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Collection Summary

Agency History & Creator Sketch

Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administration, Dean T. J. Gibson, 1949-1986 (bulk 1973-1984)

Committees, Groups & Associations, 1966-1984

General Correspondence, Dean T. J. Gibson, 1972-1982

Meetings, 1972-1977

Sunflower Ceremony, 1966-1985

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Associate Dean of Students (T. J. Gibson) Files at the Tarlton Law Library



Collection Summary

Creator University of Texas at Austin. School of Law. Associate Dean.
Title Associate Dean of Students (T. J. Gibson) Files
Dates 1949-1986, bulk 1972-1984
Abstract T. J. Gibson III served as assistant dean (1956-1969) and then as associate dean (1969-1984) for students in the University of Texas School of Law. The collection consists of files created and maintained by Gibson in his involvement in law school admissions, student discipline, student organizations, curriculum, the Sunflower Ceremony (the Law School's commencement ceremony), and other aspects of the Law School's administration.
Size 6.5 linear ft. (16 boxes).
Repository Rare Books & Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin  727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Agency History & Creator Sketch

T.J. Gibson III served as assistant dean of students, University of Texas School of Law, 1956-1969, and as associate dean of students, 1969-1984. He was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 1970. A 1948 graduate of the Law School, Gibson also worked as assistant law librarian, 1948-1952 and 1954-1956, and was Texas' State Librarian, 1952-1954. As dean, Gibson's office was primarily involved with law school admissions, student discipline, student organizations, curriculum, and the Sunflower Ceremony (the Law School's commencement ceremony). Gibson was involved in many other aspects of the Law School's administration, such as curriculum, development, and representing the Law School on University and professional committees. He was instrumental in founding the Prelaw Society of Texas.

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Contents of the Collection

The files were created and maintained by T. J. Gibson III during the later part of his tenure as assistant dean and associate dean for students in the University of Texas School of Law. The largest series, Administration--Dean T.J. Gibson (1949-1986, bulk 1973-1984; 4 linear ft.), includes numerous files dealing with admissions, curriculum, joint degree programs, grading standards, handbooks, statistics, and general administrative matters in the University of Texas School of Law. A file of photographs includes dozens of images on the demolition of Pearce Hall (the Law School's building from 1908 to 1953) and photos of T. J. Gibson, Prof. William Fritz, and other Law School faculty, staff, students, and events. Other significant files include those on Law Week activities (1981-1984), the Prelaw Society of Texas (1982-1984), and others relating to minority students. The Committees, Groups & Associations series (1966-1984; 1 linear ft.) reflect Gibson's service on Law School, University of Texas, American Bar Association, and other committees relating to admissions, accreditation, student affairs, the Student Bar Association, curriculum, and the selection of a Law School dean in 1978-1979. The Sunflower Ceremony files (1966-1985, 1 linear ft.) contains photographs, instructions, planning documents, and programs for the Law School's distinctive commencement exercise. Also present are two small file series: Meetings (1972-1977, 0.25 linear ft.), which includes minutes of the Law School faculty for 1974-1977; and General Correspondence (1972-1982; 0.5 linear ft.), which includes files on the 1981 reaccreditation of the George Mason University School of Law.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The records retain their original arrangement and order. The creator's file numbering system (i.e. "1-1", "1-2", "2-1", "2-2", etc.) is noted in parentheses in the folder titles.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Some files deal with student discipline, grades, and personnel matters; permission of the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law is required for use.

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Index Terms

Major Subjects
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law -- History -- Sources.
Key Personal Names
Gibson, T. J., 1918-

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Related Material

Files from Gibson's work as assistant dean and associate dean of students for the 1950s-1970s are in the T. J. Gibson Papers.

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Administrative Information

Cite As

Associate Dean of Students (T. J. Gibson) Files, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Removed from faculty storage area (Floor 2 1/2, Townes Hall), 9/14/94.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Administration, Dean T. J. Gibson, 1949-1986 (bulk 1973-1984)

