University of Texas Arlington

John Hill Campaign Office Records (Austin, Tex.):

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: John Hill Campaign Office (Austin, Tex.).
Title: John Hill Campaign Office Records (Austin, Tex.)
Inclusive Dates: 1976-1978
Abstract: The records consist primarily of correspondence from 1976 through 1978 in support of John Hill's candidacy for governor in 1978. Records include correspondence, reports, minutes, financial documents, photographs, speeches, notes, lists, and printed material. Hill was born in Breckenridge, Texas, in 1923. He received a law degree from The University of Texas in 1947 after service in the Navy during World War II. Except for his service as Secretary of State from 1966 to 1967 and as Attorney General from 1973 to 1978, he has been a trial lawyer in Houston. In May, 1978 he defeated Dolph Briscoe for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but was defeated in the November election by Republican Bill Clements.
Identification: AR253
Extent: 15 boxes (6.25 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The John L. Hill campaign headquarters worked for the 1978 election of Hill to the position of governor of Texas, for which he was defeated.

Hill was born in Breckenridge, Texas, in 1923. He received a law degree from The University of Texas in 1947 after service in the Navy during World War II. Except for his service as Secretary of State from 1966 to 1967 and as Attorney General from 1973 to 1978, he has been a trial lawyer in Houston. In May, 1978 he defeated Dolph Briscoe for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, but was defeated in the November election by Republican Bill Clements.


Scope and Contents

The records from the John Hill campaign headquarters consist primarily of correspondence from 1976 through 1978 in support of Hill's candidacy for governor in 1978. The materials are organized in three series. The first series of general office files contain letters of support from prominent Texans urging him to run. Also included is correspondence from the public supporting Hill's stand on various issues as well as photographs, biographies, campaign materials, newspaper publicity and a variety of campaign files. Of special interest are manuals outlining the organization of the state office and planning and strategy for projects to undertake in the campaign ahead.


 

Organization

Series I. General Office Files
Series II. Coordinator's Memoranda
Series III. Supporter Files
Subseries A. Cities
Subseries B. Regions

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.

Literary Rights Statement

Permission to publish, reproduce, distribute, or use by any and all other current or future developed methods or procedures must be obtained in writing from Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library. All rights are reserved and retained regardless of current or future development or laws that may apply to fair use standards.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Hill, John L., 1923- --Archives.
Rogers, John B.
Leberman, Lowell.
Organizations
John Hill Campaign Office (Austin, Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Political campaigns--Texas.
Governors--Texas--Election.
Alternate Titles
Texas Political History Collection

Separated Material

Campaign material duplicates


Administrative Information

Citation

John Hill Campaign Office Records (Austin, Tex.), AR253, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library.

Acquisition

Gift, 1979 and 1985.

Processing Information

The overall arrangement of the collection remains as received. A box of unorganized correspondence was integrated into the collection.


Container List

 

