The Daily Texan History
Volume one of The Texan appeared in 1900-1901 (October 8, 1900, Vol. I, No. 1) as a private enterprise. The first editors were Fritz Lanham and L.T. West. The first four volumes were issued under private ownership.
Volume 4 of the University Record, December 1902, page 476, relates that " . . the Students' Association was formed"' and that one of the specific duties of the new organization was to 'control the publications'."
In Volume 5 of the University Record, March 1904, page 285, the following is recorded: "The present year has been rendered notable by the acquisition of The Texan and the Cactus. The Texan is a college weekly paper, and hitherto has been the private property of Geo S. Wright and J.M. Newsom, from which it was recently purchased."
The Texan was published under the direct control of the Students' Association until the regular spring election of 1921. On May 23, 1921, application for a charter for "Texas Student Publications, Incorporated" was made and was approved by the Secretary of the State of Texas, on July 6, 1921.
For the following 50 years, until October 1, 1971, The Texan was published by the non-profit corporation commonly known as TSP. Since October 1, 1971, TSP (now TSM) has continued to publish The Daily Texan, but as an auxiliary enterprise of The University of Texas at Austin under the terms of the "Declaration of Trust."