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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Minutes, 1841-1943,

Indexes and registers, 1840-1995,

Dockets, 1840-1980,

Opinions, 1840-1949,

Rejected applications, 1892-1943,

Overruled applications for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, 1901-1943,

Case files, 1840-2004,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Supreme Court:

An Inventory of Supreme Court Records at the Texas State Archives, 1840-2004



Overview

Creator: Texas. Supreme Court.
Title: Supreme Court records
Dates: 1840-2004
Abstract: The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. It also has the authority to conduct proceedings for the removal or involuntary retirement of state judges; supervises State Bar operations; promulgates rules and regulations for the discipline, supervision, and disbarment of lawyers; and has supervisory and administrative control over the judicial branch. The records consist of case files, applications, opinions, dockets, indexes, registers, and minutes covering the period 1840-2004. Also present are the records of the Texas Commission of Appeals, consisting of opinions, dockets, and minutes, dating 1879-1892, 1918-1943. A portion of these materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Quantity: 14,036.5 cubic ft.
Location: Please note that the A, B, C, D, and 94 through 04 case files (except misfiles and oversize items) are stored at the State Records Center. Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under the Public Information Act exceptions, these records must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be accessed for research. Records requested before 10:00 a.m. will usually be available for review by an archivist by 4:00 p.m. the same day. Records requested after 10:00 a.m. and before 3:00 p.m. will usually be available for review by an archivist by noon the next day. See the "Restrictions on Access" statement in this document for further information.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in part with funds provided by the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for the Texas Archival Resources Online project.

Agency History

The Supreme Court was created in 1836 by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas (Article IV, adopted March 17, 1836) with unlimited and conclusive appellate jurisdiction. Congress established the court by an act approved December 15, 1836. This court consisted of the chief justice, elected jointly by both houses of Congress, and the elected judges of the district courts in the state. The Supreme Court had jurisdiction over civil and criminal cases to hear and determine all manner of pleas, complaints, motions, causes, and controversies brought before it by any lower court, but no appeal could be determined until the lower court had made a final judgment or decree, except in particular cases as provided by law. A clerk appointed by the court recorded all the actions of the court and was also charged with preserving the records and transcripts of the court. Following the move to statehood, the First Legislature of the State of Texas organized a Supreme Court (Act of May 12, 1846), to consist of a chief justice and two associate justices appointed to six-year terms by the governor with the consent of the senate.

The terms of the court changed frequently during the 19th century. Initially, the court met annually at the seat of government. Legislation passed on January 22, 1842, established another annual term to be held at Nacogdoches, but an act passed on February 3, 1842, directed the court to hold its annual term at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Further legislation in 1845 (February 3, 1845) directed the court to hold annual terms wherever Congress convened. The Act of May 12, 1846, directed the court to meet annually in Austin. Legislation passed in 1850 (3rd Legislature, Chapter XII, November 30, 1850) amended this act and directed the court to hold three terms a year in Austin, Tyler, and Galveston, with each term lasting about three months. The court continued to meet in this manner until 1892. Following legislation which reorganized the courts system in 1892, the Supreme Court once again met annually in Austin, which it continues to do.

The Supreme Court initially heard appeals from civil and criminal cases. The Court of Appeals was created by the Texas Constitution of 1876, Article V, Section 4, which removed all criminal jurisdiction from the Supreme Court, and transferred civil jurisdiction to the Court of Appeals in some situations. In 1879, to help relieve the backlog of pending civil cases in both of these courts, the 16th Legislature created a commission of arbitration and award known as the Commission of Appeals (Chapter 34, Special Session). Civil cases were referred to this commission with the written consent of the parties or their attorneys. The commission's opinions, unless overturned by the superior appellate court, became the opinion of record of that court. The commission was composed of three judges appointed by the governor with the consent of the senate. This initial commission ceased to exist in October 1885. In 1887, it was created again (Senate Bill 281, 20th Legislature, Regular Session), still with three judges, to hear cases pending in the Supreme Court. It was increased to six judges in 1891, then discontinued in 1892 upon the reorganization of the courts system with the creation of the Court of Criminal Appeals and the Courts of Civil Appeals. In 1918, due to a multi-year backlog of cases pending before the Supreme Court, another Commission of Appeals was created (Senate Bill 28, 35th Legislature, 4th Called Session). This commission was divided into two sections, A and B, each with three judges appointed as previously. This last commission was discontinued in 1945 and its six judges became justices on the Supreme Court, increasing the number of justices to nine (Senate Joint Resolution 81, 49th Legislature, Regular Session).

A major reorganization of the courts system was undertaken in 1891-1892. A constitutional amendment was passed in 1891, followed by legislation approved April 1892 (22nd Legislature, 1st Called Session). This removed all civil jurisdiction from the Court of Appeals, changing that body to the Court of Criminal Appeals, and created the Courts of Civil Appeals (initially three, eventually fourteen courts). The justices of all of these courts, following the expiration of their current terms, were to be elected by the voters. The mandate of the Supreme Court changed, limiting the appeals which could be sent before it. It now had appellate jurisdiction to questions of law arising in all civil cases for which the courts of civil appeals had appellate but not final jurisdiction. A constitutional amendment in 1940 once again authorized direct appeals from trial courts to the Supreme Court in a limited class of cases.

As of 2017, the Supreme Court consists of a chief justice and eight associate justices, elected to six-year staggered terms. As the highest civil court in the state, it has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. Its caseload consists of three broad categories: determining whether to grant review of the final judgment of a court of appeals; disposition of regular causes (granting petitions for review, accepting petitions for writ of mandamus or habeas corpus, certified questions, accepted parental notification appeals, and direct appeals); and disposition of numerous motions related to petitions and regular cases. The court determines which petitions for review will be granted, usually taking only those cases that present the most significant legal issues in Texas in need of clarification.

The Supreme Court also has the authority to conduct proceedings for the removal or involuntary retirement of state judges. The court has many administrative duties as well, including the promulgation of several rules, such as the civil and appellate procedures for the Texas judicial system, and the procedural rules for the Commission on Judicial Conduct; monitoring the caseloads of the fourteen courts of appeals and transferring cases between the courts to equalize their dockets; supervising State Bar operations; and promulgating the rules and regulations for the discipline, supervision, and disbarment of lawyers. The court also has supervisory and administrative control over the judicial branch.

(Sources include: Texas General and Special Laws; A Reference Guide to Texas Law and Legal History, Sources and Documentation, Gruben and Hambleton; Texas Judicial Branch, About Texas Courts website; and the Texas Supreme Court website, both accessed August 10, 2017.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. It also has the authority to conduct proceedings for the removal or involuntary retirement of state judges; supervises State Bar operations; promulgates rules and regulations for the discipline, supervision, and disbarment of lawyers; and has supervisory and administrative control over the judicial branch. The records consist of case files, applications, opinions, dockets, indexes, registers, and minutes covering the period 1840-2004. Also present are the records of the Texas Commission of Appeals, consisting of opinions, dockets, and minutes, dating 1879-1892, 1918-1943. The records document the actions of the justices but do not cover the more routine or administrative functions of the clerk or other aspects of the functioning of the judicial system.

The court met in Austin through the year 1850. Beginning in 1851, the court held annual three month terms in the cities of Galveston, Austin, and Tyler. Beginning in the 1850s, the Galveston term ran January through March; the Tyler term, April through June; and the Austin term October through December. By the mid 1870s, the Austin term was changed to April through June and the Tyler term to October through December. Beginning in 1879, some cases were referred to the Commission of Appeals. Results of these actions can be found in the minutes and opinions of these early Supreme Court records, and in the records of the commission.

During the "traveling" or "circuit" court period (1840-1892), the court enacted several numbering systems. A new numbering system was begun by the court in January 1841, causing a duplication of numbers with cases filed prior to that date. When the court began to travel between Austin, Galveston, and Tyler, the clerk at each of the court sites assigned their own case numbers, causing further duplication. The court generally maintained separate records for each geographical term. In some cases, minutes and opinions were recorded for more than one of the terms, often for multiple year periods, in the same volume. Dockets, minutes, and opinions in the early 1870s are present for Austin, but not for Tyler and Galveston. It is likely the court met only in Austin for the approximate period of 1871-1873. In 1944, all cases created during the circuit court period were renumbered with an M number and a direct and reverse index was compiled on index cards.

A new numbering system was implemented in late 1892. Applications for writs of error became the most common way for a case to come to the Supreme Court. Each application was assigned an application number and can be found in the application dockets. Successful applications became cases and were assigned a new number, called a cause number, while unsuccessful applications simply retained their application number. This created two separate filing systems: case files arranged by cause number and applications filed by application number. Certain causes, particularly certified questions, habeas corpus, mandamus, and quo warranto cases, will not appear in the application dockets. Beginning in 1918, many of the cases before the Supreme Court were referred to the Commission of Appeals. Such referrals and results (opinions, etc.) are detailed in the dockets and the minutes of the commission, and opinions of the commission are listed in the opinion books. Cases referred to the Commission of Appeals may be cited with a hyphenated case number, with the second part of the number being the cause number assigned by the Supreme Court.

Beginning in 1944, a new universal numbering and filing system began. The separate application numbering system used since 1892 was abandoned. All applications were assigned cause numbers, whether or not the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. The new numbering system began by assigning cause numbers with a letter prefix, starting with A-1 in January 1944. In 1994, a new numbering system began based on two digit date prefixes, starting with 94-1. Dockets and a direct and reverse card index exist for a portion of these cases.

The case files are the most voluminous series in the records. Case files presently held by the Texas State Archives are the M case files (1840-1892), No prefix case files (1892-1943), A case files (1944-1966), B case files (1967-1980), C case files (1981-1990), D case files (1991-1993), and 94 through 04 case files (1994-2004). As of 2017, the 05 and later series are held by the Supreme Court.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into seven series and fourteen subseries:
Minutes, 1841-1943, 21.78 cubic ft.
  • Supreme Court minutes, 1841-1943, 19.33 cubic ft.
  • Commission of Appeals minutes, 1879-1892, 1918-1943, 2.45 cubic ft.
Indexes and registers, 1840-1995, 25.43 cubic ft.
Dockets, 1840-1980, 64.65 cubic ft.
  • Supreme Court dockets (circuit court period), 1840-1892, 22.22 cubic ft.
  • Supreme Court dockets, 1892-1980, 40.17 cubic ft.
  • Commission of Appeals dockets, 1879-1892, 1918-1943, 2.26 cubic ft.
Opinions, 1840-1949, 31.22 cubic ft.
  • Supreme Court opinions, 1840-1949, 22.61 cubic ft.
  • Commission of Appeals opinions, 1881-1885, 1888-1892, 1922-1943, 8.61 cubic ft.
Rejected applications, 1892-1943, 524.17 cubic ft.
Overruled applications for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, 1901-1943, 26 cubic ft.
Case files, 1840-2004, 13,343.25 cubic ft.
  • M case files, about 1840-1892, 680.08 cubic ft.
  • No prefix case files, 1893-1943, 1,644.17 cubic ft.
  • A case files, 1944-1966, 1,934.25 cubic ft.
  • B case files, 1967-1980, 1,526.75 cubic ft.
  • C case files, 1981-1990, 2,056 cubic ft.
  • D case files, 1991-1993, 1,505 cubic ft.
  • 94 through 04 case files, 1994-2004, 3,997 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Case files may possibly contain documents sealed by the court, and are therefore excepted from public disclosure by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 76A. When a researcher requests a case, the file will be reviewed by an archivist in order to remove sealed documents. The researcher will be informed that sealed documents have been removed from the file, and it will then be up to the researcher to obtain permission from the original court to access the documents.

Case files may possibly also contain personal information of jurors and prospective jurors. According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29, information collected by the court or by a prosecuting attorney during the jury selection process about a person who serves as a juror, including the juror's home address, home telephone number, social security number, driver's license number, and other personal information, is confidential and may not be disclosed by the court, the prosecuting attorney, the defense counsel, or any court personnel except on application by a party in the trial or on application by a bona fide member of the news media acting in such capacity to the court in which the person is serving or did serve as a juror. On a showing of good cause, the court shall permit disclosure of the information sought. (Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 371, § 1, effective September 1, 1993). The Court of Criminal Appeals has verified that juror information is to be withheld from the public according to the statute cited above. Therefore, when a case is requested, an archivist will review the case to ascertain whether or not juror information is present. If such information is found, the researcher will be informed and the documents will be removed from the file. If an individual wishes to access juror information, they will have to obtain permission from the original court. Because the judiciary is not covered by the Texas Public Information Act, the Archives cannot estimate how long it will take the court to respond to a request.

Rarely, case files may possibly contain material not related to the case, such as attorney's notes about another case. Before a researcher is granted access to a case, an archivist will review the files and remove all such materials. The researcher will be informed if materials are removed. If the researcher wishes to access the documents, the Archives will contact the court to determine the appropriate course of action on a case-by-case basis. Because the judiciary is not covered by the Texas Public Information Act, the Archives cannot estimate how long it will take the court to respond to a request.

