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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Christian (George) Papers 1963-2002

Items separated to the Kennedy Assassination collection

Newspapers:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the George Christian Papers, 1963-2002.



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Christian, George
Title: George Christian Papers
Dates: 1963-2002
Abstract: Personal and professional papers of George Christian, press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson, Governor Price Daniel, and Governor John Connally; graduate of the University of Texas at Austin.
Accession No.: AR: 2002-265; 2003-116; 2004-021; 2004-038
Extent: 52 ft.
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History,The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A fifth-generation Texan, George Eastland Christian was born January 1, 1927 in Austin, Texas. He graduated from Austin High School in 1944 and enlisted at age 17 in the U.S. Marine Corps. He served during World War II as a rifleman in the Second Marine Division, Fleet Marine Force-Pacific, and was among the first troops to occupy Nagasaki, Japan after the detonation of the atomic bomb.

After World War II, he attended the University of Texas at Austin and became sports editor of the student newspaper, The Daily Texan; his close association with the university continued thereafter. Christian's professional career began with a seven year stint as capitol correspondent for the International News Service under bureau chief Bill Carter. Christian was recruited by Jake Pickle and Joe Greenhill in 1956 to work on the staff of U.S. Senator Price Daniel. After Daniel became Governor of Texas, Christian served as his press secretary and later, chief of staff.

Christian later joined Governor John Connally as press secretary, a post he held when Connally was wounded during the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. From 1966-1969 Christian served President Lyndon B. Johnson as press secretary for three turbulent years during the height of the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli war of 1967, the Vietnam War, and some of the nation's most severe racial crises. After 1969, Christian left the staff of the White House to begin a successful career as a public affairs and political consultant. He also volunteered a large part of his time to fundraising for the University of Texas, historical preservation projects, and many other causes.

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Scope and Contents

Personal (1979-2002), speeches, Dallas Morning News columns, White House press secretary files and calendars, George Christian Inc., John Connally, Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents (1965-1968), material relating to Lyndon B. Johnson, budget related publications, news conference transcripts(August 1966-January 1969), publications relating to the John F. Kennedy assassination, audio tapes of various interviews including a radio interview with Cactus Pryor just before Christian's death, various subject files, photographs, and artwork.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

Access to audio/visual materials requires special permission. Please contact repository in advance for more information.

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Index Terms

Christian, George, 1927-
Connally, John Bowden, 1917
Daniel, Price
Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Johson, Lyndon Baines, President, U.S., 1908-
Dallas Morning News
White House Staff
Texas. Governor (1963-1969: Connally)
Texas. Governor (1973-1979: Briscoe)
Texas. Governor (1979-1983: Clements)

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Related Material

Additional George Christian papers can be found at the Lyndon B. Johnson Library, University of Texas at Austin campus.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

George Christian Papers, 1963-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Christian (George) Papers 1963-2002

