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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Separated Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Onsite at SRH:

Offsite at LSF:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Joe M. Kilgore Papers, 1952-1969



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Kilgore, Joe M., 1918-1999
Title: Joe M. Kilgore Papers
Dates: 1952-1969
Abstract: Correspondence, sound recordings, motion picture film reels, and photographs comprise the Joe M. Kilgore Papers, 1952-1969, documenting his political career in the Texas State House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Accession No.: 68-020; 1969; 2013-101
Extent: 48 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born in Brown County, Texas, Joe Madison Kilgore (1918-1999) grew up in Rising Star and Mission, Texas, with his parents William Henry and Myrtle Armstrong Kilgore. In the 1930s, he attended Westmoreland College, now Trinity University, in San Antonio, Texas, before entering the University of Texas (UT) Law School. In 1941, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps to serve in the Mediterranean Theater of Operations during World War II. He rose to the rank of major general and earned several commendations, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. In 1945, Kilgore returned to the UT Law School and married Jane Redman (b. 1923), with whom he had four children. The next year he began practicing law in Edinburg, Tex. He served as a Democrat in the Texas State House of Representatives (1947-1954) and in the U.S. House of Representatives (1955-1965). He then resumed his law practice at McGinnis, Lochridge, and Kilgore in Austin, Texas.

Governor John Connally appointed Kilgore to the UT Board of Regents (1967-1973), and he worked on several committees and for the University, including the University of Texas Centennial Commission (1980-1983) and Executive Committee of Chancellor’s Council of the University of Texas. Kilgore continued his involvement in politics, working in various appointments, including President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Council of the Administrative Conference of the United States (1968-1971) and Governor Bill Clements’ Task Force on State Trust and Asset Management (1981). He also served on numerous organizations, such as member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Superconducting Super Collider Authority, director of Texas State Bank in McAllen and of First Republic Bank Corporation, chairman of the Board of Directors of Texas State Bank, later Republic Bank Austin, member of Board of Visitors of the University Cancer Foundation at M.D. Anderson Hospital and Tumor Institute.

Sources:

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. "Kilgore, Joe Madison (1918-1999)." Library of Congress. Accessed August 19, 2011. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000177.

Texas State Cemetery. "Joe Kilgore." Texas State Cemetery. Accessed August 19, 2011. http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?pers_id=3123.

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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, sound recordings, motion picture film reels, and photographs comprise the Joe M. Kilgore Papers, 1952-1969, documenting his political career in the Texas State House of Representatives and in the U.S. House of Representatives. A major component of the collection consists of congressional files, primarily composed of correspondence, relating to national politics, current affairs, and Texas politics. The constituency files demonstrate the relationship between Kilgore and his district and describe his contact with individuals, concerning political and government issues. Additionally, the photographs depict many notable national political figures.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Use of audio material by appointment only; please contact sound archivist.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Kilgore, Joe, 1918-1999 -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives -- 20th century.
United States. Congress. House -- 20th century.
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Democratic Party (U.S.)
Subjects
Legislators -- United States.
Legislators -- Texas.
Politics, Practical -- Texas.
Places
Austin (Tex.) -- 20th century -- Sources.

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Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection and to Sound Archives.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Joe M. Kilgore Papers, 1952-1969, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Walter H. Richter, September 1968. Subsequent revisions were made by Brett Carnell, June 1991, Tim Walker, August 1994, David Dibble, August 1998, Evan Usler, August 2011, and Justin Kovar, July 2012.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Onsite at SRH:

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2.325/U27c Constituency files, B-Beo
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2.325/V68 Oversize certificates, newspaper clippings, printed material
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3S184-3S185 Oversize photographs
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3T399 Panoramic photograph
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3Z292-3Z293 Photographs
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2K160 Kilgore oath of office (UT Board of Regents)
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2/Film E37-44 Motion picture film
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2/Film E122-123 Motion picture films
One canister containing four films
reel
2/Film E122 Tape for Johnson-Kennedy Telecast in Valley, November 3, 1960
2 reels, both with same content
[DVD access copy is available in box 2X7a][Click for video]
[Kilgore endorsement for the Kennedy-Johnson campaign, also touching on themes of fiscal responsibility, voter participation and the cost of the Korean War.]
Sen. Kilgore TV 1564, circa 1964
1 reel
[DVD access copy is available in box 2X7a][Click for video]
[Broadcaster reading events for the holiday week in Washington, mentioning the Pageant of Peace celebration and Senator Kilgore helping to reunite the [Glusiks?] family for Christmas.]
Cong. Kilgore, TV 2168, circa 1968
1 reel
[DVD access copy is available in box 2X7a][Click for video]
[A television address by Kilgore recognizing the growth of KGBT-TV’s [Harlingen, Texas] signal strength from 50,000 to 100,000 watts.]

