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Margaret A. Chamberlain Papers

Identifier: AC-584

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains both personal and legal papers of Margaret A. Chamberlain during her life in Beaumont, Texas. Her personal papers contain letters and correspondence, photographs, political certificates and awards, artifacts, journals, address books, vital records and papers on Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The legal papers contain court cases and notes from the Supreme Court of Texas, United States District Court of the Eastern District of Texas, United States Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


  • Creation: 1997-2011


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Access Restrictions

Folders containing personal identification, medical and vital records are restricted. See the archivist for more details.


The Tyrrell Historical Library holds copyright for papers created by Margaret A. Chamberlain. Exceptions include published works, for which copyright is retained by the creators and/or publishers. The researcher must secure permission to publish. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the Tyrrell Historical Library. The researcher assumes full responsibility for complying with copyright, literary property rights, and libel laws.

Biographical Note

Margaret Ann Payne Thomas DeLashmit Chamberlain was born on December 16, 1923, in Claremore, Oklahoma. She married Jess B. Thomas on January 18, 1940, in Las Vegas, Nevada. They had three children, Paul M. Thomas, born December 16, 1944, Sherry Ellen Thomas Wetzbarger, born March 24, 1948, and Deborah Gayle Erin Thomas Williams, born November 24, 1949. She divorced Jess Thomas in 1953. She then married Floyd DeLashmit in Yuma, Arizona, and then later divorced him in California during the 1950's. They had no children. Lastly she had a common law marriage to Charles E. Chamberlain of Reno, Nevada, and then dissolved the relationship during the 1960's. This marriage also produced no children.

Margaret graduated from high school in Claremore, Oklahoma. Later in life, she went to Sawyers Business College in California, then to Glendale College of Law in Glendale, California, where she received her B.S.L. degree in 1972. Margaret then went to Van Norman/L.A. College of Law in Los Angeles, California, where she received her J.D. degree in 1973. She worked for the following firms in California: Robert L. Meyer, Attorney at Law, Los Angeles; Caidin, Kalman, Hartman & Sampson, Beverly Hills; and McKiernan, Blatt & May, A Law Corporation, Los Angeles. Margaret then worked for the next twelve years as an independent legal consultant in Sherman Oaks, California. She also resided for two years in Alexandria, Virginia, where she was active with the National Republican Party, the Senate and the White House. Margaret belonged to the following professional organizations: Nu Beta Epsilon, National Paralegal Association, the National Association of Female Executives, and the Southeast Texas Association of Legal Assistants.

After an earthquake destroyed her home in Northridge, California, in 1994, she moved to Beaumont, Texas, to live with her sister, Virginia Sue Reimers. In Beaumont, she retired from the legal profession and pursued her interests in antiques, collectible china, costume jewelry, and cosmetics. However, she still pursued her legal interests; most notable were her law suits against International House of Pancakes (IHOP), Social Security, and General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC). The GMAC case went to the Supreme Court of the United States. For a brief time she was Sales Associate for Pre-Paid Legal Insurance. Margaret sang with the Volunteer Voices, which is a group that went to area retirement centers and sang songs from the 1920's through the 1950's. Also, she partnered with David Worsham to have travelling sales for the residents of the area retirement homes. In Beaumont she also lived with Josephine Clark, Ruby Bardsley, Emma Ellis, and then at the Hotel Beaumont. Margaret's last act of litigation was against the Hotel Beaumont for wrongful eviction. The law suit never materialized as the Hotel Beaumont went bankrupt. Her health declined and she was put in care of Harbor Hospice, and subsequently died on November 24, 2011, at Jefferson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Beaumont. Margaret's ashes are interred at Haven of Rest Cemetery, Beaumont, Texas.


2.75 Cubic Feet (2.75 cubic feet and 3 linear feet)


This collection contains the personal and legal papers, and artifacts of Margaret A. Chamberlain during her life in Beaumont, Texas.

Organization of Collection

The collection is contained in four boxes. In Box 1, the folders are arranged alphabetically. In Box 2, the folders are in chronological order. In Boxes 3 and 4, the items are laid in randomly. The collection also contains a large, oversized certificate and a wooden plaque.

Acquisition Information

Donated by David S. Worsham, 2013 July.


No further accruals are expected.

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Processing Information

Processed by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 September.

Finding aid revised and encoded by Tyrrell Historical Library staff, 2013 September.

Finding Aid for the Margaret A. Chamberlain Papers, 1997-2011
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Repository Details

Part of the Tyrrell Historical Library Archives Repository