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4Ad81 MacBride principles
Mayor's Business Roundtable
Branch banking opposition
Editorials branch banking
Cavness plan
Texas A&M College of Medicine advisory council
Scott and White
Speeches and letters for others
1980 Presidential primaries and delegate selection
UT at Austin college of communication foundation advisory council
Attorney General's report on the Trustees of the Moody Foundatio
General William C. Westmoreland v. CBS Inc., Appendix A
Appendix B
Memorandum
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4Ad82 Shearn v. Ralph Rash
Deposition of George Christian
Deposition of Will Wilson, Sr.
College of Communication
Senior fellows
Walter Cronkite roast
10th Annual anniversary centennial communication
Advisory council, September 1984-August 1987
Allan Shivers Endowment, UT School of Nursing
Texas Student Publications commission
Ex-Students executive council
Max Sherman Chair in State and local government
Exes
UT Permian Basin
Advisory Committee, Selection of Chancellor of UT system
University of Texas Athletics
The University of Texas
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4Ad83 NASA advisory council
Hobby telescope background
Hobby telescope
Houston
McDonald Observatory
Bentsen speeches
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4Ad84 Bentsen
Organization--general
National Conservative Political Action Committee
Friendly Editors
Fundraising
Press clips
Press lists
Press record forms
Presidential tenure
Defense and Foreign policy
Energy
Collins press clips
Collins
Speeches for Bentsen
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4Ad85 Rick Perry 1991
Ann Richards
Hightower 1988
Hackler
Inaugural committee
Lowell Lebermann
Carole McClellan
Kemp-Roth
Politics 1984
Politics 1987
Lena Guerrero
Kent Hance
Sam B. Hall, Jr.
John Hill
Gonzalez
Clips
Llyod Doggett fundraiser October 1984
Duncan campaign
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4Ad87 Interstate banking
Branch banking news clips
Branch banking
Dolph Briscoe 1979-1980
Briscoe media account
Peyton McKnight 1972-1978
1980-1981
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4Ad88 Docket 600 Railroad commission conversion
Mack Wallace
General
1980
1978-1981
Campaign/ Officeholders account
1984 campaign
Mark White
Ralph Yarbrough 1970
Hobby- General
John Ben Shepperd
Forum October 1988
Barefoot Sanders
Legislative races 1980
66th Legislature--"Killer Bees"
Jake Pickle
Hobby 1990
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4Ad89 Democratic convention, Atlanta 1988
Presidential race 1988
Beau Boulter
Bentsen--Biographical sketch
Campaign 1988
Vice Presidential race
Campaign newsletters
Press clips
Speeches and Statements by George Christian
Contracts
Business for Bentsen
Bentsen voting record, position papers, legislative accomplishments
Briefing book for October 23 debate
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4Ad90 University of Texas Centennial commission--general
Task force V
Task force VIII
Centennial public information advisory council
Public information advisory council
University of Texas Political Action Committee:
1992-1993
1994
1995
1996
University of Texas clips 1996
Darrell Royal
College of Communications 1997
Cunningham 1990-1996
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4Ad91 Attorney General's report on the trustees of the Moody Foundation
Slurry pipelines research material
Consumer finance (background and legislative information) 1975
Items for the Moody lawsuit
Houston clearing house association
H.E.B. Butt press clips
Horseracing
Panhandle eastern 1973-1976
Bob Armstrong
Bob Duke city council campaign
Jeremiah Denton campaign general
Crawford Martin speeches and campaign material
Judge John Phillips
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4Ad92 Schools--campaign
School finance
Larry Temple scholarship
University of Texas Sherman committee
Strategy of Politics and Publicity, UT College of Communications 1985
Texas Historical Commission Sunset
Bill Daniel
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4Ad93 Llyod Bentsen politics
Assorted political pamphlets
Assorted political booklets
Texas History Commission
Shipwreck
Texans for education excellence
Summerlee report
Texans for Enforcable Liquor Laws
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4Ad94 Barbara Jordan
Bill Hobby:
Speeches
Press clips & re-election news 1981-1982
Organization
Media
Television schedule
Fundraising 1984-1985
Campaign 1985-1986
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4Ad95 Mike Andrews
Congresssional race 1982
Paul clippings
Clippings
Flood control
Media
Paul voting record
Polls and analysis
Speeches/Issues
Will Garwood
General campaign
Connally dinner
Polls
Schedule
Speeches
Lists
Media
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4Ad96 Bentsen campaign speeches
Politics 1996
Texas Lobby directories 1996-1997
Revised Texas constitution
Santa Rita Award: UT system
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4Ad97 Biographies
CBS v. Westmoreland
Austin Program November 22, 1993
Jimmy Banks
Busby papers
Texas Historical Commission: Capitol renovation
Joe Kilgore
LULAC (League of United Latin American Citizens) v. Attorney General of Texas
LULAC settlement agreement
Morales statement
Merit election of judges
Midland county
Texans for Judicial Election Reform newsletter
Judicial reform organization
Financial
Campaign pledge
"Why Republicans should support court reform" Phillips/Clements
Chief Justice Tom Phillips
Judicial material for Judge Phillips January 7, 1999
Phillips campaign 1996
Texas Ethics Commission
Ethics Commission study
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4Ad98 Texas Association of State Judges
Supreme Court
Judicial public opinion surveys
Houston Bar Association (by Rice University March 1995) 1992
State Bar of Texas
Harte-Hanks Texas polls
Baselice-polling
Shipley judicial poll March 1988
Legislation 1993
Tarrance poll
Joint selection committee
Reform meetings
Press/public relations
Bill drafts
Editorials
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4Ad99 Judicial Reform:
Background
Ethics
Clippings
Judicial election results contested: November 8, 1994
Lobby ethics
Judicial bills/drafts/analyses, 74th Legislature
Judicial contributions 1997
Executive committee
Judicial legislation, 75th Legislature
Judicial Education Alliance:
1992
1997/1998
Judge biographies
Cumulative voting
Alternate voting systems
"Modified at-large voting system" by Carroll G. Robinson
Redistricting
Press clips 1993
Brochures
Campaign finance
Contributions
Minority Judges
Bills passed:
S.B. 1570 by Gallegos
SJR 26 Ellis, et al.
S.B. 313 by Ellis, et al.
Press releases
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4Ad24 Personal:
2000-2001
1999
1998
1997
1996
1995-1996
George Christian's surgery July 1, 1997
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4Ad30 Personal:
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
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4Ad25 Texan of the Year March 26-27, 1998
Friends of the Governor's Mansion
Applicants 1990
Sam Houston Society
Guidebook
Personal correspondence:
1979
1980
1981
1982
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4Ad32 Personal correspondence:
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4Ad25 1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
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4Ad36 Correspondence
