Texas State Library and Archives Commission

William L. McGill:

An Inventory of William L. McGill Papers at the Texas State Archives, 1933, 1942-1959, undated, bulk 1943-1958



Overview

Creator: McGill, William L., 1899-1959.
Title: William L. McGill papers
Dates: 1933, 1942-1959 undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk 1943-1958
Abstract: William L. McGill was the executive secretary for Texas Governors Beauford Jester and Allan Shivers and governor-appointed state coordinator for defense and disaster relief. The papers consist of the files of William L. McGill as executive secretary for Texas Governors Beauford Jester and Allan Shivers and contain a mix of personal papers and state records. Papers include correspondence, maps, notes, pamphlets, a press release, reports, speeches and related papers pertaining to Texas civil defense and security for Governor's Office events during the administrations of Shivers and Jester. Papers date 1933, 1942-1959, undated, bulk 1943-1958.
Quantity: 10.8 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Biographical Sketch

William Lawrence McGill was born to James William McGill and Oneta McGill (nee Kinsolving) in Corsicana, Texas, on August 19, 1899. He graduated from the University of Texas with Bachelor of Arts and Masters of Journalism degrees. McGill then became a professor of journalism and director of public relations for the University of Texas (playing an active role in university activities and fundraisers) until 1940. McGill initially entered state service as coordinator first of the Texas Industrial Development program and later the Texas Civil Defense and Disaster Relief Council. He also served as executive secretary for Governors Beauford Jester and Allan Shivers. McGill never married and lived most of his life in Austin, Texas. He died of Hodgkin's disease in Houston, Texas, on January 5, 1959.

(Sources include: the Ancestry genealogy website, including McGill's death certificate and a public member story compiled by Walter Ovid Kinsolving, accessed on December 6, 2016; A Guide to the William Lawrence McGill Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History, accessed on December 6, 2016; and the papers themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Papers

The papers of William L. McGill contain his files as executive secretary for Governors Beauford Jester and Allan Shivers and contain a mix of personal papers and state records. Papers include correspondence, reference files, speeches and related records pertaining to security for Governor's Office events during the administrations of Shivers and Jester and Texas civil defense, dated 1933, 1942-1959 and undated, bulk 1943-1958. McGill was also coordinator first of the Texas Industrial Development program and later the Texas Civil Defense and Disaster Relief Council. Common subject topics are civil defense, oil development, Tidelands, water conservation and the inauguration of Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel.

Papers are divided into three series: Correspondence, Reference files and Speeches. Correspondence contains the personal and political correspondence of William L. McGill, dated 1943-1944 and 1946-1959. Among the letter topics are condolences on the death of McGill's mother and Beauford Jester, holiday greetings, McGill's interest in Swedish culture and general social interaction. Reference files consist of information gathered on significant political areas of interest, controversies and events during the time McGill worked for the Texas Governor's Office, 1933, 1938-1953, undated, bulk 1947-1953. Finally, Speeches are the speech files of William L. McGill (including speeches probably written by McGill), dated 1942, 1947-1958, undated, bulk 1947-1958. Most of the speeches in this series were presented by Governor Beauford Jester to the Texas 51st Legislature (1949).

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.


Organization

These papers are organized into three series:
Correspondence, 1943-1944, 1946-1959, 4.6 cubic ft.
Reference files, 1933, 1938-1953, undated, bulk 1947-1953, 4 cubic ft.
Speeches, 1942, 1947-1958, undated, bulk 1947-1958, 2.2 cubic ft.

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.

This restriction applies only to the Correspondence series.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Under the Copyright Act of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published material varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.

This collection also contains records created by Texas state agencies. 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.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names
Texas. Governor (1947-1949: Jester)
Texas. Governor (1949-1957: Shivers)
Subjects (persons):
Jester, Beauford Halbert, 1893-1949.
Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985.
O'Daniel, Wilbert Lee, 1939.
Subjects (organizations):
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Texas. State Defense and Disaster Relief Council.
Texas. Division of Defense and Disaster Relief.
Subjects:
Submerged lands--Texas.
Oil development--Texas.
Governors--Texas.
Water conservation--Texas.
Civil defense--Texas.
Oil fields--Texas.
Energy development--Texas.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Notes--Texas.
Reports--Texas.
Press releases--Texas.
Speeches--Texas.
Pamphlets--Texas.
Maps (documents)--Texas.

