Proclamation Convening the Board of Regents of the University of Texas,
October 19, 1881
The idea for the University of Texas had its roots in the Republic of Texas era, but the tumultuous problems of early statehood, the Civil War, and Reconstruction kept anything from actually being done for decades. In 1871, the legislature established Texas A&M College, which was to emphasize agricultural and engineering studies with a strong military bent. The Constitution of 1876 specified the creation of a "University of Texas" that would teach literature and the arts and sciences.
Finally, in 1881, Austin was chosen in an election as the site for the university, with Galveston selected for the medical branch. A board of regents was appointed by Governor Roberts. This proclamation calls for the regents to have their first meeting in Austin on November 15, 1881.
The cornerstone of the first Main Building was laid a year later, and the University formally opened on September 15, 1883.
By the Governor of the State of
Whereas the official returns of
Now therefore I O.M. Roberts
In testimony whereof I hereto sign
By the Governor
Proclamation Convening the Board of Regents of the University of Texas, October 19, 1881, Records of Oran Milo Roberts , Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.