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Scope and Contents of the Collection

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Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Series 1: Biographical and Personal

Series 2: Law-Related Materials

Series 3: Duke University and Pre-SMU Papers

Series 4: SMU Presidency

Series 5: Speeches

Southern Methodist University

A. Kenneth Pye papers, 1947-1995:

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Creator: Pye, A. Kenneth
Title: A. Kenneth Pye papers
Dates: 1947-1995
Abstract: This collection contains papers from A. Kenneth Pye: law professor, chancellor of Duke University, and ninth president of Southern Methodist University from 1987 to 1994. The papers cover Pye’s career comprehensively, with speeches, articles, exams and other course materials from his time as a law professor and university administrator in addition to SMU-related material: reports, memoranda to the faculty and university community, speeches, press releases, and news clippings. Some biographical and personal material is also included.
Accession No: SMU 2006.0381
Quantity: 7 boxes (6.5 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

August Kenneth Pye took over as the ninth president of Southern Methodist University in 1987 while the school was still coping with the effects of the infamous "death penalty" football scandal. Pye had previously served in several administrative capacities at Duke University. While at SMU, he reestablished the integrity of the football program and the university as a whole by emphasizing academics and campus development. His tenure lasted seven years until his resignation in 1994 due to health issues, and he died less than a month after his departure.

Pye was born in 1931 in New York City, and attended the University of Buffalo. Majoring in history, he graduated summa cum laude in three years. He attended law school at Georgetown University in Washington, DC (entering at only 20 years of age) and received his law degree in two years. He later received both a Master’s and an LL.D. from Georgetown.

Among his other law-related accomplishments in later years was co-authorship of Status of Forces Agreements and Criminal Jurisdiction, which analyzed the treatment that American servicemen received from the justice systems of foreign countries. Pye also set up the Georgetown Legal Internship Program to provide the poor with legal services with the participation of law students. This concern with making the law accessible to those unable to pay the cost of a lawyer followed him to Duke, where he set up a similar legal assistance program.

Pye worked as a prosecutor in the Judge Advocate General’s office for the Army and later began a teaching career at Georgetown as a law professor. At only 24, he may have been the youngest university faculty member in the country with the rank of full professor. In 1960 he also worked as an associate dean in the law school and found some time to practice law in addition to his academic activities.

Pye met his future wife while working in Washington in 1964. Judith King, a graduate of the University of North Carolina, worked for a member of Congress. They married the following year and had one son, Henry Williams Pye.

Having spent over ten years on the Georgetown Law School faculty, Pye moved to Duke University in 1967. He initially worked as a professor, but he also served twice as dean of Duke’s law school from 1968-70 and later from 1973-76. Pye preferred being a professor to being an administrator; however, in addition to his two terms as dean he also served as the university’s chancellor from 1970-71 and returned to the job in 1976.

Pye’s second stint as Duke’s chancellor lasted until 1982 when he resigned to rejoin the law faculty. He held the Samuel Fox Mordecai Professorship of Law until his move to SMU in 1987.

The celebrations which should have accompanied the 75th anniversary of SMU’s founding during the 1986-87 academic year were cut short when allegations of payoffs and other incentives given to SMU football players led the National Collegiate Athletic Association to impose the "death penalty" upon the university. SMU football had been found guilty multiple times in the past of committing similar illegalities, but this time the NCAA prohibited SMU from competing at all during the 1987 season. The university was further penalized by being restricted to only seven games (none at home) in 1988, and school officials withdrew SMU from the 1988 season entirely.

President L. Donald Shields, who was serving as SMU’s eighth president, resigned in November 1986 due to health problems shortly after the new football violations were publicized. Former SMU Provost and biology professor William Stallcup took over as President ad interim while a special committee set up by the Board of Trustees examined candidates from around the country to replace Shields.

Following a five-month search in which over 200 candidates were considered, the committee nominated Pye to the trustees, and he was voted in as the ninth president of SMU on May 29, 1987. The former chancellor of Duke gained the distinction of being the first Roman Catholic president of SMU. Upon his selection Pye stated, "This is not a university that needs a miracle man, or a university that needs a general on a white horse. This is a strong university on the threshold of a major stride forward."

The new president took office on August 17, 1987, just in time for the start of the 1987-88 academic year. With the previous year remembered for the football scandal and the turmoil within the university’s administration, the biggest problems President Pye had to address were the future of the football program (and the place of athletics in general at SMU), a restoration of campus morale, and the need to continue efforts at establishing SMU as a serious academic institution of national renown.

