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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Law school administration

Books and manuscripts

Class materials and student papers

Reference files

The University of Texas files

State of Texas files

National files

Printed materials

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Ira P. Hildebrand Papers, 1883-1944



Collection Summary

Creator: Hildebrand, Ira Polk, 1876-1944
Title: Ira P. Hildebrand Papers
Dates: 1883-1944
Abstract: Ira P. Hilbedrand was the dean of the University of Texas School of Law from 1924 to 1940. The collection contains papers related to his deanship and other materials.
Size: 5.8 linear ft.
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

Ira Polk Hildebrand, born in La Grange, Texas, acquired a B.A. degree at Texas Christian University in 1897, and B.A. and LL.B. degrees at The University of Texas in 1899. He took another LL.B. at Harvard in 1902. After private practice in San Antonio he became professor of law at Texas in 1907. In 1912 he compiled, with E. H. Warren, Select Cases and Other Authorities on the Law of Private Corporations and, in 1942, wrote The Law of Texas Corporations. He became dean of the Law School in 1924, serving until 1940, and introduced the case method of law teaching to Texas. Dean Hildebrand was intensely concerned with improving the law school and devoted considerable effort to recruiting faculty. He was also keenly aware of student money problems in the lean years of the Depression and worked on fellowships and grants for them, some through the Federal Emergency Relief Administration during the 1930s. The dean was well-known nationally, and respected for his work on stricter standards for the legal profession. His legal advice was sought by the University of Texas on the Permanent University Fund controversies and other matters. He was active on the Texas Civil Judicial Council and did considerable work for the Texas Bar Association and the American Law Institute. Hildebrand voiced strong, sometimes exaggerated, opinions on many subjects, including individual students and politics.

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Contents of the Collection

The largest portion of the collection, Law School Administration Files, consists primarily of the files of the Dean of the University of Texas School of Law during the time Hildebrand held that post, and document all aspects of the Law School's administration under Hildebrand's deanship. Also present is correspondence on public matters, typescript and manuscript notes for books, class material with top student papers, and printed reference sources. University of Texas files reflect Hildebrand's service in University-wide activities, particularly as legal adviser to the University administration in a struggle with Texas A&M University over apportionment of the Permanent University Fund. The State of Texas and National Files relate to Hildebrand's involvement in legal and professional organizations, and in public affairs.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Arrangement starts with law school administration and continues to university, state, and national subjects. Within these groupings the papers are chronological. Printed materials are mainly at the end of the collection. The series are as follow:
Law school administration
Books and manuscripts
Class materials and student papers
Reference files
The University of Texas files
State of Texas files
National files
Printed materials

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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.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hildebrand, Ira Polk, 1876-1944
Subjects (Organizations)
University of Texas at Austin.
University of Texas. School of Law.
Subjects
Legal education.
Places
Austin (Tex.)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ira P. Hildebrand Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Four items (2 letters, 2 essays) from Faculty Personnel Files; transferred by Associate Dean Alex Albright, 1/31/2003 (AR2003-002).

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Law school administration

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I15 1 Dean of the School of Law material and teachers' reports, 1920-1931
2 Dean of the School of Law material and teachers' reports, 1931-1936
3 Dean's correspondence. Contains a letter describing the production and publication process for early UT Law School casebooks, 1931-1937
4 Law school loan fund material, 1916-1917
5 Statistics of law school, 1883-1938 and undated
6 Lists and correspondence re law school graduates, 1922-1934
7 Lists and correspondence re law school graduates, 1935-1939 and undated
8 Student degree cards, 1941
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I16 1 Failures in law school, 1924-1939
2 Student (Ward) examination book, undated
3 Annuity plan memoranda, 1935
4 Federal Emergency Relief Administration material, 1934-1937
5 Fellowship and research grant material, 1929-1934
6 University scholarship and fellowship correspondence, 1940
7 Law library correspondence and memoranda, 1933-1939
8 Prizes material, 1925-1935
9 Prizes material, 1936-1939
10 Donations material, 1929 and 1933
11 Hildebrand questionnaire to law schools, 1934-1935
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I17 1 General correspondence, 1919-1944 and undated
2 Miscellaneous University of Texas School of Law material, 1920-1938 and undated
3 Honor code material, 1928-1936
4 Professors of law (prospective) correspondence, 1924-1930
5 Professors of law (prospective) correspondence, 1932-1934
6 Professors of law (prospective) correspondence, 1935
7 Professors of law (prospective) correspondence, 1936-1937
8 Tarlton question and study book, undated
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I18 1 Texas Law Review material, 1921-1922
2 New rules for admission to law school material, 1926-1938
3 Legal education and admission to the bar material, 1922-1934
4 Legal education and admission to the bar material, 1935-1939
5 Townes, John C., material, 1921-1926 and undated
6 Stock certificates, 1915
7 Ephemera, 1925, 1931 and undated
8 Adelson v. Dittmar and White bankruptcy legal material, 1934 and undated
9 Cornell University material, 1929-1932
10 Harvard University material, 1935-1938

