Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection, 1967-2007



Descriptive Summary

Creator Davidson, Chandler
Title Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection
Dates: 1967-2007
Abstract: The Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection includes material related to Rice Sociology Professor Chandler Davidson’s research into the liberal political movement in Texas. Materials include audio cassette tapes of oral histories (some with transcriptions), correspondence, clippings, research notes, publications, and student research papers. Interviewees include Texas politicians Billie Carr, Ralph Yarborough, Bob Eckhardt, Walter Hall, Sam Rayburn, Margaret Carter, Allan Shivers, and others.
ID MS 259
Extent 6.75 linear feet (12 boxes)
Language Materials are in English.
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX

Historical Sketch

The Texas Politics Oral History Program originated from the research and teaching activities of Professor Chandler Davidson of the Sociology Department at Rice University. In conjunction with his research on the liberal political movement in Texas, he conducted a series of oral history interviews with individuals associated with this movement, a project funded through a National Endowment for the Humanities (N.E.H.) fellowship during the 1976-77 academic year. He also assembled a file (“Texas Rich”) of notes and newspaper clippings concerning ninety-nine individuals identified as “the richest Texas inhabitants” during the 1970s and 1980s, which became the basis for his book, Race and Class in Texas Politics, published by the Princeton University Press in 1990. In addition, he maintained office files consisting of oral histories, clippings, and related material also connected with his interest in the liberal movement (now organized as the Chandler Davidson Papers).


Scope and Contents

The Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection includes material related to Rice Sociology Professor Chandler Davidson’s research into the liberal political movement in Texas. Materials include audio cassette tapes of oral histories (some with transcriptions), correspondence, clippings, research notes, publications, and student research papers. Interviewees include Texas politicians Billie Carr, Ralph Yarborough, Bob Eckhardt, Walter Hall, Sam Rayburn, Margaret Carter, Allan Shivers, and others.

The physical bulk of the collection consists of the "Texas Rich" files (Series II), which are clippings and notes compiled by Chandler Davidson on individuals estimated to be the ninety-nine richest Texas inhabitants in the 1970s and 1980s.


 

Arrangement

Series I. Oral Histories, 1973-1984
Series II. “Texas Rich” newsclippings, 1969-1988
Series III: Chandler Davidson papers, 1967-1992

Restrictions

Access Restriction

This material is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Restrictions are those placed on oral histories by the person interviewed (if any), noted in individual folders.

Permission to publish from the Texas Politics Oral History Program collection must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Carr, Billie – correspondence
Eckhardt, Bob – correspondence
Eckhardt, Bob – interviews
Hall, Walter – interviews
Yarborough, Ralph – interviews
Carter, Margaret - interviews
Rayburn, Sam - interviews
LeRoy, Moses - interviews
Shivers, Alan - interviews
Subjects (Organizations)
Rice University - Sociology Dept.
Rice University - Texas Politics Oral History Project
Subjects
Democratic Party -- Texas
Political Liberalism -- Texas
Politicians -- interviews
Formats
Correspondence
Interviews
Newsclippings

Related Material

Billie Carr Papers, 1956-2002, MS 373, Woodson Research Center

Walter Gardner Hall Papers, 1923-1979, MS 280, Woodson Research Center

Frankie Carter Randolph Papers, 1858-1983, MS 372, Woodson Research Center

Albert Thomas Papers, 1937-1965, MS 262, Woodson Research Center


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection, 1967-1992, MS 259, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The original collection of Texas Politics Oral History material was received from Professor Chandler Davidson in 1976, with addenda received from Prof. Davidson in 1985, 1991, 1992, 1995, and July 3, 2003.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series I. Oral Histories, 1973-1984

