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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

George D. Braden Papers, 1930, 1942, 1971-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Braden, George D., 1914-2000
Title: George D. Braden papers
Dates: 1930, 1942, 1971-1980
Abstract: The George D. Braden Papers, 1930, 1942, 1971-1980, document the proceedings of and Braden's research on the 1974 Texas Constitutional Convention through correspondence and printed material.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.02013
Extent: 2.2 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Legal scholar George D. Braden (1914-2000) was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. After attending Swathmore College, Braden graduated cum laude from Yale Law School in 1941. From 1941 to 1942, he worked as a law clerk for judges Sherman Minton and Charles Clark. Braden served as an Army officer during World War II and retired from the Army Reserve as a colonel in 1966. Specializing in constitutional law, Braden taught at Yale Law School from 1946 to 1951. After leaving academia, he practiced law privately (1951-1954), worked as legal staff for General Electric (1954-1979), and served as New York's Assistant Attorney General (1967-1983).

From 1979 to 1983, Braden also consulted on issues of state constitutional law for New York, Illinois, and Texas. His books, Citizens' Guide to the Proposed New Texas Constitution (1975) and The Constitution of the State of Texas: An Annotated and Comparative Analysis (1977), are the result of his work with the unsuccessful 1974 Texas Constitutional Convention. In May 1971, the Texas Legislature passed a resolution calling for the convening of the Sixty-third Legislature as a constitutional convention. Legislators convened in January 1974 to draft and approve a new document to replace the state constitution, created at the Constitutional Convention of 1876. Due to divisive political disagreements, the convention adjourned on July 30, 1974, two months after their original deadline, without agreeing on a new constitution. The next year, the legislature finally approved eight amendments to the original constitution, all of which were defeated by voters in a November 1975 special election.

Source:

"George D. Braden, 85," Portland Press Herald, January 5, 2000.

Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. "Constitutional Convention of 1974," accessed October 25, 2010.

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Scope and Contents

The George D. Braden Papers, 1930, 1942, 1971-1980, document the proceedings of and Braden's research on the 1974 Texas Constitutional Convention through correspondence and printed material. The papers include publications on the history of the Texas constitution; research notes and correspondence with delegates from Braden's consulting work on the convention; and copies of rules, resolutions, and other official publications from the convention. The collection also includes correspondence, notes, and clippings related to Braden's Citizens' Guide to the Proposed New Texas Constitution, 1975.

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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
Braden, George D., 1914-2000
Corporate Names
Texas. Constitutional Convention (1974)
Texas. Legislature
Texas. Legislature (63rd : 1973)
Subjects
Constitution (Texas : 1876)
Constitutional conventions
Places
Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George D. Braden Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

1996-323

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.

Subsequent revisions were made by Caroline Collins, February 2021.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

Constitutional Convention of 1974
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4T449 [SRH1230013717] Seven Decades of the Texas Constitution of 1876 by Seth Shepard McKay, 1942
Debates in the Texas Constitutional Convention of 1876 by Seth Shepard McKay (2 volumes), 1930
A New Constitution for Texas: Text, Explanation, Commentary , 1973
A New Constitution for Texas: Separate Statements of Commission Members , 1973
A New Constitution for Texas , 1973
Amendments to the Texas Constitution of 1876 , 1956
The Texas Constitution: A Reorganization and Simplification Without Substantive Change , 1973
The Texas Property Tax: Background for Revision , 1973
Correspondence, with accompanying clippings, drafts, and publications, 1971-1977, 1980
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4T449 [SRH1230013717] Senator Max Sherman
George Braden
Texas Legislative Council
Fred Gantt
Edward Williams
Katherine S. Bennett
Glen Provost
John Bebout
Darrell Blakeway
G. R. Stanford
Steve Bickerstaff
Jay Stanford
James Ray
Judge Calvert
Seth Searcy
New Citizens' Guide, correspondence, notes, clippings, 1975
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4T449 [SRH1230013717] George Braden
Sterling Swift
Tom A. Laramey
Glen Provost
Senator Bill Patman
John Bebout
Adoption Schedule (with correspondence), 1974
Resolution for Submission of the Proposals of the Convention to the Qualified Electors of the State, No. 1 , 1974
Resolution for Submission of the Proposals of the Convention to the Qualified Electors of the State, No. 32 , 1974
Rules of Procedure, Constitutional Convention, Resolution No. 4, 1974
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4T450 [SRH1230013718] Texas Constitutional Convention: Official Proceedings , 1974
Texas Constitutional Convention: Official Journals , 1974

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