University of Texas Arlington

Preacher Hays Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hays, John W. (John Willis), 1908-
Title: Preacher Hays Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1928-1975
Bulk Dates: 1936-1968
Abstract: The Preacher Hays Papers provide information on the activities of a prominent Dallas labor leader. The bulk of the papers is correspondence (1936-1967) dealing with Hays' activities in the labor movement. Correspondence relating to his personal business and to his political and civic activities is also included.
Identification: AR9
Extent: 6 boxes (2.42 linear feet)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

John W. Hays was born in Rusk County, Texas, in 1908. He grew up in Dallas where he worked as a newsboy, circulation salesman, pressman, and press operator for the four Dallas newspapers with most of his career being with the Dallas Times-Herald. He joined the Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local No. 21 in 1928 and served as secretary, vice-president, and president. He was active in Dallas and Texas politics and the labor movement on the local, state, and national levels. He ran unsuccessfully for president of the International Printing Pressmen and Assistants’ Union of North America. He often used the nickname Preacher.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, minutes, financial records, newsletters, agreements, resolutions, photographs, tape recordings, biographical information, certificates, work cards, phonograph records, and gavels. The collection includes personal papers and union records and correspondence produced while Hays served as an officer in the following groups from 1946 through 1966: Texas State Federation of Labor, Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local No. 21, Dallas Central Labor Council, Dallas Union Label and Services Trade Council, Texas Allied Printing Trades Council, Dallas Allied Printing Trades Council, Joint Council of Printing Pressmen, Dallas Labor Unions’ Educational Cooperative, and the North American Newspaper-Web Conference of the United States and Canada. Also included are some records of Ladies’ Auxiliary No. 30 of the Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local No. 21 and correspondence with Estes Kefauver, Price Daniel, John Connally, Lyndon Baines Johnson, and Mullinax, Wells & Morris.


 

Organization

The papers are arranged by document-subject type, with the exception of the miscellaneous and personal records at the end. These are arranged by subject-document type.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Hays, John W. (John Willis), 1908- --Archives.
Organizations
Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local No. 21--Records and correspondence.
Dallas Allied Printing Trades Council--Records and correspondence.
Texas Allied Printing Trades Council--Records and correspondence.
Dallas Central Labor Council--Records and correspondence.
Texas State Federation of Labor--Records and correspondence.
Dallas Labor Unions’ Educational Co-operative (Dallas, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen’s Union Local No. 21. Ladies’ Auxiliary No. 30--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Press--Employees--Texas--Dallas.
Press--Employees--Labor unions--Texas.
Places
Dallas (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

  • Texas Allied Printing Trades Council Proceedings.
  • Southwest Conference of Printing Pressmen and Assistants Proceedings.
  • International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America Proceedings.


Separated Material

Two books were transferred to the circulating collection:

  • Sylvester Petro, The Kingsport Strike.
  • Irving Auerbach, Are Unions Necessary?


Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of John W. Hays, 1967 and 1975.

Citation

Preacher Hays Papers, AR9, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.


Container List

 

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence, General, 1936-1949
2 Correspondence, General, 1950-1952
3 Correspondence, General, 1953
4 Correspondence, General, 1954
5 Correspondence, General, 1955
6 Correspondence, General, 1956
7 Correspondence, General, 1957
8 Correspondence, General, 1958
9 Correspondence, General, 1959
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, General, 1960
2 Correspondence, General, 1961
3 Correspondence, General, 1962
4 Correspondence, General, 1963
5 Correspondence, General, Jan., 1964 - July, 1964
6 Correspondence, General, Aug., 1964 - Dec., 1964
7 Correspondence, General, 1965
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, General, 1966
2 Correspondence, General, 1967
3 Correspondence, General, 1968
4 Correspondence, General, undated
5 Correspondence, Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union, Local 21, Ladies' Auxiliary #30, 1956-1960
(incomplete; includes constitution)
6 Correspondence, Daniel, Price, 1957-1960
7 Correspondence, First Methodist Church, Dallas - Men's Bible Class, 1961-1964
8 Correspondence, Hays, John W. - Life Membership Fund, 1955-1959
9 Correspondence, Kidd, Ballard, 1955-1957
10 Correspondence, Loyal Opposition Slate, 1963-1968
11 Correspondence, Miami Pressmen's Benefit, 1961-1962
12 Correspondence, Mullinax, Wells, and Morris Law Firm, 1957-1958
(also includes history of the firm)
13 Correspondence, North American Newspaper - Webb Conference, 1957-1961
14 Correspondence, Texas Allied Printing Trades' Council, 36th Annual Convention, 1955
15 Correspondence, Texas State Federation of Labor, State Fair Union Label Booth, 1954-1956
16 Correspondence, Union Label Luncheon, 1962
17 Minutes:
Contract Committee - 1958; Dallas Allied Printing Trades Council - 1953, 1960, 1964 (incomplete); Dallas Labor Unions Educational Cooperative - 1957-1960 (incomplete); Joint Council of Printing Pressmen - 1961 (incomplete); North American Newspaper - Web Conference - 1957-1961 (incomplete); Texas Allied Printing Trades' Council - 1952-1958; Miscellaneous
Box Folder
4 1 Agreements, International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America, Local 21: Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union, 1944-1958
2 Financial Records, Dallas Labor Unions' Educational Cooperative, 1954; 1956-1960; 1962-1964
(incomplete)
3 Meeting Notices, Dallas Labor Unions' Educational Cooperative; International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America, Local 21: Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union; Joint Council of Printing Pressmen.
4 Newsletter - Joint Council Reporter, 1961
(incomplete)
5 Resolutions,
Dallas Allied Printing Trades' Council; International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America, Local 21: Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union; Texas Allied Printing Trades' Council.
6 Dallas AFL-CIO Council Labor Day Committee, Miscellaneous Records, 1960
7 Dallas Allied Printing Trades' Council, Labor Day Breakfast, Miscellaneous Records, 1962-1966
8 Dallas Council on Alcoholism, Miscellaneous Records, 1966
9 International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America, Local 21: Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union, Dispute with Dallas Publishers, Miscellaneous Records, 1963
10 International Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Union of North America, Local 21: Dallas Newspaper Printing Pressmen's Union, Educational Seminar, Miscellaneous Records, 1959-1960
11 Southwest Conference of Printing Pressmen and Assistants' Convention, Miscellaneous Records, 1958
12 Hays, John W. - Autobiography and Personal Data
13 Hays, John W. - Personal Records, Miscellaneous
14 Hays, John W. - Working Cards, 1928 - 1975
15 Miscellaneous, phonograph record (Preacher Hays Speech)
78 rpm, 2:45 minutes, undated
Box Folder
5 1 Photographs
2 Photographs
Three framed photographs, one framed certificate, one photograph (unframed), two tapes
3 Photographs and tape recordings,
One photo signed by Lyndon B. Johnson, removed and placed in exhibit collection. Two tape recordings (reel to reel) Hayes, Turner.
Box Folder
6 1 Magazines, Photograph Album, one photograph (unframed)
Box Folder
OS151 1 Phonograph Record,
Mr. Hays at the Dallas City Council Meet, 78 rpm, undated
Box
Restricted Box 3 Miscellaneous Items
Two gavels, 1955, 1957 .
Box Folder
OS146 8
Poster of John B. Connally signed by Connally and members of his family.