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Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

OCLC Number

Description of Series

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Victor Lee Brooks Papers, 1907-1927



Creator Brooks, Victor Lee, 1870-1925
Title: Victor Lee Brooks papers
Dates: 1907-1927
Abstract: Victor Lee Brooks (1870-1925) taught law at the University of Texas at Austin, 1895-1896; was Austin city attorney, 1898-1903; and was appointed judge of the 26th Judicial District in 1903. Papers include correspondence, legal briefs, and notes, letter presses, receipts, eulogy, postcards, court cases, and summons concerning Brooks's career.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01479
Extent: 5 linear feet
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Biographical Note

Victor Lee Brooks was born in Rutledge, Alabama, in 1870. He practiced law and then taught at the University of Texas at Austin School of law, 1895-1896. From 1898 to 1903 he was an Austin city attorney, and he and Mayor Emmett White were credited with saving the city from bankruptcy after the Austin Dam broke in 1900. Brooks was appointed judge of the 26th Judicial District in 1903. His best-known case was an antitrust suit brought against the Waters-Pierce Oil Company, famous because of the company's connection with United States Senator Joseph Weldon Bailey. Brooks resigned as judge in 1907 to resume private practice. In 1925 he served as special council to the UT Board of Regents in leasing university lands for oil, but died later that year. Brooks was married to Grace S. Harrison, and the couple had three sons, including Henry Brooks.

Source: Handbook of Texas Online, s.v."Brooks, Victor Lee."

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Scope and Contents

The Victor Lee Brooks Papers, 1907-1927, include correspondence, legal briefs and notes, letter presses, receipts, a eulogy, postcards, court cases, and summons, and concern the career of Brooks. The papers relate to his years in private practice, including Brooks's original judgment in the anti-trust suit brought against the Waters-Pierce Oil Company. Papers of Henry Brooks and the partnership of Brooks, Hart, and Woodward are also included.

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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.

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Index Terms

Personal Names
Arnold, Ralph, 1875-1961
Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935
Brooks, Henry
Brooks, Victor Lee, 1870-1925
Burleson, Albert Sidney, 1863-1937
Dabney, Lewis M.
Green, William
Corporate Names
B. T. Babbitt (Firm)
Brooks, Hart, and Woodward (Firm)
Waters-Pierce Oil Company
Subjects
City attorneys
Judges
Lawyers
Places
Austin
Dallas
Houston
New York
San Antonio
San Marcos
Texas

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Related Materials

See also the Robert Lynn Batts Papers, 1885-1935, 1949.

See also the Martin McNulty Crane Papers, 1834-1973.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Victor Lee Brooks Papers, 1907-1927, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

Full inventory uploaded by Laura Grove, August 2020.

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OCLC Number

777003690

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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3H92 [SRH1230016900] Letters, 1907-1909

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3H93 [SRH1230016901] Letters, 1915 - February 1918

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3H94 [SRH1230016902] Letters, March 1918-May 1919

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3H95 [SRH1230016903] Letters, June 1919-December 1919

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3H96 [SRH1230016904] Letters, 1920-1921

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3H97 [SRH1230016905] Letters and fragments, 1922-1927, undated

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3H97 [SRH1230016905] Statements and receipts, undated

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3H97 [SRH1230016905] Personal, undated

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3H98 [SRH1230016906] Legal items, undated

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3H98 [SRH1230016906] Law notes, undated

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3H98 [SRH1230016906] Briefs, undated

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3H99 [SRH1230016907] Briefs, undated

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3H99 [SRH1230016907] Letter book, undated

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3H100 [SRH1230016908] Briefs, undated

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3H100 [SRH1230016908] Letter books 54, undated

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3H101 [SRH1230016890] Letter books 55-58, undated

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3H102 [SRH1230016891] Letter books 59-61, undated

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3S166 [SRH1230029580] Oversized materials, undated

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