University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ervin Sewell Perry Scrapbook, 1977



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Perry, Willie and Edna, family
Title: Perry, Ervin Sewell, scrapbook
Dates: 1977
Abstract: Memorial scrapbook created by the Willie and Edna Perry family commemorating the life and career of son Ervin S. Perry (1936-1970), associate professor of civil engineering and the first black appointed to professorial rank at the University of Texas, contains photographs and biographical commentary.
Accession No.: 87-290
OCLC No.: 965551282
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ervin Sewell Perry was born a twin son of Willie and Edna Perry in Coldspring (San Jacinto County), Texas, in 1935. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a BS degree in civil engineering in 1956 and spent two years in the military as a second lieutenant in the US Army Corps of Engineers. He taught for a short time at Southern University in Baton Rouge before starting graduate work at the University of Texas at Austin in 1959, earning his MS in civil engineering in 1961.

Ervin S. Perry was the first black person to be appointed to the rank of professor at the University of Texas at Austin, serving as associate professor of civil engineering from 1964 until his death in 1970. He was named to receive the National Society of Professional Engineers' first "Young Engineer of the Year" award in 1970 and had earned other honors from the Texas Society of Professional Engineers. He became ill and died at the age of 34 in December 1970. The Perry-Castañeda Library on the University of Texas at Austin campus is partly named in his honor.

Source:

Ervin Sewell Perry, 1935-1970, University of Texas Libraries, accessed November 2016


Scope and Contents

The Ervin Sewell Perry Scrapbook, 1977, is a memorial scrapbook created by the Willie and Edna Perry family commemorating the life and career of their son Ervin Sewell Perry. The scrapbook contains photographs, narrative, and biographical commentary.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Perry, Ervin Sewell, 1935-1970
Perry, Willie and Edna, family
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin
Subjects
Scrapbooks.
Memorials.
Photograph albums.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ervin Sewell Perry Scrapbook, 1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lynn Bell, December 1987.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

box
2.325/V24 Scrapbook, 1977