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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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Constituents and Office
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Footage of Brooks meeting with [constituents]. Color picture, no sound.
Flag Day
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Produced film documenting Flag Day ceremonies at the House of Representatives, with a speech by Jack Brooks, and a presentation dramatizing the history of the U.S. Flag in Pensacola, Florida. Color picture with sound.
Gonzales Report [Armando Rodriguez; Bilingual education]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez talks with educator Armando Rodriguez, the first director of the Mexican-American educational unit in the Office of Education, part of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Rodriguez outlines the purpose and functions of the unit and discusses bilingual education with Gonzalez, with a focus on training teachers and superintendents. Black and white picture, no sound. Writing on leader reads, ""Gonzalez, 14, 67."
Gonzales Report [Bracero Program; Communism in Mexico]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Gonzalez discusses an upcoming trip he will be taking with President Lyndon B. Johnson to meet with Adolfo López Mateos, president of Mexico. Gonzalez expresses his concern that Mexico could fall to communism, emphasizing Mexico's cultural identification with Europe, China and France. Also addresses his opposition to the Bracero Program and the importance of being present at roll calls. Has opening with Gonzales climbing the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building while the sounds of the Bells of Congress are heard. Black and white picture with sound. Sent from KENS-TV with "438-0318" written on the label. Writing on leader reads, "334, 0/6."
Gonzales Report [Civil Rights Act of 1964]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez talks about House debate on the forthcoming Civil Rights Bill [Civil Rights Act of 1964]. Features guest appearances from Rudy Esquivel, a San Antonio lawyer and member of the Texas Legislature, and Jake Jennings, of the Gates of Heaven Memorial Garden cemetery and Edward Munthis [sp?], president of Edgewood Independent School Board. Has opening with Gonzales climbing the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building while the sounds of the Bells of Congress are heard. Black and white picture with sound. There is a stamp on the film's box for Christmas 1963. Squealing mechanical sounds can occasionally be heard on the audio track. Film leader has a countdown from VPI.
Gonzales Report [Federal Flag Desecration Law; Javier Alva Orlandini]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez explains why he could not vote for the Federal Flag Desecration Law or a bill extending the draft. Also mentions upcoming legislation for extension of the federal debt ceiling. Features guest appearances from two members of the government of Peru, including Javier Alva Orlandini, representative of Lima and future president of Peru, and Javier Diez, representative of Arequipa and engineer. Gonzalez acknowledges WOAI-TV, KENS-TV and KWEX-TV for providing airtime, and mentions a remaining San Antonio VHF station [KONO-TV?] that does not provide airtime for his weekly reports. Black and white picture with sound. Label on box reads "2991." Writing on leader reads "2991, Gonzalez - English."
Gonzales Report [Guantanamo Bay Naval Base]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Presented as the second in a series of three, with continued discussion on "the cuban situation." Gonzalez states that the base has recently become an emotionally charged issue and provides an overview of the base and its history, emphasizing that the 1934 treaty gives the U.S. the right to use the base. He also talks about the implausibility of Cuba attacking the base. Black and white picture with sound. Leader reads, "Gonzales-705, 185-12 (English)."
Gonzales Report [HemisFair Preliminary Hearing]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this report, Gonzalez comments on a successful San Antonio River Authority hearing to test the feasibility of navigation of the San Antonio River, an early step in the HemisFair project. Gonzalez also talks about bipartisanship, a military pay increase and mentions the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base. Has opening with shot of United States and Texas state flag with the song "Happy Days Are Here Again" playing. Black and white picture with sound. Sent from KENS-TV with "000038-892" written on the label.
Gonzales Report [HemisFair; Fallout with Ralph W. Yarborough]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Gonzalez talks about constituents he has lost to redistricting, then thanks politicians who supported bills for HemisFair, and chastises Texas politicians who did not, specifically taking issue with amendments added to the bills by Ralph W. Yarborough. This contrasts with the camaraderie between Yarborough and Gonzalez in a previous report [e_hbg_0071]. Gonzalez acknowledges KENS-TV for being the only San Antonio station renewing his weekly address for the 90th Congress session, and mentions that he is entering his fifth year of service. Black and white picture with sound. Leader reads, "English 1651, 11, 60."
Gonzales Report [Inter-American Development Bank Bill; HemisFair; San Antonio]
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. Discusses hearings for the "Increased Participation by the United States in the Inter-American Development Bank" bill [H.R. 15364], which was co-sponsored by Gonzalez as part of his work for the Subcommittee on International Finance of the House Banking and Currency Committee. Outlines testimony from Father Daniel McClellan, who established credit unions in Peru, the Free Trade Union Movement and Henry Bagolian [sp] of the American & Foreign Power Co., Inc. and the Council for Latin America for Private Enterprise. Gonzalez also talks about HemisFair, San Antonio's role in cultural blending, and his pledge to bring prosperity to San Antonio. He acknowledges WOAI-TV, KENS-TV and KWEX-TV for providing airtime, and mentions that the program is recorded in the studio of the House of Representatives, and that he pays $350 a month to produce his television and radio reports. Also says that the guest for his next program will be Ambassador Sol M. Linowitz. Black and white picture with sound. Leader reads, "2532 Gonzalez."