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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Before death of Frank J. Robinson, October 13, 1976:

After death of Frank J. Robinson, October 13, 1976:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Robinson (Frank J. and Dorothy Redus) Papers, 1970-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Robinson, Frank James, 1902-1976
Creator: Robinson, Dorothy Redus, 1909-2005
Title: Robinson, Frank J. and Dorothy Redus, Papers
Dates: 1970-1980
Abstract: Newspaper clippings, correspondence, flyers, certificates, photographs, and audiocassettes illuminate the lives of Frank J. and Dorothy Redus Robinson, their efforts in the civil rights movement in East Texas, and Frank Robinson's death.
Accession No.: 09-004; 2012-129
OCLC No.: 33233254
Extent: 1 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

African-American educator, school superintendent and community leader, Frank J. Robinson became active in the civil rights movement in his native East Texas during the late 1960s. His efforts were mainly in the areas of voter registration and redistricting to provide elective representation to African-Americans. His wife Dorothy Redus Robinson, a retired elementary and special education teacher and school principal, championed special education issues on local and state levels. Frank Robinson's death from a gunshot wound in 1976 was widely reported in the media throughout the state, causing much speculation, acrimony, and outrage. Although it was ruled a suicide, many people believed it was homicide.

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Scope and Contents

Newspaper clippings, correspondence, flyers, certificates, photographs, and audiocassettes illuminate the lives of Frank J. and Dorothy Redus Robinson, their efforts in the civil rights movement in East Texas, and Frank Robinson's death. Papers document racial tensions and civil rights activities in East Texas during the late 1960s and early 1970s. Of particular emphasis are the mysterious circumstances surrounding Frank Robinson's death, officially ruled suicide, but speculated by many to be murder. A small portion of the papers reflect local and state politics in Texas from the late 1960s to the 1980s.

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Arrangement

Organized into two chronological series, before and after death of Frank Robinson, October 13, 1976. Subseries relate to Frank Robinson and Dorothy Redus Robinson.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist for more information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Robinson, Dorothy Redus, 1909-2005--Archives
Robinson, Frank James, 1902-1976--Archives
Subjects
Anderson County (Tex.)--History--20th century-- Sources
Texas, East--History--20th century--Sources
Texas, East--Race relations
Afro-Americans civil rights workers--Texas, East
Afro-American teachers and the community--Texas, East
Civil rights movements--Texas, East
Gerrymander--Texas--Anderson County
Homicide investigations--Texas--Anderson County
Voter registration--Texas--Anderson County
Places
Palestine (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Frank J. and Dorothy Redus Robinson Papers, 1931 [1970-1980] 1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Before death of Frank J. Robinson, October 13, 1976:

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3E327 Biographical information:
Frank and Dorothy Robinson, copied from Palm Branches and Laurel Wreaths, 1976
Frank J. Robinson, 1995
Dorothy Robinson, undated
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3S385 Papers related to Frank J. Robinson:
Photograph, undated
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3E327 College records, 1931, 1949-1962
Career as a teacher and school superintendent:
Papers, 1931, 1949-1962, 1976
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3S385 Photograph of Frank Robinson and Butler School faculty, [1955-1965?]
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3E327 Position as county agent:
Card, [1942?]
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3S385 Photograph of Frank Robinson as Anderson County agent, 1939
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3E327 Sunday school superintendent records, 1958, undated
Haven Acre Real Estate Company card, undated
Civil Rights activities:
Political campaigns:
Anderson County commissioner race materials, [1975?]
[Palestine, Texas?] Council member race:
Flyer, undated
box
2.325/V48
Posters, undated
box
3E327 Lawsuit against Anderson County:
Correspondence and other papers, 1973-1976, undated
Record proceedings, March 5, 1974
Anderson County Leadership Forum and East Texas Leadership Forum:
Correspondence and other papers, 1973-1976
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3S385 Photographs:
Frank Robinson and Paul Ragsdale, undated
Frank Robinson and East Texas Leadership Forum undated
Frank J. Robinson presenting certificate to Vernon Jackson [1976?] (with caption)
Vernon Jackson, [1976?] (with caption/statement)
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3E327 Political and civic interests:
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other papers, 1961, 1971-1976:
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3S385 Photograph of Frank Robinson and Anderson County Voters' Committee, undated
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2X80a Audio cassettes:
"Mayor Jack Rogers' 'speech,' 1975
"City Council," undated
"City Council Meetings," undated
Negro Business and Professional Women's Club convention, 1967
Frank Robinson, talk with Oscar Burk of Frankston, Texas, undated
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3E327 Papers related to Dorothy R. Robinson:
Teaching career
Special tribute program, 1974
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3S385 Photographs:
Dorothy Robinson, A.C. Preston, and Owena Hall Saunders, [1952?]
Dorothy Robinson and Anderson County Teachers Association, 1952
Dorothy Robinson and her second grade class, 1974
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3E327 Community leadership materials, 1974-1976
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3E328 Palm Branches and Laurel Wreaths: A Book of Biographical Sketches compiled by the Palestine Negro Business and Professional Women's Club, 1976
Redus family history:
Seed Time and Harvest 1966
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2X80a Audio cassettes:
Caleb Redus family saga, undated
Redus Family History, undated

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After death of Frank J. Robinson, October 13, 1976:

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3E328 Materials related to Robinson's death:
Documents, 1976-1977
Newspaper clippings, 1976-1993
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2,325/V48
Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, 1982
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3E328 Efforts to solve the case:
Dorothy Robinson's efforts, correspondence and other papers, 1976-1979
Community efforts, correspondence and other materials, 1976-1980
Dorothy Robinson's community works, printed material:
Flyer advertising The Bell Rings at Four, 1978
National Association of Negro Business and Professional Womens' Clubs, conference program, 1982
Profiles of Faith: A History of Black Churches in Anderson County, Texas, 1989
A History of the Education of Black People of Anderson County, Texas, 1989
Column, Palestine Herald-Press, 1992-1995
"Shared Thoughts," compilation of her columns and columns about her, 1969-1994
Political and civic interests:
Correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, 1976-1982
box
2.325/V48
Fort Worth Star-Telegram articles, 1982
box
2X80a Interview with Dorothy Robinson, June 7, 1995
Transcript of interview with Dorothy Robinson, June 7, 1995
Notes and addresses, 1977, undated
box
3S385 Unidentified photographs
box
2X80a Audio cassettes, general:
"Vicksburg," undated
"Dorothy Robinson," undated
"Religious Service," undated
"Jones' Service, Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church," undated

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