University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Annise Parker Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Parker, Annise
Collection Title Annise Parker Papers
Inclusive Dates 1991-2005
Identification 2008-004
Physical Description 9.00 Linear Feet
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Annise Parker was born and reared in Houston’s Spring Branch area. Annise’s mother worked as a bookkeeper, and her father worked for the Red Cross. The family moved to the U. S. Army base in Mannheim, Germany for two years when Annise was 15. Afterwards, she attended Rice University in 1974 on a National Merit Scholarship and worked several jobs to pay for her room and board. She graduated in 1978, beginning a 20-year career in the oil and gas industry – 18 of them at Houston’s Mosbacher Energy.

Following this period, Annise moved into public service in 1997, as the first openly gay City Council Member to be elected in Houston, Texas. She and her life partner, Kathy Hubbard, have been together since 1990, and they have two adopted children. From 1997 to 2003, Parker held a seat on Houston’s City Council, and then served as the City Controller of Houston for six years. Annise Parker was elected mayor of Houston on December 12, 2009.

In addition to her work in city politics, Parker has been the subject and author of numerous newspaper and magazine articles across the country. Parker is very active in the GLBT Community and the Houston community as a whole. She serves on various governing bodies such as the Board of Directors of the Holocaust Museum Houston and Girls Inc. and the Advisory Boards of the Houston Zoo, the Montrose Counseling Center, Bering Omega Community Services, and Trees for Houston.

Scope and Contents

This collection is housed in 9 boxes and arranged in 7 series. Annise Parker’s papers document her campaigns for elected office in the City of Houston from: City Council Race-Defeated-1991; City Council Race-Defeated-1995; City Council Race-Won-1997; City Council Race-Won-2001; City Controller Race-Won-2003; and City Controller Race-Won-2005. Material formats within these series range from newspaper clippings and video recordings to correspondence and typescript. A 7th series includes a single folder containing programs, press clippings, invitations, and other materials related to Parker's 2009 mayoral election that have been collected and added to the collection.


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Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Fliers (printed matter)
Personal Name:
Parker, Annise
Topical Term:
City council members -- Texas -- Houston
Gay politicians
Mayors -- Texas -- Houston
Political campaigns -- Texas -- Houston
Women city council members -- Texas -- Houston
Women mayors -- Texas -- Houston
Women politicians

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Annise Parker Papers, Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Detailed List of Contents

City Council Race-Defeated 1991

Box Folder
1 2 Campaign Finance Report
3 Newspaper Clippings
4 Video-Annise Parker for City Council, District C

City Council Race-Defeated 1995

Box Folder
1 5 Candidate Support Material
6 Campaign Promotional Material
7 Interview Script
8 Newspaper Clippings
9 Photograph- Annise Parker, headshot
10 Questionnaires

City Council Race-Won 1997

Box Folder
1 11 Ballot Paper
12 Campaign consulting services- Snyder, Giles
13 Campaign Ephemera
14-17 Campaign Finance Report
18 Campaign Fundraising & Consulting Services-Miller Group
19 Campaign Promotional Material
20 Campaign Recap, by Vanessa Edwards-Foster
21 Campaign Treasurer Appointments
22 Cassette Tape- Annise Parker City Council,KCOH-1430 (AM) 11/21/97
23-24 City Issues/Policy
25 Congratulatory Notes
26 Corporate Solicitation List
27 Correspondence; Miscellaneous
28 Database Information and Design
29-30 Donor Roster (pre 1997)
31 E-mail Correspondence
32-33 Events
34 Finance Committee Meetings
35-37 Fitch, Don-Opponent Information
Box Folder
2 1 Fundraising Letters
2 General Election Votes
3 Hernandez, Rafael-Opponent Information
4 House Party Planning
5 Houston AIDS Walk-Team Information
6 Houston Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Membership Roster
7 Inaugural Invitation
8 Media Advertising Questions
9 Media; Miscellaneous
10 Merchant Services Correspondence
11 Miscellaneous
12 Navarro, Yolanda-Opponent Information
13 Neosoft (Sponsor)
14 Newspaper Clippings
15 Opponents; Miscellaneous
16 Personal Financial Disclosures
17 Petition for Place on Election Ballot
18 Photographs
19 Positively Parker Campaign Volunteer Forms
20 Positively Parker Volunteer Guide
21 Press Release
22 Scenic Conservation Survey
23 Various Mailing Lists
24 Video- Rindy Media, Annise Parker “Parade”, AP-03 11/19/97
25 Video-Annise Parker, by Scottie Scott 11/4/97
26 Video-Parker Elected, 12/6/97-KTRK-TC (Ch.13) 10pm; KRIV-TV (Ch.26) 9pm 12/7/97
27 Video-Annise Parker-City Council Race, KRIV-TV (Ch.26) 9pm; KTRK-TV (Ch.13) 10pm 11/4/97
28 Video-Rindy Media, Annise Parker for Houston City Council, “Best Qualified”, “Parade”
29 Video-Rindy Media, Annise Parker, AP97-1 “Best Qualified” 10/20/97
Box Item
3 1 Scrapbook (Binder)
2 Scrapbook (Binder)
Box Folder
4 1-4 Campaign Finance Reports
5 Campaign Promotional Material
6 City Council Agenda
7 Correspondence
8 Gay and Lesbian Committee Business Seminar
9 Inaugural Invitation
10 Internal Documents
11 Newspaper Clippings
12 Press Releases
13 Questionnaires
14 Voter’s Survey
15 Video-Anisse Parker-File Tape 1/2/98
16 Video-Houston City Council 1/2/98
17 Video-Houston City Council 1/6/98
18 Video-Parker City Council Race
19 Video-Rindy Miller Media-“Parker”
Box Item
5 1 Newspaper Clippings (Binder)
2 Newspaper Clippings (Binder)

