University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the College of Optometry Records

Overview of the Collection

Creator University of Houston. College of Optometry
Collection Title College of Optometry Records
Dates 1950-2009
Identification 2009-013
Physical Description 2.00 Linear Feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Historical Note:

The College of Optometry was established in 1952 by the Board of Regents as the result of a request from the Texas Optometric Association, which pledged to contribute $20,000 annually for operations. At the time of its establishment, the school was the only one in the South and the fifth in the nation to be established in connection with a university and with college entrance requirements. [1] Today, the school is one of only 17 optometry schools in the United States, and currently the only one in Texas. [2]

The College of Optometry, the University Eye Institute, and the Weston A. Petty Optometry Library are located in the J. Davis Armistead Building. Originally called the UH College of Optometry Building, constructed in 1976, the building changed names in 1993 to become the J. Davis Armistead Building in honor of Dr. Armistead’s dedication to the university and the profession. [3]

The teaching and research activities of the college are facilitated by the year-round operation of an outpatient clinic, the University Eye Institute, up-to-date research laboratories, an extensive library collection, a computer center, and instructional services. The College of Optometry offers the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree and the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in physiological optics. [4]


[1] Houston Post Article – “UH Optometry School Set Up; Professor Hired, February 20, 1952” (Box 1, folder 3)

[2] About UHCO, available from 12 August 2009.

[3] About UHCO, available from 12 August 2009.

[4] UH Through Time: Colleges, available from 12 August 2009.

Scope and Contents

These records contain 2 boxes relating to the College of Optometry at the University of Houston. A significant portion of this material was given to the archives from the university Print Plant. Materials include newsletters, correspondence, event programs and flyers, administrative material, published material, course information, reports, patient forms, and stationary. Included in this collection is a series of taped interviews. The collection is arranged chronologically and alphabetically as necessary. Material ranges in date from the 1950s to 2009.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for Research.

Conditions Governing Use:

The material in this collection is in the public domain. However, Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, and all reproduction restrictions apply.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Corporate Name:
University of Houston
University of Houston. College of Optometry.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

College of Optometry Records. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries


Two folders of materials containing architectural plans were later added to the collection.

Five folders recounting the history of the College of Optometry were transferred by Suzanne Ferimer at the Optometry Library, May 30, 2014, and later added to the collection.

Detailed List of Contents

Printed Materials

Box Folder
1 1-2 undated
3-5 1950s-1960s
6-10 1970s
11-13 1980s
14 "The Rehabilitative Optometry Journal" 1980-1986
15 1990s
16 "The Spectacle" May 1990-July 1991
17 2000s
18-19 Stationery undated
Box Folder
2 1 College of Optometry building bid 1975
2 College of Optometry Architectural Plan 1975
3 Armistead Ranch Gathering April 1996
4 Ole Timers Retreat and UHCO History Recording Sessions April 12-14, 1996
5 History of the College of Optometry as Remember by Elizabeth MacNaughton July 19, 1996
6 "The Pheiffer Years" draft by Dr. Jim Koetting July 26, 2001
7 "An Anecdotal History of the University of Houston College of Optometry/Part II: The Pheiffer Years" by Dr. Jim Koetting August 2002

Interviews with Famous Optometrists with Cassette Tapes

Box Folder
2 8 Dr. Charles Stewert by Bob Day April 29, 1974
9 Dr. Crawford Herron by B.J. Garner 1974
10 Dr. Daniel Klaff by Harvey Sturdevant August 26, 1974
11 Dr. Donald G. Pitts by Michael Poyner May 9, 1974
12 Dr. Gordon W. McKee by Bob Joe May 1974
13 Dr. Lee Vann by Wes Wilkening July 12, 1974
14 Dr. Lester Cheatham by Bruce W. Varner 1974
15 Dr. Lewis S. Bizer by H. Doug Baines August 28, 1974
16 Dr. Max Levy by Steven D. Smith April 24, 1974
17 Dr. Nelson Greeman Sr. by Tresy Greeman April 27, 1993
18 Dr. Pheiffer by Charles L. Stockwell
19 Dr. Phillip Lewis by Keith Manuel May 1, 1974
20 Dr. Robert Day by Bob Christensen May 2, 1974
21 Dr. Stanley Vogelfang by Jay S. Pravda May 1, 1974
22 Dr. Weston Pettey by Steve Cowan March 13, 1973