Advertising
Mini convention
Wholesale beer distributors of Texas
Episcopal Diocese of Texas
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4Ad35 The Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson
Domestic highlights
Foreign affairs highlights
Weekly compilations of Presidential documents October 14, 1968-January 13, 1969
White House Memorandum and Dial Directory
News conference #131-133
LBJ Symposium April 3, 1981
Herman Bennett company
Smithsonian
"Are the Elephant and Donkey Headed for Extinction"
Legacy of the Sixties May 12-16, 1999
Walter Cronkite February 24, 1997 LBJ Library
LBJ publications and clips
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4Ad26 Lyndon Baines Johnson:
Don Cook v. Ladybird Johnson 1997
LBJ Library--Kissinger
LBJ Library parking problem
"The Night Lyndon Quit"
Harry Middleton
LBJ Foundation
Ladybird Johnson clippings
LBJ 25th Anniversary April-May 1990
LBJ transcripts and reminiscences
Anti-Defamation League--Torch of Libery Award
Great Divide pictures (August interview)
2002 General election unofficial results
Oral history memoir. interviewee George Christian
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4Ad27 George Christian speeches
1970 for book
General
Politics
Communication
White House
Press
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4Ad28 Speeches
Speech cards
Wildflowers
Public Affairs Council
School of Rural Public Health
Furniture and Fixtures
Dallas Morning News column ideas
Quotations
"The President Steps Down" manuscipts
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4Ad29 70th Legislature listings
Correspondence
1966
1967-1969
Nixon and LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson)
Headliners
Weekly compilation of Presidential documents January 20, 1969
Telephone conversations
LBJ policy issues
Face the Nation transcript
Saul Friedman
New Zealand
Letters
Materials sent
File January 1969
File December 1968
Wallace miscellaneous
San Salvador and Central America
Dissent and Credibility
White House briefings and correspondence
Notes
Invitations and programs
LBJ related clippings
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4Ad33 Headliners club
Headliners Foundation
Joint Civilian Orientation conference June 5-10, 1983
Clubs
Gridiron show
Goose Bay, Labrador
Interfirst Austin National Bank
Headliners Trustees--Facilities
Collections
Austin Area Research Organization
Constitution
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4Ad31 Gary Graham case
Australia/ Vietnam Christmas 1967
Germany/ April 1967
Summit Conference Glassboro, New Jersey June 23, 25, 1967
South America April 14, 1964
Asia October-November 1966
The President Steps Down
1969-1972
Book reviews
Lyndon Baines Johnson Round the World Trip 1967
Miscellaneous schedules of LBJ's
George Christian roast May 16, 1982
University of Texas Distinguished Alumnus 1989
Appointment books:
1967
1968
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4Ad34 John Connally:
Republican convention speech 1980
Comparison of Governships of John Connally and Ronald Reagan
Connally clippings
Analysis for 1980 Presidential campaign
Sample of a book by Nellie Connally
Draft of book "In History's Shadow" by John Connally
Scripts for George Christian's radio show
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4Ad37 Assorted:
Programs
Christmas Cards
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4Ad38 Assorted programs
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4Ad1a Friends of the Governor's Mansion
Medal of Honor
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4Ad102b Audio recordings, cassettes
Rotary January 22, 1974
George Christian remembers LBJ interview by Sid Davis July 22, 1973
George Christian and Kay Bailey Hutchison
Lecture to the Mexican Scholars
Foundation luncheon 1989
"Convenience in Banking" The Production Block 1980
Dr.'s Ruiz/Sampson KXYZ Houston February 1, 1977
Farenthold news conference March 7, 1974
San Antonio STNP hearing July 23, 1980
Update 1985: Issues in Medicine TMA fall conference
Rear Adm. Jeremiah A. Denton, Jr. Lincoln, Nebraska April 18-20, 1980
Shivers and Daniel
George Christian:
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4Ad102b Phone call
Interview
Speech at Executives' Club March 29, 1968
Press Secretary to the President "From the People" (2 copies) June 16, 1967
Wilson press conference
Martha Deane Program WOR Radio August 19, 1970
AM New York John B. Tucker TV "Washington Week" excerpt
Lyndon B. Johnson
"Seven Days in the Life of the President" March of Time February 7, 1971
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3" audio reel Bob Armstrong land commission candidate
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3.5 floppy diskette Sampson's career
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Audio recordings 3W118e Beethe interviews June 23, 1980
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3W118e T.A.T. March 1, 1983
Mack Wallace Port Arthur Rotary March 7, 1974
Albany, New York (press), Buffalo, New York June 7, 1979
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania press@capital June 11
Washington, D.C. NAIB June 12
Hobby 1982
Newstrack (2 cassettes)
San Antonio STNP hearing (2 cassettes) July 23, 1980
Duff Thomas MBS political commission
Clifford Evans interview: Barnhart, Timanus, Guest &White
Environmental mandates 1993
McKnight speech A.G.C. July 26, 1977
Mack Wallace interview KJAC-TV "Input" March 7, 1974
Missourians right to work, labor unions: A question of violence
Missourians right to work, the Springfield Gun #1
City council STXP briefing June 25, 1980
Hyatt Regency Hotel September 29, 1975
Belville town hall meeting August 14, 1982
"Heck fire stop feeding the alligators"
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Videocassettes CBS News
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4Ad39 Harvey Penick Award
SR 64 honoring George Christian May 17, 2001
Memorial Day 1998
Frontline
1998
Inside Politics March 31, 1998
Larry King Live March 24, 1998
LBJ biography 1997
Inside the Johnson White House April 18, 1997
George Christian interview
Closeup May 24, 2002
WFAA-TV Profile of George Christian April 8, 2002
Lyndon Baines Johnson
Administration reunion with George Christian January 18, 2001
Triumph and Tragedy
Memorial to Lloyd Hackler, LBJ Library Austin, Texas January 5, 1997
Nixon: The Arrogance of Power
Austin at Issue:
October 1, 1998
#734 Election preview
Connally:
Coverage of John Connally June 15-16, 1993
Special Report June 17, 1993
Connally Specials KTBC and KVUE
Funeral
Funeral services for former Governor Connally June 17, 1993
Night Line April 23, 1992
End of the Year Report June 1, 1983
Toward 1990: The Future of Texas November 13, 1988
60 Minutes December 6, 1987
Dad on TV:
Dad #2 Lloyd Bentsen coverage
Dad #4 "Press and Presidency" March 3, 1989
Dad #5
Dad #6: KTBC, Connally, CBS January 15, 1993
Bush/Richards, KTBC, 1993 Johnson November 23, 1993
Dad #7 Governor's race in Texas
Dad #8: KVUE 24 interview
Lone Star
Bentsen's acceptance speech 1988
Biography [George Christian?]
Vietnam special part 2 April 30, 1995
George Christian 1927-2002
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3So68.1 Photographs
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2.116/OD 1177 Oversize personalized card
Poster of McDonald Observatory
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2.325/D6c Oversize awards of recognition

