University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the E. B. Pickett, Jr. Law Firm Papers, 1902-1951



Collection Summary

Creator Pickett, Edward Brown, 1877-1951
Title E. B. Pickett, Jr. Law Firm Papers
Abstract The collection contains E. B. Pickett, Jr.'s law firm correspondence over 49 years of practice, documenting his activities as an East Texas lawyer during the first half of the 20th century. Due to Pickett's broad scope of expertise, multiple areas of law are represented including contracts, land sales, personal injury, liability, criminal defense, and estate law. The collection also includes materials on early mineral and oil exploration and associated land leasing interests.
Size 32 linear ft. (101 boxes).
Repository Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7071

Historical Background

Edward Brown Pickett, Jr. (1877-1951) attended the University of Texas School of Law and earned his LL.B. in 1899. He returned to Liberty to practice law following graduation. His firm, opened with C. F. Stevens, was then known as Stevens and Pickett, until Pickett established a solo practice in 1912. The firm was first located at the corner of Travis and Trinity Street, and later moved to the Ager Building on the corner of Trinity and Main. The Ager Building burnt down in 1909, but was rebuilt at the same site, and Pickett maintained his office there until 1951.

E. B. Pickett, Jr.’s sons also attended the University of Texas School of Law. Bradford Pickett (1913-2005) earned his LL.B. in 1936 and returned to Liberty to practice law with his father. Nolan Pickett (1916-1945) attended UT Law from 1936 until 1940 before enlisting as a pilot in the U.S. Army Air Forces.


Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of original incoming letters and carbon copies of outgoing correspondence from E. B. Pickett, Jr.'s law firm between 1902 and 1951. This includes some outgoing correspondence signed by C. F. Stevens during the years they worked together (until 1912), and some incoming and outgoing correspondence of Bradford Pickett starting in 1936.

The contents include communications with private and corporate clients, judges, court clerks, attorneys, local, state, and federal government agencies, banks, and political and non-profit organizations, court date notifications, invoices for services and supplies, receipts, solicitations, charity contributions, recommendation letters and requests, and other types of correspondence created in the course of business.

Many items discuss cases, negotiations of terms, settlements, and various administrative details. Cases cover many areas of law, including contracts, personal injury, liability, criminal defense, family and estate law, and real property affairs, such as leasing, sales, transfers, taxes, and boundary conflicts. Topics of interest may include early mineral exploration, oil drilling and well building, timber industry, and associated land leasing issues in East Texas during the first half of the 20th century.


Arrangement of the Collection

The collection arrived in wooden document file boxes, and was rehoused in acid-free archival boxes for storage. The papers are arranged into four series:
1) Incoming Correspondence, E. B. Pickett, Jr., 1902-1950 (original, loose-leaf);
2) Outgoing Correspondence, E. B. Pickett, Jr., 1904-1950 (carbon copies, majority bound in journals, some loose-leaf);
3) Incoming Correspondence, Bradford Pickett, 1936-1951 (original, loose-leaf);
4) Outgoing Correspondence, Bradford Pickett, 1936-1951 (carbon copies, loose-leaf).

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.


Index Terms

Major Subjects
Law firms -- Texas -- Liberty -- History.
Key Personal Names
Pickett, Edward Bradford, 1913-2005.
Pickett, Edward Brown, 1877-1951.
Stevens, Charles Frederick, 1859-1943.
Key Locations
Liberty (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Cite As

E. B. Pickett, Jr. Law Firm Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

The papers were a gift of Edward B. Pickett (LL.B. ’64) and Carl N. Pickett (J.D., ’71), in memory of their grandfather E. B. Pickett, Jr.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Incoming Correspondence, E. B. Pickett, Jr., 1902-1950

