University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection, 1925-1984

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Greer, Dewitt Carlock
Title: Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection
Dates: 1925-1984
Abstract: The Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection contains materials relating to Greer's career in the Texas State Highway Department and the development of the Texas state highway system.
Accession No.: 88-119, 88-016, 88-197, 88-216
Extent: 1 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Although born in Shreveport, Louisiana, Dewitt Carlock Greer, 1902-1986, grew up in Pittsburg, Texas. He received a degree in civil engineering from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas (now Texas A&M University) in 1923. He worked in a variety of positions, as a landscape engineer, constructing parks, and city engineer, before joining the Texas Highway Department (now the Texas Department Transportation) as an engineer in 1928.

At the Highway Department, Greer assisted in laying out a highway system for Henderson County, then moved up to district engineer. In 1936, the Greer family moved to Austin, where he became the head of the Highway Department’s division of construction and design. Greer was appointed state highway engineer in 1940.

The outbreak of World War II interrupted Greer’s plans for a massive expansion of the Texas highway system. Following the war, those plans were implemented, the largest of its kind in the world. The Texas Highway Department constructed 50,000 miles of paved highway and more than 40,000 miles of paved farm roads. He served as both member and chairman of the Texas Highways and Public Transportation Commission for fifteen years.

Known for running his department without scandal or wasting taxpayer money, Greer received many engineering and administration honors and also had scholarships endowed under his name at Texas A&M and the University of Texas at Austin. Following his retirement in 1981, the state highway department named its headquarters in Austin after him.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Greer, Dewitt Carlock," (accessed June 7, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The Dewitt C. Greer Collection, 1925-1984, encompasses correspondence, biographical materials, speeches, and interview materials reflecting Greer’s role in the development of the Texas highway system and his participation in state, national, and international professional organizations.

Printed materials include awards testimonials, resolutions, and press releases documenting recognition of his achievements on state and national levels; newspaper clippings about Greer and Texas State Highway Department activities, many of which are annotated; and magazine articles. Photographic materials include an album depicting Pittsburg, Texas, on Greer Day, 1966, and a large collection of photographs of important occasions in Greer’s career and of people and events in Texas State Highway Department history. The collection also includes plat maps of DeWitt’s Colony (1825-1835) and Gonzales, Texas (1831-1837).


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993
Daniel, Price
Greer, Dewitt Carlock -- Archives
Smith, Preston, 1912-
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Highway Department -- History -- Sources.
Texas. State Highway Commission -- History -- Sources.
Civil engineering -- Texas.
Highway departments -- Texas.
Highway engineering -- Texas.
Transportation engineering -- Texas.
Austin (Tex.)
Gonzales (Tex.)
Pittsburg (Tex.)
DeWitt's Colony (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dewitt Carlock Greer Collection, 1925-1984, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3K404 Biographical materials, 1942-1981, undated
Correspondence, 1925, 1937-1975, undated
Minutes, 1965
Literaary productions: Speeches, 1950-1975
Interview materials and notes, 1951-1972, undated
Book signatures and catalog, 1984
Printed materials: Awards, testimonials, and brochures, 1950-1972
Press releases, 1952-1981, undated
Newspaper clippings, 1948-1950
3K405 Printed materials:
Newspaper clippings, 1961-1978
Magazine articles, 1949-1950
3Y86-3Y88 Photographic materials, 1930-1972
2.116/OD1223A Map of Gonzales, Texas, 1831-1837
2.116/OD1277 Map of DeWitt's Colony, 1825-1835