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Texas AFL-CIO, Democratic Party Correspondence:

A Guide



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas AFL-CIO
Title: Texas AFL-CIO Democratic Party Correspondence
Dates: 1943-1972
1952-1966
Abstract: The Texas AFL-CIO was formed on July 29, 1957 when the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas State CIO Council merged. The organization, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. These records constitute Series XXVI of AR110: Texas AFL-CIO Records. They consist of Texas AFL-CIO correspondence with Democratic Party organizations and include correspondence, financial documents, minutes, speeches, press releases, convention materials, reports, campaign materials, voting records, party platforms, precinct organization materials, delegate statistics, clippings, booklets, lists, biographical data, constitutions, newsletters, and pamphlets. These are the files of Texas AFL-CIO officers and department directors involved in Democratic Party politics, especially Hank Brown, Fred H. Schmidt, and Jerry R. Holleman, with national, state, county, and local Democratic Party organizations such as the Democratic Executive Committee of Texas, the Democratic Coalition, Texas Liberal Democrats, Texas Democratic Women's State Committee, Democrats of Texas, Young Democratic Clubs of Texas, and Loyal Democrats of Texas.
Identification: AR110, Series XXVI
Extent: 11 boxes (4.6 linear ft.)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Library

Historical Note

The Texas AFL-CIO was formed on July 29, 1957 when the Texas State Federation of Labor and the Texas State CIO Council merged. The organization, a federation of local unions and central labor councils in Texas, is a central body that represents labor interests and acts as the policy-making, educational, and legislative arm of AFL-CIO labor at the state level. Although it does not negotiate collective bargaining contracts for its members, it does serve as the voice for all Texas AFL-CIO labor in the Texas Legislature and the United States Congress.


Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, financial documents, minutes, speeches, press releases, convention materials, reports, campaign materials, voting records, party platforms, precinct organization materials, delegate statistics, clippings, booklets, lists, biographical data, constitutions, newsletters, and pamphlets. These are the files of Texas AFl-CIO officers and department directors involved in Democratic Party politics, especially Hank Brown, Fred H. Schmidt, and Jerry R. Holleman, with national, state, county, and local Democratic Party organizations such as the Democratic Executive Committee of Texas, the Democratic Coalition, Texas Liberal Democrats, Texas Democratic Women's State Committee, Democrats of Texas, Young Democratic Clubs of Texas, and Loyal Democrats of Texas. Correspondents include Lillian Collier, Lyndon B. Johnson, Kathleen Voigt, and Jack Carter among others.


Organization

This series consists of 92 folders arranged in 4 subseries.
Subseries A. Democratic Party (U.S.), 1949-1969 (34 folders)
Subseries B. Democratic Party (Tex.), Conventions, 1944-1968 (18 folders)
Subseries C. Democratic Party (Tex.), State and Local, 1945-1969 (25 folders)
Subseries D. Democratic Party (Tex.), County, 1952-1966 (15 folders)

Restrictions

Access

Open for research.


Index Terms

These materials are indexed under the following headings in the catalog of The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.
Persons
Schmidt, Fred H.--Archives.
Organizations
Texas AFL-CIO--Records and correspondence.
Texas Stafe Federation of Labor--Records and correspondence.
Texas State Industrial Union Council--Records and correspondence.
Democratic Party (U.S.)--Records and correspondence.
Democratic Party (Tex.)--Records and correspondence.
Subjects
Labor unions--Political activity--Texas--History--Sources.
Labor leaders--Political activity--Texas--History--Sources.
Women--Political activity--Texas--History--Sources.
Campaign literature--Texas--Sources.
Places
Texas--Politics and government--20th century--History--Sources.
Alternate Titles
Texas Labor Archives

Related Material

AR110, Series I: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Records, 1952-1973

AR110, Series II: Texas AFL-CIO Executive Board Reading Files, 1957-1973

AR110, Series III: Texas AFL-CIO Education Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series IV: Texas AFL-CIO Legal Records, 1941-1970

AR110, Series V: Texas AFL-CIO Legislative Department Records, 1952-1972

AR110, Series VI: Texas AFL-CIO Public Relations Department Records, 1951-1973

AR110, Series VII: Texas AFL-CIO Mexican American Affairs Committee Records, 1951-1971

AR110, Series VIII: Texas AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education Records, 1947-1972

AR110, Series IX: Texas AFL-CIO Records, W. Don Ellinger Papers, 1946-1961

AR110, Series X: Texas AFL-CIO Convention Records, 1956-1975

AR110, Series XI: Texas AFL-CIO Personalities Colllection, 1928-1973

AR110, Series XII: Texas AFL-CIO Printing Pockets, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XIII: Texas AFL-CIO Directories, 1955-1969

