Baylor University Poage Library

Inventory


      Guide to the Papers of

THOMAS A. PICKETT

1946-1952

Box

File

Description

Years

1

1

Casework : Civilian & Veterans

1946-1952

 

 

Legislation : Foreign Affairs Committee

 

1

2

Foreign Assistance, general data

1949-1950

1

3

Foreign Assistance data

1951

1

4

Mutual Securities Act of 1951

 

 

 

Legislation : House Administration Committee

 

1

5

Steel Seizure Documents

 

 

 

Tom Pickett's Bill 1953

 

 

 

Legislation : Judiciary Committee

 

1

6

Railroad Reorganization

1946-1948

1

7

Railroad Reorganization Hearings

 

2

 

Legislation : Judiciary Committee

 

2

8

Tidelands Publications
• Truth about the Tidelands by Sheridan Downey, US Senator, CA, (CA: San Francisco, 1948).
• Quiet titles to Tidewater lands. Message from the President of the United States™Aug. 2, 1946.
• This can happen to any state: what the tidelands issue is all about by Fred N. Howser, Attn.. Gen. of CA. April 5, 1948.
State ownership of submerged lands: an answer to the Federal claims asserted in the "Tidelands" case of U.S. v. California. The National Association of Attorneys General. October 1, 1947.
• "The Tidelands Decision." Editorial. The San Antonio Light. June 30, 1947.
• State ownership of submerged coastal lands: argument of Attorney General Price Daniel of Texas in the Supreme Court of the United States. (1948).
• Motion for leave to file objections and objections to motion of United Sates of America for leave to file compliant. Price Daniel, Attorney General of Texas. October, 1948.
• State ownership of submerged lands: resolution adopted by the Texas State Democratic Convention. May 25, 1948.
• Supplemental memorandum of Louisiana in support of its objections to motion by the Federal government for leave to file a complaint against Louisiana. Bolivar E. Kemp, Jr., Attorney General, Louisiana. October 1948.
• Brief of Attorneys General in support of joint resolutions quieting titles of states to lands beneath tidewaters and navigable waters. Signed by 46 State Attorneys General. (1948)
• H.R. 5992. A Bill to confirm and establish the titles of the States to lands beneath navigable waters within State boundaries™ March 24/April 21, 1948.
• Statement of Price Daniel, Attorney General of Texas. Mimeographed, legal size, 10 pp. (1948).
• Texas Tidelands: a handbook for speakers and local Bar Committees. Prepared by State Bar of Texas, The Tidelands Committee. 1948.
• Texas Tidelands - " In trust for the people." By Price Daniel, Attorney General of Texas. Mimeographed. 7 pp.
• Memorandum RE Title to submerged coastal lands of the United States. S 1988 Report No. 417. Mimeographed, 11 pages. Includes History of Legislation and History of Litigation and 3 p. Interrogatory. (1947).
• Resolution of the State Bar of California. Dec. 1947.
• The Tidelands issue. To the members of the Texas Water Conservation Association. Special Bulletin, Jan. 2, 1948. Attached to copy of
• Threat of the Tidelands decision to Texas.: Radio address of Gov. Beauford H. Jester, Nov. 17, 1947.
• To all Texas lawyers. Letter from H. Grady Chandler, Pres. State Bar of Texas. Mimeographed, 1 p. Dec. 30, 1947. Attached is
• Memorandum to President Truman on State ownership of submerged lands. Presented by Sen. Tom Connally, Attn. Gen. Price Daniel and Robert Lee Bobbitt, Chairman, Special Tidelands Committee, State Bar of Texas. Mimeographed, 4 pp. (1947). Also attached is
• Analysis of U.S. vs California and need for congressional action. National Association of Attorneys General. Mimeographed, 3 pp. (1947)
• Statement of Beauford H. Jester, Gov. of Texas. Mimeographed, 14 pp. (1947).
• Far-reaching Federal-State controversy over Tidelands Oil: Pro and Con. Congressional Digest. Oct., 1948. pp. 229-256.
• Letter to Tom Pickett from Price Daniel RE Supreme Court decision in U.S. vs California. June 26, 1947. Reply from Pickett to Daniel, July 9, 1947 also sent to Gov. Beauford H. jester and Bascom Giles, Land Commissioner.

