Austin History Center

Aggarwal Family Papers

An Inventory of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Creator: Aggarwal family
Title: Aggarwal Family Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1904-2010
Bulk Dates: 1960-1998
Abstract: Dr. Shanti Seth and Dr. Jagdishkumar (J.K.) Aggarwal married in Austin, Texas in 1965 and both worked at The University of Texas at Austin for many decades. This collection is primarily composed of clippings about Dr. J.K. Aggarwal's career and accomplishments in Electrical and Computer Engineering. There are also photographs of their family in India spanning from 1941-1973 as well as original materials about Dr. Shanti Aggarwal's father and their sect.
Identification: AR.2010.003
Quantity: .20 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives Stacks, Outer Vault, qAR
Language: The records are in English.
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, 810 Guadalupe, PO BOX 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Note

Dr. Shanti Aggarwal attended Banaras Hindu University in India and came to the U.S. on an International Peace Scholarship for her Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Michigan. She married Dr. J.K. Aggarwal in 1965 and worked as a research associate at The University of Texas at Austin for the rest of her career. The couple had two girls, Malini and Rajni.

Dr. J.K. Aggarwal studied at The University of Bombay, India, University of Liverpool, England, and The University of Illinois. He became the first non-Anglo professor in the Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Austin in 1965. He established the Computer and Vision Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin in 1980. He also worked as a consultant to Shell Development Corporation and IBM and received numerous awards and accolades throughout his career. He is also the author or editor of 7 books and 52 book chapters, author of over 200 journal papers, as well as numerous proceeding papers and technical reports.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a few clippings related to Dr. Shanti Aggarwal’s years at The University of Michigan and Austin as well as a story in the Austin American-Statesman about their wedding in 1965. The rest of the textual materials are from engineering journals, periodicals, and programs related to Dr. J.K. Aggarwal’s career. These span from 1961-2007.

The photographs are primarily family photos from India spanning from 1941-1973. There are some photos from their trip to Japan when Dr. J.K. Aggarwal received the Okawa Prize of the Okawa Foundation in 2007.

In addition, the collections contains some original materials related to Dr. Shanti Aggarwal’s family in India including parts of a manuscript about her hometown and family’s sect as well as mounted photographs of Indian government officials and Indian culture. Also included is an Indian book titled The Khatris by M.L. Seth written in 1904.


The collection is organized chronologically by material type.


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Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Aggarwal, Jagdishkumar.
Aggarwal, Malini.
Aggarwal, Rajni.
Aggarwal, Shanti.
The University of Illinois.
The University of Michigan.
The University of Texas at Austin.
Austin (Tex.)
Ann Arbor (Mich.)
Balrampur (India.)
Bareily (India.)
Bombay (India.)
Dehradun (India.)
Liverpool (England.)
Urbana (Ill.)
Asian Americans – Indians.
East Indian Americans.
South Asian Americans.
Document Types:
Textual materials.
The Khatris

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

AR.2010.003. Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2010/010

Donation Date: 03/08/10, 01/17/13

Processing Information

Final Processing and Finding Aid By/Date: Esther Chung/2013. Encoded by Rusty Heckaman/2013.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Aggarwal Family Papers, 1960-1998

Box Folder
1 1 Clippings, 1961-2007`
2 Photographs, 1941-1973
3 Photographs, 2007
4 Book, 1904
Location BoxItem
qAR 057/022 Rai Pitambar Das Bahadur and Balrampur, undated
Location ArchivesCollection
Outer Vault qAR Photo Box Photos from India, circa 1934