University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

David Andrew Simmons Papers, 1861-1963



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Simmons, David Andrew, 1897-1951
Title: David Andrew Simmons papers
Dates: 1861-1963
Abstract: Correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, certificates, licenses, family records, notes, reports, printed material, and legal papers comprise the David Andrew Simmons Papers, 1861-1963, documenting Simmons's personal life and public career, including his profession as a Houston attorney, his presidency of the Texas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, his membership in the American Judicature Society, and his work with and membership in the American Academy of Political Science.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01468
Extent: 18.83 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

David Andrew Simmons (1897–1951) was a lawyer and president of the Texas and American Bar associations. He was admitted to the Texas bar in 1919 and in 1921 he married Elizabeth Daggett. Simmons has the distinction of being one of the youngest attorneys to appear before the United States Supreme Court, during a term he served as first assistant attorney general of Texas. Simmons also practiced law in Houston and served as assistant United States attorney.

As president of the Houston-Galveston Bar Association (1931), Simmons founded both the Houston Bar Journal and the District Bar Journal. He also founded and published the Texas Bar Journal during his term as president of the Texas Bar Association, 1937-1938. In 1944, Simmons earned yet another distinction, becoming the youngest president of the American Bar Association. He served as president and member of a number of other committees and associations, and was credited with starting the effort to nominate General Dwight D. Eisenhower for the presidency of the United States. Simmons died in 1951, after also serving as a deacon in the Second Baptist Church at Houston.


Scope and Contents

Correspondence, speeches, photographs, scrapbooks, certificates, licenses, family records, notes, reports, printed material, and legal papers comprise the David Andrew Simmons Papers, 1861-1963, documenting Simmons's personal life and public career, including his profession as a Houston attorney, his presidency of the Texas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association, his membership in the American Judicature Society, and his work with and membership in the American Academy of Political Science. Additionally, the papers pertain to civil defense efforts during World War II, the Civil Judicatory Council, and Simmons's founding of the Americans for Eisenhower. The papers also show Simmons's involvement in the Hemisphere House, the Houston Chamber of Commerce, the Interstate Commerce Commission, the Selden Society, the Freedoms Foundation, the Houston Bar Association, and the American Law Institute. Furthermore, the papers document Simmons's involvement in the Lions Club International, the San Francisco (United Nations) Conference, 1945, and the United Nations Committee on International and Comparative Law, 1950.

Also included is correspondence between David Simmons and his wife Elizabeth, as well as correspondence, leases, printed material, and photographs relating to the purchase and restoration of Old Fort Davis, especially its centennial celebration in 1954.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961
Simmons, David Andrew, 1897-1951
Simmons, Elizabeth Daggett
Corporate Names
American bar association
American judicature society
American law institute
Houston Bar Association
Houston Chamber of Commerce
Lions Clubs International
Selden society
Texas Bar Association
United Nations Conference on International Organization (1945 : San Francisco, Calif.)
United States. Interstate Commerce Commission
Subjects
Families
Lawyers
Political science
World War (1939-1945)
Places
Fort Davis
Houston
Texas

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David Andrew Simmons Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1965-008

Processing Information

This collection processed by Stephanie Wittenbach, August 1984, and Lawrence Landis, October 1990. Subsequent revisions made by Evan Usler, September 2011. Subsequent processing by Emma Trent, September 2020.

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center's "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