1947-1948

2

9

Tidelands general data
• Report to the People RE Tidelands by Tom Pickett. June 16, 1950.
• H. R. 180: A Bill, to confirm and establish the titles of the State to lands beneath navigable waters within State boundaries™Introduced by Mr. Gossett. Jan. 3, 1949.
• United States v. State of Texas: Tidelands Case. Texas Bar Journal. March 1949. Pp. 113f.
• Objections to motion for leave to file complaint by the United States against the State of Louisiana. Bolivar E. Kemp., Jr., Attorney General, Louisiana. October 1948.
• Motion for leave to file objections and objection to motion of United States of America for Leave to file complaint. Price Daniel, Attorney General, Texas. October 1948.
• The Tidelands decision of the Supreme Court in the Texas case. Congressional Record. June 26, 1950. P 9342f.

1949-1950

2

10

Tidelands
• Tidelands Vote. Editorial. St. Louis Globe-Democrat. May 17, 1952.
• To the Senate of the United States. Message of the President. Mimeographed, legal size, 6 p. May 29, 1952.
• Tidelands. Remarks of Ed Gossett. Mimeographed. Legal size, 5 p. (1952)
• Our Washington Newsletter by Cong. O. C. Fisher RE Tidelands Bill. Mimeographed, legal size. 2 p. (1952)
• Complaint. US District Court in and for the Southern District of California. Mimeographed, legal size, 8 p. Jan. 25, 1951.
• Texas warns you of a danger facing every state in the Union. Contains reprint of "The Big Grab: a series of nine articles on the Federal Government's plan to seize submerged oil lands from the States." By Allen Duckworth. Reprinted from The Dallas Morning News and twenty-four other newspapers. March 1951.
• U. S. Map. Federally owned lands. (1950)
• H. R. 4484: a bill to confirm and establish the titles of the States to lands beneath navigable waters within State boundaries™ June 15/July 12, 1951.
• Report to accompany H. R. 4484. July 12, 1951.
• Title to lands under navigable waters by Herbert H. Naujoks. Marquette Law Review. May, 1948, pp. 7f
• Analysis of Senate Judiciary committee public hearings involving the seizure of Tidelands. Mimeographed, 5 p. June 12, 1952.
• Song lyrics. "Sammy was her man"
• Votes by members & states on H. R. 4484. July 30, 1951
• President's outburst on the Tidelands. Editorial. Fort Worth Star-Telegram. May 20, 1952.
Various other articles and papers

1951-1952

2

 

General : Projects

 

2

11

Neches-Angelina, Dams A & B

 

2

12

Neches-Angelina, Blackburn Dam

1945-1950

2

13

Neches-Angelina, Blackburn Dam Correspondence

1951-1952

2

14

Neches-Angelina, McGee Bend Dam

1946-1949

2

15

Neches-Angelina, McGee Bend Dam Public works Commission

 

3

 

General Projects

 

 

 

 

 

3

16

Neches-Angelina, Rockland Dam 1945-1948

 

3

17

Sabine Neches Waterway

 

3

18

Rivers & Harbors - Sabine Neches Waterway Publicity

 

3

19

Rusk Blast Furnace

1945

3

20

Trinity River, General Correspondence

1946-1949

 

 

General Projects

 

4

21

Trinity River, bills & reports

1951-1952

4

22

Trinity River, Public Works Commission

1951-1952

4

23

Trinity River lower reaches

1948-1949

4

24-25

Trinity River, Upper Middle Cedar Creek Waterbed, Flood Control Work Plans

 

4

26

Trinity River Improvement Association, Benbrook Dam

 

5

 

Supplemental Materials November 2012
Donated by Helen Pickett Larsh

 

5

 

General

 

5

1

Texas Congressional Delegation, 90th Congress, 2nd Session
(pamphlet) Contains the vital statistics of Texans serving in
the U.S. Congress

1967-1968

5

 

Activity Reports

 

5

2

Five activity reports

1948

5

 

Campaigns : General

 

5

3

Legal papers pertaining to Moss A. Plunkett’s intention to
contest Pickett’s election to Congress Nov. 7, 1944.

