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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Calendars

Correspondence

Courses

Faculty Committees

Faculty directories

Law School Events

Organizations

Student Organizations

Subject Files

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the T. J. Gibson Papers, 1946-1986



Collection Summary

Creator: Gibson, Thomas Jefferson, III, 1918-1986
Title: T. J. Gibson Papers
Dates: 1946-1986
Abstract: T. J. Gibson served as assistant dean (1956-1969) and as associate dean (1969-1984) for students at the University of Texas School of Law. The collection consists of files created and maintained by Gibson during this time, including records related to law school administration, admissions, committees, curriculum, fundraising, student and professional organizations, the Sunflower Ceremony (commencement), and other activities.
Size: 11.7 linear feet (28 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

T.J. Gibson served as assistant dean of students (1956-1969) and as associate dean of students (1969-1984) at the University of Texas School of Law. He was promoted from assistant professor to associate professor in 1970. A 1948 graduate of the law school, Gibson also worked as assistant law librarian (1948-1952 and 1954-1956) and as Texas State Librarian (1952-1954). As dean, Gibson's office was primarily involved with law school admissions, student discipline, student organizations, and the Sunflower Ceremony (the law school's commencement ceremony). Gibson also worked with many other aspects of the law school's administration, such as curriculum development and representing the law school on University and professional committees. He was instrumental in founding the Prelaw Society of Texas.

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Contents of the Collection

The files in this collection were created and maintained by T. J. Gibson during the later part of his tenure as assistant dean and associate dean for students at the University of Texas School of Law, and include numerous records dealing with admissions, catalog revisions, curriculum, faculty meetings, fundraising, grading standards, handbooks, statistics, student discipline, and general administrative matters. Demolition of Pearce Hall (the Law School's building from 1908 to 1953) is captured in the photograph file, among pictures of T. J. Gibson, Professor William Fritz, and other law school faculty, staff, students, and events.

The collection reflects Gibson's service to the law school, the University of Texas, and the wider community through his work with a variety of committees and organizations. Other significant files document events of great importance to the law school's culture such as the Law Week, the Sunflower Ceremony, and a variety of extracurricular student activities. Calendars provide a glimpse into Gibson's daily tasks as dean of students.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is arranged into the following series:
Calendars
Correspondence
Courses
Faculty committees
Faculty directories
Law School events
Organizations
Student organizations
Subject files

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Gibson, Thomas Jefferson, III, 1918-1986.
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

T. J. Gibson Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Reprocessed in 2018 to incorporate additional materials.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Calendars

box folder
1 1 Desk calendars, 1972-1975
2 Desk calendars, 1975-1978
box folder
2 1 Desk calendars, 1978-1982
2 Personal calendars, 1957
3 Personal calendars, 1966
4 Personal calendars, 1967
5 Personal calendars, 1967-1968
6 Personal calendars, 1970-1971
7 Personal calendars, 1971-1975
box folder
3 1 Personal calendars, 1975-1981

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Correspondence

box folder
3 2 Buckley Amendment, 1974-1979
3 Catalog revision, 1968
4 Catalog revision, 1977-1981
5 Catalog revision, 1982-1984
6 Centennial Observance, 1983
7 Chancellor’s Council, 1966
8 Civil Law Project, 1953-1956
9 Class of 1948 Reunion, 1968-1969
box folder
4 1 Complaints from law students, 1982
2 Counseling-Psychological Services Center, 1979-1983
3 Criminal Justice Project, 1968-1971
4 Ethnic Student Services, 1973-1976
5 Faculty, 1956-1959
6 Faculty, 1960-1964
7 Faculty, 1965
8 Faculty, 1966
9 Faculty, 1967
10 Faculty, 1968
11 Faculty, 1969
box folder
5 1 Faculty, 1970-1979
2 Faculty, 1980
3 Faculty, 1980
4 Faculty, 1981
5 Faculty, 1982
6 Faculty, 1983-1984
7 Faculty teaching load, 1983
8 Faculty teaching load, 1983-1984
9 Freshman orientation, 1968-1972
10 General, 1957-1962
box folder
6 1 General, 1963-1984
2 Graduate School of Library Science, 1977
3 Handicapped Sec. 504, 1977-1978
4 Longhorn Radio Network, 1974
5 National Conference of State Trial Judges, 1969
6 Open records policy, 1974-1975
7 Peregrinus statue loan, 1977
8 Peregrinus yearbook, 1974-1981
9 Planning project, 1976
10 Planning project, 1977
11 Prospective students, 1980-1983
12 Registration revision, 1968
13 Ruud, Millard, 1965-1986
box folder
7 1 The Showcase, 1972-1974
2 Snack bar, 1971-1983
3 State Bar exams, 1969-1983
4 Sutton, John F., Jr., 1980-1984
5 Texas Union, 1975
6 Traffic and parking, 1973-1977
7 Tutorial program, 1983
8 Veterans’ Administration, 1972-1976
9 Woodfin prize, 1975-1976