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Oversize material is too large to photocopy. Contact Archives staff for assistance. Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Commissioners of Appeals.
Subjects:
Appellate courts--Texas.
Court records--Texas.
Judicial opinions--Texas.
Document Types:
Case files--Texas.
Dockets--Texas.
Indexes (reference sources)--Texas.
Minutes (administrative records)--Texas.
Photographs--Texas.
Radiographs--Texas.
Functions:
Adjudicating.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
The Canyon Dam and Melvin Belli records, the Houston urban expressway plans, and the Judge O.P. Carillo hearings are exhibits from Supreme Court cases.
Texas Commission on Judicial Conduct public records and sanctions, 1973, 1978-1988, 0.71 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Appeals, Records, 1876-1892, 15.48 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Appeals (1st) records, 1887-1975, bulk 1892-1975, 903.74 cubic ft., including 87 volumes
Texas Court of Appeals (2nd) selected case files, 1892-1944, bulk 1894-1919, 582 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Appeals (3rd) records, 1891-2009, 1,291.48 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Appeals (4th) case files, 1891-1981, 1,443 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Appeals (8th) case files, 1912-1991, 1997-1999, about 340 cubic ft. [The 8th Court files are housed in El Paso at the University of Texas at El Paso.]
Texas Court of Appeals (14th) case files, 1967-1975, 161 cubic ft.
Texas Court of Criminal Appeals records, 1892-2012, 7,545.75 cubic ft.
Texas Highway Department Houston urban expressways proposed improvement plans, 1962-1963, 0.92 cubic ft.
Texas Highway Department records, 1920s-1930s, 1962-1975, 5.65 cubic ft.
Texas State Judicial Qualifications Commission hearings for removal of Judge O.P. Carrillo, 1971-1976, 4.47 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Administrative Division, Supreme Court's annotated copies of blueprints and drawings of buildings in the Capitol Complex, 1956-1991, bulk 1988-1990, 2.52 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Canyon Dam and Reservoir records, 1958-1965, 0.5 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Galveston term clerk's correspondence, 1868-1870, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Galveston term naturalization ledger, 1855, 1867-1869, bulk 1855, 0.05 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, Provost of Judicial Education records, 1988-1993, bulk 1992-1993, 2 cubic ft.
Texas Supreme Court, State Bar v. Melvin Belli records, 1964, 0.05 cubic ft.
Texas State Archives, Manuscript Collections
Micajah Hubbard (M.H.) Bonner papers, about 1846-about 1882, 4 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2016/046 and 2016/103.]
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Calvert papers, 1950-1972, undated, 28.75 cubic ft.
Transcript of oral interview with former Chief Justice Greenhill, 1981, 0.05 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 1992/082.]
Texas Supreme Court Justice Meade F. Griffin papers, 1949-1969, about one cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-22/996 and 2-22/997.]
Texas Supreme Court Justice William W. Kilgarlin working papers, 1983-1988, 51 cubic ft.
Publications
Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas; from January term 1840, to the close of the spring term, 1853...., W. Alexander, Philadelphia, Pa.: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1854.
"The missing cases of the Republic," Texas Law Review, James W. Paulsen, vol. 65, Austin, Texas: Texas Law Review Association, 1983. (On the opinions of the 1845 term.)
Opinions of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1840 to 1844 inclusive, James Wilmer Dallam, St. Louis, Mo.: Gilbert Book Co., 1883 [c. 1881].
Southwestern Reporter, St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1887-present.
The Texas Reports, vol. 1-163, various publishers, 1846-1963. [Volumes 1-65 (1846-1886) have been digitized and are available through University of North Texas' Portal to Texas History.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1984/013, 1985/030, 1985/103, 1988/134, 1989/160, 1991/154, 1996/010, 2008/126, 2008/127, 2008/132, 2008/162, 2009/062, 2009/114, 2010/116, 2010/132, 2010/133, 2010/134, 2010/135, 2011/036, 2011/278, 2011/435, 2012/029, 2012/038, 2012/093, 2012/130, 2012/135, 2012/148, 2014/143, 2015/040, 2015/085, 2015/132, 2015/137, 2015/173, 2016/146, 2016/150, 2016/154, 2016/157, 2016/158, 2016/159, 2016/160, 2017/002, and 2017/121

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; September 6, 1983; November 1, 1984; April 15, 1985; June 19, 1989; May 10, 1991; November 24, 2008; March 14 and August 2, 2011; February 28, 2012; October 13, 2014; and January 23, 2015; by the Texas Historical Commission on May 4, 1988; by Dorothy Sloan on October 18, 1995; by Tammy Kubecka on April 28, 2005; and March 18, 2015; by Peter Luke on May 25, 2005; and November 27, 2011; by the Heritage Auction Galleries on December 19, 2007; by the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 23, 2008; July 1, 2010; and September 2, 2016; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Heritage Auction Galleries on March 11, 2009; by Maria McPhail via Heritage Auction Galleries on March 29, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Early American History Auctions on October 2, 2009; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Danny Reich on August 2, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from the Gettysburg Quartermaster on August 17, 2010; by Rolando Gallo on October 8, 2010; by Ed Hoffman on October 26, 2011; by RR Auction on November 14, 2011; by Sherry Evans on December 5, 2011; by Carl G. Horkowitz on March 23, 2012; by Mark E. Mitchell on August 1, 2014; by Richard D. Worthington on March 30, 2015; by James H. Twelmeyer on April 27, 2015; by Diana Faust via the Texas Supreme Court on May 12, 2016; by Ian Brabner on May 26, 2016; by James Cummins on June 2, 2016; by Jared Gendron on June 13, 2016; and by Tyler Ribitzki via the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 2, 2017.

Processing Information

Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown

Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995

Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001

Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center by Laura Saegert, August and November, 2002, June 2003

Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004

Restriction statements revised by Laura Saegert, September 2004

Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008

Additions made to M case files by Laura Saegert, March 2009

Updates made for DACS compliance, new accessions of case files incorporated, changes made to the M case file box inventory, and indexes added by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017

Other Formats for the Records

Orders and opinions of the Supreme Court are available on the Texas Judicial Branch website from October 1997 to present.

The M case files direct and reverse index and 1890s case files direct and reverse index card files described in the Indexes and registers series and a portion of the M case files described in the Case files series of this finding aid have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-courts/supreme-court/.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Minutes, 1841-1943,
21.78 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. These records are the minutes of the Texas Supreme Court and Commission of Appeals. The minutes provide a summarized account of the proceedings and decisions of the court, dating 1841-1943. The early minutes of the court, 1841-1892, include orders and judgments with each day's proceedings along with a list of the justices present. Information found in the later minutes of the court, 1893-1943, includes the date, justices present and cases discussed, application or cause number, parties, actions, county and district court of origin, referrals to the Commission of Appeals, and the date a mandate was issued. The minutes of the Commission of Appeals, 1879-1892 and 1918-1943, generally provide the date and cases addressed.
Organization
The minutes are organized into two subseries, as received from the court:
Supreme Court minutes, 1841-1943, 19.33 cubic ft.
Commission of Appeals minutes, 1879-1892, 1918-1943, 2.45 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Minutes, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1983/056
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
Supreme Court minutes, 1841-1943,
19.33 cubic ft.
Minutes of the Texas Supreme Court provide a summarized account of the proceedings and decisions of the court, dating 1841-1943. The circuit court-era volumes (1841-1892) usually cover just one term (Galveston, Tyler, or Austin) for a period of years; in later years of this era, the volumes include two or three of the terms for multi-year periods. These early minutes include orders and judgments with each day's proceedings along with a list of the justices present. Some routine matters appear infrequently in the minutes, such as lists of court costs and the appointment of clerks. Knowing the court term and date of the case is necessary in order to locate judgments in these records. There is some overlap in dates in these volumes. Minutes in the last volume extend into the next court period (the multi-number, multi-docket period) through the year 1895. The beginning and ending dates for each volume (and for multiple sessions in the volumes) are given. Beginning in 1879, referrals to the Commission of Appeals are also noted. Also present, primarily in the 1870s-1890s, are copies of selected cases which were referred from one term (i.e., Austin, Galveston, Tyler) to another.
Information found in the later minutes (post 1892) includes the date, justices present and cases discussed, application or cause number, parties, actions, county and district case of origin, referrals to the Commission of Appeals, and the date a mandate was issued. Other items occasionally present include lists of cases transferred between Courts of Civil Appeals, lists of attorneys issued Supreme Court licenses, and resolutions or memorials for deceased justices and judges. Some volumes contain loose pages, usually lists of cases to be transferred. Most volumes are not indexed. As of 2017, minutes from 1944 forward are held by the Supreme Court.
Arrangement
The volumes of minutes are arranged roughly in chronological order by the beginning date of each volume as received from the court.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Supreme Court minutes, Minutes, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-90 Minutes, January 1841-April 1849
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201-91 Minutes, Austin, December 1849-January 1856
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201-92 Minutes, Galveston, January 1851-March 1855
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201-93 Minutes, Tyler, April 1851-June 1856
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201-95 Minutes, Galveston, February 1856-February 1865
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201-94 Minutes, Austin, October 1856-January 1859
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201-96 Minutes, Tyler, April 1857-June 1860
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201-97 Minutes, Austin, October 1859-October 1866
Minutes, Galveston, March 1861
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201-98 Minutes, Tyler, April 1861-May 1869
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201-99 Minutes, Austin, October 1866-December 1869
Minutes, Galveston, March 1869-June 1870
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201-100 Minutes, Galveston, January 1867-January 1868
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201-101 Minutes, Galveston, January 1868-March 1870
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201-102 Minutes, Austin, December 1870-November 1872
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201-103 Minutes, Austin (?), December 1872-June 1875
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201-104 Minutes, Tyler, October 1874-October 1883
Minutes, Galveston, January 1877-April 1883
Minutes, Austin, June 1878-May 1883
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201-105 Minutes, Galveston, January 1875-March 1881
Minutes, Austin, April 1876-June 1881
Minutes, Tyler, October 1880-November 1881
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201-106 Minutes, Austin, April 1876-June 1881
Minutes, Tyler, November 1877-December 1881
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201-108 Minutes, Galveston, January 1882-March 1883
Minutes, Austin, April 1882-May 1883
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201-107 Minutes, Austin, April 1882-June 1886
Minutes, Tyler, October 1882-December 1886
Minutes, Galveston, March 1877, January 1883-January 1886
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201-110 Minutes, Tyler, October 1883-December 1888
Minutes, Galveston, January 1884-March 1885, January 1887-March 1888
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201-109 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1884
Minutes, Austin, June 1884
Minutes, Tyler, October and December 1884
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201-111 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1885
Minutes, Austin, April-June 1885
Minutes, Tyler, December 1885
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201-112 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1886
Minutes, Austin, April and June 1886
Minutes, Tyler, December 1886
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201-113 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1887
Minutes, Austin, May 1887
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201-114 Minutes, Austin, April 1887-June 1891
Minutes, Tyler, October 1887-December 1891
Minutes, Galveston, January 1888-March 1892
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201-115 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1888
Minutes, Austin, April-June 1888
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201-116 Minutes, Tyler, October 1888-December 1891
Minutes, Galveston, January 1889-April 1892
Minutes, Austin, April 1891-August 1892
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201-117 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1889
Minutes, Austin, April 1889
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201-118 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1890
Minutes, Austin, April 1890
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201-119 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1891
Minutes, Austin, May-June 1891
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201-120 Minutes, Galveston, January-March 1892
Minutes, Austin, April-June 1892
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201-121 Minutes, Austin, April 1892-December 1892
Minutes, 1892-June 1895
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201-228 Minutes, October 1895-June 1898
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201-229 Minutes, October 1898-December 1901
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201-230 Minutes, January 1902-May 1905
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201-231 Minutes, May 1905-June 1908
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201-232 Minutes, October 1908-January 1912
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201-233 Minutes, January 1912-June 1915
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201-234 Minutes, October 1915-January 1919
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201-235 Minutes, January 1919-March 1921
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201-236 Minutes, March 1921-March 1923
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201-237 Minutes, March 1923-March 1925
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201-238 Minutes, April 1925-February 1927
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201-239 Minutes, February 1927-December 1928
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201-240 Minutes, December 1928-June 1930
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201-241 Minutes, October 1930-May 1932
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201-242 Minutes, May 1932-May 1934
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201-243 Minutes, May 1934-May 1936
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201-244 Minutes, May 1936-April 1938
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201-245 Minutes, April 1938-November 1939
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201-246 Minutes, November 1939-June 1941
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201-247 Minutes, June 1941-January 1943
Commission of Appeals minutes, 1879-1892, 1918-1943,
2.45 cubic ft.
Records are minutes of the Texas Commission of Appeals, dating 1879-1892, 1918-1943. Minutes provide a summarized account of the proceedings of the court. Information given includes the date and cases addressed. The early minutes, 1879-1892, were part of the early Supreme Court period and cover the Tyler and Austin terms for those years. References to Commission of Appeals actions are also given in records found in the Supreme Court minutes. In 1918, the Commission was divided into sections A and B. There are separate volumes of minutes for each section. The volumes in this series are not indexed.
Arrangement
The minutes are arranged by site or section, then chronologically, as received from the court.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission of Appeals minutes, Minutes, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-308 Minutes, Tyler, 1879-about 1880
Volume
201-309 Minutes, Tyler, 1881-1891
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201-310 Minutes, Austin, 1890-1892
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201-311 Minutes, Section A, 1918-1939
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201-312 Minutes, Section A, 1939-1943
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201-313 Minutes, Section B, 1918-1943