1944-1945

 

3

Letter signed by C.A. McReynolds explaining Pickett’s early
return to DC

August 6, 1948

 

3

Letter to voters of the 7th District urging support of Pickett

July 18, 1950

5

 

Campaigns, Opposition

 

5

4

O.C. Fisher campaign pamphlet (21st District, Texas)

n.d.

4

Two political ads from Pickett refuting claims of Nat Patton

1944

4

“Pickett Exposes Holleman Distortion” (2 copies)

n.d.

4

Copy of “The A. J. May Letter”

July 29, 1944

4

Pickett refutes Patton’s claim that Pickett was supported by
the CIO

n.d.

4

Pickett questions Patton’s excuse for not voting on the Smith
-Connally Anti-Strike bill on Dec. 3, 1941

n.d.

4

Quotes from the Alto Herald and Groveton News newspapers
re Nat Patton

August 24, 1944

4

Pickett defends votes supporting the Taft-Hartley Act and
challenges Patton’s characterization of the Act as an
“infamous act” and a “slave-labor act”.

n.d.

5

 

Campaigns, Radio Reports

 

5

5

Typed radio speeches delivered by Rep. Tom Pickett

1948

5

 

Campaigns, Advertising/Press/Publicity

 

5

6

Numerous documents, leaflets, pamphlets, printing plates,
etc. that chronicle different aspects of Rep. Tom Pickett’s
campaign advertising and publicity.

1940s

5

 

Campaigns, Speeches

1944-1950

 

7

Six 3x5 notecards with talking points

 

 

7

23-page speech by Tom Pickett covering these topics: War,
Peace, The Armed Forces, The Returning Serviceman, Debt
and the Balanced Budget, The Plight of the Farmer,
Bureaucracy, and State’s Rights. (Some pages contain
handwritten notes)

1944

5

7

12-page speech (3 copies)

1950

7

22-page speech (Original and 2 copies)

 

7

“Format for Tom Pickett Speeches”

 

5

 

Correspondence

April 12, 1948- August 6, 1951

5

8

Numerous pieces of correspondence both to and from Tom
Pickett

 

5

 

Floor Statements

1950

5

9

“Cotton and Peanut Acreage Allotments”

March 29, 1050

9

“Progress Toward a Balanced Budget”

May 10, 1950

9

“Reduction of General Appropriation Bill”

June 12, 1950

9

“Presidential Veto of Kerr-Harris Amendment to the Natural
Gas Act of 1938”

May 15, 1950

9

“Federal-Aid Highway Act”

May 18. 1950

5

 

Press : News Releases

1948-1961

5

10

Biographical Sketch (6 copies)

 

10

“Tom Pickett”, single-page description of Congressional
service

 

10

“Pickett Works All Day And Every Day, Plus!” by McLellan
Smith, National Press Club, Washington, DC (3 pages)

 

10

News Release. Washington. Pickett praised for his stand
against “anti-Southern legislation sponsored by the
Republican Party (2 copies)

August 2, 1948

10

“Charges Effort To Stack Committee on St. Lawrence Seaway Vote”” Bill Carpenter at 6:05 P.M. over WGY (Schenectady, NY)

July 12, 1951

5

10

“Vote On St. Lawrence Project Pending In House Committee”
Carman Tubbi, The World at Noon, over WHVA-FM
(Poughkeepsie, NY) and the Rural Radio Network.

July 13, 1951

5

10

“Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Association” Press Release. Dr.
N. R. Danielian, Exec. VP of the Association accuses the
railroad, coal and utility lobbies of stalling a vote on the
Seaway resolution in the Public Works Committee in the
House of Representatives.

July 26, 1951

10

News Service, Association of American Railroads.
Announcement that Tom Pickett has been named a vice
president of the Association of American Railroads

March 3, 1961

5

 

Press : San Antonio Express, “Century Vault” letter

APR-MAY 1949

5

11

Copies of correspondence asking Rep. Tom Pickett, among
others, to provide a letter to be included in a “Century Vault”
in a new building built by the Express Publishing Co. to be
opened in 2049.

