University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Maury Maverick Jr., Papers, [ca. 1835-2000]

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Maverick, Maury, 1921-2003
Title: Maury Maverick Jr., Papers
Dates: [ca. 1835-2000]
Abstract: Composing campaign materials, correspondence, news clippings, notes, subject files, briefs, court decisions, motions, reports photographs, and scrapbooks the Maury Maverick, Jr., Papers, [ca. 1835-2003], document the life of politician, attorney, columnist, and civil rights activist Maury Maverick, Jr.
Accession No.: 83-288; 83-317; 83-390; 84-61; 84-84; 85-220; 86-10; 86-97; 87-113; 89-282; 93-212; 95-142; 93-176; 95-223; 95-264; 96-320; 96-351; 97-264; 2000-008; 2003-169; 2006-271; 2011-086
OCLC No.: 21398758
Extent: ca. 42 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Maury Maverick, Jr. (1921-2003) was a San Antonio attorney, columnist, activist, and former Texas legislator. The son of New Deal Congressman and San Antonio mayor Maury Maverick, Sr., Maverick attended the Texas Military Institute (1935-1938) and the University of Texas, earning his B.A. in 1942. During the Second World War, he served with the Marine Corps in the South Pacific. In 1949, he completed his law degree at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio.

A three-term member of the Texas House of Representatives (1950-1956), Maverick championed labor and civil rights. He opposed anti-Communist legislation and was a member of the so-called, "Gashouse Gang",a caucus of thirty-five legislators that sought to impose a gathering tax on natural gas in Texas. In 1961, he came in fifth out of seventy-one candidates vying to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Lyndon B. Johnson. Maverick served three terms as a State Democratic Committeeman, and he attended the 1968 National Democratic Convention as chief legal counsel for the group of Democrats challenging presumptive nominee Hubert Humphrey.

As an attorney, Maverick specialized in civil rights cases, often working pro bono for the American Civil Liberties Union. On a number of occasions, Maverick argued before the U.S. Supreme Court, including the landmark case Stanford v. Texas (1965), which affirmed that individual states are required to adhere to the right against illegal search and seizures as protected by the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments. Maverick gained further notoriety for his defense of conscientious objectors during the Vietnam War.

In 1979, Maverick left the legal profession and began writing a weekly political column for the San Antonio Express-News. Maverick married artist Julia Orynski in 1966.


Uhler, David. "Death Silences Maverick’s Proud Liberal Voice at 82".San Antonio Express-News. January 28, 2003.

Scope and Contents

Arranged into eight series composing campaign materials, correspondence, news clippings, notes, subject files, briefs, court decisions, motions, reports, photographs, and scrapbooks the Maury Maverick, Jr., Papers, [ca. 1835-2003], document the life of politician, attorney, columnist, and civil rights activist Maury Maverick, Jr. The U.S. Senate Campaign series, 1960-1961 details Maverick’s unsuccessful bid for Lyndon Johnson’s vacated U.S. Senate seat. Correspondence, campaign materials, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks are filed either by county or assorted categories created by Maverick and his staff.

Primarily consisting of correspondence Personal series, 1858, 1921-1987, chronicles Maverick’s relationships with his family, friends, political leaders, legal and judicial colleagues, and writers and journalists. Notable correspondents include T.R. Fehrenbach, Eleanor Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, George McGovern, Walter Prescott Webb, and Ralph Yarborough. Some correspondence belongs to Maury Maverick Sr., addressing his time as a U.S. Congressman. Also in the Personal series are notes, photographs, and scrapbooks.

Maverick’s columns from the San Antonio Express-News and correspondence with readers compose Newspaper Columns, 1979-1981. Legislative, 1950-1956, traces Maverick’s three-terms as a State Representative from San Antonio. Arranged alphabetically by subject headings and subdivided by correspondent, files consist of correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports, and notes.

Comprising correspondence, briefs, motions, pleadings, research notes, court decisions, press releases, and printed material the Legal series, 1953-1983, document his years as a civil rights attorney in San Antonio. Among the cases of note are Harvey v. Morgan(1954), U.S. v. Flower (1971), and the landmark U.S Supreme Court case Stanford v. Texas (1965). The bulk of the series pertains to conscientious objectors that Maverick represented during the Vietnam War. Many of the case files include background commentary written by Maverick in 1985.

Scrapbooks, 1954, 1961, illustrate Maverick’s the 1954 special legislative session in Texas and his U.S. Senate campaign. Photographs, 1921-1983, primarily depict members of the Maverick family. Additional Material contains printed material, correspondence, subject files, campaign material, photographs, notes, and scrapbooks. These files retain their original arrangement and labeling, and reflect Maverick’s political, legal, and personal interests.



The papers are arraged into eight series:
  • I. U.S. Senate Campaign
  • II. Personal Files
  • III. Newspaper Columns
  • IV. Legislative
  • V. Legal
  • VI. Photographs
  • VII. Scrapbooks
  • VIII. Additional Material


Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Maverick, Maury, 1921-2003 -- Archives.
Fehrenbach, T.R.
Johnson, Lyndon Baines, 1908-1973
Maverick, Maury, 1895-1954.
McGovern, George S. (George Stanley), 1922-
Roosevelt, Eleanor, 1884-1962.
Stanford, John William, Jr. -- Trials, litigation, etc.
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.)
American Civil Liberties Union.
San Antonio express-news.
United States. Supreme Court--History--20th century.
Civil rights -- Texas.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Conscientious objectors--United States.
San Antonio (Tex.)
Texas--Politics and government--1951-

Related Material

See also Maverick (Maury Sr.) Papers

See also Maverick Family Papers

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Briscoe Center's Library Unit.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Maury Maverick Jr., Papers, [ca. 1835-2000], Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Robert McDonald, 1984.

Subsequent revisions were made by Lynn Bell, RObert McDonald, Sandra Gamel, and Ann Massmar, 1990; Evan Usler, April 2011; and Mark Firmin, April 2012

Detailed Description of the Papers


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