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Lawrence Brooks Hays Papers

Identifier: MS H334p

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence, diaries, notes, literary manuscripts, reports, speeches, clippings, political campaign materials, academic records, business and legal documents, clippings, photographs, sound recordings and other materials pertaining to the life and career of Lawrence Brooks Hays, an Arkansas lawyer, politician, legislator, government official, educator, social worker, author, and civic and religious leader.

Records, most of which date from 1915 to 1972, pertain to Hays' personal, familial, financial, professional, political, business, governmental, religious, educational, social, civic and other activities and interests; to Marion Prather Hays; and, specifically, to the Little Rock, Arkansas school integration crisis of 1957-1958.

Correspondents include: Sherman Adams, Will Winton Alexander, Harry Scott Ashmore, Bernie Smade Babcock, Carl Edward Bailey, Thomas Harry Barton, Chester Bliss Bowles, George Casper Branner, John Tyler Caldwell, Hattie Wyatt Caraway, Clifford Philip Case, John Sherman Cooper, Margaret Truman Daniel, George Washington Donaghey, Paul Howard Douglas, John Foster Dulles, Dwight David Eisenhower, Clyde Taylor Ellis, Samuel James Ervin, Jr., James Aloysius Farley, Ralph Edward Flanders, James William Fulbright, John Clinton Futrall, Junius Marion Futrell, Ezekiel Candler Gathings, Nathan Green Gordon, Albert Arnold Gore, Billy Graham, Frank Porter Graham, Theodore Francis Green, Oren Harris, Willard Alvin Hawkins, Adelbert Steele Hays, Betty Brooks Hays, Marion Prather Hays, Marion Steele Hays, Sallie Butler Hays, Christian Archibald Herter, Harryette Morrison Hodges, John Edgar Hoover, Sarah Tilghman Hughes, Hubert Horatio Humphrey, Jr., Henderson Madison Jacoway, Jacob Koppel Javits, Lyndon Baines Johnson, Lewis Webster Jones, Carey Estes Kefauver, John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Robert Samuel Kerr, Robert Allen Leflar, John Little McClellan, John William McCormack, Edward Fitzgerald McFaddin, George Stanley McGovern, Thomas Chipman McRae, Alexander Copeland Millar, Francis Pickens Miller, John Elvis Miller, Henry Leland Mitchell, Joseph Manuel Montoya, Colter Hamilton Moses, Edward Roscoe Murrow, Edmund Sixtus Muskie, Herman Clarence Nixon, Richard Milhous Nixon, Thomas Phillip O'Neill, Jr., Frank Pace, Jr., Clyde Eber Palmer, Wright Patman, Hugh Baskin Patterson, Jr., Norman Vincent Peale, William Roy Penix, Jr., Claude Denson Pepper, Frances Perkins, Frederic Maxfield Pickens, William Robert Poage, Paul Aldermandt Porter, James Ormond Powell, David Hampton Pryor, Heartsill Ragon, Sam Taliaferro Rayburn, Augustus Caleb Remmel, Joseph Taylor Robinson, Winthrop Rockefeller, George Wilcken Romney, Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Meier Schlesinger, Jr., Hugh Doggett Scott, Jr., Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr., Upton Sinclair, John Jackson Sparkman, Harold Edward Stassen, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, Beloit Taylor, David Dickson Terry, Norman Thomas, Raymond Hoyt Thornton, Jr., James William Trimble, Harry S Truman, Dewitt Everett Tucker, Jr., Rexford Guy Tugwell, Bolon Bailey Turner, Stewart Lee Udall, Henry Agard Wallace, Julian Seesel Waterman, John Fenton Wells, Aubrey Willis Williams, Claude C. Williams.


  • Creation: circa 1844-1978
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1915-1972


Language of Materials

Materials are primarily in English

Access Information

Access to business records in Box 19 is restricted; Box 19 is not a separate physical box, but a designation given to folders that are stored in Boxes 93-94. Some items from Series 1, 3, 4, 6, and 8 have also been restricted, and are stored in Boxes 93-96.

