University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the R. E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cofer, Robert E., 1870-1944
Title: R. E. Cofer Papers
Dates: 1892-1919, undated
Abstract: Legal documents, correspondence, clippings, an outline and a diary compose the Robert E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, documenting Cofer's life and career in Texas education and politics.
Accession No.: 69-46
Extent: 2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Nashville, Tennessee, Robert E. Cofer (1870-1944) graduated from the University of Virginia in 1870 after studying law. He moved to Gainesville, Texas, where he practiced law for the next 17 years, eventually becoming a judge. An leader of the Texas prohibition movement, Cofer represented Cooke County as a Democratic state senator from 1909 to 1911, when he became a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. After some controversy over Cofer's political activities, he resigned in 1921 and returned to private practice.

Source:

"Cofer, Robert E." Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Scope and Contents

Legal documents, correspondence, clippings, an outline and a diary compose the Robert E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, documenting Cofer's life and career in Texas education and politics. Some correspondence and legal documents relate to settlement of Cofer's debts and claims, while the remaining letters and clippings concern his support for prohibition. The collection also includes an outline for a class at the University of Texas School of Law and a pocket diary chronicling Cofer's activities in January 1910, while a Democratic state senator from Cooke County.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Cofer, Robert E., 1870-1944 -- Archives
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law -- Faculty
Subjects
Legislators -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Prohibition -- Texas -- History -- 19th century
Places
Texas -- History -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R. E. Cofer Papers, 1892-1919, undated, 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.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
3J295 Papers, 1892-1919, undated