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Archives & Special Collections

About the Archives

The Tarlton Law Library maintains over 5,000 linear feet of archives. The Library holds records of enduring value created by The University of Texas School of Law, as well as the papers of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Tom C. Clark and the Uniform Law Commission,  collections of several Texas Supreme Court justices and federal judges, and many University of Texas School of Law alumni, faculty, and deans. These remarkable collections provide materials relevant to legal history and the history of legal education in Texas and the United States.

Finding aids for many of our archival collections are available via Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO), a consortium of the major research archives in Texas. The links below navigate to detailed finding aids for each collection.

Justice Tom C. Clark Archive

Tom C. Clark, the first Texan to serve on the United States Supreme Court, earned his law degree from the University of Texas in 1922. He joined the Justice Department in 1937 and rose through the ranks. President Truman appointed him U.S. Attorney General in 1945 and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court in 1949. Clark resigned from the Court in 1967 when his son, Ramsey Clark, was appointed Attorney General. Following his retirement,  Clark served as the first Chairman of the Federal Judiciary Center and accepted assignments to sit by designation on various United States Courts of Appeal until his death on June 13, 1977.

The Tom C. Clark Papers include over 500 linear feet of case files, correspondence, literary productions, speeches, printed material, political cartoons, artifacts, scrapbooks and photographs, which include a virtually complete record of Clark's 18 years as Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1949-1967).

Guide to the Tom C. Clark Papers
Papers of Justice Tom. C. Clark: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Cases of the U.S. Supreme Court
Native American War Bonnets from the Tom C. Clark Archive

Collections Relating to The University of Texas School of Law

One of the primary goals of the Tarlton Law Library's archival collection is to collect, preserve, and make available the records of enduring value created by The University of Texas School of Law. These permanently valuable records from the 19th century to present day detail the history and events of the School of Law. Materials include Law School catalogs, yearbooks, course directories, programs and announcements, newsletters and magazines. The papers of several Law School faculty members and deans are also maintained in Special Collections. These archives provide insights into legal education, the history of the Law School, and national affairs. Related archives include Law School organizations, the Law School Photograph Collection, and the Faculty Writings Collection.

Deans

John C. Townes Papers (1887-1923)
Ira Polk Hildebrand Papers (1883-1944)
Charles T. McCormick Papers (1911-1964)
W. Page Keeton Papers (1938-1995)

Faculty

Leo G. Blackstock Papers (1929-1979)
Woodfin L. Butte Papers (1957, 1977-1978)
David B. Filvaroff Papers (1976-1979)
T. J. Gibson Papers (1949-1986) [Bulk 1972-1984]
Robert Simonton Gould Letters to Thomas Watt Gregory (1893)
Leon Green Papers (1861, 1904-1979)
Helen Hargrave Papers (1919-1978)
Robert E. Mathews Papers (1917-1980)
Millard H. Ruud Papers (1939-1996)
Robert W. Stayton Papers (1934-1950)
George W. Stumberg Papers (1909-1964)
Bernard J. Ward Papers (ca. 1954-1982)
Charles Alan Wright Papers (1880-2004) [Bulk 1947-1999]

Law School History

UT School of Law History Files (1889-1992, undated)
Law School Photographs of Cary Hazlegrove (1992-1999)
Law School Notebooks of Henry Gilchrist (1927-1974) [Bulk 1948-1950]

University History

Dudley K. Woodward Papers (1917-1968)

Organizations

Delta Theta Phi Fraternity Collection (1979-1985)
Records of Kappa Beta Pi Legal Sorority (1924-1969)
Law Wives Club Records (1947-1976)
Legal Eagles Records (1955-1997)
Texas Law Review Records (1922-1981)