University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Morris Sheppard Papers, 1894-1953

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941
Title: Sheppard (Morris) Papers
Dates: 1894-1953
Abstract: The Morris Sheppard Papers, 1894-1953, reflect Sheppard's contributions as a U.S. Congressman and Senator, as well as his literary efforts.
Extent: 14 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Morris Sheppard (1875-1941) was born May 28, 1875, in Wheatsville, Texas. He received his AB degree from the University of Texas in 1895 and his LLB in 1897. He also earned an LLM degree from Yale University, before beginning his law practice in Pittsburgh and Texarkana. In 1902, Sheppard was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives to fill the space left vacant by his father’s death. He served until 1913 when he became a U.S. Senator, a post he would hold until his own death in 1941.

Among his notable legislative achievements, Sheppard introduced the law that would become the Eighteenth Amendment, outlawing intoxicating beverages and ushering in the era of Prohibition. He also assisted Andrew J. Volstead in writing the Prohibition enforcement law. Sheppard served as chairman of the expenditures committee for the Department of Agriculture and in 1932 became chair of the military affairs committee. Among his other committee assignments were commerce, irrigation and reclamation, appropriations, and manufactures.

Scope and Contents

The Morris Sheppard Papers, 1894-1953, reflect his contributions to national politics as well as his literary efforts. Included are political speeches written by Sheppard on a wide range of topics, as well as a large collection of speeches devoted to the Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Association.

Another large component of the papers consists of material relating to Sheppard’s work What Shakespeare Says About It: Comments of Shakespeare on Over Four Thousand Subjects. This includes typescripts, manuscript notes, typeset proofs, and galley proofs. The manuscript was created in the 1930s and published posthumously in 1953. The edited typescript includes a 25-page introductory biography of Sheppard condensed from the biography written by his daughter, Lucile Sheppard Keyes.


