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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Notes

Publications

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Few Brewster Papers, 1915-1930



Collection Summary

Creator: Brewster, Few, 1889-1957
Title: Few Brewster Papers
Dates: 1915-1930
Abstract: This collection contains notes and publications relating to attorney and legal scholar Few Brewster’s professional work.
Size: 4 items
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

Few Brewster was born in Williamson County, Texas on May 10, 1889. As a student, Brewster attended Baylor University and Howard Payne College. He received his LL.M. in 1916 from the University of Texas School of Law.

Brewster’s legal career began in Temple, Texas, where we worked as an attorney from 1916 to 1929, except for a brief hiatus during which he served as a Second Lieutenant in the Infantry during World War I. He worked as county attorney for Bell County from 1919 to 1923 and as district attorney from 1923 until 1929, at which point he assumed the position of district judge of the 27th District. Brewster was appointed to the Texas Supreme Court Commission of Appeals in 1941. In 1945, he became an associate justice of the Texas Supreme Court following its expansion to nine seats, a position to which he won election in 1948, and reelection in 1954, and which he held until his 1957 retirement.

Brewster served as President of the Bell County Bar Association and held several positions within the Texas Bar Association, including head of the judicial section (1937-38), secretary (1938-39), and vice president (1939-40). When the Texas Bar Association evolved into the State Bar of Texas, Brewster became vice president in April 1940 and served as president from 1940-41.

In addition to his work as an attorney, Few Brewster was an active author of legal scholarship. Notable among his publications are Search and Seizure, a definitive manuscript on police power in prohibited liquor caes, and a Texas Bar Journal advocating for a racially integrated bar.

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Contents of the Collection

This collection contains notes and publications relating to Few Brewster’s professional work.

The first series in this collection is Notes. This series contains two volumes of notes taken by Few Brewster from lectures delivered by Robert Emmet Cofer.

The second series is Publications. Included in this series are Brewster’s seminal work on prohibited liquor cases, Search and Seizure, and an encyclopedia of legal disputes and cases.

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Arrangement of the Collection

Notes
Publications

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Brewster, Few, 1889-1957.
Subjects (Organizations)
Bell County Bar Association.
State Bar of Texas.
Texas Bar Association.
Texas Supreme Court.
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law.
Subjects
University of Texas at Austin. School of Law--Alumni.
Places
Austin (Tex.)
Bell County (Tex.)
Temple (Tex).

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Related Materials

See also Justices of Texas 1836-1986 digital exhibit, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Few Brewster Papers, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Processed by Katy Telling, 2018.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Notes

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1 Few Brewster’s notes taken from lectures by R. E. Cofer on the Texas Practice Act, Fall 1915
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2 “The Law of Pleading in Texas,” with notes from lectures by R. E. Cofer, taken by Few Brewster, 1916

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Publications

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3 “Prohibited Liquor: A Consideration of the Provisions of the Constitution and Statutes of the State of Texas Prohibiting Traffic in Designated Liquors, as Construed By the Court of Criminal Appeals,” and “Search and Seizure: An Outline of the Rule Applicable to the Exercise of This Extraordinary Police Power in Prohibited Liquor Cases, as Declared in the Constitution and Statutes of Texas and Exposed and Applied by the Court of Criminal Appeals,” with “Forms,” by Few Brewster, October 15, 1930
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4 Few Brewster’s Legal Encyclopedia, undated

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