University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert D. Meckel Papers, 1953, 1964-2012



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Meckel, Robert D.
Title: Meckel, Robert D., Papers
Dates: 1953, 1964-2012
Abstract: Correspondence, clippings, research files, newspapers, media guidebooks, articles and notes, memorabilia, photographs, negatives and audiovisual materials form the Robert D. Meckel Papers, 1953, 1964-2012, documenting Meckel’s career at the Houston Post newspaper and the UT Office of Public Affairs.
Accession No.: 2015-123
OCLC No.: 939013075
Extent: 4 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Journalist Robert Meckel was born in Mission, Texas, son of a first-generation Mexican Texan mother and a father of German ancestry. Meckel discovered his interest in writing and journalism during high school, and went on to study first at Pan American College in Edinburg, Texas, and then to The University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a journalism degree. Meckel’s early career included photojournalism assignments and coverage of the civil rights movement in South Texas. After working at the Corsicana Daily Sun in the early 1970s, he joined the Houston Post, where he worked until the newspaper’s shut down in 1995. That same year he joined the University of Texas at Austin Office of Public Affairs, later known as University Communications.

Source:

“Robert Meckel Papers Contribute rich Trove of Mexican American-themed journalism to Benson”, Benson Latin American Collection (http://www.lib.utexas.edu/benson/announcements/robert-meckel-papers-contribute-rich-trove-mexican-american-themed-journalism), accessed October 22, 2015.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings, research files, newspapers, media guidebooks, articles and notes, memorabilia, photographs, negatives and audiovisual materials form the Robert D. Meckel Papers, 1953, 1964-2012, documenting Meckel’s career at the Houston Post newspaper and the UT Office of Public Affairs.

Materials related with the Houston Post chronicle the evolution of the newspaper as it changed ownership in 1983 and 1987 until its final shut down in 1995. The collection also includes taped interviews with NASA astronauts and officials at the Johnson Space Center during the Gemini space program in 1965, documentation for the design and launch of the UT Office of Public Affairs Web Page in 1997, and the creation of Online Experts Guide in the early 2000s.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Meckel, Robert D.--Archives
Conrad, Barbara Smith, 1940-
Subjects (Organizations)
UT Office of Public Affairs
University of Texas at Austin
The Houston Post
Subjects
Journalists
Places
Houston (Tex.)
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Robert Meckel Papers

See also the UT Office of Public Affairs Records


Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert D. Meckel Papers, 1953, 1964-2012, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Paloma Graciani Picardo, October 2015.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2P3 The Houston Post
Media credentials and News Vehicle Passes, 1995, undated.
Correspondence Regarding the Closing of The Houston Post, 1995.
Clippings about The Post, 1983-1984.
Internal Documentation and Correspondence, 1983-1995.
Staff Morale and Attitude, 1984-1994.
Media Guides, 1972-1994.
Pension, Profit Sharing, Benefits, Policies, 1974-1991.
Metro Desk 1984 Budget, 1984.
Employee Lists, 1979-1995.
The Post History, 1970-1995.
Open Records/Meetings, 1993-1994.
Management Tips, 1991.
Stationary, undated.
Newsletters & employee publications, 1984-1995.
Employee Handbooks, Policy Manuals, etc, 1980-1988, undated.
Reports and Surveys, 1983-1985, 1993.
1990 Economic Summit, Press Booklet, 1991.
Miscellanea, 1985-1992.
Clips of Prominent People of Texas and Arkansas, 1974.
Research files
Decapitation / Slayings in Houston, 1979-1985.
Banshee Motorcycle Club, 1976.
Photographs, 1976.
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2P4 Banshee President Interview [audio cassette], 1976.
2 cassettes.
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2P3 Integration of Houston Fire Department, 1953, 1964.
American Party, undated.
Address Index Cards, undated.
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2P4 Atex Computer tape containing list of news contacts used by reporters of the Post, May 31, 1990.
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2P3 Atex Terminal Manual, undated.
Blunders in Prints
Notes for Articles on Various Topics, 1978-1989, undated.
Photos by Robert Meckel on Press, 1987.
Rice University Photos, undated.
Negatives of Published & Unpublished for The Post, 1982-1983.
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2P4 Negatives regarding the Hubbard Tornado, circa 1970.
6 canisters.
Audiovisual Materials
Videotape press release for news media providing "Introduction to the Texas Lottery" [VHS], May 4, 1992.
Interviews and press briefings at NASA's Johnson Space Center [reel to reel], 1965.
16 reels.
Audio tapes involve astronauts, NASA officials, etc. with the Gemini Space Program in 1965
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2.325/AAA29 Magazine Articles about Oveta Hobby and The Post Closure, 1978-1996.
Copies of The Houston Post showing transition of the newspaper after being bought by Toronto Sun, December 3, 4, and 5, 1983.
Full page souvenir cardboard copies of front pages given to Houston Post staff members, 1991-1994.
"War: massive air raids slam Iraq targets", January 17, 1991 final edition; "More bombs rain on Iraq", January 17, 1991 special edition; and "Champ city!" on winning the NBA championship, June 22, 1994
Houston Post Calendars, 1995.
2 copies.
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2Q114 Office of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
Creation of Online Experts Guide
Experts Guide Background, undated.
Experts Guide, Press Release, June 29, 2000.
Experts Guide, Presentation to EOM, December 2009.
Experts Guide - Prototype Experts List, 1999.
Experts Guide - PAN Presentation, 1998.
Experts Project, Progress on the Project, 1998.
Experts Guide Printout, 1999.
Home Page Created in 1997
Web Page Documentation, 1997 .
Web Page Printouts, 1997.
Web Page Printouts, 1999.
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BD_00001 [RESTRICTED] Disk with OPA Web Templates, circa 1997.
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2Q114 Robert Meckel Articles on Barbara Conrad and Women Diversity at UT
Diversity Initiatives, 2010-2011.
New York Media Trip, December 2010.
Barbara Conrad, Press Release, 2010.
Statistical Handbook 2009-2010, 2010.
Barbara Conrad, 2010.
Office of Public Affairs Media List, 1998.
Articles on The Hispanic Outlook and The Alcalde, February 2011.
Article on Hispanic Scholarship Fund, September 2001.
Y2K - UT Austin Plan, 1999.
2002 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C. - Photos by Robert Meckel of UT Austin Architecture Students & Professors, 2002.
Miscellanea, 2012, undated.