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Collection Statement

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Bob Bullock began donating his papers and personal items to Baylor Collections of Political Materials in 1993. From 1993-1999, BCPM staff made approximately two trips a year to Austin to collect Bullock materials. All materials, including personal and campaign items, were picked up at the Lieutenant Governor's office, and came to the Lieutenant Governor's office from the different places Bullock kept his things, such as his campaign offices, home, and storage. BCPM staff began receiving items from Jan Bullock after Bullock's death in 1999, and several trips since that time were made to pick up items from Jan Bullock's house and storage unit. The Bullock Collection continues to receive donated gifts of items and materials that are added to the Collection as they arrive.

The majority of the Bullock Collection focuses on Bullock's service during his Comptroller and Lieutenant Governor years and consists of correspondence, public documents, news clippings, and notebooks. Bullock was an innovator and problem solver who took the Texas Comptroller's Office and completely overhauled it, turning it into one of the most efficient agencies in Texas. Some of Bullock's exploits became the stuff of legend, such as raids by his "Bullock Raiders" on businesses owing delinquent taxes. It was soon evident to everyone that Bullock meant business. Upon election to Lieutenant Governor, Bullock brought his style of politics to the Texas Senate and was successful in achieving important legislative reforms and actions. Known for his bipartisan spirit, Bob Bullock's only ruling guide was whether or not certain legislative actions were good for Texas. He did not want to hear that you were a Democrat or a Republican, only that you believed in Texas as he did. In Bullock's Comptroller and Lieutenant Governor records the political policies and workings of this masterful and legendary politician are preserved.

Bullock's Campaign materials are in the form of memorabilia, correspondence, endorsements, press releases, news clippings, notebooks, polls, opponents, and speeches and represent a wealth of insight into the growth and implementation of political campaigns. There are many other formats of materials in the Collection, such as cassette tapes, microfilm, video, CD Rom, political cartoons, and tape drives in the Media section.

The Personal Series also contains numerous awards, certificates, and plaques, photographs, correspondence, personal memorabilia, notebooks, and scrapbooks rounding out the personal side of a lifelong politician and Texas statesman.

Collectively totaling approximately 1150 linear feet of material, the Bullock Collection serves as a legacy to the state of Texas. Bob Bullock was a political legend, and was often quoted as saying, "Only death will end my love affair with Texas." In truth, this Collection and the countless ways in which it can teach and explain Texas politics and public policy in the last quarter of the twentieth century will only insure that Bullock's love affair with Texas will live on.