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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 Glen L. Evans Oral History, 1991



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Evans, Glen L. (Glen Louis), 1911-2010
Creator: Burchsted, Fred
Title: Evans, Glen L., Oral History
Dates: 1991
Abstract: Glen L. Evans, often referred to as the "Dean of Texas Paleontology" and the "Father of Geoarchaeology", worked for the UT Bureau of Economic Geology and the Texas Memorial Museum and authored several articles on the natural history and geology of Texas. The Oral History is comprised of seven audiotapes of an oral history interview with Evans conducted by Fred Burchsted, former archivist at the Center for American History (now the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History).
Accession No.: 96-213
OCLC No.: 960862110
Extent: 7 tapes and transcript
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Glen L. Evans was born on January 22, 1911, on a stock farm a few miles west of Henrietta in north-central Texas. He was educated in his early years in a two-teacher country school, then attended Henrietta High School, graduating in 1928. He spent the next few years of the Great Depression working fields and livestock and began studying geology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1934. He served as a student assistant under Dr. E. H. Sellards in the UT Bureau of Economic Geology and in 1936 became Supervisor of a Federal Works Progress Administration Mineral Resource Survey Project, a role he held until 1939. From that time until 1941, when the WPA program was terminated, Evans served as Geologist-in-charge of the statewide Mineralogical and Paleontological Survey of Texas. A major accomplishment of this position was amassing a very large and diverse collection of vertebrate fossils, ranging from the upper Paleozoic era to the Holocene era.

In 1941, Evans became Assistant Director of the Texas Memorial Museum. Years later, he would become the Associate Director, under E. H. Sellards. During this time he remained on the staff of the Bureau of Economic Geology, conducting field work on deposits of strategic minerals. A major accomplishment of his time with the Texas Memorial Museum involved the excavation of important Early Man Sites in Texas. Evans left UT in 1953, becoming a Petroleum Geologist for the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company in Midland, Texas. Still with the company, in 1968 he moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and in 1970 moved to Denver to serve as Director of the Minerals Division.

Evans retired in 1975 and moved back to Austin, where he spent the rest of his days writing on subjects pertaining to natural history, including a small book of nature stories entitled Wildness at Risk, and doing geological consulting work for UT and other agencies. He was a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and served as president and honorary life member of the West Texas Geological Society. The Texas Memorial Museum houses great numbers of collections amassed from Glen's years of work, including fossils, minerals, tools, and artifacts. Glen Evans, known as the "Dean of Texas Paleontology" and the "Father of Geoarchaeology", died on July 14, 2010.

Source:

Obituary of Glen L. Evans, Austin American-Statesman, July 25, 2010

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Scope and Contents

The Glen L. Evans Oral History, 1991, is comprised of seven audiotapes and a transcript of the oral history interview with Glen Evans conducted by Fred Burchsted, former archivist at the Center for American History (now the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History).

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Evans, Glen L. (Glen Louis), 1911-2010
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of Economic Geology
Subjects
Geology--Texas.
Natural history--Texas.

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Related Material

See also Glen L. Evans Papers, 1951-1989 and UT Bureau of Economic Geology Records, 1874-1988.

See also Glen Evans: The Compleat Naturalist, collaboration between the Texas Memorial Museum and the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Glen L. Evans Oral History, 1991, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1996.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, June 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2X328 Tapes and transcript, 1991

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