Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Thomas Jefferson Holbrook:

An Inventory of Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1836-1964



Overview

Creator: Holbrook, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1879?-1964.
Title: Papers
Dates: 1836-1964
Abstract: The papers of Thomas Jefferson Holbrook include correspondence, speeches, dockets, records from various organizations, pamphlets, poems, and newspaper clippings. Older historic materials date from 1836 to 1886. Holbrook's own papers date from 1910 to 1964. The older documents include Republic of Texas-era correspondence in Spanish and English, and records from the Galveston Lyceum and Galveston County Court dockets. Holbrook's papers consist of correspondence, speeches by Holbrook and by others, reports, rosters, minutes, and related records from the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory, pamphlets on various subjects, and poems and newspaper clippings.
Quantity: 3.29 cubic ft.
Language English.

Biographical Sketch

Thomas Jefferson Holbrook was born about 1879. He attended Professor F. M. Berhns' West Texas Normal and Business College of Cherokee, Texas, and was a graduate of the University of Texas Law School class of 1906. From 1907 to 1919 he was legal advisor and credit manager of Mistrot Brothers in Galveston, and served in the same capacity for Sanger Brothers in Dallas from 1919 to 1921. He was elected state senator from Galveston in 1921, and continued in that office until 1937. He was dean of the Texas Senate for many years, and was voted outstanding orator by the news media. While in the Senate, he introduced legislation calling for flood control of the Colorado River, banking regulation, old age pensions, a Texas State Museum, prevention of water pollution, and regulation of the practice of medicine. He was one of the leading critics of the New Deal in Texas, and introduced resolutions in the Texas legislature and the State Bar Association opposing the attempted revision of the United States Supreme Court by the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration. After his defeat in the election for the 46th Legislature, he moved to Austin in 1941.

He was a Scottish Rite Mason, and was a charter member of the Scottish Rite Educational Association of Texas and on the Board of Directors of the Scottish Rite Dormitory at the University of Texas. Holbrook's first wife, Davidella Rice Holbrook, died in 1941. At his death on October 21, 1964, he was survived by his second wife, Abigail Curlee Holbrook. Both Thomas Jefferson Holbrook and Davidella Rice Holbrook are buried in the State Cemetery in Austin.


Scope and Contents of the Records

The papers of Thomas Jefferson Holbrook include correspondence, speeches, dockets, records from various organizations, pamphlets, poems, and newspaper clippings. Older historic materials date from 1836 to 1886. Holbrook's own papers date from 1910 to 1964. The older documents include Republic of Texas-era correspondence in Spanish and English, and records from the Galveston Lyceum and Galveston County Court dockets. Holbrook's papers consist of correspondence, speeches by Holbrook and by others, reports, rosters, minutes, and related records from the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory, pamphlets on various subjects, and poems and newspaper clippings.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into six series:
Correspondence, 1910-1944, 4 inches
Speeches, 1920-1951, 6 inches
Records of the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory, 1942-1964, 11.5 inches
Historic documents, 1836-1886, 1.5 inches
Pamphlets and literature, 1923-1944, 7 inches
Newspaper clippings and poems, 5 inches

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Holbrook, Thomas J. (Thomas Jefferson), 1879?-1964.
Corporate Names:
Scottish Rite Dormitory (Austin, Tex.)
Scottish Rite Educational Association of Texas.
Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Galveston Lyceum.
Subjects:
Legislators--Texas.
Places:
Galveston Island (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government--1865-1950.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Reports--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Speeches--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Pamphlets--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Poetry--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Clippings--Texas--1836-1886, 1910-1964.
Dockets--Galveston County (Tex.)--1847-1853.
Minutes--Texas--Education--1942-1964.

Related Material

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

Texas State Archives
Mrs. T. J. Holbrook Collection, 1862, undated, 3 items
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
T. J. Holbrook biographical clipping file

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Thomas Jefferson Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1965/111

The papers of Thomas Jefferson Holbrook arrived at the Texas State Archives in two different accessions. The first group of papers, now described in the collection as historic documents, were donated by Thomas J. Holbrook in 1939. The remainder of the collection came in a donation from Mrs. T. J. Holbrook in April 1966.

