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Congressional & Political

The Congressional and Political History Collections acquire, preserve, and make available for research archival materials for studies in congressional and state political history. The collections have a special focus on significant elected officials from Texas, including the Texas Congressional delegation, Texas governors, and House Speakers.

The Congressional History Collection contains papers relating to the careers of more than 50 former and present members of Congress, including House Speaker Sam Rayburn and House Speaker and Vice President John Nance Garner. Measuring more than 6,400 linear feet, the collection is one of the most extensive and significant in the United States.

The Political History Collection includes the papers of former Texas governors, from Sam Houston and James Stephen Hogg to Dolph Briscoe and Ann Richards. Many other local and state officials, state and federal employees, and media are also included. An important collection component is the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project, which includes interviews and information on 11 Speakers of the Texas House of Representatives.

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"Brooks Family"
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Produced campaign film, featuring Jack and Charlotte Brooks, and their children Jeb, Kate, and Kimberly Grace. Focuses on the Brooks' home, family life, and hobbies, with a short section of Jack Brooks commenting on the G.I. Bill and amnesty for citizens who avoided the draft. Title cards at the beginning and end of the program note that it is a "...political advertisement paid for by the committee to re-elect Jack Brooks." Color picture with sound.
"Dedication Ceremony of USAF School of Aerospace Medicine by President John F. Kennedy"
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Two-camera shoot of John F. Kennedy's dedication of the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine in San Antonio, Texas. Color picture with sound. Writing on leader reads, "E-1219-1, 6SAF-, 38339, R-1." Writing on outside of can: "School of Aerospace Medicine, Aerospace Medical Division AFSC, Brooks AFB, Texas. Title: Dedication of SAM Complex by President Kennedy, 63-016, Project: AF-Print 2."
1987 Brooks 12 D.S. [Report on Peace Corps, with guest Sargent Shriver]
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Report to voters, with Brooks interviewing Sargent Shriver, who talks about the Peace Corps, with a focus on workers and projects with Texas origins. Black and white negative picture with sound. Kodak edge code reads "circle square," which correlates to 1962.
5 Min. Campaign Film for 1964 Senate Race. Testimonials For [From] JFK and LBJ.
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Campaign film for Ralph Yarborough's 1964 senate race, with a short history of his career, testimonials from John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, and an appeal to voters from Yarborough. Kennedy mentions 1961's Hurricane Carla and the September 28, 1962 establishment of the Padre Island National Seashore [A more complete version of Kennedy's testimonial can be seen in dv_00140]. Includes footage of The University of Texas, Travis County Courthouse and the Texas State Capitol. Black and white picture with sound. Has synchronization punch hole.
7160 Brooks, Spot-1, 14 60
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Campaign ad, featuring Jack Brooks urging voters to register. Black and white negative picture with sound. Leader labels film as "Spot-2."
799 Brooks Positive
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Silent footage of Brooks campaigning, with Brooks standing at a podium with a "John Connally for Governor" sign. Film may also contain images of John Connally, Price Daniel, and Neville Colson. Black and white picture, no sound. Eastman Kodak edge code reads "circle square," which correlates to 1962. Writing on leader reads, "799 Brooks Positive."
Brooks Aus Puts [Campaign Ads]
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Campaign and public service ads featuring Jack Brooks. Color picture with sound.
CBS Sales Film Pt. 1
Source:Mickelson (Sig) Papers
Coverage of the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The 1952 and 1956 election nights are also included.
Cong. Kilgore, TV 2168
Source:Kilgore (Joe M.) Papers
Senator Joe Kilgore making a television address recognizing the growth of KGBT-TV's [Harlingen, Texas] signal strength from 50,000 to 100,000 watts, and connecting it to the economic growth of the United States. Black and white negative picture with sound. Has punch hole for synchronization.
Congressional Visit to Nav Base Gtmo [Guantanamo Bay Naval Base]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Footage of congressional members, including Gonzales, arriving by a Navy plane, greeting soldiers and being driven in Navy automobiles.