University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Payne (Leonidas Warren), 1913-1916

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Payne, Leonidas Warren, 1873-1945
Title: Payne, Leonidas Warren Papers
Dates: 1913-1916
Abstract: Papers accumulated by Dr. Leonidas Warren Payne, Jr. during his time as chairman of a committee of the UT Department of Extension. The papers consist of forms, letters, newspaper clippings, programs, and questionnaires regarding high school commencement ceremonies.
Accession No.: 73-150
OCLC No.: 962486514
Extent: 1.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Leonidas Warren Payne, Jr. (1873-1945) was born on July 12, 1873 in Auburn, Alabama to Leonidas Warren and Mary Jane (Foster) Payne. Payne received a B.A. from Alabama Polytechnic Institute (today known as Auburn University) in 1892, a M.A. in 1893, and a Ph.D. in 1904 from the University of Pennsylvania. Payne then taught at Southwestern Alabama Agricultural School, the Jacksonville State Normal School, the University of Pennsylvania, and Louisiana State University.

Payne moved to Texas and joined the UT faculty in 1906; 13 years later he was made a full professor of English. As an English professor, Payne fostered the writing careers of Stark Young and J. Frank Dobie and he brought Dobie back to Texas from Oklahoma in 1925. During his time at UT Payne also wrote and edited numerous articles and book reviews; he published the first anthology of Texas literature,A Survey of Texas Literature, in 1928. Among his other published works are: History of American Literature and Texas Poems.

In 1909 Payne co-founded the Texas Folklore Society with John Lomax and served as the first president. Payne had a number of friendships with the American writers Edwin Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost, and Carl Sandburg. He was also one of the first literary critics to acknowledge the genius of E.E. Cummings. His involvement at UT was not limited to the Texas Folklore Society and teaching; Payne served as the chairman of the UT Department of Extension, helped to found the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, served as the founder, deacon, and Sunday school teacher at the University Baptist Church, and belonged to the University, Fortnightly, Town and Gown, and Curtain clubs, and the Masonic Order.

Payne married Mary Susan Bledsoe in October 1897 and they had four children. Payne died of a heart attack on June 16, 1945.


Sarah Payne Foxworth,"PAYNE, LEONIDAS WARREN, JR."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 1, 2015.

Scope and Contents

This collection contains papers accumulated by Dr. Leonidas Warren Payne, Jr., from 1913-1916. The papers were collected during his time as chairman of a committee of the UT Department of Extension, which conducted a study of high school commencement exercises in Texas. Included within these papers are questionnaires directed to various high schools in Texas concerning commencement activities, as well as a collection of commencement programs and newspaper clippings regarding high school graduations.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Payne, Leonidas Warren, 1873-1945.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. Division of Extension.
University of Texas at Austin.
Commencement ceremonies.
Austin (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Division of Extension Records

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leonidas Warren Payne Papers, 1913-1916, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ralph Elder, January 1979.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3E248 University of Texas Department of Extension study of Texas high school commencement exercises, questionnaire, May 20, 1915
Commencment programs, 1914-1915
Newspaper clippings, 1914-1916
Miscellany, 1913, undated