City Council Race-Won 2001

Box Item
5 3 Campaign Management Forms (Binder)
4 Official Correspondence (Binder)
Box Folder
6 1-2 Campaign Expenses
3-5 Campaign Finance Report
6 Campaign Kickoff Party
7 Campaign Publicity
8 Campaign Website Planning
9 Correspondence
10 Direct Mail Service Agreement
11 Events
12 General Ballot Filing Fees
13 Membership Dues
14 Newspaper Clippings
15 Press Release
16 Printed Publicity
17 Questionnaires

City Controller Race-Won 2003

Box Folder
6 18 Ballot Application
19 Campaign Corps
20 Campaign Ephemera
21-24 Campaign Financial Report
25 Campaign Insurance Policy
26 Campaign Office Lease Agreement
27 Campaign Plan 2/1/2003
28 Campaign Tax Filing
29 Campaign Treasurer Appointment
30 Candidate Questionnaires
31 Correspondence
32 Houston Mayoral Run-off Election Survey
33 IN-kind Campaign Donation
34 Inauguration Invitation
35 Jones, Steve-Opponent Information
36 Lee, Mark-Opponent Information
37 Meeting Notes
38-39 Newspaper Clippings
40 Photographs
41 Political Consultant Contracts
Box Folder
7 1 Potential Voter’s Survey February 2003
2 Potential Voter’s Survey March 2003
3-4 Potential Voter’s Survey October 2003
5 Press Release
6-7 Printed Publicity Material
8-12 Tatro, Bruce-Opponent Information
13 Tatro, Bruce-Opponent Information (Background Report Volume I)
14 Tatro, Bruce-Opponent Information (Background Report Volume II)
15 Tatro, Bruce-Opponent Information (Background Report Volume III)
16 Texas Ethics Commission Investigation
17 Video-Rindy Miller Media-“Fiscal Watchdog”
Box Folder
8 1 Confidential Self-Research, Avanti Intl.
2 Parker, Annise-Self-Research Study (Volume I)
3 Parker, Annise-Self-Research Study (Volume II)
4 Parker, Annise-Self-Research Study (Volume III)
5 Parker, Annise-Self-Research Study (Volume IV)
6 Parker, Annise-Self-Research Study (Volume V)
Box Folder
9 1 Video-Annise Parker Controller Race
2 Video-Channel 2 News
3 Video-Parker 10/10 Debate
4 Video-Steve Jones Commercial
5 Video-The Municipal Channel-“Controller’s Office/Council”
6 Volunteer Information

City Controller Race-Won 2005

Box Folder
9 7 Campaign Consulting
8 Campaign Expenditures
9-11 Campaign Finance Report
12 House Parties
13 Victory Fund

Mayoral Race-Won 2010

Box Folder
9 14 Inauguration program, press clippings, invitations, and other materials 2010-2011
These materials have been collected and added to the collection.