box folder
1 1 Taped interview with Mrs. Carter Wesley and daughter, Mrs. Hand, by Chandler Davidson, July 9, 1973 (1 cassette)
2 Transcription of interview with Mrs. Wesley, Mrs. Hand, July 9, 1973
3 Taped interview with Margaret Carter by Chandler Davidson, Oct. 25, 1975 (2 cassettes)
4 Transcription of interview with Margaret Carter, Oct. 25, 1975
5 Transcription of interview with Maury Maverick, Jr., by Chandler Davidson, Oct. 27, 1975
6 Taped interview with Margaret Carter by Chandler Davidson, April 9, 1976 (2 cassettes, 2 copies)
7 Transcription of interview with Margaret Carter, Part II, April 9, 1976
8 Taped interview with Stuart Long by Chandler Davidson, June 3, 1976 (7 cassettes)
9 Transcription of interview with Stuart Long, June 3, 1976
10 Taped interview with Chris Dixie by Chandler Davidson, January 17, 1977 (2 reel-to-reel tapes)
11 Transcription of interview with Chris Dixie, January 17, 1977
12 Taped interview with Chris Dixie by Chandler Davidson, September 1984
box folder
2 1 Taped interview with Bob Eckhardt by Chandler Davidson, June 19, 1984 (2 cassettes)
2 Taped interview with Harry Hubbard by Chandler Davidson, August 1, 1984 (1 cassette)
3 Transcription of interview with Mark White by Chandler Davidson, June 11, 1987
4 Tape and transcription of interview with J. Edwin Smith by Chandler Davidson, December 1990
5 Transcription of interview with J. Edwin Smith by Chandler Davidson, March 2, 1994
6 Taped interview with J. Edwin Smith and Frankie Randolph, March 28, 1994
7 Transcription of interview with Ralph W. Yarborough, June 26, 1982
8 Introductory Remarks by Professor Chandler Davidson to a Speech by Ralph W. Yarborough, Rice University, March 28, 1984
9 Address of Ralph W. Yarborough at Rice University, March 28, 1984 “The Congress, the President, and the Federal Role in Higher Education”
10 “Ralph Yarborough Speaks on Higher Education,” Congresssional Record, May 30, 1984



 

