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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mullinax (Otto) Papers, 1935-1998.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Mullinax, Otto
Title: Otto Mullinax Papers
Dates: 1935-1998
Abstract: Otto Mullinax was a Dallas lawyer who participated in labor and segregation litigation. The bulk of the papers are subject files related to notable cases regarding free speech, communist, labor and union activity, segregation, etc; democratic and progressive causes and politics; activities of friends and colleagues; and progressive publications.
Accession No.: 2008-158
Extent: (1 foot, 7 inches)
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Otto Mullinax was born in Clearwater, TX on June 28, 1912. He attended the University of Texas and received a BA and LL.B degree in 1937. While at the University of Texas, he became involved in progressive politics and ran for Texas public office as a student. He went on to found and participate in many progressive organizations, including the Progressive Democrats, Chaparral Club, and others. He co-founded the Dallas law firm Mullinax & Wells in 1947, which participated in labor and segregation litigation. It also served as general counsel to the Texas State Federation of Labor. He represented cases for the ACLU and was one of the founders of the progressive biweekly journal, Texas Observer. He is considered by many to have played a leading role in progressive politics in Texas. Otto Mullinax died in Dallas, TX on March 14, 2000.

Biographical note prepared using material from the collection and biographical information published in Marquis Who’s Who on the Web.

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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the papers are subject files related to notable cases regarding free speech, communist, labor and union activity, segregation, etc; democratic and progressive causes and politics; activities of friends and colleagues; and progressive publications. One file contains correspondence and notes to be used for a planned published history of the Progressive Democrats. The subject files contain clippings, correspondence, drafts, printed material, legal documents, and a few photographs. In addition, there are several scrapbooks with clippings documenting similar topics. There is a small amount of published government reports.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Mullinax, Otto -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas observer.
Subjects
Liberalism -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Otto Mullinax Papers, 1935-1998, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2.325/D47 Subject Files:
Dr. R.H. Montgomery, 1936-1938
Young Democrats, 1939
Progressive Democrats, 1982
Clay Cochran (includes letter from Lyndon B. Johnson), 1936-1941
In Fact: For the Millions Who Want a Free Press newspaper, 1941-1942
Progressive Democrats, 1993
Yarborough, Ralph (letter and ephemera), 1938
The Texas Citizen, 1939
Rapoport & Adams, 1983-1984
Chaparral Club, 1938-1939
1936 Campaign for Legislature
Labor (clippings, excerpts from Congressional Record, speech draft), 1937-1939
Minnie Fisher Cunningham, 1965-1975, 1994-1995
American Vigilant Intelligence Federation (with 1989 annotation), 1936
[Utilities & Southern Conference for Human Welfare] (clippings, printed matter), 1938-1939
“Personnel File”, 1938-1947
Houston Social Hygiene Committee, 1938
Division Orientation Officer (contains drafts and clippings from column, “The Best Informed Soldier…”), 1944
Equalization File, 1936
My References for Bar Admission, 1935-1943
Democratic Politics & Candidates-Texas and national (clippings and ephemera), 1915, 1935-1937
Herman Wright, Clay Cochran, Creekmore Fath, Chris Dixie, 1984- 1988
S.S. Barbaria vs. Otto B. Mullinax (Partnership Agreement), 1947- 1948
Campus Life, 1987-1989
Irvin Boarnet (includes assorted clippings, correspondence, report cards, etc. unrelated to original folder title), 1926-1939
Lindley Beckworth, 1936-1938
Jeffrey-Maverick [Maury], 1937-1939
Mullinax & Son, cattle (receipts), 1946
[Judge Clarence Guittard], 1981
[Republican Senatorial Inner Circle] (letter from Dan Quayle), 1989
[Oral History Interview], 1985, 1993
[Enlargement of Supreme Court] (clippings, etc.), 1937
Creekmore Fath, 1938-1939
Progressive Democrats Research File, 1935-1995
Manuscript, “The Historical Jesus and His Beloved Disciple,” 1998
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2.325/D46 Report on the Economic Conditions of Texas (edited draft)
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2.325/D46 Printed Government Reports,
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2.325/D46 Report on Economic Conditions of the South, 1938
Police and Allied Powers of Municipalities in Texas, 1938
Hearings Before the Committee on Education and Labor US Senate, 1936
Violations of Free Speech & Rights of Labor, 1939
Scrapbooks
labor and other cases, 1938-1941
Democratic Primary-Mullinax running for county judge, 1940
Texas Legislative Investigation of Communism at University of Texas, 1936
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2.325/D47a Herman Wright, 1936
Wallace for President, 1948

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