A Guide to the UT Round-Up Pictures, circa 1940-1955
The University of Texas Round-Up is a spring homecoming celebration first established in 1930 by Ex-Students’ Association President Bill McGill as a weekend of alumni reunions, campus expositions, departmental open houses, and student activities. The event was sponsored by the Ex-Students’ Association and the Dads' and Mothers’ Association. Celebrations traditionally culminated in a variety show and campus dance known as the Round-Up Revue and Ball at the Gregory Gym. Other affiliated activities included contests for the Bluebonnet Belles and the University Sweetheart, the Texas Relay races, freshman tug-of-war, barbecues, and an annual parade introduced in 1934.
In the 1950s, administration and planning of Round-Up activities was handed over to student government, which in turn ceded control due to the lack of student interest in the 1960s. Since the 1970s, Round-Up has become primarily run by UT fraternities and sororities as a weekend of parties and recruitment activities. Round-Up became the subject of controversy over campus racial tensions during the 1980s and in 1992 the Ex-Students' Association discontinued its support of the event.
The collection contains Kodachrome slides, mounted color slides, photographic prints and color motion-picture films of the University of Texas Round-Up parades from circa 1940 until 1955.
This collection is open for research use.
Please contact repository in advance for more information on the use of film/video material.
UT Round-Up Pictures, circa 1940-1955, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff, March 1965.
Subsequent revisions were made by Lawrence A. Landis, November 1995; Vanessa Attia, February 2014; Amy Bowman, July 2015.
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