General biographical records
box
3A118 [SRH1230015162] World War I service record, January 18, 1918 – January 14, 1919
Documents
Records
Correspondence
World War II
Correspondence, 1942
Civilian defense activities
Air wardens instructor lecture note
Correspondence concerning David Andrew Simmons's death, 1951-1954
Documents concerning his death
Printed material
box
3A119 [SRH1230015163] Newspaper clippings
Magazines
Diplomas
Certificates
Licenses
School notices
Law class, 1920
Family records
George P. Finlay
box
3A120 [SRH1230015164] Correspondence, December 16, 1861 – April 4, 1908
Biographical and genealogical
Military service
Muster rolls
Business papers
Photographs
Certificates
Diplomas
Carrie Rhea Finlay
box
3A120 [SRH1230015164] Correspondence, July 21, 1901 – February 5, 1924
Biographical and genealogical
David Antley Simmons
box
3A121 [SRH1230015165] Correspondence, October 2, 1904 – July 9, 1960
Biographical and genealogical
Sermon
Photographs
Lee Simmons
box
3A121 [SRH1230015165] Correspondence, April 7, 1951 – September 22, 1956
Biographical
David Edward Simmons
box
3A121 [SRH1230015165] Correspondence, October 29, 1908 – October 16, 1923
Biographical and printed
Mrs. David Edward Simmons
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3A121 [SRH1230015165] Scrapbook
box
3A122 [SRH1230015166] Records relating to her death
George Finlay Simmons
box
3A122 [SRH1230015166] Correspondence, November 5, 1914 – December 26, 1943
Photographs
Printed material
General correspondence
box
3A122 [SRH1230015166] July 16, 1907 – December 26, 1918
January 1, 1920 – August 3, 1926
General correspondence
box
3A123 [SRH1230015167] January 1, 1920 – December 20, 1921
January 30-October 31, 1922
January 26, 1923 – March 13, 1924
January 9, 1924 – February 16, 1925
February 19, 1925 – August 3, 1926
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3A124 [SRH1230015168] August 7-December 30, 1926
January 3-April 12, 1927
April 14-December 30, 1927
January 5-August 9, 1928
August 10-December 29, 1928
January 3-December 30, 1929
box
3A125 [SRH1230015169] January 20-December 30, 1930
January 7-December 31, 1931
January 4-December 20, 1932
January 13-December 30, 1933
January 2-December 28, 1934
January 3-August 30, 1935
June 15-December 21, 1936
July 5, 1935 – June 26, 1937
January 23–December 6, 1937
January 24-June 4, 1938
February 6, 1938 – December 26, 1939
box
3A126 [SRH1230015170] July 7, 1937 – December 30, 1938
January 3–December 30, 1939
January 2-March 30, 1940
April 1-May 31, 1940
box
3A127 [SRH1230015171] June 6-August 29, 1940
September 2-December 28, 1940
January 2-March 31, 1941
April 5-August 30, 1941
September 2-December 31, 1941
January 1-March 30, 1942
April 2-December 31, 1942
January 2-December 29, 1943
box
3A128 [SRH1230015172] January 3 – December 29, 1944
January 3-December 31, 1945
January 2-December 28, 1946
January 15-December 31, 1947
box
3A129 [SRH1230015173] January 2-December 31, 1948
January 3-December 31, 1949
January 12-December 24, 1950
January 10-March 11, 1951
box
3A130 [SRH1230015174] American Academy of Political Science
American Bar Association
box
3A130 [SRH1230015174] Administrative law
Budget Committee Board of Governors
Journal correspondence
Membership
Membership analysis
National Lawyers Guild
Rights of the mentally ill
David A. Simmons's questionnaire
American citizenship
Autographs
Canadian Bar Association
Chile trip
Civil Defense Planning Group
box
3A131 [SRH1230015175] Committee on Strengthening Congress
Americans for Eisenhower
box
3A131 [SRH1230015175] Correspondence
Charter papers and bond
Ledger
Printed matter
Bulletin
Bills paid
Foreign Policy Association
Foreign Relations
Hemisphere House
box
3A132 [SRH1230015176] Houston bus strike, 1932
Houston Chamber of Commerce
Houston Second Baptist Church
Houston Trust Council
University of Houston, books
Human interest
Humor
Inter-American Bar Association
Inter-American Commercial Arbitration Commission
I.C.C. Practitioners, legal education and retirement