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Indexes and registers, 1840-1995,
25.43 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. Records are indexes and registers of the Texas Supreme Court, dating 1840-1995. The indexes provide access to both the case files and the dockets. The best access to the circuit court-era cases (about 1843 to 1892) is through the M case file card index. The 1890s case file card index provides access to no prefix case files (1893-1943) from 1893 to 1898. Additional access to the no prefix cases is through the direct index covering cases dating 1870-1941, bulk 1870-1892, giving the style of the case and original case number; and the direct and reverse index covering 1934-1938, giving the style of the case and cause or application numbers. The card index for the A, B, C, D, 94, and 95 case files is the best point of access to the case files from 1944 to 1995. Additional indexes include an index to expenses and news clippings, 1940-1941; two registers of lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court, 1882-1943 and 1935-1950 respectively, providing the name of the lawyer, town, county, and date; a topical index to the A, B, and C case files, 1959-1984, providing style of the case, case number, county filed from, legal citation from the Southwestern Reporter (if applicable), type of filing, date of decision, justice giving the opinion or a note if no opinion was given; and a direct and reverse cross index to the topical index.
Arrangement
The indexes are arranged by date and type.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Indexes and registers, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 2011/435
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; and August 2, 2011.
Other Formats for the Records
The M case files direct and reverse index and 1890s case files direct and reverse index card files described in this series have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-courts/supreme-court/scot-indexes/.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance and indexes added by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
M case files direct and reverse index, 1840-1892
[In 1944, all cases created during the circuit court period were renumbered with an M number, and a direct and reverse index was compiled on index cards. This is a large card file providing direct and reverse access to the cases. The cards list the style of the case, date filed, M case number, and the original case number.]
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1983/056-1 Aab - Ban
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1983/056-3 Bra - Cap
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1983/056-4 Car - Cok
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1983/056-5 Col - Dau
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1983/056-6 Dav - Dyk
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1983/056-7 Eag - For
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1983/056-8 Fos - Glu
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1983/056-9 Goa - Ham
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1983/056-10 Han - Hix
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1983/056-11 Hob - Ize
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1983/056-12 Jac - Kno
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1983/056-13 Koe - Mal
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1983/056-14 Man - Max
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1983/056-15 Mea - Mun
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1983/056-16 Mur - Pea
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1983/056-17 Pec - Ren
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1983/056-18 Rep - Say
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1983/056-19 Sca - Smy
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1983/056-20 Sna - Sta
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1983/056-21 Ste - Tex
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1983/056-22 Tha - Wai
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1983/056-23 Wal - Whi
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1983/056-24 Wic - Zwe
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201-180 Direct index, 1870-1941, bulk 1870-1892
[This volume is a direct index, 1870-1941, which initially covered cases heard during the circuit court Austin term. It later expanded to include other cases. It gives the style of the case and the original case number (no M numbers). The last case numbers present are in the A prefix subseries.]
1890s case files direct and reverse index, 1893-1898
[This card file is a direct and reverse index to a portion of the early no prefix cases, dating 1893 to 1898. Information on the cards usually includes the style of the case, the application and/or cause number, date filed, county filed from, and sometimes includes notes on case type and if the case was ever refused.]
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2011/435-81 A-D
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2011/435-82 E-M
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2011/435-83 N-S
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2011/435-84 T-Z
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201-299 Direct and reverse index, 1934-1938
[This volume is a direct and reverse index giving the style of the case and application and/or cause numbers for the years 1934 through 1938.]
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201-179 Register of Lawyers Practicing in the Supreme Court..., 1882-1943
[This volume is a register of lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court, beginning with the circuit court Galveston term in December 1882, and continuing through 1943. It provides the name of the lawyer, town, county, and date. Occasionally a date of death is provided in the usually blank remarks column.]
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201-297 Register of Lawyers Practicing in the Supreme Court..., 1935-1950
[This volume is a register of lawyers practicing before the Supreme Court, dating 1935-1950. It provides the name of the lawyer, town, county, and date. Occasionally a date of death is provided in the usually blank remarks column.]
Volume
201-298 Index to expenses and newspaper clippings, 1940-1941
A, B, C, D, 94, and 95 case files direct and reverse index, 1944-1995
[This card file is a large direct and reverse index A, B, C, D, 94, and 95 case files, dating 1944-1995. It lists the style of the case, date filed, case type, and the case number. Some cards will note the county and district court from which the case was filed. This is the most comprehensive index to Supreme Court cases during this period.]
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2011/435-1 A - Al
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2011/435-2 All - Ame
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2011/435-3 An - At
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2011/435-4 Au - Bar
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2011/435-5 Barr - Ben
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2011/435-6 Ber - Bl
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2011/435-7 Bo - Bri
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2011/435-8 Bro - Bry
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2011/435-9 Bu - Cai
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2011/435-10 Cal - Carr
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2011/435-11 Cars - City of (A-C)
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2011/435-12 City of D - City of R
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2011/435-13 City of S - Cha
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2011/435-14 Chr - Cob
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2011/435-15 Coc - Cop
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2011/435-16 Cor - Court of Appeals
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2011/435-17 Cou - Cut
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2011/435-18 Da - Dav
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2011/435-19 De - Dm
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2011/435-20 Do - Dy
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2011/435-21 E - Er
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2011/435-22 E (companies) - Ex parte (A-O)
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2011/435-23 Ex parte (P-Z) - Fire
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2011/435-24 First - For
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2011/435-25 Fos - Gai
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2011/435-26 Gal - Ge
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2011/435-27 Gh - Gon
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2011/435-28 Gos - Gri
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2011/435-29 Gro - Hal
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2011/435-30 Ham - Hars
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2011/435-31 Hort - Hen
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2011/435-32 Her - Hol
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2011/435-33 Holl - How
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2011/435-34 Hu - I
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2011/435-35 In the interest of ... - Ja
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2011/435-53 Pro - Ram
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2011/435-54 Ran - Rh
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2011/435-55 Ri - Roj
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2011/435-56 Rol - Sag
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2011/435-57 Sai - Sc
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2011/435-58 Sc - Si
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2011/435-59 Si - Sm
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2011/435-60 Sn - Sr
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2011/435-61 St - Sty
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2011/435-62 Su - Td
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2011/435-63 (State of) Texas A - N
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2011/435-64 (State of) Texas O - Tex
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2011/435-65 Texas employees - Texas A-O
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2011/435-66 Texas S-T; A-T (towns, companies)
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2011/435-67 Tea - Tow
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2011/435-68 Tr - Un
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2011/435-69 Un - V
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2011/435-70 W - Wer
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2011/435-71 Wes - Wi
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2011/435-72 Wo - Z
A, B, and C case files topical index, 1959-1984
[This card file is a topical index to most of the A, B, and C cases, organized by legal topics, dating 1959-1984. Each topic is assigned a number. Cards are organized by style within topics. Information on the cards usually includes the style of the case, case number, county filed from, legal citation from the Southwestern Reporter (if applicable), type of filing, date of decision, justice giving the opinion, or a note if no opinion was given. A reverse and direct cross index of cases referencing the TI (topical index) number(s) under which a case was filed is described in the following index.]
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2011/435-73 Abortion - County Commissioners
[Topic numbers 1-38.]
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2011/435-74 Damages - Insurance
[Topic numbers 39-72.]
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2011/435-75 Interest - Quo Warranto
[Topic numbers 72-103.]
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2011/435-76 Real property - Zoning and planning
[Topic numbers 104-133.]
Direct and reverse cross index to topical index, 1959-1984
[The card file is a direct and reverse index to cases appearing in the topical index of legal subjects described in the previous index, dating 1959-1984. Information on the cards usually includes the style of the case, case number, county filed from, legal citation from the Southwestern Reporter (if applicable), type of filing, date of decision, justice giving the opinion, note if no opinion was given, and the TI (topical index) number(s).]
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2011/435-77 A-D
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2011/435-78 E-K
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2011/435-79 L-Se
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2011/435-80 Sh-Z