box folder
1 1 May 1902
2 January - December 1905
3 January 1906
4 February 1906
5 March 1906
6 April 1906
7 May 1906
8 June 1906
9 July 1906
box folder
2 1 August 1906
2 September 1906
3 October 1906
4 November 1906
5 December 1906
6 Undated 1906
7 January 1907
8 February 1907
9 March 1907
10 April 1907
11 May 1907
12 June 1907
box folder
3 1 July 1907
2 August 1907
3 September 1907
4 October 1907
5 November 1907
6 December 1907
7 Undated 1907
box folder
4 1 January 1908
2 February 1908
3 March 1908
4 April 1908
5 May 1908
6 June 1908
7 June 1908
8 July 1908
9 July 1908
box folder
5 1 August 1908
2 September 1908
3 October 1908
4 November 1908
5 December 1908
6 Undated 1908
7 January 1909
8 February 1909
9 March 1909
10 April 1909
11 May 1909
12 June 1909
box folder
6 1 July 1909
2 August 1909
3 September 1909
4 October 1909
5 November 1909
6 December 1909
7 Undated 1909
8 January 1910
9 February 1910
box folder
7 1 March 1910
2 April 1910
3 May 1910
4 June 1910
5 July 1910
6 August 1910
7 September 1910
8 September 1910
box folder
8 1 October 1910
2 October 1910
3 November 1910
4 December 1910
5 Undated 1910
6 January 1911
7 February 1911
8 March 1911
box folder
9 1 April 1911
2 May 1911
3 June 1911
4 July 1911
5 August 1911
6 September 1911
7 October 1911
8 November 1911
9 December 1911
box folder
10 1 Undated 1911
2 January 1912
3 February 1912
4 March 1912
5 April 1912
6 May 1912
7 June 1912
box folder
11 1 July 1912
2 August 1912
3 September 1912
4 October 1912
5 November 1912
6 December 1912
7 Undated 1912
8 January 1913
box folder
12 1 February 1913
2 March 1913
3 April 1913
4 May 1913
5 June 1913
6 July 1913
box folder
13 1 August 1913
2 September 1913
3 October 1913
4 November 1913
5 December 1913
6 Undated 1913
7 January 1914
8 February 1914
box folder
14 1 March 1914
2 April 1914
3 May 1914
4 June 1914
5 July 1914
6 August 1914
7 September 1914
box folder
15 1 October 1914
2 November 1914
3 December 1914
4 Undated 1914
5 January 1915
6 February 1915
7 March 1915
box folder
16 1 April 1915
2 May 1915
3 June 1915
4 July 1915
5 August 1915
6 September 1915
7 October 1915
box folder
17 1 November 1915
2 December 1915
3 Undated 1915
4 January 1916
5 February 1916
6 March 1916
7 April 1916
box folder
18 1 May 1916
2 June 1916
3 July 1916
4 August 1916
5 September 1916
6 October 1916
box folder
19 1 November 1916
2 December 1916
3 Undated 1916
4 January 1917
5 February 1917
6 March 1917
7 April 1917
8 May 1917
box folder
20 1 June 1917
2 July 1917
3 August 1917
4 September 1917
5 October 1917
6 November 1917
7 December 1917
8 Undated 1917
box folder
21 1 January 1918
2 February 1918
3 March 1918
4 April 1918
5 May 1918
6 June 1918
7 July 1918
box folder
22 1 August 1918
2 September 1918
3 October 1918
4 November 1918
5 December 1918
6 Undated 1918
7 January 1919
8 February 1919
box folder
23 1 March 1919
2 April 1919
3 May 1919
4 June 1919
5 July 1919
6 August 1919
7 September 1919
8 October 1919
box folder
24 1 November 1919
2 December 1919
3 Undated 1919
4 January 1920
5 February 1920
6 March 1920
7 April 1920
8 May 1920
9 June 1920
box folder
25 1 July 1920
2 August 1920
3 September 1920
4 October 1920
5 November 1920
6 December 1920
7 Undated 1920
8 January 1921
9 February 1921
10 March 1921
box folder
26 1 April 1921
2 May 1921
3 June 1921
4 July 1921
5 August 1921
6 September 1921
7 October 1921
8 November 1921
9 December 1921
10 Undated 1921
box folder
27 1 January 1922
2 February 1922
3 March 1922
4 April 1922
5 May 1922
6 June 1922
7 July 1922
8 August 1922
9 September 1922
box folder
28 1 October 1922
2 November 1922
3 December 1922
4 Undated 1922
5 January 1923
6 February 1923
7 March 1923
8 April 1923
9 May 1923
10 June 1923
box folder
29 1 July 1923
2 August 1923
3 September 1923
4 October 1923
5 November 1923
6 December 1923
7 Undated 1923
8 January 1924
9 February 1924
10 March 1924
11 April 1924
box folder
30 1 May 1924
2 June 1924
3 July 1924
4 August 1924
5 September 1924
6 October 1924
7 November 1924
8 December 1924
9 Undated 1924
10 January 1925
11 February 1925
12 March 1925
box folder
31 1 April 1925
2 May 1925
3 June 1925
4 July 1925
5 August 1925
6 September 1925
7 October 1925
8 November 1925
9 December 1925
10 Undated 1925
11 January 1926
12 February 1926
13 March 1926
box folder
32 1 April 1926
2 May 1926
