University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

William Paxton Boyd Papers, 1866-1985

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Boyd, William Paxton, 1897-1987
Title: William Paxton Boyd papers
Dates: 1866-1985
Abstract: William Paxton Boyd (1897-1987) was a professor emeritus of business communication at The University of Texas at Austin. The papers include correspondence, course notes and examinations, drafts of papers, books, and speeches, newsletters, newspaper clippings, and photographs, and pertain to business writing, the Central Christian Church in Austin, Texas, and the history of the Boyd and Paxton families.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.03758
Extent: 13 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Paxton Boyd was born on August 28, 1897, in Amarillo, Texas. He earned a BA degree in 1925 from North Texas State Teachers College in Denton, Texas, and a MA degree in 1926 from The University of Texas at Austin. He joined the UT business faculty in 1926 and served until his retirement in 1971. He was best known for his course Business Communication 322, which he taught on business report and letter writing. In 1971 he received the Distinguished Scholastic Contributions Award, an honor given by the College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council to recognize outstanding members of the UT Austin business faculty.

Professor Boyd was the co-author (with Raymond Lesikar) of the textbook "Productive Business Writing" and a Fellow and former president of the American Business Writing Association. He is noted in "Who's Who in the South and Southwest". An active, longtime participant in church life, Boyd served as chairman of the board, deacon, and elder of the Central Christian Church of Austin, Texas. He also taught Sunday school and sang in the choir there. Additionally, Boyd was a longtime member of the Austin Kiwanis Club, serving on the board of directors and as editor of the Kiwanis Klarion.

Professor Boyd was deeply interested in family history and genealogy and was also known as the neighborhood "candyman", a role that earned him great popularity with children. He died in Austin on December 13, 1987.

Scope and Contents

The William Paxton Boyd Papers, 1866-1985, contain course notes and examinations, correspondence, drafts of papers, books, and speeches, annual reports and newsletters, newspaper clippings, genealogical materials, and photographs. The papers pertain to business writing, Boyd's courses at the University of Texas at Austin, professional organizations of which Boyd was a member, his military career, the Central Christian Church of Austin, Texas, and the history of the Boyd and Paxton families.


The papers are arranged into eight main series:
  • I. Courses
  • II. Manuals, books, articles, and speeches
  • III. Organizations and biographical materials
  • IV. Family history
  • V. Correspondence
  • VI. Church
  • VII. Military
  • VIII. Miscellaneous

Archivist's Note

In the Correspondence series, the folders were kept in their original order within the boxes. In all series, folder names were kept true to their original form where possible.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Boyd, Mattie Lee
Boyd, William Paxton, 1897-1987
Lesikar, Raymond Vincent
Corporate Names
American Business Writing Association
Central Christian Church (Austin, Tex.)
Kiwanis International. Texas-Oklahoma District
North Texas State Teachers College
United Church of Christ
University of Texas at Austin. Bureau of business research
Business communication--Study and teaching
Business writing

Related Materials

See also W. P. Boyd Items, 1930, 1933, undated

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William Paxton Boyd Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, May 2016.

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Detailed Description of the Collection


87-315/1 Business Writing 221
Syllabi, readings, instructions/notes, 1956, 1958-1959, undated
Illustrations, 1955, 1957, undated
An Objective Examination in Business Report Writing, undated
Graders' materials and keys, undated
Special report objective questions - 91-105, 1950-1962, 1967
Biographical/expectation letters from students, 1954
Biographical/expectation letters from students, 1956
Student information, 1958
Business Writing 320
Syllabi, 1946-1953, undated
Syllabus and lessons, 1953
Exam notes, 1940s-1960s
Conversion charts and scales, 1940s-1960s
Job-factor organization, 1961-1962
Business writing 320 and 420
Keys, 1940s-1950s
Business Communication 322
Exam, 1968
Advertising 360
Notes, exam material, correspondence lesson material, readings, printed material, 1940s-1950s
Brice Cecil, 1940
BA 420
Specimens of student letters, grading analyses, 1934-1944, undated
Bureau correspondence, miscellaneous, 1929-1948, undated
87-315/2 College of Business Administration Curriculum
Surveys, reports, letters, 1943-1968, undated
An Opinion Report of Alumni of the College of Business Administration, University of Texas, 1917-1954, 1954
Syllabi, historical file, notes and handbooks, 1940s
Extension closeouts, 1948-1960
Blank progress sheets, 1962-1963
Hall/auditorium seating plans, undated
Miscellaneous, 1964, undated
School of Trade and Industrial Education, University of Florida, 1940
Commerce 106, University of Wisconsin, 1948
Radio lecture fan mail, 1941