The athletic department needed substantial rebuilding. Athletic Director Bob Hitch and head football coach Bobby Collins had both resigned the previous year as a result of the football scandal. A department that had been comprised of nearly 80 staff members now had only half that number and a reduced budget. Greater oversight of potential problems in other school sports was necessary, and the university had set up an internal investigation to deal with unfounded rumors of violations elsewhere in SMU athletics.

President Pye hired Forrest Gregg as the new head football coach, and SMU returned to competition in the 1989 season in a renovated Ownby Stadium. The football program faced another potential crisis in 1994 with the dissolving of the Southwest Conference. Pye succeeded in moving the program to the Western Athletic Conference, and the school’s ability to compete was not hindered by the transition.

The Pye years saw SMU make a marked comeback from the football scandal, and by the time Pye retired in 1994 the university had far more to celebrate than simply a reorganized athletic department. The amount of student financial aid rose from $32 million to $62 million, and perhaps the most significant consequence was the increase in the percentage of minority students in the overall student body. Minority enrollment rose from about nine percent when Pye arrived to nearly 16 percent in 1994.

Several curriculum changes were instituted during this period as well. In keeping with the vision of SMU as a liberal arts institution, the university began requiring all students to have at least a minor in the liberal arts. Students were also encouraged to take more foreign language and math/science courses. Pye instituted the development of a Jewish studies program and also emphasized greater student involvement in the surrounding community. The number of students taking part in service activities doubled; SMU adopted such community outreach programs as "Alternative Spring Break" and "MBA Community Partners."

Despite the negative publicity SMU received from the "death penalty" and a slowing economy in the early 1990s, total university endowment grew from $300 million in 1987 to $450 million seven years later. Campus physical plant improvements included completion of two additions to the Meadows School of the Arts: the Hamon Arts Library and the Greer Garson Theatre. Renovations to several other buildings on campus were also undertaken.

By 1989 university debt was steadily mounting (costing $4 million annually to service the debt), and President Pye called for sweeping budget cuts affecting multiple university departments and services. Pye recommended a halt on new campus construction; discontinuing SMU’s major in public relations and its minors in social sciences and linguistics; spending cuts on programs such as physical education and criminal justice; and reduced funding for the university cafeteria and physical plant. Pye also noted his willingness to cut athletic program budgets as well, commenting, "I have no intention in the world of cutting back on academics and not applying the same scrutiny to athletics."

The university community seemed generally supportive of the measures, but Pye’s proposed elimination of two of SMU’s engineering programs met with resistance from the engineering faculty. Although the proposal was not intended to undermine engineering as whole, the faculty argued that the cuts could fatally weaken the department due to reduced student enrollment. They further noted that a region of the state that boasted many high-tech companies would suddenly be without a source of engineering graduates if the two programs were cut. The Board of Trustees later opted to eliminate only the civil engineering program. In addition, a weaker economy in the early 1990s led to some budget cuts around campus to maintain a balanced budget, and in 1991 the university laid off roughly 80 administrative staff members.

Longtime SMU English Professor Marshall Terry recalled of President Pye, "Tough, gruff, often skeptical, Pye was a warm, kind, humorous person. We would discuss university and faculty issues and the need for a long-range plan now that the ‘Troubles’ were straightening out…He looked forward to returning to teaching in the SMU Law School, where he could consider his contribution made."

President Pye was forced to retire at the end of the 1993-94 academic year due to health problems. He had suffered a mild heart attack in August 1993, and although he was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus the same year, he had received treatment that enabled him to continue working. The following spring, advanced cancer was discovered (unrelated to the esophageal cancer for which he had had surgery), and Pye was forced to retire.

Pye submitted a letter of resignation to Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Dedman on June 21, 1994, effective the following day. Perkins School of Theology Dean James E. Kirby became President ad interim. The SMU Law School conferred the William Hawley Atwell Professorship of Constitutional Law upon Pye shortly thereafter, and although he planned on taking a sabbatical during the next academic year, many hoped he would eventually return to teach.

The university community was shocked when Pye died on July 11, only three weeks after resigning. He had been vacationing with his family in Colorado at the time. A memorial service was held three days later at Highland Park United Methodist Church next to SMU, and Pye was buried in Durham, North Carolina.

A special committee was established to find a new president. In a search lasting six months the committee examined over 150 candidates and nominated R. Gerald Turner, chancellor at the University of Mississippi, on January 27, 1995. Turner was installed as the tenth president of SMU later that year on September 9.