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 Agency Records
Texas Governor Beauford H. Jester records, 1946-1949, 84 cubic ft.
Texas Governor Allan Shivers records, 1937-1964, 1968, undated, bulk 1949-1956, 561 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Office of Defense and Disaster Relief records, 1949-1950, 1953-1956, 1966, 1974-1975, 1977, 1980, 1983-1994, 0.5 cubic ft.
Texas Governor W. Lee O'Daniel records, 1938-1941, undated, bulk 1939-1941, 73.79 cubic ft.
Texas Governor Coke R. Stevenson records (part 1), 1941-1948, 61 cubic ft.
Texas Governor Coke R. Stevenson records (part 2) at the Texas State Archives, 1941-1948, 61 cubic ft.
Texas State Archives Manuscripts Collections
Inaugurations of Texas Governors papers, 1895-1965, 0.42 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2-23/902.]
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
William Lawrence McGill Papers, 1917-1958, 9 ft., 4 in.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), William L. McGill papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1969/106

These papers were donated to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Bill Youngblood on May 21, 1969.

Processing Information

Processed by Jessica Tucker, April 2017


Detailed Description of the Papers

Correspondence, 1943-1944, 1946-1959,
4.6 cubic ft.

The Correspondence series is composed of personal and political letters written or received by William L. McGill, dated 1943-1944 and 1946-1959. Among the letter topics are condolences on the death of McGill's mother and Beauford Jester, holiday greetings, McGill's interest in Swedish culture and general social interaction. Correspondents include O.B. Ellis (general manager of the Texas Prison System in Huntsville, Texas), Ramone S. Eaton (vice president of the American National Red Cross), and Charles DeVall (owner and publisher of the Kilgore News Herald), among others.
Arrangement
Correspondence dating 1943-1944 are arranged in rough chronological order. Correspondence dating 1946-1956 are arranged alphabetically by correspondent. A, portions of B and M-Z of the alphabetically arranged correspondence is not present.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, William L. McGill papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Box
2-23/150 Correspondence:
January 1-13, 1943
January 13-23, 1943
January 24-30, 1943
February 1-15, 1943
February 16-27, 1943
March 1-15, 1943
March 16-31, 1943
Box
2-23/151 April 1-15, 1943
April 16-30, 1943
May 1-15, 1943
May 17-31, 1943
June 1-11, 1943
June 12-30, 1943
Box
2-23/152 July 1-9, 1943
July 10-20, 1943
July 21-31, 1943
August 1-10, 1943
August 10-16, 1943
August 17-23, 1943
August 24-31, 1943
Box
2-23/153 September 1-10, 1943
September 11-22, 1943
September 23-30, 1943
October 1-15, 1943
October 16-30, 1943
November 1-15, 1943
November 16-30, 1943
Box
2-23/155 December 1-15, 1943
December 16-31, 1943
January 1-19, 1944
January 20-31, 1944
February 1-11, 1944
February 12-29, 1944
March 1944
Box
2-23/160 Bolton, Paul - Brown, S. Perry, 1951-1958
Browning, E.K. - Byrd, D.H., 1948-1957
Box
2-23/173 Caillavet, Sid J. - Carrington, Joe, 1948-1957
Carroll, Clifford C. - Childs, Tilden L., 1948-1957
Chote, Leonard - Clough, Forrest W., 1948-1958
Coats - Cox, 1948-1959
Crabtree - Curtis, 1949-1957
Daily - Deutschner, 1949-1958
Box
2-23/171 Devall - Duke, 1948-1956
E, 1947-1956
Fair - Focht, 1950-1957
Foight - Fowler, 1946-1953
Giannes - Glosserman, 1950-1957
Box
2-23/174 Goen - Gutsch, 1946-1958
Ha - Harl, 1948-1957
Harms - Haskew, 1948-1958
Havins - Hestir, 1947-1958
Hickerson - Holder, 1948-1957
Holladay - Houston, 1948-1958
Howard - Hyder, 1947-1958
Box
2-23/162 I, 1953-1959
J, 1950-1957
K, 1949-1950
Kocurek - Kyle, 1947-1958
Laise - Lee, 1951-1958
Leeman - Lyons, 1948-1958



Reference files, 1933, 1938-1953, undated, bulk 1947-1953,
4 cubic ft.

