President's Office Records, 1927-2015 | University of Houston Libraries
In 1985 the President’s Office transferred custody of most of its historic files to the Archives. At the time of transfer, the collection was referred to as the University of Houston Presidential Papers Prior to 1979 and it consisted of forty-two boxes divided into three series. The first series of twenty-one boxes was processed in 1997 as the Presidents’ Records 1927-1979. The other two series from this transfer were initially processed in 2001 as the Philip G. Hoffman Papers.
It was decided in 2002 that, while the processing of the University of Houston Presidential Papers Prior to 1979 as two separate collections was acceptable; it was not ideal for research purposes. To improve the accessibility to the collections it was determined that the Philip G. Hoffman Papers and the Presidents’ Records should be combined back into one collection, the President’s Office Records. As the bulk of the material within President’s Records seemed to correspond most directly to the first series (Subject Files) within the Hoffman Papers that is where the majority of re-filing and integration was needed.
The President’s Office Records include correspondence, memoranda, publications, clippings, invitations, and related material dating from 1927-1981 that were received or created by the President of the University of Houston. The bulk of the material dates from the mid-1960s to 1978 and was generated during the presidency of Philip G. Hoffman.
The files are rich in materials documenting the history of state support for the University, which was received in 1963, as well as materials showing the rise of student discontent on campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s. See particular student groups such as AABL (Afro-Americans for Black Liberation) for information about the group and its activities and the administration’s reaction and response to their demands. This collection also documents the early history of the University of Houston System, with its campuses in Clear Lake, Victoria, and at UH-Downtown. There is also a substantial amount of material relating to the investment scandal of the late 1970s and to the self-study that was undertaken in the mid 1970s.
Photographs in the collection have been transferred to the UH Historical Photographs Collection in the University Archives. A separation sheet notes their original location in the collection and provides a brief description of the items. All student transcripts in the collection have been removed and destroyed, following the Texas Open Records Act. For similar reasons, all materials relating to search committees and personnel decisions have been removed from the collection and are closed to the public.
The collection is arranged into series and sub-series based primarily on how it was originally received in 1985. The nine series are Subject Files, Mission Self-Study, Coordinating Board, President’s Cabinet, Investment Investigation, Council of Presidents, Speeches/Oral Interview/Biographical Information, Business/Personal, and President’s Christmas Cards. For preservation and access reasons the collection has been re-boxed and re-foldered. New folder titles conform, as closely as possible, to original folder titles, except when the original was obviously incomplete, incorrect, or confusing. Original folder and item order has been maintained whenever possible. Exceptions were made when folders were obviously misfiled or when no order was apparent.
Series 12 contains digital archival materials acquired in 2014 and 2015.
University of Houston Integration Records (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/integ)
Series 1: Subject Files
Series 2: Mission Self-Study
Series 3: Coordinating Board
Series 4: President’s Cabinet
Series 5: Investment Investigation
Series 6: Council of Presidents
Series 7: Speeches/Oral Interview/Biographical Sketch
Series 8: Business Travel
Series 9: President’s Christmas Cards
Series 10: Index
Series 11: Unprocessed materials
Series 12: Unprocessed electronic materials