University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

William A. Owens Oral History Transcripts, 1953



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Owens, William A., 1905-1990
Title: William A. Owens oral history transcripts
Dates: 1953
Abstract: The William A. Owens Oral History Transcripts, 1953, contains eight transcripts of interviews and conversations conducted by William A. Owens with naturalist Roy Bedichek, historian Walter Prescott Webb, and folklorist J. Frank Dobie from July and August 1953. The interviewees discuss growing up in Texas, their careers as educators, their associations with the University of Texas at Austin, and other experiences.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02566
Extent: 2 inches
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Charles and Jessie Ann (Chenault) Owens in Pin Hook, Texas, folklorist William A. Owens (1905-1990) was raised on cotton farms throughout Texas. He graduated from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce in the late 1920s. Receiving bachelor's and master's degrees from Southern Methodist University in 1932 and 1933, respectively, Owens earned a Ph.D. from the State University of Iowa, writing his dissertation on Texas folk songs. While teaching at Texas A & M University (1937-1947), he took leave to serve in the U. S. Army's 306th Counter Intelligence Corps Detachment in the Philippines, for which he received the Legion of Merit. From 1947 until retirement in 1974, he served Columbia University as Professor in the English Department (1966-1974), Director of the Summer Session (1959-1969), and Dean of the Summer Session (1969-1972). Additionally, Owens was director of the Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Project at the University of Texas at Austin from 1952 to 1958, during which time he also interviewed academics on related topics, including naturalist Roy Bedichek, folklorist J. Frank Dobie, and historian Walter Prescott Webb.

Sources:

"Inventory of the William A. Owens Papers (Part One): 1922-1979." Cushing Library, University Libraries, Texas A & M University. Accessed April 6, 2011. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tamucush/00088/tamu-00088.html.

Oral History of the Texas Oil Industry Collection, 1952-1958, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. Accessed April 7, 2011. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/utcah/00282/cah-00282.html.


Scope and Contents

The William A. Owens Oral History Transcripts, 1953, contains eight transcripts of interviews and conversations conducted by William A. Owens with naturalist Roy Bedichek, historian Walter Prescott Webb, and folklorist J. Frank Dobie from July and August 1953. The interviewees discuss growing up in Texas, their careers as educators, their associations with the University of Texas at Austin, and other experiences.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bedichek, Roy, 1878-1959
Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964
Owens, William A., 1905-1990
Webb, Walter Prescott, 1888-1963
Corporate Names
The University of Texas at Austin
Subjects
Folklorists
Historians
Naturalists
Places
Austin
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William A. Owens Oral History Transcripts, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1991-226

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 Collection

Inventory

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2.325/A74a [SRH1230000722] Transcripts, 1953