|Title:||Judge Sarah T. Hughes Papers, 1910-1982|
|Arrangement:||At the series level, the materials in this collection are arranged according to the subject matter and intellectual contents of the materials: 1) Personal Files; 2) Organization Files; 3) Political Files; and 4) Judicial Files. The collection is further divided into subseries (boxes) based on the type and/or content of the materials.|
Scope and Contents of the Materials
This collection consists of materials documenting the legal, political, judicial, and activist career of Sarah Tilghman Hughes (1896-1985) (see Collection Historical Note below for further biographical information).
The contents of the materials in the collection represent significant topics and events in Judge Hughes's career and lifetime, including her three terms (1931-1935) in the Texas House of Representatives (one of the first women elected to the state legislature following the passage of the 19th Amendment); her appointment in 1935 to the 14th District Court of Texas in Dallas (as the first female state district judge in Texas); her membership in and term (1950-1952) as President of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs; her appointment in 1961 to the U.S. District Court of the Northern District of Texas (as the first female federal district judge in Texas); the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and subsequent swearing-in of Lyndon B. Johnson as President (conducted by Judge Hughes); and Judge Hughes's involvement in various other issues including human rights, treatment of prisoners, women's rights, and female equality.
It should be noted that the bulk of the collection consists of files - including correspondence, minutes, notes, reports, publications, and other printed materials - documenting Judge Hughes's involvement in various organizations including the International, National, and Texas federations of the Business and Professional Women's Clubs, the Dallas Bar Association, the Dallas United Nations Association, the United Nations, and the World Peace Through Law Center.
The materials in the collection are largely textual, including correspondence, memoranda, typescripts, publications, speeches, court case papers, legal documents, notes, reports, travel itineraries, appointment books, meeting minutes and agendas, clippings, and related printed materials. Ephemera such as pamphlets, brochures, flyers, and certificates are also included. The collection contains several boxes of assorted photographs and portraits of Judge Hughes and other political figures, as well as photograph albums.
Collection Historical Note
Physical Access Note:
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The following sources provide additional information on Judge Sarah T. Hughes’s personal and professional life.
University of North Texas Libraries - Archives and Rare Books Department:
CONSTANCE DUDLEY PAPERS (AR0729) - http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=62&q=dudley
GWEN GRAUL PAPERS (AR0161) - http://findingaids.library.unt.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=58&q=graul
NORTH TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY ORAL HISTORY COLLECTION
Interview with Judge Sarah T. Hughes
15 January 1969
7 February 1969
28 February 1969
21 March 1969
11 April 1969
16 May 1969
27 May 1969
Interview with Judge Sarah T. Hughes
23 August 1979
|Preferred Citation:||Judge Sarah T. Hughes Collection, University of North Texas Archives and Rare Books|
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Contains a plaque, and whip.Barcode: 628252
Contains a bust of LBJ; bust of FDR; bust of George Washington; Beethoven bust; books of matches from the White House; silver bracelet; South Carolina Assication pen; spoon made of tin; and two Wing of Victory statues.Barcode: 628233
Contains a painting name plate; six plaques; and a Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce plaque from 1974.Barcode: 628242
Contains the following plaques: NASW Public Citizen of the Year; Zonta Service Award; Press Club of Dallas; Salvation Army; National Association of Social Workers; Southwest Central University Women's Association; Jaycees; and UN Dallas Association.Barcode: 628234
A small, wood chair with red fabric covering the front, seat, arm rests, and back.Barcode: 702928
A brown wood frame holds a white mat cut in three places to show a color print of Judge Hughes with Judge Barefoot Sanders; a drawing of Judge Hughes beside an image of Judge Sanders at the lectern during the dedication of the Judge Sarah T. Hughes Reading Room; a letter to Mr. James Johnson from Judge Barefoot Sanders thanking him for the drawing that Mr. Johnson made during the dedication cereemonies. The letter is dated September 12, 1996.Barcode: 702959
An oil painting of Judge Sarah T. Huges by Dorothy Barta. The painting is based on a phototgraph of Judge Hughes taken by Squire Haskins.Barcode: 708207