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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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The Chancellor's Report [Governor Ann Richards Birthday Greeting]
Source:Goff (Frances) Papers
First two-and-a-half minutes of title program are recorded over with a birthday greeting to Frances Goff from Texas Governor Ann Richards. The remainder of the recording covers innovations in research at multiple University of Texas campuses.
The Mercury Project “Space”
Source:Brooks (Jack B.) Papers
Program on developments in Project Mercury, and problems of space travel for human beings, featuring an interview with Dr. and Navy Captain Charles F. Gell, of the Navy Medical Core and Special Assistance for Medical and Allied Sciences, Office of Naval Research. Features space suit, scale models, and photos of astronaut training. Black and white picture with sound. Eastman Kodak edge code reads "circle circle," which correlates to 1959. Writing on leader reads, "1690 Brooks 13-175."
The Sam Rayburn Library Dedication
Source:Sam Rayburn Papers
Narrated footage of the dedication ceremony for the Rayburn Library. Speakers at the dedication include Lyndon Johnson, Harry S. Truman, and Speaker Sam Rayburn. The dedication is followed by a narrated tour of the contents of the library. Color picture with sound. This is the most complete, highest-quality digitization of the event and film in our collection. It replaces di_02868, which was digitized from a VHS copy of the film, and dv_00148, which was digitized from our second best film source of the same event.
Yarborough 1-25-90 [Campaign Film for 1970 Senate Race; Composite]
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Campaign film for Ralph Yarborough's 1970 senate race against Lloyd Bentsen. Yarborough mentions the Cold War G.I. Bill, Padre Island Seashore Bill, and Bilingual Education Act, as well as his work on the Appropriations Committee and his commitment to peace and protection of the environment.  Color picture with sound. Composite version of sound and picture created by synchronizing punch holes in related files. Title taken from writing on leader of dv_00136.
[Outtakes for 1970 Senate Race Campaign Film]
Source:Yarborough (Ralph W.) Papers
Two takes of a campaign film for Ralph Yarborough's 1970 senate race against Lloyd Bentsen. Takes place in the same setting as dv_00138. Color picture, no sound.