University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Glen L. Evans Papers, 1951-1989

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burchsted, Fred, Evans, Glen L. (Glen Louis), 1911-
Title: Glen L. Evans papers
Dates: 1951-1989
Abstract: Glen L. Evans, often referred to as the "Dean of Texas Paleontology" and the "Father of Geoarchaeology", worked for the UT Bureau of Economic Geology and the Texas Memorial Museum and authored several articles on the natural history and geology of Texas. The papers include a bibliography, biographical summary, and articles authored or co-authored by Evans, along with a review for Texas in Bloom, for which Evans wrote the introduction.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03790
Extent: 1 inch
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Glen L. Evans was born on January 22, 1911, on a stock farm a few miles west of Henrietta in north-central Texas. He was educated in his early years in a two-teacher country school, then attended Henrietta High School, graduating in 1928. He spent the next few years of the Great Depression working fields and livestock and began studying geology at the University of Texas at Austin in 1934. He served as a student assistant under Dr. E. H. Sellards in the UT Bureau of Economic Geology and in 1936 became Supervisor of a Federal Works Progress Administration Mineral Resource Survey Project, a role he held until 1939. From that time until 1941, when the WPA program was terminated, Evans served as Geologist-in-charge of the statewide Mineralogical and Paleontological Survey of Texas. A major accomplishment of this position was amassing a very large and diverse collection of vertebrate fossils, ranging from the upper Paleozoic era to the Holocene era.

In 1941, Evans became Assistant Director of the Texas Memorial Museum. Years later, he would become the Associate Director, under E. H. Sellards. During this time he remained on the staff of the Bureau of Economic Geology, conducting field work on deposits of strategic minerals. A major accomplishment of his time with the Texas Memorial Museum involved the excavation of important Early Man Sites in Texas. Evans left UT in 1953, becoming a Petroleum Geologist for the Louisiana Land and Exploration Company in Midland, Texas. Still with the company, in 1968 he moved to Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and in 1970 moved to Denver to serve as Director of the Minerals Division.

Evans retired in 1975 and moved back to Austin, where he spent the rest of his days writing on subjects pertaining to natural history, including a small book of nature stories entitled Wildness at Risk, and doing geological consulting work for UT and other agencies. He was a member of the Geological Society of America, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and served as president and honorary life member of the West Texas Geological Society. The Texas Memorial Museum houses great numbers of collections amassed from Glen's years of work, including fossils, minerals, tools, and artifacts. Glen Evans, known as the "Dean of Texas Paleontology" and the "Father of Geoarchaeology", died on July 14, 2010.


Obituary of Glen L. Evans, Austin American-Statesman, July 25, 2010

Scope and Contents

The Glen L. Evans Papers, 1951-1989, document Evans' life and work as a geologist and writer. A letter written by Evans to Dr. Vance T. Holliday of the Department of Geography at the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives a humble summary of the prolific geologist's life and history, while a bibliography compiled by Fred Burchsted, former archivist at the Barker Texas History Center (now the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History) gives a detailed account of his discoveries and writings. The collection contains reprints and photocopies of articles of which Evans was author or contributor pertaining to the geology and natural history of several locations in Texas, including the Rio Grande, Lambshead Ranch, Odessa Meteor Craters, Salado Creek Watershed, and Applewhite Reservoir, along with prehistoric wells in eastern New Mexico. A photocopy of a book review of Texas in Bloom with an introduction by Glen Evans, from the Denison (Texas) Herald of April 1984 is also included.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Evans, Glen L. (Glen Louis), 1911-
Corporate Names
University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of economic geology
Natural history
Falcon Reservoir
Lambshead Ranch
Matthews Ranch

Related Materials

See also Glen L. Evans Oral History, 1991 and UT Bureau of Economic Geology Records, 1874-1988.

See also Glen Evans: The Compleat Naturalist, collaboration between the Texas Memorial Museum and the Jackson School of Geosciences, University of Texas at Austin.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Glen L. Evans Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff, 1998.

Subsequent revisions were made by Jessi Fishman, June 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


2.325/A105 [SRH1230000283] Papers, 1951-1989