University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Law (Robert Adger) Papers, 1781-1961



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Law, Robert Adger, 1879-1961
Title: Law, Roger Adger Papers
Dates: 1781-1961
Abstract: Robert Adger Law was a professor of English at UT from 1906 to 1957. The papers include correspondence, lectures, manuscripts, notes, reports, and other materials documenting his career.
Accession No.: 62-100; 98-027
Extent: 13 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.

Source:

Thomas P. Harrison,"LAW, ROBERT ADGER,"Handbook of Texas Online.Accessed April 30, 2015.https://tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fla52


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Law, Robert Adger, 1879-1961.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of English--Faculty.
Modern Language Association of America.
Texas Folklore Society.
Shakespeare Association of America.
Malone Society.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Adger Law Papers, 1781-1961, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Walter K. Hanak, July 1963. Subsequent revisions were made by Deborah Bloys, December 1994 and Andrew Damion, June 1996.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Located off-site at LSF

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2K211 Correspondence
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2K212 Correspondence
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2K213 Correspondence
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2K214 Correspondence
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2K215 Correspondence
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2K216 Correspondence
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2K217 Correspondence
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2K218 Correspondence
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2K219 Correspondence
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2K220 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K221 Correspondence
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2K222 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K223 List of students and professors
Pamphlets on professors and the University of Texas
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2K224 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K225 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K226 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K227 Manuscripts
Lecturs
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2K228 Manuscripts
Lectures
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2K229 Biographical notes
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2K230 Biographical notes
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2K231 Biographical notes
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2K232 Manuscripts, correspondence, etc. concerning the Texas Review and the Southwest Review
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2K233 Biographical notes
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2K234 Biographical notes
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2K235 University Committee reports
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2K236 University Committee reports
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2K237 Business papers
Financial records
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2K238 Newspaper clippings
Photographs
Family history
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4C480 "Copyright" by Mohammad Ali Jazayery, 1958
Student exams (blue books), papers, 1919-1957
Class readings and test questions
Loose student exams, papers
Program, the Curtain Club, "Green Grow the Lilacs,"Hogg Memorial Auditorium, March 16-18, 1937
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4C481 Class registers, rosters, 1905-1948, 1955, undated
Postcards, 1906
Exam questions, 1919-1958
Student exams (blue books), papers, 1920-1954
Individual student files, 1921, 1936-1947
English department files, 1925-1945
UT Press catalog, 1960