By Ben Rogers, BCPM Director
WACO - In 1993, Lt. Gov. Bob Bullock began depositing his Texas state papers, campaign materials and personal papers in the Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) at Baylor University. The transfer of Bullock's documents was arranged in cooperation with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
When the Bullock Archive opens to researchers in the summer of 2004, a wealth of materials about Texas politics for the last quarter century will become available for the first time.
The archive includes Bullock's official records from 1972 to 1999 - correspondence with constituents, staff and state officials, public documents, news clippings and notebooks documenting his career in Texas politics. The campaign papers cover issues, opponents, polls, contributors, endorsements, press releases and speeches. Bullock also deposited personal records such as family scrapbooks, photo albums and personal memorabilia. The Bullock Archive contains 6,000 photographs, 200 videotapes and more than 600 framed photographs, awards and certificates. The entire collection includes more than 1,100 linear feet of materials.
Benna Ball, project director for the Bullock Archive, is personally processing much of the 1,150 linear feet of materials. Assisting her are two graduate students and three undergraduate students. In the past four years, they have transferred more than 70,000 files into acid-free folders and boxes. Graduate students have created a microfilm analysis database for 278 rolls of microfilm. The database will be shared with the state archives and five other schools, which also have the microfilm.
BCPM staff are also working on several digital projects including (1) converting Bullock videos to CDs for viewing on computers or web pages, (2) using a wide-format scanner to digitize the oversize materials, and (3) taking digital photographs to make research copies of framed materials.
Editorial cartoons chronicling the ups and downs of the Bullock years as comptroller provide a visual record of political ideas and concerns of the period. Bullock purchased the originals of many of these and had them copied and framed. One set of the cartoons was digitized by the BCPM and will be accessible from the library's Bullock web page: www.baylor.edu/Library/BCPM/Bullock/welcome.htm.
Of particular interest will be the family scrapbooks carefully photocopied and reconstructed for research use, videos documenting Bullock's eight years as lieutenant governor, news clipping notebooks from 1991-1999, bound volumes of press releases and speeches, photographs, and many documents not available on microfilm.
Possible research topics in the collection include the Texas tax laws (including Bullock's suggestion for a state income tax), colonias, criminal justice, economic development, the environment, gambling, health and human services, human rights, insurance, the state lottery, public education, redistricting, revenue, tort reform and transportation.
Interested researchers should contact Benna Ball at ext. 3767 or by e-mail, Benna_Ball@baylor.edu, after July 10 with questions and to make appointments for research interviews.