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Dockets, 1840-1980,
64.65 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. Records are dockets of the Texas Supreme Court and the Commission of Appeals, dating 1840-1980. Dockets function as a brief entry of the court proceedings, some also serving as a calendar of cases awaiting action in court. The State Archives has dockets from 1840 to 1980; dockets after that period are at the Supreme Court. Dockets of the circuit court period (1840-1892) consist of court dockets, bar dockets, a motion docket, and a docket of criminal cases. The court dockets (referred to as "dockets") are the most numerous and contain the case or application number, attorneys, parties, county, filing dates, and orders, both of the previous term and present term in many cases. Dates of these dockets reflect the court terms, not the filing date of a case. The docket volumes, except for the first few, cover only a particular geographical term of the court (Austin, Galveston, or Tyler), sometimes covering more than one year.
The later dockets of the Supreme Court, 1892-1980, consist of application dockets, 1892-1943; court dockets, 1893-1944; motion dockets, 1893-1947; referred application dockets, 1917-1918; general case dockets, 1913-1920; file dockets, 1944-1980; docket sheets, 1944-1980; and a chambers docket, 1971-1973. The court dockets and the file dockets are useful tools for locating case files in this era.
The dockets from the Commission of Appeals cover the years 1879-1892 and 1918-1943. The early set of dockets covers the Tyler and Austin terms of the circuit court period. In 1918, the commission was divided into A and B sections. There are separate dockets for these sections, each with its own numbering system. Information given in the dockets includes the cause number, Commission of Appeals docket number, parties, counties and/or district, filing date, and orders.
Organization
These records are organized into three subseries, as received from the court:
Supreme Court dockets (circuit court period), 1840-1892, 22.22 cubic ft.
Supreme Court dockets, 1892-1980, 39.32 cubic ft.
Commission of Appeals dockets, 1879-1892, 1918-1943, 2.26 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identity the item and cite the series), Dockets, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; and June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
Supreme Court dockets (circuit court period), 1840-1892,
22.22 cubic ft.
Records are dockets of the Supreme Court from the circuit court period, 1840-1892. Dockets function as a brief entry of the court proceedings, some also serving as a calendar of cases awaiting action in court. Dates of these dockets reflect the court terms, not the filing date of a case. The docket volumes, except for the first few, cover only a particular geographical term of the court (Austin, Galveston, or Tyler), sometimes covering more than one year.
There are several types of dockets present: court dockets, bar dockets, a motion docket, and a docket of criminal cases. The court dockets (referred to as "dockets") are the most numerous and contain the case or application number, attorneys, parties, county, filing dates, and orders, both of the previous term and present term in many cases. In January 1841, a new numbering system was begun by the court. Any cases continued after January 1840 were given a new number; both the old and new numbers can be found in the earliest dockets for some cases. In many of these dockets, especially those created prior to the Civil war, M numbers are given as well for some cases. In 1944, M numbers were assigned to all cases from the period, becoming the case number of record.
The bar dockets (1860-1862, 1869-1874) contain the case number, attorneys, parties, county, and filing dates. The only orders present are from those cases begun in a previous term, and such orders are present only in the later years. These dockets do not contain M numbers. The motion docket (1891-1892) gives the docket and application numbers, district, county, attorneys, parties, purpose (rehearing, to dismiss, etc.), date filed, and orders. The other docket is a docket of criminal cases from Austin, 1871-1874, containing the case number, parties, county, crime, and orders.
Most of the dockets are not indexed, making it difficult to locate cases since the entries are arranged by district, then numerically within each section. Also, since M numbers are not always present, the original case number has little value. The direct and reverse M card file index in the Indexes and registers series provides the best access to the M case files.
Arrangement
Dockets are arranged chronologically by year then further arranged by location of the court session, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Supreme Court dockets (circuit court period), Dockets, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1983/056
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-1 Index and Docket of the Causes in the Supreme Court, 1840-1843
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201-2 Docket, 1842-1846
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201-3 Docket, 1846-1847
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201-4 Docket, 1848-1849
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201-5 Docket, Galveston, 1851-1855
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201-6 Docket, Tyler, 1851
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201-7 Docket, Tyler, 1852-1853
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201-8 Docket, Austin, 1851-1854
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201-9 Docket, Tyler, 1854
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201-10 Docket, Austin, 1855-1856
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201-11 Docket, Tyler, 1855-1856
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201-12 Docket, Galveston, 1856-1858
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201-13 Docket, Tyler, 1857-1858
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201-14 Docket, Austin, 1859
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201-15 Docket, Austin, 1859
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201-16 Docket, Galveston, 1859
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201-17 Docket, Tyler, 1859
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201-18 Docket, Austin, 1860-1864
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201-19 Docket, Galveston, 1860
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201-20 Docket, Tyler, 1860
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201-21 Bar docket, Tyler, 1860
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201-22 (Bar docket), Tyler, 1860-1861
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201-23 Docket, Galveston, 1861-1865
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201-24 (Bar docket), Galveston, 1861-1862
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201-25 Docket, Tyler, 1861-1864
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201-26 Docket, Tyler, 1864-1867
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201-27 Docket, Austin, 1866
[Note: Some cases filed in 1867, no orders present for these cases.]
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201-28 Docket, Austin, 1867
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201-29 Docket, Galveston, 1867
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201-30 Docket, Austin, 1868-1870
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201-31 Docket, Galveston, 1868
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201-32 Docket, Tyler, 1868-1870
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201-33 Docket, Galveston, 1869
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201-34 (Bar docket), Galveston, 1869
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201-35 (Bar docket), Austin, 1870
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201-36 Docket, Galveston, 1870
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201-37 Docket, Austin, 1870-1871
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201-38 (Bar docket), Galveston, 1872
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201-39 Docket of criminal cases, Austin, 1871-1874
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201-40 Docket, (Austin), 1872-1873
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201-41 Bar docket, Galveston, 1872-1873
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201-42 Docket, Austin, 1874
[Note: Some cases filed in 1875, no orders present for these cases.]
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201-43 Bar docket, Austin, 1874
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201-44 Docket, Tyler, 1874
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201-45 Docket, Austin, 1875
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201-46 Docket, Tyler, 1875
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201-47 Docket, Austin, 1875-1876
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201-48 Docket, Tyler, 1876
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201-49 Docket, Tyler, 1876
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201-50 Docket, Tyler, 1877
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201-51 Docket, Austin, 1877-1878
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201-52 Docket, Tyler, 1878
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201-53 Docket, Austin, 1879-1880
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201-54 Docket, Tyler, 1879
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201-55 Docket, Galveston, 1880
[Note: Some cases filed in 1881, no orders present for these cases.]
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201-56 Docket, Tyler, 1880
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201-57 Docket, Austin, 1881-1882
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201-58 Docket, Galveston, 1881
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201-59 Docket, Tyler, 1881
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201-60 Docket, Galveston, 1882
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201-61 Docket, Tyler, 1882
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201-62 Docket, Austin, 1883-1884
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201-63 Docket, Galveston, 1883
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201-64 Docket, Tyler, 1883
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201-65 Docket, Galveston, 1884
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201-66 Docket, Tyler, 1884
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201-67 Docket, Austin, 1885-1886
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201-68 Docket, Galveston, 1885
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201-69 Docket, Tyler, 1885
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201-70 Docket, Galveston, 1886
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201-71 Docket, Tyler, 1886
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201-72 Docket, Austin, 1887
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201-73 Docket, Galveston, 1887
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201-74 Docket, Tyler, 1887
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201-75 Docket, Austin, 1888
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201-76 Docket, Galveston, 1888
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201-77 Docket, Tyler, 1888
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201-78 Docket, Austin, 1889
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201-79 Docket, Galveston, 1889
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201-80 Docket, Tyler, 1889
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201-81 Docket, Austin, 1890
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201-82 Docket, Galveston, 1890
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201-83 Docket, Tyler, 1890
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201-84 Docket, Austin, 1891
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201-85 Docket, Galveston, 1891
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201-86 Docket, Tyler, 1891
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201-214 Motion docket, Austin, 1891-1892
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201-87 Docket, Austin, 1892
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201-88 Docket, Austin, 1892
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201-89 Docket, Galveston, 1892
Supreme Court dockets, 1892-1980,
40.17 cubic ft.
Records are dockets of the Supreme Court, 1892-1980. Dockets function as a brief entry of the court proceedings, some also serving as a calendar of cases awaiting action in a court. Several types of dockets are present in this series: application dockets, court dockets, motion dockets, a referred application docket, general case dockets, file dockets, docket sheets, and a chambers docket. The court dockets and the file dockets are useful tools for locating case files in this era.
Cases submitted to the Supreme Court were assigned an application number and recorded in the application dockets. Three sets of application dockets are included here. Application dockets, 1892-1954, contain the application number, names of attorneys, parties, county and district the case of origin, the filing date, and orders, usually brief (refused, dismissed, granted, etc). In the early years a note giving a date when the costs were paid is present as well. Each volume has a direct name index. Application dockets of the consultation room is a set of application docket books used as a reference source in the consultation room of the court dating 1894-1954. These dockets are from the time when there was a separate numbering system for all applications to the court. The dockets provide the application numbers, names of the parties, disposition of the applications, and remarks by the justices. These remarks are sometimes substantive as to why the application was accepted or rejected by the court. Last is a referred application docket which indicates that the applications were referred to the court by the lower courts or by the Commission of Appeals. The docket has categories for the application number, parties, disposition, and remarks. The remarks indicate whether the application was granted, refused, dismissed, or overruled. This docket covers only a short period of time, from 1917 to 1918, and from application number 9,275 to 10,757. Entries in all the application dockets are arranged numerically by application number.
Court dockets record the cause number of the applications that the court decided to hear, dating 1893-1944. Dockets contain the cause number, attorneys, parties, district and county case of origin, filing date, and orders. The orders consist of the date submitted, date of the decision, referrals to Commission of Appeals, and judgment, or orders, of the Supreme Court and/or the Commission of Appeals. The application number is present in many of the entries as well. The volumes have a direct name index. Entries in the dockets are arranged numerically by the cause number.
Motion dockets contain the motion number, application number, district and county case of origin, attorneys, parties, purpose (rehearing, to dismiss, etc.), filing date, and orders, including date submitted and date of decision. The bulk of the dates covered are 1893-1943, with coverage extending to 1947 in the last volume. The dockets are not indexed until late 1933, then a direct name index is provided in the back of the volumes. Entries in the dockets are arranged numerically by the motion number.
A general case docket recorded cases with opinions submitted from the Commission of Appeals to the Supreme Court. This docket includes the date the case was received in the Supreme Court, cause number, style of case, date of decision, and name of judge. Occasionally there are written comments on the disposition of the case. This docket contains cause numbers from 1913 to 1920, with the opinions given by the Commission of Appeals beginning midway through the volume, dating 1918-1920. Entries are in numerical and chronological order.
File dockets, dating 1944-1980, list all applications filed with the court in numerical order, by cause number. The cause number was assigned when the application was filed. The same cause number stayed with an application whether the court rejected the application or agreed to hear it as a case. These dockets provide the cause number, style of the case (names of the parties), cause of action (writ of error, mandamus, habeas corpus, certified question, or direct appeal), district court number, and date of filing. The dockets have an alphabetical index in the front to provide access by name of appellant. The dockets do not say if the application was granted or refused; that information is in the dockets sheets or the case file.
Docket sheets cover the years 1944-1980 and list the Supreme Court's cases in cause number order. These sheets provide more information than the file dockets. The docket sheets list the names of the parties, the district court and the court of appeals, date when writ of error was filed, the attorneys, dates when instruments were filed and opinions mailed, cause of action, and dates of the orders by the court. The docket sheets do not provide any type of alphabetical name index.
The last docket is a chambers docket, a more recent type of docket used by the Supreme Court to track the history of a case on appeal. The docket has spaces for the names of the parties, Supreme Court cause number, Civil Court of Appeals name and case number, county of origin, Southwestern Reporter 2nd citation, and ruling. The cases are arranged numerically and chronologically. This docket covers only a two year period, 1971-1973. There is no name index.
Arrangement
Dockets are arranged by type and then by date. Entries in the dockets are generally numerical by application or cause number.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Supreme Court dockets, Dockets, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982, and June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Application dockets
Volume
201-181 Application docket, 1-1000, November 1892 - April 1896
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201-182 Application docket, 1001-2000, April 1896 - August 1898
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201-183 Application docket, 2001-3113, August 1898 - July 1901
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201-184 Application docket, 3114-4226, July 1901 - April 1904
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201-185 Application docket, 4227-5143, April 1904 - June 1906
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201-186 Application docket, 5144-6060, June 1906 - September 1908
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201-187 Application docket, 6061-6977, September 1908 - August 1910
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201-188 Application docket, 6978-7899, August 1910 - August 1912
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201-189 Application docket, 7900-8823, August 1912 - May 1914
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201-190 Application docket, 8824-9754, May 1914 - March 1916
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201-191 Application docket, 9755-10678, March 1916 - January 1918
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201-192 Application docket, 10678 1/2-11601, January 1918 - March 1920
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201-193 Application docket, 11602-12525, March 1920 - May 1922
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201-194 Application docket, 12526-13449, May 1922 - March 1924
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201-195 Application docket, 13450-14387, March 1924 - December 1925
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201-196 Application docket, 14388-15311, December 1925 - April 1927
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201-197 Application docket, 15312-16235, April 1927 - July 1928
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201-198 Application docket, 16236-17719, July 1928 - August 1930
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201-199 Application docket, 17720-19196, August 1930 - August 1932
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201-200 Application docket, 19197-20673, August 1932 - July 1934
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201-201 Application docket, 20674-22171, July 1934 - June 1936
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201-202 Application docket, 22172-23921, June 1936 - December 1938
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201-203 Application docket, 23922-25671, December 1938 - May 1941
Volume
201-204 Application docket, 25672-27364, May 1941 - December 1943
Application dockets, Consultation Room
Volume
201-377 Application docket, 390-1649, 1894-1895
Volume
201-378 Application docket, 1650-3149, 1896-1901
Volume
201-379 Application docket, 3150-4654, 1901-1905
Volume
201-380 Application docket, 4655-6265, 1905-1909
Volume
201-381 Application docket, 6266-7865, 1909-1912
Volume
201-382 Application docket, 7866-9465, 1912-1916
Volume
201-383 Application docket, 9466-11055, 1916-1919
Volume
201-384 Application docket, 11056-12655, 1919-1922
Volume
201-385 Application docket, 12656-14255, 1922-1925
Volume
201-386 Application docket, 14256-15855, 1925-1928
Volume
201-387 Application docket, 15856-17455, 1928-1930
Volume
201-388 Application docket, 17456-19055, 1930-1932
Volume
201-389 Application docket, 19056-20655, 1932-1934
Volume
201-390 Application docket, 20656-22255, 1934-1936
Volume
201-391 Application docket, 22256-25004, 1936-1940
Volume
201-366 Application docket, 25000-27364, 1940-1943
Application docket, A-1 thru A-165, January - May 1944
Volume
201-367 Application docket, A-143 thru A-2759, 1944-1950
Volume
201-368 Application docket, A-2760 thru A-4880, 1950-1954
Referred application docket
Volume
201-392 Referred application docket, 1917-1918
Court dockets
Volume
201-205 Court docket, 1-1000, February 1893 - April 1901
Volume
201-206 Court docket, 1001-1996, April 1901 - May 1909
Volume
201-207 Court docket, 1997-2998, May 1909 - May 1917
Volume
201-208 Court docket, 2999-4000, May 1917 - May 1923
Volume
201-209 Court docket, 4001-5002, June 1923 - December 1927
Volume
201-210 Court docket, 5003-6004, November 1927 - July 1931
Volume
201-211 Court docket, 6005-7000, July 1931 - October 1935
Volume
201-212 Court docket, 7001-7996, October 1935 - May 1942
Volume
201-213 Court docket, 7997-8209, May 1942 - February 1944
Motion dockets
Volume
201-215 Motion docket, 1-1000, March 1893 - October 1902
Volume
201-216 Motion docket, 1001-2000, October 1902 - December 1908
Volume
201-217 Motion docket, 2001-3001, January 1909 - July 1913
Volume
201-218 Motion docket, 3002-4002, July 1913 - May 1917
Volume
201-219 Motion docket, 4003-5017, May 1917 - February 1921
Volume
201-220 Motion docket, 5018-6018, February 1921 - October 1923
Volume
201-221 Motion docket, 6019-7026, October 1923 - February 1926
Volume
201-222 Motion docket, 7027-8027, February 1926 - March 1928
Volume
201-223 Motion docket, 8028-9028, March 1928 - March 1930
Volume
201-224 Motion docket, 9029-10988, March 1930 - October 1933
Volume
201-225 Motion docket, 10989-12948, October 1933 - May 1937
Volume
201-226 Motion docket, 12949-15048, May 1937 - May 1941
Volume
201-227 Motion docket, 15049-16410, May 1941 - March 1947
General case docket
Volume
201-393 General case docket, 1912-1920
File dockets
Volume
201-320 File docket, A-1 thru A-5035, January 1944 - December 1954
Volume
201-321 File docket, A-5036 thru A-9499, January 1955 - March 1963
Volume
201-322 File docket, A-9500 thru A-11829, March 1963 - December 1966
Volume
201-323 File docket, B-1 thru B-5400, January 1967 - June 1975
Volume
201-324 File docket, B-5401 thru B-10000, July 1975 - December 1980
Docket sheets
Volume
201-325 Docket sheets, A-1 thru A-430, 1944
Volume
201-326 Docket sheets, A-431 thru A-790, 1945
Volume
201-327 Docket sheets, A-791 thru A-1123, 1946
Volume
201-328 Docket sheets, A-1124 thru A-1534, 1947
Volume
201-329 Docket sheets, A-1535 thru A-2015, 1948
Volume
201-330 Docket sheets, A-2016 thru A-2482, 1949
Volume
201-331 Docket sheets, A-2483 thru A-2977, 1950
Volume
201-332 Docket sheets, A-2978 thru A-3462, 1951
Volume
201-333 Docket sheets, A-3463 thru A-3954, 1952
Volume
201-334 Docket sheets, A-3955 thru A-4446, 1953
Volume
201-335 Docket sheets, A-4447 thru A-5035, 1954
Volume
201-336 Docket sheets, A-5036 thru A-5610, 1955
Volume
201-337 Docket sheets, A-5611 thru A-6156, 1956
Volume
201-338 Docket sheets, A-6157 thru A-6626, 1957
Volume
201-339 Docket sheets, A-6627 thru A-7109, 1958
Volume
201-340 Docket sheets, A-7110 thru A-7642, 1959
Volume
201-341 Docket sheets, A-7643 thru A-8159, 1960
Volume
201-342 Docket sheets, A-8160 thru A-8767, 1961
Volume
201-343 Docket sheets, A-8768 thru A-9382, 1962
Volume
201-344 Docket sheets, A-9383 thru A-9932, 1963
Volume
201-345 Docket sheets, A-9933 thru A-10536, 1964
Volume
201-346 Docket sheets, A-10537 thru A-11179, 1965
Volume
201-347 Docket sheets, A-11180 thru A-11829, 1966
Volume
201-348 Docket sheets, B-1 thru B-637, 1967
Volume
201-349 Docket sheets, B-638 thru B-1271, 1968
Volume
201-350 Docket sheets, B-1272 thru B-1901, 1969
Volume
201-351 Docket sheets, B-1902 thru B-2481, 1970
Volume
201-352 Docket sheets, B-2482 thru B-3124, 1971
Volume
201-353 Docket sheets, B-3125 thru B-3744, 1972
Volume
201-354 Docket sheets, B-3745 thru B-4379, 1973
Volume
201-355 Docket sheets, B-4380 thru B-4984, 1974
Volume
201-356 Docket sheets, B-4985 thru B-5719, 1975
Volume
201-357 Docket sheets, B-5720 thru B-6742, 1976
Volume
201-358 Docket sheets, B-6743 thru B-6880, 1977
Volume
201-359 Docket sheets, B-6881 thru B-7263, 1977
Volume
201-360 Docket sheets, B-7264 thru B-7700, 1978
Volume
201-361 Docket sheets, B-7701 thru B-8124, 1978
Volume
201-362 Docket sheets, B-8125 thru B-8564, 1979
Volume
201-363 Docket sheets, B-8565 thru B-9057, 1979
Volume
201-364 Docket sheets, B-9058 thru B-9518, 1980
Volume
201-365 Docket sheets, B-9519 thru B-10000, 1980
Chambers docket
Volume
201-369 Chambers docket, B-2801 thru B-4093, June 1971 - June 1973
Commission of Appeals dockets, 1879-1892, 1918-1943,
2.26 cubic ft.
Records are dockets of cases presented to the Commission of Appeals, dating 1879-1892, and 1918-1943. Dockets function as a brief entry of the court proceedings, some also serving as a calendar of cases awaiting action in a court. An 1879-1880 docket covers the Tyler term of the early Supreme Court period, the Austin terms are covered for the years 1880-1892. None are present for the Galveston terms. In 1918, the Commission was divided into A and B sections. There are separate dockets for these sections, each with their own numbering system. Information given in the dockets includes the cause number, Commission of Appeals docket number, parties, counties/and or district, filing date, and orders. The first 20th century volume also lists the court (Supreme Court or Court of Appeals) the case was sent from; the next few volumes include orders from a previous term. In the later volumes, the disposition of the Commission of Appeals order is given "Approved, [date]", etc. Beginning in 1918, the dockets are indexed. A general case docket (volume 201-293 in the Opinions series) contains a list of cases with opinions by the Commission of Appeals, dating 1918-1920, found midway through this volume.
Arrangement
The dockets are arranged chronologically for the first period and then chronologically within each section for the second period, as received from the court.
Preferred Citation
(Identity the item), Commission of Appeals dockets, Dockets, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1983/056
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-300 Docket, Tyler, 1879-1880
Volume
201-301 Docket, Austin, 1880-1883
Volume
201-302 Docket, Austin, 1891-1892
Volume
201-303 Docket, Section A, 1-1002, 1918-1927
Volume
201-304 Docket, Section A-2, 1003-1998, 1927-1936
Volume
201-305 Docket, Section A-3, 1999-2461, 1936-1943
Volume
201-306 Docket, Section B, 1-1002, 1918-1928
Volume
201-307 Docket, Section B-2, 1003-1935, 1928-1943

