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Collection Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection, 1974-1989, undated

Austin History Center

Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Shelton, Emmett, Sr., 1905-2000
Title: Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection
Dates: 1974-1989
Abstract: Emmett Shelton, Sr. was a land developer, storyteller, and lawyer in Austin, Texas. His collection of recordings contains xx audio recordings of his reminisces on people, places, and events in Austin/Travis County.
Accession number: AR.2019.006
Quantity: 0.6 linear feet (2 box)
Location: Oral History Collection, Archives Stacks
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Emmett Shelton Sr. was born on West Live Oak Street in Austin, Texas, on February 12, 1905, the fifth of six sons born to Willie Green and John Elbert Shelton. Shelton’s great-grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Johnson, founded the Johnson Institute on Bear Creek in 1852. His daughter, Elizabeth Johnson, married Hez Williams and became the famous “Cattle Queen of Texas.” His maternal great-grandfather, Crawford Henry Greer, was born in Virginia in 1812, and with his wife, Ophelia Glenn, moved to a plantation on the North Banks of the Brazos River near Navasota. As a child, Shelton joined Boy Scouts and became one of the youngest Eagle Scouts in America. He attended the First International Boy Scout Jamboree in London in 1920.

Shelton graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers' College in San Marcos in 1925. He was editor of The College Star, and was awarded a total of ten letters in football, basketball, and track. He later became a member of Southwest Texas' Athletic Hall of Honor. In 1989, Shelton was named a SWT Distinguished Alumnus. He graduated in 1928 from the University of Texas Law School, and was a member of the Texas State Bar until his death. He engaged in the general practice of law including trial and appellate law. During World War II, Shelton joined the Marines at the age of 39 and served in the Southwest Pacific as a member of the first Marine wing.

Shelton founded the Village of West Lake Hills in 1953. Most of the City of West Lake Hills is on land he once owned. In 1962, he married Joyce Bredeson and they had four sons. The Austin City Council passed an ordinance in 1989 naming the bridge that crosses below Tom Miller Dam “The Emmett Shelton Bridge,” to honor him for establishing the bridge in 1947.

As Shelton’s eyesight failed, he began making recordings about his life experiences: politics, land development, poetry, history and anecdotes including criminal cases he tried. He was honored by the Texas State Historical Society in 1992. He wrote several books about the history of Austin and a narrative about the post-civil war era. He died on February 29, 2000 at 95 years old.

Source

"Funeral and Memorials." Austin American-Statesman, March 3, 2000: B4. NewsBank: America's News.

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Scope and Contents

The collection dates from 1974 to 1989 and contains a series of recordings Shelton made on audiocassette that document his life as well as events and people related to Austin, Texas. There are transcripts created for a handful of the recordings that are contained in the collection. A tape index created by Shelton with detailed information about the recordings is also included and a PDF is available here.

Content Warning: Offensive and/or violent language, images or other injurious perspectives and information may be inherent in the content of some of the original materials in this collection.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

The audio cassettes in this collection are available for listening on the digital workstation in the Austin History Center reading room.

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)
Shelton, Emmett, Sr., 1905-2000.
Shelton, Polk, 1900-1976.
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944.
Ferguson, Miriam Amanda, 1875-1961.
Moody, Daniel James, 1893-1966.
Hamer, Frank, 1884-1955.
Reed, Hiram M.
Cone, Cindy.
Caro, Robert A.
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973.
Crockett, M.H.
Peoples, Clinton.
Saunders, Hal.
Valdes, Hattie.
Moore, Warren.
Dolan, Harry.
McGregor, T. H.
Shelton, Joyce Bredeson.
Davenport, O. H.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin National Bank.
Travis County Jail.
Texas. State Penitentiary at Huntsville.
Boy Scouts of America.
United States. Marine Corps.
Southwest Texas State Teachers College.
Southwest Texas State Bobcats (Football team).
Austin Athletic Club (Tex.).
Southwest Football Officials Association.
American Legion-Travis Post No. 76.
Texas. Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission.
Subjects
Practice of law--Texas—History.
Lawyers--Texas--Austin.
Family--Texas--Austin.
Cedar choppers--Texas--Austin.
Prostitution--Texas--Austin.
Gamblers and gambling.
African Americans--Texas--Austin.
Athletics.
Homicide--Texas--Austin.
Places
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
South Austin (Tex.).
West Lake Hills (Austin, Tex.).
West Lake Drive (Austin, Tex.).
San Marcos (Tex.).
Bee Creek (Travis County, Tex.).
Document Types
Sound cassettes.
Transcripts.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 976.431 SH AA Shelton, Emmett, My Austin: Remembering the Teens and Twenties. 1994.
  • A 813.54 SH AA Shelton, Emmett, Dawn Breaks With Silent Echoes. 1996.

