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Henry B. Hardt Papers

Identifier: MS 104

Scope and Contents

The papers include materials related to Hardt’s career as a chemistry professor and to his service as a college athletic administrator. The papers are arranged alphabetically by subject. Materials include correspondence, newspaper clippings, transcripts of Hardt’s talks, and a few samples of his publications. Roughly half of the papers relate to Hardt’s involvement in college athletics. Materials included in the athletics administration folders document Hardt’s involvement with the SSA scholarship program, his service on TCU’s Athletic Council and the Southwest Athletics Conference, and his activities in the NCAA. While serving as president of that organization, Hardt dealt with a conflict between the NCAA and the American Amateur Union (AAU). Included in the materials is a letter from Robert Kennedy thanking Hardt for his handling of the controversy. Biographical information includes articles about Hardt’s professional activities and a copy of his curriculum vitae. The few items in the “general” folder are of a more personal nature and reflect Hardt’s interest in politics and religion. Scholarly materials make up the other half of the papers and are arranged chronologically. Most of the items from 1931-1967 document Hardt’s time at TCU. The scholarly materials from 1969- 1974 document Hardt’s time at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM).


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Copyright has not been transferred to Texas Christian University.

Biographical / Historical

Henry B. Hardt was born on June 6, 1897 in Hondo, Texas. Dr. Hardt was professor of Chemistry at TCU from 1946 through 1967, serving as department chair from 1946 to 1961. Prior to that he held positions in the chemistry departments of Texas Women’s College, Columbia University, Westminster College, and Stephen F. Austin College. Hardt also spent many years on the Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences. In 1967, Hardt resigned his teaching position at TCU and in 1969 joined the administration of the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM). He retired in 1974. In addition to his scholarly pursuits, Hardt was active in athletics administration, serving on TCU’s Athletic Council for 20 years and acting as the Faculty Representative and then President for the Southwest Athletic Conference. He was also active in the NCAA, serving as Faculty Representative, Vice President, President (1961-1962), and member of the Executive Committee.


0.25 Linear feet

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Transferred by Joan Swaim.

Related Materials

Related materials may be found in the following collection in this repository: Minutes of the TCU Athletic Council.

Guide to the Henry B. Hardt Papers
Jensen Branscombe
October 2009
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

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