University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robert Wilburn Calvert Papers, 1965-1975



Descriptive Summary

Creator Calvert, Robert Wilburn, 1905-1994
Title Calvert, Robert Wilburn, Papers
Dates: 1965-1975
Absract Correspondence, reports, proposals, provisions, minutes, books, newspaper clippings, and LP records compose the Robert Wilburn Calvert Papers (1965-1975) relating to Calvert’s legal career, judicial reform, and his activities as chairman of the Constitutional Revision Commission.
Accession Nos. 76-11; 91-170; 92-342; 2011-260
Extent 10 ft., 5 in.
Language English.
Repository Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Robert Wilburn Calvert (1905-1994), born in Lawrence County, Tennessee, was Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1961 to 1972. At age eight, he arrived in Texas shortly after the death of his father when his mother placed a young Calvert and his siblings in the State Orphans’ Home in Corscicana. He resided there for the next decade, where he suffered from hunger, abuse, and nearly died from the 1918 influenza outbreak, unfortunately claiming his sister.

Following his graduation as salutatorian from the orphanage’s high school, Calvert relocated to Austin where he attended the University to study law. Graduating in 1931, he was employed as a district attorney in Hillsboro. From 1933 to 1939 he was a member of the Texas House of Representatives, and Speaker of the House from 1937-1939. He worked as associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court from 1950 to 1961 until elected chief justice.

Calvert married his first wife in 1933 and had two children. After the couple’s 1958 divorce, he remarried in 1962. He worked for the Texas Supreme Court for over twenty years before returning to private practice until his death in Waco on October 6, 1994.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, proposals, provisions, minutes, books, newspaper clippings, and LP records compose the Robert Wilburn Calvert Papers (1965-1975) relating to Calvert’s legal career, judicial reform, and his activities as chairman of the Constitutional Revision Commission.


Index Terms

Subjects
Calvert, Robert Wilburn, 1905-1994--Archives.
Texas. Constitutional Revision Commission.
Subjects
Justice, Administration of -- Texas.
Places
Texas. Supreme Court -- History.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Cite as

Robert Wilburn Calvert Papers, 1965-1975, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by archives staff. Subsequent revisions by Maria Soscia, October 2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Inventory

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2C157 Judicial Improvement Material:
Proposals; Reforms, 1970-1972
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2C158 Committee listings; Improvements; Newspaper clippings; Other material
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2C159 Correspondence, 1972-1974
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2C160 Correspondence; Proposals; Draft of Article V; Lobbying; Proposed legislation; 1971-1973
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2C161 Court improvement; Task force meeting; Regional conference on Article V, 1972-1973
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2C162 Constitutional Revision Commission material:
Revisions of Article V; Miscellaneous committees, 1972-1974
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2C163 General Provisions, 1973-1974
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2C164 Staff and legislative committees, 1973
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2C165 Judiciary Committee; Travel pack, 1973-1974
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2C166 Recommendations; Proposed revision; Suggestions obtained, 1973
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2C167 Meetings; Committees; News and press release, 1973-1974
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2C168 Newspaper articles; Expenses, 1973-1974
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2C169 Meetings; General correspondence, 1973-1974
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2C170 Budget; Miscellaneous committees; Constitutional Convention; Reports, 1973-1974
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2C171 Style and Drafting, and other committees, 1973-1974
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2C172 Speech Material; Public information program; Advance preparation, and other material, 1965-1974
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2C173 Committees:
Education, 1973
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2C174 Executive Branch, 1973
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2C175 Finance, 1973
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2C176 Local government; Rights and suffrage; On the Executive; Newspaper clippings, 1973-1974
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2C177 Miscellaneous committees, 1973-1974
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2C178 General correspondence; Endorsements and publicity suggestions; Articles and speeches; Analysis; newspaper clippings, 1974-1975
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2C179 Reports; Revised Constitution; Handbook; Programs, 1968-1973
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2C180 Bibliography; Speaker kit; Revisions; Reports, 1968-1975
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2C181 The Texas Constitution: An Annotated and Comparative Analysis; Draft, 1973
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2C182 Research materials for supplement to TEXAS JURISTS.
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2B72 Ten LP records (78 RPM) containing political advertisements to radio stations by Calvert during his campaign to be Chief Justice of the Texas Supreme Court