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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory of the Wilson Hudson Papers

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Hudson (Wilson) Papers, 1823-1854, 1881-1890, 1910-1921, 1933-1980, 1987, undated (bulk 1970s)



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hudson, Wilson.
Title: Hudson, Wilson, Papers
Dates: 1823-1854, 1881-1890, 1910-1921, 1933-1980, 1987, undated (bulk 1970s)
Abstract: The contents of this collection are made up of materials including personal papers, correspondence, teaching materials, and course proposals, as well as restricted student files and information about students from UT English professor, Wilson Hudson.
Accession No.: 76-7; 2009-321
OCLC No.: 951983287
Extent: 6 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Wilson Mathis Hudson was born in Flatonia, Texas, on December 26, 1907. He earned his BA in English and French in 1929 and his MA in English in 1930, both from the University of Texas at Austin. Hudson then went on to teach English at Rice University, then the Rice Institute in Houston, from 1930-1937. During his time at Rice, Hudson took a teaching hiatus and worked as a traveling representative for the publishing house of G. & C. Merriam Co. Hudson continued his academic career through his doctoral studies at the University of Chicago. However, during his studies at the University of Chicago, World War II broke out. As a result Hudson joined the United States Army Air Force as a second lieutenant in 1942 and left with the rank of captain in 1946. Hudson continued his studies at the University of Chicago after the war and earned his Ph.D. in English in 1947.

In the fall of 1946, Hudson joined the University of Texas at Austin’s English department as an instructor. Hudson was promoted to assistant professor in 1947, to associate professor in 1953, and to full professor in 1964. Hudson continued to teach at the University for 28 years, until the summer of 1974. Upon his retirement UT President Stephen H. Spurr gave Hudson the status of professor emeritus.

As a professor, Hudson was very eclectic in his teaching. He offered a wide variety of courses in language, poetry, and fiction in regional and international literatures. In 1950, Hudson took over J. Frank Dobie’s Life and Literature of the Southwest course and taught it almost every year until retirement. The topics Hudson covered in his courses included: the American novel, science fiction, Yeats and the Irish Revival, Chinese literature in translation, and many others.

Hudson was also a specialist in Texas folklore and Southwestern literature. Hudson dedicated the majority of his professional career to the Texas Folklore Society (TFS). Hudson served TFS as the secretary-treasurer, vice-president, president, and was honored as a Fellow in 1972. Hudson also served as an editor for the TFS book series, Publications of the Texas Folklore Society. Begun in 1916 the book series is still publishing today. Hudson edited and co-edited almost 20 books for the series.

Hudson was married to Mildred Ruckman from 1932 until her death in 1949. He married Gertrude Reese, a professor of English at Southwest Texas State University and Browning scholar, in 1951 until her death in 2001. Wilson Hudson died in Austin on February 19, 2002. He donated his books and papers to the Southwestern Writers Collection housed in Special Collections at the Albert B. Alkek Library of Southwest Texas State University San Marcos.

Source:

In Memoriam: Wilson Mathis Hudson, General Faculty Memorial Resolution, University of Texas at Austin

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Scope and Contents

The contents of the collection stored at SRH are made up of materials including personal papers, correspondence, teaching materials, and course proposals, as well as restricted student files and information about students from UT English professor, Wilson Hudson. The papers, arranged in their original order with an alphabetic filing system, represent three periods in Wilson Hudson’s life: his time at Rice University as a teacher (1930-1937), his time in Chicago whilst studying for his Ph.D. (1939-1942; 1946-1947), and his time as a professor at the University of Texas at Austin (1946-1974).

The contents of the collection stored at CDL are made up of publications, correspondence, bibliographies, course manuals, class registers, and materials relating to the Texas Folklore Society. This portion of the collection is dated 1823-1854, 1881-1890, 1936-1959, 1970.

Archivist's note:

The collection stored at SRH was processed and kept in original order; many of the folder names are unchanged. Two folders from the collection were empty and would have been filed under the “Reprint files” as, “Ossian in English before MacPherson,” and “Archbishop Ussher Quotes Taliesin.”

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Social security numbers, financial material, and student records are restricted to protect confidentiality and privacy.

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

Portions of this collection are stored remotely; 48-hour notice is required.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hudson, Wilson.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of English.
University of Chicago.
Rice University.
Subjects
American literature--Study and teaching.
English literature--Study and teaching.
Chinese literature--Study and teaching.
Irish literature--Study and teaching.
Japanese literature--Study and teaching.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Houston (Tex.)
Chicago (Ill.)

