University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Charles Lacy South Papers, 1935-1965



Descriptive Summary

Creator: South, Charles Lacy, 1892-1965
Title: South, Charles Lacy, Papers
Dates: 1935-1965
Abstract: Photographs, political materials, correspondence, clippings, speech and debate transcripts and ephemera comprise the Charles Lacy South Papers, 1935-1965, documenting the political career of Charles Lacy South.
Accession No.: 2014-205
OCLC No.: 907542964
Extent: 1 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

Charles Lacy South (1892-19654) was born in Virginia, and moved with his family to Coleman County, Texas in 1898. As an adult, he worked as a schoolteacher (1914-1920) before becoming a judge in 1925. South was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-fourth United States Congress in 1935. After South's election, his son Carl South committed suicide in 1936. South persevered and served in Congress through four terms, until September 1943. He lost popularity in 1941 after he openly opposed the United States involvement in World War II. Afterwards, South resumed his law career and eventually returned to politics in 1947 as a member of the Texas State House of Representatives from 1947 to 1949. South moved to Austin in 1948 and lived there until his death on December 20, 1965. South is buried in Coleman, Texas.


Scope and Contents

Photographs, political materials, correspondence, clippings, speech and debate transcripts and ephemera comprise the Charles Lacy South Papers, 1935-1965, documenting the political career of Charles Lacy South. The collection includes campaign materials, newspaper clippings, debate and speech transcripts, including a transcript of the debate where South expresses concern over the United States’ involvement in World War II. The collection contains the condolence letters South received after his son’s suicide, from both the political and professional world. This collection also includes letters and telegrams from Lyndon B. Johnson, Senator Tom Connally, and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, Sam Rayburn.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
South, Chas. L. (Charles Lacy), 1892-1965
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Congress. House.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Subjects
Legislators -- United States -- History – 20th century.
Legislators -- Texas -- History – 20th century.
Politicians -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- Politics and government.
Coleman (Tex.).

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Charles Lacy South Papers, 1935-1965, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, December 2014.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/AA25 Political Papers
Correspondence, 1948-1965 and undated
Newspaper clippings, undated
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2.325/D16d Newspaper clippings, scrapbook, 1935-1945
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2.325/AA25 Speech and debate transcripts, 1936-1942
Texas Centennial Service, March 1, 1936
Debate on bill to commemorate 50-cent pieces for the 100th anniversary of the independence of Texas, April 1936
Speech on establishing "Old Age Pension," April 1935
Debate on quotas for imported cattle from Canada, February 1937
Debate on amendment to bill for wool growers, April 1937
Debates, general, 1937-1938
Radio speech for NBC on the Wool Labeling Act, February 18, 1939
Debate concerning the United States involvement with trading surplus commodities, June 1939
Debate for government backed low cost loans for farmers, February 1940
Two debates: Land grants to the railroads and rates charged to Texas farmers for the transport of their goods, July 1939
Debate regarding socio-economic class of Texas men volunteering for the United States Armed Forces, September 1940
Debate over Neutrality Act of 1935, October 1940
Speech opposing the United States involvement in World War II, November 12, 1941
Debate on labor strikes, June 9, 1942
Debate for public school funding, May 9, 1942
Debate on railroad land grants, April 29, 1942
Debate over cotton bale wrapping (cotton vs. jute), March 31, 1942
Speech on congressmen pensions, February 24, 1942
Radio interview regarding Wool Labeling Act, May 28, 1942
Editorial by E.C. Lowe of the Lometa Texas Register and speech by Charles Lacy South regarding 40 hour work weeks, March 18, 1942
Speech regarding strikes in defense industries, March 12, 1942
Speech on war efforts, April 21, 1942
Radio speech in defense of misquotes from Mr. O.C. Fisher, July 12, 1948
Certificate of Election, 1936
Miscellaneous political material
Personal papers
Receipts, 1948
Funeral documents, 1965
Condolence letters and telegram scrapbook, 1936
Photographs
Portrait of Charles Lacy South, undated
Portrait of Etta Wireman South, undated
Image of Charles Lacy South with unidentified man, undated