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Martin A. Row Papers, 1766-1957 | SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

By Trent Shotwell

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Collection Overview

Title: Martin A. Row Papers, 1766-1957Add to your cart.

Predominant Dates:1900-1957

Extent: 9.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The correspondence in the collection is arranged in the order previously assigned.  The legal pamphlets are arranged by the court and district of their origination.

Subjects: Atlantic Refining Company, Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.), Padre Island (Tex.) - History, Railroad Commission of Texas, Submerged lands - Law and legislation - Texas, Sun Oil Company, Texas lawyers, Tide Water Associated Oil Company

Forms of Material: Gulf Region (Tex.) - Pictorial works, Row, Martin A. - Correspondence, Tide-waters - Law and legislation - Texas

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Martin A. Row Collection (1766-1957; nine boxes) contains materials belonging to attorney Martin A. Row.  The collection includes legal briefs and arguments concerning Sun Oil Company as well as Martin A. Row’s professional notes on Padre Island and photographs of the Texas coast.  The collection also contains Martin A. Row’s personal books and a small amount of his professional correspondence concerning the Texas Tidelands case.

The Tidelands controversy between the United States and Texas involved submerged and coastal lands in the Gulf of Mexico.  The focus of the dispute was the royalties and leasing of the submerged lands of Texas and whether the rights belonged to the Federal government or the Texas government.

Collection Historical Note

Martin A. Row (1901-1995) was employed by Sun Oil Company as a land man in 1924.  After finishing his law education in 1930, he was assigned to the Southwest division’s legal department.  Row was Sun Oil Company’s lead lawyer in the Texas Tidelands case in the late 1940s and early 1950s.

Martin Row was married and he and his wife had one son.  In early July of 1952 Mrs. Row passed away in Dallas, Texas.  By 1960, Martin was special counsel for domestic regulatory and natural gas matters.  He then became special counsel for foreign production operations in 1961.  Martin A. Row retired from Sun Oil Company in 1966.

Subject/Index Terms

Atlantic Refining Company
Humble Oil and Refining Company (Incorporated in Tex.)
Padre Island (Tex.) - History
Railroad Commission of Texas
Submerged lands - Law and legislation - Texas
Sun Oil Company
Texas lawyers
Tide Water Associated Oil Company

Administrative Information

Repository: SHSU Special Collections & University Archives

Use Restrictions:

The materials represented in this finding aid have been made available for research, teaching and private use. For these purposes, you may reproduce (print, make photocopies, or download) these items without prior permission on the condition that you provide proper attribution of the source in all copies.

Please contact the Newton Gresham Library's Special Collections and University Archives department to request permissions to reproduce materials for any other purpose, or to obtain information regarding the copyright status of a particular digital image, text, audio or video recording.

Preferred Citation: Martin A. Row Papers. SHSU Special Collections, Newton Gresham Library, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Martin A. Row Correspondence, 1950-1951Add to your cart.
Correspondence with the Attorney General of Texas and the United States Civil Service Commission
Folder 2: Martin A. Row Books Listing, no dateAdd to your cart.
Two copies of a printed listing concerning Books of the Estate of Martin A. Row
Folder 3: Texas Tidelands Case US vs. State of Texas, circa 1946Add to your cart.
Original and copy of Brief of Amicus Curiae
Folder 4: The Annexation Agreement between The United States and Texas, 1949Add to your cart.
Hearing on Texas Tidelands
Folder 5: Report on the Military Reconnaissance of Laguna Madre, by Lieutenant Geo. G. Meade, 1949 July 20Add to your cart.
Includes National Archives Certificate.  Photocopied September of 1949, Sun Oil Company, Dallas, TX
Folder 6: Club Heirs Claim Memo and Affidavit, 1948, March 1; no dateAdd to your cart.
Claim and Affidavit concerning Padre Island
Folder 7: Padre Island Materials, 1859-1949Add to your cart.
Includes correspondence, deed translations, notes, Texas vs. Alberto Balli Et Al court case, Las Moats De La Barreta Grant to D. Leonardo Salinas translation, and copy of letter in General Land office on Padre Island
Folder 8: Corpus Christi Caller Times article on Padre Island [OV], 1950 February 19Add to your cart.
Article on Padre Island's history
Folder 9: Martin A. Row Professional Notes on Padre Island, 1766-1941; no dateAdd to your cart.
Handwritten notes on Padre Island, typed articles on Padre Island
Folder 10: Padre Island Photos [OV], no dateAdd to your cart.
Five photographs used in Tidelands case before the Supreme Court
Folder 11: Map of a Part of Laguna Madre in Kenedy and Kleberg Counties [OV], 1949 May 13Add to your cart.
Texas General Land Office
Folder 12: Map of the State of Texas [OV], 1951Add to your cart.
Texas General Land Office
Folder 13: Map of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics [OV], 1944 DecemberAdd to your cart.
National Geographic Magazine
Folder 14: Proceedings on the Padre Island Grant, 1949 April 13Add to your cart.
Original correspondence attached to copy of proceedings.  In original envelope
Folder 15: Padre Island Brief of Original Espediente, no dateAdd to your cart.
Translated article on nine lose sheets
Folder 16: Bob Moseley Christmas Greetings Drawings [OV], 1949-1951Add to your cart.
Drawings by John W. Thomason, J. Cismeros, and Reveau Bassett.  Includes three envelopes
Folder 17: The Hogg Foundation Reports, 1944 FebruaryAdd to your cart.
Includes Row correspondence from 1944
Folder 18: Two Revolutionary Opinions of the Supreme Court of Texas, circa 1946Add to your cart.
Two copies of small pamphlet concerning Trapp, et al v. Shell Oil Co., Inc., et al.
Folder 19: Tax Planning for Husbands and Wives, 1948 June 9Add to your cart.
Commerce Clearing House, Inc.
Folder 20: Committee for Economic Development Annual Report, 1953Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Tax Reduction Revenue Act of 1948, 1948Add to your cart.
Commerce Clearing House, Inc.
Folder 22: Taxes, National Security and Economic Growth, 1954 JanuaryAdd to your cart.
Committee for Economic Development
Folder 23: Managing The Federal Debt, 1954 SeptemberAdd to your cart.
Committee for Economic Development
Folder 24: Defense Against Recession, 1954 MarchAdd to your cart.
Committee for Economic Development

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