A Guide to the Law (Robert Adger) Papers, 1781-1961
Robert Adger Law was born on March 8, 1879 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Law’s parents were Thomas Hart, a Presbyterian minister, and Anna Elizabeth (Adger) Law. Law earned his B.A. in 1898 from Wofford College and went on to teach in the public schools of Summerville and Spartanburg, South Carolina from 1898-1901. In 1902 he earned his M.A. from Trinity College (today known as Duke University) and in 1905 Law earned his Ph.D. from Harvard. After earning his Ph.D., Law joined the UT English department as an instructor; in 1911 Law became an adjunct professor, an associate professor in 1915, and a full professor in 1919. Law was a full professor in the English department until 1957 when he retired. After retirement he was named professor emeritus of English.
Law was an eminent Shakespeare scholar who published numerous works on Elizabethan literature, and participated in national and regional modern language societies. The publications and participation in modern language societies helped to push Texas into the forefront of American scholarship. In 1940 Austin College at Sherman honored Law with an honorary doctorate; he received another one in 1949 from Wofford College. Law was also involved with the Austin community. He served as deacon, elder, and teacher of a Bible class at the University Presbyterian Church of Austin. He was involved in the Synod of Texas, the General Assembly, and the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Law was also an editor of the Texas Review (today the Southwest Review) from 1915 to 1924.
Law married Elizabeth Mortimer Manigault on March 30, 1910 and they had four children. He died on August 16, 1961.
Thomas P. Harrison,"LAW, ROBERT ADGER,"Handbook of Texas Online.Accessed April 30, 2015.https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fla52
These papers, from 1781-1961, include correspondence, lectures, manuscripts, notes, reports, and other materials documenting the career of Robert Adger Law, an English professor at UT from 1906-1957.
This collection is open for research use.
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Robert Adger Law Papers, 1781-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Walter K. Hanak, July 1963. Subsequent revisions were made by Deborah Bloys, December 1994 and Andrew Damion, June 1996.
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