Brooks Hays Papers (MC H334p, H334s 423, 1164)
Table of Contents
from Brooks Hays Papers
MS H334p. ser 5 box 5 f 25
See the entry from the Biographical
Directory of the United States Congress.
In addition to his service in state and national politics, Hays was an active and devout Baptist, serving as the president of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1957 to 1959. He wrote four books: This World: A Christian's Workshop (1958), A Southern Moderate Speaks (1959), A Hotbed of Tranquility (1968), and Politics Is My Parish (1981).
First Accession. Brooks Hays donated his papers to the University of Arkansas Libraries in several increments between 1975 and 1978. These are considered the first accession, classified as MS H334p. 52 linear feet. Records, most of which date from 1915 to 1972, pertain to Hays's personal, familial, financial, professional, political, business, governmental, religious, education, socal, civic, and other activities and interests; to Marion Prather Hays; and specifically to the Little Rock school integration crisis of 1957-1958.
Second Accession. In 1982, following Brooks Hays's death, other materials were donated by Marion Steele Hays and Betty Hays Bell, his children. Those materials are described separately from the original collection as the Supplementary Papers, MS H334s 423. 41 linear feet
Third Accession. In 1992 Hays's widow, Marion Prather Hays, and William E. Bell of Washington, D. C., donated a third collection, described separately as Addenda, MC 1164. 3 linear feet.
Special Collections also holds copies of Addresses and Articles, 1969-1965, purchased from Wake Forest University in 1976.
92 containers (52 linear feet)
B. This is the online finding aid to the first accession of
the Brooks Hays Papers; it describes series and subseries
in the collection. A paper finding aid in the department describes
materials to the folder level. Separate finding aids describe
other materials received later. For further information about
the Brooks Hays materials in Special Collections, contact
The papers are arranged in eight series.
Series 1. Biographical, personal, and familial records.
Subseries 1. Family correspondence, 1896-1974.
Subseries 2. Records pertaining to Politics Is My Parish c. 1968-1973.
Subseries 3. Business and legal records, 1919 ... 1967.
Subseries 4. Miscellaneous personal and family records, c. 1911-1978.
Series 2. Records pertaining to pre-Congressional Career, 1922-1942.
Subseries 1. Records pertaining to work with Federal relief
Subseries 2. Records pertaining to gubernatorial campaigns, 1928, 1930
Subseries 3. Records pertaining to other political activities, 1922-1942
Subseries 4. Records pertaining to social welfare activities, 1934-1941
Series 3. Congressional files, 1942-1959.
Subseries 1. Records pertaining to tenure in Congress, 1942-1959
Subseries 2. Records pertaining to Congressional election, 1958
Series 4. Records pertaining to post-Congressional activities, 1959-1979.
Subseries 1. Records pertaining government employment, public
service organizations, foreign travel, academic posts, political
Subseries 2. Records pertaining to gubernatorial election campaign, 1966
Subseries 3. Records pertaining to Congressional election campaign, Fifth District of North Carolina, 1972
Subseries 4. Records pertaining to other activities, 1959-1978. Boxes 64-68
Series 5. Photographs.
Series 6. Speeches and speech materials, 1935 ... 1978.
Series 7. Records pertaining to church-related activities and to This World: A Christian's Workshop, c. 1952-1959.
Series 8. Miscellaneous records, c. 1919 ... 1979.