University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

David Richards Papers, 1968-1997

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Richards, David, 1933-
Title: David Richards papers
Dates: 1968-1997
Abstract: Contains legal documents, correspondence, research material, and newsclipping pertaining to David Richards' career as a civil rights attorney in Austin, Texas.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01996
Extent: 7.42 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in 1933, David Richards was a prominent liberal activist and civil rights lawyer in Texas. Richards was raised in Waco, Texas, where he met his first wife, Governor Ann W. Richards (1933-2006). The high school sweethearts married in 1953 while attending Baylor University. After graduating in 1954, Richards enrolled in the University of Texas Law School. Upon graduation, the couple moved to Dallas where he began practicing law in 1957. In the meantime, they had four children – Cecile, Dan, Clark, and Ellen. Richards worked as a labor and civil rights attorney after moving to Austin in 1969. In addition to his private practice, he worked as head of litigation for the Texas Attorney General's Office, attorney for the Texas Civil Liberties Union, and general counsel for the AFL-CIO of Texas. He also authored the book Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State. After his divorce from Ann in 1980, Richards married his second wife, Sandy Hauser, with whom he had two children, Sam and Hallie.


Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Richards, Dorothy Ann Willis (Ann)" (accessed October 19, 2010).

Scope and Contents

The David Richards Papers, 1968-1997, contain legal documents, including depositions, testimonies, Supreme Court appeal material, and documentary exhibits as well as correspondence, research material, and news clippings that document that David Richards' career as a civil rights attorney in Austin, Texas. The records cover voters' rights, school reform, civil liberties, and freedom of speech cases. Additionally, the papers pertain to court cases involving a vast array of individuals and organizations, including unions, university professors, convicted felons, the New Left Education Project, and redistricting in East Texas, to name a few.


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Index Terms

Personal Names
Richards, David, 1933-
Corporate Names
Austin (Tex.). City Council
United States. Supreme Court
Civil rights--Cases
Freedom of speech
United States

Related Materials

See also Ann Richards Papers, 1933-2000,

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Number(s)

2005-230; 2008-087

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.