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Items separated to the Kennedy Assassination collection

Four dark days in history
John F. Kennedy memorial album: his life, his words, his deeds
Kennedy and his family in pictures
Life July 12, 1963
Life: President John F. Kennedy, 1917-1963. November 29, 1963
Life December 6, 1963
2 copies
Life: The Warren Report: How the commission placed together the evidence October 2, 1964
Life: First portrait of Kennedy by a member of his team July 16, 1965
Life: Why Kennedy went to Texas November 24, 1967
Life: The family remembers RFK, his legacy public and private
Life: An intimate report by Kenneth O'Donnell, Johnson and the Kennedys
Life: John F. Kennedy memorial edition
McCall's: Since that day in Dallas, by Mrs. John Connally August 1964
Memorial to greatness: the Presidential years of John F. Kennedy
One dozen red roses: the life story of Jacqueline Kennedy
A salute to Jacqueline Kennedy the bravest woman in the world: the highlights and shadows in her life from inauguration to Arlington
The Texas Daily Press November 22, 1963
Time: J.F.K.'s assassination: who was the real target?
Time November 29, 1963
Time October 2, 1964
Time December 6, 1963
TV Guide: America's long vigil: A permanent record of what we watched on television from November 22 to 25, 1963

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Newspapers:

Austin American Statesman
Friday, November 22, 1963
Saturday, November 23, 1963
The Corpus Christi Times
Friday, November 22, 1963
The Dallas Morning News
Saturday, November 23, 1963
Tuesday, November 26, 1963
Sunday, December 1, 1963
20 years later November 20, 1983
25 years later November 20, 1988
The Dallas Times Herald
November 20, 1983
The Houston Post
Friday, November 22, 1963
November 24, 1963
Monday, September 28, 1964
The Miami Herald
Saturday, November 23, 1963
The Miami News
November 22, 1963
The National Observer
Monday, November 25, 1963
The New York Times
Sunday, November 24, 1963

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