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Lawrence Brooks Hays Supplementary Papers

Identifier: MS H334s 423

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, literary manuscripts, drafts and texts of speeches and articles, notes, clippings, business and legal documents, political campaign material, oral history transcripts, reports, minutes, press releases, brochures, newsletters, booklets, sound recordings, photographs, motion picture films (MP Film) and other material comprise the Brooks Hays Supplementary Papers.

The records pertain to many aspects of Brooks Hays' life and career (see Biographical History) including personal and family activities and interests; Brooks Hays' congressional career, specifically to the Little Rock school integration crisis of 1957-1958; to his post-congressional career, particularly to his participation in various clubs, councils, and conferences; also to his activities as a public speaker and lecturer, especially from 1970 to 1980; and to church related activities.


Sherman Adams

Carl Bert Albert

William Vollie Alexander, Jr.

Beryl Franklin Anthony, Jr.

Leslie Cornelius Arends

Harry Scott Ashmore

Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr.

Dale Leon Bumpers

Robert Carlyle Byrd

James Earl Carter

John Edgar Chenoweth

Robert Bruce Chipperfield

Frank Forrester Church

Thomas Campbell Clark

William J. Clinton

Frank Morey Coffin

James P. Coleman

John Sherman Cooper

Alan Cranston

Charles Coles Diggs

Henry Aldous Dixon

Thomas Francis Eagleton

Dwight David Eisenhower

Samuel James Ervin, Jr.

Gerald Rudolph Ford, Jr.

James William Fulbright

John Kenneth Galbraith

Ezekial Candler Gathings

Edith Green

Ralph Waldo Gwinn

Lee Herbert Hamilton

Adebert Steele Hays

Betty Brooks Hays (Bell)

Marion Prather Hays

Marion Steele Hays

Sarah Butler Hays

Chester Earl Holfield

Sarah Tilghman Hughes

Hubert Horatio Humphrey

Henry Martin Jackson

Jacob Koppel Javits

Leon Jaworski

Claudia Alta Taylor (Lady Bird) Johnson

Benjamin Everett Jordan

Edward Moore Kennedy

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Alfred Mossman Landon.

Karl Miles LeCompte

Nathan Freundenthal Leopold

Michael Joseph Mansfield

Eugene Joseph McCarthy

John William McCormack

George Stanley McGovern

Robert Strange McNamara

Francis Pickens Miller

John Joseph Moakley

Walter Fritz Mondale

Almer Stillwell Mike Monroney

Joseph Manuel Montoya

Frank Edwards Moss

Bill D. Moyers

Abraham Jacob Multer

Walter Mann Mumma

Edmund Sixtus Muskie

Gamel Abdel Nassar

Stephen Lybrook Neal

Richard Lewis Nueberger

Richard Milhous Nixon

Thomas Phillip (Tip) O'Niell, Jr.

Claude Denson Pepper

Charles Harting Percy

William Robert Poage

Charles Orlando Porter

David Hampton Pryor

Sam Taliaferro Rayburn

Ronald Reagan

Henry Schoellkopf Reuss

George Milton Rhodes

Abraham Alexander Ribicoff

Elliot Lee Richardson

Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller

Winthrop Rockefeller

Bayard Rustin

Ben Shahn

Margaret Chase Smith

John Cornelius Stennis

Adlai Ewing Stevenson

Roy Arthur Taylor

William R. Tolbert, Jr.

James William Trimble

Harry S. Truman

Jim Guy Tucker

Morris King Udall

Albert Conrad Ullman

Harrison Arlington Williams, Jr.

Ralph Webster Yarborough

Andrew Jackson Young, Jr.


  • Creation: 1894 - 1981


Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Access Restrictions Apply: Some files or items have been restricted and are not available for research use.

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

Conditions Governing Use

No Use Restrictions Apply.

No Interlibrary Loan.

