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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

At Library Storage Facility:

At Sid Richardson Hall:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William Lawrence McGill Papers, 1917-1958



Descriptive Summary

Creator: McGill, William Lawrence.
Title: McGill, William Lawrence, papers
Dates: 1917-1958
Abstract: The William Lawrence McGill Papers consist of correspondence, letterbooks, scrapbooks, clippings, literary manuscripts, pamphlets, magazines, financial records, reports, and photographs from 1917 to 1958 which document McGill’s associations with the University of Texas (UT) School of Journalism, student and alumni groups, the First Annual Texas Round-Up in 1930, UT’s 40th anniversary, Texas centennial celebrations, and his work in state civil defense. Also included is correspondence with W. Lee O'Daniel, McGill's photograph collection, and copies of various histories of the university.
Accession No.: 64-41; 65-4; 67-51; 2000-242
Extent: 9 ft., 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Lawrence McGill was born on August 19, 1899 and raised in Corsicana, Texas.

McGill attended the University of Texas where in 1922 he co-founded the Texas Cowboys, a men’s service organization. He was Director of Texas Student Publications, Inc. from 1923 to 1943. He also served as President of the Ex-Students' Association from 1929 to 1930, during which time he originated the idea for the annual Texas Round-Up.

In 1936, he served as Director of the University of Texas Centennial Exposition. McGill was a Professor of Journalism and chairman of university public relations at UT until 1940. During his career, he directed many fundraising campaigns for university facilities such as the Gregory Gym. He was also involved as a member of the Daily Texan, the Athletic Council, and the Friars.

After leaving UT in 1940, he entered the civil service as the State Defense Coordinator for Texas. During World War II, he served as the director of personnel for the American Red Cross in the Mediterranean.

McGill died on January 5, 1959.

Sources:

The Cactus (Austin: Texas Student Publications, Inc., 1959), 17.

"A to Z: A comprehensive look at UT History." UT History Central. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed June 28, 2013. http://www.texasexes.org/uthistory/atoz.aspx?letter=M.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, notes, clippings, pamphlets, and magazines chronicle the history of the University, in particular the function of student and alumni organizations such as the Texas Cowboys, Friars, and Ex-Students' Association. Materials also cover the 40th Anniversary of the University and McGill’s professional activities in the School of Journalism at UT and in state civil defense.

Bound letterbooks and scrapbooks relate to the Ex-students’ Association from 1928 to 1930, when McGill was president , and to the Texas Defense and Development Program, in which McGill played a prominent role.

The Ex-Students Association volumes contain correspondence and records relating to the normal activities of the organization. The records are subject filed within the volumes, including such headings as Alcalde, Athletics, Executive Council, Financial Statements and Records, etc. One volume is made up of records, correspondence, programs, photographs, and other papers relating to the First Annual Texas Round-Up on April 11-12, 1930 (for which McGill was chairman of the Executive Council).

The Texas Defense and Development volumes are two letterbooks containing copies of letters from July 1941 and October 1942, written mostly by Governor W. Lee O’Daniel to prominent people all over the state in the interest of defense production and the attraction of new industry to the state. The small amount of unbound letters and reports includes three Red Cross reports of activities in Italy and the Mediterranean during the later years of World War II, a letter of commendation of McGill from Governor Coke E. Stevenson, and a letter to McGill from the head of the Weather Bureau.

The photographs are of various prominent Texans, mostly identified by signature. There are two certificates of distinction; one from the Ground Observer Corps of the Air Force and one from the Red Cross.

Furthermore, correspondence, financial records, reports, literary productions, photographs, booklets, and pamphlets document the creation, operation, and conclusion of the University Centennial Exposition in 1936. These materials also pertain to the creation and growth of The Texas Memorial Museum from the Exposition. Other topics addressed in these documents include the University of Texas School of Journalism’s operation, budget, and controversy over appropriations; UT publications and bulletins concerning Regents’ rules and gifts; university public relations; McDonald Observatory; UT Round-Up; the inauguration of Homer Price Rainey; and the "Eyes of Texas" controversy. Literary productions such as "Fifty Years on the Forty Acres" (1933) and "Texas Trails" (1944) document university history.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
McGill, William Lawrence – Archives.
O’Daniel, W. Lee (Wilbert Lee), 1890-1969.
Rainey, Homer P. (Homer Price), 1896-
Stevenson, Coke R. (Coke Robert), 1888-1975
Subjects (Organizations)
Ex-students’ Association of the University of Texas.
Friar Society.
McDonald Observatory.
Texas Development and Defense Program.
Texas Memorial Museum.
University of Texas – Anniversaries, etc.
University of Texas at Austin – Alumni and alumnae.
University of Texas at Austin – Faculty.
University of Texas at Austin – History.
University of Texas. School of Journalism.
University of Texas – Students.
Subjects
Civil defense – Texas.
Universities and colleges – Societies, etc.
World War, 1939-1945--Mediterranean Region
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Corsicana (Tex.)
Texas – Centennial celebrations, etc.

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Related Material

See also the UT Ex-students’ Association Records, 1883-2009; UT Texas Memorial Museum Records; UT Semi-Centennial Celebration Records, 1933; and UT Texas Centennial Exposition Records, 1934-1936.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Lawrence McGill Papers, 1917-1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by R.D.W., February 1964.