Many credited Pye with successfully reestablishing SMU’s priorities and focus during his seven years in office, given the circumstances under which he took office in 1987.

Pye seemed to think, however, that rather than delivering SMU to its final place among the country’s institutions of higher learning, he had merely reestablished its priorities and reset it on its continued process of development. Upon his retirement he commented, "When I became president, I said that SMU did not need a knight on a white horse. I still believe that. This institution is larger than any one individual, and its strength will continue to carry it forward."


"A. Kenneth Pye—His Contributions were Immeasurable." Dallas Morning News, July 12, 1994, pg. 10A.

Donnelly, Melinda. "Pye Wants a Slimmer, Smarter SMU." Dallas Times Herald, August 31, 1989, pg. A-1.

Easton, Pam. "Legacy of a President." Southern Methodist University Rotunda: The Nature of Things, 1994.

Holt, Douglas. "Turner Era Begins at SMU." Dallas Morning News, September 10, 1995, pg. 35A.

Kirkpatrick, John and Connie Pryzant. "Duke Figure Tops List to Head SMU." Dallas Morning News, May 29, 1987, pg. 1A.

Kirkpatrick, John and Lorraine Adams. "Ex Chancellor of Duke to Lead SMU." Dallas Morning News, May 30, 1987, pg. 1A.

La Salle, Patricia Ann. "The Right Time for A. Kenneth Pye." SMU Mustang (Vol. 37, No. 3), Fall 1987, 16-23.

Leftwich, Michael. "Pye Outlines SMU’s Problems, Goals." Daily Campus, May 4, 1989, pg. 1.

McNabb, David. "Scarred Athletics Program Confronts Pye with Problems." Dallas Morning News, August 16, 1987, pg. 20A.

Pryzant, Connie. "Pye Moves to Spare Engineering Program." Dallas Morning News, December 1, 1989, pg. 35A.

Pryzant, Connie. "Pye Urges Engineering Cutbacks—SMU May Require Liberal Arts Minor." Dallas Morning News, August 31, 1989, pg. 1A.

Pryzant, Connie. "SMU Trustees OK Proposals Including Engineering Cuts." Dallas Morning News, December 2, 1989, pg. 36A.

"Pye’s Departure: His Leadership Changed SMU’s Course." Dallas Morning News, June 23, 1994, pg. 28A.

"SMU Recruits a Winner." Charlotte Observer, June 1987 (copy of article in Box 4, Folder 12, with other news items about Pye)

Stewart, Linda. "1,200 Recall Pye’s Life, Contributions to SMU." Dallas Morning News, July 15, 1994, pg. 19A.

Stewart, Linda. "Pye Earns Endowed Chair at SMU Law School." Dallas Morning News, June 28, 1994, pg. 15A.

Stewart, Linda. "SMU Appoints New President." Dallas Morning News, January 28, 1995, pg. 1A.

Stewart, Linda. "SMU’s Pye Dies at 62 of Cancer." Dallas Morning News, July 12, 1994, pg. 1A.

Terry, Marshall. From High on the Hilltop: Marshall Terry’s History of SMU. Dallas: DeGolyer Library and Three Forks Press, 2009.

Whitten, Mitch. "Pye to Address Faculty Friday." Daily Campus, November 2, 1989, pg. 1.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

Series 1 of the collection is made up of biographical information compiled on A. Kenneth Pye and papers of a personal nature. School papers he wrote, summaries of his educational and work background, and information on his death in 1994 are included.

Series 2 contains law articles written by Pye and classroom materials he used in his law courses. The papers in this series date from his time as a law professor in the 1960s through his SMU presidency.

This collection holds some papers from Pye’s years as a Duke professor and administrator as well as other pre-SMU materials, and these have been arranged in Series 3.

Series 4 contains papers from Pye’s seven-year tenure as SMU president: university reports, university news releases and announcements, correspondence, and news coverage of events at SMU during this period.

Series 5 includes speech texts and speech material. Users of the collection should note that pre-SMU speeches are arranged in this series; this material dates from about 1963 through 1994.

