SUMNERS, Hatton William, 1875-1962

Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
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Baylor University
Baylor Collections of Political Materials
Waco, TX
Papers: ca. 1828-1896, 114 items.
The papers include correspondence, personal items, photographs, and Kate Davis papers. The correspondence is of special interest in showing the close relationship between Hatton Sumners, his sister Kate, and their mother. The Personal series represents a hodgepodge of items that Hatton Sumners saved, including articles, financial and legal materials, a biography, a campaign card, invitations, itineraries, a member Pass, postcards, and speeches. There are approximately fifty photographs representing the Sumners family as well as significant events in Congressman Sumners’s life. They include two early studio portraits taken before Hatton Sumners became a public figure, a couple of official congressional portraits, several special events photos, and numerous candid snapshots of relatives. The majority of items in the Kate Sumners series are letters between her and her husband, Willis, written shortly after their marriage in 1917.

Dallas Historical Society
Dallas, TX
Papers: ca. 1826-1980 (chiefly 1912-1946). 78 feet.
Personal, business, and congressional papers and correspondence, including photographs, portraits, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Finding aid in repository.

Oral History: In the Judge Elmore Whitehurst Interview, 1973, amount unknown.
Subjects covered in the interview conducted on May 9, 1973, include Hatton Sumners.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: 1935-1938, 1 item.
Comprising a bound volume of photocopied correspondence, memoranda, and a legislative bill, the Hatton W. Sumners Papers, 1935-1938, chronicle Sumner’s activities as chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary. Correspondence and memoranda from President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Secretary to the President M .H. McIntyre, among others, concern the court-packing plan of 1937. Additionally, the collection contains a copy of a proposed bill on railroad reorganization. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.