AR110, Series XIV: Texas AFL-CIO Newspaper Clippings Collection, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XV: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Federation of Labor Records, 1932-1957

AR110, Series XVI: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State CIO Council Records, 1937-1957

AR110, Series XVII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas State Industrial Union Council Records, 1952-1968

AR110, Series XVIII: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Central Labor Councils Records, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XIX: Texas AFL-CIO, Texas Labor Associations Records, 1944-1969

AR110, Series XX: Texas AFL-CIO, Other State AFL-CIO Affliates Correspondence, 1944-1971

AR110, Series XXI: Texas AFL-CIO National AFL-CIO Correspondence, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXII: Texas AFL-CIO International Union Correspondence, 1936-1972

AR110, Series XXIII: Texas AFL-CIO Federal Agency Correspondence, 1937-1972

AR110, Series XXIV: Texas AFL-CIO State Agency Correspondence, 1934-1971

AR110, Series XXV: Texas AFL-CIO Non-Union Correspondence, 1935-1969

AR110, Series XXVII: Texas AFL-CIO Texas Constitutional Revision Commission Records, 1962-1968

AR110, Series XXVIII: Texas AFL-CIO Recorded Media Collection, 1952-1972

AR110, Series XXIX: Texas AFL-CIO Photograph and Scrapbook Collection, 1918-1969


Administrative Information

Citation

Texas AFL-CIO, Democratic Party Correspondence, AR110, Series XXVI, Box Number, Folder Number, Special Collections, The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries.

Acquisition

Deposit, 1970, 1972.


Administrative Information

Grant Support

The retrospective updating and conversion of this finding aid was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications & Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Special Collections "Documenting Democracy: Access to Historical Records" project, 2014-2015.


Container List

Subseries A. Democratic Party (U.S.), (34 folders), 1949-1969

Box Folder
1 1 National Democratic Party, 1949
speeches - President Truman, record of the 81st Congress, 1st Session, DNC correspondence
2 National Democratic Party, 1951
clippings (Dixiecrats)
3 National Democratic Party, 1952
statement concerning Texas in light of national Democratic organization, "Democrats vs. Dixiecrats - The Texas Story", 1952-National Democratic Convention, brief presented before credentials committee, DNC, July 1952-Maury Maverick, Texas Legislature and U. S. Congressional Voting Record, pamphlets
4 National Democratic Party, 1952
re: campaign - correspondence, publications, speeches, campaign chairmen list, "The Texas Story" - typewritten report, Richard Nixon's voting record, press releases
5 National Democratic Party, 1952
clippings
6 National Democratic Party, 1952
clippings
7 National Democratic Party, 1952
clippings
8 National Democratic Party, 1953
correspondence, clippings
9 National Democratic Party, 1954
correspondence, clippings, miscellaneous
10 National Democratic Party, 1955
correspondence (Sherman Miles-State CIO President and Paul Butler-DNC Chairman), press releases, clippings
Box Folder
2 1 National Democratic Party, 1956
correspondence and materials re: 1956 National Democratic Convention (Fred Schmidt and Jerry Holleman were both delegates). Most of this correspondence is Fred's letters from Lyndon Johnson, John Kennedy, Averill Harriman, Estes Kefauver. "The Case for Seating the True Democrats of Mississippi", "An Analysis of the Texas Role at the 1956 National Convention", list of Texas delegation, national convention handbook, 1956 Democratic platform, miscellaneous
2 National Democratic Party, 1956
clippings, 1956 national convention
3 National Democratic Party, 1956
correspondence and materials re: 1956 national campaign for Stevenson and Kefauver and the Texas Democrats for Stevenson-Kefauver (interesting letter by Schmidt on "right to work")
4 National Democratic Party, 1956
campaign speeches and press releases
5 National Democratic Party, 1956
miscellaneous campaign materials
6 National Democratic Party, 1957
press releases, Democratic Advisory Council, February Democratic Digest
7 National Democratic Party, 1958
correspondence, photograph of Ralph Yarborough, Dave Keeler, Al Springer, DNC press releases, clippings
8 National Democratic Party, 1959
clippings re: fight between DNC Chairman Paul Butler and Lyndon Johnson, biographical sketch of Stephen Mitchell, DNC Chairman, 1952
9 National Democratic Party, 1960
clippings - Democratic National Convention, July 1960
Box Folder
3 1 National Democratic Party, 1960
correspondence, memos, reports re: Jerry Holleman, Texas AFL-CIO President, who served as the chairman of the Labor Division of the Texas Kennedy-Johnson campaign
2 National Democratic Party, 1960
organizational and promotional materials for Texas Kennedy-Johnson campaign
3 National Democratic Party, 1960
DNC and labor materials and publications re: presidential campaign including literature on the religious issue and on senior citizens
4 National Democratic Party, 1960
press releases
5 National Democratic Party, 1960
clippings of Kennedy-Johnson campaign in Texas
6 National Democratic Party, 1960
clippings - Democratic Party and Kennedy-Johnson campaign - January-September
7 National Democratic Party, 1960
clippings - Democratic Party and Kennedy-Johnson campaign - October-December
Box Folder
4 1 National Democratic Party, 1961
clippings
2 National Democratic Party, 1962
correspondence, DNC news release
3 National Democratic Party, 1963
voting statistics, correspondence, DNC information
4 National Democratic Party, 1964
correspondence, campaign committee lists
5 National Democratic Party, 1964
DNC publications, AFL-CIO platform proposals, comparison of AFL-CIO proposal and Democratic and Republican platforms
6 National Democratic Party, 1964
national convention program, national convention book
7 National Democratic Party, 1965-1969
"The Democrat" - February-September 1967, DNC publication, correspondence, press releases (1968), campaign material, H. S. Brown testimony on party reorganization



