James Patrick Wiseman Papers, 1975-1998Add to your cart.

By Nicole Yatsonsky

Collection Overview

Title: James Patrick Wiseman Papers, 1975-1998Add to your cart.
Predominant Dates: 1981
ID: 01/ AR0910
Extent: 1.0 Boxes
Arrangement: This collection is arranged by type of material. Cases are listed alphabetically by Plantiff.
Languages: English


Documents and materials related to James Patrick Wiseman, a Texas civil rights lawyer.

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection contains court case briefs fought by James (J.) Patrick Wiseman, a civil rights lawyer from Texas. The cases cover issues related to the LGBT community on college campuses, as well as students right to protest and prisoner rights when held in jail. There is also a photo of Wiseman and a VHS tape dated from his death in February of 1998.

Collection Historical Note

J. Patrick Wiseman was an attorney who won several cases that expanded civil rights in the United States, particularly of focus to the LGBT community. Wiseman was known for accepting unpopular cases, including one in 1982 that forced his alma mater, Texas University, to accept a student gay rights organization. A year earlier, he won a decision that forced Texas Southern University to allow demonstrations by Iranian students. Wiseman was a former assistant Texas attorney general and a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Texas, which gave him its lifetime achievement award in 1997. Wiseman passed away in 1998 at the age of 49.

[Source: his obituary in The Frederick News Post, a Maryland-based newspaper]

Subject/Index Terms

Access Information

Access Restrictions:

This collection is not restricted.

Use Restrictions:

Reproduction and publication of materials in this collection are subject to the policies of the UNT Special Collections department. Copyright restrictions may apply.

Physical Access Note:

This collection is stored off-site and requires a minimum of 24 hour notice prior to use.

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Administrative Information

Repository: Manuscripts
Accruals: 2018-046
Acquisition Source: Eric H. Nelson
Acquisition Method: Gift
Related Materials: The Texas Human Rights Foundation Collection
Preferred Citation: James Patrick Wiseman Papers, University of North Texas Special Collections


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