The papers in each series have been arranged in chronological order with undated material being placed at the end of the series in alphabetical order.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 5 series:
Series 1: Biographical and Personal
Series 2: Law-Related Materials
  • Subseries 1: Articles
  • Subseries 2: Course Materials
Series 3: Duke University and Pre-SMU Papers
Series 4: SMU Presidency
Series 5: Speeches

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Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

Sensitive Material Statement:

Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications for which DeGolyer Library assumes no responsibility.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Pye, A. Kenneth
Southern Methodist University--Presidents
Southern Methodist University--Administration--History
Duke University--Administration
Universities and colleges--Texas--Dallas
Law teachers--United States

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Related Materials

Users of this collection should note that the Duke University Archives holds a substantial collection on A. Kenneth Pye from the time he was dean of the law school and his multiple tenures as chancellor. The materials on Pye at Duke date from 1960 to 1983 and are 63 linear feet in extent. The finding aid for these papers is included below:


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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

A. Kenneth Pye papers, Southern Methodist University Archives, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Deposit, 1995.

Finding aid written by

Paul H. Santa Cruz, 2009.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2009.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Series 1: Biographical and Personal

Box Folder
1 1 Biographical information on Pye with photograph
2 School papers written by Pye
3 Paper on Edward Coke (?)—not written by Pye—1947
4 "Journey to the Middle Kingdom"—Pye travel account—1975
5 Pye Last Will and Testament
6 Pye Codicil (sealed and unsealed)
7 Correspondence—Codicil and Last Will and Testament
8 Certificate of Death (2 copies)
9 News mentions of Pye’s death
10 Funeral arrangements
11 Memorial and funeral services
12 Funeral (?) guest book
13 Prayer for Pye and Board of Trustees resolutions
14 Resolution establishing the A. Kenneth Pye and Judith King Pye Endowed Presidential Scholarship Fund
15 Proposal for portrait of Pye
16 SMU photograph exhibit dedicated to Pye—1995

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Series 2: Law-Related Materials