The reference files of William L. McGill consist of information gathered (probably by McGill himself) on significant political areas of interest, controversies and events during the time he worked for the Texas Governor's Office. Prominent topics include the Tidelands controversy, American labor, water conservation and the inauguration of Governor W. Lee O'Daniel. Events pertaining to Beauford Jester (both during his campaign for governor and after his reelection) are especially well-represented in these files. The files include clippings, notes, reports, pamphlets and related papers and are dated 1933, 1938-1953 and undated, bulk 1947-1953.
Arrangement
These papers are arranged by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reference files, William L. McGill papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/158 Texas Library System, 1949, 1954
Texas Municipal Retirement System, 1949
Texas Prison System, 1949-1951
[2 folders]
Copy of House Concurrent Resolution accepting oil portrait of colonel John W. Thomason to be hung in the State Capitol, 1949
Tidelands, 1951
Uniform state laws, 1948-1949
Tidelands, 1949-1950
Water conservation, 1948-1950
[3 folders]
Box
2-23/159 Press release announcing Jester's candidacy, 1948
Governor Jester, "A Report to the People of Texas," May 21, 1948
Jester - candidacy for re-election, press release, May 30, 1948
Jester's death, 1949-1950
Beauford Jester, memorial book, 1949
[2 folders]
Jester, addresses on death of Paul Bolton (memorial book material), 1949
Copy of Senate Concurrent Resolution accepting oil portrait of Beauford H. Jester to be hung in the State Capitol, 1949
Livestock Sanitary Commission, 1948-1951
Labor, 1947-1948
[3 folders]
Box
2-23/163 "A Report to the People of Texas" by Beauford H. Jester, May 21, 1948
[2 folders]
Secretary of State, 1949
Sheriff, 1949
School libraries1948-1950
[2 folders]
Sesquicentennial Celebration, 1950
State hospitals, 1951
State militia, 1949
Taxes, 1947-1951
[3 folders]
Teachers, 1948
Texas Constitution Study, 1949
U.S. Supreme Court memoranda "Tidelands," 1948-1950
Box
2-23/164 Jester administration achievements, 1947-1948
American labor, 1947-1948
Course notes "American Labor," 1933
Anti-lynching law, 1948-1949
Water Valley Authority, undated
Anti-TVA (full form of the acronym is unclear) literature, 1949
Appointments - messages to Senate requesting confirmation of appointments, February-July 1949
Box
2-23/165 Capital Development Plan, 1948-1949
[2 folders]
Legislation pertaining to children, 1947-1953
Committee of Governors report to Conference of Southern Governors, March 13, 1948
Criminally insane, 1949
Federal Government Office of Secretary of Defense, 1948
Equalization Aid Fund, 1948-1949
Governor's Report, worksheets on, 1948
Highways and roads, 1948-1950
Jester biographical sketch, undated
Box
2-23/166 Labor, 1947-1949
Local government, 1948-1949
Oil development, 1948
Pardons and paroles, 1947-1951
Pecos River Compact Commission, 1948-1949
Polio, 1948-1953
Pollution, 1948-1950
Press releases, Jester second gubernatorial campaign, 1948
Guatemala visit, program and address to Texas, undated
"A Record of the work of fiftieth Texas Legislature and of the administration of Beauford H. Jester, ...for the ending ___, 1947, and notes of the work of the 50th Legislature"
Box
2-23/155 Maps, 1942, undated
Pamphlets, 1941
Box
2-23/156 Inauguration of Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, file on seating, 1939
Inauguration of Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, 1938-1939
Inauguration of Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, 1939
[2 folders]
Newspaper clippings:
O'Daniel inauguration, 1938-1939
[3 folders]
Box
2-23/157 W. Lee O'Daniel, 1940
[2 folders]
Industrial growth, 1940
Box
2-23/158 Pamphlets:
1946, undated
1942-1947, 1950
1948-1949
Box
2-23/160 Water conservation1948-1950
[2 folders]
Water, federal authority, 1949-1950
Woolen industry, 1947-1949
War Department, educational manual World History, 1942



Speeches, 1942, 1947-1958, undated, bulk 1947-1958,
2.2 cubic ft.