Audiovisual Collection


  • A VHS 976.431 Ev, An Evening in Old Austin. 1993.

Archives & Manuscripts


Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Emmett Shelton Sr., 1905-2000
  • AF Biography - John Elbert Shelton, 1871-1928
  • AF Subject - Westlake Hills, Travis County W3100

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection (AR.2019.006). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1955/022

Donation Date: January 1990

Processing Information

Materials were initially cataloged separately in the General Collection and Oral History Collection. In 2019, the transcripts and recordings were combined to form the Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection. The recordings were renumbered with the original tape numbers being retained and linked to the new number system. Finding aid created by Kelly Hanus in January 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Emmett Shelton, Sr. Recordings Collection, 1974-1989, undated

Offensive and/or violent language, images or other injurious perspectives and information may be inherent in the content of some of the original materials in this collection.
The audio cassettes in this collection are available for listening on the digital workstation in the Austin History Center reading room.
Box Folder
1 1 Tape Index, undated
Transcripts, 1975-1982, undated
Box Folder
1 2 Cedar Choppers (AR-2019-006-003, AR-2019-006-004), 1978 August 20
3 Dan Moody (AR-2019-006-002), 1977 August 16
4 Gamblers and Gambling (AR-2019-006-019), 1978 August 21
5 Hattie Valdes (AR-2019-006-005), undated
6 "Negro Tales" (AR-2019-006-014), 1975 July 4
7 The Two Fergusons (AR-2019-006-006), 1982 September 1
8 West Lake Hills (AR-2019-006-001), 1974 June
Box Tape
2 001 Shelton, Robert Emmett Sr., reminiscenes about the history of West Lake Hills, Bee Caves, Eanes, and the T.J. Chamber's Survey, self interview on 06/15/1974, 1974
Audiocassette
002 Shelton, Emmet Hugh Sr. (1905-2000) reminisceces about Governor Dan Moody on 08/16/1977, 1977
Audiocassette
003 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Cedar Choppers in Rural West Austin in early twentieth century, on 08/20/1978, Tape 1 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
004 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Cedar Choppers in Rural West Austin in early twentieth century, on 08/20/1978, Tape 2 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
005 Shelton, Emmet Sr. self interview on the subject of Hattie Valdes, a well-known prostiute in Austin during the 1920s, on unkown date, Undated
Audiocassette
006 Shelton, Emmett, Sr. self interview on the subject of former Texas Governors James Edward Ferguson and Miriam Amanda Wallace Ferguson on 09/01/1982, 1982
Audiocassette
007 Self Interview on 08/23/1977 of Emmett Shelton, Sr. (1905-2000) on the subject of homicides in Austin, Tape 1 of 2, 1977
Audiocassette
008 Self Interview on 08/23/1977 of Emmett Shelton, Sr. (1905-2000) on the subject of homicides in Austin, Tape 2 of 2, 1977
Audiocassette
009 Shelton, Emmett Sr., (1905-2000), self interview on the subject of Local Political Conventions on 07/30/1978, 1978
Audiocassette
010 Shelton, Emmett Sr., (1905-2000), self interview on the subject of Peninsula History on 07/13/1979, 1979
Audiocassette
011 Shelton, Emmett Sr., (1905-2000), self interview on the subject of Texas Game Department known now as the Park and Wildlife Department on 02/23/1975, 1975
Audiocassette
012 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of South Texas Politics and the San Antonio Political Machine on 01/01/1982, Tape 1 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
013 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of South Texas Politics and the San Antonio Political Machine on 01/01/1982, Tape 2 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
014 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of "Negro Tales", African American Relations with the Austin Legal System on 07/04/1975, 1975
Audiocassette
015 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Law Cases in early Twentieth Century Texas on 03/16/1982, Tape 1 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
016 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Law Cases in early Twentieth Century Texas on 03/16/1982, Tape 2 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
017 Shelton, Emmett Sr., self interview on the subject of Law Tales in early Twentieth Century Texas on 08/23/1977, Tape 1 of 2, 1977