Series I. General Office Files

Box Folder
1 1 Correspondence - A, 1976-1978
2 Advisory Committee Contact Reports, 1977
3 Agricultural Tour Lists
4 Airplanes, 1977
Letter, brochure.
5 Attorney Generals List, 1977
6 Correspondence - B, 1976-1978
7 Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, March 29, 1978-
Memorandum
8 Better Job, John Hill,
Personal contact report forms.
9 Biographical Data (Mrs. John (Bitsy) Hill),
10 Black Committee Letters, 1978
11 Blankenship, Dick, 1977-1978
Letter, mailing list.
12 Bus Bills, 1977
13 Correspondence - C, 1976-1978
14 Campaign Literature, 1977
Speech, instructions, news releases, newspaper clipping, summary of poll, "John Hill On The Spot," tickets and memorandum.
15 Campaign Manual, 1977
Letter, manual.
16 Caravans, February 18-23, 1978 -
Press releases, schedules
17 Caravans, March 28-31, 1978 -
Memoranda, schedules, notes
18 Caravans, April 17-21, 1978 -
Memoranda.
Box Folder
2 1 Celebrity Walks, April 8, 1978 -
Memorandum
2 Chamber of Commerce, 1976-1978
Calendars of events.
3 Contributions, 1977
Photocopies of checks and correspondence.
4 Contributors, 1977
Photocopies of checks, correspondence, list of contributions.
5 Counties,
Map and alphabetized list.
6 County Chairmen, 1973
Lists by county, memoranda, reports.
7 Convention Staff, Ft. Worth, Texas, 1978
Correspondence, lists of names.
8 Correspondence - D, 1976-1978
9 Delegates to the State Democratic Convention, 1976 -
Lists of names by counties
10 Democratic Party, 1978
Correspondence.
11 Democratic Party Delegates (by Senatorial District), 1972-1976
Box Folder
3 1 Democratic Party Delegates (by Senatorial District), 1972-1976
2 District 30 Salutes John Wilson, 1978
Correspondence.
3 Correspondence - E, 1976-1977
4 Editorials, 1977
Newspaper clippings.
5 Election Night Watch, (May 6, 1978) -
Correspondence, notes
6 Election Watch, (November 7, 1978) -
Letter
7 Correspondence - F, 1976-1978
8 Finance,
List of names.
9 Fundraiser,
Invitation lists for February 6, 1978
10 Fundraiser,
Invitation lists, correspondence, notes for March 1, 1978
11 Fundraiser,
Letter, form, receipt for September 6, 1978
12 Correspondence - G, 1976-1978
13 Good Job, John Hill, 1977
Invitation Committee instructions form letters.
14 Correspondence - H, 1976-1978
15 Handicapped Citizens' Letters,
16 History, circa 1978
Manual of campaign progress, poll results summary.
17 History, 1977-1978
Copies of outgoing form letters, printed material.
18 History, circa 1977-1978
Copies of outgoing form letters.
19 Correspondence - I, 1977
20 Independent Cattlemen, April 1978 -
Contains interview with John Hill
21 Issues, 1977-1978
Correspondence, questionnaire, reply to questionnaire, summarie
22 Issues Task Force, 1977
List of coordinators and members.
23 Correspondence - J, 1976-1978
Box Folder
4 1 JLH Contacts -- Job Seekers, 1978
Correspondence, resumes.
2 JLH Contacts -- Job Seekers, 1977
Correspondence, resumes.
3 JLH Contacts -- Job Seekers, 1977
Correspondence, resumes.
4 JLH Contacts -- Area Coordinators List, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
5 Correspondence - K, 1976-1978
6 Key People List (Code 1), 1977
7 Kit for February 11, 1978,
8 Correspondence - L, 1976-1978
9 Leadership Meeting, September 19, 1977 -
Agenda
10 Legislators, 1977
Lists.
11 Letters, 1977-1978
Form letters.
12 Lists (Miscellaneous), 1976-1978
Box Folder
5 1 Correspondence - Mc, 1976-1978
2 Correspondence - M, 1976-1978
3 Mailgrams, 1978
4 Media Lists, 1976-1977
Newspaper, radio, and TV.
5 Memory Typewriter Form Letters, Lists of Addresses, etc., 1977
6 Correspondence - N, 1976-1978
7 Newsletters to Key People (weekly), 1977-1978
8 Newspaper clippings, 1977-1978
9 Newspapers of Texas (Daily),
10 Notes from the Campaign Office, 1977
11 Correspondence - O, 1976-1978
12 Office Supplies, 1977-1978
Invoices, notes.
Box Folder
6 1 Organizational Group,
Volunteer worker forms, list, description of responsibilities of group.
2 Correspondence - P, 1976-1978
3 Photographs,
John Hill and others, event not identified
4 Photographs,
John Hill and others, event not identified
5 Photographs,
John Hill, Dolph Briscoe, and others, event not identified
6 Photographs,
Persons and event not identified
7 Photographs,
Persons and event not identified
8 Photographs,
Persons and event not identified
9 Photographs,
Persons and event not identified
10 Photographs,
Persons and event not identified
11 Poll Results, June 24, 1977
12 Precinct Coordinator Reports, 1977
13 Precinct Coordinators,
Cards, lists.
14 Press Releases, 1977-1978
15 Projects Completed, November 1, 1977
Reports, plans.
16 Project: November 8 (1977) Lit Drop,
Correspondence, list, reports
17 Project: December 3, 1977 On-the-Spot,
Memorandum, list, reports
18 Project: December 3, 1977 On-the-Spot Questions,
Newsletters, question cards
19 The Property Tax in Texas: A Legal Analysis,
Report.
Box Folder
7 1 Correspondence, R, 1976-1978
2 Ranch Meetings, 1978
Name and address list.
3 Correspondence, S, 1976-1978
4 Sample packet of John Hill publicity materials, 1978
5 Schedules, 1977
6 Senior Citizen's File, 1978
Memorandum, list.
7 Speaker's Bureau, 1978
JLH General Speech.
8 Speeches, 1977-1978
Memoranda, agenda, speeches.
9 Speeches (meeting), 1977
Agenda, draft, Speech.
10 Correspondence, T, 1976-1978
11 Tax Assessors, 1977
Correspondence, lists.
12 Telephone Banks,
Instructions, list.
13 Telephone Directory List,
14 Texans On the Hill Side, April 15, 1978 -
Memoranda, lists
15 Texas AFL-CIO, March 13, 1978 -
Correspondence
16 Texas Senior Citizens Association Convention - Corpus Christi, March 16-18, 1978 -
Correspondence
17 Texas State Teachers Association Annual Convention, March 16, 1978,
Dallas - Correspondence
18 Texas State Teachers Association List (no cities),
19 Texas State Teachers Association Womens Leadership,
List.
20 Texas State Technical Institute,
Draft.
21 The 200 Women, 1978
Minutes.
22 Correspondence - V, 1977
23 Volunteer Information Sheets, 1977
24 Volunteer Schedule Assignments, 1977-1978
25 Correspondence - W, 1976-1978
26 Weekly Newspaper Editors,
Form letter.
27 Women's Group, June 5, 1977 Meeting,
Volunteer forms
28 Correspondence - XYZ, 1976-1977



