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Robert La Forte Papers, 1923 - 2005 | University Archives

By Rachel Motes

Collection Overview

Title: Robert La Forte Papers, 1923 - 2005Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates:1954 - 2005
ID: 02/17/U0141
Extent: 42.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection consists of 5 series: Personal, Professional, Community Involvement, Oversized Items, and Separated Materials. The boxes within this collection were delivered with no folders or order, resulting in its’ contents being organized by the processing agent into folders by topic or type of material. The folders themselves are arranged in alphabetical order within their Series [and sub-series] while their contents are either organized alphabetically or chronologically as appropriate.
Date Acquired: 00/00/2005. More info below under Accruals.
Languages: English

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Abstract

Papers and family photographs of late Professor Emeritus of History faculty member and first university Archivist, Robert S. La Forte, who laid the groundwork for the creation of the University of North Texas Archives.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

These papers, photographs, and artifacts document the life of late Professor Emeritus of History and first university Archivist, Robert S. La Forte, who laid the groundwork for the creation of the University of North Texas Archives which was later officially established in 1975 by UNT President C. C. Nolan.  They include images and papers from his childhood, his time in military service, and from his personal and professional life, which includes his interest in prisoners of war in World War II.

Collection Historical Note

Robert Sherman La Forte was born on September 8, 1933 in Frontenac, Kansas as the second child of Modest Nathaniel La Forte and Josephine Ann La Forte [née Slapsak].  He grew up and went to school in Frontenac along-side his sister Rose Josephine La Forte [later to become Mrs. Alai].  By May 24, 1951, he had graduated from Frontenac High school.

Following that, throughout the combined years of August 1952 to May 1954 and January 1957 to February 1958, La Forte went to school at the Kansas State Teachers College where he later received a Bachelor’s of Science in Education.  During the time between the above listed dates, from 1955 to 1957, La Forte served in the U.S. Army were he attained the rank of Specialist Third-Class.  In addition to his time spent at school and in military service, La Forte also married Margaret Ann Colegrove in 1954, had his first son Mark Francis La Forte in 1955, and then in 1958, La Forte divorced his first wife.

After that portion of his life, Robert La Forte went on to the Kansas State College of Pittsburg (September 1958 to August 1959) where he earned a Master’s of Science in History followed by a Doctorate of Philosophy in History from the University of Kansas in Lawrence (September 1959 to August 1964).  In 1959, he also married his second wife, Frances Ann Crain, and later had two sons with her, Geoffrey Louis La Forte in 1963 and Russell Andre La Forte in 1965.

His educational background also includes receiving a Master’s in Library Science from the University of Texas at Austin after taking classes there from June 1967 to August 1968.

Beyond spending most of his time in Higher Education earning different degrees, La Forte also worked in various institutes of higher learning.  From 1959 to 1962, he taught Western Civilization at the University of Kansas and then from 1961 through 1964, he taught History.  After his time spent there, La Forte went on to teach History at the East Texas State University from 1964 to 1967 and then in 1968, he began teaching History at the North Texas State University (NTSU).

While employed at the NTSU (and later known to as the University of North Texas), Robert La Forte took part in numerous instructional, scholarly, professional, and community service activities.   He served as Chair of the History Department and on several university committees until his retirement in 1998.  He helped to establish the UNT Archives in 1975 and even co-wrote several books: Remembering Pearl Harbor: Eyewitness Accounts by U.S. Military Men and Women, Building the Death Railway: The Ordeal of American POWs in Burma, 1942-45, With Only the Will to Live: Accounts of Americans in Japanese Prison Camps, 1941-45, and Down the Corridor of Years: A Centennial History of the University of North Texas in Photographs, 1890-1990.  After his retirement from UNT, La Forte donated a collection of hundreds of books to the UNT Archives regarding World War II, mostly by and about prisoners of war.  In addition to all of this, La Forte also served on several City of Denton committees and in various other organizations.

Robert S. La Forte died at the age of 80 on July 11, 2014 after a long battle with cancer.

Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Accruals: 1979-028, 1980-030, 2005-007
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 Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Physical Access Note: This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hours notice prior to use.
Acquisition Source: Robert La Forte
Acquisition Method: Gift
Separated Materials: "A Collection of The Cowboy Poems of Tex West, DC Ph, with Alvin G. Davis: The Cowboy Poet Lariat of the Plains of Texas" edited and with a foreword by Alvin G. Davis has been separated from this collection to be placed within the Texana Collection.
Preferred Citation: Robert La Forte Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections.
Finding Aid Revision History: 11-28-2016; 05-03-2017; 05-16-2017; 05-19-2017

Box and Folder Listing

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Series 5: Separated MaterialsAdd to your cart.
 
