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James Earl Rudder '32 Collection

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James Earl Rudder '32 Collection, 1918-2001 | Cushing Library

By Aletha Andrew, Lyndsey Raney

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Collection Overview

Title: James Earl Rudder '32 Collection, 1918-2001Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1944 - 1970

ID: 02/

Creator: Rudder, James Earl (1910 - 1970)

Extent: 97.0 Boxes

Arrangement:

This collection is separated into 10 series:

 

Series 1. Early Life, 1918 - 1933.

Series 2. Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941.

Series 3. Military Service, 1941 - Apr. 1969.

Series 4. Brady, Texas, 1946 - 1959.

Series 5. Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1930 - 1959.

Series 6. Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970.

Series 7. Final Illness and Death, Feb. 2, 1970 - 1977.

Series 8. Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001.

Series 9. Awards and Ephemera.

        Series 10. Miscellaneous

 

Maps that originally arrived as part of this collection are stored seperately in mapcases, rather than being housed in boxes with the rest of the collection.

If there are any particular items you might be interested in during a visit, please contact Cushing Library in advance.

Online Catalog Terms

Names:

Rudder, James Earl

Rudder, Margaret

Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines)

Shivers, Allan

 

Organizations:

Texas General Land Office, Commissioner

Texas A&M University System, Office of the Chancellor

Texas A&M University, Office of the President

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States

 

Subjects:

World War II, 1939-1945

France

Normandy

Anniversaries

Texas Political Campaigns

College Administrators

Coaches

Aircraft Industry

 

Places:

Normandy, France

Brady, Texas

College Station, Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection spans the life of James Earl Rudder. The James Earl Rudder Papers (1918-2001 (bulk: 1944-1970)) are arranged into nine series, the first seven roughly corresponding to the chronology of James Earl Rudder's life, with an additional section devoted to materials collected mainly by his wife, Margaret Rudder, and a final one devoted to any memorabilia and awards received.  The collection includes materials from Rudder’s time in the service during WWII, clippings from newspapers, as well as posters, magazine issues, memorabilia, and Rudder’s awards.

 

 

 

Separated Materials

 

Items permanently loaned as of December 13, 2002 to the Texas A&M University Sam Houston Sanders Corps of Cadets Center for display purposes include:

• 1 Class A hat with field grade insignia

• 2 Fatigue caps, one soft, one barrel shaped rigid with MGen insignia

• 8 Field caps as follows:

• 1 with Major General insignia

• 1 with Brigardier General insignia

• 1 American Legion

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee Vice Chairman

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—National Security Committee Chairman, 1965-1966

• 1 VFW 4692 Life Member—National Security & Foreign Affairs Committee, 1960-1970

• 1 VFW Lodge 856—Texas

• 1 Set Major General Insignia, class A embroidered stars

Biographical Note

James Earl Rudder was born on May 6, 1910, in Eden, Texas. After graduating from high school in 1927, Rudder attended John Tarleton Agricultural College. In 1930 he transferred to Texas A & M College, graduating in 1932 with a B.S. in Industrial Education. Upon his graduation he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Infantry of the U. S. Army Reserves. Rudder served as a football coach and teacher for the high school in Brady, Tex., from 1933 to 1938. In 1937, he married Margaret Exa Williamson, who was also a teacher at the Brady High School. He coached football for John Tarleton College from 1938 until 1941, when he was called to active duty in the United States Army as a 1st Lieutenant.

During World War II, Rudder was stationed initially with the 2nd Infantry Division at Ft. Sam Houston, and later became a Battalion Executive Officer with the 83rd Infantry Division. In the summer of 1943, he organized the 2nd Ranger Battalion. On June 6, 1944, the Rangers landed at Pointe du Hoc, on the shore of Normandy, as a part of the Allied invasion of Europe, and scaled its 100-foot cliff.

After the war, Rudder returned to Brady where he became a rancher and businessman. Elected mayor of Brady in 1946, he held the post until 1952. Rudder later served as Vice President, Public and Labor Relations Counselor at Brady Aviation Corporation from 1952 to 1955.

During his tenure as mayor, Rudder developed important political connections in Texas, most notably with Governor Allan Shivers and then-State Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.  In January 1955, Rudder became the Commissioner of the General Land Office of the State of Texas and Chairman of the Veterans Land Board, to finish out a predecessor’s unfinished term.  Rudder won popular election to the post in 1956; he remained in office as Commissioner until he was appointed Vice President of Texas A&M on February 1, 1958. He became President of the university on July 1, 1959. Rudder's position as President was combined with the position of Chancellor for the Texas A&M University System on September 1, 1965. Rudder served as both President of Texas A&M University and the University System until his death.

James Earl Rudder died 23 Mar. 1970 and is buried in College Station, TX.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions: Restricted access to original videocassettes and 16mm films, for which duplicate copies have been made for patron use. Restricted access to very fragile wooden field map case, and audiocassettes, for which duplicates have not yet been made.

Use Restrictions: Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Physical Access Note: This collection is located in an off-site storage facility.  As such, any requests to view the collection must be made at least 3 business days in advance of the patron's visit.

Technical Access Note: Equipment to view casettes and films is available for use in the Cushing Memorial Library Reading Room.

Acquisition Source: Received from Margaret W. Rudder of Bryan, TX in October 2002.