Subseries B. Democratic Party (Tex.), Conventions (18 folders), 1944-1968

Box Folder
4 8 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1944-1950
proceedings, voting statistics, committees, platforms, resolutions
9 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1952
correspondence, proceedings, resolutions, delegate statistics, speeches (Allan Shivers), convention procedure
10 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1952
clippings, January-July
11 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1952
clippings, August-November
12 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1954
clippings
13 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1956
statements (Jerry Holleman and Fred Schmidt Texas AFL-CIO Joint Committee), "How State Conventions Work", rules and procedure, resolutions, platform, correspondence (Rayburn, Kathleen Voigt), voting strength, DOT material (duplicate), publication "The Big Steal of the Texas Democratic Party - 1956 Version" (duplicate)
Box Folder
5 1 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1956
clippings, November 1955-March 1956
2 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1956
clippings, April-May 6, 1956
3 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1956
clippings, May-November
4 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1958
convention program, platform, press release, statements, convention procedures manual
5 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1958
clippings
6 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1960
correspondence, proposal for Labor position, convention programs, recommendations, resolutions, press release, platform proposals, party loyalty material
7 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1960
clippings
8 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1962
correspondence, resolutions, Brown and Evans statement before Platform Committee, platform material
Box Folder
6 1 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1962
clippings
2 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1964
county chairmen list, Committee for a Fair and Loyal Convention (press releases, booklet), convention programs, delegate information
3 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1964
clippings
4 Texas Democratic Party - State Convention, 1966, 1968
convention program (1966), platform (1968)



Subseries C. Democratic Party (Tex.), State and Local (25 folders), 1945-1969

Box Folder
6 5 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Executive Committee, 1946-1969
(SDEC) manual of election procedure, proposed amendments to election code, precinct handbook, county chairmen 1956, 1958 primary tabulations, political calendars, correspondence
6 Texas Democratic Organizations - State Democratic Executive Committee, 1952-1961
(SDEC)-clippings
7 Texas Democratic Organizations - Young Democratic Clubs of Texas (YD's)-correspondence 1945, 1946, 1953-1965, 1969
Mr. Jack Carter, Morris Akin
8 Texas Democratic Organizations - Young Democratic Clubs of Texas (YD's)-miscellaneous,
YD's of America Constitution (1953), YD's "The Texas Story" (1953), UT YD Club Newsletter (1959-1964), YDC of Texas Convention Program (1956), YDC of Texas newsletters, platforms, resolutions, YD of Texas constitution
Box Folder
7 1 Texas Democratic Organizations - Young Democratic Clubs of Texas (YD's), 1953-1962
clippings
2 Texas Democratic Organizations - Texas Democratic Women's State Committee, 1953-1966
correspondence (Mrs. Jud Collier, Pres.), announcements and reports of meetings, 1953 constitution and by-laws, two clippings
3 Texas Democratic Organizations - Loyal Democrats of Texas, 1951-June 1952
correspondence, speeches, clippings, financial information, printed material
4 Texas Democratic Organizations - Loyal Democrats of Texas, July 1952-1954
correspondence (letters to LBJ from Paul Holcomb, ed. State Observer), clippings, printed material, financial information
5 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Organizing Committee, 1953-1954
correspondence, minutes, clippings
6 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Advisory Council (DAC), 1953-1955
correspondence, memos, agendas, financial information, steering committee lists
Box Folder
8 1 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Advisory Council (DAC), 1956
correspondence, memos, agendas, financial information, steering committee lists (Kathleen Voigt)
2 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Advisory Council (DAC), 1952-1959
clippings
3 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Advisory Council (DAC), 1955-1956
miscellaneous publications, resolutions, press releases
4 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democrats of Texas (DOT), 1957-1961
correspondence (Kathleen Voigt)
5 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democrats of Texas (DOT), 1957-1961
memos to board members, executive board minutes, reports of meetings, lists of board members, press releases (Frankie Randolph)
Box Folder
9 1 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democrats of Texas (DOT), 1957-1960
newsletters
2 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democrats of Texas (DOT)-miscellaneous resolutions, research bulletins
3 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democrats of Texas (DOT), 1958-1960
clippings
4 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Coalition, 1961-1962
correspondence, memos, agendas, minutes, statistical material, membership and attendance lists, newsletters
5 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Coalition, 1963
correspondence, memos, agendas, minutes, statistical information, blockworker program, voter registration materials, poll tax repeal, newsletters
6 Texas Democratic Organizations - Democratic Coalition, 1964
correspondence, memos, agendas, minutes, statistical information, voter registration materials, candidate information
7 Texas Democratic Organizations - Texas Liberal Democrats, 1965-1966
correspondence, constitution, brochure/program
Box Folder
10 1 Additional Texas Political Material - Democratic Party - Miscellaneous
Analysis of Texas Politics (1943), news release (1951), Texas Republican Precinct Plan (1964), "The Texas Story" (1950?), candidate recommendation (1948), poll tax receipts (1951), county returns (1956), precinct organization material (1972?), county chairmen list (1964)
2 Additional Texas Political Material - Texas Social and Legislative Conference, 1944-1955
preliminary calls, press release, correspondence, minutes, 1954 legislative program, convention programs, newsletter
3 Additional Texas Political Material - Texas Forum on New Frontiers undated
attendance lists for meetings, pamphlet, memo