3 June 1926
4 July 1926
5 August 1926
6 September 1926
7 October 1926
8 November 1926
9 December 1926
10 Undated 1926
11 January 1927
12 February 1927
13 March 1927
box folder
33 1 April 1927
2 May 1927
3 June 1927
4 July 1927
5 August 1927
6 September 1927
7 October 1927
8 November 1927
9 December 1927
10 Undated 1927
11 January 1928
box folder
34 1 February 1928
2 March 1928
3 April 1928
4 May 1928
5 June 1928
6 July 1928
7 August 1928
8 September 1928
9 October 1928
10 November 1928
11 December 1928
12 Undated 1928
box folder
35 1 January 1929
2 February 1929
3 March 1929
4 April 1929
5 May 1929
6 June 1929
7 July 1929
8 August 1929
9 September 1929
10 October 1929
11 November 1929
12 December 1929
13 Undated 1929
14 January 1930
box folder
36 1 February 1930
2 March 1930
3 April 1930
4 May 1930
5 June 1930
6 July 1930
7 August 1930
8 September 1930
9 October 1930
10 November 1930
11 December 1930
12 Undated 1930
13 January 1931
box folder
37 1 February 1931
2 March 1931
3 April 1931
4 May 1931
5 June 1931
6 July 1931
7 August 1931
8 September 1931
9 October 1931
10 November 1931
11 December 1931
12 Undated 1931
13 January 1932
box folder
38 1 February 1932
2 March 1932
3 April 1932
4 May 1932
5 June 1932
6 July 1932
7 August 1932
8 September 1932
9 October 1932
10 November 1932
11 December 1932
12 Undated 1932
13 January 1933
14 February 1933
box folder
39 1 March 1933
2 April 1933
3 May 1933
4 June 1933
5 July 1933
6 August 1933
7 September 1933
8 October 1933
9 November 1933
10 December 1933
11 Undated 1933
12 January 1934
13 February 1934
box folder
40 1 March 1934
2 April 1934
3 May 1934
4 June 1934
5 July 1934
6 August 1934
7 September 1934
8 October 1934
9 November 1934
10 December 1934
11 Undated 1934
12 January 1935
13 February 1935
box folder
41 1 March 1935
2 April 1935
3 May 1935
4 June 1935
5 July 1935
6 August 1935
7 September 1935
8 October 1935
9 November 1935
10 December 1935
11 Undated 1935
12 January 1936
13 February 1936
box folder
42 1 March 1936
2 April 1936
3 May 1936
4 June 1936
5 July 1936
6 August 1936
7 September 1936
8 October 1936
9 November 1936
10 December 1936
11 Undated 1936
12 January 1937
13 February 1937
14 March 1937
box folder
43 1 April 1937
2 May 1937
3 June 1937
4 July 1937
5 August 1937
6 September 1937
7 October 1937
8 November 1937
9 December 1937
10 Undated 1937
11 January 1938
12 February 1938
13 March 1938
14 April 1938
15 May 1938
box folder
44 1 June 1938
2 July 1938
3 August 1938
4 September 1938
5 October 1938
6 November 1938
7 December 1938
8 Undated 1938
9 January 1939
10 February 1939
11 March 1939
12 April 1939
13 May 1939
14 June 1939
box folder
45 1 July 1939
2 August 1939
3 September 1939
4 October 1939
5 November 1939
6 December 1939
7 Undated 1939
8 January 1940
9 February 1940
10 March 1940
11 April 1940
12 May 1940
13 June 1940
14 July 1940
15 August 1940
box folder
46 1 September 1940
2 October 1940
3 November 1940
4 December 1940
5 Undated 1940
6 January 1941
7 February 1941
8 March 1941
9 April 1941
10 May 1941
11 June 1941
12 July 1941
13 August 1941
14 September 1941
15 October 1941
16 November 1941
box folder
47 1 December 1941
2 Undated 1941
3 January 1942
4 February 1942
5 March 1942
6 April 1942
7 May 1942
8 June 1942
9 July 1942
10 August 1942
11 September 1942
12 October 1942
13 November 1942
14 December 1942
15 Undated 1942
16 January 1943
17 February 1943
18 March 1943
19 April 1943
box folder
48 1 May 1943
2 June 1943
3 July 1943
4 August 1943
5 September 1943
6 October 1943
7 November 1943
8 December 1943
9 Undated 1943
10 January 1944
11 February 1944
12 March 1944
13 April 1944
14 May 1944
15 June 1944
16 July 1944
17 August 1944
18 September 1944
19 October 1944
20 November 1944
21 December 1944
box folder
49 1 January 1945
2 February 1945
3 March 1945
4 April 1945
5 May 1945
6 June 1945
7 July 1945
8 August 1945
9 September 1945
10 October 1945
11 November 1945
12 December 1945
13 January - June 1945
14 July 1945
15 August 1945
16 September 1945
17 October 1945
18 November 1945
19 December 1945
20 Undated 1945
21 January 1946
22 February 1946
23 March 1946
24 April 1946
box folder
50 1 May 1946
2 June 1946
3 November 1946
4 Undated 1946
5 January - December 1947
6 January - December 1948
7 January - December 1949
8 January - December 1950
9 Undated



