A Guide to the Sidney Edward Mezes Papers, 1901-1908
Sidney Edward Mezes was born in Belmont, California on September 23, 1863. Mezes graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of California in 1884. He became interested in philosophy following the death of his father and entered Harvard in 1889, where he went on to receive an A.B. degree in 1890, an M.A. degree in 1891, and a Ph.D. degree in 1893. He taught at Bryn Mawr College in the 1892-1893 academic year and at the University of Chicago in the subsequent year.
Mezes was hired as an adjunct professor of philosophy at the University of Texas in 1894. In 1898, he was promoted to associate professor and in 1900 became a full professor. From 1902 to 1908, he held the position of professor of philosophy and simultaneously served as Dean of the academic department of the University, a position whose duties remained the same, but whose title varied – Dean of the Faculty of the Main University, 1902-1904; Dean of the Department of Literature, Science, and Arts, 1904-1906; and Dean of the College of Arts, 1906-1908. As Dean, Mezes was responsible for supervising registration, admissions, and entrance examinations; dealing with absences and disciplinary matters; receiving and acting upon petitions concerning coursework; and performing various other administrative tasks involving the academic department, including faculty recruitment.
Mezes was elected President of UT by the Board of Regents in 1908. He resigned from the UT presidency in late 1914 and at the request of the Regents published a report of the university’s development entitled The Future of the University of Texas. Mezes left Texas to become university president of the College of the City of New York. In 1913, he declined an appointment to be National Commissioner of Education for Woodrow Wilson, but in 1917 accepted the Directorship of Inquiry to gather information for the Paris Conference. He resigned as CCNY president in 1927.
Mezes died in Altadena, California on September 10, 1931.
Casis, Lilia M., et al. "In Memoriam: Sidney Edward Mezes." Office of the General Faculty Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed July 3, 2013. http://www.utexas.edu/faculty/council/2000-2001/memorials/SCANNED/mezes.pdf.
William James Battle, "MEZES, SIDNEY EDWARD,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fme35), accessed July 03, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The papers within this collection primarily consist of correspondence, reports, bibliographies, notes, class rolls and grade reports, certificates of admission, student papers, and personnel files, which document Dr. Sidney Edward Mezes’ service to the University of Texas as Professor of the School of Philosophy and Dean of the College of the Arts from 1902 to 1908. The papers also contain a small file of Mezes’ personal correspondence from 1903 to 1908. Additionally, there are some documents concerning Mezes’ professional association with individuals at various institutions of higher learning, most frequently Columbia University, Cornell University, Yale University, Princeton University, Texas A&M College, the University of Virginia, the University of California, and the University of Chicago.
This collection is open for research use.
Sidney Edward Mezes Papers, 1901-1908, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Ralph Elder, December 1978.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, July 2013.
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