Subseries #1: Articles
Box Folder
1 17 "Supreme Court of the United States—Brief for Respondent"—1952
18 "In the United States Emergency Court of Appeals"—1952
19 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Legal Status of the Korean Hostilities." Georgetown Law Journal vol. 45, no. 1 (Fall 1956), 45-60.
20 "A Report on the Actual Operation of Article VII of the Status of Forces Agreement"—October 1, 1956
21 Snee, Joseph M. and A. Kenneth Pye. "Due Process in Criminal Procedure: A Comparison of Two Systems." Comparative Constitutional Law vol. 21, no. 4 (Autumn 1960), pamphlet.
22 "Constitutional Rights of the Mentally Ill"—May 2, 1961
23 "A Preliminary Survey of the Federal Probation System"—1963 (?)
24 "The Georgetown Intern Program: Possibilities of Graduate Programs Keyed to the Civil Legal Needs of the Poor"—1963-1968
25 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Six-Hour Bill." Journal of the Bar Association of the District of Columbia vol. XXX, no. 4 (April 1963), 186-187.
26 "Discovery in Federal Criminal Cases"—May 1963 (2 versions)
27 "The Defendant’s Case for More Liberal Democracy"—May 9, 1963
28 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Legal Internships." American Bar Association Journal, vol. 49, no. 6 (June 1963), 554-558.
29 Supreme Court, Ferguson & Rogers v. USA—October 1963
30 "Lawyers in Juvenile Court Work Conference"—February 27-29, 1964
31 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Reflections on Proposals for Reform in Federal Criminal Procedure." Georgetown Law Journal vol. 52, no. 4 (Summer 1964), pamphlet.
32 Book reviews, 1963 and 1965
33 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Elements of Civil Procedure." Journal of Legal Education vol. 16, no. 3 (1964), 358-360.
34 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Ten Leading Cases." Juvenile Court Judges Journal vol. 15, no. 3 (Fall 1964), 5-13.
35 "Breathing Life into the Constitutional Guarantees of Liberty"—May 22, 1965
36 Pye, A. Kenneth. "A Teacher’s Viewpoint." American Criminal Law Quarterly vol. 3, no. 4 (Summer 1965), 173-182
37 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Administration of Criminal Justice." Columbia Law Review vol. 66 (February 1966), pamphlet
38 Book review—1966
39 Untitled review—1966
40 Untitled review—1966
41 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Supreme Court and the Police: Fact and Fiction." Journal of Criminal Law vol. 57, no. 4 (1966), pamphlet
42 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Role of Legal Services in the Antipoverty Program." Law and Contemporary Problems (Winter 1966), pamphlet
43 U.S. Commissioner system—February 8 and 9, 1966
44 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Charles Fahy and the Criminal Law." Georgetown Law Journal vol. 54, no. 4 (Summer 1966), pamphlet.
45 "The Role of the Judiciary and the Bar in the Modern Democratic State"—November 25-27, 1966
46 Pye, A. Kenneth. "American Criminal Procedure from a Comparative Viewpoint." Indian Year Book of International Affairs (1966-67), pamphlet.
47 "Reforming the System"—September 10-15, 1967
48 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Role of the Judiciary and the Bar in the Modern Democratic State." Banaras Law Journal vol. 3, nos. 1 and 2 (January-December 1967), 81-96
49 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Criminal Justice 1968: Developments and Directions." Catholic University Law Review vol. XVII (no number given) (1968), pamphlet
50 "Dissent and the Law"—April 16, 1968
51 "Protest and the Law"—February 13, 1968
52 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Warren Court and Criminal Procedure." Michigan Law Review vol. 67, no. 2 (December 1968), pamphlet.
53 "Readings in Criminal Justice"—1969 Supplement
54 "The Availability of the Attorney-Client Privilege to Corporations"—February 27, 1969 (remarks)
Box Folder
2 1 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Fundamentals of the Attorney-Client Privilege." Practical Lawyer vol. 15, no. 7 (November 1969), 15-23
2 "Readings in the Criminal Process"—December 1969
3 Christie, George C. and A. Kenneth Pye. "Presumptions and Assumptions in the Criminal Law: Another View." Duke Law Journal vol. 1970, no. 5 (1970), pamphlet
4 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Campus Unrest and the Law." Popular Government vol. 37, no. 4 (December 1970), 1-7.
5 "Reform of the Federal Criminal Laws"—1971
6 Book review on "New Directions in Legal Education"—1971
7 "On Teaching the Teachers: Some Preliminary Reflections on Clinical Education as a Methodology"—June 1973
8 Learning and the Law, 1974 (mention of Pye on pg. 100)
9 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Legal Aid in USA." Legal Service Bulletin vol. 1, no. 5 (November 1974), 113-116
10 Pye, A. Kenneth and Cym H. Lowell. "The Criminal Process During Civil Disorders." Duke Law Journal vol. 1975, no. 3 (1975), pamphlet (2 copies)
11 "Meeting the Needs for Legal Education in the South"—1975
12 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Law, Lawyers & Social Welfare, Part II." Legal Service Bulletin vol. 1, no. 8 (May 1975), 188-191.
13 Newsletter from Association of American Law Schools—March 4, 1977
14 "Introduction to Criminal Procedure"—August 1977
15 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Role of Counsel in the Suppression of Truth." Duke Law Journal vol. 1978, no. 4 (1978), pamphlet
16 "Report on Stanford Law School"—February 24-27, 1980
17 "The 75th Anniversary Fund of the American Society of International Law"—May 27, 1981
18 "The Rights of Persons Accused of Crime Under the Canadian Constitution—A Comparative Perspective"—April 1982
19 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Rights of Persons Accused of Crime Under the Canadian Constitution: A Comparative Perspective." Law and Contemporary Problems vol. 45, no. 4 (Autumn 1982), pamphlet
20 Pye, A. Kenneth. "The Rights of Persons Accused of Crime Under the Canadian Constitution: A Comparative Perspective." Law and Contemporary Problems vol. 45, no. 4 (Autumn 1982), 221-248
21 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Legal Education Past and Future: A Carol." Association of American Law Schools Journal of Legal Education vol. 32, no. 3 (September 1982), 367-382
22 Mecklinburg County Bar Association and Medical Association—October 19, 1982
23 "Report on the Columbia University School of Law"—October 20-22, 1982
24 "Observations on the Notre Dame Law School"—August 5, 1983
25 Book review of Law and Learning—1984
26 Letter to the UN Secretary-General on Non-Applicability of Compulsory Jurisdiction—April 6, 1984
27 "Financing Legal Education After the Boom—A Different Perspective"—September 1984
28 "Report of the Law School Committee, University of California"—November 20, 1984
29 "Military Responses to State-Sponsored International Terrorism"—1985
30 Friedlander, Robert A. "Should the U.S. Constitution’s Treaty-Making Power Be Used as the Basis for Enactment of Domestic Legislation?" Journal of International Law vol. 18, no. 2 (spring 1986), 267-276
31 Pye, A. Kenneth. "Legal Education in an Era of Change: The Challenge." Duke Law Journal vol. 1987 no. 2 (1987), pamphlet
32 Review of What We Know and Need to Know—June 1987
33 "An American Perspective on the Charter of Rights"
34 Conflict of Jurisdiction
35 "Conservatism and the Courts: A Comparative Analysis of Canada and the United States"
36 "Constitutional Adjudication in Criminal Procedure—of Symbolism and Covert Overruling"
37 "The Effects of Foreign Criminal Judgments within the United States"
38 "Mass Production Justice and the Constitutional Ideal"
39 "Observations on the Notre Dame Law School"
40 Proposed book
41 "Recent Developments in Legal Aid in America"
42 "Report of the American Bar Association Commission on Campus Government and Student Dissent"
43 "The Role of the Judiciary and the Bar in the Modern Democratic State"
Box Folder
3 1 Self-determination
2 "Sources of International Law"
3 Western Center on Law and Poverty
Subseries #2: Course Materials
Box Folder
3 4 Examination, Evidence—May 18, 1966
5 Criminal Procedure exam—May 28, 1969
6 Exam, Evidence—December 13, 1971
7 Evidence exam—Fall 1972
8 Final exam—May 5, 1975
9 Criminal Procedure exam—December 13, 1975
10 Evidence exam—May 4, 1976
11 Criminal Procedure: Police—Spring 1981
12 Final exam—Spring 1982
13 Evidence exam—December 1982
14 Criminal Procedure: Police—Spring 1983
15 Criminal Procedure: Police, exam—May 3, 1983
16 Evidence exam—1985
17 Criminal Procedure: Police—Spring 1985
18 Criminal Procedure: Police, syllabus—Spring 1985
19 International Law/Political Science—Fall 1985
20 Evidence exam—December 11, 1985
21 Syllabus—1986
22 Criminal Procedure: Police—Spring 1986
23 Criminal Procedure exam—April 30, 1986
24 International Law/Political Science syllabus—Spring 1987
25 Evidence exam—May 4, 1987
26 Legal Implications of Terrorism—1987-1988
27 International Law—Spring 1989
28 International Law optional reading list—Spring 1989
29 International Law and Terrorism courses—Spring 1989
30 Lecture on common law—April 5, 1989
31 International Law exam—May 9, 1989
32 American Law, United States v. Pink
33 Criminal Procedure: Police
34 Exam answers
35 Exam questions and answers
36 Federal security
37 International Law course
38 International Law term paper topics
39 Lectures 9 and 10
40 Legal profession
41 To Kill a Mockingbird notes
42 Terrorism lecture notes, 1 of 2
43 Terrorism lecture notes, 2 of 2

