Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

William H. Bledsoe:

An Inventory of His Papers, 1859-1968 and undated, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Bledsoe, William H.
Title: William H. Bledsoe Papers,
Dates: 1859-1968 and undated
Abstract: The collection consists of personal and business records generated by the activities of William J. Klattenhoff.
Collection # S95.1
Quantity: 10 boxes (10.0 linear feet)
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

An attorney and Texas legislator, Bledsoe was born in 1869 at Cleburne, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas Law School in 1890, and came to Lubbock, Texas, to set up law practice in 1908. Bledsoe later served in the Texas House of Representatives (1915-1919) and the Texas Senate (1919-1927), and played a major role in the impeachment of Governor James E. Ferguson. He also authored Senate Bill 103, creating Texas Technological College (now Texas Tech University) and was instrumental (1923) in locating the college at Lubbock, Texas. Bledsoe died in 1936 in Lubbock.


Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence, legal material, financial material, photographs, and scrapbook material pertaining to Bledsoe's business, political and personal activities. The collection bulks (1851-1949) with correspondence and legal material. The legal materials encompass litigative, legislative, and business concerns.


Organization

The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Legal Materials
  • Correspondence
  • Financial Material
  • Literary Production
  • Printed Material
  • Scrapbook Material

Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Some archival collections may be housed in storage outside of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library building. Requests to retrieve such materials may take up to 10 business days to complete. Please contact our Reference Department to arrange retrieval.

Audio, video, and film recordings may not be immediately accessible due to format, condition, or copyright status. All items must be digitized prior to patron use. Because not all collections materials have been digitized, please contact the Reference Archivist at least 10 days prior to arrival in order to coordinate digitization. Though we can digitize much of our holdings within two weeks, some media may be fragile and require specialized digitization outsourcing, which can take up to three months for completion.


Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Bledsoe, William Harrison, 1869-1936.
Ferguson, James Edward, 1871-1944.
Overton, M. C. (Marvin Cartmell), 1878-1955.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Tech University--History.
Texas Technological College--History.
Subjects
Civic leaders--Texas.
Texas--Politics and government.
Lawyers--Texas.

Related Materials:

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library:
  • Texas Tech Locating Board Records, 1923 and 1938
  • Clark Marion Mullican Papers, 1909-1959

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

William H. Bledsoe Papers, 1859-1968 and undated, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Accession Information

Collection accession #(s):
n/a

Gifts, 1975-1986

Processing Information

Processed by: Abel Ramirez, 2004


Collection Inventory

Legal Material I

Box Folder
1 1 Abstracts, 1911-1914
2 Abstracts, 1922-1923
3 Abstracts, 1917-1920
4 Abstracts, 1924
5 Abstracts, 1925
6 Abstracts, 1927
7 Abstracts, 1930-1932
8 Abstracts, 1928
9 Contracts and Deeds, 1880-1927
10 Legislation: Ferguson Impeachment, Newspaper Clippings, 1918 and undated
11 Legislation: Texas Technological College, 1923 and undated



Correspondence I

Box Folder
2 1 Personal, 1892-1900
2 Personal, 1901-1910
3 Personal, 1911-1914
4 Personal, 1915
5 Personal, 1916
6 Personal, 1917
7 Personal, 1918-1930
8 Personal, 1892-1930 and undated
9 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1898-1900
10 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1898-1930
11 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1902-1906
12 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1898-1930
13 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1898-1930



Legal Material II

Box Folder
3 1 Deeds of Property, 1910-1919
2 Deeds and Policies, 1920-1929
3 Deeds and Policies, 1930-1940



Printed Material I

Box Folder
3 4 Newspapers, 1909-1965



Scrapbook Material I

Box Folder
3 5 Postcards and Travel Material, Financial Material: Order Book, 1897-1968
6 Personal Postcards, undated
7 List of Names and States, undated



Correspondence II

Box Folder
4 1 Legal Claims and Miscellaneous, 1887-1899
2 Legal Claims, Estate Claims and Miscellaneous, 1900-1909
3 Citations, Land Purchase, Bank Information, 1910-1919
4 Business Letters and Legal Court Material, 1920-1929
5 Business Letters, Telegraphs, Letters of Payment, 1920-1929
6 Democratic Party Letters, Telegraphs, Political Letters, Letters of Payment, 1930-1932
7 Letters to Bledsoe, Court Payments, Legal Material, 1933-1939
8 Guest of Inaugural Ceremonies, 1940-1949
9 Release of Judgment, Letters from Family and Friends, 1950-1954



Financial Material I

Box Folder
4 10 Telegraphs, Membership Dues, Bank Statements, 1873-1955



Legal Material III

Box Folder
4 11 Ways to Impeach in Texas, Court Judgments, “A Story with a Smile” by Cullen Cain, undated
12 Lubbock County Abstract Company: Estate List, E.C. Baker vs. Nattie McDonald, undated
13 Abstract of Title: Cleburne, TX, Warranty Deed of J. Frank Bowles, miscellaneous correspondence, John V. Farwell Co. vs. John I. Rogers, 1859-1907
14 Wichita Mill and Elevator Company vs. J.M. Sheppard, Abstract of Title: Lubbock, TX, Warranty Deed for H.C. Gresham, J.L. Baird, 1900-1909
15 Florence Reynolds vs. State of Texas, Overton and Kimbro vs. Hale, Warranty Deed for Nick Alley, J. Everman vs. H.J. Rovers, Abstract of Title: Oldham County for H.T. Boyd, 1910-1919
16 Warranty Deeds: Ludeman, Bledsoe to Posey, Bledsoe to Lester, Lumsden vs. Cain County Judge, J.B. Magee vs. J.C. Paul, 1910-1919 and undated
17 Record of Acknowledgments by M. Budsor, Court Sales, “Ex Parte A.E. Heidingsfelder", 1911-1918