box folder
L55 1 Current calendar materials (1-1), 1973-1986
2 University calendar (1-2), 1981-1985
3 Law school handbooks (1-4), 1949-1968
4 University discipline (1-5), 1976-1981
RESTRICTED: Case file on student disciplinary case. Also, memos on student discipline policies.
5 University policies (1-5a), 1980-1983
6 Health, Education & Welfare Department's review (1-6), 1972-1978
7 Law school summer sessions (1-7) (1 of 2), 1974-1978
box folder
L56 1 Law school summer sessions (1-7) (2 of 2), 1982-1984
2 Law School graduates (1-8), 1975-1983
3 Faculty rosters & directory (1-9), 1977-1982
4 Faculty & staff recreation (1-10), 1980-1983
5 U.S. Savings Bond Campaign (1-11a), 1980-1982
6 Veteran's Administration (1-12), 1972-1976
7 Personnel pay plan & other personnel matters (1-13), 1973-1983
8 Law school class reunion (1-14), 1973-1976
box folder
L57 1 Film forum (1-15) (1 of 2), 1975-1980
2 Film forum (1-15) (2 of 2), 1981
3 Traffic (1-16), 1973-1977
4 Janet Berry (faculty study); John F. Tyer (personal request) (1-17), 1973-1978
NOTE: Request for clarification of library policy concerning faculty study; personal request for legal assistance.
5 Safety (1-18), 1974-1978
6 Orientation (1-19), 1972-1981
7 Bar exam (1-20), 1969-1983
8 Travis County Bar Association (1-21), 1974
box folder
L58 1 Prelaw Society of Texas (1-22a) (1 of 3), 1982-1984
2 Prelaw Society of Texas (1-22a) (2 of 3), 1982-1984
3 Prelaw Society of Texas (1-22a) (3 of 3), 1982-1984
4 Graduate students (1-23), 1974-1975
5 Law School Admissions Council summer workshop (1-24), 1977
6 Records information (1-25), 1974-1975
NOTE: Pertaining to the release of student & faculty records.
7 Faculty teaching load (1-26) (1 of 2), 1983-1984
8 Faculty teaching load (1-26) (2 of 2), 1983
box folder
L59 1 Faculty & courses (1-26b), 1983
2 Texas Union (1-27), 1975
3 Student records (1-28), 1981-1983
4 Paralegal Institute (1-29), 1974-1981
5 Ethnic student services (1-31), 1973-1976
6 Photographs (1-32), 1959-1976 & undated
NOTE: Line drawing of Townes Hall,1976 Aug. 3. -- Law School conference, 14 b & w photos with negs, 1959 Oct. -- Sunflower Ceremony, 3 color photos, n.d. -- Pearce Hall demolition, 38 color photos with negs. -- T.J. Gibson, 8 b & w photos, n.d. -- William F. Fritz, 2 b & w photos, n.d. -- 11 miscellaneous photos of law students, faculty & staff. Sizes from wallet size to 8x10.
7 Exam materials: Mission Orange Inc. v. Monimart, etc. (1-33), 1974
NOTE: Exam questions using court cases and fact statements. Numerous duplicates discarded.
8 Curriculum changes (1-34), 1975-1981
9 Student housing (1-35), 1978-1983
10 T. J. Gibson's annual reports & other personal stuff (1-37), 1961-1986
NOTE: Includes clippings on Gibson, memorial tribute to Gibson, letters of thanks & praise for Gibson's work, annual reports, & correspondence regarding personal business. Duplicates discarded or filed in Law School Subject Vertical Files. Photo of Leon Green addressing Texas Legislature separated to Photograph Collection.
11 Bowling league (1-38), 1977-1979
12 Tribunal Honor Council (1-39), 1973-1978
RESTRICTED: case files on student violations of honor code.
13 Buckley Amendment (1-40), 1974-1979
14 LSAT Prep (1-41), 1979-1981
box folder
L60 1 Workmen's compensation insurance benefits and procedures (1-42) , 1976
2 Freshlaw handbook (1-44), 1975-1979
3 Vacation/sick leave chart (1-46), 1978
4 Statement of objectives-Law school planning questionnaire (1-47), 1976-1977
5 Planning (1-47a), 1976-1977
6 Graduate School of Library Science evaluation report (1-48), 1977
7 Loan of Peregrinus statue to Institute of Texan Cultures (1-49), 1977
NOTE: For exhibit of Peter Mansbendel's sculptures; includes photo of the Peregrinus.
8 Catalogue changes (1-50) (1 of 2), 1982-1984
9 Catalogue changes (1-50) (2 of 2), 1977-1981
box folder
L61 1 Committee on law school grading (1-50a), 1984
2 Snack bar (1-51), 1971-1981
3 Services for the handicapped-Sec.504 (1-52), 1977-1978
4 Law school statistics (1-53) (1 of 2), 1982-1984
5 Law school statistics (1-53) (2 of 2), 1978-1982
6 Grading standard (1-54), 1977-1983
7 Law school rating articles (1-55), 1976
8 Third year practice (1-56), 1982
9 Council on Legal Education for Professional Responsibility (1-57), 1976-1977
10 Projector instructions (1-58), 1974
11 Joint degree programs (1-59) (Public affairs), 1974-1983
12 Joint degree programs (1-59a) (business), 1979-1981
box folder
L62 1 Students' Attorney Office (1-60), 1976
2 Law School Foundation budget (1-61), 1975-1977
3 Procedures for handling legal processes (1-62), 1977
NOTE: From UT General Counsel.
4 Employee verifications for the State Bar (1-63), 1976
folder
5 Visiting professors (1-64), 1977
box folder
L62 6 Freshman picture directory (1-65a) (1 of 2), 1980
NOTE: Photos of law freshmen.
7 Freshman picture directory (1-65b) (2 of 2), 1976
NOTE: Photos of law freshmen.
8 Brief history of U.T. Law School (1-66), 1973-1982
9 Letters from prospective students (1-67), 1980-1983
10 Law school pre-registration (1-68), 1981-1983
11 Law school examinations (1-69), 1979-1982
12 Psychological counseling and services for the handicapped (1-70), 1979-1983
13 Student awards (1-71), 1978-1983
14 Law Week (1-71a) (1 of 4), 1984
box folder
L63 1 Law Week (1-71b) (2 of 4), 1982
NOTE: Includes program for first Law Week, clippings about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White and his talk.
2 Law Week (1-71c) (3 of 4), 1983
3 Law Week (1-71d) (4 of 4), 1981
4 Townes Hall building addition(1-72), 1979-1983
NOTE: Includes photograph of architect's model of Tarlton Law Library addition to Townes Hall.
5 Centennial observance (1-73), 1983
6 A.T.K. (1-74), 1980
NOTE: Restricted. Contains private information regarding a student's admission to the Law School.
7 Residency status of law school students (1-75), 1968-1982
8 Minority recruitment (1-76), 1979-1980
9 Complaints from law students (1-77), 1982
10 Tutorial Program (1-78), 1983

