A Guide to the Ervin Sewell Perry Scrapbook, 1977
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.
Ervin Sewell Perry, 1935-1970, University of Texas Libraries, accessed November 2016
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.
This collection is open for research use.
Ervin Sewell Perry Scrapbook, 1977, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Lynn Bell, December 1987.
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