Series II. “Texas Rich” newsclippings, 1969-1988

File of clippings and notes compiled by Chandler Davidson on individuals estimated to be the 99 richest Texas inhabitants in the 1970s and 1980s. [For methodology used in selection of the 99, see Chandler Davidson, Race and Class in Texas Politics (Princeton Univ. Press, 1990), pp. 287-88.
box folder
3 1 Abercrombie, James
2 Abercrombie, Josephine
3 Adams, Kenneth S. (Bud)
4 Allbritton, Joseph
5 Alkek, Albert B.
6 Allison, Fred M., Jr.
7 Arnold, Isaac, Jr.
8 Bass, Perry R.
9 Bass, Sid Richardson
10 Beal, Carlton
11 Bentsen, Elmer
12 Biggs, Electra Waggoner
13 Bintliff, David C.
14 Blaffer, John Hepburn
15 Bright, Harvey R.
16 Briscoe, Dolph
17 Brown, George R.
18 Brown & Root, Inc.
19 Brown & Root, Inc., 1960s-1970s
20 Brown & Root, Inc., 1980s
21 Brown, Jack
22 Carter, Amon G., Jr.
23 Carter, Thomas L.
box folder
4 1 Caruth, William W., Jr.
2 Caruth, William W., Jr.
3 Cockrell, Ernest H.
4 Corrigan, Leo, Sr.
5 Corrigan, Leo, Jr.
6 Cox, Edwin L.
7 Cox, John L.
8 Crow, Trammell
9 Cullen, Roy H.
10 Davis, Cullen
11 Davis, Edward M.
12 Davis, Ken, Jr.
13 Davis, Walter
14 Davis, William
15 deMenil, Dominique
16 DuPont, William (empty folder)
17 Elkins, James A., Jr.
18 Farb, Harold
19 Farish, William Stamps, III
20 Garwood, Wilmer S. J.
21 Gordon, W. K.
22 Grant, Charles
23 Green, Cecil H.
24 Haggerty, Patrick E.
25 Halbouty, Michael T.
26 Hamon, Jake L., Jr.
27 Hendrix, John
28 Hill, Margaret Hunt
29 Hines, Gerald
30 Hobby, Oveta Culp
31 Hoblitzelle, Karl
32 Huffington, Roy M.
33 Hunt, Haroldson Lafayette, III
34 Hunt, Helen
35 Hunt, Lamar
36 Hunt, Ray Lee
37 Hunt, Ruth June
38 Hunt, Ruth Ray
39 Hunt-Meeks, Swanee
40 Hunt, W. Herbert
box folder
5 1 Hunt, N. Bunker
2 Hyder, Elton M.
3 Johnson, Claudia T. (Lady Bird)
4 Jonsson, J. Erik
5 Johnson, Belton Kleberg
6 Johnson, Ruth Carter
7 Jones, Jesse H.
8 Jones, John T., Jr.
9 Keck, Howard B.
10 Kempner, Harris L.
11 Kleberg, Robert, Jr.
12 Kozmetsky, George
13 Law, Theodore
14 Levy, Irvin L.
15 Levy, Lester
16 Levy, Milton P., Jr.
17 Ling, James J.
18 Marshall, Margaret Cullen
19 McAshan, S. M., Jr.
20 McCarthy, Glenn
21 McCombs, B. J. (Red)
22 McDermott, Eugene
23 McDermott, Margaret
24 McLean, Mrs. Marrs
25 McLendon, Gordon
26 Meadows, Elizabeth
27 Mecom, John W., Sr.
28 Mecom, John W., Jr.
29 Mischer, Walter M.
30 Mitchell, George P.
31 Mitchell, Johnny
32 Moncrief, W. A.
33 Moncrief, William Alvin, Jr.
34 Moody, Shearn
35 Moody, William L., Jr.
36 Murchison, Clint, Jr.
37 Murchison, John
38 Mosbacher, Robert A.
39 O’Connor, Tom
box folder
6 1 Perot, H. Ross: clippings, 1961-84; Rice student papers [cassette tape of lecture given at Rice March 21, 1990 removed to University Archives, Audio-Visual Cassettes, Box 10]
2 Perot, H. Ross – Clippings, 1969-1984
3 Perot, H. Ross – Clippings, 1984-1989
4 Perot, H. Ross – Clippings, 1990-1992
5 Perot, H. Ross – Clippings, 1992-1997
6 Pevehouse, Billy Joe
7 Richardson, Sid
8 Robertson, Corbin J.
9 Robertson, Wilhelmina Cullen
10 Rogers, Richard Raymond
11 Scharbauer, Clarence, Jr.
12 Schoellkopf, Caroline Hunt
13 Scurlock, Eddy C.
14 Shelton, Robert R.
15 Smith, S. K. (Albert K.)
16 Smith, Harry K.
box folder
7 1 Smith, R. E. (Bob)
2 Smith, Vivian L.
3 Stemmons, John M.
4 Strake, George W., Sr.
5 Tandy, Anne
6 Temple, Arthur, Jr.
7 Thompson, Jere W.
8 Thompson, John P.
9 Trammell, Camilla D. B.
10 Turner, Tom E.
11 Wagner, Cyril, Jr.
12 Walls, Carmage
13 Walsh, F. Howard
14 West, James Marion, Jr.
15 Wharton, Albert Buckman III
16 Whittenburg, George
17 Williams, Clayton, Jr.
18 Wyatt, Oscar, Jr.
19 Zachry, Henry Bartell
20 Zeppa, Joseph
21 Zeppa, Keating
22 Loose clippings: Elizabeth Maddux; Oscar Mauzy; Harold C. Simmons
23 Political Involvement of 99 (July 2, 1986) [List of 99 individuals with notes about their political activities and financial contributions]