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Courses

box folder
7 10 Assorted course materials
11 Course and exam schedules, 1955-1968
12 Course and exam schedules, 1970-1979
box folder
8 1 Course and exam schedules, 1975-1983
2 Course and exam schedules, 1981-1983
3 Course and exam schedules, 1983-1986
4 Cross reference table for Paschal’s Digest of the Laws of Texas, undated
5 Cross reference table for Paschal’s Digest of the Laws of Texas, undated
6 Joint degree programs, 1974-1983
7 Legal Bibliography, undated
box folder
9 1 Summer sessions, 1970-1978
2 Summer sessions, 1983-1985

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Faculty Committees

box folder
9 3 Assignments, 1978-1982
4 Budget Council, 1961-1962
5 Commencement Committee, 1976-1982
6 Curriculum Committee, 1969-1981
7 Dean Selection Committee, 1978-1979
8 Faculty Council, 1968-1972
9 Faculty Senate, 1974
10 Graduate School of Library Science Evaluation Committee, 1973
11 Placement Committee, 1969-1982
12 Rally Advisory Committee, 1968
13 Round-Up Committee, 1966-1968
14 Standards Committee, undated
15 Student Deans’ Subcommittee, 1972-1974
box folder
10 1 Student Deans’ Subcommittee, 1975-1982
2 University Council, 1980

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Faculty directories

box folder
10 3 Faculty directories
4 Faculty directories
5 Faculty directories

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Law School Events

box folder
10 6 Conferences, various
7 Institute on Offshore Drilling Operations, 1957
box folder
11 1 Law and the Free Society, 1967
2 Law School Class Reunion, 1973-1976
3 Law School Orientation, 1972-1981
4 Law Week, 1957-1968
5 Law Week, 1981
6 Law Week, 1982
7 Law Week, 1983
8 Law Week, 1984
box folder
12 1 Sunflower Ceremony (includes photo negatives), 1958-1965
2 Sunflower Ceremony, 1966-1968
3 Sunflower Ceremony, 1969
4 Sunflower Ceremony, 1970
5 Sunflower Ceremony, 1971
6 Sunflower Ceremony (includes photographs), 1972
7 Sunflower Ceremony, 1973
8 Sunflower Ceremony, 1975
9 Sunflower Ceremony, 1975
10 Sunflower Ceremony (includes photograph), 1976
11 Sunflower Ceremony, 1976
12 Sunflower Ceremony, 1978
box folder
13 1 Sunflower Ceremony, 1979
2 Sunflower Ceremony, 1979
3 Sunflower Ceremony, 1980
4 Sunflower Ceremony, 1980
5 Sunflower Ceremony, 1981
6 Sunflower Ceremony (includes photograph), 1981
box folder
14 1 Sunflower Ceremony, 1982
2 Sunflower Ceremony, 1982
3 Sunflower Ceremony, 1982
4 Sunflower Ceremony, 1983
5 Sunflower Ceremony, 1983
6 Sunflower Ceremony, 1983
7 Sunflower Ceremony, 1985
box folder
15 1 Sunflower Ceremony, undated
2 Townes Hall Film Forum, 1969
3 Townes Hall Film Forum, 1971-1972
4 Townes Hall Film Forum, 1975-1978
5 Townes Hall Film Forum, 1980
6 Townes Hall Film Forum, 1981

