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UT Texas Student Publications, Inc., Records, circa 1918, 1930-1950
The University of Texas at Austin established two of its earliest student publications around the turn of the 20th century, beginning in 1894 with the first volume of the Cactus yearbook, and following in 1900 with the first issue of the weekly Texan, created with the merger of two private campus newspapers. In 1902, the Students' Association was formed to, among other things, "control the publications" of the university. Two years later, the Students' Association acquired the Cactus and Texan, continuing to control their publication until 1921. The Texan newspaper became the Daily Texan in 1913.
A student/faculty conference was held in 1921 in order to "establish the paper on a sound business basis." That same year, a charter of incorporation was approved by the Secretary of the State of Texas for "Texas Student Publications, Incorporated." Under the charter, approved July 6, 1921, Texas Student Publications (TSP) was directed to issue, publish, and distribute the Daily Texan, Longhorn Magazine, the Cactus and any other publications authorized in the future. The charter also provided that the profits of the Daily Texan be turned over to the TSP Board of Directors for improvement of the various publications. The TSP charter was revised during the 1930s, giving the University of Texas Board of Regents authority to approve changes in the charter and subjecting actions of the TSP Board to approval of the UT Regents. TSP was incorporated for 50 years, until the end of its charter in 1971. After a brief extension of the original charter, TSP was made an auxiliary enterprise of the university on October 1, 1972, falling under the umbrella of student affairs. The TSP board was authorized to oversee operations of publications under a Declaration of Trust with the Board of Regents.
In the years that followed, TSP acquired several additional media units. While many of these subunits have dissolved, a total of five remain today: the Daily Texan newspaper; the Cactus yearbook; KVRX radio (begun in 1987 as KTSB); TSTV (begun in 1990); and the Texas Travesty humor publication (begun in 1998). As TSP began to move into non-print media outlets in the late 1980s, the scope began to reach beyond publications. For this reason, the Board elected to change the name of Texas Student Publications to Texas Student Media (TSM) with the initial adoption of this Handbook revision in 2002 and the subsequent development of a new Declaration of Trust in 2007.
The UT Texas Student Publications, Inc., Records, circa 1918, 1930-1950, include annual reports and audits, newspaper clippings, letters, newsletters, and various publications documenting the history and activities of the UT Texas Student Publications organization.
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UT Texas Student Publications, Inc., Records, circa 1918, 1930-1950, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Collection processed by Briscoe Center staff. Accession 2018-066 added by Colleen Hobbs, September 2020.