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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Norman Hackerman Papers, 1940-2007



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hackerman, Norman
Title: Norman Hackerman papers
Dates: 1940-2007
Abstract: Norman Hackerman (1912-2007) joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as assistant professor in 1945 and was made full professor by 1950. He served as chairman of the chemistry department, director of the Corrosion Research Laboratory, and dean of research and sponsored programs. He went on to serve as vice president and provost of UT, vice chancellor of academic affairs, and University president, 1967-1970. The papers contain correspondence, departmental documents, committee materials, reports and articles, subject files, and printed material pertaining to Hackerman’s career as University president and administrator, chemical researcher, and science professor.
Accession No.: 93-433; 2002-195; 2005-087; 2007-128
OCLC No.: 960971136
Extent: 14 ft., 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Norman Hackerman, University president, chemical researcher, and professor, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 2, 1912 to immigrants from nations now known as Estonia and Latvia. He graduated from high school at the age of 16 and entered into a six-year program, culminating in his A. B. degree (1932) and Ph.D. (1935) from Johns Hopkins University.

During the Great Depression, Hackerman taught part-time in the physical chemistry labs at Loyola University, part-time with the freshman chemistry course at Johns Hopkins, and part-time for the Colloid Corporation, helping develop a process to homogenize milk. From 1939 to 1941 Hackerman worked for the Coast Guard as an assistant laboratory chemist.

Hackerman went on to work as assistant professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Virginia, as well as for the Kellex Company, part of the Manhattan Project to create an atom bomb. He joined the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin as assistant professor in 1945 and was made full professor by 1950. He served as chairman of the chemistry department at UT (1952-1961), director of the Corrosion Research Laboratory (1948-1961), and dean of research and sponsored programs (1960-1961). He went on to serve as vice president and provost of UT, 1961 to 1963, vice chancellor of academic affairs, 1963 to 1967, and University president, 1967 to 1970. He became president of Rice University in 1970 and served in that capacity until 1985.

Hackerman married Gene Colbourn on August 25, 1940 and the couple had four children: Stephen, Patricia, Sally, and Katherine. He died on June 16, 2007.

Source:

See also UT Faculty Council Memoriam

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Scope and Contents

The Norman Hackerman Papers, 1940-2007, contain correspondence, departmental documents, science board and committee materials, published and unpublished reports and articles, subject files, and printed material pertaining to Hackerman's career as University president and administrator, chemical researcher, and science professor.

Items of note in the papers include memoranda of meetings with Chancellor Harry Ransom, December 1962 - June 1969, which had been restricted for 15 years at the request of Dr. Hackerman. Additionally, the collection contains a photograph of the Board of Directors, First Federal Savings of Austin, 1969 and material from Dr. Hackerman's memorial service in June 2007.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Most of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hackerman, Norman
Ransom, Harry Huntt, 1908-1976
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin
Rice University
Subjects
College administrators
College teachers
College presidents
Chemistry--research
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also the UT President's Office Records, 1884-2014.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Norman Hackerman Papers, 1940-2007, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

At the Library Storage Facility:

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93-433/1 BCST (Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, 1989-1991
BMS and MSEB (Board on Mathematical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering Board), 1988-1992
BPA (Board on Physics and Astronomy), 1990-1991
CTSB (Computer Science and Technology Board), 1988-1992
Material Science OSTP (Office of Science and Technology Policy), 1989-1990
NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), 1989-1991
NSB (Naval Studies Board), 1988-1992
Report reviews, incomplete, 1988-1992
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93-433/2 STIB (Scientific and Technical Information Board), 1990-1991
SSB (Space Studies Board), 1988-1991
Education, 1992
Correspondence, departmental documents, 1985-1993
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93-433/3 Miscellaneous, 1985-1993
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93-433/4 ERAP (Energy Research in Applications Program), 1988-1991
ARP/ATP (Advanced Research Program/Advanced Technology Program), 1988-1992
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93-433/5 ACORP (Advisory Committee on Research Programs) agenda materials, 1987-1993
Reports, TATRP (Texas Advanced Technology Research Program), 1987-1990
STAG (Science and Technology Advisory Group) overflow, 1989-1991
University of California, 1984-1988
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93-433/6 Miscellaneous reports, papers, articles, published materials, printed material, 1985-1986
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93-433/7 Transcripts of meetings of the Council on Higher Education, 1986
Reports, 1985-1987

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At Sid Richardson Hall:

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2.325/N66 Governor's Select Committee on Higher Education
Memoranda, 1985-1987
Correspondence, 1985-1991, undated
Meeting agendas, 1985-1986
Meeting minutes and transcriptions, 1985-1986
Reports and supporting documentation, circa 1985-1986

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At the Collections Deposit Library:

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2005-087/1 General correspondence, 1986-2000
American Chemical Society, 1987-1990
Association of University Related Research Parks, 1992
Halley's comet, 1986
Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC), 1995-1999
Houston Environmental Foresight Program. Report of the Science Panel, 1995
Joint Special Committee on Cogeneration in Texas. Final Report, 1986
National Research Council (animal research), 1987-1988
National Research Council (peer review), 1986-1992
National Science Foundation (merit review), 1986-1988
National Science Foundation (National Science Board), 1999-2000
North Texas Research Institute, 1991-1992
Select Committee on Higher Education in Texas. Report, 1957
Texas System of Natural Laboratories, Inc., 1982-1985
Texas Task Force for Tiltrotor Technology (V-22 Osprey helicopter), 1991-2001
TRACOR, Inc., minutes, corporate business plan, etc., 1985-1987
U. S. Central Intelligence Agency, 1988-1989
U. S. Department of Energy (Office of Science), 2000
Photograph. Board of Directors, First Federal Savings of Austin, 1969
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2007-128/1 NH applications (colleges and universities) - correspondence, A-Z, 1940-1946
NH applications (government and industry) - correspondence, 1940-1945
Letters regarding Norman Hackerman leaving UT presidency and accepting Rice University presidency, 1970
Material from Dr. Hackerman's memorial service, June 21, 2007
Memoranda of meetings with Chancellor Harry Ransom, Dec. 1962-June 1969

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