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Patricia Gajda Papers

 File — Box: 1-11
Identifier: UASC.UA.027

Scope and Contents

The collection includes manuscript drafts, research materials and bibliographies, correspondence and policy documents for Faculty Senate, Graduate Council, Tenure and Promotion, and other UT Tyler committees, travel brochures and international travel program development documents and correspondence, History department policy documents, personal correspondence, and UT Tyler memorabilia, ephemera, and photo slides.


  • Creation: 1972-2015

Language of Materials

Most of the materials are in English. A couple of letters are in German and Polish.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

No restrictions on use.

Biographical / Historical

Dr. Patricia A. Gajda began her career at The University of Texas at Tyler, September 1, 1974, when the Tyler State College Board of Regents approved her hire as Assistant Professor of History. Gajda began teaching in the fall of 1974 as the first historian of Europe, and was instrumental in developing the European history curriculum. Prior joining the faulty at Tyler State College, Gajda received a doctorate and master’s degree from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, here hometown, and a bachelor’s degree from St. John College, Annapolis, Maryland. During her forty-three year tenure from 1974 to 2017, Dr. Gajda taught a variety of classes, focusing on modern Europe. She published The Faces of Tyler (1978), and Postscript to Victory: British Policy and the German-Polish Borderlands, 1919-1925 (1982), and worked on independent research projects on The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception Church, a community she was a part of since her arrival to Tyler. Additionally, Dr. Gajda served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Director of International Programs. The International Travel-Study program was established by Gajda, who would lead student, faculty, and staff groups across Europe, Russia, and China, from 1977 to 2008. Dr. Gajda retired as Professor Emerita of History in 2017.


11 Boxes

5.25 Linear Feet


Materials are arranged by subject, then topically and chronologically. Series are as follows: Series I: Research, Series II: Committee Work, Series III: Travel-Study, Series IV: History Department. Series IV: History Department, contains the following sub-series, 1.Department Work, 2. Classes, 3. Personal Correspondence, and 4. University Memorabilia, Ephemera, and Publications

Physical Location

K 1.b-K 1.c

Custodial History

Materials were kept in Dr. Gajda's office filing cabinets until University Archives and Special Collections staff collected them, following her retirement.

Processing Information

Materials were received in 6 banker's boxes. Original folders were replaced with archival folders and placed in archival boxes.

Aaron Ramirez
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Texas at Tyler University Archives and Special Collections Department Repository