Box 36: City of DentonAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 641988
Item 1: City of Denton Municipal Utilities Forecast, 01 - 1990Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333003
Item 2: Management Review of Denton Municipal Utilities, 1986Add to your cart.
Directed by C. L. Littlefield. PHD, Management Consultant
Barcode: 5001333004
Item 3: Engineering Services Water Treatment Plant and Offsite FacilitiesAdd to your cart.
Proposal by Black & Veatch to the City of Denton
Barcode: 5001333005
Item 4: Wastewater Treatment Improvements, 04 - 1990Add to your cart.
Statement of Qualifications by Camp Dresser & McKee to the City of Denton
Barcode: 5001333006
Item 5: Appendix to Proposal – Denton Water Treatment Plant, 12 - 09 - 1987Add to your cart.
By Freese and Nichols, Inc. Consulting Engineers
Barcode: 5001333007
Item 6: For Engineering Services Related to Pecan Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Design, 04 - 10 - 1990Add to your cart.
Statement of Qualifications and Experience by Alan Plummer and Associations, Inc. Civil/Environmental Engineers
Barcode: 5001333008
Item 7: Cogeneration Feasibility Study for North Texas State University, 07 - 1987Add to your cart.
By Lutz, Daily & Brain Consulting Engineers
Barcode: 5001333009
Item 8: Solid Waste Alternatives for The City of Denton, Texas, 02 - 1988Add to your cart.
By the Department of Community Services Solid Waste Division
Barcode: 5000449330
Item 9: Denton Municipal Utilities Reference ManualAdd to your cart.
For Charter-City of Denton, Code of Ordinances Chapter 25, Subdivision Rules & Regulations
Barcode: 5000449332
Item 10: Proposal for Engineering Services – Pecan Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade, 05 - 30 - 1990Add to your cart.
By Camp Dresser & McKee for the City of Denton
Barcode: 5000449331
Item 11: Wastewater Treatment Facilities Master Plan, 12 - 1989Add to your cart.
By Freese and Nichols, Inc. for the City of Denton
Barcode: 5001333010
Item 12: Water Implementation Plan Supplemental Study – Executive Summary Draft, 05 - 1990Add to your cart.
By Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc. for the Upper Trinity Regional Water District
Barcode: 5001333011
Item 13: Denton Municipal Utilities Planning Forecast, 1990 - 1994Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333019
Item 14: Public Utility Board Annual Planning Session, 01 - 23 - 1988Add to your cart.
The date of January 15, 1988 was marked-out and replaced by the new date of January 23, 1988
Barcode: 5001333018
Item 15: The Denton Differential – Community Profile, 05 - 23 - 1990Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333017
Item 16: Goal Setting in Denton: Prospects and RecommendationsAdd to your cart.
A Report to the City Council of Denton
Barcode: 5001333016
Item 17: Denton Data Book, 1980Add to your cart.
For the City of Denton Land Use Planning Committee
Barcode: 5001333015
Item 18: Water Implementation Plan Supplemental Study – Executive Summary Final Draft, 06 - 1990Add to your cart.
By Alan Plummer and Associates, Inc. for the Upper Trinity Regional Water District
Barcode: 5001333014
Item 19: Freese and Nichols, Inc. Photographic Project SheetsAdd to your cart.
Covers Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Treatment Plants
Barcode: 5001333002
Item 20: Preliminary Design Report for Lake Ray Roberts Water Treatment Plant, 05 - 1989Add to your cart.
James M. Montgomery Consulting Engineers, Inc. in cooperation with Freese and Nichols, Inc. Consulting Engineers for the City of Denton
Barcode: 5001333012
Item 21: Denton Development Plan – Policies for Growth, 1988Add to your cart.
City of Denton Planning and Development Department
Barcode: 5001333057
Item 22: Land-use Planning Committee Results of Workshop 6, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333056
Item 23: Land-use Planning Committee Planning Process, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333055
Item 24: Technical Appendix to the Denton Development Guide, 01 - 1982Add to your cart.
Guidelines for application of the Land Use Intensity Policies prepared by Denton Planning & Community Development Department
Barcode: 5001333054
Item 25: A Handbook on Elements of Community Growth, 02 -1980Add to your cart.
Prepared for the City of Denton Land Use Planning Committee
Barcode: 5001333053
Item 26: Handbook on Alternative Growth Concepts, 1980Add to your cart.
Prepared for the City of Denton Land Use Planning Committee
Barcode: 5001333052
Item 27: Engineering Service Water Treatment Plant and Offsite Facilities, 12 - 09 - 1987Add to your cart.
Proposal by Espey, Huston & Associates, Inc. in association with CH2M Hill for the City of Denton Department of Utilities
Barcode: 5001333051
Item 28: City of Denton Housing Study, 03 - 1979Add to your cart.
Prepared by Comprehensive Planning Institute and Moore Diversified Services, Inc. in cooperation with Farrington & Associates, Inc.
Barcode: 5001333050
Item 29: Engineering Service Water Treatment Plant and Offsite Facilities Presentation, 12 - 16 - 1987Add to your cart.
Proposal by Espey, Huston & Associates, Inc. in association with CH2M Hill for the City of Denton Department of Utilities
Barcode: 5001333049
Item 30: Housing and Neighborhood Preservation, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333048
Item 31: Public Utilities Board Annual Report, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333047
Item 32: Engineering Report Draft, 04 - 1990Add to your cart.
Future Power Supply Study for Texas Municipal Power Agency
Barcode: 5001333046
Item 33: Engineering Services Water Treatment Plant and Offsite FacilitiesAdd to your cart.
From Black & Veatch
Barcode: 5001333045
Item 34: “PD” Zoning Application PacketAdd to your cart.
Rollingwood Estates – A Manufactured Housing Subdivision
Barcode: 5001333044
Item 35: Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the Fiscal Year Ending, 09 -30 - 1989Add to your cart.
Prepared by the City of Denton Department of Finances
Barcode: 5001333043
Item 36: Joint Meeting Agenda, 06 - 07 - 1988Add to your cart.
