A Guide to the J. Edwin Smith Collection, 1958-1992
Noted Texas attorney James Edwin Smith, who won a U.S. Supreme Court case striking down an election primary system that excluded black voters, was born in Sonora, Texas on October 18, 1911. He ran for Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Texas in 1958, as a member of the Democratic Party. Publicity photographs for this campaign were taken by Russell Lee. Smith lived and worked in Houston for much of his life. He died on Feburary 1, 2001.
Photographs, correspondence and political campaign literature comprise the bulk of this collection. Dates range from 1958-1992.
Open for research.
J. Edwin Smith Papers, Southwestern Writers Collection/Texas State University-San Marcos.
Gift donated by J. Edwin Smith, 1992.
Processed by Amanda Oates, 1999.
Please contact the Center for American History, Univ. of Texas at Austin, for reprints or permission to publish these photographs.
Detailed Description of the Collection