University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Department of History Records, 1877-1989



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Austin. Department of History
Title: UT Department of History Records
Dates: 1877-1989
Abstract: The Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin currently offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of history-related fields. The records relate to the daily operations of the Department of History and consist of general and classified correspondence, administrative records, faculty teaching assignments, minutes, and other materials.
Accession No.: 63-110; 1966?; 67-150; 70-124; 72-20; 74-9; 74-31; 78-20; 81-94; 82-223; 83-265; 83-274; 83-290; 84-110; 85-2; 86-201; 87-280; 91-355; 92-063; 92-429; 93-164; 94-212; 95-214; 99-236
OCLC No.: 946755928
Extent: ca. 180 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The University of Texas opened its doors for the first time in 1883 with an Academic Department that included six schools and a Law Department. Among the first eight professors on the first faculty was Leslie Waggener, the first professor of history at the University.

The Department of History in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Austin currently offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in a variety of history-related fields, including Gender, Sexuality, and Family; International Relations; Medieval and Early Modern Worlds; Mexican American/Latino History; Religion and Culture; and Visual and Material Cultures, among others. The Department is also home to the Frank Denius Normandy Scholar Program on World War II and the Institute for Historical Studies, which organizes international conferences, fosters scholarly presentations, and promotes discussion of and reflections on historical themes, methods, and events.

Source:

The University of Texas at Austin - Department of History webpage

http://www.utexas.edu/cola/history/


Scope and Contents

The UT Department of History Records, 1877-1989, relate to the daily operations of the Department of History and consist of general and classified correspondence, administrative records, faculty teaching assignments, minutes of university and departmental councils and committees, brochures and bulletins concerning visiting faculty and guests, reports of the department, publications and reviews by history faculty, and correspondence, notices, and newsletters relating to research (both federal and private programs).

The major portion of the collection consists of correspondence produced by the chairmen of the History Department, including Eugene Campbell Barker (1910-1925); Milton Rietow Gutsch (1927-1951); Barnes Fletcher Lathrop (1951-1957); Archibald Ross Lewis (1957-1959); Joe Bertram Frantz (1959-1963); Robert A. Divine (1963-1968); William H. Goetzmann (1968-1969); Standish Meacham (1969-1972); Clarence Lasby (1972-1976); Michael G. Hall (1976-1980); and Lewis Gould (1980-1982).

The collection contains records relating to students and courses, including personal files for Masters and Ph.D. candidates, correspondence, commencement programs, lists of dissertation titles, data sheets for undergraduate history majors, preliminary checks on degree cards, information concerning honor students and programs, and military records and deferment affidavits. There are also enrollment statistics, copies of examinations, grade reports, class registers, lists of textbooks and course outlines, awards, scholarships, and grants.

Also included is documentation relating to the administration and finances of the department, not limited to correspondence, University resource documents, printed material, statistics, reports, building and maintenance materials, and memos from the purchasing office. Furthermore, the records pertain to organizations such as history associations, the American Council of Learned Societies, Phi Alpha Theta, and the Texas State Historical Association. Miscellaneous materials within the records include university and departmental directories, film catalogs, and Dictaphone tapes of speeches of the Second International Congress of Historians of the United States and Mexico.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to student files portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

Use Restrictions

The majority of these records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barker, Eugene C. (Eugene Campbell), 1874-1956
Bugbee, Lester G. (Lester Gladstone)
Carroll, H. Bailey (Horace Bailey), 1903-1966
Cotner, Robert Crawford
Divine, Robert A.
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Frantz, Joe Bertram, 1917-
Garrison, George Pierce, 1853-1910
Goetzmann, William H.
Gould, Lewis L.
Lathrop, Barnes F
Lewis, Archibald R. (Archibald Ross), 1914-1990
Ramsdell, Charles W. (Charles William), 1877-1942
Webb, Walter Prescott, 1888-1963
Subjects (Organizations)
American Council of Learned Societies.
International Congress of Historians of the United States and Mexico
Texas State Historical Association
University of Texas at Austin. Department of History
Subjects
History--Study and teaching.

Related Material

See also Eugene Campbell Barker Papers, 1785, 1812-1959

See also Robert A. Divine Papers, 1954-1995

See also William H. Goetzmann Papers, 1964-2008

See also Standish Meacham Papers

See also Lewis L. Gould Collection of American Political History, 1870-1920


Separated Material

Multiple ledgers have been moved offsite to the Balcones storage facility, 1993.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Department of History Records, 1877-1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Chester V. Kielman, 1963.

Subsequent revisions were made by Bruce Hupp, 1968; Robert S. Martin, 1975; Sandy Hanner, 1979; Angela Olivera, 1984; and Jessi Fishman, February 2016.


Inventory

UT Department of History Records inventory (pdf)