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Related Material

See also The Wilson Hudson Papers, at the Southwestern Writers Collections, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the library unit and photo archive.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Wilson Hudson papers, 1823-1854, 1881-1890, 1910-1921, 1933-1980, 1987, undated, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff; and Rachel Nellis, June 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory of the Wilson Hudson Papers

[Stored at SRH]:
box
2C73a Bedichek article for Texas Handbook, 1959, 1966-1967.
Benonine Muse
Benonine Muse Scholarship, 1973-1975.
Personal papers, photographs, and postcards, 1910, 1917-1918, 1920-1921, undated.
Book Auctions-Texas State Historical Association, 1951.
Bottome the Weaver, 1938.
UT Commencement, May 18, 1974.
Correspondence
Personal, 1957-1967.
Personal, 1970-1977.
box
2C73b Dillon letters, 1971.
Student Recommendations, 1957, 1965-1966, 1969-1974.
Course files
Anglo-Irish Lit. (E.392L)
Syllabus, Fall 1973.
Bibliographies, undated.
Scholarship on authors, undated.
Criticism, English and American (E.393L)
Supplemental book list, undated.
Basic terms of literary criticism, undated.
T.S. Eliot: Poetry, Drama, Criticism (E.392M), 1965-1966.
Book list.
"Xmas Trees"".
The European Novel (E.356), 1955-1966, 1968, 1970-1972.
Studies in Criticism: Myth and Archetype (E.393M)
Syllabus, Spring 1974.
Notes, undated.
Mythological motifs, undated.
Lit. of the Near and Far East
Millett's bibliography, undated.
Heroes of Chinese and Japanese Traditions
Notes, 1959, undated.
Chinese Lit. in Translation (E.374M)
Syllabus, undated.
Ferdowsi-Shahnameh notes, undated.
Japanese novels after World War II notes, undated.
Volsunga Saga notes, undated.
Professional Editing
Notes, correspondence, course proposal, 1973-1974.
Course exercises, undated.
Science Fiction-undergraduate (E379M), 1973, undated.
William Butler Yeats
Yeats: Poems, Plays, Criticism (E.392M.5), undated.
Yeats and the Irish Revival (E.394M), 1965-1968, 1971.
"Prospectus for a Series of Papers…," 1965.
Yeats chronology, undated.
box
2Q77 Courses, proposed, 1948-1949.
Discourse, forms of, Morris, undated.
Dobie and Bedichek, letters to Lomax, photocopies, 1947.
"Documentation," The Rice Institute manuals for English 100, 1947.
"Elizabeth," 1951.
Epitaphium Instructoris, undated.
Fitzgerald, 1954.
Forman's scansion, undated.
Fulbright, 1963, 1965-1970.
Graduate course proposals and correspondence, 1973-1974.
Guide to Burke, 1950-1951.
"History, Fiction, and the General Discovery of Irish Literature," abstract , undated.
H.M. Jones, "Goal for Americans," notes, undated.
Library, gifts to, 1954, 1958, 1964-1965, 1968.
Myth and mythmaking today, application for grant, 1965-1967.
William T. Pilkington, 1973-1974.
Poems used for analysis, undated.
E.J. Prouse's materials (RLM 9.158), 1968-1973, 1977.
Reprint files
"The King and the Saurin," undated.
"The Envious and the Envied Compadres," undated.
"The Homer of the North Translated Homer," 1951.
"Maintaining Standards of English in all College Courses," 1951.
"Whitaker's Attack on Johnson's Etymologies," 1951-1952.
Review files
Review of Sandoz's The Cattlemen, 1959.
Review of Folklore of Oil, 1963.
Review of The Golden Calf, 1962.
Review of Bedichek's Karankaway Country, 1950.
Review of Now You Hear my Horn, 1968.
Review of This Stubborn Soil, 1966.
Review of Sonnichsen's Tularosa, 1960.
"Snowbank," letters from Webb and Bedichek, 1952.
Southwestern Literature Committee, 1974.
Steinbeck's innocents, 1954.
box
2Q78 Swanson committee, 1969.
