University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Will Reid Wilson Jr. Papers, 1922-1982



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Wilson, Will Reid Jr.
Title: Wilson, Will Reid Jr. Papers
Dates: 1922-1982
Abstract: Correspondence, reports, statements, legal papers, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material comprise the Wilson Papers, documenting Wilson’s legal and political career
Accession No.: 74-33; 82-184; 89-108
Extent: 86 ft., 3 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

William Reid Wilson Jr. (1912-2005) was born to Will and Kate Wilson in Dallas, Texas. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University Law School, and serving in the Pacific theater during World War II, he served as Dallas County District Attorney (1947-1950), Texas Supreme Court Justice (1951-1956), and Texas Attorney General (1957-1963). After running unsuccessfully for the Senate seat vacated by Lyndon Baines Johnson (1961) and for the Texas governorship (1962), he practiced law from 1963-1969 and was a U.S. Assistant Attorney General from 1969 to 1971.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, reports, statements, legal papers, speeches, scrapbooks, photographs, and printed material comprise the Will Reid Wilson, Jr. Papers, 1922-1982, documenting Wilson’s legal and political career.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Wilson, William Reid, Jr., 1912-2005 -- Archives.
Estes, Billie Sol
Johnson, Lyndon Baines
Sharp, Frank W.
Tower, John G.
Wilson family
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Republican Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects
Banks and banking -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Politics, Practical -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- 20th century.
Political campaigns -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Sharpstown stock fraud scandal
Places
Galveston (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Will Reid Wilson Jr. Papers, 1922-1982, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection processed by Richard King, December 1988, and Angela Olivera, February 1989. Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, October 2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4V1 Correspondence classified by county:
Anderson -- Bell, 1949-1962
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4V2 Bexar, 1948-September, 1959
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4V3 Bexar, October 1959 -- Bowie, 1962
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4V4 Brazoria -- Brown, 1949-1962
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4V5 Burleson -- Carson, 1949-1962
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4V6 Cass -- Collin, 1949-1962
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4V7 Colorado -- Dallas, 1948-1962
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4V8 Dallas, May 1950 - May 1956
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4V9 Dallas, June - October, 1956
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4V10 Dallas, October 1956 - May 1958
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4V11 Dallas, June 1958 - February 1960
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4V12 Dallas, February 1960 - March 1961
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4V13 Dallas, March 1961 -- Denton, 1949-1962
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4V14 Denton -- El Paso, 1947-1962
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4V15 El Paso -- Foard, 1949-1962
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4V16 Fort Bend -- Galveston, 1949-1962
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4V17 Galveston -- Gregg, 1948-1962
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4V18 Gregg -- Harris, 1948-1962
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4V19 Harris, 1953-1956
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4V20 Harris, 1957-1959
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4V21 Harris, 1960-1961
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4V22 Harris -- Hidalgo, 1949-1962
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4V23 Hidalgo -- Hunt, 1949-1962
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4V24 Hutchinson -- Jefferson, 1949-1962
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4V25 Jefferson -- Kerr, 1949-1962
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4V26 Kimble -- Lavaca, 1949-1962
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4V27 Lee -- Lubbock, 1949-1962
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4V28 Lynn -- Matagorda, 1949-1962
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4V29 Matagorda -- Moore, 1949-1962
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4V30 Morris -- Nueces, 1949-1962
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4V31 Nueces -- Parmer, 1949-1962
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4V32 Pecos -- Potter, 1949-1962
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4V33 Presidio -- San Augustin, 1948-1962
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4V34 San Jacinto -- Stephens, 1949-1962
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4V35 Sterling -- Tarrant, 1949-1961
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4V36 Tarrant -- Terrell, 1949-1961
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4V37 Terry -- Travis, 1949-1961
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4V38 Travis, June 1956 - March 1958
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4V39 Travis, April 1958 - August 1960
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4V40 Travis -- Victoria, 1949-1962
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4V41 Walker -- Wichita, 1949-1961
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4V42 Wichita -- Zavala, 1949-1961
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4V43 Classified constituent files:
By person:
A-Mc, undated
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4V44 M-T, undated
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4V45 U-Z, undated
By county:
Anderson -- McMullen, undated
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4V46 Nacogdoches -- Zavala, undated
Dallas -- Harris, undated
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4V47 By precinct:
A-Z
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4V48 A-E, 1958-1961
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4V49 A-E, 1958-1962
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4V50 By persons, countries, and organizations:
A-Z
Anderson -- Zavala
Lists:
Anderson -- Zavala
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4V51 By county:
Anderson -- Dallas
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4V52 Dallas -- Harris
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4V53 Harrison -- Montgomery
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4V192-196 Anderson -- Zavala
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4V54 Anderson -- Zavala (carbons):
C-E
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4V55 G-K
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4V56 O-S
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4V57 Women's files by county:
Anderson -- Dallas
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4V58 DeWitt -- Zavala
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4V59 Conservatives file:
Dallas County and Travis County
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4V60 Political files
Anderson County -- Zavala County
Out-of-state
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4V61 Bexar County -- Zavala County
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2.325/V42 Precinct lists, No. 1 - No. 122, undated
Sample ballots, 1956
Lists of persons, undated
Election returns, August 28, 1950, November 4, 1958
Senate campaign, publicity statements, 1950-1961, undated
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4V62 Lists:
Miscellaneous, 1957-1960
Mailing lists, by county: Anderson -- Zavala, 1955-1956, undated
Congressional districts No. 1 - No. 22, Anderson -- Zavala, undated
Requisitions, by county: Anderson -- Maverick, 1960-1961
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4V63 Correspondence:
General and personal, A-H, 1940-1965
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4V64-67 General and personal, I-Z, 1940-1955
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4V68-70 Dallas County District Attorney files, 1946-1950
Texas Supreme Court Justice files, 1951-1956
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4V71-76 Texas Supreme Court Justice files, 1951-1956
Texas Attorney General files, 1951-1960
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4V77-95 Texas Attorney General files, 1954-1959
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4V96-98 U. S. senatorial campaign files, 1959-1961
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4V99 Texas gubernatorial campaign files, 1959-1962
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4V100-101 Private legal practice files, 1963-1968
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4V102-117 U. S. Assistant Attorney General files
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4V118-128 Unprocessed correspondence and other miscellany, 1937-1965
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4V129-131 Classified files, by organizations: Correspondence and miscellany, 1954-1965
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4V132 Democratic Party files, 1955-1961
Republican Party files, 1967-1968
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4V133 Republican Party files, 1967-1969
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4V134 Student literary productions:
Baylor law class, 1952-1955
University of Texas law seminar, 1952-1955
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4V135 University of Texas law seminar, 1964
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4V136-4V141 Speeches and speech materials, 1950-1971
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4V142-4V144 Media presentations: Radio and television ads, press releases, miscellaneous advertising, 1946-1962
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4V145-4V146 Yearbook, guest books and notebooks, picture place mats
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4V147-4V159 Financial and legal materials, 1922-1963
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4V160-4V174 Printed materials
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2.325/V43-44 Newspaper clippings, 1946-1971
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4V175-4V179 Scrapbooks, 1960-1971
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2.325/V43-44 Scrapbooks: Billie Sol Estes
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4V180-4V191 Sharpstown stock fraud files: Correspondence, legal materials, printed materials, calendars, etc., 1954-1982
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3T6-3T8 Photographic materials:
Prints
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3Y336-3Y341 Film clips
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OD 1277 Oversize materials: Maps, certificates, political cartoons, 1934-1941
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2.325/S Sound archives: Records and tapes