TABLE OF CONTENTS
A Guide to the John William Calhoun Papers, 1925-1947
John William Calhoun was born in Manchester, Tennessee on October 24, 1871. He was educated at several institutions in Tennessee and then began teaching in country schools in both Tennessee and Texas.
He entered the University of Texas (UT) in 1901, took a position as superintendent of schools at Arlington in 1902, returned to the university, and received his B.A. degree in 1905. He worked as a tutor in mathematics from 1905 to 1909 but took the year 1907–08 to earn an M.A. degree from Harvard. He became an instructor at the University of Texas in 1909 and worked his way to full professor by 1923.
Calhoun served as Comptroller of UT from 1925 to 1937 and as President ad-interim of the university from 1937 to 1939 before he returned to teaching fulltime.
He was president of the University Cooperative Society for twenty-five years. He was also president of the University Club, a fellow of the Texas Academy of Science, president of the Texas Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, and a long-time secretary of the Town and Gown Club of Austin. His publications, primarily official reports and textbooks, included Unified Mathematics (1918), Algebra for Junior and Senior High Schools (1930), and The University of Texas: The Position Achieved, The Opportunities Ahead (1938).
Calhoun died in Austin on July 7, 1947.
William James Battle, "CALHOUN, JOHN WILLIAM,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fca15), accessed June 30, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Papers contain the historical narratives, daybooks, and photographs of John William Calhoun (1871-1947), teacher and administrator at The University of Texas, from 1925 to 1947. Calhoun’s narrative entitled The Short and Simple Annals of the Poor gives an account of the ways of life of poor whites in the hill country of southeastern middle Tennessee from 1870 to 1890. Trees on the Campus of the University of Texas contains narratives about the trees on the campus of The University of Texas, including photocopies of maps and pictures.
The papers also include 14 of Calhoun’s daybooks from 1927 to 1947 with entries on weather, family affairs, and his activities as UT President, in addition to notes on appropriations for new UT buildings.
Finally, the papers contain photographs depicting the University of Texas campus circa 1925 and building construction on the University in 1932. Photographs in the album are arranged by building and the sequence for each building is chronological. The structures pictured are the Main Building, Union Building, Home Economics Building, Physics Building, Engineering Building, Hogg Auditorium, Brackenridge Dormitory, Geology Building, Architecture Building, and Carothers Dormitory.
This collection is open for research use.
John William Calhoun Papers, 1925-1947, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by W.H.R., January 1967.
Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, June-August 1985; Vanessa Attia, July 2013.