 

Series II. Coordinator's Memoranda

Box Folder
8 1 Memos from Attorney General's Office, 1976-1977
2 Memos from Campaign Office, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes, clippings, drafts.
3 Memos from Coordinators, 1977-1978
4 Memos from Coordinators - Correspondence, forms, drafts, speech, 1976-1977
(Includes memos on strategy and suggestions for coordination of the campaign)
5 Memos (Interoffice), 1977



 

Series III. Supporter Files

Subseries A. Cities
Box Folder
8 6 Supporter File (Letters Returned by Sandra), 1978
Congratulatory letters on Hill's victory in the primary election.
7 Appointment Calendar, February-September, 1977
8 Advisory Committee Mailing (Send out in June), 1977
Lists, form letter, notes, correspondence.
Box Folder
9 1 Advisory Committee Mailing,
Name and address cards with remarks.
1 Supporters By Major Cities,
2 Abilene, 1977
Correspondence.
3 Amarillo (Local Office), 1977
Correspondence.
4 Amarillo, 1976-1977
Correspondence
5 Austin, 1976-1977
Correspondence.
6 Austin, 1977
Name & address cards.
7 Austin (12/29/77), 1976-1978
Correspondence, lists.
Box Folder
10 1 Beaumont - Port Arthur, 1977
Correspondence, notes.
2 Beaumont - Port Arthur, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
3 Brownsville - Harlingen, 1977
Correspondence.
4 Corpus Christi, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
5 Dallas, 1977
Correspondence (John Hill Advisory Committee cards).
6 Dallas, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes, lists.
7 Dallas-Ft. Worth Suburbs, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
8 El Paso, 1976-1978
Correspondence, contributors list, notes.
Box Folder
11 1 Fort Worth, 1977
Correspondence (John Hill Advisory Committee cards).
2 Fort Worth, 1977-1978
Correspondence, lists, notes.
3 Houston, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
4 Lubbock, 1977
Correspondence.
5 San Antonio, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
6 San Antonio, 1977
Correspondence (John Hill Advisory Committee cards).
7 San Antonio, 1977-1978
Correspondence.
Box Folder
12 1 San Antonio, 1977
Correspondence.
2 San Antonio Teachers, 1977
Form letters.
3 San Antonio Supporters Lists, 1977
4 Waco, 1977
Correspondence, notes.
5 Filing Instructions,
Subseries B. Regions
Region 1
Box Folder
12 6 Northeast, 1977
Correspondence.
7 Paris, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
8 Texarkana, 1977-1978
Correspondence.
Region 2
Box Folder
12 9 Northeast, 1977
Correspondence, notes.
10 Tyler, 1977
Correspondence.
Region 3
Box Folder
13 1 East, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
Region 4
Box Folder
13 2 Southeast, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
Region 5
Box Folder
13 3 East, 1976-1978
Correspondence, notes.
4 Texas A & M, Bryan-College Station, 1976-1977
Correspondence notes.
Region 7
Box Folder
13 5 Houston Area, 1976-1977
Correspondence, notes.
Region 9
Box Folder
13 6 North Central, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
Region 14
Box Folder
13 7 Central, 1977
Correspondence.
Region 17
Box Folder
13 8 Gulf, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
9 Brazoria Country, 1976-1978
Correspondence, notes.
Region 18
Box Folder
13 10 South Central, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.
Region 20
Box Folder
14 1 South Gulf, 1977-1978
Correspondence, notes.