Audiocassette
018 Shelton, Emmett Sr., self interview on the subject of Law Tales in early Twentieth Century Texas on 08/23/1977, Tape 2 of 2, 1977
Audiocassette
019 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Gamblers and the gambling trade, taped in Anaheim, California on 08/21/1978, 1978
Audiocassette
020 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of State Conventions, beginning with State Democratic Convention of 1894 on 07/30/1978, 1978
Audiocassette
021 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Early South Austin from 1900 to 1920 on 07/08/1979, Tape 1 of 3, 1979
Audiocassette
022 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Early South Austin from 1900 to 1920 on 07/08/1979, Tape 2 of 3, 1979
Audiocassette
023 Shelton, Emmett Sr. self interview on the subject of Early South Austin from 1900 to 1920 on 07/08/1979, Tape 3 of 3, 1979
Audiocassette
024 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., reminisces about his early life on 08/20/1978, Tape 1 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
025 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., reminisces about his early life on 08/20/1978, Tape 2 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
026 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses his Shelton family history on 09/??/1977, 1977
Audiocassette
027 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses the old Game, Fish and Oyster Commission on 10/??/1989, 1989
Audiocassette
028 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses the history of West Lake Hills on 12/??/1981, Tape 1 of 3, 1981
Audiocassette
029 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses the history of West Lake Hills on 12/??/1981, Tape 2 of 3, 1981
Audiocassette
030 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses the history of West Lake Hills on 12/??/1981, Tape 3 of 3, 1981
Audiocassette
031 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., discusses Eanes School and West Lake Hills Folks on 06/??/1988, Tape 1 of 3, 1988
Audiocassette
032 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., discusses Eanes School and West Lake Hills Folks on 06/??/1988, Tape 2 of 3, 1988
Audiocassette
033 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., discusses Eanes School and West Lake Hills Folks on 06/??/1988, Tape 3 of 3, 1988
Audiocassette
034 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses Prison clients and experiences on 11/02/1982, 1982
Audiocassette
035 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses his childhood and South Austin from 1900 - 1920's on 07/08/1979, Tape 1 of 2, 1979
Audiocassette
036 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses his childhood and South Austin from 1900 - 1920's on 07/08/1979, Tape 2 of 2, 1979
Audiocassette
037 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses lawyers and law experiences on 08/23/1977, Tape 1 of 4, 1977
Audiocassette
038 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses lawyers and law experiences on 08/23/1977, Tape 2 of 4, 1977
Audiocassette
039 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses lawyers and law experiences on 08/23/1977, Tape 3 of 4, 1977
Audiocassette
040 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses lawyers and law experiences on 07/01/1988, Tape 3 of 4, 1988
Audiocassette
041 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses Texas Ranger Captain Frank Hamer in August 1988, 1988
Audiocassette
042 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses in Sept 1989 poems, quotations and other materials that were inspirations in his life, 1989
Audiocassette
Box Tape
3 043 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses miscellaneous subjects in his law practice in June 1989, 1989
Audiocassette
044 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discusses Wild Basin, it's Birds and surrounding canyons in August 1989, 1989
Audiocassette
045 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing the history of the Peninsula area of Austin on 07/13/1979, 1979
Audiocassette
046 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experience with and Negro Tales on 07/04/1975, Tape 1 of 2, 1975
Audiocassette
047 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experience with and Negro Tales on 07/04/1975, Tape 2 of 2, 1975
Audiocassette
048 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing Cedar Choppers Tales in the early 1900 teens on 20th of unknown month 1978, Tape 1 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
