Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-196

Back in June of this year, the Marketing Department at SHSU highlighted one of our recently donated collections: the Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968. The collection was donated by faculty member Cutty Gilbert and her family and contains correspondence, pictures, and other ephemera from her grandfather Grover McCormick, Sr. who was a lawyer in Memphis, Tennessee.

McCormick argued before the Supreme Court in Ashcraft v. Tennessee which dealt with self-incrimination and laid the foundation for Miranda v. Arizona and the establishment of Miranda Rights. McCormick was also the lawyer for Jerry Lee Lewis during his marriage to 13 year old Myra Gale Brown.

If you are interested in the Grover McCormick Papers, take a look at this wonderful video that the Marketing Department made for us about the donation of the collection and check out the accompanying article.

If you want to know exactly what is in the collection, click here for the finding aid: Grover McCormick, Sr. Papers, 1886-1968

Martin A. Row Collection

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Area of land that was part of the Tidelands controversy

Martin A. Row (1901-1995) was employed by Sun Oil Company as a land man in 1924.  After finishing his law education in 1930, he was assigned to the Southwest division’s legal department.  Row was Sun Oil Company’s lead lawyer in the Texas Tidelands case in the late 1940s and early 1950s. By 1960, Martin was special counsel for domestic regulatory and natural gas matters.  He then became special counsel for foreign production operations in 1961.  Martin A. Row retired from Sun Oil Company in 1966.

The Martin A. Row Collection (1766-1957; nine boxes) consists of documents, maps, pictures, articles, books, correspondence, and legal pamphlets belonging to Attorney Martin A. Row.  The collection includes legal briefs and arguments concerning Sun Oil Company as well as Martin A. Row’s professional notes on Padre Island and photographs of the Texas coast.  The collection also contains Martin A. Row’s personal books and a small amount of his professional correspondence concerning the Texas Tidelands case.

The Tidelands controversy between the United States and Texas involved submerged and coastal lands in the Gulf of Mexico.  The focus of the dispute was the royalties and leasing of the submerged lands of Texas and whether the rights belonged to the Federal government or the Texas government.

View a detailed finding aid of his collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.

Sexton Family Papers, 1844-1985


Franklin Barlow Sexton (1828-1900) was a successful lawyer, planter and member of the Texas Legislature in the 1850s. When the Civil War broke out, he served a time as a Confederate soldier before being selected as a representative of the Fourth Congressional District in the First Confederate House of Representatives. He served on various committees including: Commerce, War, Military and Tax. He was re-elected in August of 1863. This made him one of two Texans to have served on both terms of the Confederate Congress. After the war he relocated to San Augustin, Texas to continue  practicing law and served as attorney for the T. & P. Railway. His daughter, Loulie, married Harry F. Estill, a very popular and well-respected President of the Sam Houston State University who served in that office for 28 years.

The Sexton Family Papers comprises of correspondence, notes, business transactions and ephemera representing a part of the history of the life of Confederate Legislator, Franklin Barlow Sexton. The correspondence represents a wide range of personal and business communication. Some of the most common are in in regards to issues of deeds, receipts, requests for payment and memoranda. Newspaper clippings spanning a variety of topics, some of which are: agriculture, national defense, oil in Texas, poems and poets, churches and the history of Texas.

View a detailed finding aid of his collection at Sam Houston State University’s Archon page and see just what materials are in the collection.


Tuition record for the Marshall Masonic Female Institute where two of Franklin Sexton’s daughters attended school.