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Vol. XIX, no. 1 TCU Library Newsletter, Web Edition November 2006

Paul F. Boller, Jr. Papers

By Claire Galloway

Special Collections is pleased to announce that the Paul F. Boller, Jr. Papers are processed and open to researchers. Boller earned a B.A. degree in 1939 and a Ph.D. in 1947, both from Yale University. He served as a member of the History Department faculty as the newly-created Lyndon Baines Johnson Chair of American History at Texas Christian University from 1976 to 1983. He also taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas (1948-1966), the University of Texas at Austin (1963), Queens College in New York (summer of 1964), and the University of Massachusetts at Boston (1966-1976).

Boller is widely known as a prolific writer of history. His first major book was the history textbook, This Is Our Nation, in 1961. He has published numerous books since then, the most famous of which was Presidential Anecdotes in 1981. Other well-known books of his include Presidential Campaigns (1984), Hollywood Anecdotes (1987), Presidential Wives (1988), and Presidential Inaugurations (2001).

The papers consist of materials related to Boller’s published and unpublished writings, professional and personal correspondence, research material, and course material. He received many awards during his career, and those from TCU include the Brachman Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Mortar Board Top Professor Award, the TCU Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus Award, and the Honors Faculty Recognition Award. In 1993, Texas Wesleyan University conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature.

Dr. Boller is currently in the process of writing his next book, a history of presidential pastimes. A finding aid for the papers is available in the Special Collections reading room. The Paul F. Boller, Jr. Papers is one of several archival collections in Special Collections documenting the careers and accomplishments of TCU faculty, administrators, and alumni.

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