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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas Arlington

James C. Sewell Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sewell, James C. (James Carroll), 1912-1976.
Title: James C. Sewell Papers
Inclusive Dates: 1950-1972
Identification: AR132
Extent: 4.5 boxes (2 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

Attorney and judge (B.A., LL.B. University of Texas). Born 1912 near Blooming Grove, Texas; died 1976. Sewell was elected to the Texas Legislature in 1949 to fill the unexpired term of George O. Nokes, Jr., and represented Navarro County in the 51st and 52nd legislatures, serving on the Public Health, Education, and Judiciary committees. He was appointed County Judge for Navarro County in 1951 and served as such until January 1, 1957. In 1956 he was elected District Judge for the 13th Judicial District of Texas, a position he held until 1972. Judge Sewell was active in Democratic party politics and served as chairman of the Democratic Advisory Council of Texas (1952-1955).

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, clippings, political advertisements and campaign materials, printed material, and photographs. The papers are the personal files of Judge James C. Sewell of Corsicana, Texas, the bulk of which are general correspondence files dating from 1950-1972. Some letters were written to or by Sewell’s wife, Janet. Present are materials pertaining to Sewell’s election campaigns of 1956, 1968, and 1972 for district judge, as well as correspondence stemming from his judgeships, his tenure in the Texas Legislature, and his political activities. Prominent correspondents include Ralph Yarborough, Maury Maverick, Jr., Olin Teague, Dolph Briscoe, Ben Barnes, Maury Maverick, Sr., and Preston Smith. Sam Rayburn, Lyndon Johnson and Allan Shivers were occasional correspondents and the subjects of clippings and letters. Other names found in the papers include those of such local and national Democratic figures as D. B. Hardeman, George Nokes, Kathleen Voight, Gabe Garrett, Hilda Heinert, Stephen A. Mitchell, Paul Butler, and Adlai Stevenson. The papers also contain newspaper clippings concerning campaigns and elections, legislative issues, party politics, and biographical information on Sewell; newsletters, business correspondence, and by-laws of the Navarro County Action Committee, Inc.; and ten photographs of Sewell, shown at times with George Nokes, Dolph Briscoe, and Allan Shivers.

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Organization

Arranged alphabetically by subject; general correspondence arranged alphabetically by name of correspondent and thereunder chronologically.

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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.

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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
Sewell, James C. (James Carroll), 1912-1976--Archives.
Sewell, Janet, 1918-1975.
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-
Maverick, Maury, 1921-
Hardeman, D. B., 1914-
Teague, Olin E., 1910-
Briscoe, Dolph.
Barnes, Ben F., 1938-
Smith, Preston, 1912-
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961.
Shivers, Allan, 1907-
Nokes, George O.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Mitchell, Stephen A. (Stephen Arnold), 1903-1974.
Butler, Paul M. (Paul Mulholland), 1905-1961.
Voigt, Kathleen.
Organizations
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives--Officials and employees.
Navarro County Action Committee, Inc.
Subjects
Judges--Texas--Archives.
Elections--Navarro County (Tex.)
Politicians--Texas--Correspondence.
Elections--Texas.
Legislators--Texas--Archives.
Campaign literature--Democratic.
Places
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Navarro County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Navarro County (Tex.)--Officials and employees.
Alternate Titles
Texas Political History Collection.

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Related Material

See also Texas AFL-CIO Correspondence with Non-union Associations and Organizations (AR110, Series 25, Box 3, Folder 16) for information on the Fair Pipeline Gas Tax.

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Gift of James C. Sewell, March 29, 1976.

Citation

James C. Sewell Papers, AR132, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

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Container List

 

