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A Guide to the Milton R. Gutsch Papers, 1861-1936, 1944-1949
Milton Rietow Gutsch was born on March 7, 1885, in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Laura (Rietow) Gutsch. In 1904 he entered the University of Wisconsin, where he received a B.A. degree in 1908, an M.A. degree in 1909, and a Ph.D. degree in 1916, specializing in medieval history.
He began his career at the University of Texas in 1912 as an instructor in British history. He became adjunct professor in 1916, associate professor in 1922, and professor in 1927. In 1927 he became chairman of the History Department, in 1928 he was made secretary of the General Faculty, and in 1944 he became secretary of the Faculty Council. He held these administrative positions until poor health forced his retirement in 1951.
He wrote several articles and in 1955 published Texas History Theses: A Check List of the Theses and Dissertations Relating to Texas History Accepted at the University of Texas, 1893–1951 with H. Bailey Carroll. He also compiled Texas war records of World War I and served as managing editor of the Texas History Teachers Bulletin from 1912 to 1920.
Gutsch died in Austin on January 1, 1967.
"GUTSCH, MILTON RIETOW,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fgu12), accessed June 23, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Milton R. Gutsch Papers consist of correspondence, minutes, motions, newspaper clippings, photographs, proposals, questionnaires, reports, reprints, statistical data, and tabulations related to Gutsch’s service on University of Texas faculty committees, as well as his professorship in the Department of History, from 1961 to 1936 and 1944 to 1949.
These records contain a questionnaire conducted by Gutsch and distributed to various colleges and universities in the U.S. that was designed to ascertain the policies concerning the acquisition of historical literature at various American institutions of higher learning. The records also contain documentation accumulated by Gutsch in his capacity as chairman of the following University of Texas faculty committees: Pageant Committee, 1921; Special Committee on the Interrelations of the Administrative Council, the Executive Committee, and the General Faculty (Committee of Eleven), 1944; Special Committee to Study the Government of State Supported American Universities (Committee of Eight), 1944-1945; Special Committee to Study Salary Scales, 1945-1947; Special Committee on Absence Regulations, 1946-1948; and Special Committee to Study Salary Scales and Problems of Teacher Retention and Recruitment, 1947-1949. The assigned charges of these committees involved the organization of a celebration commemorating the expansion of the UT campus; the study of the administrative organization of the University of Texas; the evaluation of academic governance, brought about by concerns over faculty tenure and academic freedom during the UT controversy concerning President Homer P. Rainey; and the investigations of University of Texas policies relating to absence regulations and faculty salary scales.
This collection is open for research use.
Milton R. Gutsch Papers, 1861-1936, 1944-1949, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ralph Elder, October 1978.
Subsequent revisions were made by Lawrence A. Landis, September 1990; archives staff, 1998; Vanessa Attia, July 2013.