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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations hearing testimony, 1937,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations:

An Inventory of Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations Hearing Testimony at the Texas State Archives, 1941



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate. Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations.
Title: Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations hearing testimony
Dates: 1941
Abstract: The Texas Senate Special Committee Investigate Election Law Violations was created on April 2, 1941 (Senate Resolution 80, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to investigate and ascertain amounts spent by candidates for state office for radio and newspaper advertising, maintenance of campaign headquarters, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses during the last primary to determine whether the election laws had been violated. Records of the committee consist of hearing testimony taken on April 5, 1941 regarding printing expenses for the candidates for governor in 1940.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations was created on April 2, 1941 (Senate Resolution 80, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to investigate and ascertain amounts spent by candidates for state office for radio and newspaper advertising, maintenance of campaign headquarters, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses during the last primary to determine whether the election laws had been violated. The committee was authorized to subpoena witnesses, books, correspondence, records and memoranda and to employ necessary stenographic and investigative assistance.

Hearings were held April 5 and June 4-5, 1941. The first hearings focused on printing expenses for the candidates for governor in 1940. The June hearings consisted of an inquiry of radio advertising by Governor W. Lee O'Daniel; witnesses included Carr P. Collins, corporate president of Mexican radio station XEAW, and Reuben Williams, campaign manager for Governor O'Daniel. The committee did not prepare a formal report of its findings.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, accessed January 13, 2014.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations was created on April 2, 1941 (Senate Resolution 80, 47th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to investigate and ascertain amounts spent by candidates for state office for radio and newspaper advertising, maintenance of campaign headquarters, transportation and other miscellaneous expenses during the last primary to determine whether the election laws had been violated. Records of the committee consist of hearing testimony taken on April 5, 1941 regarding printing expenses for the candidates for governor in 1940. Governor W. Lee O'Daniel is the focus of the majority of the testimony. Witnesses were W.W. Jessen, manager of Von Boeckmann-Jones Publishing Company; Elsie Lindahl, billing clerk for Firm Foundation Publishing Company; and V.A. Stoval, owner/operator of a small printing firm.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

The records consist of hearing testimony taken on a single day, arranged in page number order.

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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

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.

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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:
O'Daniel, W. Lee (Wilbert Lee), 1890-1969.
Subjects:
Campaign funds--Texas.
Political ethics--Texas.
Politicians--Texas.
Document Types:
Testimony--Texas--Governmental investigations--1938.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.

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Related Material

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

Texas State Archives
Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel records, 1938-1941, undated, bulk 1939-1941, 73.79 cubic ft.
Texas House of Representatives Chief Clerk investigation of public relations employees records, 1937, 0.1 cubic ft.
Texas Legislative Reference Library
[This item is an original transcript of the committee's hearings investigating radio advertising, held June 4-5, 1941.]
Senate Election Law Violations, Investigation, Special; Testimony transcript, Minutes, 47th Legislature, Regular Session, 1941, L1803.9 IN 86 47T.
Publications
Texas. Legislature. Senate. Journal of the Senate of the state of Texas, 47th Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1941.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations hearing testimony. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1983/042

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency during the 20th century. An accession number was assigned on October 28, 1982.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, October 1982

Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, January 2014

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Senate Special Committee to Investigate Election Law Violations hearing testimony, 1937,
fractional

Box
2-10/848 Hearing testimony, April 5, 1941

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