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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

UT Football, 1897-1916, 1940

UT Women’s Athletics, 1989-1990

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Athletic Department Records, 1897-1916, 1940, 1989-1990



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas. Athletic Council.
Title: UT Athletic Department, records
Dates: 1897-1916, 1940, 1989-1990
Abstract: The UT Athletic Department Records consist of scrapbooks, oversize scrapbook pages, and photographic prints of UT football players and other individuals and events related to the team primarily from 1897 to 1916.
Accession No.: 81-77; 91-158; 93-032
OCLC No.: 881193039
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The football club at the University of Texas, first known as the Texas Varsity, was formed as an unofficial, student-run team circa 1893. In November 1893, the Dallas football club challenged the UT club to their first notable game, a Thanksgiving Day match at the Dallas Fairgrounds. The UT club won against Dallas with a score of 18-16. The club played and won three other games that year. In 1894, donations from alumni were used to hire a seasonal coach, R.D. Wentworth, and purchase uniforms. The team’s colors at the time were gold and white.

In 1895, the team became an official university club with the creation of the Athletic Council. In 1900, the Board of Regents declared orange and white as the official team colors. Also at the turn of the century, Clark Field was purchased for the team. The team began to be referred to in newspapers, especially The Daily Texan, as the Longhorns circa 1900 and the name was officially adopted in 1906.

Sources:

"1893-1899" and "1900-1909." Longhorn Legacy: 100 Years of Football Programs. Education Resources. College of Education. University of Texas at Austin. Accessed June 25, 2013. http://www.edb.utexas.edu/resources/longhornlegacy/1893.html.

"History – UT RecSports." Division of Recreational Sports, University of Texas at Austin. Accessed May 12, 2014. http://www.utrecsports.org/about/history.

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Scope and Contents

The UT Athletic Department Records consist of scrapbooks, oversize scrapbook pages, and photographic prints of UT football players and other individuals and events related to the team primarily from 1897 to 1916.

The "Football Team" scrapbook comprises news clippings and broadsides from 1901 to 1908. Several clippings are about the UT game against players from what is now Haskell Indian Nations University. In addition to news clippings, the second scrapbook contains songbooks, souvenir sports event programs, pamphlets, and a seating chart for Memorial Stadium circa 1916.

Additionally, the records contain a poster for the 1989-1990 UT Lady Longhorns basketball team.

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Arrangement

The records are arranged chronologically into two series:
  • I. UT Football, 1897-1916, 1940
  • II. UT Women’s Athletics, 1989-1990

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas. Athletic Council.
University of Texas -- Football.
University of Texas. Memorial Stadium.
University of Texas -- Sports.
Subjects
Athletes -- Education (Higher) -- Texas -- Austin.
College athletes -- Texas.
College sports -- Texas -- Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the Max Herman Bickler UT Athletics Scrapbook, 1914-1916, UT Football Scrapbooks, 1893-1896 and circa 1950, UT Physical Training for Women Records, 1911-1977, and UT Memorabilia Collection, 1883-1945.

See also the University of Texas at Austin Athletics Media Relations Former Coaches Collection at the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center for Physical Culture and Sports in Austin, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Athletic Department Records, 1897-1916, 1940, 1989-1990, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff.

Subsequent revisions were made by Lynn Bell, January 1993; Vanessa Attia, March 2014.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

UT Football, 1897-1916, 1940

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2.325/N36b Photographs, 1913-1915, 1940:
"Paul Simmons Spectacular Dive" Notre Dame Football Game and Thanksgiving Day, Clark Field, 1913
Texas v. Texas A&M game at College Station, 1915
Texas-Notre Dame game, Thanksgiving, 1915
Memorial Stadium [inscribed: "largest crowd ever, A&M game, 1940"], circa 1940
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2.325/B123 Scrapbooks, circa 1901-1908:
Scrapbook, 1897-1916
Untitled scrapbook, circa 1916
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2.325/N36b Football Team scrapbook, 1901-1908
Ephemera, 1907-1908:
The Peripatos, vol. 1, no. 1, June 10, 1907
Telegram to Texas Football Team from Texas Rooters, with autographs, November 13, 1908
UT library late notice postcard, 1908

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UT Women’s Athletics, 1989-1990

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2.325/OD11 UT Lady Longhorn basketball team poster, 1989-1990

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