University of Texas Arlington

Coke Stevenson Papers:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Stevenson, Coke R. (Coke Robert), 1888-1975.
Title: Coke Stevenson Papers
Dates: 1943
Abstract: Texas House Bill 100, also known as the Manford Act, greatly restricted labor unions in Texas by forbidding political contributions and requiring them to register and disclose financial information to the state government. Texas Governor Coke Stevenson allowed the bill to become law without his signature in 1943. Photocopies of correspondence, bill analysis, and lists of supporters and opponents pertaining to the passage of the Manford Act form this collection.
Identification: AR107
Extent: 3 folders (0.21 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Coke Stevenson (1888-1975) served as Governor of Texas from August 1941 until January 1947. In the spring of 1943, both Houses of the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 100, also known as the Manford Act. The Manford Act placed restrictions on labor unions in Texas by requiring them to register and make annual financial reports to the Texas Secretary of State. It also forbade political contributions from labor unions. Governor Stevenson did not veto the bill and allowed it to become law without his signature.


Scope and Contents

Papers contain photocopies of correspondence, bill analysis, and lists of supporters and opponents. All materials pertain to House Bill 100, also known as the Manford Act. All correspondence consists of letters to Governor Stevenson in support of or in opposition to the bill.


Organization

Materials are divided according to whether they are in support of or opposition to the Manford Act in the first two folders. Within the folders, materials are arranged in chronological order. The final folder contains miscellaneous materials and is arranged in chronological order.

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Stevenson, Coke R. (Coke Robert), 1888-1975--Archives.
Organizations
Texas. Legislature--Manford Act.
Texas. Governor (1874-1876 : Coke)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor laws and legislation--Texas--Manford Act.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Administrative Information

Citation

Coke Stevenson Papers, AR107, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Gift, 1975. Accessioned as number 75-25.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Note to the Researcher

Collection also known as Manford Act-Coke Stevenson Papers. Materials in this collection are photocopies. The originals are in the Texas State Archives, Coke Stevenson Papers, Austin, Texas.


Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence - For signing bill, March-April, 1943
2 Correspondence - For vetoing bill, March-April, 1943
3 Miscellaneous - Lists of supporters and opponents of the bill in the Legislature, brief analysis of HB100 by sections, copy of SB 264 - Kansas Legislature, regular session, 1943