Arthur McCullough Sampley Papers, 1934-1973Add to your cart.

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Title: Arthur McCullough Sampley Papers, 1934-1973Add to your cart.
ID: 02/17/ UG.1
Primary Creator: Sampley, Arthur McCullough (1903-1975)
Extent: 14.0 Boxes
Arrangement: The material is arranged by personal papers, scrapbooks, manuscripts, oversize materials, and publications.
Languages: English


The papers of Arthur McCullough Sampley, an English professor, director of libraries and the Department of Library Service, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for Academic Affairs. He also served as a Poet Laureate of Texas. The materials in this collection are from his personal papers.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers concerning his career as English professor and poet at North Texas State University including articles, biographies, book reviews, clippings, correspondence, essays, lectures, letters, manuscripts, memorabilia, memorial, notes, novels, outline, photographs, poems, publications, scrapbooks, short stories and a speech.

Collection Historical Note

Arthur McCullough Sampley (1903 - 1975) was a native of Leander, Texas.  He earned a bachelor’s, master’s, and doctor of philosophy degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. His bachelor of science degree in library science was from Columbia University. Before coming to UNT, he taught at the University of Texas, Austin (1923-1931), Louisiana state Normal College (1930-1931), and Sul Ross State College (1931-1935). Dr. Sampley and Eva Joy Sampley were married in 1930.  She died in 1954. Dr. Sampley joined the UNT English Department as a faculty member in 1935.  He also served as the director of libraries and the Department of Library Service (1944-1953), dean of the School of Arts and Sciences (1953), and vice president for Academic Affairs (1953-1959). He was named a distinguished professor of English in 1953, University Professor of Poetry, and professor emeritus (1974), and director of librarians emeritus(1975).  He was appointed Poet Laureate of Texas by the Texas legislature.  A title he would hold from 1951 to 1953. Dr. Sampley published three books of poetry.  A book of his favorite poems, Selected Poems, 1937-1971, won the Voertman Poetry award in 1972. Dr. Sampley retired in 1972.  Dr Sampley died in 1975.

Biographical Note

English professor and poet at North Texas State University, Director of the Libraries and Department of Library Service from 1944 – 1953, and later Vice President for Academic Affairs. Served as Poet Laureate of Texas (1951-1953).

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

No restictions. These materials are open for reserach use during normal business hours of the UNT Special Collections.

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:

These materials are stored off-site and require advanced notice for use. Please contact an archives staff member to arrange access to this collection.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University Archives
Acquisition Source: Jane Logue; David A. Kayler
Acquisition Method: Gift
Separated Materials: Selected Poems 1937-1971
Related Materials: The Smedley Family Papers were donated with the papers of Arthur McCullough Sampley and apparently were family members. For more information please see
Preferred Citation: Arthur McCullough Sampley Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections.


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