University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Leo G. Blackstock Papers, 1929-1979



Collection Summary

Creator: Blackstock, Leo Guy, 1899-1972
Title: Leo G. Blackstock Papers
Dates: 1929-1979
Abstract: The collection contains printed materials, correspondence, reports, and photographs that document the professional and personal life of Colonel Leo G. Blackstock.
Size: 6.67 linear feet (16 boxes).
Language: English
Repository: 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

Colonel Leo G. Blackstock was born in Whitt, Texas on November 1, 1899. In 1923, Blackstock earned his B.A. in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin, going on to earn his M.B.A. and J.D. from the university in 1925 and 1933, respectively. During his career as an educator, he taught at Trinity University in Waxahachie (1924), Sam Houston State University in Huntsville (1925-1927), and at his alma mater, The University of Texas (1927-1971). He took two extended leaves of absence during his teaching career. The first was to serve as Chief Examiner of the Gas Utilities Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas (1937-1939), and the second to serve in the U.S. Army (1940-1948).

Blackstock was commissioned the rank of Captain in 1936 as reserve officer, and was on active duty from 1940 to 1946. He served as Assistant Judge Advocate and was promoted to the rank of Major in 1942 and Lieutenant Colonel in 1944, serving in the Pacific Theater for the remainder of World War II. After the war ended in 1945, Blackstock was assigned to the Chief of the Prosecution Division position in Tokyo, Japan, and promoted to the rank of Colonel in 1946. After his release from active duty that year, he remained in Japan as a civilian attached to the army and continued his work in the prosecution of war criminals until 1948.

Blackstock resumed his teaching career at the University of Texas at Austin a decorated veteran: he was awarded Bronze Star Medal and Award, World War II Victory Medal, and American Defense Ribbon, among other honors. He taught military law and business law at the College of Business Administration and the School of Law until 1971, briefly leaving the university in the early 1950s to teach military law at the Army Reserves’ Judge Advocate General’s Office. Leo G. Blackstock, author of works on military and business law, retired Army officer, and distinguished professor, died in 1972.


Contents of the Collection

The collection contains printed materials, correspondence, reports, and photographs that document the professional and personal life of Colonel Leo G. Blackstock. The papers are arranged into three series, representing Colonel Blackstock’s military career, civilian career, and personal life.

Materials relating to Blackstock’s military career (1936-1956) compose the bulk of the collection, and are organized in the following subseries: command and general school (1934-1954), Assistant Judge Advocate General Corps (1940-1955), Japanese War Criminal Trial cases (1928-1952), and Army Reserves teaching (1951-1954). The command and general school papers are correspondence and materials related to United States Army Reserves extension courses offered through the Judge Advocate General Corps (JAGC). The JAGC papers pre-date Colonel Blackstock’s World War II service, concerning his move from Fort Sam Houston to Camp Beauregard in South Carolina to Fort Leavenworth in Kansas. The Japanese War Criminal Trial cases contain extensive coverage of over eighty case reviews, from June 1947 to July 1948. Included also are papers pertaining to war crime procedures, military regulations, and the status reports of Colonel Blackstock’s prosecution division. The final series in Colonel Blackstock’s military papers contain reserves materials on case studies, examinations, and extension courses on military affairs, civil affairs, military justice, and administrative law.

Colonel Blackstock’s civilian materials primarily reflect his teaching career at The University of Texas at Austin (1946-1955). Included is correspondence between Blackstock and UT Austin officials, particularly regarding the discussions about his leave of absence in order to continue his work with the Japanese War Crimes Tribunal. Printed materials include course outlines, exams for courses on business law, and administrative general faculty ephemera.

The third and final series in Leo G. Blackstock’s papers contain materials relating to his personal life, as well as miscellany, including correspondence, photographs, scrapbook materials, and assorted newsprint and pamphlets (1944-1972). Correspondence includes communication to family and friends about Blackstock’s military service, as well as minor business transactions. The photographs documents Colonel Blackstock’s participation in various conferences, including the United States Army Reserves Conference in Charlottesville, Virginia. Scrapbook materials include Colonel Blackstock’s identification badges from 1970-1972 and travel brochures acquired during various conferences he attended. Newsprint includes copies of the Austin American Statesman from 1954 and the pamphlets cover a variety of topics, including military newsletters and legal education.


Arrangement of the Collection

Military Career
Civilian Career
Miscellany

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

Subjects (Persons)
Blackstock, Leo Guy, 1899-1972.
Subjects (Organizations)
Judge Advocate General's School (United States. Army)
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
United States. Army. Judge Advocate General's Corps.
United States. Army. Reserve Corps.
The University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
The University of Texas at Austin. Faculty--History.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Fort Sam Houston (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Leo G. Blackstock Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Reprocessed by Katy Telling, 2017.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Military Career, 1936-1956