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Series 3: Duke University and Pre-SMU Papers

Box Folder
3 44 "Report of the University Committee on ROTC to Duke President Terry Sandford"—May 25, 1971
45 "Summary Report of the Duke University Planning Committee"—October 1972
46 "Toward Excellence in Higher Education"—April 11, 1975
47 "Report to the Secretary of the Army by the Special Commission on the United States Military Academy"—December 15, 1976 (2 copies)
48 Res Ipsa Loquitur—Pye commencement address—May 21, 1978 (pg. 12)
49 "Planning for the Eighties"—December 8, 1978
50 "The New Tyranny: The Demise of Representative Government"—1979
51 "The University in the Eighties"—1979
52 "The Use of Troops in Civil Disturbances in the United States"—1979 (2 copies)
53 "The New Tyranny"—Louisiana State University lecture (Douglas White)—March 5-6, 1979
54 "Directions for Progress: A Report to the Duke University Board of Trustees"—September 26, 1980
55 "As Others See Us: A Layman Looks at the White Coats"—1982 (2 versions)
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence—1983 and 1985
2 "Transatlantic Academic Links: A Reassessment"—December 2, 1986
3 "A Symposium: What Future Directions for Academic Exchange?"—May 1987
4 "CIES Perspective on Access, Equity, and Collaboration"
5 Fulbright American Scholar Program
6 "Reflections on Chinese Education"
7 "Report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Future of the South Atlantic Quarterly"
8 Report (untitled and undated)
9 Sea Cloud lecture (?)
10 "University Governance and Autonomy—Who Decides What?"

