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Sweatt v. Painter

Sources at Tarlton Law Library

This is a list of printed, archival, and manuscript sources held by the Department of Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library.

Herman [i.e.Heman] Marion Sweatt, Petitioner vs. Theophilis Shickel Painter, et al.: [In the] Supreme Court of the United States, October Term, 1948. 3 vols. Washington, D.C.: Judd & Detweiler, printers, 1948-1949.
RARE BOOKS KFT 1592.2 S928 1948
Contents: v. 1. Transcript of record. -- v. 2. Petition and brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the State of Texas. Appendix to petition and brief in support of petition for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the State of Texas. Brief of respondents in opposition to petition for writ of certiorari and appendix thereto. Brief for petitioner. Brief for respondents -- v. 3. Amicus curiae briefs in support of petition for certiorari. Amicus curiae briefs for petitioner. Amicus curiae brief for respondent.

Heman Sweatt Vertical Files, 1946-2007.
Primary sources, published sources, and newspaper clippings (1946-1950, 1975-1993) cover the litigation of Sweatt v. Painter, biographical material on Sweatt, the Heman Marion Sweatt Memorial Fund, the Heman Sweatt Campus, the Heman Sweatt Scholarship in Law, the annual Heman Sweatt Symposium on Civil Rights, and the history of race relations at The University of Texas. (Box VF7b, 5 folders.)

Tom C. Clark Papers, 1910-1977.
The Supreme Court case file for McLaurin v. Oklahoma and Sweatt v. Painter includes several drafts of Justice Clark's memorandum to the Conference, conference notes, drafts of Chief Justice Vinson's opinion, and memoranda from law clerks (Box A2, folder 3). There is also a lengthy bench memorandum from Clark's law clerk (Box B142, folder 1), as well as assignment lists and docket sheets.

Charles T. McCormick Papers, 1911-1964.
As dean of The University of Texas School of Law, McCormick testified at the state district court trial of Sweatt v. Painter. He also served as dean of the law school of the Texas State University for Negroes (TSUN), which the Texas Legislature created to avoid integrating the UT Law School. His papers contain briefs, correspondence, notes, clippings, printed material, and trial documents regarding the case, including clippings from African American newspapers. Materials on TSUN include correspondence and other documents relating to admissions, faculty, loan funds, and the library. (Box I115, folders 1-10.)

Texas State University for Negroes (TSUN) School of Law. Library Acquisitions Records, 1946-1950.
The collection consists of the acquisition records and correspondence created and gathered by Helen Hargrave, Head Librarian, Tarlton Law Library, while she was involved in the establishment of the Texas State University for Negroes law library.