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Overview

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents of the Papers

Arrangement of the Papers

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Alfred Roark papers, 1927-1992, bulk 1933-1943,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Alfred W. Roark:

An Inventory of the Alfred Roark Papers at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Archives, 1927-1992, undated, bulk 1933-1943



Overview

Creator: Roark, Alfred W., 1911-1992
Title: Alfred Roark papers
Dates: 1927-1992, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1933-1943
Abstract: The Alfred Roark papers document the years he spent in political office as a Texas state representative (1933-1939) and as Hardin County Judge (1939-1943). Records consist mainly of work-related correspondence, interspersed with personal letters, speeches, legislative materials and clippings. Also present are personal papers, which include financial records and Roark family genealogy, abstracts of title and related materials (maps and correspondence) for land in Hardin County and artifacts (a gavel given to Roark when he was a state representative and 54 Texas Centennial commemorative stamps). The abstracts, maps and correspondence pertain to legal cases handled by Roark and land owned by his family. Records date 1927-1992 and undated, bulk 1933-1943.
Quantity: 6.5 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that these records are at the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, P.O. Box 310, Liberty, Texas 77575, 936-336-8821.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

Alfred Weldon Roark, attorney and politician, was born in Saratoga, Texas, on March 12, 1911. He graduated from Saratoga High School in 1928 and attended Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. He earned a bachelor's degree in 1932 and completed one year of graduate work before receiving his license to practice law in 1935. He and Terrell Buchanan formed a partnership and operated a law office in Silsbee, Texas.

Concurrent with his entry into the legal profession, Roark became involved in politics. In a 1933 special election, he was elected to serve out the unexpired term of State Representative John G. Ross, who resigned to seek another office. At the age of 22, he was the youngest member in the history of the Texas House of Representatives. He was re-elected twice, serving two and one-half consecutive terms, from 1933 to 1939. Deciding not to run again for his house seat, he chose to run for Hardin County judge. He served two terms in this capacity, from 1939 to 1943.

During World War II, Roark became a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy. Following his discharge, he joined the Houston law firm of Sears, Blades, Childs and Kinnerly and simultaneously operated the family-owned Weldon Oil Corporation in Saratoga. After several years he began the independent practice of law, serving as general counsel for various companies until joining the Cockrell Corporation in 1955. He remained there until his retirement in 1979.

Throughout his lifetime, Alfred Roark actively participated in a variety of civic organizations, in addition to maintaining professional memberships within the legal profession. A resident of Houston, Texas for forty-seven years, he died on April 5, 1992.

(Sources include: "Alfred Weldon Roark" (obituary), The Beaumont Enterprise, April 7, 1992.)

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Scope and Contents of the Papers

The Alfred Roark papers document the years Roark spent in political office as a Texas state representative (1933-1939) and as Hardin County Judge (1939-1943). Records consist mainly of work-related correspondence, interspersed with personal letters, speeches, legislative materials and clippings. Also present are personal papers, which include financial records and Roark family genealogy, abstracts of title and related materials (maps and correspondence) for land in Hardin County, Texas and artifacts (a gavel given to Roark when he was a state representative and 54 Texas Centennial commemorative stamps). The abstracts, maps, and correspondence pertain to legal cases handled by Mr. Roark and land owned by his family. Records date 1927-1992 and undated, bulk 1933-1943.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Papers

The papers are arranged as received, into five groups: State representative records, 1933-1939; Hardin County Judge records, 1939-1942; Personal papers, 1934-1992 and undated; Abstracts of title and related material, 1927-1959; Newspaper, 1935; and Artifacts, 1936-1937. The state representative and county judge files are arranged chronologically and the correspondence is alphabetized within each year. Personal papers are arranged by document form. The abstracts of title and their related materials are grouped together by survey.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished works are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Some maps are too large to photocopy. Please contact staff for assistance.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Subjects:
Land titles--Texas--Hardin County.
Legislators--Texas.
Abstracts of title--Texas--Hardin County.
Judges--Texas--Hardin County.
Places:
Hardin County (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government.
Document Types:
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Financial records (histories)--Texas.
Legislative records--Texas.
Maps--Texas.
Speeches--Texas.
Functions:
Influencing Texas government policy.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center
None.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the group), Alfred Roark papers. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1992.035

These archives were donated to the Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center by Alfred W. Roark on February 15, 1992.

Processing Information

Processed by Carrie Griffin, July 1993

Updated, Lynda Young, September 2004 and June 2005

Updated, Lisa Meisch, June 2005, March 2013 and August 2013

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Alfred Roark papers, 1927-1992, bulk 1933-1943,
6.5 cubic ft.