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Sheppard, Morris, 1875-1941 -- Archives.
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961.
Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945.
Subjects (Organizations)
United States. Congress. House -- History -- 20th century.
United States. Congress. House -- Election districts -- Texas.
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- History -- 20th century.
Woodmen of the World Life Insurance Association.
Legislators -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Legislators -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Prohibition -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Speeches, addresses, etc., American -- 20th century.
Politicians -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Lawyers -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Shreveport Waterway (La.)
Corpus Christi Bay (Tex.)
Houston Ship Channel (Tex.)
Trinity River (Tex.)
Red River (Tex.)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Morris Sheppard Papers, 1894-1953, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Lynn Bell, August 1982.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3N187 Speeches and addresses:
Agriculture, 1935
Business and economic policies, 1923-1940, undated
Commerce and shipping, 1922-1939, undated
Congressional career, 1936
Democratic Party, 1924-1934, undated
Education, 1927, undated
Fraternal and service organizations, 1919-1928
3N188 Fraternal and service organizations, 1931-1940, undated
Military affairs, 1922-1939, undated
New Deal, Franklin Roosevelt, and Sam Rayburn, 1934-1941, undated
Prohibition, 1930-1935, undated
Religion and religious beliefs, 1930-1934, undated
Southern patriotism, 1897, undated
Women’s Suffrage Amendment, 1918
Remarks about Morris Sheppard, 1936-1941, undated
3N189 Printed Material:
Hearings and Reports of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds of the House of Representatives, 1st Session, 62nd Congress, embossed with Sheppard’s name, 1911
Report of the Mississippi Valley Committee of the Public Works Administration, annotated by Sheppard, 1934
“We Still Need a Bill of Rights,” by Raymond L. Wise, reprint from The Nation, March 11, 1939
“The Twenty-third Amendment,” by Raymond L. Wise, undated
Literary Productions:
Galley proofs: What Shakespeare Says About It, undated
3N190 Typescript (edited): What Shakespeare Says About It, compiled by Morris Sheppard
3N191 Typescript (carbon copy): What Shakespeare Says About It
3N192 Typescript (carbon copy): What Shakespeare Says About It
3N193 Typescript (carbon copy): What Shakespeare Says About It
3N194 Typescript (carbon copy): What Shakespeare Says About It
3N195 Typescript (carbon copy): What Shakespeare Says About It
Typescript proofs: What Shakespeare Says About It
3N196 Monograph: On the Southwest
2G193 Political Correspondence:
Letter to Gov. O.M. Roberts (copy), 1894
Letters written, 1912-1940
2G194 Letters received, 1912-1936
2G195 Letters received, 1936-1942
2G196 Speeches and addresses
Business, industry, and economic policies, 1910-1940, undated
Campaign speeches, 1913-1940, undated
The New Deal, 1934-1940, undated
Commerce and shipping, 1905-1940, undated
Land and home ownership, 1915-1939
The Townsend Plan, undated
Maternal and Infancy Act, 1926-1930
Federal Credit Union System, 1934
Immigration and prostitution, undated
Anti-lynching, undated
Irrigation and reclamation, 1914, undated
2G197 World War I, 1929 and undated
Foreign relations, 1919-1924
Military affairs, 1935-1941, undated
Prohibition, 1914-1941, undated
Federal Corrupt Practices Act, 1912-1937
U.S. Judiciary and the U.S. Constitution, 1937, undated
Religion and religious beliefs, 1896-1934, undated
2G198 Democratic Party, 1928-1937, undated
Patriotism, 1897-1926, undated
American flag, undated
Tributes and dedications, 1911-1939, undated
Speeches by others, 1926-1940, undated
Notes and data for political activities, 1920-1940, undated
Campaign material: vote counts, expenditures, and itinerary, 1930-1936, undated
2G199 Voting records and index, 1913-1915, 1930-1934
Acts and bills, 1919-1940, undated
Proposals, amendments, and resolutions, 1935-1939, undated
Cases, decisions, and opinions, 1870-1937, undated
Reports, 1934-1940
Newsclippings and statements to the press, 1900-1936, undated
2G200 Printed material, 1914-1940, undated
Lecture notes, at the University of Texas, ca. 1896
Personal receipts, 1930-1940, undated
Biographical material, undated
Radio script and interview, 1939-1941, undated
3K149 Literary productions, undated
Shakespeare index, A – K
3K150 Shakespeare index, L – Z
3K151 Shakespeare index: list of terms, preliminary index, and index key
3L467 Scrapbooks
Scrapbook 4, 1902-1903
3L468 Scrapbook 5, 1902-1903
Scrapbook 9, 1906-1910
Scrapbook 12, 1911-1912
3L469 Scrapbook 10, 1906-1908
Scrapbook 13, 1911-1914
3L470 Scrapbook 21, 1920-1927
Scrapbook 24, 1927-1929
Scrapbook 25, 1927-1929
3L471 Scrapbook 26, 1929-1931
Scrapbook 28, 1933
3L496 Scrapbook 3, 1899-1905
3L498 Scrapbook 1, 1888-1903
3L499 Scrapbook 2, 1849-1902
3L500 Scrapbook 6, 1903-1906
3L501 Scrapbook 7, 1904-1906
3L502 Scrapbook 8, 1906-1910
3L503 Scrapbook 11, 1908-1911
3L504 Scrapbook 14, 1912-1920
3L505 Scrapbook 16, 1914-1916
3L506 Scrapbook 15, 1914-1917
3L507 Scrapbook 18, 1916-1919
3M1 Scrapbook 17, 1916-1917
3M2 Scrapbook 19, 1919-1922
3M3 Scrapbook 20, 1919-1923
3M4 Scrapbook 22, 1922-1924
3M5 Scrapbook 27, 1930-1935
3M14 Scrapbook 33, 1938-1939
3M15 Scrapbook 29, 1935-1941
4L391 Scrapbook 23, 1924
4L392 Scrapbook 30, 1935-1936
4L393 Scrapbook 31, 1936-1937
4L394 Scrapbook 32, 1938-1939
3S1 Photographs
3S2 Photographs
OD1301 Broadside: “Record of Morris Sheppard in the United States Senate,” 1915