 

Series III: Chandler Davidson papers, 1967-1992

box folder
7 24 Interviews with liberals and biographical material
25 Questionnaires sent to liberals
box folder
8 1 Brannin, Carl: transcription of interview conducted by Dr. George Green, April 12, 1967 (Texas Labor Archives, University of Texas at Arlington)
2 Carr, Billie: correspondence, clippings
3 Carter, Margaret: transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, October 25, 1975 (Southern Oral History Program, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
4 Eckhardt, Bob: tape recording of lecture: “Crime & Legislative Responsibility,” October 12, 1980
5 Eckhardt, Bob: correspondence, notes, student papers
6 Eckhardt, Bob: clippings
7 Eckhardt, Bob: clippings
box folder
9 1 Hall, Walter: tape of interview on Sam Rayburn, conducted by Dr. Anthony Champagne, December 18, 1980
2 Hall, Walter: transcription of taped interview on Sam Rayburn, December 18, 1980
3 Hall, Walter: transcription of interview conducted by David G. McComb, June 30, 1979 (LBJ project)
4 Hicks, Josh: scrapbook
5 Jones, Franklin: The Public and Private Letters of Franklin Jones, Sr., 1975-1980 (vols. I & II)
6 LeRoy, Moses: transcription of interview conducted by Dr. George Green, August 19, 1971
7 LeRoy, Moses: transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, January 25, 1979
8 LeRoy, Moses: Tribute to Moses LeRoy, February 1990
9 Long, Stuart: transcription of interview, August 13, 1968 (LBJ Project)
10 Long, Stuart: transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, June 3, 1976 (NEH Project)
11 Lucey, Robert, Archbishop: transcription of interview concerning Lyndon Johnson, conducted by Dorothy Pierce, October 19,1968 (LBJ Project)
12 Maverick, Maury, Jr.: transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, October 27, 1975 (Southern Oral History Project)
13 Parten, J. R.: tape and transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, December 9, 1978
14 Farenthold, Frances “Sissy”: Speech to class at Rice University, January 12, 1976 (NEH Project)
box folder
10 1 Patman, Wright: transcription of interview conducted by Joe B. Frantz, August 11, 1972 (LBJ Project)
2 Shepperd, John Ben: transcription of interview conducted by Elizabeth Kaderli, December 30, 1968 (LBJ Project)
3 Shivers, Allan: transcription of interview conducted by Joe B. Frantz, May 29, 1970 (LBJ Project)
4 Skelton, Byron: transcription of interview conducted by T. H. Baker, October 15, 1968 (LBJ Project)
5 Smith, J. Edwin: clippings and biography: A Maverick Lawyer, by Susan Hanson
6 United States Senate, Committee Publications, 1970-71
box folder
11 1 Yarborough, Ralph W.: transcription of interview conducted by Chandler Davidson, June 26, 1982
2 Yarborough, Ralph W.: transcription of interview [conducted by “C. S.”]; undated
3 Yarborough, Ralph W.: newspaper clippings
4 “Ralph Yarborough and East Texas” (student paper)
5-6 Yarborough, Ralph W.: correspondence and clippings
7 Yarborough of Texas, by William G. Phillips, Congresional Leadership Series, vol. IV, 1969
8 Tributes to Ralph Yarborough in the United States Senate [upon the occasion of his retirement from the Senate]; December 22, 1970
box folder
12 1 Taped interview with Ralph W. Yarborough June 26, 1982
audio cassette tape
2 Taped interview with Mark White June 11, 1987
audio cassette tape
3 Farenthold, Frances
4 Graves, Curtis
5 Hall, Walter
6 Texas Liberals
7 Robert Hall speech on Farm Workers Strike in Starr County 2007
8 "A Chapter in the Struggle for Human Rights in Texas: The life of Ruth Alice Allen" by Barbara K. Byrd August 1985