State representative records, 1933-1939
Box
1992.035-1 Certificates of election, 1933 and 1934
State auditor's statement and senator's report, 1934
Correspondence, 1934
[10 folders]
Correspondence (A-D), 1935
[5 folders]
Box
1992.035-2 Correspondence (E-Z), 1935
[16 folders]
Correspondence (A-B), 1936
[2 folders]
Box
1992.035-3 Correspondence (C-Z), 1936
[12 folders]
Correspondence (A-B), 1937
[2 folders]
Box
1992.035-4 Correspondence (B-L), 1937
[13 folders]
Box
1992.035-5 Correspondence (M-Z), 1937
[17 folders]
Box
1992.035-6 Correspondence, 1938-1939
[13 folders]
Drafts of speeches before the House of Representatives, 1933-1938
[Each individual speech not specifically dated.]
Pamphlets and speeches promoting R.W. Calvert for speaker of the House of Representatives, 1936
Legislative materials, including copies of bills, amendments, brochures, and pamphlets, 1938-1939
[5 folders]
Hardin County Judge records, 1939-1942
Box
1992.035-7 Certificate commissioning Alfred Roark as Hardin County Judge, 1939
Correspondence (A-R), 1939
[16 folders]
Box
1992.035-8 Correspondence (S-Z), 1939
[6 folders]
Correspondence (A-L), 1940
[10 folders]
Box
1992.035-9 Correspondence (M-Z), 1940
[10 folders]
Correspondence (A-D), 1941
[6 folders]
Box
1992.035-10 Correspondence (D-Z), 1941
[17 folders]
Box
1992.035-11 Correspondence, 1942
[14 folders]
Personal papers, 1934-1992, undated
Box
1992.035-11 Correspondence, 1943
Newspaper clippings, 1934-1942
Roark's personal papers, which include bank records, insurance policies, records pertaining to automobile purchases and Roark genealogy, 1934-1940 and undated
[3 folders]
[Information in the genealogies covers 1824, 1842-1844 and 1850.]
Tanglewood Magazine, February 1992
[Includes article and photos pertaining to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred W. Roark.]
Abstracts of title and related material, 1837-1959, undated
Box
1992.035-12 Abstract of title (#777) to west 1/2 of Epsy Hart 160-acre survey in Hardin County for the Batson Oil Company of Houston, 1953
[Documents date 1889-1935. Certified March 18, 1953. Compiled by J.B. Hooks Abstract Company of Kountze, Texas.]
Two maps of the Epsy Hart survey and correspondence concerning location and return of the abstract to Roark, 1952-1959
Abstract of title (#779) to Mary E. Hopkins Survey #1 in Hardin County, 1939
[2 folders]
[Documents date 1901-1939. Certified July 6, 1939. Compiled by J.B. Hooks Abstract Company.]
Supplemental abstract of title (#779) to Mary E. Hopkins Survey #1, 1940
[Documents date 1906-1940. Certified March 25, 1940. Compiled by J.B. Hooks Abstract Co.]
Correspondence pertaining to the Mary E. Hopkins abstract, 1941-1957
Portion of Mary E. Hopkins abstract, undated
[Documents date 1881-1903. Date of certification unknown.]
Abstract of title (#367) to the John Lewis 480-acre survey, in conflict with the Mary E. Hopkins Survey, 1927
[Documents date 1837-1903. Certified February 1, 1927. Compiled by F.W. Tebbs, Kountze, Texas.]
Box
1992.035-13 Abstract of title (#783), to one acre out of the C.F.S. Jordit Survey, Tract G, Hardin County, 1939
[Documents date 1859-1901. Certified July 7, 1939. Compiled by J.B. Hooks Abstract Co.]
Abstract of title (#174), to the Teel one-acre tract from the J.F. Cotton preemption survey, Hardin County, 1939
[Documents date 1849-1939. Certified June 27, 1939. Compiled by J.B. Hooks Abstract Co.]
Newspaper, 1935
Room
Newspaper Room Cleveland Advocate, March 14, 1935
[Includes photo of Alfred Roark as state representative.]
Artifacts, 1936-1937
Artifact
1992.035.0001 Brown wooden gavel, about 1937
[Accompanied by label: "From Albert Cooper – Shamrock, Texas – To Hon. Alf Roark – Chrm. Com. On Taxacion (sic) & Revenues – House of Representatives – Austin, Texas."]
Artifact
1992.035.0002 Fifty-four commemorative stamps, 1936
[Marked "For the Texas Centennial."]

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