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Organizations

box folder
15 7 Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 1957-1958
8 Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 1967-1969
9 Association of American Law Schools (AALS), 1972-1978
box folder
16 1 American Bar Association (ABA), 1976
2 American Bar Association (ABA), 1977-1980
3 Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), 1966-1977
4 Kiwanis International, 1968-1984
5 Law School Admissions Council (LSAC), 1977
6 Law School Association, 1956-1962
7 Law School Association (Law School Bulletin and photographs), 1956-1962
box folder
17 1 Law School Foundation (includes photographs), 1955-1957
2 Law School Foundation, 1958
3 Law School Foundation, 1959
4 Law School Foundation, 1959-1963
5 Law School Foundation, 1960
6 Law School Foundation, 1961
7 Law School Foundation, 1961
box folder
18 1 Law School Foundation, 1962
2 Law School Foundation, 1963
3 Law School Foundation, 1964
4 Law School Foundation, 1965
5 Law School Foundation, 1965
6 Law School Foundation, 1966-1976
7 Law School Foundation, undated
box folder
19 1 Law School Foundation – Law-Science Institute Account, 1956-1959
2 Law School Foundation – Law-Science Institute Account, 1957-1959
3 Law School Foundation – Law-Science Institute Account, 1961
4 Law School Foundation – Law-Science Institute Account, 1962-1964
5 Order of the Coif, 1968
6 Paralegal Institute, 1974-1981
7 Phi Alpha Delta, 1956-1962
8 Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, 1971-1974
9 Southwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors, 1977-1979
10 State Bar of Texas, 1962-1975
11 Travis County Bar Association, 1972-1974
12 Wesley Foundation, 1968
box folder
20 1 Wesley Foundation, 1969
2 Wesley Foundation, 1970
3 Wesley Foundation, 1971
4 Wesley Foundation, 1972-1975

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Student Organizations

box folder
20 5 Budgets and general materials, 1967-1968
6 Budgets and general materials, 1967-1968
7 Budgets and general materials, 1967-1970
box folder
21 1 Budgets and general materials, 1973-1975
2 Budgets and general materials, 1979-1983
3 Bowling leagues, 1970-1971
4 Pre-Law Association, 1963-1982
5 Prelaw Society of Texas, 1982
6 Prelaw Society of Texas, 1983
box folder
22 1 Prelaw Society of Texas, 1983-1984
2 Student Bar Association, 1949-1955
3 Student Bar Association, 1956-1969
4 Student Bar Association Freshlaw Handbook, 1975-1976
5 Student Bar Association, 1979-1984
6 Student Bar Association, undated
7 University Circle K, 1968-1969

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Subject Files

box folder
22 8 Bowling League, 1977-1979
9 Brief Guide to Fellowships and Scholarships; Employment Opportunities; Voluntary Services; Summer Miscellany, 1969
10 Brief History of UT Law School, 1973-1982
box folder
23 1 Dean’s file, 1956-1961
2 The Dicta, 1952-1956
3 The Dicta, 1956-1959
4 Directory of Interviewing Employers, 1983
5 Football, 1958
6 Football, 1959
7 Football, 1960
8 Football, 1971
9 George Mason University School of Law visit, 1981
box folder
24 1 George Mason University School of Law visit, 1981
2 Inventory of Departmental Equipment, 1941-1955
3 Kocurek, Willie, 1980
4 Law Library, 1956
5 Law School Bulletin, 1956-1957
6 Law School rating articles, 1976
7 Legal forms, 1956
8 Moot court, 1958-1963
9 Mystic Secrets of Hindu Philosophy, 1958
10 Peregrinus ’66 proposed budget, 1965
11 Personnel Pay Plans, 1973-1982
12 Photographs – Law School
13 Photographs – Pearce Hall demolition
14 Photographs – U.S. Navy
15 Political ephemera
box folder
25 1 Rules and Regulations of Board of Regents
2 Quizmasters, 1968
3 Quizmasters, 1973-1983
4 Statement Adopted by the Faculty of the School of Law, October 1, 1974
5 Statement of the Policy Followed in Examinations and Their Grading, 1948
6 Student awards, 1978-1983
7 Student handbooks, 1949-1968
8 Student handbooks, 1972-1980
9 T. J. Gibson activity reports and biographical info, 1965-1984
10 T. J. Gibson memorial, 1985
11 T. J. Gibson retirement, 1983-1984
box folder
26 1 Tentative proposal for grant from OEO – Civil, 1966
2 Texas Law Forum
3 Texas Law Review
4 Townes Hall building, 1973-1983
box folder
Map drawer 7 1 Townes Hall building and addition record drawing, 1963
box folder
26 5 United Fund campaign, 1970
6 University of Florida College of Law Policy Manual, 1981
7 University of Florida College of Law Policy Manual, 1981
8 The University of Texas Administrative Policies and Regulations, excerpts

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