Manuals, books, articles, and speeches

87-315/2 Manual - Some Fundamentals of Good Letter Writing
Orders, correspondence, 1936
Manual and layout guides, copyrights, 1932-1956
Manuals - Hemphill Publishing Company, 1933-1968
Article - Some Homely Basics in the Techniques of Persuasion, undated
Book - Productive Business Writing (1959)
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Chapter I
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Chapter II
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Chapter V - Sales
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Chapter XIV - English
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Raymond's chapters
Drafts, galley notes, letters - Miscellaneous
Notes for talks and papers, 1938-1953, 1972, undated
Speech - The Psychological Aspects of Letter Writing - Dallas
Notes, bibliography, etc., April 1939
87-315/3 Speeches, papers, 1939-1967, undated

Organizations and biographical materials

87-315/3 Austin Kiwanis Club/Texas-Oklahoma District, Kiwanis International
President's file, 1967
Newsletters, 1963-1979, undated
Rosters, 1967-1971
W. P. B. Kiwanian Personals, 1969-1975
Members - personal data, 1945-1968, undated
Historical file, 1943-1965, undated
Conference and convention material, 1966-1969
Portland and other conventions, 1965-1967, undated
Hugh Hornsby campaign, 1968
Children's camp, 1965-1967
American Business Writing Association (ABWA) - American Business Communication Association (ABCA) - Association for Business Communication (ABC)
General, 1940-1971, undated
Index to the ABWA Bulletin, 1936-1958
Golden Anniversary Bulletin, 1985
Patrick Henry Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution
General, 1937-1976, undated
Daughters and Children of the American Revolution, 1960s, undated
Who's Who in the South and Southwest, 1951-1963

Family history

87-315/4 Correspondence and history, 1866, 1933-1947, undated
Paxton family history, 1869-1903, 1930, undated
Stotts lineage/"A Short History of Adair County and Some of Its Oldest Citizens", circa 1906, 1935-1973, undated
Memoirs and poem by C. N. Boyd, 1911, 1935
Grandpa James Paxton's Daniel Boone story, 1912
Chenoweth history outline, 1925, 1947, undated
Letters and photos, 1927, 1953, 1961-1963, undated
Family reunion at Baker Hotel, Mineral Wells, Texas, August 1962
The Story of William Casey and Pamela Stotts Paxton - stencils and drafts, 1964
George German's reminiscences on William Casey Paxton, 1964
James Paxton - Confederate service, 1969, undated
George German reunion master sheets, undated
William Casey Paxton genealogy blanks, undated
Miscellaneous correspondence, charts, articles, etc., 1961-1975, undated


87-315/4 North Texas State Teachers College, 1923-1942
Raymond V. Lesikar, 1955-1960, undated
Plagiarism problems, 1938, 1946-1959, undated
Dean Selby's Mark Twain book, 1968, 1972
Paxton family round-robin letter, 1970-1983, undated
"A", 1943-1972, undated
"B", 1948-1980, undated
87-315/5 "C", 1953-1977, undated
"D", 1939, 1950-1976
"F", 1954-1976
"G", 1926, 1968-1977, undated
"H", 1952-1977, undated
"K", 1970; "L", 1951-1976, undated
"M", 1982; "N", 1936-1949-1977, undated
Invitations, announcements, 1913-1953, undated
Christmas cards, invitations, 1925-1979, undated
Announcements, invitations, thanks, 1896-1897, 1920-1978, 1985, undated
Young friends, 1966-1977, undated
Miscellaneous, 1936-1978, undated
87-315/6 Family and personal, 1866-1867, 1918, 1929-1981, undated
Boyd family, 1911-1968, undated
War II correspondence, 1942-1945, undated
War II years, 1942-1945
Mattie Lee Boyd and P. Frank Boyd - letters to/from Wisconsin, 1928-1958, undated
Cousin Ed McMahon, 1940-1952, undated
1950 family correspondence, 1921, 1939-1955, undated
Reunion correspondence and photos, 1962-1967
87-315/7 Business
Miscellaneous, 1927-1942, undated
North Texas State Teachers College, miscellaneous, 1917-1937, undated
Aunt Elizabeth Svells, 1950-1973, undated
Family and friends, 1926-1971, undated
Personal - Supplement, 1926, 1934-1940, undated
Loose/miscellaneous, 1914-1980, undated
Loose/miscellaneous postcards and small notes, 1929-1977, undated


87-315/8 Central Christian Church, Austin, Texas
Historical file, 1930s-1970s, undated
Photos, 1939
Every Member Canvass, 1940-1957, undated
Committees, miscellaneous, 1937-1942, undated
Worship and music subcommittee, 1954-1965, undated
Worship department, 1959, 1967-1968, undated
Nominating Committee, 1960
Pastors' Committee, 1960-1968
Property Committee, 1968
Choir, 1955-1971, undated
World Outreach, 1955-1963, undated
Elders, 1959-1974, undated
Board agendas and financial statements, 1962-1970
Budget data, 1963-1971, undated
Stewardship program, 1965
Membership cultivation, 1965-1966
Meetings, reports, census, 1970
Miscellaneous, 1944-1973, undated
Agenda - General Board of Central Christian Church, 1956-1957
87-315/9 Agenda - General Board of Central Christian Church, 1958-1961
Personal letters and special papers, 1942, 1957-1970, undated
Newsletters, 1943-1945, 1972-1973, undated
Austin Council, Joint Board of Christian Churches, 1954-1963, undated
Texas Association of Christian Churches - District 7 - Austin Council, 1963-1970, undated
Prayers, 1962-1983, undated
Christian Action, 1964
Camp Haywood Junior Camp, 1966
Churches in America clippings, 1940s, undated
Miscellaneous photos, printed material, 1967, undated