Box Folder
1 1 Bar Association - Correspondence, Oct. 3, 1968 - June 26, 1970
2 Barnes, Ben
Correspondence, July 1970 - Jan. 1972; Newsletter Feb. 19, 1971; Newsclippings, "Ben Barnes for Governor" Campaign Kit.
3 Bentsen, Lloyd - Correspondence, Jul 15, 1970 and undated
4 Briscoe, Dolph - Correspondence, Sept. 14, 1951 - Jan. 31, 1972, and undated
5 Child Welfare - Correspondence, April 1969 - Jan. 1972
6 Chiropody Society - Correspondence, Feb. - March 1951,
Concerning House Bill #102, the Chiropody Practice Act of Texas, and other Chiropractic Regulations.
7 Correspondence, General, "A" - Correspondence and Telegrams, March 1950 - June 1972
8 Correspondence, General, "B" - Correspondence, Cards, Telegrams, Feb. 1950 - April 1972
9 Correspondence, General, "C" - Correspondence, Telegrams, Invitation, Feb. 1950 - May 1972
10 Correspondence, General, "D" - Correspondence, Telegrams, Feb. 1950 - May 1972
11 Correspondence, General, "E", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
12 Correspondence, General, "F", Feb. 1950 - April 1972
13 Correspondence, General, "G", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
14 Correspondence, General, "H", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
Box Folder
2 1 Correspondence, General, "I", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
2 Correspondence, General, "J", Jan. 1951 - May 1972
3 Correspondence, General, "K", Feb. 1951 - April 1972
4 Correspondence, General, "L", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
5 Correspondence, General, "Mc", Feb. 1950 - Aug. 1972
6 Correspondence, General, "M", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
7 Correspondence, General, "N", Dec. 1949 - May 1972
8 Correspondence, General, "O", April 1956 - April 1972
9 Correspondence, General, "P", Oct. 1949 - May 1972
10 Correspondence, General, "Q", March 22 & 23, 1972
11 Correspondence, General, "R", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
12 Correspondence, General, "S", Feb. 1950 - May 1972
13 Correspondence, General, "T", Feb. 1951 - April 1972
14 Correspondence, General, "U", August 1956 - May 1970
Box Folder
3 1 Correspondence, General, "V", Feb. 1951 - July 1972
2 Correspondence, General "W", April 1950 - March 1972
3 Correspondence, General "Y", June 1956 - April 1972
4 Correspondence, General "Z", June 1956
5 Correspondence, General, unknown, Feb. 1950 - May 1972
6 Corsicana Chamber of Commerce; Correspondence, June 1970 - Feb. 1972
7 Corsicana, City of; Correspondence, Feb. 1970 - June 1970
8 Democrats - Correspondence, May, 1954 - Sept., 1970
Minutes of rules committee of State Democartic Executive Committee, March, 1970.
9 Election Campaign, 1956
Contributions, Correspondence, June - July, 1956; Newsclippings, Notes, Political Advertisements, Receipts and Bills, Dec., 1955 - Aug., 1956; miscellaneous.
10 Election Campaign, 1968
Correspondence, June - Dec. 1968, Political Advertisements, Receipts, Bills, Campaign Expenditure, Feb. - March, 1968.
11 Election Campaign, 1972
Correspondence, Jan.- May, 1972 and undated, Newsclippings, Political Advertisements, Receipts, Bills, Campaign Expenditures, miscellaneous.
12 Election Material, undated
List of names, contributions lists.
13 Family Consultation Center Investigation Reports
Correspondence, Interview Notes, Miscellaneous.
14 Grocers Association - Correspondence, Feb. - March, 1951
15 Hornblower's Market Review, July 19, 1970 - Jan. 1971
16 Hot Check Bill, House Bill #403 - Correspondence, April 1951
17 Insurance - Correspondence, Feb. - May 1951,
Miscellaneous.
18 Judiciary - Correspondence, Feb. 1951 - May, 1951
19 Legislative Pay - Resolution, "claim for additional compensation" reports
Box Folder
4 1 Maverick, Maury, Sr. & Jr. - Correspondence, June, 1939 - April, 1972
2 Navarro County Action Committee;
Correspondence, May 1970 - March, 1972; Newsletter, June 1970 - April 1972; By-Laws, undated.
3 Newspaper Clippings, Identified, Sources, 1948-1976
4 Newspaper Clippings, Personal Scrapbook, Sources, undated
5 Newspaper Clippings, Unidentified, 1950
6 Old Age Pension, Proposed Legislation, 1950-1951
7 Petroleum Industry, Correspondence, Feb-May 1951
8 Photographs, undated
9 Planning Commissions, Proposed Legislation, Correspondence, April, 1951
10 Probation Program Proposed Grant Application, Correspondence, Oct.-Dec. 1971
11 Prohibition, Correspondence, Jan.-March 1951
12 Purden, Texas; Correspondence, Feb. 1950
13 Rayburn, Sam; Correspondence, Nov. 1952-Dec. 1955;
Printed Material, undated.
Box Folder
5 1 Resolutions in honor of James Sewell, April 1951
2 Shivers, Allan, Correspondence, Jan.-May, 1951
3 Smith, Preston; Correspondence, April 1951-Feb. 1972
4 Taxes; Correspondence, Jan.-May 1951;
Proposed Legislation, 1951.
5 Teague, Olin; Correspondence, March 1951.- April 1972
6 Teachers; Correspondence about Legislation, March-April 1951
7 Texas Exes; Correspondence, Feb. 1972
8 Texas State College for Women; Correspondence, March 1951
9 Texas Youth Council; Correspondence, April, 1970
10 Trucking; Correspondence, Feb.-May 1951
Box Folder
15 11 Yarborough, Ralph; Correspondence, March 1951 - Jan. 1972

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