Box and Folder Listing


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[Series 1: Early Life, 1918 - 1933],
[Series 2: Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941],
[Series 3: Military Service, 1941 - April 1969],
[Series 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 5: Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 6: Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970],
[Series 7: Final Illness and Death, 1970 - 1977],
[Series 8: Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001],
[Series 9: Awards and Ephemera, 1945 - 2001],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1957 -],
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Series 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding land, politics and former soldiers, copies of children’s birth certificates.  4 Dec. 1942- 30 May 1954.
Folder 2: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence for Lucy Williamson and W. W. Williamson.  17 May 1949- 6 April 1953.
Folder 3: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Pages from Rudder Appointment Books, 9 May 1951-1 Dec. 1952.
Folder 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Introduction speech by Rudder for Allan Shivers. June 21 (no year).
Folder 5: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Livestock bills, receipts for livestock and barn. Feb. 1947-March 1950.
Folder 6: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts. Feb. 1947-March 1950.
Folder 7: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Farm and auto invoices and receipts. April 1950-Dec. 1950.
Folder 8: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts.  April 1950-Dec. 1950.
Folder 9: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1951-Dec. 1951.
Folder 10: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1951-Dec. 1951.
Folder 11: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1951-Dec. 1951.
Folder 12: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1952-Dec. 1952.
Folder 13: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1952-Dec. 1952.
Folder 14: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and Invoices. Jan. 1952-Dec. 1952.
Folder 15: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts, Invoices, and Correspondence.  Jan. 1953-April 1953.
Folder 16: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts, Invoices, Correspondence, Insurance documents, Land documents.  March 1953-Feb. 1954.
Folder 17: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts, Invoices, Correspondence, Livestock contracts.  Undated.
Folder 18: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Insurance documentation and correspondence.  March 1, 1946-April 3, 1953.
Folder 19: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Stock certificates.  1927, 1948.
Folder 20: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Property/Household brochures, poll tax receipts, financial records, inventories, 3 composition notebooks.
Folder 21: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Copies of newspaper clippings: 1953-1957, article written by Gov. Allan Shivers: March 26, 1953.
Folder 22: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Anti-communist and other political literature, farm brochures, publications (1948-1959).
Folder 23: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Deer skin book mark from LBJ.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence.  2 April 1946-11 Dec. 1947.
Folder 2: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence. 5 Jan. 1948-31 Dec. 1948.
Folder 3: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding city business during term as mayor.  1 Jan. 1949-31 Dec. 1949.
Folder 5: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding city and personal business during time as mayor.  5 Jan. 1950-30 June 1950.
Folder 6: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding city and personal business during time as mayor.  3 July 1950-23 Dec. 1950.
Folder 7: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding city and personal business during time as mayor.  6 Jan. 1951-28 Dec. 1951.
Folder 8: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding city and personal business during time as mayor.  2 Jan. 1952-29 Nov. 1952.
Folder 9: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Political documents and correspondence regarding city and personal business during time as mayor.  5 Dec. 1951-30 June 1953.
Folder 10: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence to Federal government agencies, congress and Army Corp of Engineers.  29 March 1947-23 June 1952.
Folder 11: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence to and from Lyndon Johnson.  5 June 1948-7 Dec. 1950.
Folder 12: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding Federal government and Senator Lyndon Johnson.  20 Jan. 1951-24 March 1953.
Folder 13: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence to and from Governor Shivers regarding his campaign.  14 Feb. 1950-23 April 1953.
Folder 14: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Newspaper front page and water rates sheet.  8 April 1948-7 Sept. 1948.
Folder 15: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
City charter, other Texas information. Newsweek featuring LBJ.  1 March 1949-5 Dec. 1951.
Folder 16: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
City plan, charter proposal and inauguration program for Governor Shivers. 1948-1953.
Folder 17: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Resignation from Brady Aircraft company, other company correspondence.  22 Jan. 1954-16 March 1955.
Folder 18: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Receipts and invoices from Brady Aircraft Company.  11 Feb. 1954-8 April 1954
Folder 19: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
One notebook.  No date.
Folder 20: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
A brochure featuring Brady Aviation Company.  No Date.
Folder 21: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Correspondence regarding Rudder’s position on the board of public welfare.  8 Jan. 1953-12 Nov. 1954.
Folder 22: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Minutes from the State Board of Public Welfare.  17 Oct. 1952-5 Nov. 1954.
Folder 23: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Expenditure reports and other miscellaneous correspondence from State Board of Public Welfare.  Feb. 1953-20 Sept. 1954.
Folder 24: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Budget and audit information, other notes from State Board of Public Welfare.  Nov. 1952-8 Nov. 1954.
Folder 25: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Manual of services for State Board of Public Welfare.  1 Jan. 1952.
Folder 26: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Newspaper clipping regarding Rudder’s appointment to Board of Public Welfare.  9 Jan. 1953.
Folder 27: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Miscellaneous correspondence regarding farm and ranch business.  25 May 1954-3 Oct. 1960.
Folder 28: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
The Texas Department of Public Welfare laws and acts.  15 Jan. 1952-1 Sept. 1953.
Folder 29: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959Add to your cart.
Envelops sent to Gen. Rudder from Jan. 19, 1947 – July 12, 1957.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Early Life, 1918 - 1933],
[Series 2: Coaching and Teaching, 1933 - 1941],
[Series 3: Military Service, 1941 - April 1969],
[Series 4: Brady, TX, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 5: Commissioner of the General Land Office, 1946 - 1959],
[Series 6: Texas A&M University System, 1958 - 1970],
[Series 7: Final Illness and Death, 1970 - 1977],
[Series 8: Margaret Rudder, Mar. 22, 1942 - Oct. 24, 2001],
[Series 9: Awards and Ephemera, 1945 - 2001],
[Series 10: Miscellaneous, 1957 -],
[All]


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