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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the John N. Barnhart Papers, 1950-1961, 1992



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Barnhart, John N.
Title: Barnhart, John N. Papers
Dates: 1950-1961, 1992
Abstract: John Newhall Barnhart, from Beeville, Bee County, Texas, represented district 70 in the 52nd session of the Texas House of Representatives from 1951 to 1953. The papers include correspondence, legal documents, financial records, clippings, and printed materials created by Barnhart during his years in the Texas House of Representatives.
Accession No.: 92-339; 92-361; 93-302
Extent: 2 ft., 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

John Newhall Barnhart, from Beeville, Bee County, Texas, represented district 70 in the 52nd session of the Texas House of Representatives from 1951 to 1953. He entered a solo vote in the 52nd Legislature opposing the Red Scare resolution demanding the firing of Dr. Clarence Ayres at the University of Texas. An economics professor, Ayres held anti-capitalism views that led to conflicts with Texas legislators as well as University of Texas administrators. Barnhart’s solo vote went against 130 votes in the Texas House to dismiss Ayres from his position.

Barnhart collected material related to a campaign against Bee County Sheriff Vail Ennis, who killed seven people. Additionally, Barnhart played a role in the organization of a committee for the Democratic Party when faced with competition from the Republican Party beginning in 1952.

Sources: Legislative Reference Library of Texas. "Members of the 52nd Legislature (1951)." http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/legis/members/roster.cfm (accessed August 6, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Ayres, Clarence Edwin," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/AA/fay4.html (accessed August 6, 2010).

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Democratic Party," http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/DD/wad1.html (accessed August 6, 2010).

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Scope and Contents

The John N. Barnhart Papers, 1950-1992, include correspondence, legal documents, financial records, clippings, and printed materials created by Barnhart during his years in the Texas House of Representatives. The collection contains two letters from Maury Maverick, Sr., to Barnhart (1951) related to communism and a news clipping (1992), pertaining to the Communist Control Act of 1954. Additionally, the papers include correspondence concerning his solo vote in the 52nd Legislature opposing the Red Scare resolution; various correspondence and data on legislative activities; and a folder of material on a campaign against Bee County sheriff, Vail Ennis. Finally, the collection contains documentation related to the efforts of creating a Texas Democratic Organizing Committee when the Republican Party took over the Texas Democratic Party.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barnhart, John Newhall--Archives.
Maverick, Maury, 1895-1954
Ayres, Clarence Edwin, 1891-1972
Ennis, Vail
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
Subjects
Communism--Texas--History
Places
Texas

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Related Material

See also the Ayres (Clarence Edwin) Papers, 1891-1972.

See also the Maverick (Maury, Jr.) Papers, 1941-1983.

See also the Rainey (Homer Price) Papers, 1938-1946.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John N. Barnhart Papers, 1950-1961, 1992, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Jessi Fishman, August 2010, and Stacey Helmerich, January 2011.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.235/A82 Political correspondence 1951
box
2.325/A83 Answered letters on Dr. Ayres-Bell resolution
Publicity- sheriff's race 1952
Texas Democratic Organization Committee
Legislature-52nd session, subsequent sessions
Legislature- 52nd session, finished mail May 3, 1951
box
2.325/B23a Personal correspondence
Presidential campaign 1956
Legislature
Form letters/legislature
Episcopal Men’s Club
Workbooks
box
2.325/B23b Date sheets, 1958,1959,1954
Journal entries, 1952,1953,1954
box
2.325/B23c Journal entries, 1955,1958
Date sheets, 1960
Sheriff trial, investigation
Political material, 1959
Political correspondence, 1960
box
2.325/B23d Bee County Democratic Executive Committee
Christian Citizens Group, 1953
District No.11 Financial Committee quotes, 1957
Sheriff’s race, Vail Ennis controversy
General Democratic Party material
Nokes, George
Political campaigns
Sheriff’s race, endorsements
Texas Democratic Advisory Committee
Texas Democratic Women’s State Committee
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2.325/B23e Vail Ennis case documents
Maverick, Maury: senatorial campaign
Organizational correspondence
Personal correspondence
State Democratic Executive Committee

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