The collection includes letters and certificates of congratulations on inauguration as University of Chattanooga President. Also included are notes from speeches given by Masterson for various university and community events as well as some university-related correspondence. Notecards of research material for his book, William Blount, are also included.
The William H. Masterson speeches and correspondence collection contains programs, scrapbooks, correspondence, speeches, and research notes regarding Masterson's presidency and chancellorship of the University of Chattanooga and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Materials in the collection range from 1966 to 1979.
Biographical / Historical
William H. Masterson (1914-1983) was the president of the University of Chattanooga (1966-1969) and Chancellor of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1969-1973 following the merger of UC into the UT system. He left UTC to accept a position as President of Rice University in Houston, Texas, but four days later resigned following protests related to the hiring process for his position. He returned to UTC to become a history professor until his retirement in 1979. He then retired to Texas, but tragically died in an automobile accident in March of 1983.
Masterson was married to Orvetta (Vetta) Talbott Weston in 1945 and had 2 daughters, Amanda and Aileen.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The William H. Masterson speeches and correspondence collection was deposited with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga on an unknown date by an unknown source.
William H. Masterson speeches and correspondence, Special Collections, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga http://findingaids.library.utc.edu/repositories/2/resources/49 Accessed September 25, 2017.