University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Ireland Graves Papers, 1883-1945

Collection Summary

Creator Graves, Ireland, 1885-1969
Title Ireland Graves Papers
Dates: 1883-1945, bulk 1905-1927
Abstract Ireland Graves was a long-time Austin attorney and former student and lecturer at the University of Texas School of Law. The collection consists of correspondence, printed material, legal documents, business papers, and creative works, dating largely between 1883-1927.
Size 1.5 linear ft. (3 boxes).
Repository Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

Ireland Graves, a long-time Austin attorney and former University of Texas School of Law student and lecturer, was born in 1885 in Seguin, Texas. He was the grandson of former Texas governor (1883-1887) and associate justice for the Supreme Court of Texas, John Ireland. In 1905, Graves enrolled at the University of Texas School of Law. After graduating from UT in 1908, Graves was admitted to the Texas bar and practiced law in Austin. In addition to his legal work, he became director of the Austin Savings and Loan Association and Austin National Bank. He served as district judge of Travis and Williamson counties and was a lecturer in the Law School in the late 1910s-20s. Soon he founded his own law firm, Graves, Dougherty, Gee, Hearon, Moody &Garwood. Throughout his life Graves was involved with local, state, and national professional and civic organizations. He married into a legal family, as did his only child. He married the former Mary Willis Steadman, granddaughter of a former Texas Attorney General and daughter of Nathan A. Steadman, a prominent lawyer who served as Railroad Commissioner of Texas. Graves' daughter, Mary Ireland, married J. Chrys Dougherty, another well-known Austin attorney. Graves died in 1969 in Austin.

Contents of the Collection

The collection consists of correspondence, printed material, legal documents, business papers, and creative works, dating largely between 1883-1927. Arranged into 4 series, the materials document the legal, business, administrative, educational, and personal activities of Ireland Graves. The bulk of the material dates from 1905-1917, covering his education at the University of Texas School of Law, and his legal and business activities in Austin from 1914-1917. The largest series, almost half the collection, relates to Graves' experience as a law student at the University of Texas, from 1905-1908. There are essays, exams, and exercises for his law classes, and notes from 1908 chronicling his editorship of the University of Texas yearbook, the Cactus. In addition to these, the series contains class notes, bank and expense books, and a petition written in 1907 to the governing council of Delta Chi Law Fraternity to found a Texas Chapter (it was ultimately successful). Also present are the brief books of N. A. Steadman, Graves' father in law, which he wrote in as a student in the 1880s-1890s. Correspondence relating to Graves' experiences as a lawyer and landowner, involved with construction and the administration of McElwrath Land &Cattle Co., 1913-1922, comprise roughly 1/3 of the material. These letters often include copies of contracts for land and lumber, and deeds. Some of Graves' main correspondents include: R. J. Newton, Fred K. Couch, T. F. Pinckney, S. R. Drury, F. P. "Mac" McElwrath, S. S. Searcy, B. D. Dashiell, W. M. Davis, J. R. Challacombe, J. A. Childress, Dr. Rodney W. Bliss, The Hon. W. G. Davis, and W. H. Craven. A small series of Business Papers includes a application for writ of error that Graves' firm argued before the Texas Supreme Court in 1927, as well as various tax receipts and cancelled notes.


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Index Terms

Major Subjects
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law--History--Sources.
Graves, Ireland, 1885-1969 -- Archives.
Graves, Ireland, 1885-1969 -- Correspondence.
McElwrath Land & Cattle Company -- History -- Sources.
Law students -- Texas -- Austin -- Archives.
Law firms -- Texas -- Austin -- History.

Administrative Information

Cite As

Ireland Graves Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Gift of J. Chrys Dougherty, June 8, 2001.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Business Papers, 1914-1927

box folder
G128 11 Application for Writ of Error in the Supreme Court of Texas: Charles Terrell Bartlett v. Frederick Terrell, et al., 1927
12 Taxes (city, state, county, income), 1914-1917
13 Receipts, 1924
14 Cancelled notes, 1923-1925

Correspondence, 1905-1922, n.d.

box folder
G128 1 McElwrath Land &Cattle Co., n.d., Aug.1913- Sept.1913
2 McElwrath Land & Cattle Co., Oct. 1913- Jan. 1915
3 McElwrath Land & Cattle Co. - Timber file, 1914-1915, 1922
4 McElwrath Land & Cattle Co. - (Edwin F.) Swift Land purchase, 1913-1915
5 Pawnee Land & Lumber Co., 1915-1916
6 Building Contract - J. R. Morris, 1915-1917
7 General business correspondence, n.d., Nov. 1913- Nov. 1915
8 General business correspondence, Dec. 1915- Jan. 1916
9 General business correspondence, Feb. 1916- Sept. 1916
10 Personal correspondence, 1915-1916
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G129 6 Class notes , n.d. [1905-1908]
NOTE: Includes looseleaf pages and notebooks.

Law School Materials, 1882-1959, n.d.

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G129 1 Exams, quizzes, review exercises, 1903-1906
2 Exams, quizzes, review exercises, 1907-1908
3 Essay "America vs. Graft" manuscript and typescript drafts, n.d. [1905-1908]
4 Essay "America in the Council of Nations" typescript draft, n.d. [1905-1908]
5 Essay to "Honorable Judges - Gentleman" stating objections to the proposed amendment that only qualified property owners be allowed to vote, manuscript draft, n.d. [1905-1908]
7 Lectures on real estate by Judge Yancey Lewis, for the University of Texas Senior Law Classes, 1902
8 Petition to the Delta Chi Fraternity from the Texas Law Club of the University of Texas, 2 Jan. 1907
9 Notes from "Papa" to "Son" regarding human equality and the Declaration of Independence, 190_?
10 Notes and stories about UT football players and athletes for the 1908 Cactus yearbook, manuscript drafts, [1907-1908]
11 Notebook detailing photography of students and organizations for the 1908 Cactus yearbook, [1907-1908]
12 Expense book, bank book , [1904-1908?]
NOTE: Mostly blank; contain a few notes.
box folder
G130 1 N. A. Stedman (Graves' father-in-law) Law School notebooks, A & B, 1882-1903
NOTE: Several letters are interleaved between the pages of these books, addressed to Mr. Stedman, from 1897.
2 University of Texas School of Law "News Sheet", 1943-1945
NOTE: December 1943, February 1944, June 1944, October 1944, August 1945
3 General, mostly n.d., 1906, 1959
NOTE: Drafts of essays regarding the status of the University and the Law School, n.d.; a University of Texas Bible Study Group pamphlet, 1906; "The Dicta: The Voice of the Law Students," vol. 60, no. 3, Apr. 1959; a University of Texas envelope, n.d.

Publications, 1923, 1927

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"Legal Bibliography : Shepard's Citations" (New York: Frank Shepard Co., c1923), 1923
NOTE: SEPARATED and cataloged; now at Rare Books KF 245 R42 1923 c.2
"The Revolution of Public Utilities: Outline of Addresses at the School of Law, The University of Texas"/ by Nathaniel T. Guernsey (1927) , 1927
NOTE: SEPARATED and cataloged; now at Archives KF 2094.3 G8 1927