University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Judge John C. Townes Papers at the Tarlton Law Library



Collection Summary (Overall)

Creator Townes, Judge John C.
Title Judge John C. Townes Papers
Dates 1887, 1901-1923
Abstract Correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera and other materials document Judge John C. Townes' religious life, legal scholarship and involvment in the Prohibition movement.
Size 1.75 linear ft. (4 boxes)
Repository Rare Books & Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin  727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

John Charles Townes (1852-1923), judge and professor, was born on January 30, 1852, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, to Eggleston Dick and Martha Cousins (Betts) Townes. In 1871, Judge Townes married Kate Wildbahn. Judge John C. Townes attended Waco University (later combined with Baylor University) from 1867 to 1869 and received an honorary LL.D. degree from Baylor University in 1898.

Admitted to the bar in 1873, Judge Townes practiced law and twice served as a state district judge before becoming professor of law at the University of Texas in 1896. Judge Townes became the first dean of the University of Texas' Law Department in 1901. He resigned the position to teach full time, but reassumed the deanship in 1908 and continued to serve as dean of the Law Department until his second resignation in 1923. Judge Townes was the president of the American Association of Law Schools In 1909 and 1910, and authored several law books. Additionally, Judge Townes was active in the founding of the University Baptist Church. He was superintendent of its Sunday school and taught a Bible class for university students.

Judge John C. Townes died of appendicitis in Austin on December 18, 1923.


Contents of the Collection

Correspondence, manuscripts, ephemera and other materials document Judge John C. Townes' religious life, legal scholarship and involvement in the Prohibition movement. Religious and legal materials constitute the majority of the papers. The papers contain a wealth of information on the Townes' religious beliefs and shed light on how those beliefs affected his influence as a professor of law, dean, and author of legal reference works.

The Townes papers comprise of four series, arranged chronologically within record type. Series I, Legal Material, includes galleys, autograph and typed manuscripts, and assorted notebooks. Series II, Religious Material, consists chiefly of notebooks. Series III, Prohibition Material,contains a small body of material concerning prohibition. Series IV, General Material, includes general notes and literary material.

Material related to J. C. Townes can be found in the following archives at the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas, Austin: Acklin (Mrs. Ernest) Papers; Butte (George C.) Papers; Crockett (Fannie E.) Papers; Gould (Robert Simonton) Papers; Hawkins (Wallace E.) Papers; Henderson (Thomas Stallworth) Papers; Hogg (William C.) Papers; Kleberg (Rudolph) Papers.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Due to condition, materials in this collection are not available for photocopying.


Administrative Information

Cite As

Judge John C. Townes Papers, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing History

Processed by Gary B. Bryson, May 1986. Finding aid edited and converted to XML by Jennifer Cummings, 2010.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Legal Material, 1911-1913, 1923

Correspondence, 1923
box folder
Townes 1 1 Frank, D.A., 1923
Literary Productions, Undated
box
Townes 1 Autograph,
[3 Folders]
2 Undated
3 Undated
4 Undated
Typescript,
[6 Folders]
5 Undated
6 Undated
7 Undated
8 Undated
9 Undated
10 Undated
box
Townes 2 Galleys,
[4 Folders]
1 pp. 17-128 Undated
2 pp. 129-240 Undated
3 pp. 241-348 Undated
4 pp. 349-434 Undated
Printed Material, 1911-1912
box folder
Townes 2 5 Photocopied Newspaper Clippings, 1911-1912
6 M.A. Thesis, University of Texas, The Moral Status of the Voter Under the Terrell Election Law by Archie Oscar Strother, 1912
Notebooks, 1913
box
Townes 2 Autograph,
[5 Folders]
7 1913
Three items.
8 Undated
One item.
9 Undated
One item.
10 Undated
One item.
11 Undated
One item.



 

Religious Material, 1901-1918

Literary Productions, Undated
Notebooks, 1905-1918
box
Townes 3 Autograph,
[7 Folders]
1 1905
Two items.
2 1909
Two items.
3 1914-1915
One item.
4 1914-1915
Two items.
5 1918
Five items.
6 Undated
Two items.
7 Undated
One item.
box folder
Townes 4 1 Printed Material, 1901
2 Autograph, Undated
Typescript, 1909-1919
[5 Folders]
3 Undated
4 1909-1910
5 1918-1919
6 Undated
7 1916-1917
Printed Material, 1911-1912
box folder
Townes 4 8 Newspapers, 1911-1912
Includes originals and photocopies.



 

Prohibition Material, 1887, 1907-1919

Literary Productions, 1911, 1919
Notebooks, 1911, 1919
box
Townes 4 Autograph,
[2 Folders]
9 1911
10 1919
11 Typescript of Letter to the Editor, 1911
Printed Material, 1907-1918
box folder
Townes 4 12 Ephemera, 1907-1918
13 Photocopied Newspaper Clippings, 1911
14 Scrapbook, ca. 1887
Consists of pasted-in news clippings.



 

General Material, [1911]-1912

box folder
Townes 4 15 Notes [1911]
16 Literary Productions Undated
Typescript of lecture on university goverance.
17 Newspaper Clippings 1912
Typescript of lecture on university goverance.