Archive for ‘University “Y”’

August 1, 2017

1962-64 Time Line from the Cactus

The 1963 and 1964 Cactus had a month-by-month listing of school (and some national) events. A lot of it is athletics, concerts, etc., but a few are relevant re clarifying dates, so I will type them in here as they appear in the Cactus:

September 1962
FRIDAY, 21st–American Association of University Professors meets for discussion of the University’s relation to the Forty Acres Club. (Chancellor Harry Ransom stated that the Club is a private club.)
October
MONDAY, 1st–James Meredith enrolls at the University of Mississippi amid rebellion led by Governor Ross Barnett.
November
FRIDAY, 9th–Pete Seeger, controversial folksinger, presents his first program on campus amidst anti-Communist pickets.
December
SATURDAY, 1st–Judge Thornton Hardie resigns the chairmanship of the Board of Regents, and W. W. Heath is chosen as his successor.
February 1963
WEDNESDAY, 27th–A panel investigates the advantages and disadvantages of N.S.A. and the University as part of it in the Y.
March
WEDNESDAY, 13th–University students vote 59% against membership in the National Students’ Association in a referendum.
THURSDAY, 28th–Student Assembly votes 20-7 to withdraw from NSA.
April
THURSDAY, 4th–The Student Assembly votes Athletic Council its Blanket Tax appropriation after extensive debate over the objection to supporting segregated athletics.
SATURDAY, 27th–It is announced that Dr. Joseph R. Smiley, University President, has accepted the presidency of the University of Colorado.
November
MONDAY, 18th–Integrated athletics at Texas becomes a reality with the Athletic Council’s adoption of the Board of Regents’ decision to remove racial restriction for student activities.
THURSDAY, 21st–President and Mrs. Kennedy begin their tour of Texas. Life magazine photographer records scenes of stump-speaking on the campus.
December
FRIDAY, 20th–Kinsolving Dormitory was picketed in protest of the University’s segregated housing policy.
January 1964
THURSDAY, 30th–Fraternity rush is opened to Negroes for the first time on UT campus.
MAY
TUESDAY, 12th–Ervin Perry, Negro graduate student, is hired as the first Negro on the University faculty. Perry will be an assistant professor of engineering.
SATURDAY, 16th–The University of Texas Board of Regents announces removal of racial barriers in University Housing, completing total integration for the University.
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October 1, 2015

Final Stand-In Documentary

The nonprofit Peoples History of Texas has completed its documentary on the stand-ins. To see it, click on their name.

May 17, 2015

Texas Observer links for Stand-Ins, et al.

The Texas Observer now has all its issues online, but older issues are searchable only by date. For those searching for material on the University of Texas during the time of the stand-ins and similar activity, here is a guide to some Observer links.

Bombing of the University “Y” and formation of Students for Direct Action: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/02#page=3

Stand-ins begin at the Texas Theater: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/09#page=5

Stand-ins continue and spread to the Varsity Theater, gaining support from University of Texas faculty members and from Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/30#page=1 (Continues on page 2, easy to scroll down)

Description of activities at the stand-ins: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1960/12/30#page=5

More faculty support, and stand-ins coordinated with national Lincoln’s Birthday demonstrations: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/01/14#page=8

Stand-ins reach a peak of 400, with confrontations: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/02/18#page=1 (scroll to continuation on page 3, also note page 3 article about other Lincoln’s Birthday demonstrations in Texas and nationally)

“Y” bombers placed on disciplinary probation: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/02/25#page=3

Demonstrations at theaters in Austin and elsewhere: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/03/04#page=3

A vigil by Booker T. Bonner: http://archives.texasobserver.org/issue/1961/03/18#page=3

May 23, 2011

Radio interview

Podcast of Thorne Dreyer’s interview with Dr. Leon McNealy, broadcast on KOOP Radio in Austin May 6, 2011, in connection with the Precursors Forum at the University of Texas the weekend of the Heman Sweatt Symposium:

A link to the broadcast on the station is here:
McNealy Interview

January 26, 2011

Letters on the ‘Y’

From the Daily Texan, Dec. 6, 1962. (Click image to enlarge.)

January 25, 2011

Assembly mulls ‘Y,’ NSA

From the Daily Texan, December 6, 1962. (Click image to enlarge.)

January 24, 2011

‘Y’ asks off-campus aid

Susan Ford and Dick Simpson, “Y” presidents, pictured in this clipping from the Daily Texan, fall of 1962. (Click image to enlarge.)
January 23, 2011

‘Y’ bomber tried for murder

From the Nov. 29, 1962, Daily Texan. (Click image to enlarge.) In Fort Stockton, the judge in William McKnight‘s case ruled a mistrial. I have no information as to what happened after that.

January 22, 2011

Pete Seeger sings

From the Nov. 8, 1962 Daily Texan. (Click images to enlarge.) Some “Y” cabinet members expressed anxiety about Pete Seeger singing there, but they voted to allow it.

January 8, 2011

Letters, October 25, 1962

The editorial “Anxious Moments in Search of Reason” evidently took exception to actions by the organization Negroes for Equal Rights. Sam Kinch was Daily Texan editor. (Click image to enlarge.)