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Opinions, 1840-1949,
31.22 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. Records are bound opinion books and typescript opinions of the Texas Supreme Court and the Commission of Appeals, dating 1840-1949. Opinions set forth the reasons for the decision of the court and any relevant precedents. Any of the justices may file an opinion dissenting from or concurring with the court's judgement. The early opinions of the Supreme Court, 1840-1893, give the style of the case, case number, opinion, and judge delivering the opinion. In most cases, the county from which the case was appealed is also given. Dissenting opinions, if listed, will follow the opinion of the court. Dates reflect the court terms or the date the opinion was issued. The later opinion books of the court, 1893-1943, provide the style of the case, cause number, county and district case of origin, opinion, judge delivering the opinion, and date opinion was delivered. Dissenting opinions, if present, will follow the opinion of the court. In some early cases, application or motion numbers are given instead of the cause number. Beginning with the October term in 1922, these volumes also contain opinions of the Commission of Appeals on certified questions, habeas corpus, and mandamus. There is also a small amount of typescript copies of opinion of the Supreme Court, 1944-1949, which include majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions. These opinions contain the following information: cause number, style of case, origin (county and district court), opinions, and the date delivered. The opinions for 1944-1946 are in five bound volumes; the opinions for 1948-1949 are unbound.
Opinions of the Commission of Appeals date 1881-1892, 1922-1943. Information given is the filing date, cause number, style, statement and opinion of lower court, report of the Commission of Appeals, and date. Separate opinion volumes exist for the early years, 1881-1892. Beginning in 1922, the Commission of Appeals opinions on certified questions, habeas corpus, and mandamus are included in the Supreme Court opinion books. Opinions for some years, particularly 1879-1880, 1886-1887, and 1918-1921, are missing. References to Commission of Appeals actions are also given in opinion books of the early Supreme Court period records, which may cover the early missing information. Later opinions, 1944-1945 (through the demise of this commission), are included in with Supreme Court opinion books of the same period, volumes 201-370 and 371.
The court's opinions have been published in several publications; see the list in the Related Materials section of the finding aid.
Organization
These records are organized into two subseries as received from the court:
Supreme Court opinions, 1840-1949, 22.61 cubic ft.
Commission of Appeals opinions, 1881-1885, 1888-1892, 1922-1943, 8.61 cubic ft.
Related Material
The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.
Publications
Opinions of the Supreme Court of Texas from 1840 to 1844 inclusive, James Wilmer Dallam, St. Louis, Mo.: Gilbert Book Co., 1883 [c. 1881.]
Digest of the Decisions of the Supreme Court of Texas; from January term 1840, to the close of the spring term, 1853...., W. Alexander, Philadelphia, Pa.: T. & J.W. Johnson, 1854.
"The missing cases of the Republic," Texas Law Review, James W. Paulsen, vol. 65, Austin, Tx.: Texas Law Review Association, 1983. (On the opinions of the 1845 term.)
The Texas Reports, vol. 1-163, various publishers, 1846-1963.
Southwestern Reporter, St. Paul, Minn.: West Publishing Co., 1887-present.
Preferred Citation
(Identity the item and cite the subseries), Opinions, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; and June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
Supreme Court opinions, 1840-1949,
22.61 cubic ft.
Records are bound opinion books of the Texas Supreme Court dating 1840-1949. Opinions set forth the reasons for the decision of the court and any relevant precedents. Any of the justices may file an opinion dissenting from or concurring with the court's judgement. The early opinions of the Supreme court, 1840-1893, give the style of the case, case number, opinion, and judge delivering the opinion. In most cases, the county the case was appealed from is also given. After 1850, most of the volumes cover one geographical term (Galveston, Austin, Tyler) over a period of years. However, a few of the volumes in the 1880s-1890s include two or three geographical terms for single or multi-year periods. Many of the opinions are not dated; those that are will give the date the opinion was delivered following the opinion. For cases referred to the Commission of Appeals in the 1880s-1890s, the decision reached by that commission is given (affirmed, revised, remanded) following the Supreme Court opinion.
The later opinion books of the court, 1893-1943, provide the style of the case, cause number, county and district the case was from, opinion, judge delivering the opinion, and date opinion was delivered. Dissenting opinions, if present, will follow the opinion of the court. In some early cases, application or motion numbers are given instead of the cause number. Beginning with the October term in 1922, these volumes also contain opinions of the Commission of Appeals on certified questions, habeas corpus, and mandamus. The opinion books, through June 1922, are not indexed and the opinions are filed chronologically. The volumes from October 1922 through June 1928 do contain an alphabetical index to the cases in each volume. Beginning in October 1928, the opinions are filed in the volumes alphabetically. To locate an opinion, the date it was delivered is necessary, especially in the older volumes. From mid-1922 to 1943, the term the opinion was delivered in must be known.
The Archives has only a few opinions from the 1944-1980 era (1944-1946, 1948-1949), these being typescript copies of opinions of the Supreme Court, including majority, concurring, and dissenting opinions. The opinions for 1944-1946 are bound volumes; the opinions for 1948-1949 are unbound. Opinions contain the following information: cause number, style of case, origin (county and district court), opinions, and the date delivered. Following the typescript opinions is a list of boxes containing Supreme Court opinions that affirmed the decisions of the Commission of Appeals from some of the later no prefix case files. The files contain a letter from the Chief Justice affirming the decision and the opinion from the Commission of Appeals. These opinions were separated from their case files for a large photoduplication project for Lexus Nexus.
The court's opinions have been published in several publications; see the list in the Related Material section of the finding aid.
Arrangement
The early opinions, 1840-1892, are arranged chronologically by the beginning date of the volume. The beginning and ending dates of each volume (and for multiple terms in the volume) are given.
The later opinion books, through June 1922, are not indexed and the opinions are filed chronologically. The volumes from October 1922 through June 1928 do contain an alphabetical index to the cases in each volume. Beginning in October 1928, the opinions are filed in the volumes alphabetically. To locate an opinion, the date it was delivered is necessary, especially in the older volumes. From mid-1922 to 1943, the term the opinion was delivered in must be known.
The opinions from 1944-1946 and 1948-1949 are arranged alphabetically by name of appellant.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Supreme Court opinions, Opinions, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982, and June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-122 Opinions, January 1840 - December 1845
[Note: Use photocopy, 201-122A]
Volume
201-123 Opinions, December 1846 - December 1847
Volume
201-124 Opinions, December 1848 - February 1850
Volume
201-125 Opinions, February - March 1850
Volume
201-126 Opinions, Galveston, January 1851 - March 1853
Volume
201-128 Opinions, Tyler, April 1851 - May 1853
Volume
201-127 Opinions, Austin, November 1851 - December 1855
Volume
201-129 Opinions, Tyler, May 1853 - May 1854
Volume
201-130 Opinions, Galveston, January 1854 - April 1856
Volume
201-132 Opinions, Tyler, April 1855 - June 1856
[Note: Some items in this term's opinions were dated 1857; these may be misdated or the term “April 1856” was not changed on the ledger pages.]
Volume
201-131 Opinions, Austin, November 1855 - January 1859
Volume
201-133 Opinions, Galveston, April 1856 - March 1857
Volume
201-134 Opinions, Tyler, April 1857 - June 1859
Volume
201-135 Opinions, Galveston, February 1858 - April 1859
Volume
201-136 Opinions, Austin, October 1859 - December 1862
Volume
201-138 Opinions, Galveston, February 1860 - February 1866
Volume
201-137 Opinions, Tyler, April 1860 - May 1867
Volume
201-139 Opinions, Austin, November 1863 - December 1866
Volume
201-140 Opinions, Galveston, February 1865 - March 1868
Volume
201-141 Opinions, Austin, October 1867 - June 1870
Volume
201-142 Opinions, Tyler, April 1868 - May 1869
Volume
201-143 Opinions, Galveston, February 1869 - 1870
Volume
201-144 Opinions, Austin (?), December 1870 - June 1872
Volume
201-145 Opinions, Austin (?), June 1872 - October 1873
Volume
201-146 Opinions, Austin (?), October 1873 - June 1874
Volume
201-147 Opinions, Austin, June 1874 - June 1876
Volume
201-148 Opinions, Tyler, October 1874 - December 1875
Volume
201-149 Opinions, Tyler, late 1875 - December 1878
Volume
201-150 Opinions, Austin, April 1877 - December 1880
Volume
201-151 Opinions, Galveston, February 1878 - March 1881
Volume
201-152 Opinions, Tyler, October 1879 - November 1883
Volume
201-153 Opinions, Austin, December 1880 - June 1882
Volume
201-155 Opinions, Galveston, January 1882 - March 1883
Volume
201-154 Opinions, Austin, June 1882 - October 1883
Volume
201-156 Opinions, Galveston, March 1883 - January 1885
Volume
201-157 Opinions, Austin, May 1883 - June 1884
Opinions, Tyler (?), October - December 1883
Opinions, Galveston, January - March/April 1884
Volume
201-158 Opinions, Tyler, November 1883 - November 1885
Volume
201-159 Opinions, Austin, June 1884
Opinions, Tyler, October - December 1884
Opinions, Galveston, January - May 1885
Volume
201-160 Opinions, Austin, May 1885 - April 1887
Opinions, Tyler (?), December 1885
Opinions, Galveston, January - March 1887
Volume
201-161 Opinions, Galveston (?), 1885
Volume
201-162 Opinions, Tyler (?), December 1885 - October 1888
Volume
201-163 Opinions, Galveston, January 1886 - January 1887
Opinions, Austin (?), April - June 1886
Opinions, Tyler (?), December 1886
Volume
201-164 Opinions, Galveston, January - March 1887
Volume
201-166 Opinions, Austin, May 1887 - April 1888
Opinions, Tyler, October - December, 1887
Volume
201-168 Opinions, Galveston, January - March, July 1888
Volume
201-165 Opinions, Galveston, January - April 1889
Volume
201-167 Opinions, Austin, April 1888 - May 1889
Opinions, Tyler, October - December 1888
Volume
201-169 Opinions, Tyler, October 1888 - December 1889
Opinions, Galveston (?), January - March 1890
Volume
201-170 Opinions, Austin, May 1889 - May 1890
Opinions, Tyler, October - December 1889
Volume
201-171 Opinions, Tyler, December 1889 - November 1891
Volume
201-173 Opinions, Galveston, January - April 1890
Volume
201-172 Opinions, Austin, May 1890 - May 1891
Opinions, Tyler, October - December 1890
Opinions, Galveston, January - March 1891
Volume
201-177 Opinions, Galveston, January - March, July 1891
Volume
201-174 Opinions, Austin, May - June 1891
Opinions, Tyler, October - November 1891
Volume
201-175 Opinions, Tyler, November - December 1891
Opinions, Galveston, January - March 1892
Opinions, Austin, April - June 1892
Volume
201-176 Opinions, Tyler, November - December 1891
Opinions, Galveston, January - February 1892
Volume
201-178 Opinions, Galveston, January - March 1892
Opinions, Austin (?), May - August, 1892
Volume
201-248 Opinions, December 15, 1892 - June 21, 1894
Volume
201-249 Opinions, June 21, 1894 - November 4, 1895
Volume
201-250 Opinions, November 4, 1895 - October 29, 1896
Volume
201-251 Opinions, October 29, 1896 - November 22, 1897
Volume
201-252 Opinions, November 22, 1897 - April 17, 1899
Volume
201-253 Opinions, April 17, 1899 - January 21, 1901
Volume
201-254 Opinions, January 21, 1901 - June 16, 1902
Volume
201-255 Opinions, June 16, 1902 - February 25, 1904
Volume
201-256 Opinions, February 25, 1904 - May 18, 1905
Volume
201-257 Opinions, May 14, 1905 - November 7, 1906
Volume
201-258 Opinions, November 14, 1906 - December 11, 1907
Volume
201-259 Opinions, December 11, 1907 - February 3, 1909
Volume
201-260 Opinions, February 3, 1909 - May 4, 1910
Volume
201-261 Opinions, May 11, 1910 - April 19, 1911
Volume
201-262 Opinions, April 19, 1911 - April 24, 1912
Volume
201-263 Opinions, April 24, 1912 - July 19, 1913
Volume
201-264 Opinions, November 26, 1913 - March 31, 1915
Volume
201-265 Opinions, March 31, 1915 - April 19, 1916
Volume
201-266 Opinions, April 19, 1916 - December 21, 1918
Volume
201-267 Opinions, December 21, 1918 - April 13, 1921
Volume
201-268 Opinions, April 20, 1921 - June 24, 1922
Volume
201-269 Opinions, October 1922 - June 1923
Volume
201-270 Opinions, October 1923 - June 1924
Volume
201-271 Opinions, October 1924 - June 1925
Volume
201-272 Opinions, October 1925 - June 1926
Volume
201-273 Opinions, October 1926 - June 1927
Volume
201-274 Opinions, October 1927 - June 1928
Volume
201-275 Opinions, October 1928 - June 1929
Volume
201-276 Opinions, October 1929 - June 1930
Volume
201-277 Opinions, October 1930 - June 1931
Volume
201-278 Opinions, October 1931 - September 1932
Volume
201-279 Opinions, October 1932 - September 1933
Volume
201-280 Opinions, October 1933 - September 1934
Volume
201-281 Opinions, part I, October 1934 - September 1935
Volume
201-282 Opinions, part II, October 1934 - September 1935
Volume
201-283 Opinions, part I, October 1935 - September 1936
Volume
201-284 Opinions, part II, October 1935 - September 1936
Volume
201-285 Opinions, part I, October 1936 - September 1937
Volume
201-286 Opinions, part II, October 1936 - September 1937
Volume
201-287 Opinions, part I, October 1937 - December 1938
Volume
201-288 Opinions, part II, October 1937 - December 1938
Volume
201-289 Opinions, part I, January 1939 - December 1940
Volume
201-290 Opinions, part II, January 1939 - December 1940
Volume
201-291 Opinions, A-D, January 1941 - December 1942
Volume
201-292 Opinions, E-K, January 1941 - December 1942
Volume
201-293 Opinions, L-R, January 1941 - December 1942
Volume
201-294 Opinions, S-Z, January 1941 - December 1942
Volume
201-295 Opinions, A-H, January 1943 - December 1943
Volume
201-296 Opinions, J-Z, January 1943 - December 1943
Typescript copies of opinions
Volume
201-370 Opinions, Volume 52, Part 1, A-L, 1944
Volume
201-371 Opinions, Volume 52, Part 2, M-Z, 1944
Volume
201-372 Opinions, Volume 53, Part 1, A-L, 1945
Volume
201-373 Opinions, Volume 53, Part 2, M-Z, 1945
Volume
201-374 Opinions, Volume 54, 1946
Box
201-375 Opinions, 1948
[unbound]
Box
201-376 Opinions, 1949
[unbound]
Separated opinions
[Note: Supreme Court opinions that affirmed the decisions of the Commission of Appeals from some of the later no prefix case files were separated from their case files for a large photoduplication project for Lexus Nexus around 2000. The files contain a letter from the chief justice affirming the opinion and the opinion from the Commission of Appeals. The opinions were flattened and not returned to their proper case file; instead they are maintained separately in the boxes listed below.]
Box
201-7026 3086-3831
Box
201-7027 3832-3998
Box
201-7028 4000-4232
Box
201-7029 4233-4435
Box
201-7030 4436-4620
Box
201-7031 4621-4809
Box
201-7032 4813-5013
Box
201-7033 5014-5209
Box
201-7034 5210-5409
Box
201-7035 5410-5606
Box
201-7036 5607-5792
Box
201-7037 5793-5984
Box
201-7038 5985-6619
Commission of Appeals opinions, 1881-1885, 1888-1892, 1922-1943,
8.61 cubic ft.
Records consist of bound opinion books of the Commission of Appeals, dating 1881-1885, 1888-1892, 1922-1943. Opinions set forth the reasons for the decision of the court and any relevant precedents. Any of the justices could file an opinion dissenting from or concurring with the court's judgement. Information given is the filing date, cause number, style, statement and opinion of lower court, report of the Commission of Appeals, and date. Separate opinion volumes exist for the early years, 1881-1883, 1888-1892. Beginning in 1922, the Commission of Appeals opinions on certified questions, habeas corpus, and mandamus are given in the Supreme Court opinion books. The opinion books are filed in the Supreme Court opinions subseries but are listed below for convenience. Opinions for some years, especially 1879-1880, 1886-1887, and 1918-1921 are missing. References to Commission of Appeals actions are also given in opinion books of the early Supreme Court period, which may cover the early missing information. Later opinions, 1944-1945 (through the demise of this commission), are given in the Supreme Court opinion books, volumes 201-370 and 371. The end of the inventory of the Supreme Court opinions subseries contains a list of separated Supreme Court opinions that affirmed the decisions of the Commission of Appeals from some of the later no prefix case files. The files contains a letter from the Chief Justice affirming the opinion and the opinion from the Commission of Appeals. These opinions were separated from their case files for a large photoduplication project for Lexus Nexus.
Arrangement
The opinions were initially filed chronologically. The volumes from October 1922 through June 1928 contain an alphabetical index to the cases in each volume. Beginning in October 1928, the opinions are filed in the volumes alphabetically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission of Appeals opinions, Opinions, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1983/056
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Volume
201-314 Opinions, Tyler, 1881
Volume
201-315 Opinions, 1882-1883
Volume
201-316 Opinions, 1883-1885
Volume
201-317 Opinions, 1888-1889
Volume
201-318 Opinions, 1890-1892
Volume
201-319 Opinions, 1892
Volume
201-269 Opinions, October 1922 - June 1923
Volume
201-270 Opinions, October 1923 - June 1924
Volume
201-271 Opinions, October 1924 - June 1925
Volume
201-272 Opinions, October 1925 - June 1926
Volume
201-273 Opinions, October 1926 - June 1927
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201-274 Opinions, October 1927 - June 1928
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201-275 Opinions, October 1928 - June 1929
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201-276 Opinions, October 1929 - June 1930
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201-277 Opinions, October 1930 - June 1931
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201-278 Opinions, October 1931 - September 1932
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201-279 Opinions, October 1932 - September 1933
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201-280 Opinions, October 1933 - September 1934
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201-281 Opinions, part I, October 1934 - September 1935
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201-282 Opinions, part II, October 1934 - September 1935
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201-283 Opinions, part I, October 1935 - September 1936
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201-284 Opinions, part II, October 1935 - September 1936
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201-285 Opinions, part I, October 1936 - September 1937
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201-286 Opinions, part II, October 1936 - September 1937
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201-287 Opinions, part I, October 1937 - December 1938
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201-288 Opinions, part II, October 1937 - December 1938
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201-289 Opinions, part I, January 1939 - December 1940
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201-290 Opinions, part II, January 1939 - December 1940
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201-291 Opinions, A-D, January 1941 - December 1942
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201-292 Opinions, E-K, January 1941 - December 1942
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201-293 Opinions, L-R, January 1941 - December 1942
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201-294 Opinions, S-Z, January 1941 - December 1942
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201-295 Opinions, A-H, January 1943 - December 1943
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201-296 Opinions, J-Z, January 1943 - December 1943