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Committees, Groups & Associations, 1966-1984

box folder
L63 11 Committee assignments (2-1), 1979-1982
box folder
L64 1 Standards Committee (2-2), 1982-1984
2 Travis County Bar Association Evaluation Task Force (2-3), 1972
3 Wesley Foundation (2-4), 1973-1975
4 U.T. Law School Showcase (2-5), 1972-1974
5 Student Deans' sub-committee (2-6) (1 of 2), 1975-1982
6 Student Deans' sub-committee (2-6) (2 of 2), 1972-1974
7 Quizmasters (2-7), 1973-1983
8 Quizmasters and working scholars payroll (2-7a), 1982-1983
9 House of Representatives/AALS (2-8), 1972-1978
box folder
L65 1 Southwestern Pre-Law Advisers (2-9), 1977-1979
2 Law school course schedule committee (2-10), 1972-1979
3 Law school admissions (2-11), 1972-1983
4 Southern Associations of Colleges, accreditation (2-12), 1974
5 Buildings and grounds (2-13), 1973-1981
6 Peregrinus yearbook (2-14), 1974-1981
7 American Bar Association (2-15), 1977-1980
8 ABA annual survey (2-15a), 1976-1980
9 ABA accreditation report (2-15b), 1976
box folder
L66 1 ABA Law School standards (2-15c), 1972-1979
2 Disadvantaged groups/CLEO (2-16), 1966-1975
3 Student activities committee (2-17), 1974-1982
NOTE: Blue prints of the patio on north side of Townes Hall.
4 Student organizations and budgets (2-18, 1974-1983
5 Longhorn Radio Network (2-19), 1974
NOTE: Proposal for series of programs on legal issues.
6 Student Bar Association (2-21), 1979-1984
7 Loans and scholarship committee (2-22), 1975-1983
8 Commencement committee (2-23), 1976-1982
9 Dean selection committee (2-24), 1978-1979
10 Discipline policies committee (2-25), 1980-1982
box folder
L67 1 Woodfin prize (2-26), 1975-1976
2 Graduate School of Library Science committee (2-27), 1973

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General Correspondence, Dean T. J. Gibson, 1972-1982

box folder
L67 7 Miscellaneous memoranda (3-5), 1979-1980
8 Grover Rees, course instructor survey (3-6), 1982
9 University Council (3-7), 1980
10 UT Law School handbook (3-8), 1972-1980
11 George Mason University School of Law (3-9a) (1 of 2) , 1981
NOTE: T. J. Gibson served on reaccreditation committee for Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
12 George Mason University School of Law (3-9b) (2 of 2), 1981
box folder
L68 1 Honor Council (3-10), 1979-1981
RESTRICTED: case file on honor code violation.
2 Coin collection (3-11), 1977

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Meetings, 1972-1977

box folder
L67 3 State Bar meetings (3-1), 1972-1975
4 Meetings of the law school faculty, minutes (3-2), 1974-1977
5 Budget hearings (3-3), 1973
6 Faculty senate (3-4), 1974

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Sunflower Ceremony, 1966-1985

box folder
L68 3 Format and instructions for Sunflower Ceremony (4-1a) (1 of 2), 1966-1975
NOTE: Includes photographs of various Sunflower ceremonies.
4 Format and instructions for Sunflower Ceremony (4-1b) (2 of 2), 1976-1979
5 Sunflower Ceremony plans, 1975
6 Sunflower Ceremony plans-October, 1976
7 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1978
8 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May, 1979
9 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1979
10 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May, 1980
box folder
L69 1 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1980
2 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May, 1981
3 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1981
4 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May (1 of 2), 1982
5 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May (2 of 2), 1982
6 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1982
box folder
L70 1 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May (1 of 2), 1983
2 Sunflower Ceremony plans-May (2 of 2), 1983
3 Sunflower Ceremony plans-November, 1983
4 Sunflower Ceremony programs-May, 1985

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