Please call (479) 575-8444 or email at least two weeks in advance of your arrival to ensure availability of the materials.

Use Information

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Lawrence Brooks Hays (1898-1981) was an Arkansas lawyer, politician, legislator, government official, educator, social worker, author, and civic and religious leader who was born in London, Pope County, Arkansas; graduated from the University of Arkansas (1919) and George Washington University (1922); practiced law in Russellville (1922-1925) and in Little Rock (1928-1933), Arkansas; served as Assistant Arkansas Attorney General (1925-1927), Democratic National Committeeman for Arkansas (1932-1939), National Recovery Administration Labor Compliance Officer for Arkansas (1934), Assistant to the Administrator of Resettlement (1935) and Assistant Director of Rural Resettlement for the Farm Security Administration (1936-1942); who was a candidate for the Democratic party nomination for governor of Arkansas in 1928 and again in 1930, and who was also a candidate for nomination for election to the U.S. Congress in 1933; who represented the 5th Congressional District of Arkansas in the Congress from 1943 to 1959; who subsequently served as a Director of the Tennessee Valley Authority (1959-1960), as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations (1961), as Special Assistant (1961-196З) and subsequently as Counsel (1963-1966) to the President of the U.S.; who was President of the Arkansas State Conference of Social Work (1932-1935), United States delegate to the United Nations (1955), President of the Southern Baptist Convention (1957-1959), Arthur T. Vanderbilt Professor of Public Affairs at Rutgers University (1963-1965), Director of the Wake Forest University Ecumenical Institute (1969-1972), and Chairman of the North Carolina Human Relations Commission (1970-1974); who was again a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Governor of Arkansas (1966) and for election to the Congress from the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina (1972); and who co-founded, in 1970, the Former Members of Congress organization.


63.25 Linear Feet (109 boxes, 1 folder, and 28 broadsides)

Arrangement of the Papers

Arranged in 8 series:

  1. Series 1. Biographical, Personal, and Familial Records, 1896-1974
  2. Series 1, Sub-Series 1. Familial Correspondence, 1896-1974
  3. Series 1, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Politics Is My Parish, circa 1968-1973
  4. Series 1, Sub-Series 3. Business and Legal Records, 1919-1967
  5. Series 1, Sub-Series 4. Miscellaneous Personal and Family Records, circa 1911…1978
  6. Series 2. Records Pertaining to Pre-Congressional Career, 1922-1942
  7. Series 2, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Work With Federal Relief Agencies, 1935-1941
  8. Series 2, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Gubernatorial Election Campaigns, 1928, 1930
  9. Series 2, Sub-Series 3. Records Pertaining to Other Political Activities, 1922-1942
  10. Series 2, Sub-Series 4. Records Pertaining to Social Welfare Activities, 1934-1941
  11. Series 3. Congressional Files, 1942-1959
  12. Series 3, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Tenure in Congress, 1942-1959
  13. Series 3, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Congressional Election. 1958
  14. Series 4. Records Pertaining to Post-Congressional Activities, 1959-1979
  15. Series 4, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Government Employment, Public Service Organizations, Foreign Travel, Academic Posts, Political Interests, 1959-1979
  16. Series 4, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Gubernatorial Election Campaign, 1966
  17. Series 4, Sub-Series 3. Records Pertaining to Congressional Election Campaign, Fifth District of North Carolina, 1972
  18. Series 4, Sub-Series 4. Records Pertaining to Other Activities, 1959-1978
  19. Series 5. Photographs
  20. Series 6. Speeches and Speech Materials, 1935-1978
  21. Series 7. Records Pertaining to Church-Related Activities and to This World: A Christian's Workshop, cl952-1959
  22. Series 8. Miscellaneous Records, circa 1919-1979

Acquisition Information

The Lawrence Brooks Hays Papers were donated to Special Collections by Lawrence Brooks Hays in February, April-May, November-December 1975, April-May 1976, August-September, November 1977, and November 1978.