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Rejected applications, 1892-1943,
524.17 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. These records are rejected application files of the Texas Supreme Court, dating 1892-1943. Applications to the Supreme Court were assigned application numbers and listed in the application dockets. Successful applications were assigned cause numbers and are part of the case files, filed under the cause number. Rejected applications were those the court decided not to hear and are filed numerically by the application number. Since most cases came to the Supreme Court during this period by writ of error, an application for writ of error is usually present. Legal records such as transcripts, statements of fact, etc., were usually returned to the Court of Civil Appeals and thus are not typically present in these files, although transcripts and opinions from a Court of Civil Appeals may occasionally be found.
Arrangement
Rejected applications are filed numerically by the application number as received from the court.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Rejected applications, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
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Overruled applications for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, 1901-1943,
26 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. These applications consist of the unsuccessful applications and their accompanying records filed in the Texas Supreme Court for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus dating 1897-1943. All of these applications were overruled. These unsuccessful applications were separated from their case files and filed numerically by their motion number. Successful applications for writs are filed with their respective case files and are arranged by Supreme Court cause number.
Records in the applications include the motions for leave to file writs, petitions for writs, briefs and arguments of the relator, bonds for costs of writs, motions for rehearing, exhibits, lower court proceedings of record, agreed statements of fact, and related cover correspondence and telegrams.
The dockets for the applications for writs of habeas corpus and mandamus can be found in the motion dockets of the Dockets series, volumes 201-214 to 201-227.
Arrangement
These applications are filed roughly numerically by their motion number as received from the court. Some numbers are out of sequence.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Overruled applications for writs of mandamus and habeas corpus, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1989/160
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on June 19, 1989.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Updates made for DACS compliance by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
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201-4723 16142-16331, 383-7415

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Case files, 1840-2004,
13,343.25 cubic ft.

