University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915



Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas. Mineral Survey
Title: UT Mineral Survey records
Dates: 1903-1915
Abstract: The Texas Legislature established the University of Texas Mineral Survey in 1901 to conduct surveys of state lands for economic mineral potential. The records contain correspondence related to mineral assays and water analyses of samples from various parts of Texas and other states, as well as correspondence concerning the publication of articles. A volume of mineral survey accounts from 1903 to 1904, along with library records from 1911 to 1915 and a report of survey work, can also be found.
Accession No.: 71-012
OCLC No.: 965915757
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The Texas Legislature established the University of Texas Mineral Survey in 1901 to conduct surveys of state lands for economic mineral potential. William B. Phillips, who had been an instructor in the UT Geology Department for less than one year, was promoted to Professor and made Director of the UT Mineral Survey. The survey team also included Benjamin F. Hill, who had been the first MA candidate in Geology at UT; Steve Worrell, who went on to become Dean of the College in El Paso; and Johan A. Udden, who became one of the top scientific administrators of the University of Texas. The Survey was funded until 1905. In 1909, the Legislature set up the UT Bureau of Economic Geology, headed by Phillips and including Udden on staff, and it was later renamed the Bureau of Economic Geology and Technology.

Source:

History of Geology at The University of Texas by Keith Young. Bureau of Economic Geology Circular 67-3, November 1967.


Scope and Contents

The UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915, contain correspondence related to mineral assays and water analyses of samples from various parts of Texas and other states, as well as correspondence concerning the publication of articles. A volume of mineral survey accounts from 1903 to 1904, along with library records from 1911 to 1915, can also be found. Furthermore, the collection includes a report of Survey work and a draft of a bill submitted by William B. Phillips to UT President W. L. Prather and the Board of Regents of January 17, 1905.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Phillips, W. B. (William Battle), 1857-1917
Udden, Johan August, 1859-1932
Ries, Heinrich, 1871-1951
Barringer, Daniel Moreau, 1860-1929
Bryan, Beauregard, 1862-1918
Richardson, G. B. (George Burr), 1872-1949
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas. Mineral Survey
Subjects
Water--Analysis.
Minerals--Analysis.
Surveys.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Brewster County (Tex.)
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Washington (D.C.)

Related Material

See also the UT Bureau of Economic Geology Records, 1874-1988, the Johan August Udden Papers, ca. 1886-1938, and the United States Universal Exposition Papers, ca. 1904.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Sara Rumbo, January 1973.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4R366 Report of Survey work and draft of a bill submitted by W. B. Phillips to University President W. L. Prather and the Board of Regents, January 17, 1905
Correspondence, December 24, 1904 - March 15, 1905
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4R367 Correspondence, March 16-29, 1905
Ledger, Mineral survey accounts and library records, 1903-1904, 1911-1915