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Dr. Earl M. Lewis Papers, 1955-2000
- 1955-2000, n.d. (Creation)
0.5 cubic feet
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Dr. Earl M. Lews was born in McComb, Mississippi on December 2, 1919 and died Saturday, October 13, 2013 in Houston, Texas. He received the following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Tougaloo College, 1942; Master of Arts in American History, Loyola University, Chicago, 1948; Doctor of Philosophy, Political Science, University of Chicago, 1951; Legum Doctor, Our Lady of the Lake University, 1978; and honorary doctorate, Incarnate Word College, now University of the Incarnate Word, 1989. He was a visiting professor at Howard Unviersity and served as chair of the Department of Political Science at Prairie View A&M College before becoming the Founding Director of the Graduate Urban Studies Program at Trinity University in 1968. He served in that role from 1968 to 1973 and was appointed George W. Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies in 1982. Lewis retired from Trinity University in 1990 and was a professor in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas at San Antonio in the early 1990s.
Lewis was Trinity University's first tenured African American professor.Over the course of his 22-year tenure, Lewis and his colleagues trained and mentored more than 250 men and women to work in the public and private sectors, opening the way for them to contribute to the governance of this region, and far beyond. Graduates of the program routinely became city planners and city managers in major metropolitan areas across the country or attained other professional positions in state and federal government agencies and private economic development corporations..
He was the author of numerous publications and was active on local, state, and national boards and commissions, including the Coalition for the Education of Black Children and Youth in Texas, Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, and the Texas Urban Development Commission. In 1981 he was named the George Brackenridge Distinguished Professor of Urban Studies at Trinity, the first to hold the newly established professorship. He was twice nominated by Trinity for National Professor of the Year. His many honors included the Award for Service to the State of Texas by Texas Ministers for Social Progress in 1976 and the Brotherhood Award by the San Antonio chapter of the National Council of Christians and Jews in 1978. He was also a recipient of the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation Piper Professor award and a member of the Charter Revision Committee of the City of San Antonio, among other honors and civic activities.
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Scope and content
This collection documents Dr. Earl M. Lewis's professional life at Prairie View A&M, Trinity University, and University of Texas at San Antonio and includes correspondence, reports, and other materials.
System of arrangement
Arranged alphabetically by subject. Original order was not maintained.
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Conditions governing access
This collection is open and available to the public for research in the Special Collections & Archives reading room. The materials are non-circulating.
Conditions governing reproduction
The materials in this collection may be protected by copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code). The materials are available for personal, educational, and scholarly use. It is the responsibility of the researcher to locate and obtain permission from the copyright owner or his or her heirs for any other use, such as reproduction and publication.
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Acquisition and appraisal elements
Gift of Hazelyn D. Lewis, wife of the late Dr. Earl M. Lewis, March 7, 2014.
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Existence and location of copies
Digitized copies of some items in this collection are available online at https://cdm16264.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16264coll3 .
Related archival materials
- Citation: Dr. Earl M. Lewis Papers. Coates Library Special Collections & Archives, Trinity University (San Antonio, Texas).
- Variant title information: Former collection number 06-03-002
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Processed by Amy Roberson in 2014. Finding aid migrated to AtoM by Colleen Hoelscher, October 2019.