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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the E. William Doty Papers, 1923-1974



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Doty, E. William (Ezra William), 1907-1994
Title: Doty, E. William, Papers
Dates: 1923-1974
Abstract: Ezra William ("Bill") Doty served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Chairman of the Music Department, and Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin from 1938 to 1974. The papers include Doty's History of the College of Fine Arts, 1938-1988, along with correspondence, scrapbooks, course materials, minutes, speeches, printed material, photographs, and some personal papers.
Accession No.: 87-43; 91-305
OCLC No.: 960817067
Extent: 12 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ezra William ("Bill") Doty was born in Michigan in 1907. From 1927 to 1936 he was educated at the University of Michigan, earning his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music, Master of Arts in Philosophy, and Doctor of Philosophy in Aesthetics degrees. In 1932 and 1933 he studied at the University of Leipzig and the Conservatory there. He went on to teach at the University of Illinois and at the University of Michigan before moving to Texas in the spring of 1938 to help found the College of Fine Arts at The University of Texas at Austin. His role was to serve as Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Chairman of the Music Department, and Professor of Music. During his tenure, a major accomplishment was the construction, with architects and the acoustician Dr. Paul Boner, of a dedicated Music Building on 21st Street next to Littlefield Fountain in 1941-1942. The larger, more modern Performing Arts Center now serves the expanded Music Department at UT, but the Jessen Auditorium in the original Music Building continues to be used for solo and chamber-music concerts.

Dr. Doty taught classes at UT until 1974 in form and analysis, music literature, aesthetics, philosophy, and fine arts administration. He also taught a number of organ students, served as organist at several Austin churches, and taught classes in church music at the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest in Austin. He was the author of a text, The Analysis of Form in Music, and composed several works. Dr. Doty was extremely active in professional organizations, serving as president of the National Association of Schools of Music, as president of the Texas Music Teachers Association, and as president of the Texas Association of Schools of Music, along with membership in other organizations including the Music Teachers National Association and the National Federation of Music Clubs.

A founding member of the International Council of Fine Arts Deans, Dr. Doty also played an active leadership role in arts advocacy groups. He co-founded the American Association of the Arts in Education, and took leave from The University of Texas in 1964-1965 to serve as Executive Director of the Office of Cultural Affairs in New York City. His local contributions included planning music programs for Texas public schools and working with the Interscholastic League, with the Austin Symphony, and with the Junior League of Austin.

Dr. Doty died at the age of 87 on June 16, 1994, survived by his wife of 59 years, Elinor Wortley Doty (an accomplished organist), three children, and five grandchildren. He is the namesake of the Doty Society, the College of Fine Arts’ annual giving membership program, as well as the E. William Doty Fine Arts Building.

Source:

In Memoriam: E. William Doty, Office of the General Faculty and Faculty Council, University of Texas at Austin

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Scope and Contents

The E. William Doty Papers, 1923-1974, reflect Doty's tenure as Dean of the College of Fine Arts, Chairman of the Music Department, and Professor of Music at The University of Texas at Austin. The collection is greatly enhanced by the presence of Doty's History of the College of Fine Arts, 1938-1988, a detailed and valuable record of a memorable era of both UT's and Austin's artistic and musical life. The papers also contain correspondence, scrapbooks, course materials (including class registers and journals), minutes, speeches, catalogs and other printed material, photographs, and some personal papers. Primarily UT-related, the papers provide glimpses into the Development Board and Fine Arts Advisory Council, festivals and projects, the Junior League, the Texas Fine Arts Commission, and Associated Councils of the Arts. Furthermore, correspondence and other materials convey Doty's work as an administrator and advocate for music and the arts on campus.

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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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Doty, E. William (Ezra William), 1907-1994
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. College of Fine Arts
Subjects
Arts administrators
Deans (Education)
Music.
Arts.
Places
Austin (Tex)

