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Center for Texas Studies, 1986-1996 | University Archives

By Mary Atkins

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Title: Center for Texas Studies, 1986-1996Add to your cart.
ID: 02/03/U0049
Extent: 1.0 Boxes

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Abstract

The Center for Texas Studies was founded in 1986 to serve as a clearinghouse for Texas literature as well as art, history, geography, politics, and other subjects.  Noted Texas newspaper columnist, historian, and author A.C.Greene served as the Center's Coordinating Director from 1986 - 1992.  He was also the Center's resident faculty member.  James W. Lee served as the Director of the center from 1986 - 1996.  Lee, also a Texas author, served as a faculty member at the University of North Texas, and as the Chair of the Department of English.

The Center sponsored conferences and events that celebrated Texas culture and letters as well as projects about Texas history and life.  It served as a central location for information about Texas that was used by scholars, writers, artists, and the business community.  Two advisory groups - one on campus and one that was statewide - recommended projects.

Of particular note, the Center sponsored the Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts in 1986.  The conference featured more than 55 Texas writers from novelists to poets, playwrights, and journalists - including Sandra Cisneros, Larry McMurtry, Jim Lehrer, and Horton Foote.  Governor Mark White spoke at the conference, and panels featured actors and members of the film community, most notably actor Robert Duvall.

During its tenure the Center published the journal Texas Books in Review as well as the anthology KenteCloth: African American Voices in Texas, American Periodicals: A Journal of History, Criticism, and Bibliography, Military History of the West, Southwest Journal on Aging, Diversity: A Journal of Multicultural Issues, Texas Studies Journal, and Locus. The anthology Texas in Poetry: A 150-Year Anthology was published by the Center in 1994.  The Center also sponsored numerous workshops, lectures and talks, literary festivals, symposiums, awards, and a ranching project to study the future of Texas ranching.

Sources:

Center for Texas Studies Activities, January 29, 1996

Texas Journal, Fall, 1986

Texas State Historical Association (TSHA Online), https://tshaonline.org, March 27, 2014

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection includes one box of clippings from the six Center for Texas Studies scrapbooks dated 1986 - 1996.

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Access Restrictions: This collection is not restricted.
Use Restrictions: Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Archives and Rare Books department. Copyright restrictions apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Box and Folder Listing

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Box 1: Center for Texas Studies Scrapbooks, 1986-1996Add to your cart.
This box contains the contents of the six Center for Texas Studies scrapbooks which include newsclippings about the Center and Center activities.
Folder 1: The Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts, Scrapbook 1, pp 1 - 7, September 24 - 27, 1986Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 1 - 7 of scrapbook 1.  The contents of this folder are the pages of the conference program.
Folder 2: The Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts, Scrapbook 1, pp 8 - 49, September 24 - 27, 1986Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 8-49 of the scrapbook about the Sesquicentennial Conference and includes press clippings about the event.
Folder 3: The Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts, Scrapbook 1, pp 50 - 90, September 24 - 27, 1986Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 50 - 90 of the scrapbook about the Sesquicentennial Conference, which includes press clippings about the events.
Folder 4: The Governor's Sesquicentennial Conference on the Literary Arts, Scrapbook 1, pp 91 - 129, 1986-09-24 - 27Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 91 - 129 of the scrapbook about the Sesquicentennial Conference, which includes press clippings about the events.
Folder 5: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 2, pp 1 - 40, 1986 - 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 1 - 40 of the second scrapbook maintained by the Center, which includes press clippings and announcements about the Center's activities.
Folder 6: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 2, pp 41 - 82, 1986 - 1988Add to your cart.
This folder contains pages 41 - 82 of the second scrapbook maintained by the Center, which includes press clippings and announcements about the Center's activities.
Folder 7: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 3, 1989 - 1990Add to your cart.
This folder contains the contents of the Center's scrapbook, which include press clippings and announcements about the Center's activities.
Folder 8: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 4, 1991Add to your cart.
This folder contains the contents of the Center's scrapbook, which include press clippings and announcements about the Center's activities.
Folder 9: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 5, 1992 - 1993Add to your cart.
This folder contains the contents of the Center's scrapbook, which include the press clippings and announcements for the Center's activities.
Folder 10: Center for Texas Studies, Scrapbook 6, 1994 - 1996Add to your cart.
This folder contains the contents of the Center's scrapbook, which includes press clippings and announcements about the Center's activities.

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