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Palmer Bradley Papers

Identifier: MSS 0075

Scope and Contents

The collection documents Bradley's involvement with the States' Rights movement from 1948 to 1950 and includes correspondence, printed materials, speeches, and clippings.


  • 1948-1956

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Palmer Bradley Papers must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Historical Note

Palmer Bradley, a partner in the Andrews, Kurth, Campbell, and Jones law firm and the founder of General Crude Oil Co., served as a delegate to the Democratic Convention in 1948. He left the convention in protest against Harry S. Truman's selection as the Democratic Presidential Nominee with 34 other southern delegates. These delegates and many of their Southern Democratic counterparts disagreed with Truman's goals of racial integration of the military and civil rights. Southern Democrats left the party and created the States' Rights Party which primarily supported racial segregation. Bradley became a leader of the new party in Texas.


1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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This collection is arranged into two series based on material type. Each series is then arranged chronologically.

I. States' Rights Party Correspondence II. States' Right Party Publications, Clippings, and Speeches

Acquisition Information

The Bradley Papers were transferred to the Houston Metropolitan Research Center from the Texas Gulf Coast Association in 1977.
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Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002