Sam McAlister Collection, 1919-1963Add to your cart.

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Title: Sam McAlister Collection, 1919-1963Add to your cart.
ID: 02/03/ UG8
Primary Creator: McAlister, Sam (1898-1963)
Extent: 6.0 Boxes
Arrangement: Collection is arranged by document type.  Document types are arranged chronologically.  Collection is described at folder level.
Forms of Material: Correspondence
Languages: English


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.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

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Box 367, Folder 7 is restricted.

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Administrative Information

Repository: University of North Texas Special Collections
Preferred Citation: Sam McAlister Collection, University of North Texas Special Collections


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