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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 Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942]



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Keeling, Walter A., 1873-1945
Title: Keeling, Walter A., Papers
Dates: [ca. 1908-1942]
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, printed material, reports, and legal files, the Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942], document Keeling’s legal and political career as a lawyer in Groesbeck, Texas, and his various positions as a legal officer in the Texas state government.
Accession No.: 86-208
Extent: ca. 40 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Kosse, Texas, Walter Angus Keeling (1873-1945) was the son of B.D. Keeling and Mary Lou Mitchell. Following his high school graduation in 1893, Keeling attended the Sam Houston Normal Institute in Huntsville (now Sam Houston State University), after which he graduated with his bachelor of law degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1897. Admitted to the bar that same year, Keeling established his law practice in Groesbeck, Texas, serving as assistant County Attorney and County Attorney for ten years. In 1912, he became assistant state Attorney General, and was subsequently appointed Assistant Attorney General under C.M. Cureton in 1918. Three years later, Keeling became Attorney General, during which he represented Texas before the United States Supreme Court in boundary disputes with New Mexico and Oklahoma. Following his retirement in 1924, Keeling practiced law in Austin.

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Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, notes, newspaper clippings, printed material, reports, and legal files, the Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942], document Keeling’s legal and political career as a lawyer in Groesbeck, Texas, and his various positions as a legal officer in the Texas state government. Legal and personal correspondence concerns court cases, his involvement in Texas politics, his tenure as assistant Attorney General and Attorney General, as well as familial affairs. Newspaper clippings, printed materials, and reports regard the passage of legislation and legal issues, while notes and legal documents pertain to Keeling’s cases, such asState of Texas v. Texas and Pacific Railway Company, State of Texas v. Lone Star Cement Company, and State of Texas v. Shell Petroleum Company. Additionally, the collection includes legal documents concerning Keeling’s representation of Texas during boundary disputes with New Mexico and Oklahoma.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Keeling, Walter A., 1873-1945 -- Archives
Subjects
Boundary disputes -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Lawyers -- Texas -- History -- 20th century
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Groesbeck (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century
Texas. Attorney-General’s Office
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter A. Keeling Papers, [ca. 1908-1942], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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4J398-4J437 Unprocessed material
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2.325/T53b Oversize unprocessed material
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3S49.4 Photographs

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