University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the William E. Dunn Papers, 1895-1969

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Dunn, William E.
Title: Dunn, William E. Papers
Dates: 1895-1969
Abstract: Papers of William Edward Dunn (1888–1966), history professor and foreign service official, include correspondence; clippings; reports; biographical information; legal documents; and literary productions related to Dunn's career activities and family life.
Accession No.: 94-195; 89-277; 73-56; 72-33; 70-8
Extent: 6 ft., 9 in.
Language: Materials are written in English and Spanish.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Edward Dunn (1888–1966) was a student of Herbert Eugene Bolton at the University of Texas and went with Bolton to Mexico City to assist in research work on the early history of the Spanish Southwest. He returned to Austin in 1913 and taught history and then Latin-American history and economics; in 1915–16 he served as Spanish archives investigator for the Library of Congress. During World War I he served in the naval intelligence service, and saw duty in various Latin-American countries. After the war he returned to the university to teach, then resigned to become Latin-American editor for the New York Sun Herald. Dunn spent approximately the next 30 years in various positions of foreign relations for the United States Dept. of State and other government positions. In 1950 he became a lecturer at the School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C., and in 1953 he became a director for the Inter-American Scholastic Service of the American Council on Education.

Dunn was the author of Commercial and Industrial Handbook on Peru (1925) and numerous monographs in the field of Latin-American history. He was married to Linda Tays, and they had two children. The family lived in Washington, D.C., and Dallas. Dunn died in Dallas on November 18, 1966, and was buried at Sulphur Springs.

Scope and Contents

Correspondence of Linda Tays Dunn and William E. Dunn and their children Paxton T. Dunn and Eugenia Dunn Fritz concern the career of Dunn with the U. S. State Department and American Council on Education; Tays family materials; the death of William E. Dunn. Papers also include photographs; certificates; programs; invitations; and other memorabilia as well as a medical report and obituaries.

Also included in the collection is correspondence, clippings, and report concerning William E. Dunn's work in locating and transcribing documents from Spanish and Mexican periods of Texas history; similar work done by Herbert E. Bolton and Eugene C. Barker; personal letters from Dunn's father; and extracts from two Biennial reports of the Texas Library and Historical Commission. Papers also relate to Dunn's career in the United States Foreign Service in Latin America; his work as economic advisor to foreign governments; his work as Director of the Inter-American Schools Service; his preparation and distribution of transcripts of material pertaining to the history of the Southwestern United States gathered from Archives in Mexico (1907-1911) and Spain (1914-1916). The papers also include photographs of Dunn's travel in Spain.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Dunn, William E. (William Edward), 1888-1966--Archives.
Acheson, Dean, 1893-1971
Adams, Arthur S. (Arthur Stanton), 1896-1980
Armour, Norman, 1887-
Bächer, Edward Leonard
Bowers, Claude Gernade, 1879-1958
Braden, Spruille, 1894-1978
Brundage, Burr Cartwright, 1912-1993
Connally, Tom, 1877-1963
Cumberland, William Wilson, 1890-1955
Davies, Joseph E. (Joseph Edward), 1876-1958
Davis, Roy Tasco, 1889-1975
Greenup, Julian
Lane, Arthur Bliss, 1894-1956
Perry, Arthur C. (Arthur Cecil), b. 1873
Pierson, William Whatley, b. 1890
Rice, Stuart A. (Stuart Arthur), b. 1889
Rickard, Joaquín D.
Rusk, Dean, 1909-1994
Schurz, William Lytle, 1886-1962
Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
Stevens, William H. S. (William Harrison Spring), b. 1885
Warren, Fletcher, 1896-
Welles, Sumner, 1892-1961
Garrison, George Pierce, 1853-1910
Raines, Cadwell Walton, 1839-1906
Winkler, Ernest William, 1875-1960
Bolton, Herbert Eugene, 1870-1953
Barker, Eugene C. (Eugene Campbell), 1874-1956
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Dept. of State
American Council on Education
Texas Library and Historical Commission
United States. Foreign Service
United States. Navy Intelligence specialists
Foreign relations
United States -- Foreign relations.
Latin America
Dominican Republic
United States -- Foreign relations.
Washington (D.C.)
Dallas (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William E. Dunn Papers, 1895-1969, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

A portion of this collection is unprocessed. Contact repository for more information.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3C141 Correspondence, 1905-1916.
Clippings, 1895, [ca. 1912].
Reports, 1914-1920.
3M202 Personal material
Biographical information
Legal documents
3M203 Identification and business cards, Friends of the United States of Latin America, 1949.
Identification and business cards, Friends of the United States of Latin America, 1963-1966.
3M204 Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired, Inc., 1962-1965.
I.A.S.S. publications, 1945-1964, undated.
3S184 Certificates
Broadside collection
3M205 Literary productions
Articles, 1926-1938, 1952-1953.
3M206 Articles, 1954-1962.
Correspondence, January-June 1933.
3M207 Correspondence, July 1933, 1940-1944.
3M208 Correspondence, 1946-1953.
3M209 Correspondence, 1954-1964.
3M210 Correspondence, 1965, Memoranda, 1948-1962.
3M211 Classified file
Eugene C. Barker, 1911-1956, 1911-1956, Dominican Republic, contracts
3M212 Dominican Republic, Joseph Davies report, Dominican Republic, 1960s
3M213 Foreign commerce, United States, Foreign Service
3M214 Clippings
Scrapbook, 1921-1923, 1930s.
3M215 Scrapbook, 1940-1948, 1950-1966.
3S45 Photographs
William E. Dunn (Spain, Mexico, Haiti, Colombia), 1905-1950.
2.228/OP4 Photographs
BTHC 2.325 Miscellaneous Photo Drawer B Photographs (negatives glass slides)