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A Guide to the UT Round-Up Scrapbook, 1930-1932
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 Dad’s 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 UT Round-Up Scrapbook is an unbound collection of programs, advertisements, and correspondence from the Ex-Students’ Association between 1930 and 1932 that relate primarily to the inaugural 1930 Round-Up. One advertisement depicts a photograph of the construction of the Gregory Gym in anticipation of Round-Up events.
This collection is open for research use.
UT Round-Up Scrapbook, 1930-1932, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Subsequent revisions were made by Vanessa Attia, February 2014.