Outgoing Correspondence, E. B. Pickett, Jr., 1904-1950

box folder
52 1 April 30, 1904 - November 10, 1905
2 May 26, 1904 - September 10, 1905
box folder
53 1 June 23, 1904 - January 11, 1905
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
2 July 5, 1905 - February 2, 1907
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
54 1 September 15, 1905 - September 5, 1906
box folder
50 10 February 19, 1906
box folder
54 2 September 6, 1906 - March 23, 1907
box folder
55 1 February 7, 1907 - May 3, 1907
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
2 March 23, 1907 - September 17, 1907
box folder
56 1 May 6, 1907 - July 31, 1907
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
50 11 August 26, 1907
box folder
56 2 August 1, 1907 - November 26, 1907
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
57 1 September 17, 1907 - April 13, 1908
2 November 26, 1907 - February 29, 1908
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
58 1 May 2, 1908 - November 6, 1908
box folder
50 12 July 8 - September 2, 1908
box folder
58 2 October 10, 1908 - January 25, 1909
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
59 1 November 6, 1908 - May 6, 1909
2 January 26, 1909 - May 22, 1909
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
60 1 May 10, 1909 - November 27, 1909
2 May 22, 1909 - September 9, 1909
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
61 1 September 9, 1909 - July 26, 1910
Note: Signed by C. F. Stevens
box folder
50 13 September 19-29, 1909
box folder
61 2 November 27, 1909 - May 16, 1910
box folder
50 14 May 16 - December 8, 1910
box folder
62 1 May 17, 1910 - November 21, 1910
box folder
51 1 October 1 - November 3, 1910
box folder
62 2 November 21, 1910 - March 24, 1911
box folder
51 2 January 14 - October 12, 1911
box folder
63 1 March 25, 1911 - August 25, 1911
box folder
51 3 March 21 - April 2, 1912
box folder
63 2 August 25, 1911 - January 18, 1912
box folder
64 1 January 18, 1912 - May 27, 1912
box folder
65 1 May 28, 1912 - November 30, 1912
box folder
66 1 November 30, 1912 - April 16, 1913
box folder
67 1 April 16, 1913 - December 10, 1913
box folder
51 4 May 3 - October 25, 1913
box folder
68 1 December 11, 1913 - July 27, 1914
box folder
69 1 July 28, 1914 - March 19, 1915
box folder
51 5 December 3-8, 1914
box folder
70 1 March 19, 1915 - September 30, 1915
box folder
51 6 September 29, 1915
box folder
71 1 September 30, 1915 - January 13, 1916
2 January 5, 1916 - May 11, 1916
box folder
72 1 May 12, 1916 - August 11, 1916
2 August 11, 1916 - October 31, 1916
box folder
73 1 October 31, 1916 - February 3, 1917
2 February 5, 1917 - May 15, 1917
box folder
74 1 May 18, 1917 - August 28, 1917
2 August 28, 1917 - December 6, 1917
box folder
75 1 December 7, 1917 - March 15, 1918
2 March 16, 1918 - July 1, 1918
box folder
76 1 July 1, 1918 - October 11, 1918
2 October 12, 1918 - January 31, 1919
box folder
77 1 January 31, 1919 - May 28, 1919
box folder
51 7 March 27, 1919
box folder
77 2 May 29, 1919 - August 8, 1919
box folder
