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J.W. Parker papers

Identifier: MS 0327
Finding aid note: Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Scope and Contents

The majority of the papers concern the case of Charles Walter Avery, a railroad employee represented by Parker vs. the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railway Company of Texas. Avery sued the railway company for negligence after a serious train accident in1898 caused him great injuries. Various documents relating to the case are contained in the collection, including: correspondence between Parke, witnesses, a stenographer, and Avery; summaries of petition; instructions to the jury; a list of witnesses; and Parker’s notes regarding the case.

Also included in the papers is an apparently unrelated document containing the sworn testimony of Josephine Lyons and her association with D.R. Beatty in 1913-1914.


  • Creation: 1898 - 1914


Access Restrictions

This material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Restrictions on Use

Permission to publish material from the J.W. Parker Papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Biographical Note

J.W. Parker was an attorney from Taylor, Texas who represented Charles Walter Avery in his case against the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company of Texas.


0.25 Linear Feet ( (2 folders))

Language of Materials



This collection contains legal documents, correspondence, and memoranda/research notes compiled by J.W. Parker, a lawyer from Taylor, Texas. The documents relate to the case of Charles W. Avery vs. Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Co., a case in which Parker represented Avery.

Acquisition Information

This collection was found in the library in 1953, according to Alice C. Dean.

Guide to the J. W. Parker papers, 1898-1914
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Repository Details

Part of the Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas Repository

Fondren Library MS-44, Rice University
6100 Main St.
Houston Texas 77005 USA