University of Texas Arlington

University of Texas at Arlington, Office of the President Records, Dean M. L. Williams:

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: University of Texas at Arlington. Office of the President.
Title: University of Texas at Arlington, Office of the President Records, Dean M. L. Williams.
Dates: 1917-1925
Abstract: Records in this collection begin under the adminstration of Myron Lawson Williams, dean of the newly created state junior college, Grubbs Vocational College. During his administration, the school became the North Texas Agricultural College. When Williams stepped down as dean to return to teaching in 1925, Edward Everett Davis replaced him as Dean of North Texas Agricultural College.
Identification: AR258, Series I
Extent: 16 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Historical Note

In 1917, Myron Lawson Williams became the dean of the newly created state junior college located in Arlington, Texas, Grubbs Vocational College. He inherited a ten-acre campus which had formerly been used by a series of privately owned schools. The campus consisted of several dilapidated buildings and 100 acres of "good tillable land" nearby. During Williams' administration the physical plant of the campus was considerably improved by the construction of a $100,000 administration building (Ransom Hall) and a $60,000 mechanical arts building. Enrollment increased from 66 students to more than 200, the first library was established, and The Shorthorn began publication. In 1923, the name of the school was changed to North Texas Agricultural College. Dean Williams, who was weary of administrative responsibilities and "tired of this political business," resigned in 1925 to pursue a career in teaching.

Scope and Contents

Records consist of documentation on the construction of Ransom Hall (known then as the Administration Building), extensive inventories, and correspondence concerning the establishment of the Reserve Officers Training Corps on campus.


Records in Series I of AR258 consist of 16 folders arranged alphabetically by either document type or by subject.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Williams, M. L. (Myron Lawson), 1875-1969--Archives.
Grubbs Vocational College--Records and correspondence.
North Texas Agricultural College--Records and correspondence.
University of Texas at Arlington. Office of the President--Records and correspondence.
University of Texas at Arlington--History--Sources.
Arlington (Tex.)--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
University Archives

Related Material

AR258, Series II: University of Texas at Arlington, Office of the President, E. E. Davis Records, 1925-1946.

AR258, Series III: University of Texas at Arlington, Office of the President, E. H. Hereford Records, 1946-1958.

OH43: Oral History interview with Myron L. Williams, conducted by Kenneth Whitt.

Administrative Information


University of Texas at Arlington, Office of the President Records, AR258, Series I, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Transfer, 1974.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Series I: Dean M. L. Williams, 1917-1924

Box Folder
1 1 Association of Texas Colleges 1922-1923.
Correspondence, statistics, lists of supplies, equipment and projects for courses in chemistry, biology, dressmaking, drawing and physics, course descriptions.
2 Constitutions 1919, 1922(?)
Junior College Oratorical Association of Texas, American Association of Junior Colleges.
3 Construction Projects (Administration Building) 1918-1919.
Contract specifications, agreements, excerpts from Grubbs Vocational College Bulletin (added).
4 Construction Projects (Heating System) 1923.
Contracts, correspondence, blueprint.
5 Construction Projects (Power House) 1918.
Agreement, specifications, blueprint.
6 Correspondence 1922-1923.
7 Enrollment
Roll for 1921-1922 and Summer, 1923, including enrollment by year from 1917-1922.
8 Henderson-Ames Uniform Contract 1920-1922.
Telegram, note, correspondence.
9 Inventories 1921.
Lists from Dean's Office, Building and Grounds, Canning Department, Administration Building, Department of Fire Protection.
10 Inventories 1922.
Lists from Dean's Office, Canning Department, Department of Fire Protection, Administration Building, Building and Grounds, tool inventory.
11 Inventories 1923.
Lists from The Dean's Office, Administration Building, Department of Fire Protection, Canning Department, Building and Grounds, inventory of campus improvements.
12 Miscellaneous 1921-1924, undated
Letter (copy), photograph, by-laws of Senior Class of 1924, tax-free alcohol use form.
13 Personnel 1920-1922.
14 R.O.T.C. (Reserve Officers' Training Corps) 1920-1923.
Correspondence concerning granting of an R.O.T.C. unit.
15 Shorthorn 1919-1920.
Second-class mail permit, statement of ownership. management and circulation.
16 Texas Educational Survey Commission 1924.
Questionnaires, letter, data on faculty, students, enrollment, building utilization, income and expenditures.