78 1 August 8, 1919 - December 18, 1919
2 December 18, 1919 - June 11, 1920
box folder
79 1 June 12, 1920 - December 17, 1920
box folder
80 1 December 18, 1920 - July 11, 1921
2 August 9, 1921 - December 28, 1921
box folder
81 1 December 30, 1921 - January 25, 1922
box folder
82 1 January 25, 1922 - September 5, 1922
box folder
51 8 March 28, 1922
box folder
83 1 September 8, 1922 - March 6, 1923
2 March 7, 1923 - July 20, 1923
box folder
84 1 July 21, 1923 - March 10, 1924
2 March 11, 1924 - September 10, 1924
box folder
85 1 September 10, 1924 - April 9, 1925
box folder
51 9 January 16 - December 27, 1925
box folder
85 2 April 10, 1925 - October 10, 1925
box folder
86 1 October 13, 1925 - June 5, 1926
2 June 6, 1926 - January 11, 1927
box folder
87 1 January 14, 1927 - July 28, 1927
2 July 30, 1927 - February 8, 1928
box folder
88 1 February 11, 1928 - September 8, 1928
2 September 13, 1928 - May 3, 1929
box folder
89 1 May 8, 1929 - April 1, 1930
2 April 2, 1930 - March 16, 1931
box folder
90 1 March 20, 1931 - February 9, 1932
2 February 10, 1932 - January 26, 1933
box folder
91 1 January 27, 1933 - January 10, 1934
2 January 11, 1934 - October 13, 1934
box folder
92 1 October 15, 1934 - May 27, 1935
2 May 28, 1935 - December 20, 1935
box folder
93 1 December 23, 1935 - July 28, 1936
2 July 29, 1936 - April 4, 1937; January 20, 1938
box folder
94 1 April 6, 1937 - January 19, 1938
2 January 24, 1938 - November 11, 1938
box folder
95 1 November 12, 1938 - September 15, 1939
2 September 16, 1939 - July 15, 1940
box folder
96 1 July 17, 1940 - May 21, 1941
2 May 26, 1941 - June 23, 1942
box folder
97 1 June 24, 1942 - June 5, 1943
2 June 5, 1943 - September 16, 1944
box folder
98 1 September 19, 1944 - November 24, 1945
2 November 24, 1945 - January 29, 1947
box folder
51 10 June 11 - December 30, 1946
11 January 7 - December 31, 1947
12 January 5 - December 29, 1948
13 January 12 - December 30, 1949
14 January 4 - December 7, 1950
15 Undated



Incoming Correspondence, Bradford Pickett, 1936-1951

box folder
99 1 August 28 - December 21, 1936
2 January 7 - December 8, 1937
3 January 3 - December 30, 1938
4 January 4 - December 29, 1939
5 January 1 - December 28, 1940
6 January 10 - December 21, 1941
7 January 2 - December 16, 1942
8 January 5, 1943
9 May 16, 1944
10 August 15, 1945
11 January 14 - December 6, 1946
12 January 3 - November 19, 1947
13 January 8 - December 3, 1948
box folder
100 1 January 25 - November 25, 1949
2 January 25 - December 15, 1950
3 January 9 - May 29, 1951
4 Undated



Outgoing Correspondence, Bradford Pickett, 1936-1951

box folder
100 5 August 25 - December 21, 1936
6 January 13 - December 31, 1937
7 January 3 - December 29, 1938
8 January 4 - December 27, 1939
9 January 5 - December 30, 1940
10 January 4 - December 29, 1941
11 January 5 - September 4, 1942
12 February 10 - December 30, 1946
box folder
101 1 January 7 - December 30, 1947
2 January 7 - December 22, 1948
3 January 5 - December 23, 1949
4 January 5 - June 18, 1950
5 July 10 - December 29, 1950
6 January 3 - May 28, 1951