|The Alan Steelman Papers consist of correspondence and
miscellaneous governmental documents related to the Fifth Texas
Congressional District. Alan Steelman represented the fifth District from
1973 through 1976, the 93rd and 94th congresses.
The Fifth Congressional District encompasses most of the Dallas
Metropolitan area, specifically downtown Dallas and its eastern and
southern suburbs. It is a diverse district consisting of a broad spectrum
of constituents from the young professionals and middle to upper-middle
class northwest and eastern sectors to the predominantly blue-collar
suburbs of the western Dallas area.
Steelman Collection contains papers regarding many issues of the Dallas
area as well as state and national issues. A prominent issue reflected in
the collection is Steelman's opposition to making the Trinity River
navigable from Galveston Bay on the Texas Gulf Coast up to Dallas.
Having been elected to Congress in 1972, Steelman was a member of Congress as the Watergate scandal unfolded resulting in the move to impeach Richard Nixon. The papers include correspondence and other material relating to the scandal and its impact.