University of Texas Arlington

Wallace C. Reilly Papers:

A Guide

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Reilly, Wallace C. (Wallace Coke), 1898-1972.
Title: Wallace C. Reilly Papers
Dates: 1915-1974
Abstract: Wallace C. Reilly (1898-1972) was editor and publisher of the Dallas Craftsman and a lifelong member of Dallas Typographical Union 173. He held many offices within the organization and was active in labor and political causes throughout his life. Correspondence, clippings, photographs, badges and medals, programs, memorabilia, and other materials document Reilly's labor and political activities. Some materials pertaining to Reilly's family and family history are also included.
Identification: AR115
Extent: 2 boxes (0.67 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Biographical Note

Wallace Coke Reilly (1898-1972) was editor and publisher of the Dallas Craftsman. A lifelong member of Dallas Typographical Union 173, Reilly held many offices in the organization. He served as president of the Dallas Central Labor Council and of the Dallas AFL-CIO Council. He was an International Typographical Union representative, manager and treasurer of the Dallas Labor Temple, and executive secretary of the Texas Federation of Labor. Reilly also served as mayor and city councilman of Sunnyvale, Texas.

Scope and Contents

Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, speeches, reports, programs, Reilly family history, photographs, badges and medals, political buttons, constitutions, booklets, a plaque, and memorabilia. Papers also contain biographical material about Reilly's father, labor leader and Dallas Craftsman editor, William M. Reilly, and Reilly's mother, Martha Turner Reilly, including her Daughters of the American Revolution certificate. Included are programs and souvenir booklets from labor and political conventions and events including the inaugurals of Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, and John Connally. Photographs depict both political and labor personalities and events.


Materials are arranged according to document type. Materials within folders are arranged in chronological order.



Open for research.

Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Reilly, Wallace C. (Wallace Coke), 1989-1972--Archives.
Reilly, William M., 1869-1931--Archives.
Riley family--Archives
International Typographical Union--Sources.
Labor leaders--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Political activists--Texas--Dallas--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

The UTA Libraries Oral History Collection also contains a transcribed interview with Wallace C. Reilly.

Administrative Information


Wallace C. Reilly Papers, AR115, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.


Gift of Mrs. Amelia Reilly, 1974-1975.

Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.

Container List

Box Folder
1 1 Awards and Honors, April, 1935-December, 1973
2 Clippings, June, 1934-May, 1969
3 Clippings, undated
4 Constitutions, By-laws, General Laws and Convention Laws of the International Typographical Union and The Union Printers Home, 1959-1960
5 Correspondence - Personal, October 1927 to December 1967, 1974
6 Labor and Political Convention Programs and Invitations, October, 1915-January, 1967
7 Reilly Family History, Personal Clippings and Memorabilia, 1930-1944, undated
8 Reilly's Weekly Report, undated
9 Photographs, 1926-1966, undated
10 Badges, Medallions, two Truman-Barkley Buttons, 1948-1964, undated
(21 items)
Box Folder
OS90 1 Gavels (3), undated
2 Plaque - Presented by "A Thankful Dallas Labor Movement," undated
3 Degree of Doctor of Political Science - Presented to Wallace Reilly from the University of San Antonio, 1967
4 Certificate - Presented by The Texas AFL-CIO, August 13, 1971
5 Miscellaneous Awards and Honors, 1940-1965, undated
6 Studio Portrait - Wallace C. Reilly, undated