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Oral History Series

The Tarlton Law Library began conducting and publishing oral history interviews in 1986. From its inception, the series focused on individuals whose careers shaped the law school and the legal history of Texas -- Robert Calvert, Joe R. Greenhill, Sr., and Jack Pope as Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of Texas, W. Page Keeton as the long-time dean of the Law School, and Gus M. Hodges as one of the school's more colorful professors. Originally funded with a grant from the Texas Sesquicentennial Commission, the oral histories are supported by the University of Texas Law School Foundation and sales of the printed interviews. The series continues to feature interviews with alumni and faculty of the University of Texas School of Law with the goal of providing valuable first-hand accounts and preserving events and occasions in the history of the Law School.

A Texas Supreme Court Trilogy Vol. 1 - Oral History Interview with the Honorable Robert W. Calvert
Interview by H. W. Brands.
1998. 81 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-50-3. $20

A Texas Supreme Court Trilogy Vol. 2 - Oral History Interview with the Honorable Joe R. Greenhill, Sr.
Interview by H. W. Brands.
1998. 64 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-51-1. $20

A Texas Supreme Court Trilogy Vol. 3 - Oral History Interview with the Honorable Jack Pope
Interview by H. W. Brands.
1998. 104 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-52-X. $20

W. Page Keeton
An Oral History Interview by Bill Brands.
1992. 80 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-42-2. $20

No. 1 - Joseph D. Jamail, Jr.
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2005. 47 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-59-6. $20

No. 2 - Harry M. Reasoner
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2005. 66 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-60-2. $20

No. 3 - Robert O. Dawson
An Oral History Interview by J. Patrick Hazel.
2006. 37 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-63-3. $20

No. 4 - J. Leon Lebowitz
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2006. 43 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-64-0. $20

No. 5 - Hans W. Baade
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2006. 21 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-65-7. $20

No. 6 - James DeAnda
50 Years a Lawyer
2006. 19 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-69-5. $20

No. 7Russell J. Weintraub
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2007. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-66-4. $20

No. 8Oscar H. Mauzy
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2007. 57 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-68-8. $20

No. 9Roy M. Mersky
An Oral History Interview by William J. Chriss.
2008. 75 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-73-2. $20

No. 10John F. Sutton, Jr.
An Oral History Interview by William J. Chriss.
2009. 41 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-74-9. $20

No. 11M. Michael Sharlot
An Oral History Interview by William J. Chriss.
2009. 37 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-76-3. $20

No. 12Ernest E. Smith
An Oral History Interview by William J. Chriss.
2010. 40 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-78-3. $20

No. 13Lino A. Graglia
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2011. 94 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-80-0. $20

No. 14Stanley M. Johanson
An Oral History Interview by William J. Chriss.
2012. 73 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-81-7. $20

No. 15John J. Sampson
An Oral History Interview by Megan Blair.
2014. 53 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-85-6. $20

No. 16Mark G. Yudof
An Oral History Interview by Megan Blair.
2014. 53 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-85-6. $20

No. 17Custis Wright
An Oral History Interview by Megan Blair.
2014. 22 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-87-9. $20

No. 18William Allison
An Oral History Interview by Megan Blair.
2015. 45 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-88-6. $20

No. 19Cynthia Bryant
An Oral History Interview by Megan Blair.
2015. 25 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-89-3. $20

No. 20Olin Guy Wellborn
An Oral History Interview by Sheree Scarborough.
2015. 68 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-90-9. $20

No. 21Lucas A. Powe, Jr.
An Oral History Interview by Joe Noel.
2016. 52 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-91-6. $20

No. 22Jay Westbrook
An Oral History Interview by Joe Noel.
201_. __ pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-92-3. $20

All publications are available for circulation in the Law Library. To order, please contact the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705 phone (512) 471-7241; email tarltonbooks@law.utexas.edu.

In addition to the oral history series, informal oral histories have been done over the years. Some of these interviews have been made available online while others are available in the Special Collections Department on the fourth floor of Tarlton Law Library.

Gloria Bradford – available online
Helen Hargrave – unpublished transcript available in Special Collections
Hal C. Horton – unpublished transcript available in Special Collections
James W. McCartney – available online
J. Edwin Smith – unpublished transcript available in Special Collections

Oral histories with Gus Hodges and Corwin Johnson may be found as Nos. 3 and 4 of the Tarlton Law Library's Legal History Series.

Legal History Series

Originally closely associated with the annual Rare Books Lecture, the Tarlton Law Library Legal History Series commenced in the year 2000. In the preface to the inaugural volume -- Guillermo Margadant, Illustrations of the Sachsenspiegel: A Medieval German Law Book -- former director Roy Mersky expressed the hope that the series would inspire "exploration of the rich sources of our legal heritage," and that the series itself demonstrate the "importance of libraries and archives to legal history."

No. 1 - The Illustrations of the Sachsenspiegel: A Medieval German Law Book
by Guillermo F. Margadant
2000. v, 29 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-5388. $20

No. 2 - Inside Justice Hugo L. Black: The Letters
by John P. Frank,
with a foreword by Hugo L. Black, Jr.
2000. ix, 91 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-54-6. $20

No. 3 - Gus M. Hodges: An Oral History Interview
by H.W. Brands,
with a foreword by M. Michael Sharlot
2002. vii, 38 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-56-2. $20

No. 4 - Corwin Johnson: An Oral History Interview
by Sheree Scarborough,
with a foreword by the Hon. James A. Baker III
2003. vii, 38 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-57-0. $20

No. 5 - 1846 Auction Catalogue of Joseph Story’s Library
by Michael H. Hoeflich & Karen S. Beck,
with an introduction by Michael H. Hoeflich
2004. vi, 74 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-58-9. $40

No. 6 - 1877 Sale Catalogue of Gustavus Schmidt’s Library
by Michael H. Hoeflich and Louis V. de la Vergne,
with an essay by Kjell A. Modeer
2005. vi, 108 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-61-9. $40

No. 7 - Law Libraries and the Formation of the Legal Profession in the Late Middle Ages
by Stanley Chodorow
2007. iv, 19 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-62-7. $25

No. 8 - Subscription Publishing and the Sale of Law Books in Antebellum America
by Michael H. Hoeflich
2007. vii, 38 pages. ISBN: 0-935630-71-6. $25

No. 9 - The Literature of Witchcraft Trials: Books & Manuscripts from the Jacob Burns Law Library
by Scott B. Pagel
2008. iv, 27 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-72-5. $25

No. 10 - Blackstone and His Contemporaries
by Anthony Taussig
2009. xiv, 131 pages. ISBN: 978-0-935630-75-6. $40

No. 11 - Musings on Clio: Why Study the Past, History, and Legal History
by Jonathan Rose
2010. x, 40 pages. ISBN:978- 0-935630-77-0. $25

No. 12 - Peter Stephen Du Ponceau: Legal Bibliophile
by William E. Butler
2010. xiv, 132 pages. ISBN:978- 0-935630-79-4. $40

No. 13 - An Unexpected Collector: The Making of an Historian’s Law Library
by Warren M. Billings
2013. xiv, 43 pages. ISBN:978- 0-935630-83-1. $25

No. 14 - Evidence from the Fifteenth Century: The Tarlton Law Library’s Earliest Printed Books
by Eric Marshall White
2014. xii, 34 pages. ISBN:978- 0-935630-84-8. $25

To order, please contact the Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas School of Law, 727 E. Dean Keeton Street, Austin, Texas 78705 phone (512) 471-7241; email tarltonbooks@law.utexas.edu.