University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dana Brackenridge Casteel Papers, 1908-1952

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Casteel, Dana Brackenridge, 1877-1958
Title: Casteel, Dana Brackenridge, Papers
Dates: 1908-1952
Abstract: Dana Brackenridge Casteel (1877-1958) was a professor of Zoology at The University of Texas at Austin, 1909-1958, and chairman of the Zoology department, 1913-1915 and 1925-1947. The papers include correspondence, subject files, and departmental records.
Accession No.: 91-363
OCLC No.: 949893412
Extent: 3 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Dana Brackenridge Casteel was born on May 15, 1877 in Grafton, West Virginia. He attended Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and earned a B.A. degree in 1899. He earned the M.A. degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1900 and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1903, with a major in zoology and a minor in botany. He began his teaching career as acting professor of biology at Missouri Valley College in Marshall, Missouri, and served as instructor in zoology at the University of Michigan before coming to The University of Texas at Austin as instructor of zoology in 1909. He moved up to adjunct professor in 1911, to associate professor in 1914, and to professor in 1919. He became professor emeritus in 1952.

Dr. Casteel was the author of seven major zoological publications. He served as chairman of the UT Department of Zoology from 1913 to 1915 and again from 1925 to 1947, and on the University Building Committee which was responsible for the creation of the master plan for location of all structures erected on the UT campus. Around 1940 he became a member and chairman of the premedical and predental student advisory and recommending committee, and he served on this committee until just before his death. Additionally, Dr. Casteel was a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi, and other social, medical, and biological associations. He died on February 10, 1958.


In Memoriam: Dana Brackenridge Casteel, UT General Faculty

Scope and Contents

The Dana Brackenridge Casteel Papers, 1908-1952, include correspondence, subject files, zoology laboratory grade books, class records, publications, and departmental records including requisitions, purchase orders, vouchers, and covering letters. The papers document Casteel's career as Professor of Zoology and Chairman of the UT Zoology Department, and pertain to the Building and Graduate Supervising Committees, graduate courses and graduate faculty membership, zoology courses and laboratories, UT, and Casteel's other alma maters. Additionally, the collection contains materials relevant to veterans at UT, 1945 to 1947.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Casteel, Dana Brackenridge, 1877-1958
Painter, Theophilus S. (Theophilus Shickel), 1889-1969
Parlin, Hanson Tufts
Eckhardt, Carl J. (Carl John), 1902-
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Department of Zoology
University of Texas at Austin. Buildings.
University of Texas at Austin. Graduate School
Universities and colleges--Departments.

Related Material

See also Clarence P. Oliver Papers, 1940-1971 and Carl J. Eckhardt Papers, 1885-1985

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dana Brackenridge Casteel Papers, 1908-1952, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, March 2016.

Detailed Description of the Papers



91-363/1 Holder XII - Correspondence and files by subject
Painter/Dolley (UT President/Vice President), January 1946 - June 1947
Simmons/Stephens/Eckhardt/Sparenberg, 1946-1947
Secretary, Board of Regents, 1945-1947
Dean H. T. Parlin, 1946-1947
Instructions to Graduate Students, Department of Chemistry, University of Texas, 1946
Graduate courses, 1945, undated
Graduate Faculty membership, 1945-1947
Graduate Supervising Committees, 1946-1947
A. P. Brogan, Dean, Graduate School, 1945-1947
Registrar (including reports to registrar), 1945-1947
Miscellaneous: Biology, questionnaire, The Shop, glassblower, Zoology enrollments, Botany and Bacteriology curricula, 1946-1947
Leaves of absence, March - April 1947
Library, 1946-1947
Appointment and resignation procedures, 1942-1945
Veterans materials, 1945-1947
Holder XVII - Building Committee, 1926-1937
Holder XXI - Zoology Laboratory records - Lab assistant grade books, 1945-1946
Breakage charges, student list, Form for a proposed new course, undated
Class records - Zoology 1 and Zoology 333, including summer records, 1931-1946
Holder XX - Class records - class registers, 1909-1930, 1946-1952
A Laboratory Guide in General Zoology, A. Richards, Austin, Texas, 1913
Phi Beta Kappa, Allegheny College, Pennsylvania, 1911, 1927
Doctors of Philosophy of the Graduate School, University of Pennsylvania, 1912, 1927
University Bulletin - University of Pennsylvania - The George Leib Harrison Foundation for the Encouragement of Liberal Studies and the Advancement of Knowledge, 1896-1906, May 1908
University of Michigan Laboratory Directors for General Biology, 1906
Ohio Wesleyan University Bulletin/Alumni Directory, 1911
91-363/2 Holder II - Requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfer vouchers, some covering letters, purchasing agent, 1942-1944
Holder III - Requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers, a few letters covering orders, 1942-1946
Holder IV - Purchase orders, requisitions, inter-departmental transfers, 1936-1937
Holder V - Requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers, Stenographic Bureau orders with signatures of staff, students, 1937-1938
Holder VI - Invoices, requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers, 1930-1933
Holder VII - Vouchers, requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers - includes the Special Fund and the regular departmental M&E, 1933-1934
Holder VIII - Regular departmental M&E, 1934-1935
Holder IX - Requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers, some accompanying letters, 1935-1936
Holder X - Requisitions, purchase orders, inter-departmental transfers, invoices, some covering letters, 1938-1939
91-363/3 Holder XI - Regular: requisitions, purchase orders, vouchers, inter-departmental transfers, some covering letters, 1939-1940
Holder XII - Regular M&E - requisitions, purchase orders, vouchers, inter-departmental transfers, some covering letters, 1940-1941
Holder XIII - Regular departmental M&E - requisitions, purchase orders, vouchers, inter-departmental transfers, some covering letters, 1941-1942
Holder XIV - Regular: requisitions, etc. - possible effects of WWII, 1944-1945
Holder XV - Regular M&E but one big order for microscopes and one big order for laboratory animals, 1945-1946
Holder XVI - Inventories, 1929-1937
Holder XVII - Departmental inventories, 1922, 1924-1929