A Guide to the UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915
The Texas Legislature established the University of Texas Mineral Survey in 1901 to conduct surveys of state lands for economic mineral potential. William B. Phillips, who had been an instructor in the UT Geology Department for less than one year, was promoted to Professor and made Director of the UT Mineral Survey. The survey team also included Benjamin F. Hill, who had been the first MA candidate in Geology at UT; Steve Worrell, who went on to become Dean of the College in El Paso; and Johan A. Udden, who became one of the top scientific administrators of the University of Texas. The Survey was funded until 1905. In 1909, the Legislature set up the UT Bureau of Economic Geology, headed by Phillips and including Udden on staff, and it was later renamed the Bureau of Economic Geology and Technology.
History of Geology at The University of Texas by Keith Young. Bureau of Economic Geology Circular 67-3, November 1967.
The UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915, contain correspondence related to mineral assays and water analyses of samples from various parts of Texas and other states, as well as correspondence concerning the publication of articles. A volume of mineral survey accounts from 1903 to 1904, along with library records from 1911 to 1915, can also be found. Furthermore, the collection includes a report of Survey work and a draft of a bill submitted by William B. Phillips to UT President W. L. Prather and the Board of Regents of January 17, 1905.
This collection is open for research use.
These records are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
UT Mineral Survey Records, 1903-1915, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Sara Rumbo, January 1973.
Detailed Description of the Papers