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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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Gonzales Report
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Weekly public address from Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez to his constituents in Bexar County, Texas. In this program, Gonzalez addresses criticism that the 88th congress is inactive, comparing it to a busy housewife being asked what she did all day. In response, Gonzalez gives a detailed account of the legislative process, commenting on a universal draft bill, the Wheat Referendum and the Trade Expansion Act. Has opening with Gonzalez sitting at his desk while the sounds of the Bells of Congress are heard. Black and white picture with sound. Shipping label from KENS-TV lists film as item number 438-0028. Writing on leader reads "794, Gonzalez-334-O/C [open/close]."
Gubernatorial [Democratic Primary] Campaign Speech re: water policy
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Campaign advertisement for the July 24, 1954 Texas Democratic Primary. Yarborough talks about water supply and conservation problems in Texas, and outlines a three-point solution using a series of dams, based on a plan he implemented in Austin while serving on the Lower Colorado River Authority. Black and white picture with sound.
Jackie Kennedy Spanish Voting Spot
Source:Gonzalez (Henry B.) Collection
Spanish language voting spot featuring Jackie Kennedy
Kinescope of Allan Shivers during television appearance attacking Pres. Kennedy
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Film contains kinescoped footage from a speech by former Governor of Texas Allan Shivers on why Texas Democrats should not vote for the Kennedy-Johnson ticket, emphasizing that Kennedy is not from the same democratic party as the Texas audience's fathers and grandfathers. Shivers mentions Texas Representative Sam Rayburn, Oklahoma Senator Robert Samuel Kerr, Minnesota Senator Hubert Humphrey, Michigan Senator Patrick V. McNamara, President Harry S. Truman and his Secretary of State Dean Acheson. Also mentions the Americans for Democratic Action, the Southern Coalition, the oil industry and the Korean War. Kinescoped from a broadcast on San Antonio's WOAI-TV. Black and white picture with sound. Audio drops out to a very low volume during middle of recording, which was amplified for the access copy by Briscoe Center staff. The creator explains this problem in an included letter to John F. Kennedy: "The batteries and the amplifyer [sp] on one of the cameras used was bad, and for that reason at certain points during the film there will be a noticeable drop in the sound."
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Sam
Source:Sam Rayburn Papers
Documentary video on the career of Sam Rayburn
Orig Master Spot “C”, p-1252
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Raw footage of Jack Brooks and his family buckling their safety belts in a car and riding bicycles; followed by footage of trains with "Southern Pacific" logo. Color picture, no sound.
Ralph Yarborough 5 min [Campaign Film for 1964 Senate Race] #2
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Campaign film for Ralph Yarborough's 1964 senate race, with a testimonial from John F. Kennedy, who mentions Yarborough's action during 1961's Hurricane Carla and the September 28, 1962 establishment of the Padre Island National Seashore [This is a more complete version of the testimonial than is seen in dv_00078.] Yarborough mentions that Kennedy's footage was recorded for an October 1963 appreciation dinner in Yarborough's honor [covered in the book "Texas Salute: an appreciation dinner honoring United States Senator Ralph W. Yarborough"]. Black and white picture with sound. Dupont edge code reads "L," which relates to 1963.
Report "Mr. Speaker"
Source:Rayburn (Sam) Papers
In a produced news segment, Sam Rayburn gives a tour of his library, describing the origins of significant items, his goals for its use and also mentioning the loss of his sister, Lucinda Rayburn. He then gives an interview to reporter Eddie Barker, answering questions about changes in government, presidents he has worked with, the perfection of writing in the Constitution and Declaration of Independence, and the possibility of the Democratic and Republican parties changing to liberal vs. conservative. Black and white picture with sound.
Sen. Kilgore TV 1564
Source:Kilgore (Joe M.) Papers
Broadcaster reading current events for the holiday week in Washington. Mentions Texas Senator Joe M. Kilgore helping to reunite the [Glusiks?] family for Christmas, after hearing about their emigration plight from his son Robert Kilgore. Also mentions the Pageant of Peace celebration, Edward M. [Kerby?] and the Keith [Merrill?] Collection of Religious Art. Black and white negative picture with sound. Has punch hole for synchronization.
TMC Historical Resource, Frances Goff, Interview by Don Macon
Source:Goff (Frances) Papers
Title on video is "Video Profiles: An Interview with Frances Goff". Contains an in-depth interview with Goff recalling her personal and professional history, from working for Texas Governors W. Lee "Pappy" O'Daniel and Coke Stevenson to early fundraising and lifelong support for The M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. In a notable moment, Goff points out and comments on individual pictures of the members of the 1947 Texas Legislature, including Wardlow Lane, A.M. Aikin, Jr., Jim Taylor, Grady Hazlewood and Rudolph A. Weinert.