Charles A. Spain

Director and Senior Fellow

Education: J.D. , Baylor Univ.; B.A., Rice Univ.

Awards: Captain William Driver Award (for best paper delivered at the scientific program of an annual meeting of the North American Vexillological Association-Association nord-américaine de vexillologie): “The Flags and Seals of Texas” NAVA 25, Minneapolis, Minn. (1991).

Honors: Fellow, Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques; Whitney Smith Fellow, The Flag Research Center.

Selected Works: The Flags and Seals of Texas, 3 Flag Rsrch. Q. 1 (Aug. 2016); Who Designed the Lone Star Flag?, 18 Heritage 16 (2000); The Flags and Seals of Texas, 33 So. Tex. L. Rev. 215 (1992);

JUSTICE CHARLES A. SPAIN is a justice of the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas at Houston. He is secretary-general emeritus of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques. Justice Spain served as the 13th president of the North American Vexillological Association-Association nord-américaine de vexillologie. He is secretary-treasurer of the Vexillological Association of the State of Texas, an overseer of The Trust for Vexillology, a fellow of the Fédération internationale des associations vexillologiques, and a Whitney Smith Fellow.

Justice Spain is a recipient of the Texas Award for Historic Preservation from the Texas Historical Commission for establishing standard designs for the state seal and Six Flags of Texas and served as chair of the Texas State Seal Advisory Committee to the Texas Secretary of State. He has written legislation that has been enacted by both the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress, including an act to include Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in the U.S. Flag Code.

“Like words, flags are representations of ideas,” said Justice Spain on the occasion of the transfer of the Center’s research collection to The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin. “The ever shrewd Napoleon recognized their power: ‘It is with these things that men are led.’”