Processing Information

Cynthia J. Beeman, December 1984


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Correspondence, 1910-1944, undated,
4 inches

Correspondence, 1910-1944, deals with Holbrook's campaigns for state senate, pending legislation, state and national political issues, and Scottish Rite Masonic and Eastern Star organizations. Letters are both typescript and handwritten.
Arrangement
The arrangement is chronological, with undated letters placed at the end. In instances where both incoming and outgoing correspondence exists, both items are placed in order by the date of the incoming letter.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Correspondence:
box folder
1965/111-1 1. 1910; 1922-1929
2. 1930-1935
3. February 5-11, 1937
4. February 12-16, 1937
5. February 19-27, 1937
6. March 1 - April 28, 1937
7. July 1938
8. August - September 1938
9. October - November 1938
10. May 10, 1939; February 5-25, 1940
11. February 26 - April 22, 1940; September 25, 1944; undated



 

Speeches, 1920-1951,
6 inches

Speeches, 1920-1951, of Thomas J. Holbrook and others deal with political and social issues.
Arrangement
Holbrook's addresses are arranged chronologically; those by others are alphabetical by name of author.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speeches, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1965/111-1 Speeches by Holbrook:
12. 1920-1923
13. 1926-1933
14. 1936-1938
15. 1951
16. undated
17. undated
18. undated
box
1965/111-2 Speeches by others:
1. A - B
2. B
3. C - C
4. F - H
5. J - L
6. Mc
7. M - O
8. P - R
9. Morris Sheppard
10. S - V
11. no author



 

Records of the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory, 1942-1964,
11.5 inches

Records consist of reports of the Director, Auditor, and Social Director, rosters, activities calendars, board meeting minutes, and financial reports, dating 1942-1964. Holbrook was on the Board of Directors of both the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory at the University of Texas.
Arrangement
These records are divided between dormitory and association material, arranged by type of material, then arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Records of the Scottish Rite Educational Association and the Scottish Rite Dormitory, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Scottish Rite Dormitory
box
1965/111-3 Director's Report:
1. 1950
2. 1951
3. 1952-1953
4. 1958-1960
5. Rosters, 1950-1964
6. Activities Calendars, 1956, 1959, 1963
7. General Information, 1950-1959
8. Job Descriptions, 1956
Auditor's Reports:
9. 1942, 1944, 1945
10. 1946
11. 1947
12. 1948
box folder
1965/111-4 1. Auditor's Survey, 1948
Report:
2. 1949
3. 1950
4. 1951
5. 1952-1953
6. 1956
7. 1957-1958
8. 1959
9. 1960
10. Report of Social Director, April 1949
11. Budgets, 1956-1965
Scottish Rite Educational Association
box folder
1965/111-4 12. General Information, 1950-1959
13. Financial Reports, 1948-1949
Board Meeting Minutes:
14. 1946-1949
box folder
1965/111-5 1. 1956, 1957
2. 1959, 1962, 1963
3. 1964



 

Historic documents, 1836-1886,
1.5 inches

Historic documents, dating 1836-1886, include records of the Galveston Lyceum, dockets of the Galveston County Court, engravings, Republic-era letters, and two letters from a later time period. The original Republic letters are laminated and most are illegible. They are in Spanish and English, and there are typescript transcriptions and translations. Most of the letters are correspondence of Colonel James Morgan.
Arrangement
These papers are arranged by type of material, then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Historic documents, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box folder
1965/111-5 4. Galveston Lyceum, 1880-1886
5. Galveston County Court Dockets, 1847-1853
6. Published engravings of scenes in Liverpool, England
7. Republic letters
8. Typescript transcriptions and translations of Republic letters
9. Letters, 1857, [1888]



 

Pamphlets and literature, 1923-1944,
7 inches

Papers are pamphlets and literature, 1923-1944, collected by Thomas J. Holbrook concerning religion, education, agriculture, temperance, labor, economics, politics, race relations, and other topics.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Pamphlets and literature, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box folder
1965/111-5 10. Religion
11. Memorial
12. Education, Agriculture, Temperance
13. Labor, Economics, General
box folder
1965/111-6 1.-7. Politics
8.-19. Race Relations



 

Newspaper clippings and poems,
5 inches

Papers are newspaper clippings and poems collected by Thomas J. Holbrook. Materials have not been reviewed to determine dates and subjects.
Arrangement
No attempt was made to arrange Holbrook's collection of newspaper clippings and poems. They fill one box, and are in very poor condition.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Newspaper clippings and poems, Thomas J. Holbrook Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
box
1965/111-7 Newspaper clippings and poems