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Scope and Content


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.

Alan Steelman campaigningThe 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.

Alan Steelman campaigningThe 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.


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