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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Shudde and Conrad Fath Papers, 1943-2014



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Fath, Shudde Bess Bryson
Title: Fath, Shudde and Conrad Papers
Dates: 1943-2014
Abstract: The Shudde and Conrad Fath papers consist of first hand accounts, articles and clippings relating to Creekmore Fath’s career, including his work for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. The collection also includes legal documents, correspondence between Shudde Fath and Ann Richards, oral history interviews and papers relating to John Henry Faulk.
Accession No.: 2015-214; 2016-195; 2017-030
OCLC No.: 982297377
Extent: 7 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Shudde Fath was born in Bastrop, Texas. One of six children, she was the daughter of Lily Shudde Bryson and Dr. J. Gordon Bryson, a doctor in Bastrop who later served as mayor.

Shudde went on to study Business at the University of Texas, where she met Conrad (“Connie”) Fath, brother of lawyer and political activist Creekmore Fath. The couple married shortly after graduation in 1937 and Conrad Fath went on to open Conrad Fath Boats and Motors. Shudde served as bookkeeper for the business, while also working as an accountant at what is now the Texas Workforce Commission. In 1971, while keeping the books for the family business, Shudde discovered that larger businesses paid lower electric rates than local small businesses. Shudde’s activism on the issue eventually led her to a spot on the Electric Utility Commission, where for 34 years she worked to keep electric rates low.

In 1975, Shudde learned that she had been subject to unequal treatment at her work. Shudde sued her employer based on the federal governments’ equal opportunity rulings and won - the first suit of its kind in Texas.

Shudde and Conrad Fath were also involved in a variety of environmental and civil rights issues in Austin, with Shudde spending 29 years as treasurer of the Save Barton Creek Association. Shudde and Conrad Fath were married for 52 years and had one daughter. Conrad Fath died in 1990.

Sources:

Emily DePrang, “Shudde Fath, Tyrant’s Foe: A Lifetime of Energy,” Texas Observer, accessed April 4, 2017, https://www.texasobserver.org/a-lifetime-of-energy

Michael Barnes, “Austin activist Shudde Fath at 100: A life well spent,” Austin American-Statesman, January 10, 2016, accessed April 4, 2017, http://www.mystatesman.com/lifestyles/austin-activist-shudde-fath-100-life-well-spent/EoxIArPGf3d3qXgchL2dHN/

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Scope and Contents

The Shudde and Conrad Fath papers consist of first hand accounts, articles and clippings relating to Creekmore Fath’s career, including his work for the Franklin Delano Roosevelt administration. The collection also includes legal documents, correspondence between Shudde Fath and Ann Richards, oral history interviews and papers relating to John Henry Faulk.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to portions of this collection are restricted. Contact repository for further information.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Fath, Shudde Bess Bryson
Fath, Creekmore West, 1916-2009
Fath, Conrad
Faulk, John Henry
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006
Eckhardt, Bob
Fath, Adele Hayes, 1917-2007
Subjects
Political activists -- United States
Activism
Texas -- Politics and government
Liberalism -- Texas -- 20th century
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Related Material

See also Creekmore Fath Papers also located at the Briscoe Center for American History

See also Creekmore Fath Papers at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas

See also Shudde Fath Papers Austin History Center in Austin, Texas.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Shudde and Conrad Fath Papers, 1943-2014, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Esther Kirchner, April 2017.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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4J318a First Hand Accounts, Articles and Clippings, 1943-1990
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4A461b Legal Documents [RESTRICTED], 2006
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4J318a Memorials and Obituaries for Creekmore and Adele Fath, 2007-2014
Adele Hay Fath Memorial Service DVD, October 6, 2007
A celebration of the life of Creekmore W. Fath DVD, [2009]
Shudde Fath / Ann Richards
Correspondence, 1975-1988
Correspondence, 1989
Austin Transportation Study (originals and copies), June-September 1989
Correspondence, 1990-1991
Correspondence, 1992-1993
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4A35 Correspondence, 1994-2009
Copies, 1975-1994
Clippings
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4J318a Transcript of Creekmore Fath Interview by Anthony Orum, Austin History Center, November 1983, February 1984
Correspondence, programs and assorted papers relating to John Henry Faulk, 1981-2002
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4D254b Audiocassette interview with Bob Eckhardt, Creekmore Fath, and Adele Fath, June 10, 1994
Audiocassette interview with Creekmore Fath, July 6, 1994
(2 cassette tapes)

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