C. HARTLEY GRATTAN
C. Hartley Grattan, professor emeritus of history, died
on June 25, 1980, in Austin. He was 77. A memorial service was held
on October 6, 1980, to honor his accomplishments at the University.
Professor Grattan was born on October 19, 1902, in Wakefield,
Massachusetts. He received his bachelor's degree from Clark College
in 1923. He later embarked on a thirty-year career as a freelance writer
in New York City, where he wrote for such influential magazines as American
Mercury, Scribners, and Harper's. During his long
writing career in New York, he also assembled the Grattan Collection
of Southwest Pacificana. The collection emphasizes Australia but also
includes New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, and Antarctica. It is considered
the most comprehensive collection in the United States relating to this
region. The collection was placed in the University's Humanities Research
Center when Professor Grattan joined the UT Austin faculty in 1964.
A leading American authority on twentieth century Australia,
Professor Grattan published a definitive two-volume study: The Southwest
Pacific to 1900 and The Southwest Pacific since 1900.
In 1977 he received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from the Australian
National University in recognition of his research on Australia.
> In 1932 he published The Three Jameses: A Family
of Minds, a study of Henry, Sr., Henry, and William, which "put
formidable emphasis on their continuing influence," according to the
New York Times (June 1980).
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on November
17, 2000. Additional biographical sources can be found in the
Barker Texas History Center.