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. Records are case files of the Texas Supreme Court dating 1840-2004. The files consist of two distinct groups of files, the circuit court-era or M files, 1840-1892, and case files from 1893-2004. As of 2017, case files for 2005 forward are held by the Texas Supreme Court. Types of materials present in these case files include original petitions (briefs, appeals), original indictments (criminal cases only for the early years), transcripts of proceedings from the district court, bills of exception, agreements, demurrer and answer, supplemental answers, statements of facts, testimony, judgments, motions, petitions and/or bonds for writ of error, citations in error, assignments of error, sheriffs' returns, certifications of costs, waivers of service, precepts, motions for rehearing, applications for extensions of time, certification of costs, and opinions of the lower court.
Case files contain the most thorough documentation of the cases heard before the court. A case before the Supreme Court begins as an application which lists a cause of action as to why the court should hear the case. The most common cause of action is for a writ of error. Other causes of action include writs of mandamus, writs of habeas corpus, a certified question, and a direct appeal from a lower court when the Supreme Court has direct jurisdiction. The file dockets in the Dockets series list the cause of action for each application. Once the court grants or accepts an application, that application becomes a case.
Case files presently held by the Texas State Archives are the M case files (1840-1892), No prefix case files (1892-1943), A case files (1944-1966), B case files (1967-1980), C case files (1981-1990), D case files (1991-1993), and 94 through 04 case files (1994-2004). Access to the cases is through their case number. If the case number is not known, alphabetical access to the parties in the cases is available using card file and volume indexes and the name indexes in the dockets. See the Indexes and Registers and Dockets series for more information as there are a variety of indexes and dockets. Cases in oversize boxes, misfile boxes, and other boxes of separated case files are listed in the folder inventory adjacent to the box that contains the bulk of the case. In a few instances, the case may be present only in an oversize, misfile, or separated box. Researchers should request all boxes listed as containing the number of the case file they are seeking.
The folder inventories for all case files subseries except the M case files were removed from this finding aid and split into six additional finding aids due to the size of the Case files series.
If you are reading this on paper, the subseries finding aids are found in separate dividers within the binder. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following links to access the case files finding aids:
Texas Supreme Court no prefix case files, 1893-1943
Texas Supreme Court A case files, 1944-1966
Texas Supreme Court B case files, 1967-1980
Texas Supreme Court C case files, 1981-1990
Texas Supreme Court D case files, 1991-1993
Texas Supreme Court 94 through 04 case files, 1994-2004
Organization
These records are organized into seven subseries by prefix:
M case files, 1840-1892, 680.08 cubic ft.
No prefix case files, 1893-1943, 1,644.17 cubic ft.
A case files, 1944-1966, 1,934.25 cubic ft.
B case files, 1967-1980, 1,526.75 cubic ft.
C case files, 1981-1990, 2,056 cubic ft.
D case files, 1991-1993, 1,505 cubic ft.
94 through 04 case files, 1994-2004, 3,997 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Case files, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1984/013, 1985/030, 1985/103, 1988/134, 1989/160, 1991/154, 1996/010, 2008/126, 2008/127, 2008/132, 2008/162, 2009/062, 2009/114, 2010/116, 2010/132, 2010/133, 2010/134, 2010/135, 2011/036, 2011/278, 2012/029, 2012/038, 2012/093, 2012/130, 2012/135, 2012/148, 2014/143, 2015/040, 2015/085, 2015/132, 2015/137, 2015/173, 2016/146, 2016/150, 2016/154, 2016/157, 2016/158, 2016/159, 2016/160, 2017/002, 2017/121
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; September 6, 1983; November 1, 1984; April 15, 1985; June 19, 1989; May 10, 1991; November 24, 2008; March 14, 2011; February 28, 2012; October 13, 2014; and January 23, 2015; by the Texas Historical Commission on May 4, 1988; by Dorothy Sloan on October 18, 1995; by Tammy Kubecka on April 28, 2005; and March 18, 2015; by Peter Luke on May 25, 2005; and November 27, 2011; by the Heritage Auction Galleries on December 19, 2007; by the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 23, 2008; July 1, 2010; and September 2, 2016; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Heritage Auction Galleries on March 11, 2009; by Maria McPhail via Heritage Auction Galleries on March 29, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Early American History Auctions on October 2, 2009; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Danny Reich on August 2, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from the Gettysburg Quartermaster on August 17, 2010; by Rolando Gallo on October 8, 2010; by Ed Hoffman on October 26, 2011; by RR Auction on November 14, 2011; by Sherry Evans on December 5, 2011; by Carl G. Horkowitz on March 23, 2012; by Mark E. Mitchell on August 1, 2014; by Richard D. Worthington on March 30, 2015; by James H. Twelmeyer on April 27, 2015; by Diana Faust via the Texas Supreme Court on May 12, 2016; by Ian Brabner on May 26, 2016; by James Cummins on June 2, 2016; by Jared Gendron on June 13, 2016; and by Tyler Ribitzki via the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 2, 2017.
Other Formats for the Records
A portion of the M case files described in this series have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-courts/supreme-court/scotx-casefiles/scotx-mcasefiles/.
Restrictions on Access
Case files may possibly contain documents sealed by the court, and are therefore excepted from public disclosure by the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Rule 76A. When a researcher requests a case, the file will be reviewed by an archivist in order to remove sealed documents. The researcher will be informed that sealed documents have been removed from the file, and it will then be up to the researcher to obtain permission from the original court to access the documents.
Case files may possibly also contain personal information of jurors and prospective jurors. According to the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, Article 35.29, information collected by the court or by a prosecuting attorney during the jury selection process about a person who serves as a juror, including the juror's home address, home telephone number, social security number, driver's license number, and other personal information, is confidential and may not be disclosed by the court, the prosecuting attorney, the defense counsel, or any court personnel except on application by a party in the trial or on application by a bona fide member of the news media acting in such capacity to the court in which the person is serving or did serve as a juror. On a showing of good cause, the court shall permit disclosure of the information sought. (Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 371, § 1, effective September 1, 1993). The Court of Criminal Appeals has verified that juror information is to be withheld from the public according to the statute cited above. Therefore, when a case is requested, an archivist will review the case to ascertain whether or not juror information is present. If such information is found, the researcher will be informed and the documents will be removed from the file. If an individual wishes to access juror information, they will have to obtain permission from the original court. Because the judiciary is not covered by the Texas Public Information Act, the Archives cannot estimate how long it will take the court to respond to a request.
Rarely, case files may possibly contain material not related to the case, such as attorney's notes about another case. Before a researcher is granted access to a case, an archivist will review the files and remove all such materials. The researcher will be informed if materials are removed. If the researcher wishes to access the documents, the Archives will contact the court to determine the appropriate course of action on a case-by-case basis. Because the judiciary is not covered by the Texas Public Information Act, the Archives cannot estimate how long it will take the court to respond to a request.
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Technical Requirements
Oversize material is too large to photocopy. Contact Archives staff for assistance. Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul Beck, date unknown
Revised by Laura Saegert, March 1995
Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standard by Laura Saegert, March 2001
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center by Laura Saegert, August and November, 2002, June 2003
Additions made to case files to reflect transfer of records to the State Records Center and finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, April 2004
Restriction statements revised by Laura Saegert, September 2004
Box numbers added to reflect the rehousing of case files, subgroups and series restructured, finding aid made DACS compliant, and overall finding aid split due to online file size limitations by Laura Saegert, June 2008
Additions made to M case files by Laura Saegert, March 2009
Updates made for DACS compliance, new accessions of case files incorporated, and changes made to the M case file box inventory by Caitlin Burhans, August 2017
M case files, 1840-1892,
680.08 cubic ft.
Records are M case files of the Texas Supreme Court dating 1840-1892, representing the circuit court era. Records include original petitions (briefs, appeals), original indictments (criminal cases only for the early years), transcripts of proceedings from the district court, bills of exception, agreements, demurrer and answer, supplemental answers, statements of facts, testimony, judgments, motions, petitions and/or bonds for writ of error, citations in error, assignments of error, sheriffs' returns, certifications of costs, waivers of service, precepts, motions for rehearing, applications for extensions of time, certification of costs, and opinions of the lower court.
In 1944, M numbers were assigned to the early case files because there had been several duplicate numbering systems in place. The original numbers can be found on the case files, in the dockets, and on the index cards. A significant number of the case files dating prior to 1853 were missing when these records were transferred to the State Archives. According to a letter from the court to an attorney requesting information about some old files (March 17, 1965, Carl B. Lyda to Attorney Hobart Hudson), many of the old Galveston and Tyler case files were destroyed by fire and flood before the records were transferred to Austin (transferred about 1892). The clerk also stated that other cases had been misplaced, lost, or had disappeared since their transfer. In the early 1970s, a large number of early cases from the 1850s-1860s era, mainly involving the sale or disposition of slaves, were stolen from the court. Some cases have been recovered through replevin efforts, almost all of them involving slave issues. Some of these are currently filed in boxes 201-7049 through 201-7051, but some have also been returned to the regular run of M case files. Unfortunately, many of the cases lost or stolen through the years are still missing.
Case numbers not listed in the inventory are missing. Listed at the end of the inventory are a few partial cases that cannot be positively identified with an M case number.
There are several occasions when the same M number was assigned to two different cases, usually cases filed within days of each other from different counties. For these cases a note in the finding aid will give the style of the case in addition to the case number. It is unknown why duplicate numbers were used.
Since 2012, the M case files have been the focus of a comprehensive project that includes humidification, flattening, rehousing, indexing, and digitization of the case files. As of June 2018, this project is in process and anticipated to continue for several years. As a result, box numbers, especially within the approximate range of boxes 201-4010 to 201-4699 (case files M-2051 to M-11372), are actively shifting. Contact the project archivist or refer to the internal Supreme Court case files database for a full inventory of these case files and an accurate listing of box numbers.
Arrangement
These records are arranged numerically by case number.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), M case files, Case files, Texas Supreme Court records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1983/056, 1984/013, 1985/103, 1988/134, 1996/010, 2008/126, 2008/127, 2008/132, 2008/162, 2009/114, 2010/116, 2010/132, 2010/133, 2010/134, 2010/135, 2011/036, 2012/029, 2012/038, 2012/093, 2012/130, 2012/148, 2014/143, 2015/132, 2015/137, 2015/173, 2016/146, 2016/150, 2016/154, 2016/157, 2016/158, 2016/159, 2016/160, 2017/002, 2017/121
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Supreme Court on November 22, 1982; September 6, 1983; April 15, 1985; by the Texas Historical Commission on May 4, 1988; by Dorothy Sloan on October 18, 1995; by Tammy Kubecka on April 28, 2005; and March 18, 2015; by Peter Luke on May 25, 2005; and November 27, 2011; by the Heritage Auction Galleries on December 19, 2007; by the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 23, 2008; July 1, 2010; and September 2, 2016; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Heritage Auction Galleries on March 11, 2009; by Maria McPhail via Heritage Auction Galleries on March 29, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Early American History Auctions on October 2, 2009; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from Danny Reich on August 2, 2010; by the Texas Attorney General's Office from the Gettysburg Quartermaster on August 17, 2010; by Rolando Gallo on October 8, 2010; by Ed Hoffman on October 26, 2011; by RR Auction on November 14, 2011; by Sherry Evans on December 5, 2011; by Carl G. Horkowitz on March 23, 2012; by Mark E. Mitchell on August 1, 2014; by Richard D. Worthington on March 30, 2015; by James H. Twelmeyer on April 27, 2015; by Diana Faust via the Texas Supreme Court on May 12, 2016; by Ian Brabner on May 26, 2016; by James Cummins on June 2, 2016; by Jared Gendron on June 13, 2016; and by Tyler Ribitzki via the Texas Attorney General's Office on June 2, 2017.
Other Formats for the Records
A portion of the M case files have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-courts/supreme-court/scotx-casefiles/scotx-mcasefiles/.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Oversize material is too large to photocopy. Contact Archives staff for assistance. Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Box
201-3949 M-2, M-3, M-6, M-8, M-9
Oversize
SC OS 05 M-10 (part)
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201-3949 M-10 (part) thru M-13, M-21, M-27, M-28 thru M-30
Box
201-3950 M-31 thru M-34, M-36, M-38 thru M-41, M-48, M-49, M-57, M-58
Box
201-3951 M-59
Oversize
SC OS 05 M-60 (part)
Box
201-3951 M-60 (part), M-64, M-68, M-73, M-74, M-76, M-77
Box
201-3952 M-80, M-84, M-90, M-94, M-112, M-114, M-119, M-121, M-128, M-131, M-143, M-162, M-166, M-181 thru M-183, M-194, M-196, M-197, M-200, M-201, M-203, M-205, M-208, M-210, M-211
Box
201-3953 M-214, M-216 thru M-218, M-220 thru M-222, M-224, M-230, M-232, M-234, M-238 thru M-244, M-247, M-251
Box
201-3954 M-261 thru M-263, M-266 thru M-278, M-280, M-282 thru M-284, M-286, M-288, M-289, M-291 thru M-297
Box
201-3955 M-298 thru M-301, M-303, M-304, M-306, M-307, M-310 thru M-312, M-322, M-324, M-329, M-336, M-345, M-351, M-354, M-356, M-358, M-369, M-370
Box
201-3956 M-372, M-374 thru M-376, M-380, M-381, M-383, M-386, M-387, M-412, M-416, M-418, M-421, M-425, M-427, M-436, M-437, M-444, M-455, M-467 thru M-469, M-471, M-481, M-482
Box
201-3957 M-484, M-486, M-487, M-490, M-497 thru M-499, M-505 thru M-507, M-511, M-523, M-524, M-527 thru M-529
Box
201-3958 M-530, M-531, M-533, M-535, M-539, M-542, M-544, M-547, M-548
Box
201-3959 M-556, M-557, M-559
Oversize
SC OS 05 M-560 (part)
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201-3959 M-560 (part), M-564, M-566, M-568, M-572, M-577, M-594, M-601, M-606, M-609, M-611, M-613, M-619 thru M-623, M-643, M-648, M-660, M-678
Box
201-3960 M-690, M-691, M-701, M-703 thru M-705, M-710, M-717, M-718, M-722, M-727
Oversize
SC OS 05 M-728 (part)
Box
201-3960 M-728 (part), M-729
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201-3961 M-732 thru M-734, M-736, M-740, M-745, M-747, M-751 thru M-755, M-757, M-758
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201-3962 M-759, M-761 thru M-765, M-767 thru M-775
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201-3963 M-776 thru M-788, M-790, M-791, M-793, M-794
Box
201-3964 M-795, M-796, M-798 thru M-809, M-811, M-812, M-814 thru M-816
Box
201-3965 M-817 thru M-820, M-822 thru M-825, M-829 thru M-833, M-835, M-836
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201-3966 M-837, M-839, M-841, M-843 thru M-846
Box
201-3967 M-847 thru M-852, M-854 thru M-856, M-858 thru M-861
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201-3968 M-862 thru M-867, M-869 thru M-877
Box
201-3969 M-878 thru M-891
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201-3970 M-892 thru M-901, M-903
Box
201-3971 M-904 thru M-920
Oversize
SC OS 05 M-921 (part)
Box
201-3972 M-921 (part) thru M-928, M-930, M-931, M-934, M-935, M-937, M-938, M-940 thru M-943, M-945 thru M-950
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201-3973 M-951 thru M-954, M-956 thru M-961, M-963, M-964, M-967 thru M-978, M-981, M-982
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201-3974 M-984, M-986, M-988 thru M-992, M-994, M-996 thru M-1006
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201-3975 M-1007 thru M-1023
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201-3976 M-1024 thru M-1032, M-1034 thru M-1036, M-1038, M-1039, M-1041 thru M-1045, M-1046, M-1048, M-1049
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201-3977 M-1050, M-1051, M-1053, M-1054, M-1056, M-1057, M-1060, M-1068 thru M-1070, M-1075 thru M-1077, M-1079 thru M-1091, M-1093, M-1094, M-1096, M-1099
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201-3978 M-1104 thru M-1108, M-1110, M-1111, M-1113, M-1115, M-1119 thru M-1124, M-1126 thru M-1130
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201-3979 M-1131 thru M-1134, M-1136 thru M-1140, M-1142 thru M-1149, M-1151 thru M-1153
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201-3980 M-1154 thru M-1169, M-1171 thru M-1174 (part)
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201-7050 M-1174 (part)
[Note: This case file was part of a cache of M case files recovered through replevin efforts. It may not be a complete file.]
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201-3980 M-1175, M-1177, M-1178
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201-3981 M-1179 thru M-1181, M-1183 thru M-1191, M-1193, M-1195 thru M-1201, M-1203, M-1205 thru M-1215, M-1217
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201-3982 M-1218 thru M-1225, M-1227 thru M-1233, M-1235, M-1237 thru M-1243
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201-3983 M-1244, M-1245, M-1247 thru M-1253, M-1255 thru M-1258, M-1260, M-1261, M-1263, M-1265 thru M-1267, M-1269 thru M-1271
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201-3984 M-1272 thru M-1280, M-1283, M-1285 thru M-1292, M-1298 thru M-1302
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201-3985 M-1303 thru M-1306, M-1315 thru M-1317, M-1319 thru M-1321, M-1323, M-1324, M-1326, M-1328, M-1329, M-1332 thru M-1337
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201-3986 M-1338 thru M-1342, M-1344 thru M-1352, M-1354 thru M-1361
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201-3987 M-1362 thru M-1365, M-1367, M-1368, M-1370 thru M-1373, M-1375, M-1376, M-1378, M-1379, M-1381 thru M-1383
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201-3988 M-1384, M-1385, M-1387, M-1388, M-1390 thru M-1395, M-1398 thru M-1401, M-1403
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201-3989 M-1404 thru M-1417
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201-3990 M-1418 thru M-1420, M-1422 thru M-1427, M-1429 thru M-1434, M-1436
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201-3991 M-1437 thru M-1439, M-1441, M-1442, M-1445 thru M-1462
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201-3992 M-1463, M-1468 thru M-1472, M-1475, M-1477 thru M-1482, M-1484
[Two cases are stamped as M-1475: Smith v. State, original case number 425; Ponton v. Bellows, original case number 425.]
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201-3993 M-1485, M-1487 thru M-1489, M-1491, M-1492, M-1494, M-1495, M-1497 thru M-1503
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201-3994 M-1504 thru M-1509, M-1511 thru M-1525
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201-3995 M-1526 thru M-1533, M-1536, M-1538, M-1539, M-1541 thru M-1543, M-1546 thru M-1552, M-1554 thru M-1558
Box
201-3996 M-1559, M-1560, M-1562 thru M-1564, M-1569 thru M-1571, M-1574, M-1575, M-1577, M-1578, M-1582, M-1585 thru M-1587, M-1590, M-1592, M-1593, M-1600, M-1602 thru M-1604
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201-7003 M-1606
Box
201-3996 M-1608, M-1609, M-1611
Box
201-3997 thru 4000 No contents
[Note: As of June 2018, these boxes are empty as a result of in-process digitization and rehousing.]
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201-4001 M-1613, M-1614, M-1617 thru M-1629, M-1632 thru M-1634, M-1636, M-1637, M-1639 thru M-1642
Box
201-4002 M-1643 thru M-1649, M-1651, M-1653, M-1655 thru M-1661, M-1663 thru M-1665
Box
201-4003 M-1666 thru M-1673, M-1675 thru M-1678, M-1681, M-1687, M-1691, M-1695, M-1696, M-1699, M-1705 thru M-1707, M-1717, M-1719, M-1720, M-1723, M-1724, M-1726 thru M-1730
[Note: Following case M-1699 is a fragment without a number that was found in the original wallet with cases M-1656 thru M-1699.]
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201-4004 M-1731 thru M-1740, M-1742 thru M-1762, M-1803, M-1805
Box
201-4005 M-1806, M-1810, M-1811, M-1813 thru M-1820, M-1822 thru M-1826, M-1828 thru M-1830, M-1832 thru M-1835, M-1837
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201-4006 M-1838, M-1841, M-1843 thru M-1850, M-1853 thru M-1855, M-1857 thru M-1861, M-1862 thru M-1864, M-1866 thru M-1871, M-1876, M-1879
Box
201-4007 M-1883, M-1885, M-1887, M-1888, M-1891 thru M-1893, M-1895, M-1898, M-1901, M-1909, M-1911, M-1914, M-1917, M-1918, M-1923, M-1924, M-1929, M-1931, M-1932, M-1934, M-1936, M-1938, M-1939, M-1940, M-1945, M-1946, M-1948 thru M-1950, M-1953 thru M-1955, M-1959 thru M-1961, M-1963, M-1966, M-1969, M-1970, M-1973
Box
201-4008 M-1974, M-1975, M-1977, M-1979, M-1983 thru M-1985, M-1990 thru M-1993, M-1995 thru M-2015
Box
201-4009 M-2018 thru M-2020, M-2022 thru M-2050
Box
201-4010 thru 201-4699 M-2051 thru M-11372
[Note: The M case files are the focus of a comprehensive preservation, description, and digitization project. As a result, this range of case files is actively shifting across boxes. Contact the project archivist or refer to the internal Supreme Court case files database for a full inventory of these case files and an accurate listing of box numbers.]
