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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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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.
Constituents and Office
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Footage of Brooks meeting with [constituents]. Color picture, no sound.
Daily Advertising for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
Video tape of three television ads done for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
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)."