Congressional Staff & Other Collections

The Baylor Collections of Political Materials supplements its large, foundational holdings with separate but related collections. These materials help to fill in gaps in the historical record and provide perspective on a particular issue or time. Current topics include commodities, agriculture, and the role of congressional staffers in legislative history.

John E. Hogan (1925-2012)
Papers, 1967-1998, 11.3 linear ft.

In 1969 and 1975, Hogan served on the Minority Counsel, District of Columbia Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. From 1975-1979, he served on the Associate Minority Counsel, Committee on Agriculture. From 1979-1995, he served on the Minority Counsel, Committee on Agriculture.

From 2001-2002, Hogan served as Active Deputy Under Secretary, Food Safety and Inspection Service for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Papers, 1940-2018, 9 document boxes and 1 oversize box, 4 linear ft.

The Mattie Mae McKee papers consist of correspondence, photographs, and literary productions compiled by McKee while she worked as a congressional aide for five U.S. Representatives and Senators from 1968 to 1989. Most of the materials relate directly to her book published in 2014, In the Shadow of the Greats: From Texas' Square Roots to Capitol Hill's Inner Circle.

Hyde Murray (1930-2009)

Hyde Murray worked for the Office of General Counsel, U. S. Department of Agriculture, for 10 months in 1958 before he joined the staff of the House Committee on Agriculture. There he served more than 20 years as minority counsel on the House Agriculture Committee and almost a decade as counsel to the Minority Leader.

Papers, Inclusive: 1964-2009, Bulk: 1965-1993, 67 document and 4 three-ring binder boxes, 27.94 linear ft.

Fowler West became a staff assistant to Congressman W. R. Poage in 1963. From 1965 to 1969, he was on the professional staff of the House Committee on Agriculture. Then in 1969 and until 1971, he served as Congressman Poage's Chief of Staff.

In 1971, West returned to the House Committee on Agriculture as a staff consultant where he served as a legislative professional. He was promoted to Staff Director of the Committee in 1973 and served under Committee Chairmen W. R. Poage, 1973-1974; Thomas S. Foley, 1975-1980; and Kika de la Garza, 1981-1982.

President Ronald Reagan appointed Fowler West a Commissioner of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in 1982.