049 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing Cedar Choppers Tales in the early 1900 teens on 20th of unknown month 1978, Tape 2 of 2, 1978
Audiocassette
050 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing South Texas Politics in 1982, Tape 1 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
051 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing South Texas Politics in 1982, Tape 2 of 2, 1982
Audiocassette
052 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his Athletic Career in April 1989, Tape 1 of 3, 1989
Audiocassette
053 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his Athletic Career in April 1989, Tape 2 of 3, 1989
Audiocassette
054 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his Athletic Career in April 1989, Tape 3 of 3, 1989
Audiocassette
055 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experience as a Football Official between 1925 -1955, in July 1988, 1988
Audiocassette
056 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his college days between 1921-1925 at SW Texas State Teachers College and between 1925-1928 at UT Law School, in April 1989, 1989
Audiocassette
057 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his college days between 1921-1925 at SW Texas State Teachers College and between 1925-1928 at UT Law School, in April 1989, 1989
Audiocassette
058 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. interviewed by Robert Caro discussing Lyndon Johnson on 07/30/1978, 1978
Audiocassette
059 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his brother Polk Shelton (biography) and Polk's law practice on 02/20/1987, 1987
Audiocassette
060 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing Hiram M. Reed in December 1981, 1981
Audiocassette
061 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing Mrs. O. H. Davenport in April 1983, 1983
Audiocassette
062 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing Cindy Cone on 07/22/1975, 1975
Audiocassette
063 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his Personal Politics in April 1989, 1989
Audiocassette
064 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his trip to London in 1920 for the first International Boy Scout Jamboree on 08/22/1978, 1978
Audiocassette
065 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps in the 1940's on 08/22/1978, Tape 1 of 4, 1978
Audiocassette
066 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps in the 1940's on 08/22/1978, Tape 2 of 4, 1978
Audiocassette
067 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps in the 1940's on 08/22/1978, Tape 3 of 4, 1978
Audiocassette
068 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences in the U. S. Marine Corps in the 1940's on 08/22/1978, Tape 3 of 4, 1978
Audiocassette
069 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences with State Conventions in July 1978, 1978
Audiocassette
070 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing his experiences with local politics and local Democratic Conventions in July 1978, 1978
Audiocassette
071 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. discussing the best inspiration in his life, his wife Joyce, in February 1984, 1984
Audiocassette
072 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., reminisces about friends and family on 08/22/1977, 1977
Audiocassette
073 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., reminisces about Ferguson, James E. and Miriam A., Governors of Texas, on 09/??/1982, 1982
Audiocassette
074 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr., reminisces about Moody, Dan, Governor of Texas, on 08/16/1977, 1977
Audiocassette
075 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. reminisces about his wife and children on 12/22/1976, Tape 1 of 2, 1976
Audiocassette
076 Shelton, Emmett Hugh, Sr. reminisces about his wife and children on 12/22/1976, Tape 2 of 2, 1976
Audiocassette
077 Robnett, Col. E. V reminisces about his life, unknown date, this tape is part of the Emmett Shelton Collection., Undated
Audiocassette
078 Saunders, Col. Hal discussing his WWII experiences as a pilot and jet propulsion at a dinner, introduced by Emmett Shelton, date unknown, Undated
Audiocassette
079 Shelton, Sr., Emmett Hugh reminisces about his early life and the Austin National Bank on 07/11/1979, 1979
Audiocassette
See inventory of the audio recordings here.

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