Box
201-6756 M-11373 thru M-11380
Box
201-6757 M-11381 thru M-11386
Box
201-6758 M-11387 thru M-11392
Box
201-6759 M-11393 thru M-11398
Box
201-6760 M-11399 thru M-11404
Box
201-6761 M-11405 thru M-11406
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201-6762 M-11407 thru M-11411
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201-6763 M-11412 thru M-11418
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201-6764 M-11419 thru M-11427
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201-6765 M-11428 thru M-11435
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201-6766 M-11436 thru M-11441
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201-6767 M-11442 thru M-11447
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201-6768 M-11448 thru M-11452
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201-6769 M-11453 thru M-11458
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201-6770 M-11459 thru M-11463
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201-6771 M-11464 thru M-11466
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201-6772 M-11467 thru M-11469
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201-6773 M-11470 thru M-11478
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201-6774 M-11479 thru M-11484
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201-6775 M-11485 thru M-11495 (part)
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201-6776 M-11495 (part), M-11496, M-11498 thru M-11503
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201-6777 M-11504 thru M-11511
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201-6778 M-11512 thru M-11520
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201-6779 M-11521 thru M-11525
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201-6780 M-11526 thru M-11537
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201-6781 M-11538 thru M-11545
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201-6782 M-11546 thru M-11553
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201-6783 M-11554 thru M-11563
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201-6784 M-11564 thru M-11570
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201-6785 M-11571 thru M-11574
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201-6786 M-11575 thru M-11580
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201-6787 M-11581 thru M-11592
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201-6788 M-11593 thru M-11601
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201-6789 M-11602 thru M-11609
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201-6790 M-11610 thru M-11615
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201-6791 M-11616 thru M-11621
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201-6792 M-11622 thru M-11627
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201-6793 M-11628 thru M-11633
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201-6794 M-11634 thru M-11642
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201-6795 M-11643 thru M-11649
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201-6796 M-11650 thru M-11654
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201-6797 M-11655 thru M-11658
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201-6798 M-11659 thru M-11664
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201-6799 M-11665 thru M-11673
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201-6800 M-11674 thru M-11688
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201-6801 M-11689 thru M-11695, M-11697 thru M-11699
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201-6802 M-11700 thru M-11710
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201-6803 M-11711 thru M-11717
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201-6804 M-11718 thru M-11725
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201-6805 M-11726 thru M-11730
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201-6806 M-11731 thru M-11737
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201-6807 M-11738 thru M-11744
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201-6808 M-11745 thru M-11748
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201-6809 M-11749 thru M-11754
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201-6810 M-11755 thru M-11760
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201-6811 M-11761 thru M-11765
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201-6812 M-11766 thru M-11769
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201-6813 M-11770 thru M-11773
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201-6814 M-11774 thru M-11778
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201-6815 M-11779 thru M-11794
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201-6816 M-11795 thru M-11804
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201-7014 M-11805
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201-6816 M-11806
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201-6817 M-11807 thru M-11823
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201-6818 M-11824 thru M-11841
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201-6819 M-11842 thru M-11854
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201-6820 M-11855 thru M-11870
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201-6821 M-11871 thru M-11886
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201-6822 M-11887 thru M-11903
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201-6823 M-11904 thru M-11929
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201-6824 M-11930 thru M-11951
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201-6825 M-11952 thru M-11961, M-11963 thru M-11967
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201-6826 M-11968 thru M-11973, M-11975 thru M-11982
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201-6827 M-11983 thru M-11995
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201-6828 M-11996 thru M-12005
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201-6829 M-12006 thru M-12019
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201-6830 M-12020 thru M-12032
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201-6831 M-12033 thru M-12047
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201-6832 M-12048 thru M-12062
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201-6833 M-12063 thru M-12076
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201-6834 M-12077 thru M-12089
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201-6835 M-12090 thru M-12104
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201-6836 M-12105 thru M-12117
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201-6837 M-12118 thru M-12134
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201-6838 M-12135 thru M-12146
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201-6839 M-12147 thru M-12161
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201-6840 M-12162 thru M-12179
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201-6841 M-12180 thru M-12194
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201-6842 M-12195 thru M-12209
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201-6843 M-12210 thru M-12229
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201-6844 M-12230 thru M-12246
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201-6845 M-12247 thru M-12263
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201-6846 M-12264, M-12265, M-12267 thru M-12278
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201-6847 M-12279 thru M-12284, M-12286 thru M-112294
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201-6848 M-12295 thru M-12309
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201-6849 M-12310 thru M-12318
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201-6850 M-12319 thru M-12331
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201-6851 M-12332 thru M-12347
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201-6852 M-12348 thru M-12360
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201-6853 M-12361 thru M-12374
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201-6854 M-12375 thru M-12383, M-12387 thru M-12395, M-12397, M-12398
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201-6855 M-12399 thru M-12408
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201-6856 M-12409 thru M-12417
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201-6857 M-12418 thru M-12429
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201-6858 M-12430 thru M-12444
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201-6859 M-12445 thru M-12469
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201-6860 M-12470 thru M-12480
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201-6861 M-12481 thru M-12499
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201-6862 M-12500 thru M-12517
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201-6863 M-12518 thru M-12525
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201-6996 M-12526
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201-6863 M-12527 thru M-12535
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201-6864 M-12536 thru M-12550
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201-6865 M-12551 thru M-12570
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201-6866 M-12571 thru M-12586
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201-6867 M-12587 thru M-12604
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201-6868 M-12605 thru M-12623
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201-6869 M-12624 thru M-12641
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201-6870 M-12642 thru M-12659
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201-6871 M-12660 thru M-12675
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201-6872 M-12676 thru M-12697
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201-6873 M-12698 thru M-12712
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201-6874 M-12713 thru M-12737
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201-6875 M-12738 thru M-12756
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201-6876 M-12757 thru M-12770
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201-7008 M-12771
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201-6876 M-12772 thru M-12776
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201-6877 M-12777 thru M-12791
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201-6878 M-12792 thru M-12794, M-12796 thru M-12811
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201-6879 M-12812 thru M-12827
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201-6880 M-12828 thru M-12842
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201-6881 M-12843 thru M-12859
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201-6882 M-12860 thru M-12881
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201-6883 M-12882 thru M-12895
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201-6884 M-12896 thru M-12910
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201-6885 M-12911 thru M-12916
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201-7016 M-12917
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201-6885 M-12918 thru M-12932
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201-6886 M-12933 thru M-12949
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201-6887 M-12950 thru M-12962
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201-6888 M-12963 thru M-12979
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201-6889 M-12980 thru M-13001
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201-6890 M-13002 thru M-13019
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201-6891 M-13020 thru M-13036
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201-6892 M-13037 thru M-13054
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201-6893 M-13055 thru M-13072
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201-6894 M-13073 thru M-13090
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201-6895 M-13091, M-13093 thru M-13107
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201-6896 M-13108 thru M-13128
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201-6897 M-13129 thru M-13143
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201-6898 M-13144 thru M-13154
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201-6899 M-13155 thru M-13168
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201-6900 M-13169 thru M-13182
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201-6901 M-13183 thru M-13189, M-13191 thru M-13196
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201-6902 M-13197 thru M-13214
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201-6903 M-13215 thru M-13228
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201-6904 M-13229 thru M-13231
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201-7001 M-13232
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201-6904 M-13233 thru M-13238
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201-6905 M-13239 thru M-13252
[Note: Case M-13242 contains photos of the Gulf of Mexico and railroads.]
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201-6906 M-13253 thru M-13267
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201-6907 M-13268 thru M-13284
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201-6908 M-13285 thru M-13296
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201-6909 M-13297 thru M-13301, M-13303 thru M-13311
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201-6910 M-13312 thru M-13328
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201-6911 M-13329 thru M-13349
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201-6912 M-13350 thru M-13369
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201-6913 M-13370 thru M-13387
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201-6914 M-13388 thru M-13408
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201-6915 M-13409 thru M-13428
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201-6916 M-13429 thru M-13445
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201-6917 M-13446 thru M-13464
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201-6918 M-13465 thru M-13483
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201-6919 M-13484 thru M-13499
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201-6920 M-13500 thru M-13519
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201-6921 M-13520 thru M-13541
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201-6922 M-13542 thru M-13565
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201-6923 M-13566 thru M-13578
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201-6924 M-13579 thru M-13594
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201-6925 M-13595 thru M-13607
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201-6926 M-13608 thru M-13617
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201-6927 M-13618 thru M-13632
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201-6928 M-13633 thru M-13640
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201-6929 M-13641 thru M-13655
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201-6930 M-13656 thru M-13672
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201-6931 M-13673 thru M-13689
[Note: There are two cases with number M-13683: Claes, Lehnbeuter and Thompson v. Dallas Homestead and Loan Association; and Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad Company v. Robert Hepner.]
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201-6932 M-13690 thru M-13698
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201-6933 M-13699 thru M-13712
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201-6934 M-13713 thru M-13723
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201-6935 M-13724 thru M-13738
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201-6936 M-13739 thru M-13752
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201-6937 M-13753 thru M-13767
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201-6938 M-13768 thru M-13779
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201-6939 M-13780 thru M-13796
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201-6940 M-13797 thru M-13807
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201-6941 M-13808 thru M-13824
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201-6942 M-13825 thru M-13837
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201-6943 M-13838 thru M-13855
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201-6944 M-13856 thru M-13859
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201-6945 M-13860 thru M-13872
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201-6946 M-13873 thru M-13885
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201-6947 M-13886 thru M-13898
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201-6948 M-13899 thru M-13913
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201-6949 M-13914 thru M-13926
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201-6950 M-13927 thru M-13938
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201-6951 M-13939 thru M-13956
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201-6952 M-13957 thru M-13978
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201-6953 M-13979 thru M-13988
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201-6954 M-13989 thru M-13998
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201-6955 M-13999 thru M-14013
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201-6956 M-14014 thru M-14028
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201-6957 M-14029 thru M-14042
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201-6958 M-14043 thru M-14057
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201-6959 M-14058 thru M-14069
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201-6960 M-14070 thru M-14083
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201-6961 M-14085 thru M-14097
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201-6962 M-14098 thru M-14118
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201-6963 M-14119 thru M-14135
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201-6964 M-14136 thru 14147, M-14149, M-14150
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201-6965 M-14151 thru M-14161
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201-6966 M-14162 thru M-14171
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201-6967 M-14172 thru M-14181
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201-6968 M-14182 thru M-14196
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201-6969 M-14197 thru M-14209
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201-6970 M-14210 thru M-14224
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201-6971 M-14225 thru M-14240
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201-6972 M-14241 thru M-14254
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201-6973 M-14255 thru M-14267
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201-6974 M-14268 thru M-14277
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201-6975 M-14278 thru M-14290
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201-6976 M-14291 thru M-14296
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201-6977 M-14297 thru M-14308
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201-6978 M-14309 thru M-14315, M-14317 thru M-14322, M-14324 thru M-14331
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201-6979 M-14332 thru M-14347
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201-6980 M-14348 thru M-14364
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201-6981 M-14365 thru M-14377
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201-6982 M-14378 thru M-14397
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201-6983 M-14398 thru M-14416
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201-6984 M-14417 thru M-14431
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201-6985 M-14432 thru M-14445
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201-6986 M-14446 thru M-14457
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201-6987 M-14458 thru M-14469
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201-6988 M-14470 thru M-14481
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201-6989 M-14482 thru M-14493
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201-6990 M-14494 thru M-14509
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201-6991 M-14510 thru M-14531
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201-6992 M-14532 thru M-14545
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201-6993 M-14546 thru M-14558
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201-6994 M-14559 thru M-14574
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201-6995 M-14575 thru M-14589
Miscellaneous M case materials
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201-7049 Fragment of an M case, no style given; recipes
Partial case file, likely part of case Rice, Adams and Company v. Albert T. Burnley (misspelled Bumley in the M card file index), case M-2771, 1857
Partial case file, Dugan v. Young and Co., January 31, 1880 (old case number 1137, not listed in the M card index) 1880
Copy of M-9301
[Note: This copy has been replaced with the original case file.]
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201-7051 Partial case file, Wheeler v. Wooton, possibly part of M-3348, M-4709, or M-5051
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201-7022 thru 201-7025 Miscellaneous case files with no stamped M number, about 1870-1900
[These documents may be petitions that were not heard by the court.]
No prefix case files, 1893-1943,
1,644.17 cubic ft.
The list of the no prefix case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court no prefix case files, 1893-1943. If you are reading this on paper, the no prefix case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.
A case files, 1944-1966,
1,934.25 cubic ft.
The list of the A case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court A case files, 1944-1966. If you are reading this on paper, the A case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.
B case files, 1967-1980,
1,526.75 cubic ft.
The list of the B case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court B case files, 1967-1980. If you are reading this on paper, the B case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.
C case files, 1981-1990,
2,056 cubic ft.
The list of the C case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court C case files, 1981-1990. If you are reading this on paper, the C case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.
D case files, 1991-1993,
1,505 cubic ft.
The list of the D case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court D case files, 1991-1993. If you are reading this on paper, the D case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.
94 through 04 case files, 1994-2004,
3,997 cubic ft.
The list of the 94 through 04 case files was removed from this finding aid due to the size of the Case files series. If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the finding aid for these case files: Texas Supreme Court 94 through 04 case files, 1994-2004. If you are reading this on paper, the 94 through 04 case files finding aid can be found in a separate divider within the binder.

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