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

Biographical / Historical

  • Aug. 9, 1898 Born in London, Arkansas, only child of Sarah Tabitha (Sallie) Butler Hays and Adelbert Steele Hays.
  • 1919 Graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B. A. degree.
  • Jan. 28, 1922 Married Marion Prather in Arkansas.
  • June 1922 Graduated from George Washington University Law School.
  • 1922 Helped campaign in father's unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in the Congressional Election, Fifth District, Arkansas
  • 1922-1925 Practiced law in Russellville with his father and another partner, A. B. Priddy.
  • Oct. 24, 1923 A daughter, Betty Brooks born in Russellville.
  • Mar. 25, 1925 A son, Marion Steele, born.
  • 1925-1927 Appointed Assistant State Attorney General. Served 2 years in Little Rock.
  • 1928 Candidate in Arkansas Gubernatorial Election. Ran second in the Democratic Primary.
  • 1928-1933 Practiced law in Little Rock with partner Bolon B. Turner.
  • 1930 Candidate in Arkansas Gubernatorial Election. Ran second in the Democratic Primary.
  • 1932-1939 Served as Democratic National Committee man for Arkansas.
  • 1932-1935 President of the Arkansas State Conference of Social Work.
  • 1933 Candidate to fill the unexpired term of Congressman Heartsill Ragon. Lost in a run-off of the Democratic Primary to D. D. Terry.
  • 1934 National Recovery Administration Labor Compliance Officer for Arkansas.
  • 1935 Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Resettlement Administration.
  • 1935-1937 Assistant Director of Rural Resettlement for the Farm Security Administration.
  • 1937-1942 Regional Attorney for the Farm Security Administration.
  • 1942-1958 Elected U. S. Congressman for the Fifth District of Arkansas; served 8 consecutive terms.
  • 1943 Member of the House Banking and Currencies Committee.
  • 1950 Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
  • 1955 U. S. Delegate to the United Nations.
  • 1957-1959 President of the Southern Baptist Convention for two consecutive terms.
  • 1958 This World: A Christian's Workshop published by Broadman Press, Nashville, Tenn.
  • Nov. 4, 1958 Lost Congressional Election to "Write-in candidate", Dr. Dale Alford.
  • 1959 A Southern Moderate Speaks published by University of North Carolina Press.
  • 1959-1961 Appointed Director of the Tennessee Valley Authority by President Eisenhower.
  • 1961 Appointed Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations by President Kennedy.
  • 1961-1963 Appointed Special Assistant to the President by President Kennedy.
  • 1963-1966 Retained as Counsel to the President by President Johnson.
  • 1963-1965 Arthur T. Vanderbilt, Professor of Public Affairs, Eagleton Institute, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • 1966 Candidate in the Democratic Primary of the Arkansas Gubernatorial Election, placed third.
  • 1966-1967 Visiting Professor of Government, Univeristy of Massachusetts, Amhert, Mass.
  • 1968 Hotbed of Tranquility published by Macmillian Co.
  • 1969-1972 Director, and later consultant, of the Ecumenical Institute, Wake-Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
  • 1970-1974 Chairman of the North Carolina Human Relations Council (formerly the Good Neighbor Council).
  • 1970 Co-founder of Former members of Congress, Inc.
  • 1972 Democratic candidate in the Congressional Election, Fifth District of North Carolina Lost to Republican incumbent Wilmer Mizell.
  • 1981 Politics Is My Parish published by the Louisiana State University Press, Baton Route, La.
  • Oct. 12, 1981 Brooks Hays died in his home in Chevy Chase Maryland.


46 Linear Feet (92 boxes and 11 items)


Arranged in 8 series:

  • Series 1. Biographical, Personal, and Family Records, 1894-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 1. Family Correspondence, 1894-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Biographical Works, 1959-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 3. Business and Legal Documents, 1916, 1925, 1940-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 4. Personal Correspondence, 1909-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 5. Miscellaneous Personal and Family Papers, 1913-1981
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 6. Honorary Degrees, Awards, Certificates, and Citations, 1943-1975
  • Series 1, Sub-Series 7. Scrapbooks, 1922-1979

  • Series 2. Records Pertaining to Pre-Congressional Career, 1920-1942

  • Series 3. Congressional Files, 1942-1959
  • Series 3, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Tenure in Congress, 1942-1959
  • Series 3, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Congressional Election. 1958

  • Series 4. Records Pertaining to Post-Congressional Activities, 1959-1981
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Government Employment and Academic Appointments, 1959-1980
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to the Arkansas Gubernatorial Election Campaign, 1966
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 3. Records Pertaining to the Congressional Election Campaign Fifth District of North Carolina, 1972
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 4. Records Pertaining to Former Members of Congress. Inc., 1970-1981
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 5. Pecords Pertaining to Public Service Organizations, and Political Interests and Activities, 1959-1981
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 6. Records Pertaining to the Dispensation of Brooks Hays' Papers and to Research Projects, 1964-1981
  • Series 4, Sub-Series 7. Records Pertaining to Social Clubs and Organizations of Personal Interest, 1957-1981

  • Series 5. Records Pertaining to Church Related Activities, 1941, 1956-1981
  • Series 5, Sub-Series 1. Records Pertaining to Baptist Church Activities, 1941, 1956-1981
  • Series 5, Sub-Series 2. Records Pertaining to Interfaith Activities, 1959-1981

  • Series 6. Photographs, Transparencies, and Negatives, circa 1900-1980

  • Series 7. Records Pertaining to Speeches and Written Works, 1923-1981
  • Series 7, Sub-Series 1. Correspondence, 1923-1980, n.d.
  • Series 7, Sub-Series 2. Programs and Related Material, 1922, 1937-1980
  • Series 7, Sub-Series 3. Texts and Drafts, 1936-1981, no date
  • Series 7, Sub-Series 4. Notes, 1942-1980
  • Series 7, Sub-Series 5. Collected Research Material

  • Series 8. Sound Recordings and Motion Picture Films, 1947-1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The Lawrence Brooks Hays Papers were donated to Special Collections by Marion Steele Hays and Betty Hays Bell in November 1982.

Processing Information

Processed by N.T.E.; completed May 1984.

Lawrence Brooks Hays Supplementary Papers
May 1984
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Department Repository

University of Arkansas Libraries
365 N. McIlroy Avenue
Fayetteville AR 72701 United States
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