Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Virginia Whitten:

An Inventory of Virginia Whitten Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1973-1994



Overview

Creator: Whitten, Virginia.
Title: Virginia Whitten papers
Dates: 1973-1994
Abstract: Virginia Whitten was a friend of Governor Ann Richards and served as archivist for her inauguration in 1991. Records include correspondence; memoranda; press releases; news clippings; newsletters; photographic material including prints, slides, contact sheets, and negatives; samples of invitations; and other artifacts and memorabilia. Records date from 1976 to 1992 and relate primarily to the celebrations surrounding the 1991 inauguration of Ann Richards as governor and Bob Bullock as lieutenant governor of Texas. Earlier records document Ann Richards' political offices as county commissioner for Travis county and as state treasurer. A few records date from the early years of her tenure as governor of Texas. Correspondence reflects the close relationship that existed between Governor Ann Richards and Virginia Whitten.
Quantity: 1 cubic ft.
Language These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Biographical Sketch

Virginia Whitten, a retired librarian, was the official archivist for Governor Ann Richards' inauguration and was the first archivist ever to be appointed by the Texas Inaugural Committee, a committee which was created by state statute in the early 1970s to plan and fund inaugural events. Whitten collected and categorized records, artifacts, and memorabilia associated with the Richards-Bullock inauguration and as a member of the 1991 Texas Inaugural Committee transferred the records to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) in August of 1991. After Virginia's death in May of 1997, her daughter, Lynn Whitten, donated this material to the State Archives.


Scope and Contents of the Papers

Virginia Whitten was a friend of Governor Ann Richards and served as archivist for her inauguration in 1991. Records include correspondence; memoranda; press releases; news clippings; newsletters; photographic material including prints, slides, contact sheets, and negatives; samples of invitations; and other artifacts and memorabilia. Records date from 1973 to 1994 and relate primarily to the celebrations surrounding the 1991 inauguration of Ann Richards as governor and Bob Bullock as lieutenant governor of Texas. Earlier records document Ann Richards' political offices as county commissioner for Travis county and as state treasurer. A few records date from the early years of her tenure as governor of Texas. Correspondence reflects the close relationship that existed between Governor Ann Richards and Virginia Whitten.


 

Arrangement of the Papers

Papers are arranged in no apparent order as received from the donor.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected at a minimum through December 31, 2002 or 70 years after the author's death. Researchers are responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Richards, Ann--Inauguration--1991.
Bullock, Bob--Inauguration--1991.
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1973-1994.
Memorandums--Texas--1973-1994.
Press releases--Texas--1973-1994.
Clippings--Texas--1973-1994.
Newsletters--Texas--1973-1994.
Memorabilia--Texas--1973-1994.
Photographs--Texas--1973-1994.
Slides (photographs)--Texas--1973-1994.
Contact sheets--Texas--1973-1994.
Negatives--Texas--1973-1994.
Functions:
Assisting with Ann Richards' inauguration.

Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records in this finding aid. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Inaugural Committee, Richards-Bullock inauguration records, 1932, 1963-1991 (bulk 1990-1991), 3.24 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Bullock inaugural records, 1994-1995, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Perry inaugural records, 1934-1999 (bulk 1998-1999), 0.47 cubic ft.
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Ann W. Richards Papers, 1933-1999, ca. 1500 ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Virginia Whitten Papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1998/140

These papers were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Lynn Whitten on June 1, 1998.

Processing Information

Processed by Lisa M. Hendricks, May 1998

Corrections and further encoding to TARO project standards by Tonia J. Wood, July 2001

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 2003

Corrections to biographical sketch by Tonia J. Wood, July 2004

Update to link and DACS compliance by Tonia J. Wood, July 2008


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Virginia Whitten papers, 1973-1994,
1 cubic ft.

Box
1998/140-1 Correspondence, 1982-1992 and undated
"Service to Texas," vitae, undated
News clippings:
1976-1989
1990-1992 and undated
1982-1992
Newsletters, 1991-1992
Magazines, 1990-1991
"Inside Reports," 1989-1990
Press releases, 1983-1990
Invitations, 1973-1992
"The Ann Richards Band Wagons," September 1990
"E Day II: The Inner Poll," undated
Inauguration, 1991
Education, 1989 and undated
"New Texas Day":
August 12, 1992
August 13, 1994
Governor Richards' appointments, 1992 and undated
"Governor's Leadership Council," 1991-1992
Governor Ann Richards Schedule, 1992
Financial disclosures, 1975-1976
With Ann, brochure, undated
Memorabilia, undated
Miscellany, undated
Box
1998/140-2 "A Woman's Place is in the Dome," photograph, undated
Photographs, 1983, 1991
Negatives and contact sheets, undated
[2 folders]
Slides, 1989 and undated
[12 folders, 172 slides]