Notes and Documents
Dissertations and Theses Relating to African
American Studies in Texas: A Selected
PAUL M. LUCKO*
DURING THE SPRING OF 1990, IN THE COURSE OF MY WORK AS A RE-
search associate in African American history for the Handbook of
Texas revision project, I discovered the existence of more than 400 dis-
sertations and theses that relate Texas scholarship to African American
studies. Most of these focus directly upon Texas subjects, a lesser num-
ber indirectly pertain to the state, and a few represent the efforts of
Texas students who consider the universal experience of African Ameri-
cans or treat racial relations within a larger context. Graduate-level his-
tory students have authored most of these studies, although students
pursuing advanced degrees in such fields as education, sociology, busi-
ness, journalism, and fine arts have also contributed to our knowledge.
The focus of the various studies listed here encompasses biography,
politics, law, education, institutions, race relations, slavery, economics,
labor, folklore, journalism, art, music, and literature. Students enrolled
at the University of Texas at Austin have contributed the largest number
of dissertations and theses, followed by those at Prairie View A&M Uni-
versity. Students from non-Texas institutions, such as the University of
Southern California and the University of Saskatchewan, as well as
Howard, Atlanta, Columbia, Cornell, and Harvard universities, have pro-
duced graduate monographs involving African American Texans.
These works date from as early as 1904, when Charles William Rams-
dell completed "Presidential Reconstruction in Texas" for his master's
* Paul M. Lucko, a former research associate with the Handbook of Texas revision project, is
currently a doctoral student in United States history at the University of Texas at Austin. He is
writing a history of the Texas prison system.
Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 96, July 1992 - April, 1993. Austin, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101215/. Accessed May 24, 2013.