02/03/UG8 Guide to the Sam McAlister Collection McAlister, Sam Finding Aid Authors: B. Tanner.

© Copyright 2021 University of North Texas Special Collections. All rights reserved.

University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, 76203 URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
This finding aid was encoding in EAD by Archon 3.21 from an SQL database source on July 1st, 2021. The collection description/finding aid is written in English
Guide to the Sam McAlister Collection University of North Texas Special Collections Overview of the Collection Sam McAlister Collection 1919-1963 02/03/UG8 McAlister, Sam, 1898-1963 6.00 English University of North Texas Special Collections
University of North Texas, Willis Library 1155 Union Circle # 305190 Denton, TX, URL: https://library.unt.edu/special-collections/
The papers of Sam McAlister, Director of the Government Department, that include correspondence, his involvement in campus organizations and committees, classroom materials, and a manuscript.
Biographical Information:

Dr. Sam McAlister was a native of Venus, Texas. From 1917-1919 he attended North Texas State Normal College (now the University of North Texas). He was one of the editors of the college yearbook, the Yucca. He served in the Student Army Training Corps of the U. S. Army. He left to teach in the Texas public school from 1919 to 1925. He would receive his Bachelor of Arts and Master’s degrees in 1925 from the University of Texas. He continued his graduate studies by attending Harvard University in 1928-1929.  He earned his Ph. D from the University of North Texas in 1931. He was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

            Dr. McAlister was the director of the government department. He was also active beyond the school. He served as the chair of the Denton Charter Commission. That body wrote the Denton, Texas charter which set out the framework for a council-manager form of government. He was a member of the Kiwanis Club for 30 years. He served on the National Resources board in 1936. In 1938 he was the first assistant state superintendent of education. He served as the head of the consumer materials branch of the Dallas regional office of the Office of Price Administration during World War II. He was the president of the Southwestern Social Science Association in 1942. He was an advisor to the Gilmer-Aikin Committee on public school laws in 1947-1948. He served as the District 5 president of the Texas state Teachers Association in 1948.  In 1950-53, he was an advisor to the Texas Legislative Council on Educational Matters.

            Dr. McAlister was a fellow of the Texas Academy of Science and a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (the national honorary fraternity in political science). In 1960, he was awarded the ‘Fessor Graham Award from the students of UNT.

            He was the author of People and Government; Government and Law of the Texas Public School System; Citizenship in Our Democracy (co-authored); and State and Local Government in Texas.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Corporate Name: Kiwanis Club (Denton, Tex.) North Texas State Normal College University of North Texas. Department of Political Science University of North Texas. Fine Arts Series Genre/Form of Material: Correspondence Manuscripts Personal Name: McAlister, Sam, 1898-1963
Administrative Information Conditions Governing Access:

Box 367, Folder 7 is restricted.

Preferred Citation:

Sam McAlister Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections

Physical Characteristics or Technical Requirements:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

Arrangement of Materials:

Collection is arranged by document type.  Document types are arranged chronologically.  Collection is described at folder level.

Scope and Contents

Sam McAlister, 1898-1963, was a Distinguished Professor and Director of the Government Department at North Texas State University (now the University of North Texas).  The Sam McAlister Collection contains McAlister's correspondence related to his work in the government department, the Fine Arts Series, the Kiwanis Club, and the National Education Association, as well as his personal correspondence.  The Collection also contains McAlister's speeches, teaching materials, and textbook manuscript, The Individual and Government.

Detailed List of Contents id61932 362 50469 id61933 362 1 General Letters 1947-1948 id61934 362 2 General Letters 1948 id61935 362 3 General Letters 1948-1950 id61936 362 4 General Letters 1950-1951 id61937 362 5 General Letters 1951 id61938 362 6 General Letters 1951 id61939 362 7 General Letters 1953-1954 id61940 362 8 General Letters 1954 id61941 362 9 General Letters 1954-1955 id61942 362 10 General Letters 1955 id61943 363 50468 id61944 363 1 General Letters 1955-1956 id61945 363 2 General Letters 1956-1957 id61946 363 3 General Letters 1957 id61947 363 4 General Letters 1958 id61948 363 5 General Letters 1958 id61949 363 6 General Letters 1958-1959 id61950 363 7 General Letters 1959 id61951 363 8 General Letters 1959 id61952 363 9 Denton Charter Commission-Letters 1957-1959 id61953 363 10 Denton Charter Commission-Minutes 1958 id61954 363 11 Fine Arts Series-Letters 1947-1948 id61955 364 50467 id61956 364 1 Fine Arts Series-Letters 1950-1951 id61957 364 2 Fine Arts Series-Letters 1951-1956 id61958 364 3 Fine Arts Series-Letters 1957-1958 id61960 364 4 Fine Arts Series-Letters 1958-1959, undated id61961 364 5 Kiwanis Club-Letters 1953-1958 id61963 364 6 National Education Association-Letters 1947-1957 id61965 364 7 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1944-1947 id61966 364 8 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1948 id61967 364 9 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1948 id61968 364 10 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1949 id61969 364 11 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1950-1951 id61970 364 12 Teaching Inquiries-Letters 1952-1957, undated id61971 365 50466 id61973 365 1 Teaching-Memos 1954-1959, undated id61974 365 2 Speeches Delivered to Organizations 1945-1956 id61975 365 3 Speeches Delivered to Organizations undated id61976 365 4 Speeches Delivered to Organizations undated id61977 365 5 Textbook Manuscript-Letters 1948-1958 id61978 365 6 Textbook Manuscript-The Individual and Government id61979 365 7 Textbook Manuscript-The Individual and Government id61980 365 8 Textbook Manuscript-The Individual and Government id61981 365 9 Textbook Manuscript-The Individual and Government id61972 366 50465 id61982 366 1 Textbook Manuscript-The Individual and Government id61983 366 2 Textbook Manuscript-Untitled id61984 366 3 Textbook Manuscript-Untitled id61985 366 4 Textbook Manuscript-Untitled id61986 366 5 Textbook Manuscript-Untitled id61987 366 6 Miscellaneous Publications 1942 Scope and Contents

This folder contains reprints of Sam McAlister's article "Popular Control and Our Expanding Government" from the June 1942 publication of The Southwest Social Science Quarterly.

id61988 366 7 Thesis 1931 Scope and Contents

This item is a thesis entitled An Edition of the Alphonsine Gospels authored by Ruby Cumby Smith.

id62183 367 id62184 367 1 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Committee Material 1935-1947 id62185 367 2 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Committee Material 1947-1949 id62186 367 3 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Committee Material 1949-1952, undated id62187 367 4 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Committee Material undated id62188 367 5 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Teaching Material 1947-1957 id62189 367 6 Miscellaneous North Texas State University Teaching Material undated id62190 367 7 Miscellaneous Material Concerning McAlister's Marraige and Death 1919-1963