Bachelor of Arts, Millsaps College, 1952; Master of Arts, Peabody College, 1953; Doctor of Philosophy, Rice U., 1959.
Member faculty, U. Houston, 1956-1984;
professor of history, U. Houston, 1967-1984;
acting director Afro-American studies, U. Houston, 1969-1971;
interim director libraries, U. Houston, 1976-1978;
director libraries, U. Houston central campus, 1978-1980;
associate provost, U. Houston central campus, 1980-1981;
deputy provost, U. Houston central campus, 1981-1984;
vice president academic affairs, Western Kentucky U., Bowling Green, 1984-1996. Visiting professor, Black studies consultant U. Alabama, 1970. Director Institute Cultural Understanding, 1971.
Member of advisory planning committee Texas Conference on Library and Information Services, 1978-1979.
Member Houston United Campus Christian Life committee, 1973-1981. Chairman church and society committee Synod of Texas, Presbyterian Church United States of America, 1970-1973. Treasurer Houston Committee on the Humanities, 1978-1979.
Served with United States Air Force, 1950-1951. Member American History Association, Organisation American Historians, Southern History Association, Mississippi History Society, Institute Early American History and Culture, Texas Association College Teachers (past chapter president), Phi Kappa Phi (past president).
Married Martha Farr, December 25, 1952. Children: Catherine Anne, Carolyn Alice, Charles Allen.