 

5

 

Topical : Civil Rights

 

5

12

“I Oppose the Civil Rights Program” Speech of Hon. Tom
Pickett of Texas in the House of Representatives (8 pages)

August 2, 1949

12

Typewritten copy of the above named speech (14 pages)

 

12

Undated letter from Tom Pickett that addresses the following
topics: Civil Rights, Income Tax Reduction, and Pensions for
Congressmen (3 pages)

 

5

 

Topical : Korean War/Communism

 

5

13

“Congressman Pickett States His Position On The Korean
War and Communism” [A two-page typewritten statement on
legal-size paper from Congressman Pickett].

 

5

 

Topical : Projects, Dams and Waterways

 

 

14

Statement by Congressman Tom Pickett concerning his
service as a member of the Public Works Committee of the
House. (A total of six pages are stapled together; however,
the actual statement is but 2-pages. The 1st and 4th pages
are originals with two exact copies, marked in RED with the
word COPY. The top page contains some handwritten
notations).

 

14

A one-page COPY of a statement, presumably by Rep.
Pickett, concerning his service on the Public Works
Committee.

 

5

 

Topical : Taft-Hartley Act

 

5

15

“Labor-Industry Disputes-The Taft-Hartley Act” [A one-page,
two-paragraph statement concerning Pickett’s support for
the Taft-Hartley Act]

 

5

 

Voting Record : Poll Voting and Box Tabulations

1944

5

16

“Box by Box Returns of Votes Cast In 7th Congressional
District In General Election Held On November 7, 1944”
Includes the following counties: Anderson, Cherokee, Grimes,
Henderson, Houston, Madison, Montgomery, Nacogdoches,
San Jacinto, Trinity, and Walker. (Handwritten notation in
top right corner of the first page states: “Polk Co. missing”)
(Handwritten notation in bottom right corner of the first
page: “Election 79th Cong./Personal”) [11-pages, legal-size
with two staples of top left and right]

 

16

“Official Vote Tabulation Certificate, Certifying the votes cast
in the FIRST DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY ELECTION July 22,
1944” For: Congressman, District NO. 7. [1-page] (This is an
official document signed by Charles E. Simons, Secretary of
the State Democratic Executive Committee on August 7,
1944. It gives a county-by-county vote total received by each
of the three Democrats that ran in the primary. Twelve
counties are listed and the vote totals were:
Nat Patton-16,313
Tom Pickett-19,665
Andrew Brannen-4,902

 


5

 

16

“TOM PICKETT for Congress Club, Palestine, Texas”
Official Vote Tabulation Certificate [11-pages] (Pages held
together by 2 rusty paper clips) Front page lists the 12
counties of Dist. No. 7 with the total votes received by each
of the three candidates in the Democratic primary-Pickett,
Patton & Brannen. There is not a date but the vote totals
correspond with those of the previous statement above.
Bottom of the first page reads: “Signed Charles E. Simons,
Secretary State Democratic Executive Committee (However,
the page is unsigned) The front page lists the following
counties: Anderson, Cherokee, Grimes, Henderson, Houston,
Madison, Montgomery, Nacogdoches, Polk, San Jacinto,
Trinity, & Walker. The pages that follow provide precinct-by-
precinct vote totals for each candidate within each county.
The order is as follows: Anderson, Grimes, Nacogdoches,
Cherokee, Madison, Montgomery, Polk, Houston, San
Jacinto, and Henderson (upside down). Missing are: Trinity
and Walker counties.

 

5

 

A/V : Photos

 

5

17

One 6x8 B&W photograph of Tom Pickett in torn manila
envelope. On back of photograph a label was fixed but has
been partially torn off.
NOTE: The outline of Pickett’s head is framed by a white
paint or similar substance. It has the appearance of White
Out or Liquid Paper.

Back is stamped twice with:

NEWS PRINT

NOT GUARANTEED PERMANENT

AND

Better Photographs From

University Studio

Guadalupe at 21st

Austin, Texas

 

5

 

Clippings : Newspapers & Magazines

1934-1952

5

18

Clippings I

 

5

19

Clippings II

 

5

20

Clippings III

 

 


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