Correspondence III

Box Folder
5 1 General, 1904-1934 and undated
2 Personal: Bledsoe, Mrs. William H., Emma K., Telegrams, 1924-1948 and undated
3 Legislative, 1918



Financial Material II

Box Folder
5 4 Account Ledger, 1890-1892
5 Account Ledger, 1895
6 Account Ledger, 1900-1920
7 Account Ledger, 1907-1912
8 Account Journals, undated
9 Bills and Receipts, 1892-1961 and undated
10 Bank Notes, 1903-1918
11 Bank Statements and Checks, 1910-1966 and undated



Legal Material IV

Box Folder
5 12 General, 1924-1949 and undated
13 General: Correspondence and Legal Papers, 1874-1923
14 Abstracts, 1887-1907
Box Folder
6 1 Litigation: W.E. Bledsoe vs. Mrs. R.C. Berry et al, 1919-1922
2 Litigation: Court of Civil Appeals, 1916
3 Litigation: Security Mortgage and Investment 6, vs. Cattleman’s Hog Creek Oil Company, 1916-1919
4 Litigation: State of Texas vs. Stiles, 1920-1922
5 Litigation: U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1916
6 Mortgages, 1887-1910
7 Notary Records, 1901-1906
8 Pardons and Appeals, 1923-1937 and undated
9 Oil and Gas Leases, 1919



Literary Production

Box Folder
6 10 Poetry, 1944 and undated
11 Research and Class Notes, 1909-1939 and undated
12 Speeches, 1909-1955 and undated
13 Miscellaneous, undated



Printed Material II

Box Folder
6 14 Pamphlets, 1923-1952 and undated
15 Pamphlets, Photographs, undated
16 Brochures, 1914-1932 and undated
17 Miscellaneous News Clippings, 1904 and undated



Scrapbook Material II

Box Folder
6 18 Invitations, 1894-1934 and undated
19 Programs, 1916-1967 and undated
20 Post Cards, 1908-1951 and undated
21 Greeting Cards, 1935 and undated
22 Notes, 1927 and undated
23 Miscellaneous, 1906-1963 and undated
24 Memorabilia: Leather Wallets, Pins, X-Rays, undated



Correspondence IV

Box Folder
7 1 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1908
2 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1909
3 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1910
4 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1910
5 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1911
6 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1911
7 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1912
8 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1913
9 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1913
10 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1914
Box Folder
8 1 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1915
2 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1916
3 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1917
4 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1917
5 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1917
6 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1918
7 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1918
8 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1919
9 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1919
Box Folder
9 1 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1919
2 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1919
3 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1920
4 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1921
5 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1922
6 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1923-1925
7 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1927
8 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1927
9 Business: To and From Bledsoe, undated
10 Business: To and From Bledsoe, 1928-1930
11 Business: To and From Clients, 1901-1930



Legal Material V

Box Folder
10 1 Alias Execution, J.R. Huckabee vs. T.M. Bartley and W.S. Swan, April 1911
2 Abstract of Judgment, 1891
3 Bankruptcy Petitions, 1908 and undated
4 Bills, undated
5 Bills of Sale, July 1898
6 Bonds, undated
7 Briefs, May 12, 1917
8 Certified Statements, 1902-1917
9 Contracts and Agreements, 1911 and undated
10 Court Cases Dated, 1888-1921
11 Court Cases, undated
12 Charters, undated
13 Deeds, 1901
14 Estate Settlements, 1911 and undated
15 Franchise, undated
16 Indictments, 1907-1908
17 Minutes, undated
18 Notice of Sheriff’s Sale: Real Estate, 1912
19 Notice of Service: Non Resident Defendant, 1910
20 Patents, undated
21 Petitions, 1919
22 Power of Attorney, 1911
23 Resolutions, 1917-1919
24 Road Notice to Land Owner, 1910
25 Summons, 1907-1916
26 Sworn Statements, 1899-1917 and undated
27 Transfers, 1896



Printed Material III

Box Folder
10 28 Pamphlets, 1917



Financial Material III

Box Folder
10 29 Personal: Bank Notes, 1906-1909
30 Personal: Deposit Slips, 1912-1920
31 Personal: Drafts and Checks, 1892-1920
32 Personal: Insurance Papers, 1895-1919
33 Personal: Lists, 1906-1914
34 Personal: Receipts, 1893-1920
35 Personal: Statements and Tax Forms, 1895-1919



Business Clients

Box Folder
10 36 Checks and Drafts, 1896-1918
37 Insurance Papers, 1897-1911
38 Receipts, 1897-1911
39 Statements, 1901-1918
40 Lambard and Harrison, 1909 and undated
41 J. G. Paul, 1907-1914
42 Robinson Furniture, 1921 and undated
43 Robinson Furniture, undated
44 Templeton, 1886-1893
45 Wagner and Linn, 1916-1917
46 Wimberly, Mrs. J. N., 1896
47 Fraternal Organizations, 1901-1913



Printed Material IV

Box Folder
10 48 Advertisement, Certificates, List, Newspaper Clippings, 1918 and undated
49 Papers and Notes, 1909-1917



Scrapbook Material II

Box Folder
10 50 Address Book, Business Cards, Greeting Cards, and Postcards, Invitations, announcements and programs, miscellaneous, 1894-1917



Correspondence V

Box Folder
10 51 Press Announcement, undated



Legal Material VI

Box Folder
10 52 Scrapbook Material, 1913-1925