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Townes Hall, circa 1960The 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.

New! No. 21 Lucas A. Powe, Jr.: An Oral History Interview. Joe Noel, interviewer. Austin: Jamail Center for Legal Research, 2016. Press release.

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Tarlton Law Library Oral Histories

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.