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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Dorsey B. Hardeman Papers, 1930-1973

Austin History Center

Dorsey B. Hardeman Papers

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Hardeman, Dorsey B., 1902-1992
Title: Dorsey B. Hardeman Papers
Dates: 1930-1973
Abstract: Dorsey B. Hardeman (December 11, 1902 – August 11, 1992) was a Democratic politician and attorney from San Angelo, Texas. He was elected to the Texas Senate in 1947 and served in the upper legislative chamber for twenty-two years before being unseated in 1969. The collection consists of political speeches and articles Hardeman collected from colleagues, along with some correspondence, biographical/family materials, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Accession number: AR.2018.020
Quantity: 0.40 linear feet (1 box)
Location: Archives stacks, Recordings collection
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Dorsey B. Hardeman was born December 11, 1902 in Henderson, Tennessee to Professor N.B. and JoAnna Hardeman. His early education was spent at the Freed Hardeman College, founded by his father and A.G. Freed in 1908. He attended the University of Florida and earned his LLB from Vanderbilt University. He came to Texas in 1932 and practiced law in San Angelo before being elected mayor in 1936. In 1938, he was elected to the House of Representatives and served two terms before joining the United States Army Air Corps and was sent to officer’s training school. He served in the Headquarters of the Judge Advocate General.

After his military service he was elected to the State Senate, serving from 1947-1969. During his tenure in the Senate he was considered one of its most powerful figures because of his knowledge of the constitution, legislative procedures and as chairman of the State Affairs Committee. He sponsored or co-sponsored and contributed significant amount of legislation including the sponsorship of a revised code of Criminal Procedure; the establishment of a state senior university in San Angelo; and the Stacy Dam and Reservoir on the Upper Colorado River.

After leaving the Senate, Hardeman was appointed Executive Director of the Texas Water Commission, later being named a commissioner. Senator Hardeman had many family ties to the Lone Star State, notably General William P. Hardeman and Bailey Hardeman, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

He was also a successful businessman, owning the historic San Angelus Hotel in San Angelo, had ranching and farming interests in Texas and Colorado, and owned and operated a title company in West Texas. Among his many business interests he was a member of many organizations, including hereditary membership in Sons of the American Revolution, Sons of the Republic of Texas, Knights of San Jacinto, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Order of Stars and Bars, the Baronial Order of Magna Charta, Huguenot Society, and Knights of Malta. He also held an honorary membership in the Greek order of St. Denis of Zante. All these organizations aimed at the preservation of history and was a lifetime member of the Texas State Historical Association. He was also a member of the American Legion, State Bar of Texas and the Travis County and Tom Green County Bar Associations.

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Scope and Contents

The collection consists mainly of political speeches by Hardeman as well as speeches and articles he collected from colleagues, such as Texas legislator T.H. McGregor and Texas governor James V. Allred. Also included is Homer P. Rainey’s address to the University of Texas in 1940 entitled “The Preservation of Our Freedom.”

In addition, the collection holds correspondence, some of which was found inside books donated with the collection. The collection also contains some biographical/family materials, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged by material type by the processor.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hardeman, Dorsey B., 1902-1992.
Rainey, Homer P. (Homer Price), 1896.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. Senate.
Texas Water Commission.
Subjects
Politicians--Texas.
Legislators--Texas.
Speeches, addresses, etc.
Places
Texas--Politics and government.
San Angelo (Tex.).
Document Types
Speeches.
Correspondence.
Black-and-white photographs.
Writings.
Clippings.
Biography files.
Sound discs (vinyl).

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Separated Material

General Collection


  • A 353.035 JO President Lyndon B. Johnson, No Retreat from Tomorrow, 1967 Messages to the 90th Congress.
  • A 976.404 BA V1 Nancy Nichols Barker, The French Legation in Texas1971-1973.
  • A 976.404 BA Nancy Nichols Barker, The French Legation in Texas1971-1973.
  • A 973.923092 [book of excerpts from Diary of Lady Bird Johnson][date].
  • A 973.923 JO President Lyndon B. Johnson, The Vantage Point Perspectives of the Presidency1963-1969.
  • A 976.411 AD A. Garland Adair, Austin and Commodore Perry1956.

Deaccessioned


  • Lyndon, a Washington Post Book 1956. (duplicate copy).
  • Sam Johnson’s Boy, A Close-up of the President from Texas (duplicate copy).
  • Texas Heritage, A Salute to John Nance Garner (out of scope)
  • To Heal and Build, The Programs of President Lyndon B. Johnson (duplicate copy)
  • Yarborough of Texas (duplicate copy)
  • Lyndon, An Oral Biography (duplicate copy)
  • The Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson (duplicate copy)
  • The Professional: Lyndon B. Johnson (duplicate copy)

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Donated by Bryan Hardeman, son of Dorsey B. Hardeman

Preferred Citation

Dorsey B. Hardeman Papers (AR.2018.020). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2018/047

Donation Date: 2018

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Whitaker

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Dorsey B. Hardeman Papers, 1930-1973

Box Folder
1 1 Speeches by Hardeman, undated
Location Box
Archives Recordings Rm Archives Albums Recording of speech by Hardeman, undated
1 sound disc (vinyl)
Archives Albums Recording of tribute of Hardeman, undated
1 sound disc (vinyl)
Box Folder
1 2 Speeches by others, 1908-1949
3 Speeches by others, 1950-1972
4 Speeches by others, undated
5 Speeches (unknown authors), undated
6 Correspondence, 1953-1965
7 Biographical/family, Texas history, photographs, 1925-1963
8 Clippings, 1938-1981

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