Texas College Standards, undated.
University of Chicago PhD plan, 1933.
"Tranquility," a poem, undated.
Bibliography course, 1933.
University of Chicago syllabus for English, 1938.
Hudson PhD exams (my exam), ca. 1940s.
Vonnegut and science fiction, 1972-1973.
Webb"How the Republican Party lost its Future," 1950.
Great Books-Chicago list, 1947-1948.
Homemade card catalog, undated.
Miscellaneous
Theater programs, ca. 1950s.
Book list, undated.
Citation guide, undated.
Book chapter by Joe Jones, 1979.
Correspondence, 1951, 1970, undated.
"Peace" print banners, undated.
Empty grade cards, undated.
Airplane ticket request, 1987.
Photo and note, undated.
Newspaper article, 1936.
[RESTRICTED]:
box
2.325/E458b Student files, 1969-1980, undated.
box
2.325/N40d Thesis assignments, 1951-1954, 1957-1958, 1962, 1964-1974.
Professional Editing
Original and extra copies of dossier materials, 1974.
Dossier copies of letters, 1974.
[Stored off-site]:
box
CDL2/M142 The Alcalde," 1956.
Letter, to Hudson from Joyce Roach.
Letter, to Mrs. Mody C. Boatwright from Roger D. Abrahams, Director of African and Afro-American Research Institute.
Documents and minutes of the General Faculty: Report of the Memorial Resolution Committee for Mody Coggin Boatwright.
Mody's Bibliography.
Mody Boatwright.
Boatwright Bibliography.
Boatwright memorial for TxU minutes.
Boatwright-Owens, Oil
Key for manual and workbook in English, manuscripts, by Mody C. Boatwright.
box
CDL2/M143 Magazine, AMERYKA, SIERPIEN, Boatwright article on rodeo in Polish, 1970.
Magazine, AMERYKA, ABRYCT, Boatwright article on rodeo in Russian, 1970.
Freshman Prose Manual, 1.
Freshman Prose Manual, 2.
Freshman Prose Manual, 3.
box
CDL2/M144 Dobie cuts.
box
CDL2/M145 Box of cuts and cards.
Webb, "GOP's Future."
Webb's address, February 7, 1959.
Webb, Cultural resources of Texas and the American West.
Webb memorial in TxU minutes.
Dobie clippings.
Dobie, Bedi and Webb, Dobie dinner.
Dobie for Twayne.
box
CDL2/M146 Dobie Paisano project pamphlets.
Paisano Ranch project.
The University Class Register
Spring and Summer, 1936.
February to August, 1937.
September to June, 1937-1938.
Summer to Summer, 1938-1939.
Spring and Summer, 1940.
Spring and Summer (J. Frank Dobie), 1941.
September to June, 1941-1942.
Spring, 1943.
Department of English memorandum.
Core curriculum.
Bedichek, Dobie, Battle, letters.
box
CDL2/M147 Correspondence, 1823-1854.
Correspondence.
Legal documents.
Correspondence, 1881-1890, undated.
H. N. Smith, "Controversy at University of Texas," and Rainey debates.
Harry's revolt, 1947.
box
CDL2/M148 Texas Folklore Society,
Bratcher's index to publications.
Program, 1957.
Manuscripts.
Program, 1953.
Meetings.
Meetings, 1954.
Meeting in Austin, Spring, 1953.
Meeting, El Paso, December, 1952.
El Paso meeting, Christmas, 1952.
El Paso meeting.
Contributors, table of contents, 1953.
Meeting in Austin, Spring 1955.
Dobie dinner.
Don Pedrito.
box
CDL2/M149 The Healer of Los Olmos.
Bedichek article.
Manuscript, 1953.
Publication, correspondence, 1953.
Sinclair.
Texas Folk and Folklore, review.
Meeting, 1956.
Dobie, "Traveling Anecdote," manuscript.
Paisanos.
Mesquite and Willow.
Pub. XXVIII, 1957-1958.
Correspondence.
Members.
Meeting, 1958.
Publication, 1957-1958.
box
CDL2/M150 Texas Foundation.
Sharp, Walter B.
Allen, Winnie.
Yarborough, Senator Ralph, personal.
Yarborough material.
Exam on The Red and the Black, Vol. 1.
Champs d'Asile.
Riding Line (TSHA)
Dobie Paisano Advisory Board (Hudspeth file).
Dobie Paisano project.
Helena Foundation.
Rose Collection.
Boatwright Festschrift.

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