Austin History Center

University Junior High School Records

An Inventory to the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: University Junior High School
Title: University Junior High School Records
Dates: 1932-1967
Abstract: University Junior High School was opened on October 9, 1933 and operated under a contract between the University of Texas and the Austin Independent School District until its closure in June 1967. The collection consists of organizational records, Golden Memories manuscripts and photographs, Parent-Teacher association material, and a scrapbook.
Identification: AR.F.009
Quantity: .8 linear feet (2 boxes)
Location: Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

University Junior High School was the result of an effort to create a secondary school jointly between the University of Texas and the Austin Public Schools (later the Austin Independent School District). First brought to discussion in 1932 the proposed school would be a tool of the University's Education Department available for its staff to observe, demonstrate and explore educational theories. It would also provide Austin Public School's with the much needed space the growing secondary enrollment had created a need for. The agreement that was reached stipulated that the University of Texas would provide the site and building at a cost between $300,000 and $400,000 as well as furnishings, while the Austin Public Schools selected and paid the regular teaching staff and half the salary of the principal. The school opened in September 1933 and had an enrollment of 831 its first year and included grades six through eight. The school closed in June of 1967.

Scope and Contents

The University Junior Highs School Records, 1932-1967, consist of organizational records, financial documents, meeting minutes, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting the history of the school, the parent-teacher association, and the publication of a book committed to the recollections of the school entitled "Golden Memories". The material is arranged into four series, the first I. Organizational Records (1932-1964), includes governing documents, financial materials, meeting minutes, rosters, programs, honors and awards, floor plans, and printed materials. The printed material is comprised of examples from the school's civil defense plans. Series II. Golden Memories Material (1932-1967), is made up of manuscripts and photographs used in the publication of the book "Golden Memories" and includes material composed by former administration of University Junior High School as well as student artwork used in the book and staff rosters. The third series, III. Parent-Teacher Association Records (1933-1966), includes organization records, financial records, correspondence, committee meeting agendas and minutes. There is also a dismantled scrapbook of parent-teacher association clippings, financial statements, notes, and history summaries. The final series, IV. Scrapbook (undated) is made up of a single scrapbook of student papers, stories, and poems.


This collection is arranged into series:
I. Organizational Records
II. Golden Memories Material
III. Parent-Teacher Association Records
IV. Scrapbooks


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Ashley, Marshel.
Horn, Jeff L.
LaGrone, Herbert F.
Nelson, I.I.
Pittinger, B.F.
Stepan, Joe R.
Austin Independent School District--History.
Austin Public Schools (Austin, Tex.).
University Junior High School (Austin, Tex.).
University of Texas at Austin.
Austin (Tex).
Public schools--Texas-Austin--History.
School districts--Texas-Austin--History.
Document Types:
Black-and-white photographs.

Related Material

General Collection

  • A 373.05 EA Eagle Echoes (University Junior High School yearbook, various years).
  • A 373.05 EA Eagle Highlights 1952-1953.
  • A 373.05 EA Eagle's Flight 1954-1955.
  • A 373.05 EA Eagles 1960.
  • A 373.05 LE Leap year book 1955-1956.
  • A 373.05 EA Eagle Events 1953-1954.
  • A 373.76431 UN 1965-66 University Junior High School. University Junior High School Parent-Teacher Association, 1993.
  • A 810.809283 SE Seventh-Grade Compositions 1959.
  • A 810.809283 UN 1962 V4 Anthology: University Junior High Summer Program 1962-1967.
  • A 929.2097643 CA Interview An Interview with Liz Carpenter 1978. (Sound Recording).

Austin Files

  • Public Schools - Junior High - University P8890
  • AHC Biography File - Marshel Ashley
  • AHC Biography File - Jeff L. Horn

Archives and Manuscripts

  • AR.D.003 Austin Public Schools Records
  • AR.2016.041 Bradley Davis University Junior High School Photographs
  • see also Public Schools Resource Guide available in the AHC Reading Room.

Separated Material

Transferred to General Collection

  • A 373.05 EA The Eagle Scene 1958.
  • A 373.09 GO Golden Memories: History of University Junior High School 1933-1967, 1933-1967.
  • A 373.236 SO Some of the Ex-Students of University Junior High School (1933-1967), 1967.
  • A 810.809283 EA Eagle Quill (various years).

Transferred to Periodicals

  • The Junior Texan
  • The Eagle Eye

Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was a donation of Joe R. Stepan, owner of the records and principal of University Junior High School.

Preferred Citation

University Junior High School Records (AR.F.009). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1967/005

Donation Date: 1967 July 11

Processing Information

Finding aid created and encoded by Rusty Heckaman/2014.

Detailed Description of the Collection

I. Organizational Records, 1932-1964

Box Folder
1 1 Constitution, 1933
2 Minutes, 1932-1964
3 Graduation rosters and leaflet, 1933-1935
4 Performing arts programs, 1934-1960
5 Savings plan, 1933-1943
6 Honors, awards, clippings, 1937-1964
7 Floor plans, circa 1933
8 Civil Defense printed material, 1951-1959

II. Golden Memories, 1932-1967

Box Folder
1 9 Manuscript, 1932-1964
10 Manuscripts and notes, 1932-1964
11 Manuscripts and photographs (#001-004), 1932-1964
12 Manuscripts and photographs (#005-010), 1967
13 Student art, 1967
14 Rosters, 1932-1967
15 Photographs and negatives (#011-028), 1932-1967

III. Parent-Teacher Association Records, 1933-1966

Box Folder
1 16 Correspondence, 1956-1961
17 Committee minutes, 1955-1964
18 Financial records, 1935-1963
19 Organizational Records, 1935-1963
2 Treasurer book, 1940-1949
Treasurer Book , 1936-1940
Minutes, 1940-1945
Minutes, 1933-1940
Minutes, 1945-1957
Minutes, 1957-1960
3 Minutes, 1960-1966
1 Dismantled scrapbook, 1957-1966

IV. Scrapbook, undated

3 Miscellaneous scrapbook, undated