box folder
1 1 JAG Extension Courses - application, 1934-1936
2 JAG Chronicle
3 Reserves training
4 Reserve Components and ROTC Training Procedure Guide
5 Judge Advocate General Corps Reserve Training, 1936-1950
box folder
2 1 JAG Conference, Charlottesville, VA, Sep. 30, 1952 - Jun. 24, 1953
2 National Resources Conference, Jan. 1 - Feb. 12, 1954
3 Judge Advocate General Corps Correspondence, May 10, 1940 - Jan. 28, 1943
4 Assistant Judge Corps Advocate, Jan. 26, 1943 - Oct. 6, 1944
5 JAG/Officer Reserve Corps
6 Correspondence Concerning Accounting Adjustment, Jan. 31, 1947 - Jun. 18, 1948
7 Judge Advocate General Corps, Sep. 9, 1952 - May 14, 1953
8 Judge Advocate General Corps, Jan. 28, 1954 - Sep. 12, 1955
9 Items removed from “A Manual Courts-Martial, U.S. Army,” 1928
10 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, decisions, Dec. 28, 1951 - Dec. 29, 1952
11 Court Martial Case, Jul. 23, 1952 - Aug. 21, 1952
box folder
3 1 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 3, Nos. 1-10
2 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 3, Nos. 11-19
3 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 3, Nos. 20-29
4 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 4, Nos. 1-24
5 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 5, Nos. 1-24
6 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 6, Nos. 5 and 8
7 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 7, No. 11
8 U.S. Court of Military Appeals, Vol. 13, No. 24
box folder
4 1 Review of the Staff Judge Advocate
2 Manual for Courts-Martial and Military Appeals
3 U.S. Court of Military Appeals
4 Forms relating to Claims and Litigation
box folder
5 1 Loyalty Oaths, League of Deffender [sic], 1942 and undated
2 Correspondence, League of Deffender [sic], 1942-1945 and undated
3 Regulations governing war crimes trials, 1945-1948
4 Japanese War Crimes
5 Japanese War Crimes Trials, 1948-1949
6 Japanese War Crimes Trials-Weekly Status Reports, 1947
7 Reports of Prosecuting Attorneys, 1947
box folder
6 1 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, June 1947 - February 1948
2 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, April 1948 - June 1948
3 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, July 1948 - September 1948
4 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, October 1948
5 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, November 1948
box folder
7 1 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, April-May 1949
2 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, June 1949
3 Review of Japanese War Crimes Trials, July-December 1949
box folder
8 1 Reserves Teaching, April 1951 - August 1952
2 TAS July 1951 Teaching Materials
3 Artillery School Pamphlets
4 JAG Active Duty Phase Teaching, Mar. 12, 1953 - Jul. 26, 1953
5 JAG Teaching-Summer, 1954
6 Training and Explanations
7 Department of the Army Reports
box folder
9 1 Judge Advocate General/Officers Reserve Corps
2 Lectures on Military Justice, 1951 MCMJ
3 Lectures on Military Justice (1-6), 1951 MCMJ
4 Lectures on Military Justice (7-12), 1951 MCMJ
5 Military Authority and Military Law
6 Lectures and Practical Exercises on Military Justice
7 Military Justice and Military Law
box folder
10 1 USAR Course Materials (JAG) Sample handouts, exercise
2 USAR Course Materials (JAG) Sample handouts, exercises
3 ORC School-Pronouncement of courses, 1952
4 ORC Training Bullets
5 JAG Training Casebook, 1951
box folder
11 1 USAR School Instructor’s Outline Intro, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
2 Subcourse 40-1 Administrative Law
3 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
4 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Patents), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
5 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Patents), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
6 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Patents), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
7 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Military Government), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
8 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Laws of War), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
9 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Martial Law), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
10 USAR School Instructor’s Outline, Civil Affairs (Martial Law), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
11 ORC School Instructors Packet (Claims), JAG Dept, of Army, 1st Year
12 ORC School Instructors Packet (Claims), JAG Dept, of Army, 1st Year
13 Special Text, Government Contracts, 1949
14 Special Text, Military Affairs-I, 1949
15 Special Text of the Judge Advocate General’s School, 1953
16 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Affairs), JAG School, 1st Year Winter
17 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Affairs), Part II, JAG School, 1st Year Active Duty
18 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Affairs), JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
19 USAR School Student’s Outline (Military Affairs), JAG School, 3rd Year Winter
20 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Affairs), JAG School, 3rd Year Winter
21 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Affairs), JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
box folder
12 1 Judge Advocate General’s School: Instructor’s Outline and Correspondence
2 Judge Advocate General’s School: Programs and Explanations
3 JAG Materials: USAR Outlines
4 Judge Advocate General’s School: USAR Outlines and Explanations
box folder
13 1 Blackstock Papers Relating to Office of the Commanding General
2 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
3 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
4 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), JAG School, 1st Year Winter
5 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), JAG School, 1st Year Winter
6 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
7 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
8 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
9 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 2nd Year Active Duty
10 USAR School Instructor’s Outline Advanced Course (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
11 USAR School Instructor’s Outline Advanced Course (Military Justice), JAG School, 1st Year Winter
12 USAR School Student’s Outline (Military Justice), JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
13 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 3rd Year Winter
14 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 3rd Year Winter
box folder
14 1 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
2 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 1st Year Winter
3 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
4 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part III, JAG School, 2nd Year Winter
5 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 2nd Year Active Duty
6 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), JAG School, 3rd Year Winter
7 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part I, JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
8 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 3rd Year Active Duty
9 USAR School Instructor’s Outline (Military Justice), Part II, JAG School, 3rd Year Winter



Civilian Career, 1946-1965

box folder
15 1 Retirement Papers, Nov. 1, 1949 - Jul. 14, 1950
2 Institute of International Education, Project #145, 1951
3 Correspondence with UT Officials, Mar. 18, 1946 - Nov. 23, 1947
4 University of Texas Teaching, Jul. 18, 1952 - May 1965
5 TX University Materials
6 General Faculty, Apr. 1, 1955 - May 31, 1955
7 Documents of General Faculty
8 Personal Correspondence
9 Photographs
10 Scrapbook Materials



Miscellany

box folder
16 1 Newsprint
2 Pamphlets
3 Loose miscellany and ephemera