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Related Material

See also UT College of Fine Arts Records, 1940-1999

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

E. William Doty Papers, 1923-1974, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/W47 History of the College of Fine Arts, 1938-1988, by E. William Doty
Friends of the Arts:
Departments, 1953-1955
Miscellaneous, 1956-1960
Decennial celebration, 1947-1948
Fine Arts newsletters, 1943
Fine Arts Foundation, 1951-1953
History of the College of Fine Arts, 1934-1943
College of Fine Arts, miscellaneous, undated
Fine Arts Foundation, running file, 1953-1954, 1958-1959
Development Board, 1958-1959
Art, 1956-1957
Barbara Smith, correspondence, 1950s
Strings, 1956-1957
Newspaper clippings, etc., 1959-1960
Development Board, 1959-1960
Minutes of the Music Department, 1952-1959
Minutes of the fine arts faculty, 1951-1957
Receipts into Fine Arts Foundation, annual reports, 1959-1963
Scrapbook, 1923-1937
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2.325/W48 Development Board, Internal Foundations, Fine Arts Advisory Council, 1971
Letters for gifts, 1961-1964
Gifts received, 1962-1964
CLASP, 1963
Dean Doty, September 19, 1962
Development Board, 1960-1963
Texas, the Arts, Governors Conference, March 31 - April 2, 1968
CLASP, 1967-1971
Fund raising mailings, Colleges and Universities, 1971
Miscellaneous pamphlets, fund raising, Art Committees, etc., 1970
Contacts, Foundations, 1967
Washington International Arts Letter, 1966-1971
UT Foundations, 1968
Development Board, CLASP, gifts, procedures, 1960-1964
CLASP, 1973
Development Board, 1970-1971
Development Department, 1971
Promotional, fund raising material, 1969-1970
Development Board; pamphlets, newsletters, 1967-1971
Newsletter, 1970-1971
School of Communication newsletter, 1971-1972
CFA newsletter, 1972
Deans Office newsletter, 1972
Fine Arts newsletters, 1945
CFA newsletter, 1969
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2.325/W49 I do I do Benefit, 1968
Fine Arts Festivals, 1966-1969
Drama Department, clippings, brochures, 1964-1968
UT Music String Project, 1967-1972
Student travel and observation, 1968
Art; brochures, clippings, 1966-1968
Minutes of the Music Department, 1962
Health, Education, and Welfare, 1966-1968
Accounts, 1962-1964
Old scholarships, 1961-1962
Danforth Foundation newsletters, 1969-1970
ACAE (The American Council for Arts in Education)
Dance, 1970
Budget Council System, 1968
Comparative Arts, 1969
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2.325/W50 Correspondence, registrar, 1959-1971
Fine Arts, duplicate instructor grade sheet, 1973
Advanced placement exam information, 1971
Data processing, 1970
General faculty minutes, 1966-1970
Office of Admissions, registrar, 1969-1971
College of Arts and Sciences, 1968-1970
Communication, 1971
Dean of Students, 1970-1972
Faculty Housing, 1971-1972
College of Education, 1968
Student loans, scholarships, aids, 1971
Census of Urban Studies Resources, undated
International Office, 1971
Faculty of Council Minutes, 1968-1970
Division of Extension, 1966-1972
Chancellor, 1966-1968
University newsletter, 1967-1968
Dean's Council, 1966-1971
Correspondence, Norman Hackerman, 1966-1969
Vice President for Student Affairs, 1968-1970
Correspondence, President, 1967-1971
Office of Institutional Studies, Lester Harrell, 1970
Vice President Flawn, 1971
Regent's rules and regulations, 1967
Coordinating Board, 1968
Scholarship Committees, 1971
Correspondence, miscellaneous, 1964-1971
Graduate school correspondence, 1965-1970
Printing Division, correspondence, 1966-1972
Students, miscellaneous, correspondence, 1966-1972
Mary Gibbs Jones Scholarship letters, 1966-1970
Fine arts graduate faculty, 1967-1968
Graduate courses proposed, 1966-1971
Class registers, 1938-1974
Journals
Ledger, auditions, 1938-1945
Binder; printed material, correspondence, 1958
Binder; printed material, correspondence, 1957-1958
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2.325/W51 Junior League Projects, 1967-1968
Texas Fine Arts Commission, 1970-1971
Report for legislative budget office, 1970
Texas Fine Arts Commission, 1967-1968
National Endowment for the Arts, 1970
Music, 1968
Monthly calendars, 1967-1968
Texas Fine Arts Commission, 1968
Austin Arts Council, 1969
FAAC (Fine Arts Advisory Council), correspondence, 1958-1974
FAAC minutes, 1958-1967
Internal Foundations Conference, 1969
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2.325/W52 State art materials; pamphlets, brochures, correspondence, articles, 1966-1972
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2.325/W53 Mississippi
Missouri
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2.325/W54 Associated Councils of the Arts:
Reports, 1969-1974
Word from Washington, 1971-1974
NEH materials, 1965-1973
Miscellaneous printed material, 1963-1973
Conference, 1972
Cultural Alliance Conference, 1965
Doty, personal (photographs), 1962-1970
Photographs
Accrediting, 1968
Dean's Office Manual of Operation, 1971
Church music, 1956
Government and the Arts, and other speeches
Miscellaneous articles and speeches
Administration, Arts organization, 1946-1969
Newspaper clippings, 1956-1957
Fine Arts Foundation Scholarship Fund correspondence, 1953-1954
News clippings, personal, 1964
News clippings, 1960-1966
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2.325/W55 Programs and clippings, 1964-1966
Drama Department
Music Department
Opera Workshop
Artists, faculty
Art Department
Miscellaneous groups
Artists, students
Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band
College of Fine Arts, newspaper clippings, 1942-1947
Trip and concerts in South America; personal items, passport, programs, 1949
UT catalog, College of Fine Arts, 1938-1965
American Cultural Festival: A Proposal, Texas Fine Arts Commission, 1976
Pennsylvania Culture The Arts The Artists The Audience, 1969
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2.325/W56 Oversize scrapbooks
The ideal scrapbook, 1935-1943
Scrapbook, 1942-1949

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