Processing Information

Processed by Samuel Sizer; completed April 1980.

Supplementary Index to Newspaper Articles From Hays' Collection Found on Microfilm

Arkansas Democrat (Little Rock, Ark.); "Arkansas Week at a Glance - Move Seen to Deny Seat to District in Congress," Dec. 21, 1958. Ed. Sec. p. 1
Film No. 55
Arkansas Gazette (Little Rock, Ark.); "To Continue Probe at the University/Faculty Instructed by Board of Trustees to Investigate Conditions. Evidence Is Transcribed. Board Leaves University But Will Seek to Improve Moral Conditions There, "Mar. 27, 1919, p. 1.; "Brooks Hays for Governor," quarter page advertisement, May 28, 1930, p. 3.; "Hays Has Lead of 1,352 With Terry Second," Sep. 13, 1933, p. 1.; "Robert Bailey, Floundering in Defeat, Resorts to 11th Hour Sneak Attack --," full page advertisement, July 26, 1942, p. 5.; "Board Runners Swap Charges in Rising Heat. One Group Called ‘The Karam Slate,' Another ‘Lie' Charged," Dec. 5, 1958, p. 1.; "Alford Names Carpenter as Secretary," Dec. 5, 1958, p. 1; "Hays and Coffin Report on Study of U. S, Canada," Dec. 22, 1958, pp. 1, 2, 3.
Film No. 17
The Courier-Democrat (Russellville, Ark.); "Demacrats [sic] to the Rescue," Oct. 7, 1920, p. 1
Film No. 1160
The Dardanelle Post-Dispatch (Dardanelle, Ark.) "Central Committee Canvasses Returns," Oct. 5, 1933, p. 1.; "Certification of Terry is Held Up by Court," Oct. 12, 1933, p. 1.; Editorial Column, Dec. 7, 1933, p. 1
Film No. 329
University Weekly (University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.); "Popular Campustry Course to be Amplified," Feb. 7, 1917.; "Razorback Staff is Working Hard," Oct. 25, 1917, p. 1.; "Razorback Debators Trim Texas Longhorns by Decision of 2 to 1," April 11, 1918, p. 1.; LH 1 A 7 A 75 "Hays Resigns From Weekly Staff," Jan. 9, 1919.; "The YMCA," Editorial, Jan. 16, 1919, p. 2.; Editorial, Feb. 13, 1919, p. 2.; Editorial, Feb. 27, 1919, p. 2.; "Six Men Chosen on Debating Team," Feb. 27, 1919, p. 1.; "Skull and Torch Pledges New Members," April 10, 1919, p. 1.; "Sigma Chi Gives Annual Dance." April 10, 1919, back page.; "Honor Societies at Convocation," April 17, 1919, p. 1.; "Pan. Greeks Hold Annual Banquet," April 17, 1919, p. 1.; "Arkansas Debaters Are Ready for Miss," April 24, 1919, p. 1.; Editorial Staff, May 1, 1919, p. 2.; "Skull and Torch Elects Officers," May 8, 1919, p. 1.; "Razorback Debating Team Brings Home Two Victories --," May 8, 1919, p. 1.; Editorial, Pi Kappa Edition of Weekly, May 8, 1919, p. 2.; LH 1 A 7 A 75 Editorial Staff, May 15, 1919, p. 2.; "Student Impersonators Entertain Large Audience at Stunt Night ....," May 22, 1919, p. 1.; Editorial Staff, May 22, 1919, p. 2.; "Commencement Program Has New Features…," June 5, 1919, p. 1
Film No. LH1 A7 A75
Lawrence Brooks Hays Papers
Samuel Sizer
April 1980
Language of description
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Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
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