A Guide to the Robert E. Vinson Papers, 1916-1926
Robert E. Vinson, former president of the University of Texas, was born on November 4, 1876 in White Oak, South Carolina and raised in Texas. He received a B.A. degree from Austin College in 1896. In 1899, he received a B.D. degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia and served as associate pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, West Virginia. He also received a divinity degree from Austin College in 1905.
In 1902, Vinson studied at the University of Chicago and also moved to Texas to become a professor at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Vinson was president of Austin Theological Seminary from 1908 to 1916, at which time he was elected to the presidency of the University of Texas. Vinson’s presidency was marked by the Governor Ferguson controversy and proposed campus expansions. Vinson resigned from the UT presidency in 1923 to become the president of Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. He retired in 1933.
Vinson died in Cleveland on September 2, 1945.
Robert Adger Law, "VINSON, ROBERT ERNEST,"Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fvi12), accessed July 08, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
The Robert E. Vinson Papers contain correspondence, clippings, photographs, and printed material from 1916 to 1926 that relate to Vinson’s tenure as University of Texas President, in particular his initial appointment and later resignation.
Correspondence from 1916 to 1918 pertains to the Governor Ferguson controversy, Vinson’s appointment to the University of Texas presidency, and denominational organizations. Correspondence from 1923 to 1926 relates to Vinson’s resignation from UT and his appointment to the presidency of Western Reserve University. Scrapbook enclosures consist of newspaper clippings about the plan to move the University of Texas to the Brackenridge tract and Vinson’s resignation from UT.
This collection is open for research use.
Robert E. Vinson Papers, 1916-1926, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, 1959.
Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, 1998; Vanessa Attia, July 2013.
Detailed Description of the Papers