Joint meeting of the City Council, Public Utilities Board, and the Planning and Zoning Commission
Barcode: 5001333042
Item 37: Denton County Water and Wastewater Study Regional Master Plan for the Year, 03 - 1988Add to your cart.
Executive Summary Prepared for the Denton County Commissioners Court and Participating Agencies by Espey, Houston & Associates, Inc.
Barcode: 5001333041
Item 38: Denton County Water and Wastewater Study Regional Master Plan for the Year 2010, 03 - 1988Add to your cart.
Prepared for the Denton County Commissioners Court and Participating Agencies by Espey, Houston & Associates, Inc.
Barcode: 5001333040
Item 39: Proposal for Pecan Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Engineering ServicesAdd to your cart.
By Black & Veatch for the City of Denton Public Utilities Board
Barcode: 5001333039
Item 40: 1988 Planning Forecast, 01 - 23 - 1988Add to your cart.
For the Denton Municipal Utilities
Barcode: 5001333038
Item 41: Lake Ray Roberts Water Treatment Plant and Other Facilities Presentation Highlights, 12 - 16 - 1987Add to your cart.
By Freese and Nichols, Inc. for the City of Denton
Barcode: 5001333037
Item 42: Final Report from the Denton County Task Force on Family Violence, 02 -1986Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333036
Item 43: Denton Development Guide – A Policy Framework for Growth, 1980Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333035
Item 44: Denton Development Guide – A Policy Framework for Growth, 1981Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333034
Item 45: City of Denton Annual Report, 1978 - 1979Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333033
Item 46: Report on Preliminary Site Investigations, 05 - 1977Add to your cart.
For the City of Denton Sub-Regional Solid Waste Sanitary Landfill by Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Barcode: 5001333032
Item 47: General Obligation Bonds, Series 1976Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333031
Box 37: City of DentonAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 642500
Item 1: Denton Municipal Utilities Community Service Divisions 1990-1991 Operating BudgetAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449329
Item 2: Denton Municipal Utilities Electric/Water/Wastewater Divisions 1990-1991 Operating BudgetAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449309
Item 3: Feasibility Study for Municipal Civic Center Complex Central Heating and Cooling System, 03 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449311
Item 4: Denton Municipal Utilities Monthly Report, 11 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449310
Item 5: Denton Municipal Utilities Cost of Service and Electric Rate Analysis, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449312
Item 6: Denton Municipal Utilities Cost of Service and Wasterwater Rate Analysis, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449313
Item 7: Denton Municipal Utilities Report on Capital Recovery Fee Feasibility, 05 - 1987Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449314
Item 8: Department of Utilities Master Plan, 1986Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449325
Item 9: Denton Municipal Utilities Cost of Service and Water Rate Analysis, 1990Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449315
Item 10: Denton Municipal Utilities Reference ManualAdd to your cart.
Charter-city of Denton, Code of Ordinances Chapter 25, Subdivision Rules and Regulations
Barcode: 5000449326
Item 11: City of Denton Engineering Report on Use of Water Reclamation Plant Effluent as a Source for Irrigation Purposes, 10 - 1988Add to your cart.
Prepared by Utilities Department Water/Wastewater Administration and Engineering Divisions
Barcode: 5000449316
Item 12: City of Denton Summary of Utility System Funds, 1988Add to your cart.
For the Fiscal Year that ended September 30, 1988
Barcode: 5000449327
Item 13: Denton Municipal Utilities Planning Forecast Final Draft, 1990 - 1994Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449317
Item 14: Denton Municipal Utilities Water Department Cost of Service and Rate Design Study, 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449328
Item 15: Denton Municipal Utilities Department of Utilities 1989-1990 Operating BudgetAdd to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449318
Item 16: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 12 - 14 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449303
Item 17: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 02 - 10 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449319
Item 18: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 12 - 16 - 1987Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333058
Item 19: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 11 - 18 - 1987Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449320
Item 20: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 05 - 11 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333059
Item 21: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 11 - 09 - 1987Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449321
Item 22: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 02 - 24 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333060
Item 23: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 03 - 30 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449322
Item 24: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 03  -09 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333061
Item 25: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 09 - 14 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449323
Item 26: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 07 - 14 - 1988Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5001333062
Item 27: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 12 - 16 - 1987Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 5000449324
Item 28: Public Utilities Board Agenda and Meeting Material, 01 - 13 - 19Add to your cart.
 
Barcode: 885001333063

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