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Regents approve UT centennial bell project, award contract

ARLINGTON -- The Board of Regents Thursday set in motion preliminary plans to move a set of 11 bells, originally installed in the Old Main Building, from an off-campus storage site to a proposed east campus tower.

Fisher and Stillman, a Dallas architectural firm, was selelcted by the board to plan what President Peter Flawn called, "a very appropriate project for the University centennial (in 1983)."

Ranging in weight from 29 to 560 pounds, the bronze, ornamented bells were donated to the University by Albert Sidney Burleson in 1930, Regent Tom Law said. Burleson was valedictorian of the first University law school class in 1884, Law added.

For 45 years, the bells have been stored at the Balcones Research Center, he said. During the meeting, regents approved four east campus sites as tower possibilities.

[Text not relevent to UT Austin bells omitted.]

Daily Texan. April 11, 1980.
Author: Gardner Selby

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3 May 1999
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