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Series 4: SMU Presidency

Box Folder
4 11 Presidential search committee—1986
12 Selection of Pye as SMU President—May 1987
13 Correspondence—1987
14 General university affairs—1987
15 News coverage—1987
16 Correspondence—1988
17 General university affairs—1988
18 News coverage—1988
19 Correspondence—1989
20 General university affairs—1989
21 News coverage—1989
22 "Toward the 21st Century: Excellence and Responsibility"—August 30, 1989
23 "Toward the 21st Century: Excellence and Responsibility"—September 1989
24 Correspondence—1990
25 General university affairs—1990
26 News coverage—1990
27 Correspondence—1991
28 General university affairs—1991
29 News coverage—1991
30 "What’s Wrong with Our Universities? An Additional View"—Spring 1991
31 Correspondence and general university affairs—1992
32 News coverage—1992
33 General university affairs—1993
34 News coverage—1993-1994
35 Correspondence and general university affairs—1994
36 Letter of resignation
37 Pye’s resignation—1994
38 Letter from George W. Bush to Pye—June 23, 1994
39 News coverage of Pye’s resignation—1994
40 Announcement of Pye’s death
Box Folder
5 1 News coverage—Pye’s death
2 Kirby named interim president/presidential search committee—1994
3 Charitable trust options
4 Christmas cards during the Pye years (from President and Mrs. Pye)
5 Correspondence—Duke University
6 Donation of materials to SMU Underwood Law Library
7 General university affairs
8 Miscellaneous
9 Pye—contract amendment and compensation at SMU