The speeches in this series consist of those given by Texas governors during the time William L. McGill worked as executive secretary for Governors Beauford Jester and Allan Shivers and governor-appointed state coordinator for defense and disaster relief. The speeches are dated 1942, 1947-1958, undated, bulk 1947-1958. Most in this series were presented by Governor Beauford Jester to the 51st Texas Legislature. Also included are radio addresses and interviews given by Jester. Among the prominent topics are taxation and the work of Jester's administration.
Arrangement
These papers are in the order as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speeches, William L. McGill papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Box
2-23/159 51st Texas Legislature, state tax structure, 1949
Governor Jester to 50th Legislature regarding telephone labor dispute, Odessa, Texas, 1947
Box
2-23/167 Jester at celebration of centennial of Navarro County, Texas, July 2, 1948
Governor Jester on work of his administration, July 7, 1948
Governor Jester radio address on work of his administration, July 7, 1948
Governor Jester radio address, "My Program of Progress for Texas," July 20, 1948
Governor Jester on opening new Burrus Food Mill, Fort Worth, Texas, July 27, 1948
Governor Jester election day address, July 24, 1948
Governor Jester to County Judges and Commissioner Association annual meetings, September 20, 1948
Governor Jester to League of Texas Municipalities annual meeting, October 5, 1948
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature, November 12, 1948, January 12, 1949
Jester inaugural address, January 18, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature, January 12, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on salaries of teachers, January 17, 1949
Jester, Beauford, Message to the Legislature, "State Salaries," February 7, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on rural electric service, March 9, 1949
Governor Jester to Banquet of State Council, League of Women Voters of Texas, March 23, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on franchise tax and House Bill franchise tax, April 6, 1949
Four-year term for governor, April 19, 1949
Jester to 51st Legislature on carbon black deposits, June 30, 1949, May 12, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on stamp taxes, May 23, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on taxes, June 15, 1949
Governor Jester "Modern Trends in State Government," undated
Governor Jester statement before National Resources Economic Subcommittee on the Committee of Public Lands, United States Senate, on Tidelands, undated
Jester, Beauford "Address to the 51st Legislature," July 5, 1949
Message to Legislature regarding quarantine against foot and mouth disease, January 17, 1949
Governor Jester to 51st Legislature on Texas prison system, January 25, 1949
Governor Jester to Texas Savings Bond Banquet, Houston, April 19, 1949
Statement of Beauford H. Jester on Tidelands, undated
Jester, Beauford H. "The Texas Governorship,"undated
Jester to Texas District Farmers Congress, February 12, 1949
Box
2-23/169 Governor Jester, Flag Day oration, Dallas, Texas, June 14, 1945
Governor Jester radio address to people of Texas, January 24, 1947
Governor Jester to 50th Legislature, January 28, 1947
Governor Jester address to 50th Legislature, January 28, 1947
Speech of Beauford Jester at the World Congress, Junior Chamber of Commerce International, February 19, 1947
Governor Jester radio interview, February 27, 1947
Governor Jester at Austin Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting, February 27, 1947
Governor Jester to 50th Legislature requesting appropriation for State Department of Agriculture, March 13, 1947
Governor Jester radio address on reasons for signing House Bill 23 (right to work), April 8, 1947
Governor Jester radio address at National Association of Broadcasters, 13th district, Houston, Texas, April 22, 1947
Governor Jester to Interstate Oil Compact Commission, April 25, 1947
Governor Jester interview, May 9, 1947
Governor to Oklahoma Jefferson Day Dinner, May 24, 1947
Governor Jester Commencement Address, University of Texas, June 2, 1947
Governor Jester on Safety and the State's Responsibility, July 14, 1947
Governor Jester radio address on financing of schools and highways, July 21, 1947
Governor Jester to people of Guatamala and to the people of Texas from Guatamala, August 22, 1947, undated
Governor Jester to Texas Public Employees Association, November 5, 1947
Texas Public Employee Association magazine, October 1958
Jester, Beauford radio address, November 15, 1947
Jester Christmas Message, December 25, 1947
Governor Jester to report on first year of Administration, January 21, 1948
Governor Jester to people of Texas on H.B., right to work bill, April 8, 1948
Beauford Jester, Texas Democratic Barbeque, April 20, 1948
[2 folders]
Governor Jester statement at award banquet, Texas Safety Conference, Fort Worth, May 2, 1948
Governor Jester radio address accomplishments of his administration, January 21, 1948
Governor Jester to annual meeting, Texas Bankers Association, May 24, 1948
Governor Jester to graduating class of Texas Wesleyan College, May 31, 1948
Governor Jester to Child and Youth Week Conference, June 10, 1948
Governor Jester "Report to the People" on legislation passed, July 1, 1948
Box
2-23/170 Speech book I, 1950-1952
[3 folders]
Speech book III, 1953
Box
2-23/172 Speech book IV, 1953-1955
[3 folders]
[2 copies]
Speech book V, 1955
Box
2-23/583 Speech book VI, 1956-1957