Subseries D. Democratic Party (Tex.), County (15 folders), 1952-1966

Box Folder
10 4 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions
Bell, Brazoria, Brazos, Cameron counties; Bell-clipping-1960; Brazoria-clipping-1960; Brazos-correspondence-1963-1966; Cameron-postcard, campaign card-1960
5 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Bexar County, 1952-1960
clippings, correspondence, campaign materials, reports on 1958 state convention, special report on Democratic situation in San Antonio (1958) by Hank Brown (Democratic Women, Democratic Coalition, Democrats of Texas)
6 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Bexar County, 196o-1966
clippings, Democratic women bulletin, correspondence, precinct materials, brief of Bexar County delegation before credentials committee of 1964 Texas Democratic Convention
7 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Dallas County, 1952-1956
clippings, correspondence, poll tax material, get-out-the-vote material, Dallas County Democrats, Dallas County Democrats Organizing Committee
8 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Dallas County, 1958-1967
clippings, correspondence, poll tax material, get-out-tbe-vote material, Dallas County Democrat, Dallas County Democrats Organizing Committee, Greater Dallas Democrats (1965)
9 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Duval County, 1954, 1955, 1960
clippings (George Parr)
Box Folder
11 1 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions- East Texas, 1955, 1959, 1960
clippings, newsletters, correspondence; Ector-two clippings (1960); El Paso, 1953, 1960, 1965-PASO program (1965), clippings; Galveston, 1953-1954, 1959-1960, 1966-clippings, correspondence; Grayson-one clipping
2 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Harris County, 1952-1965
Harris County Democratic Executive Committee, Harris County Democrats, correspondence, clippings, newsletters, statistics
3 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Hutchinson County, 1964
one Political Action Bulletin; McLennan County, 1964-one letter; Midland, 1963-newsletter, correspondence; Motley, 1959-two letters
4 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Jefferson County, 1953-1956, 1960
correspondence, clippings, get-out-the-vote material, voting statistics
5 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Nueces County, 1952, 1954, 1960-1964
correspondence, Nueces County Democratic Alliance (Penny Dudley, Secretary), Democratic Coalition
6 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Orange County, 1965
letter, undated election returns; Rio Grande County, 1952, 1954, 1955, 1959, 1960-clippings, statement by Jerry Holleman re: Shivers-Johnson fight for control of state convention; Rusk County, 1961-one clipping
7 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Tarrant County, 1950-1962
Tarrant County Democratic Executive Committee, Tarrant County Democratic Women's Club, Young Democrats, Tarrant County Democratic Organizing Committee, correspondence, clippings, newsletters, report on 1960 District Convention
8 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Taylor County, 1952, 1960-1964
correspondence, clippings, Democratic Congressional District 18 Coordinators (1964); Terry County, 1962-correspondence; Tom Green, 1963-correspondence; Young County, 1951, 1958, 1960-clippings
9 Texas County Democratic Organizations and Conventions - Travis County, 1952, 1955-1958, 1960-1964, 1966
correspondence, precinct lists, clippings, constitution, statistics, resolutions, campaign material, Stevenson-Sparkman Club, Democratic Organizing Committee, Democratic Women, Travis County Democratic Club, Travis County Legislative Conference, Travis County Democrats