Congressional Collections

Materials in our congressional collections date from the 1930s to the present with an emphasis on government policy related to agriculture, civil rights, and military and veterans’ affairs. Collections also supplement coursework in history, political science, journalism and environmental studies, among others.

Papers, 1926-1992, 519 document boxes, 6 record boxes, and 4 oversize boxes, 223.42 linear ft.

John Dowdy represented Texas’ 7th Congressional District from 1952 to 1967 and Texas’ 2nd Congressional District from 1967 to 1973. Prior public serviced included district attorney in the 3rd Judicial District in East Texas.

Papers, 1991-2010, 221 document boxes, 130 record boxes, and 67 oversize boxes

Chet Edwards was first elected to the U. S. Congress to represent Texas’ 11th Congressional District in 1990, where he served until 2005; and then Texas’ 17th Congressional District from 2005 until 2010. Prior to his time in the U. S. Congress, Chet’s life of public service began in 1982 when he was elected the youngest Texas state senator when he was 31. Edwards served in the Texas senate until 1991.

Papers, 1935-1978, 290 linear ft.

O.C. Fisher represented Texas’ 21st Congressional District from 1942 until 1974. Fisher was a conservative Democrat that actively opposed big government, big spending, the New Deal, Fair Deal, New Frontier and the Great Society.

Papers, 1935-1953, 17 document boxes, 7 lin. ft.

Ed Lee Gossett represented Texas's 13th Congressional District beginning in 1939. In July 1951, Gossett resigned his congressional office and resumed private practice as the general attorney for the Texas Southwestern Bell Telephone Co., and also served as Judge of Criminal District Court in Dallas, Texas.

Papers, 1969-1985, 529 document boxes, 15 binder boxes, and 4 oversize boxes, 225.34 linear ft.

Sam B. Hall, Jr. began his congressional career in 1976 when he won a special election to replace Congressman Wright Patman who died while in office. Hall represented Texas’ 1st Congressional District from 1976-1984. A conservative Democrat, Hall was appointed as a federal district judge by President Ronald Reagan in 1985.

Papers, 1896-2013, 1000 linear ft. (currently being re-processed for entry into BARD)

Elected to the U. S. House of Representatives in 1974, Jack Hightower served Texas’ 13th Congressional District until he was defeated in 1984. He was elected to the Texas Supreme Court in 1988.

Papers, 1979-1991, 431 document boxes and 36 oversize boxes, 188.73 linear ft.

Marvin Leath succeeded Rep. Bob Poage and served Texas’ 11th Congressional District from 1979 until 1991. In 1991, he founded a DC-based consulting firm representing the interests of military contractors.

Congress Wright Patman
Papers, 1955-1976, 1 document, 0.417 linear ft. box

Patman served in the Texas State House of Representatives from 1924-1929, when he was elected as a Democrat to the 71st Congress. He served the 1st Congressional District from 1929 until his death on March 4, 1976. He was succeeded in office by Sam B. Hall.

Papers, 1944-1952, 6 document boxes, 2.5 linear ft.

Thomas A. Pickett was elected to the U. S. Congress in 1944 from Texas’ 7th Congressional District. Following his time in Congress Pickett served as vice-president of the National Coal Association (1952-1961) and the Association of American Railroads (1961-1968).

William Robert "Bob" Poage (1899-1987)
Papers, 1848-1994, 747 linear ft. (currently being re-processed for entry into BARD)

Bob Poage served as U. S. Representative from Texas’ 11th Congressional District from 1937 to 1978. His service coincided with an era of great influence for Texas and southern congressmen both on Capitol Hill and in the Democratic Party. Poage chaired the House Agriculture Committee from 1967 until 1974.

Papers, 1890-1912, 2 document boxes, 0.834 linear ft.

William R. Smith, Sr. was elected to the U. S. Congress in 1903 to represent Texas’ 16th Congressional District and served until 1917. Upon leaving Congress, President Wilson appointed Smith U. S. District Judge for the Western District of Texas.

Papers, 1972-1976, 195 document boxes and 3 oversize boxes, 82.07 linear ft.

Alan Steelman was a U. S. Congressman from Texas’ 5th Congressional District, serving from 1973-1976. At age 29, he was the youngest member of Congress. TIME magazine listed him among the "200 Emerging Young National Leaders" in their 1974 special issue. In 1976 he ran for the U.S. Senate as a Republican and lost.

Papers, 1931-1966, 96 document boxes and 8 oversize boxes

The Clark Thompson papers focus on his years of service in the United States House of Representatives for Texas District 7 and 9. The papers range from 1931 to 1966, but the bulk of the collection dates from 1959-1966, the last few years of Thompson's time in Washington.