hart, correspondence files of Mr. Scott Gaines, 1948
Dan J. Harrison, 1943-1944
Leases, extension or renewal agreements, S. B. 287, Acts, 48th legislature, 1943-1945
La Prieta, land relinquished to El Paso County, correspondence of J. H. Walker, 1939
Land office files of J. H. Walker, Commissioner, General Land Office, 1937-1942
Humble Oil and Refining Company, correspondence of Scott Gaines, 1940-1950
Insurance, public liability, airport, file of Scott Gaines, Land attorney, 1947
Toreador Royalty Corporation, files of Mary E. Cook, assistant to the endowment officer, William W. Stewart, endowment officer, 1951-1965
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96-312/20 (5083821) Geologist in charge, University Lands, Midland offices, Bert R. Haigh, 1938-1968
San Patricio County, Kretzmeier vs. Strawn, correspondence, 1949
Texas Petroleum Research Committee, files of Carroll D. Simmons, Vice Chancellor for Business and Finance, 1951
Field notes, 1931
Texas Medical Alumni Foundation, Inc., Dr. Robert M. Moore, Professor of Surgery, Medical Branch, 1951
Building revenue bonds, 1939-1941
Millard Eidson, et al. vs. Skelly Oil Co., et al., District Court, Ector County, cause No. 2833, non-development of oil and gas leases, 1944
Taxes, University Properties and Trust Estates, files of Scott Gaines, 1939-1954
Taxes, Hogg property, files of C. D. Simmons and Scott Gaines, 1939-1953
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