University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Dudley K. Woodward Papers, 1917-1968

Collection Summary

Creator: Woodward, Dudley Kezer, 1881-1967
Title: Dudley K. Woodward Papers
Dates: 1917-1968
Abstract: Correspondence and printed material document Dudley Woodward's time as Chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, as well as his public addresses, papers, and philanthropic work.
Size: .834 linear feet
Language: English
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

Dudley K. Woodward (1881–1967) was a prominent Dallas attorney and chairman of the Board of Regents of the University of Texas from 1944 to 1955. He graduated from the University of Texas in 1901 with a bachelor of liberal arts degree and earned his law degree at the University of Chicago Law School in 1907. As chairman, one of Woodward’s first actions was to oversee the firing of University president Homer P. Rainey during the academic freedom controversy of 1944. Woodward was also instrumental in the foundation of the ‘separate but equal’ law school of Texas State University for Negroes during the Sweatt v. Painter case. As President of the Ex-Students Association, in 1917, Woodward successfully worked against Governor James E. Ferguson’s attempt to defund the University system. He continued to work to separate the Permanent University Fund from the control of the Texas Legislature, and secure the financial future of the University of Texas system.

Contents of the Collection

Materials include correspondence relating to Woodward's time as chairman of the University of Texas Board of Regents, as well as personal correspondence with notable Texas figures. The collection includes speeches given by Woodward, as well as papers related to his work with the Dallas Historical Society and the Dallas Critic Club.


Access Restrictions


Use Restrictions

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Barker, Eugene
Battle, William J.
Bedichek, Roy
Bell, Laird
Black, Charles L.
Connally, John
Graves, Ireland
Hart, James P.
Hogg, Ima
Johnson, Lyndon Baine
Long, Walter E.
Moody, Dan
Paiter, Theophilus
Ransom, Harry H.
Sealy, Tom
Shivers, Allan
Wilson, Logan
Woodward, Dudley K.
Legislators -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Politics and politicians -- Texas
Texas. Legislature. Fifty-fourth Congress
Texas. Legislature. Thirty-fifth Congress
UT Administrative Council
UT -- Athletics and athletic facilities
UT Board of Regents
UT, History of
UT -- Legislation
UT -- Presidents
Woodward, Dudley K., Scholarship Fund
Austin, Texas
Dallas, Texas

Related Material

Related materials include the Woodward (Dudley Kezer, Jr.) Papers, 1930-1956 and Burdine (John Alton) Papers, 1900, 1925-1967 at the Briscoe Center for American History, and the archives, oral histories and published works relating to Sweatt v. Painter at the Briscoe Center for American History and the Tarlton Law Library Special Collections.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dudley K. Woodward Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Donated September 2015 by Litty Turner and Mary Lee Virden.

Processing Information

Processed by Kate Roden, Fall 2016.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Correspondence, 1917-1968

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1 1 Correspondence, Hines Baker 1956-1962
2 Correspondence, Eugene Barker 1944-1952
3 Correspondence, William J. Battle 1954
4 Coorrespondence, Roy Bedichek 1935-1959
5 Correspondence, Laird Bell 1932-1965
6 Correspondence, Charles L. Black 1917-1958
7 Correspondence, John Connally 1963
8 Correspondence, Ireland Graves 1947-1955
9 Correspondence, Helen Hargrave 1958
10 Correspondence, James P. Hart 1952-1956
11 Correspondence, Ima Hogg 1951-1955
12 Correspondence, Lyndon Baines Johnson 1953-1957
13 Correspondence, Walter E. Long 1958-1967
14 Correspondence, Dan Moody 1941-1958
15 Correspondence, Theophilus Painter 1952-1955
16 Correspondence, Edgar Perry 1941
17 Correspondence, Harry H. Ransom 1960-1962
18 Correspondence, Tom Sealy 1956-1957
19 Correspondence, Allan Shivers 1954
20 Correspondence, R.L. Thornton 1958-1959
21 Correspondence, Logan Wilson 1960
22 Correspondence, General University of Texas System Administration 1953-1958
23 Correspondence, Miscellaneous 1937-1963
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2 1 Materials re: Governor Ferguson University Defunding Affair 1917-1951
2 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Correspondence 1944
3 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Report of Special Committee to Draft Statement on University Administration 1944
4 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Public Statement by Faculty 1945
5 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Reasons of Dudley Woodward, Chairman of the Board of Regents, for Voting Against the Election of Dr. Homer P. Rainey as President of the University of Texas 1945
6 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Statement of Policies and Principles Adopted by the Board of Regents 1945
7 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Hearing of Tenure Rule before Regents, Presented by Dudley Woodward 1949
8 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Woodward Address before Conference of Academic Deans 1949
9 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, The University of Texas and The Issue, J. Evetts Haley pamphlet Undated
10 Materials re: Rainey Academic Freedom Controversy, Newspaper Clippings Undated
11 Materials re: University of Texas Loyalty Oath 1951-1952
12 Materials re: University Town and Gown Club 1942-1952
13 Addresses, Speeches made as Regent and Chairman of the Board of Regents 1944-1955
14 Addresses, ‘The Place of the University of Texas’ Undated
15 Addresses, ‘The Place of the Law School in the University of Texas and the State of Texas’ Undated
16 Addresses, ‘Developing a University from Good to Great' Undated
17 Addresses, M.D. Anderson Hospital Groundbreaking 1950
18 Addresses, Experimental Science Building Groundbreaking 1951
19 Addresses, Laying of the Cornerstone of the University of Texas 1952
20 Addresses, To Ex-Students of the University of Texas 1952
21 Addresses, ‘The One Millionth Volume’ 1952
22 Addresses, University of Houston Commencement Address 1952
23 Addresses, ‘On the Future of the University of Texas’ to the Railroad Lawyers Association 1949
24 Speeches given to the Critic Club 1952-1963
25 Photographs Undated
26 Newspaper Clippings Undated