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Series 5: Speeches

Box Folder
5 10 Speech material—1963-1968
11 Speech at annual meeting of the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges—June 15, 1964
12 American Bar Association, Fontainebleau Hotel—August 11, 1965
13 Paper in Legal Method (intro remarks)—July 22, 1966
14 Speech (untitled)—April 16, 1968
15 Speech draft to Lions Club of Durham, N.C.—April 24, 1968
16 Speech draft (untitled)—1960s?
17 Law, lawyers, and social work seminar—October 26, 1974
18 (originally marked) "Toward Excellence in Higher Education" (Carnegie)—April 1975
19 House of Delegates—Association of American Law Schools—December 27, 1976
20 "Survey of Legal Needs"—Chicago—1977
21 Kenneth J. Hodson lecture—March 1977
22 "A Liberal Education and the Professions"—November 2, 1977
23 Henderson-Vance County Chamber of Commerce—March 9, 1978
24 "The University in the Eighties"—June 6, 1979
25 "The Use of Troops in Civil Disturbances in the United States"—July 1979
26 Speech to Duke University freshmen—August 30, 1979
27 Speech to university faculty—October 23, 1979
28 "On Teaching the Teachers"—197?
29 "The Popular Press: Reporting on the Legal Job Market"—197?
30 "Governmental Regulation of Legal Education"—March 26, 1980
31 General Alumni Association weekend speech, Duke—June 13, 1980 (3 copies)
32 Reflections upon the release of the hostages from Iran—January 21, 1981
33 "A Layman Looks at the White Coats"—November 19, 1981
34 "The Fluctuating Boundaries of Power in Universities in the United States: University Governance and Institutional Autonomy"—December 6, 1981
35 "Perspectives on Governance in International Higher Education"—February 25, 1982
36 "A Theoretical Overview: Education in the Developing Arab World"—May 15, 1982
37 "Overviews of Emerging Patterns in Financial Aid and Their Institutional Implications"—January 21, 1982
38 Japanese administrator conference—1983
39 University of the Pacific—August 1983
40 Honorary Alumnus School of Medicine—November 11, 1983 (2 copies)
41 ROTC Dining Inn—December 2, 1983 (2 copies)
42 "The CIES Perspective on Access, Equity, and Collaboration"—1985
43 Speech on Bill of Rights and Canadian Charter—September 1985
44 Atlanta fund-raising speech—October 14, 1985
45 Legal internship dinner—November 8, 1985
46 Speech—general purpose—1986
47 Tribute to Robert McNamara—1986
48 "Legal Education in an Era of Change"—January 30, 1986
49 "Dynamics of Educational Exchange"—May 12, 1986
50 Speech on Constitution to Alumni College, Charlottesville—November 14, 1986
NOTE: Speeches given as President of SMU begin here.
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5 51 Speech to the SMU general faculty—August 30, 1989
52 Leadership speech—1990
53 Canberra speech—August 21, 1990
54 Faculty assembly speech—August 29, 1990, 1 of 2
55 Faculty assembly speech—August 29, 1990, 2 of 2
56 Salesmanship Club speech—August 30, 1990
57 International Relations Club-September 13, 1990
58 Dallas Assembly—September 16, 1990
59 Staff Association—September 18, 1990
60 Houston Philosophical Society—September 20, 1990
61 Boston Alumni Trip—October 1990
62 Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church—October 14, 1990
63 Media Luncheon speech—October 17, 1990
64 Parents Weekend—October 20, 1990
65 "Duke Forum—‘Illusions of Knowledge’"—1991 (speech material?)
66 Town meeting—March 5, 1991
67 Speech to Denver Rotary Club—March 14, 1991
68 Law and terrorism speech—April 22, 1991
69 Operation Upward Bound—April 24, 1991
70 Farewell remarks—May 17, 1991
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6 1 Federal Banking Conference—May 23, 1991
2 Irving Rotary Club speech—May 23, 1991
3 Texas Conference—May 29, 1991
4 Houston speech—May 29, 1991
5 United Methodist Conference—June 4, 1991
6 Talent Identification Program ceremony—June 11, 1991
7 Mustang Club speech—June 16, 1991
8 GTE speech—June 21, 1991
9 "1990-1991: A Year of Progress"—June (?) 1991
10 Freshman orientation discussion group—August 1991
11 YMCA in Wichita Falls—August 17, 1991
12 Freshmen speech—August 22, 1991
13 Faculty speech—August 28, 1991
14 Staff speech—August 29, 1991
15 Speech to parents—September 11, 1991
16 Schwarzkopf introduction—September 18, 1991
17 Executive boards dinner speech—September 19, 1991
18 Introduction of William F. Buckley—October 2, 1991
19 Krueger introduction—October 10, 1991
20 Parents Weekend speech—October 11, 1991
21 United Methodist Church speech—October 14, 1991
22 Altrusa Club speech—October 15, 1991
23 Media luncheon speech—October 16, 1991
24 Women’s Issues Network—October 18, 1991
25 George Will introduction—November 14, 1991
26 Alaska speech—1992
27 Dean’s Workshop—January 1992
28 Faculty Senate speech—January 1992
29 Higher education prospects—February 1992 (also 1983)
30 Ministers Week—February 3, 1992
31 Higher education summit—February 5, 1992
32 Churchill introduction—February 11, 1992
33 Romeo speech—February 13, 1992
34 Staff Concerns Committee—February 18, 1992
35 Japan-Texas speech—March 1992, 1 of 2
36 Japan-Texas speech—March 1992, 2 of 2
37 Houston admissions event—April 12, 1992
38 YMCA speech—April 15, 1992
39 East Dallas Christian Church-April 21, 1992
40 Oaklawn Federation—April 22, 1992
41 Mustang Club speech—April 29, 1992
42 Farewell remarks—May 1992
43 Alaska Pacific University—May 10, 1992
44 Commonwealth North—May 12, 1992
45 Graduation comments—1992
46 South Central Jurisdiction (of UMC)—July 14, 1992
47 Freshmen speech—August 1992
48 "Universities and the Future of America"—August 17, 1992 (1990 also indicated)
49 Faculty speech—Fall 1992
50 High school counselors speech—September 1992
51 Speech to Trustees—September 1992
52 Speech to the Club of Dallas—September 15, 1992
53 Loyola College, Maryland—October 26, 1992
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7 1 Speech, Parents Weekend—October 31, 1992
2 Mothers Club speech—November 6, 1992
3 Staff Association speech—January 20, 1993
4 Ministers Week—February 1, 1993
5 Riley Panel, NAICU—February 4, 1993
6 University Park City Council—Spring 1993
7 Loyola speech—March 1993
8 Hendrix College speech—March 31, 1993
9 SMU/Fed banking remarks—May 26, 1993
10 Graduation—1993
11 Texas Conference—June 1993
12 Executive boards—September 21, 1993
13 Parents Weekend—October 8, 1993
14 Staff Association—October 20, 1993
15 Hestenes intro—November 2, 1993
16 Mothers Club speech—November 5, 1993
17 December Graduation—December 11, 1993
18 Faculty speech—January 19, 1994
19 Conversation with Bishops—February 5, 1994
20 Ministers Week—February 7, 1994
21 International Studies lecture—April 28, 1994
22 Senior Athletic Awards Banquet—May 3, 1994
23 Introduction of Elizabeth Dole—May 5, 1994
24 Speech on covert operations for intelligence gathering in combating terrorism
25 Fulbright speeches
26 Opportunities for service
27 Quotations for speeches
28 Ray Hunt dinner—February 25 (no year)
29 U.S. Commissioner system statements
30 W& M speech

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