International Bar Association
Maritime Law Association
Mexican Bar Association
Race question
box
3A133 [SRH1230015177] Radio broadcast, January 14, 1945
Recommendations
Selden Society
Selective Service Advisory Board
Tax handbook
Texas vs. Vexenat
United States Supreme Court
United States Supreme reorganization
United States District Judgeship
War work
Freedom Foundation Award, correspondence
box
3A134 [SRH1230015178] 1949-1951
1962
1963
Houston Chamber of Commerce
box
3A134 [SRH1230015178] Correspondence
Printed material
Houston Bar Association
Correspondence
box
3A135 [SRH1230015179] 1924-1936
1930-1949
Journal, 1930-1942
District Bar Association, correspondence, 1931-1934
Civil Judicial Council
Texas Bar Association, correspondence
box
3A135 [SRH1230015179] 1930-1937
March 15, 1937 – July 29, 1937
box
3A136 [SRH1230015180] 1937-1938
State Bar of Texas, correspondence, 1939-1950
State Bar Committee
Texas Bar meeting, July 1948
Annual session, 1938
American Bar Association
Advisory Committee
box
3A137 [SRH1230015181] 1946-1947
1949
American Law Institute, 1934-[circa 1949]
Board of Governors
box
3A137 [SRH1230015181] 1944
1946
1949
Board of Governors proceedings, 1946
Committee on Post War Planning, 1944-1945
Conference of Bar Association Delegates, correspondence, 1931-1932
Proceedings of 57th Annual meeting, 1932
Correspondence
box
3A137 [SRH1230015181] 1933
1928-1932
1936-1938
box
3A138 [SRH1230015182] 1933-1935
1935-1937
1937-1938
1939-1944
Dallas, Texas, correspondence, 1951
Endowment Fund correspondence, 1944-1946
box
3A139 [SRH1230015183] Proceedings of the Mid-winter meeting of the General Council, 1936
Gold Medal Award, correspondence, 1945
International law, 1949-1951
International law Limited World Government, correspondence, 1946-1947
A.B.A. Journal Board of Editors, correspondence, 1949-1951
Breakfast in honor of Harry P. Lawther, correspondence, June 26, 1935 – July 8, 1935
Lions Club International, correspondence, 1946
Membership committee, correspondence, 1942
Director of membership, David A. Simmons, 1943
Correspondence regarding A.B.A. membership, 1937-1938
Membership committee correspondence, 1943
National Defense Committee, 1941
Presidency
box
3A140 [SRH1230015184] Voting correspondence, 1941
Voting correspondence, Alabama-Montana, 1939
Voting, correspondence, Nebraska-Wyoming, 1939
box
3A141 [SRH1230015185] Congratulations on nomination
Diary, 1944-1945
Correspondence
box
3A141 [SRH1230015185] 1944
1944-1945
box
3A142 [SRH1230015186] Business correspondence, 1944-1945
Personal correspondence
box
3A142 [SRH1230015186] 1944
1945
1946
Personal correspondence
Reactions to articles and speeches
box
3A142 [SRH1230015186] 1943
1944
1945
1946
1948
1950
A.B.A. meeting, 1945
box
3A143 [SRH1230015187] A.B.A. meeting, correspondence, 1945
A.B.A. meeting, 1945
Correspondence
box
3A143 [SRH1230015187] 1945
1946
San Francisco Conference, correspondence
box
3A143 [SRH1230015187] March-April, 1945
May-October, 1945
Diary, April-June, 1945
Printed material
A.B.A. Public Relations
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3A143 [SRH1230015187] March-December, 1944
January-November, 1945
United Nations Committee of International and Comparative Law Section, 1950
Unidentified correspondence and printed material
American Judicature Society, correspondence
box
3A144 [SRH1230015188] 1936-1940
Herbert Harley to D.A.S., 1940-1943
Membership campaigns, 1939-1944
Speeches
box
3A145 [SRH1230015189] Index to speeches
Miscellaneous speeches, 1-19
Government speeches, 20-27
Engineering speeches, 28-29
Speeches about persons, 30-31
Law speeches
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3A145 [SRH1230015189] 32-42
43-49
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3A146 [SRH1230015190] 50-57
Speech notes
Miscellany relating to speeches and plays
Elizabeth D. Simmons Family Records
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3A150 [SRH1230015193] Ephraim Merrill Daggett, biographical
Mrs. E. M. Daggett, biographical