87-315/9 Air Force Reserve questionnaires and correspondence, certificates of registration and service, 1942-1947
Air Force Reserves records, 1952-1955, undated
Service record documents, 1942-1945
San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center
Records, 1942-1945
Officers rosters, Wing I, 1943-1945
87-315/10 Academic personnel, Wing I, 1942-1944
Personnel, photos, 1942-1945
201 File of Captain William P. Boyd, 1942-1945
Reserve Commission, 1945-1946
Reserve Officers Association, 1945-1948, undated
10th Air Force, Brooks Field, TX, and Air University Air Tactical School, Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, FL, 1947-1948
Headquarters, Flying Division, Air Training Command, Randolph Field, TX, 1947-1949
Notes and specimens on military correspondence for VART squadron, 1950-1953, undated
Printed material, newsletters, maps, 1943-1945, undated
Veterans Administration, Reserve Officers, 201 file extras, miscellaneous, 1945-1954, undated
Loose/miscellaneous, 1942-1943, undated
OD1325 Collier's Magazine - "Preview of the War We Do Not Want", October 27, 1951


87-315/10 Degrees and records of work, 1913-1938
Programs - historic, personal, 1911-1968, undated
UT appointment, budget, and retirement documents, 1932-1985
Faculty and school - UT Library statistics, 1951; UT bulletins and newsletters, 1958-1961, undated
University miscellaneous, 1949-1971, undated
School (UT) - Dean Fitzgerald's passing, 1963; other, 1963-1969
College of Business Administration Foundation Advisory Council - Excellence Award, 1963, 1968, undated
Photos on presentation of Distinguished Scholastic Contributions Award, 1971
Retirement dinner, November 1971
Faculty Center, 1974-1975
Professional information - answers to inquiries about books or writing techniques, 1929-1942
Book publishers - desk copies, reviews, a possible manuscript, 1929-1942, undated
87-315/11 Magazine subscriptions, 1949-1970
Patents, 1947
Business miscellaneous, 1945-1974, undated
Receipts, miscellaneous for office work, 1958-1963
Articles, clippings, etc. on communication, 1929-1962, undated
W. P. B. personal and clippings, 1933-1974
Things I Might Need Sometime - personal, family mementos, etc., 1913-1983, undated
School reports, 1910-1916; Stamps, coins, 1935, 1945, undated
Frank Boyd - Rochester diploma, NTSTC class papers, 1912-1924, undated
Mattie Lee Boyd - biographical, memorial, estate, 1930s-1950s
OD1325 North Texas State Normal College - Bachelor of Arts Degree - Mattie Lee Boyd, August 25, 1922
University of Texas - Master of Arts Degree - Mattie Lee Boyd, June 5, 1939
87-315/11 Family - biographical memorial, estate, 1948-1950
Family photos and history, circa 1890-1979, undated
Good news - friend and family lists, 1964-1968
Kin families - marriages, births, etc., 1921-1971, undated
R. L. Marquis memorial, 1934
Kenneth E. and Ted G. Davis, 1937, 1962-1969
W. J. McConnell retirement - J. Carl Matthews Installation - Campus Chat, 1952
Thomas Rousse news stories, 1961
Carl and Winnie Lambert, Scott and Joyce, 1973-1976
Retail Credit Association, 1940-1941
Veterans Administration (medical, etc.), 1937-1958
Nurses, 1950-1954
Wortham High School history and homecoming, 1918, 1928, 1937, 1968-1972, undated
Haskell High School homecoming, 1959-1981, undated
87-315/12 Reference oddments (perpetual calendars, etc.), 1913-1973, undated
Census data, 1950-1964, undated
Savoy College, 1948-1967, undated
Civil Defense, 1961
Kiwanis International - Texas-Oklahoma District, 1972-1973
Puzzle contest, 1955-1956
Insurance documents, 1930s-1970s
Insurance, paperwork, etc. - 1964 and 1967 Le Sabre
Social Security, insurance, tax, 1960s-1980s
87-315/13 Taxes, receipts, 1930s-1980s
Tax-sheltered annuity - Southwestern Life Insurance Co., 1963-1972
Blue Cross/Blue Shield and Medicare, 1962-1980, undated
Farm Bureau, 1949
Loose miscellaneous files, 1912-1979, undated