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Books and manuscripts

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I19 1 Typescript and manuscript notes for books, undated
2 Typescript and manuscript notes for books, undated
3 Typescript and manuscript notes for books, undated
4 Typescript and manuscript notes for books, undated
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I20 1 Typescript and manuscript notes for books, undated
2 Riparian rights material, 1927
3 Drafts of chapters of book and reference material, 1938
4 Miscellaneous notes, undated
5 Hildebrand writings and miscellaneous tracts, undated
6 Essay, "What are the True Functions of the Government of a State?" (AR2003-002), undated
7 Essay, "The Business Man in Politics" (AR2003-002), undated

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Class materials and student papers

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I21 1 Legal bibliography class material, 1915-1916 and undated
2 Corporate law class assignments and practice sets, undated
3 Criminal procedure class lecture notes, undated
4 Lecture or book manuscript notes, undated
5 Miscellaneous class material, 1933 and undated
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I22 1 Corporate law student papers, 1909 and undated
2 Corporate law student papers, 1913-1924 and undated
3 Contracts law student papers, 1910-1917 and undated
4 Contracts law student papers, 1919-1920, 1933 and undated
5 Miscellaneous student papers, 1919, 1927 and undated

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Reference files

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I23 1 Miscellaneous typescript material, undated
2 Printed speeches, other authors, 1906-1914
3 Printed speeches, other authors, 1915-1927
4 Speeches, other authors, 1920-1935 and undated
5 Typescript speeches by or about Hildebrand. Includes Hildebrand's farewell speech as dean of UT Law School, 1939 and undated

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The University of Texas files

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I24 1 University administration material, 1920-1928, 1937 and undated
2 Discipline committee material, 1920
3 Benedict, H. Y., correspondence and legal material, 1917-1932 and undated
4 Commencement material, 1920, 1925
5 Miscellaneous legal material, 1919-1924 and undated
6 Mezes, S. E., correspondence and legal material, 1912
7 Permanent Fund reference material, The University of Texas and Texas A&M, 1862-1917
8 Permanent Fund correspondence and reference materials, The University of Texas and Texas A&M, 1923-1930
9 University oil lands material, 1925-1931

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State of Texas files

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I25 1 State administration and legislative material, 1917-1935
2 Appropriation Bill material, 1927-1937
3 Texas Civil Judicial Council material, 1929-1930
4 Texas Civil Judicial Council material, 1931-1932
5 Texas Civil Judicial Council material, 1933-1934
6 Texas Civil Judicial Council material, 1935-1936
7 Deeds and deeds of trust, 1913-1924
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I26 1 Legislation and opinions material, 1921-1926
2 Opinions correspondence, 1933-1939
3 Texas Bar Association material, 1913, 1923-1928
4 Texas Bar Association material, 1929-1932
5 Texas Bar Association material, 1933-1935
6 Texas Bar Association material, 1936-1938

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National files

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I27 1 Association of American Law Schools correspondence, 1924, 1933-1939
2 American Bar Association material, 1935-1939
3 American Law Institute correspondence, 1928-1940
4 Institute for the Study of Law material, 1935-1939
5 U. S. Federation of Justice material, 1928-1930
6 Federal Housing Administration material, 1935
7 African Amercians entering law schools, 1936-1940
8 Packing the Supreme Court material, 1937-1938
9 Sheppard Bill material, 1939
10 Nathan Burkan competition material, 1937-1940

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Printed materials

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I28 1 Newspaper clippings, 1915-1938
2 Appeals courts audit reports, 1944
3 Miscellaneous printed material, 1900-1938
4 Photographs, 1933-1936

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