University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Lynn Batts Papers, 1820-1935, 1949

Descriptive Summary

Creator Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935.
Title Batts, Robert Lynn, Papers,
Dates: 1820-1935, 1949
Abstract Papers of R.L. Batts relate to his career as attorney, judge, professor of law and member of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas.
Accession No.: 1938; 1952; 1954; 73-135; 89-304; 92-107; 92-108; 93-265; 2006-044; 2010-242
OCLC No.: 70277847
Extent ca. 8 ft.
Language English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert Lynn Batts (1864-1935) was born on November 1, 1864 in Bastrop, Texas. In 1886, he received an LL.B. from University of Texas and went into private practice from 1886-1891. From 1891-1893, he was an assistant state attorney general of Texas and then a law professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1893 to 1900. After returning to private practice from 1900-1917, Batts was nominated by President Woodrow Wilson to be a federal judge to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 17, 1917. Batts resigned this position in 1919 and that year became general counsel to Gulf Oil. Robert Lynn Batts died on May 19, 1935.

Scope and Contents

The Robert Lynn Batts Papers, 1820-1935, 1949, are concerned with the career of Batts (1864-1935), attorney, judge, and educator, and relate to land transactions, the early history of Bastrop, and Batts's activities as an attorney in Bastrop and Austin. The papers also pertain to Batts's association with The University of Texas as a law student, a professor of law, and a member of the Board of Regents, as well as his professional activities as Texas counsel in the Waters-Pierce case, as United States judge of Circuit Court of Appeals, and as general counsel for the Gulf Petroleum Company. Materials dealing with The University of Texas concern the constitutional amendment fight of 1913-1914 over state tax to support both The University of Texas and Texas A & M College, the Ferguson Controversy, and recommendations for the selection of presidents. The papers include correspondence, reminiscences, college papers, minutes, deeds, plats, surveys, account papers, bonds, and legal papers.

A special item of note within the Correspondence, 1848-1919 series includes a letter from Woodrow Wilson accepting Batts' representation as United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit, Houston, Texas.


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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935--Archives
Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937.
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944.
Gregory, Thomas Watt, 1861-1933.
Subjects (Organizations)
Gulf Oil Company.
Texas A& M University
Texas. Agricultural and Mechanical College, College Station.
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas at Austin. Board of Regents
Waters-Pierce Oil Company.
Gas industry--Texas.
Oil fields--Texas.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas.
Austin (Tex.)
Big Lake Oil Field (Tex.)
Bastrop (Tex.)
Central West Texas Oil Field (Tex.)

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Library Unit, Vertical Files, and Ephemera Collection.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Robert Lynn Batts Papers, 1820-1935, 1949, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection



2E81 Correspondence, 1848-1919
2E82 Correspondence, 1920-1928
2E83 Correspondence, 1929-1930
2E84 Correspondence, 1931-1932
2E85 Correspondence, 1932-1949 and undated
Letter Presses, 1888-1892, 1924-1925
2E86 Letter presses, 1925-1927, 1927-1930
2E87 Letter presses, 1930-1933, 1933-1935
2E88 Personal correspondence, 1886-1937
Expenses of hunting trips, 1923-1935
Undated personal correspondence
Addresses and writings, 1896-1919, 1922-1934
Addresses and writings, undated
2E89 Correspondence (incomplete) undated
Legal and business documents, 1820-1869, 1870-1899
2E90 Legal and business documents, 1900-1937
Legal and business documents, undated
College papers, 1885-1886
College papers, undated
2E91 Minutes, reports (other than) 1911-1932
Budgets, 1927-1935
Legislation oil lands, leases, and data
Legal bonds buildings and expansion
Newspaper clippings and other printed material
2E92 Personal account books, 1920-1929
Personal and legal accounts, 1888-1925
Legal accounts and notes, 1835-1894
2E93 Legal, State of Texas vs. Warren Moore, Gregory and Batts Legal, 1919-1925 and undated
2F301 Stephen F. Austin map of Texas, binding only 1835 -
OD1281 Stephen F. Austin map of Texas with parts of adjoining states, St. 1115c 1835,
3G211 Correspondence, 1924, 1926-1927, 1929, 1931, 1933-1935, and undated
University budgets, 1929-1930, 1930-1931, 1931-1932
University legislation and appropriations, 1929-1931, 1935
University construction, buildings, and grounds, 1927-1934
University lands, oil, trusts, and investments, and miscellaneous 1927-1929, 1931-1934, undated
3G212 University lands, oil, trusts, and investments: oil and gas royalty audits, 1926-1932
2.325/F26 Two scrapbooks with clippings, letters, and photographs relating to Batts' life and career and letters mourning his death
Legal papers on "The County of Colorado vs. County of Travis," 1913
Book store directory, undated
3S108 Photographs
3S165 Oversize materials
OD1273 Oversize materials
OD1220 Oversize materials
2.325/A74d Houston Daily Post clipping, 1882
Receipts from Acme Wire and Iron Works 1936
Personal correspondence and notes, 1922, undated
Letter to Matthews, probably 1856
Name Index, undated
SRH Maps in CAH map collection:
Geological Map of Texas by the UT Bureau of Economic Geology, color, 1919
Asia and Adjacent Regions, National Geographic Society, color, 1933
2.325/OD13 R. L. Batts Map Collection, 1891, 1921-1929, undated
University of Texas Bulletin No. 1869 Plate II - Aerial Geology West of Navasota, undated
United States Department of Agriculture, Office of Irrigation Inquiry. Map illustrating the progress of irrigation within the arid and semi-arid region of the United States west of the 97th degree of longitude west from Greenurch, 1891
North America prepared specifically for the National Geographic Magazine, 1924
Europe and the Near East - Compiled and drawn in the Cartographic Section of the National Geographic Society for the National Geographic Magazine, 1929
UT Bulletin No. 1869 Plate I - Aerial map of Central East Texas, undated
UT Bulletin No. 1869 Plate III - Map of iron ore areas of Cherokee County, Texas, 1889
Map of Europe showing countries as established by the Peace conference at Paris, 1920