University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Walter Hall Oral History Transcripts, 1979-1980



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hall, Walter
Title: Walter Hall Oral History Transcripts
Dates: 1979-1980
Abstract: Walter Hall was a supporter of many political candidates and the Democratic Party in Texas. The transcripts are of oral history interviews with Hall.
Accession No.: 88-388
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Sketch

Walter Gardner Hall (1907--), born in Houston, Texas, attended Rice University from 1924 to 1928. During the Depression, he began working as a cashier for the banking industry. Ultimately he and his wife, Helen Lewis, bought controlling shares of the Citizens State Bank of Dickinson. Hall gradually took over ownership of the Alvin State Bank, the League City State Bank, and the Webster State Bank.

Hall developed a keen interest in politics, beginning in the late 1930s, and became a leader of the Liberal Democrats in Texas. He supported, and aided the election of both Lyndon B. Johnson and Ralph W. Yarborough to the United States Senate. Hall was an avid supporter of Democratic politics, continued his involvement throughout the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, and remains active in banking and politics today.

In 1979, Walter Hall was interviewed by Chandler Davidson, Louis Marchiafava, and Walter Buenger, and in 1980 he was interviewed again by Chandler Davidson. Davidson was a Professor of Sociology at Rice University who instigated the Texas Politics Oral History Program to interview individuals associated with the liberal political movement in Texas.

Sources: Walter Gardner Hall - Papers, 1923-1990, MS 280, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. http://library.rice.edu/collections/WRC/finding-aids/manuscripts/0280/ (accessed June 23, 2010).

Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection, 1967-1992, MS 259, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/ricewrc/00168/00168-P.html (accessed June 23, 2010).


Scope and Contents

The Walter Hall Oral History Transcripts, 1979-1980, consist of photocopies of oral history transcripts of interviews with Hall, interviewed by Chandler Davidson, Louis Marchiafava, and Walter Buenger. During these oral history interviews, Hall discussed well-known people such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Ralph Yarborough, Sam Rayburn, Frankie Randolph, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, and John Connally. Furthermore, Hall speaks about Rice University; Galveston, Texas; Dickinson, Texas; and the Democratic Party in Texas.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Hall, Walter G. (Walter Gardner), 1907- -- Archives.
Davidson, Chandler
Marchiafava, Louis J.
Buenger, Walter L. (Walter Louis), 1951-
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996
Rayburn, Sam, 1882-1961
Randolph, Frankie Carter, 1894-1972
Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882-1964
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.)
United States. Congress. Senate
Rice University
Subjects
Politics & government--United States
Politics & government--Texas
Oral history transcripts
Oral history--Archival resources
Places
Houston (Tex.)
Galveston (Tex.)
Dickinson (Tex.)

Related Material

See also the Walter Gardner Hall - Papers, 1923-1990, MS 280, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.

See also the Chandler Davidson Texas Politics research collection, 1967-1992, MS 259, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter Hall Oral History Transcripts, 1979-1980, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin. Photocopied from originals at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.

Alternate Format Available

The originals of the Oral History Transcripts and Recordings can be found at Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, Texas.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/A127 Oral history transcripts, 1979-1980