Subsequent revisions were made by J.E.F., December 1964; W.H.R., February 1967; archives staff, June 2004; Vanessa Attia, June 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

At Library Storage Facility:

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2L1 (1825229) University of Texas alumni and students organizations:
The University of Texas Cowboys:
Correspondence, 1947-1958
Membership lists
Speeches and resolutions
Printed material
University Dads Association:
Correspondence
Newspaper clippings
Newspaper clippings
University of Texas Friars:
Correspondence
Clippings
Membership lists
Ex-Student Association:
Correspondence
Printed material
Miscellaneous correspondence and records, 1928-1930
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2L2 (1825025) Correspondence and records:
A-G, 1928-1930
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2L3 (1825014) H-Z, 1928-1930
University of Texas history, events, and departments:
Rules and Regulations for the Board of Regents for the Government of The University of Texas:
1934
1936
1943
Organization, Function, and Future of The University of Texas, 1937
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2L4 (1825230) Some Important Facts and Figures Relating Thereto, 1937
Public relations organization, 1939
List of gifts, compiled by Helen Hargrave, 1883-1932
Program, Inauguration of Homer Price Rainey as President of the University of Texas
The Government of the State of Texas, Part XII, Education
"Eyes of Texas" copyright controversy
Report from the President's Office, 1937
Financial report, 1953
Extension library, printed material
box
2L5 (1825036) School of Journalism:
Printed materials
Clippings
Articles and pamphlets
War Memorial Fund correspondence and printed material
Reports of development committees, 1947-1948
box
2L254 (1825580) Correspondence, 1925-1944, undated
Newsletters, 1939-1943
Appointments and teachers' reports, 1927-1941
Miscellaneous
Journalism Quarterly, September 1941
Newspaper clippings
Printed material
box
2L255 (1825579) Correspondence and other material regarding the Paul J. Thompson Appreciation Dinner, 1949
Class lectures and notes
Notes and clippings regarding freedom of the press and libel laws
University of Texas Fortieth Anniversary Celebration:
Correspondence
Records and printed material, 1923
box
2L256 (1825863) Texas Roundup:
First Annual Texas Roundup, volume 1, 1930
Correspondence and miscellaneous material, 1934
box
2L257 (1825885) Literary productions:
"History of the University of Texas," copies 1-3
Excerpts from "The Location of the University," a speech by Chancellor James Hart, 1951
box
3K408 (1825047) "Texas Trails" [bound]
"Texas Trails, " 1933
"Fifty Years on the Forty Acres" [bound]
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3K409 (1825069) "Fifty Years on the Forty Acres," correspondence, 1933-1934
"Fifty Years on the Forty Acres," miscellaneous, 1933
"Fifty Years on the Forty Acres," programs, 1933
"Fifty Years on the Forty Acres" [unbound], 1933
"A Tragedy in One Act," by Mody C. Boatright
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3K410 (1825058) University Centennial Exposition:
Reports:
December 1935
February 1936
March 1936
April 1936
May 1936
May and June 1936
July 1 - October 15, 1936
Formal opening:
Correspondence:
May 23 - June 1
1936
Programs
Texas Memorial Museum:
Financial statements, 1937-1938
Printed documents, 1926
Scrapbook, 1936
Photographs of the cornerstone laying, December 19, 1937
box
3K411 (1825058) University Centennial Exposition and Texas Memorial Museum:
Children's Museum, September - October 1935
Bureau of Economic Geology:
Letter, 1935
Press releases, 1934-1935
Endowments:
Letters, 1937
Clippings, 1934-1935
List of major gifts to The University of Texas
Engineering:
Correspondence, 1935-1937
Miscellany
English, correspondence, 1935-1936
Museum equipment:
Correspondence, 1935-1939
Exhibition cases
Notes and miscellaneous documents
Printed material
box
3K412 (1824270) Special events:
Correspondence:
February-December 1936
February 1937
Undated
Printed documents
Miscellaneous
box
3K413 (1823981) Exhibits, correspondence:
1935-1937
Undated
Contracts
Printed material
Descriptions of exhibits
Miscellaneous items
box
3K414 (1824260) Fine Arts:
Correspondence and miscellaneous, May-December, 1936
Freight forms, April 1936
Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, correspondence, 1935-1936, undated
Geology Division, correspondence:
September 1935 - May 1936
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3K415 (1825240) June 1936-1938
Financial papers, 1936
Printed material
Special reports
Miscellaneous
Gifts, correspondence, and miscellaneous, 1935-1938
Government department, correspondence, 1936
Graduate School, correspondence, 1936
Granberry, Mr. Read, correspondence, and miscellaneous, 1936
Guides, correspondence, 1936-1937
Schedules
Financial documents
Miscellaneous
Gymnasium, correspondence, and miscellaneous, 1936-1937
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3K416 (1824248) History Division, correspondence, 1935-1938
Financial papers, 1936-1937
Photographs
Accession records, 1936
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1935-1938
box
3K417 (1824237) Report of June 1, 1937
Records of gifts, loans, and purchases:
Copy 1, 1935-1936
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3K418 (1825003) Copy 2, 1935-1936
McDonald Observatory, correspondence, and miscellaneous, 1939
Photographs, 1939
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3K419 (1824930) Texas Defense and Development Program, correspondence:
July 1941
October 1942
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3K420 (1824940) Miscellaneous, listing of newspaper articles
What Price Life?, by Arthur Lefevre
Norris G. Davis, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1941
Scrapbook, 1936
St. Louis Opera, 1935
Letters and reports, 1944-1957
Corsicana High School Yearbook, 1917
Photographs and certificates
box
4Q26 (1825874) Miscellaneous material pertaining to University Centennial Celebration, University legislation, and University Radio Service:
1934-1939
box
4Q27 (1838060) 1934-1939

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At Sid Richardson Hall:

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4Q407 Committee on Public Information:
Report, news releases, 1937
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4Q408 Correspondence, printed material, 1935-1937
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4M699v Scrapbooks:
Construction and dedication of Texas Memorial Stadium, ca. 1920s
Clippings and material related to Texas Student Publications, ca. 1920s

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