Mrs. Mary Daggett Lake, biographical
Correspondence, Elizabeth Daggett, 1917-1920
E. Daggett Simmons to D. A. Simmons correspondence
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3A150 [SRH1230015193] February-April, 1920
May-June, 1920
July 1920
August-September, 1920
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3A151 [SRH1230015194] October 1920
November 1920
December 1920
January 1921
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3A152 [SRH1230015195] February 1921
March 1921
April 1921
May 1921
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3A153 [SRH1230015196] June 1921
July 1921
August 1921
September 1921
October-December, 1921
March-December, 1922
January-September, 1923
February-December, 1924
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3A154 [SRH1230015197] January, 1925 – December, 1926
January–December, 1927
February–September, 1928
May-September, 1929
January-December, 1930
May-September, 1939
1940
January-March, 1941
February-October, 1942
August-November, 1943
February-October, 1944
Marriage record
Fort Davis
Correspondence
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3A155 [SRH1230015198] Boys Camp, 1947-1949
Boys Camp, 1950-1956
Business and general, 1951-1962
With Elizabeth D. Jackson, 1954-1963
With persons of special note, 1946-1961
Sul Ross State, camping and educational workshop, Boys Camp
Leases
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3A155 [SRH1230015198] E. E. Bartholomew
Malcom and Sally Tweedy
box
3A156 [SRH1230015199] Ben Lotspeich
Goss-Rhinehart
John S. Prude
Centennial Celebration, October 9-10, 1954
Printed material
Guest registers
box
3A157 [SRH1230015200] 1947
1948
1951
1952
1953
box
3A158 [SRH1230015201] Texas Bar Journals, First District Bar Journal of Texas, August 1943 – October 1962
Texas Bar Association, dinners and conventions, programs
box
3A159 [SRH1230015202] American Bar Association programs, dinners and conventions and miscellaneous programs
Journal of the American Bar Association
box
3A159 [SRH1230015202] July 1945
1951
box
3A159 [SRH1230015202] April 1951
May 1951
October 1951
Spearman vs. United States, brief
Newspapers
Legal newspapers
Miscellaneous newspapers
box
3S187 [SRH1230021908] Appointment certificate to United States Supreme Court, December 10, 1925
Broadside and poster, undated
Certificates
box
3S188 [SRH1230021909] 1891-1924
1945
Scrapbooks
box
3A148 [SRH1230015191] Texas Bar Association, 1937-1938
General, 1938-1943
San Francisco Conference, two volumes, 1945
box
3A149 [SRH1230015192] American Bar activities
Texas Bar activities
Attorney for the Harris Navigation District
Family activities, 1930-1941
Press notices and pictures of the University of Montreal conferring LLB and LLD Degrees on D. A. Simmons
box
3A158 [SRH1230015201] E. D. Simmons, My Garden scrapbook
Bound Volumes
D. A. Simmons scrapbook
volume
4M353 Personal, 1918-1926
volume
4M354 Press notices, 1942-1945
Personal
volume
4M337 A.B.A. press notices
Death notices, 1946-1951
volume
4M356 Old Fort Davis
Family notices, 1946-1951
volume
4M357 Fort Davis
D. A. Simmons – E. D. Simmons scrapbook
volume
4M358 Red Cross – M. D. Anderson Hospital
volume
4M359 Press notices, family
Photographs
box
3T229 [SRH1230021864] Pictures taken at flying school
World War I
box
3S203 [SRH1230022806] Photographs, Dwight D. Eisenhower, American Bar Association Activities
box
3T229 [SRH1230021864] Kodak book, D. A. Simmons, University of Texas days, 1919
Miscellaneous and unidentified photographs
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3T227/3T228 [SRH1230021860] David A. Simmons in school at University of Texas
David A. Simmons in the military
David A. Simmons at Texas Attorney General's office
Simmons family and home
Rio Grande Valley
Mexico, 1921
Finlay family
Daggett family
W. Lee O'Daniel
Claude G. Pollard
Albert Thomas
James V. Allred
Dwight Eisenhower
Jesse Jones
box
3T230/3T231 [SRH1230021861] Old Fort Davis celebration, 1954
Fort Davis
Balmorhea State Park
Old Fort Davis Boys Camp