A Guide to the Jim Chapman Papers, 1976-1996
Jim Chapman, United States Representative from Texas, was born in Washington D. C. on March 8, 1945. He obtained a B.B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1968 and graduated from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1970. Following the completion of his education, Chapman practiced law privately until he became a district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District (1976-1985). By special election he was elected as a Democrat to the 99th Congress, to fill United States Representative Sam B. Hall, Jr.’s vacated seat. Chapman served in the Congress from 1985 until 1996, when he failed to be nominated as a candidate to the United States Senate.
Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-Present, "Chapman, Jim, (1945-)," http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=c000312 (accessed May 24, 2010).
The Jim Chapman papers (1976-1996), which include scrapbooks, news clippings, still and motion picture images, video and audio recordings, artifacts, art, correspondence, and campaign materials, document Chapman’s career as a public figure, specifically his time as a U. S. Representative, 1985-1996. The papers are divided into two parts, unrestricted and restricted. The portions that are unrestricted include memorabilia, press and publicity files, and campaign materials of a public nature. Memorabilia consists of objects and artifacts related to the life and career of Jim Chapman. The press and publicity files contain materials, such as scrapbooks and audiovisual material, which were used to promote and publicize the career of Chapman and to inform the public about his official activities. Campaign materials of a public nature consist of artifacts, travel schedules, audiovisual material, and scrapbooks. Those files that are restricted include constituent correspondence and casework files.
Memorabilia, press and publicity files, and campaign materials of a public nature are open. All other materials are closed.
A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Jim Chapman Papers, 1976-1996, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers