History of University Lands & The PUF Lands

The PUF Lands have a rich history dating back to the early days of the Republic of Texas, when President Mirabeau B. Lamar, the "Father of Texas Education," called upon Congress to take action.

Year Event
1838 President Mirabeau B. Lamar addressed the Third Congress of the Republic of Texas, urging the Congress to establish the foundation of a vast system of education
1839 The Republic of Texas Congress set aside fifty leagues (220,000 acres) of land for the establishment and endowment of a university (Grant #1)
1876 The State of Texas Constitution Congress called for the creation of the University of Texas and appropriated 1 million acres of land for the establishment of a Permanent University Fund (Grant #2)
1883 An additional 1 million acres were added to the PUF Lands (Grant #3)
1923 Oil was discovered from the first completed well, Santa Rita No. 1, in Reagan County
1929 The Board for Lease of University Lands was created by the Texas Legislature, transferring oil and gas management authority to the Board from the Texas General Land Office
1949 The management authority for all minerals other than oil and gas was transferred from the Texas General Land Office to the University of Texas System Board of Regents