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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert E. Vinson Papers, 1916-1926



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Vinson, Robert Ernest, 1876-1945.
Title: Vinson, Robert E., papers
Dates: 1916-1926
Abstract: 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.
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

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.

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Scope and Contents

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.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Vinson, Robert Ernest, 1876-1945 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Case Western Reserve University.
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas – Presidents.
Subjects
College presidents.
Universities and colleges – Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the UT President's Office Records.

See also the University Archives at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert E. Vinson Papers, 1916-1926, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1959.

Subsequent revisions were made by archives staff, 1998; Vanessa Attia, July 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
4Q35 University of Texas Bulletin, October 20, 1916
Correspondence:
University of Texas faculty and regents, 1916-1918
General:
April 1916
May 1916, September 8, 1926, and undated
Texas and elsewhere, 1923, 1925
Colleges and universities, 1917
Congratulatory letters, 1917
Denominational organizations, 1917
University of Texas commencement program, June 6, 1923
Obituary, undated
Scrapbook enclosures
box
3S63 Photographs

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