Almost a year after the death of Judge Thomas, his office contacted Kent Keeth, Director of the Baylor Collections of Political Materials, concerning two boxes of papers. These two boxes were delivered to the BCPM in the Spring of 1997. The task of doing a preliminary inventory was assigned to Student Assistant, Ben Van Tang. He found that the papers consisted mostly of court opinions both civil and criminal, arranged by year. Because the court case numbers were not completely chronological, it was decided to arrange the opinions by date, separating the criminal case files from the court cases files as Judge Thomas had done.
A few biographical materials, articles, and handwritten notes are also included. These are boxed first, followed by the court opinions.