University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Maxey (Thomas Sheldon) Papers, 1868-1933



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maxey, Thomas Sheldon
Title: Thomas Sheldon Maxey Papers
Dates: 1868-1933
Abstract: The Thomas Sheldon Maxey Papers, 1868-1933, comprise personal letters, legal documents, and telegrams documenting Maxey’s legal career as attorney and judge.
Accession No.: 1955
Extent: 2 ft., 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Thomas Sheldon Maxey was born to Robert and Harriet Virginia Maxey in Brandon, Mississippi in 1846. After fighting for the Confederate Army during the Civil War, Maxey graduated from the University of Virginia with a law degree in 1869 and served in the Mississippi legislature. He practiced law in Jefferson, Texas, before moving to Austin in 1877 and married Mary Frances Campbell a year later. In 1888, President Grover Cleveland appointed him United States district judge for the Western District of Texas, a post he held until 1916. He died in 1921.

Source: “Maxey, Thomas Sheldon,” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed on February 11, 2011.http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/fma86.


Scope and Contents

The Thomas Sheldon Maxey Papers, 1868-1933, comprise personal letters, legal documents, and telegrams documenting Maxey’s legal career as attorney and judge. His personal papers include a 1914 letter from President William H. Taft, then a Law Professor at Yale Law School, proposing Maxey’s membership to the American Bar Association and a 1916 letter from President Woodrow Wilson, accepting his resignation as a United States district judge. Legal documents consist of Texas court pamphlets; memos from his law firm, Peeler & Maxey; law files; and correspondence with legal clients. Additionally, the collection contains a scrapbook of 1880-1881 newspaper articles, a certificate and diplomas, a book of pressed letters, and sympathy notes addressed to his wife after Maxey’s death in 1921.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Maxey, Thomas Sheldon, 1846-1921--Archives
Maxey, Mary Frances Campbell
Subjects
Law--Texas--History.
Courts--Texas--History.
Trial Practice--Texas--History.
Judges--Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--History.
United States. District Court (Texas : Western District)--History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Thomas Sheldon Maxey Papers, 1868-1933, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2FR26 Sympathy notes to Mrs. Maxey, copies, 1921-1933
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2F27 Personal papers, legal documents, printed materials, 1877-1881
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2F28 Personal papers and miscellaneous articles, 1877-1882
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2F29 Personal papers, legal documents, telegrams, 1877-1921
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2F30 Personal letters, pamphlets, documents, 1877-1884
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3L342 Scrapbook, 1880-1881
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4M122 Pressed letters, 1889-1912
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3S192 Certificates and diplomas, 1868, 1904