Detailed Description of the Collection


2.325/K17 [SRH1230001540] Allaire et al. v. Rogers
Federal Reporter, Allaire v. Rogers, 1981
News clippings, 1975
Oral deposition of Lorene Rogers, 1977
Deposition of Lorene L. Rogers, 1978
Non-jury trial, excerpts of testimony, 1980
Philip White v. Lorene Rogers, Petition for rehearing of defendants Derrick et al v. Mathias et al., re. Waco City Council elections, 1973-1976
East Texas Redistricting
Upham et al. v. Seamon, appeal before United States Supreme Court
Oral deposition of Lee James Nanze, 1980
Cass County, Texas AFL-CIO reapportionment suits Cass County
Rusk County, A.C. Lloyd, plaintiff
Panola County, James H. Wall, Sr., plaintiff
Cherokee County, Romeo Ragsdale, plaintiff
Houston County, Jasper Jones, plaintiff
Shelby County, Jim B. Yarbrough, plaintiff
Edgewood Independent School District et al v. Kirby et al
2.325/K18 [SRH1230001549] Felons voting purge during Clements era [Texas], 1982
Flowers et al v. Wiley et al, 1975-1976
Gallant, Edward, 1968-1971
Morris et al. v. Alexander et al., etc., and Gallant et al. v. Barlow et al.
Preliminary hearing, 1969
Hearing before three-judge court, 1969
Judgment, stipulations and exhibits, 1968-1969
Gallant et al. v. Barlow et al.
Pleadings and orders, 1968-1969
Preliminary hearing, 1969
Supreme Court file, 1971
Interim report on court-ordered [Texas] Senate redistricting plan, circa 1992
Meurer v. Slagle, 1988
Defendants' original answer, counterclaim for declaratory judgment
Pleadings, Court of Appeals
Statement released by Margaret Moore
Plaintiff affidavits
Defendant affidavits
Court of Appeals
Assorted newsclips and publications re. residency
Clippings from professional legal publications, undated
Meurer v. Rains et al., pleadings, 1988
2.325/K19 [SRH1230001550] Meurer: notes, legal documents, and related papers re. domicile and county lines, 1988
Munn, Cecil, to David R. Richards, correspondence regarding trial, 1995
Neubauer, Raymond L.
Neubauer v. State, 1970-1971
Neubauer et ux. v. Atkinson et al.
Motion for judgment, stipulation, and consent to judgment, 1971
Depositions, 1970
Austin City Council, news clips, legal papers related to parade, 1969-1970
New Left Education Project v. Board of Regents, University of Texas System, legal documents, clippings, 1969-1973
2.325/K20 [SRH1230001541] Newburger, Herbert v. Laird et al. [Conscientious objector case], 1970-1972
Pomeroy, Robert and Carl Brannin v. David A. Dimick and Wilson Speir, 1974-1975
Ramon, Alberto M. et al. v. Honorable Myra McDaniel et al. Depositions, 1986
Writ of Mandamus, clippings, 1986
Correspondence, subpoenas, summons, 1986-1987
Pleadings file, 1986-1987
Exhibits; ballots and election results, 1986
Vote recount results, 1986
Rangel et al v. Morales et al., 1988, 1993
Rodriguez et al v. White, Secretary of State of Texas, 1975-1976
2.325/K21 [SRH1230001542] Regester, Diana: Regester et al. v. Bullock et al., Regester v. White
Correspondence, 1971-1975
Supreme Court Appeal - correspondence, 1972-1973
Correspondence, 1973-1975
Documentary exhibits, 1972-1973
Preliminary pre-trial hearing, 1975
Proceedings after remand, 1973-1977
Sams, Eristus and Claudia Busby v. Commissioners Court, Waller County, et al., 1972-1979
Schattman, Mary Ellen v. Texas Employment Commission et al., 1971-1972
Stein, Brent v. State [Obscenity case]
Supreme Court appeal material, 1969-1972
Criminal cases, 1968-1969
Pleadings file, 1968-1969
Depositions, exhibits, opinions, 1968-1969
2.325/L32 [SRH1230001591] Sturns v. Mark White, Jr., Gov. of Texas, 1983, undated
Texas v. Durham, 1991
Texas redistricting
Correspondence, 1973-1975
News clips, 1971-1975
Terrazas v. Slagle, circa 1992
TISA Waller County appeal, 1972-1973
U.S. District Court hearing on preliminary injunction regarding compulsory voter registration, 1975
Vota v. Dean
Depositions of state officials, 1980-1982
Depositions of the Dallas judges, 1982-1983
Apportionment plan for Texas Senate, Graves v. Barnes; Bullock; Smith, 1972
Graves v. Barnes et al., 1971, 1982
Waco city single member district case, 1976
Marilyn Whatley et al. v. T.J. Clark, et al.; Whatley, Marilyn et al. v. Mark White, Jr., 1972-1973
2.325/L33 [SRH1230001590] Yarborough, Ralph testimony about Allred era [circa 1934], 1988
Bound publications – Supreme Court hearings Bullock et al. v. Regester et al., 1971-1972
Jurisdictional statement and appendix
Briefs, motions
Appendices, Vols. 1-8
White et al. v. Regester et al., 1973-1974
Jurisdictional statement and appendix
Briefs, motions, replies
Appendices, Vols. 1, 4-5, 6
Briscoe, Dolph v. Frank Escalante et al., Jurisdictional statement and appendix, 1977
2.325/K20 [SRH1230001541] Casarez v. Val Verde County, 1997
Orders re. preliminary injunction, abstention; transcript of teleconference
Hardesty, et al v. Texas State University System, Board of Regents, et al, 1991
Deposition extracts
Settlement agreement
Weaver et al. v. Muckleroy et al.
Brief of appellees
2.325/K72e [SRH1230001346] Gist v. Texas State Commission on Judicial Conduct
Correspondence, 1986-1991
Witness examinations, exhibits, 1985-1988
Exhibits, 1985-1986
Brief of appellee, 1989
Brief for appellants, 1989
2.325/E458c [SRH1230000875] Confidential papers
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