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Offsite at LSF:

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9/M3 (01968598) Letters and telegrams sent (carbons):
A, 1955-1964
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9/M4 (01965727) B, 1955-1958
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9/M5 (01967121) B, 1959-1962
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9/M6 (01968372) B, 1963-1964
C, 1955-1957
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9/M7 (01967110) C, 1958-1961
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9/M8 (01967154) C, 1962-1964
D, 1955-1956
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9/M9 (01968474) D, 1957-1962
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9/M10 (01968328) D, 1963-1964
E, 1955-1964
F, 1955-1957
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9/M11 (01967165) F, 1958-1964
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9/M12 (01968601) G, 1958-1963
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9/M13 (01967132) G, 1964
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9/M14 (01967143) H, 1955-1958
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9/M17 (01968306) H, 1963-1964
I, 1955-1964
J, 1955-1962
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9/M18 (01968340) J, 1963-1964
K, 1955-1962
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9/M19 (01968339) K, 1963-1964
L, 1955-1962
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9/M20 (01968452) L, 1963-1964
M, 1955-1958
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9/M21 (01968317) M, 1959-1962
Mc, 1959-1962
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9/M22 (01968292) M, 1963-1964
Mc, 1963-1964
N, 1955-1964
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9/M23 (01963970) O, 1955-1964
P, 1955-1964
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9/M23 (01963970) Mc, 1963-1964
P, 1955-1960
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9/M24 (01968361) P, 1961-1964
Q, 1955-1964
R, 1955-1956
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9/M25 (01968350) L, 1957-1962
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9/M26 (01963936) R, 1963-1964
S, 1955-1958
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9/M27 (01963947) S, 1959-1962
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9/M28 (01963980) S, 1963-1964
T, 1955-1961
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9/M29 (01968463) T, 1962-1964
U, 1955-1964
V, 1955-1964
W, 1955-1956
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9/M33 (01963958) W, 1957-1962
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9/M34 (01968383) W, 1963-1964
XYZ, 1955-1964
Government agencies, 1955-1964
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9/M35 (01963969) Miscellany:
Major James N. Rowe (Vietnam POW) file, 1963-1969
Governor's Committee on Water Conservation, 1952
Kilgore appointment books, 1955-1963
Kilgore's Capital Comments(Congressional newsletter), 1955-1964
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2.402/1 (05230788) Constituency files:
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Ber-Bro
Brown-Cap
Car-Cla
Wilt-Zw
Counties:
Medina, Starr, Webb
Hidalgo, Jim Hogg, La Salle, Maverick
Out of District, Willacy, Zavala, Zapata
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2.402/2 (05229520) Cameron
Dimmit, Frio, Hidalgo
Hidalgo
A-C
D-G
H-L
M-R
S-Z
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2.402/3 (05230777) Om-Pf
Ph-Ram
Ran-Ri
St. Clair-Se
Sh-So
Sp-Ta
Te-Val
We-Wilson
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2.402/4 (05229133) He-Hop
Hor-Johnson
Johnston-Kok
Kol-Li
Li-Marth
McM-Morris
Morrison-Ol
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2.402/5 (05229519) Cle-Cra
Cre-Dek
Del-Dul
Dum-Faz
Fe-Gal
Gam-Gi
Gl-Gul
Gun-Haz
Certificates
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2013-101/1 Letters of Thank You from Joe Kilgore, 1954
Advertising Joe Kilgore, 1955
Campaign File, 1955
Democratic National Convention, 1955
GI Forum Campaign, 1955
Campaign Governor, 1956
Democrats, 1956-1964
Campaign Blakley, 1957
Hubert Hudson, 1957
Advertising Campaign, 1959
Campaign Texas Legislature, 1959
Campaign Congratulations, 1960
Campaign John Westburg, 1960
Johnson for President, 1960
Campaign Out-of-District, 1960
Campaign President, 1960
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2013-101/2 Campaign President, 1960
Campaign Senate Wright, 1960
Campaign Texas Visit, 1960
Labor Union Campaign, 1960
Poll Tax Payers, 1960
Senate Campaign, 1960
Stamps, 1961
Campaign Special, 1962
Campaign Passo, 1963
Campaign Pickle, 1963
Texas Railroad Commission Position, 1963
Campaign Purge, 1963-1964
Campaign Benavides, 1964
Campaign Yarborough, 1964
Dowdy, John, 1964
Burleson, Omar
Great Society Starr County, 1964
Far Right (5 folders), 1961
Personal / Kilgore Return to Texas, 1965
Aloe Vera, 972
Orange Ball Bus, 1963-1964
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2013-101/3 Defense, Dept of - Army Engineers Arroyo Colorado Modification, 1958-1963
Defense, Dept of - Army Engineers Brazos Island Harbor (Brownsville), 1958-1963
Defense, Dept of - Army Engineers Engineers Port of Brownsville Matamoros Port, 1958-1963
Defense, Dept of - Army Engineers Port Mansfield, 1958-1963
Defense, Dept of - Army Engineers Island Harbor (Port Isabel), 1958-1963
Interior, Dept of - Bureau of Mines, 1960
State, Dept of - Disarmament, 1962-1963
State, Dept of - International Bridges - Brownsville, 1961-1963
State, Dept of - Hidalgo International Bridge, 1960
Post Office Miscellaneous, 1958-1964
Miscellaneous loose publications
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2013-101/4 Miscellaneous loose publications
Nueces River Project HR 5740 81st Congress, 1963-1964
Anzalduas Repayment Mr. Bentsen's Bills First Session 83rd Congress, 1963-1964
R 8929 Mr. K's Bills 85th Congress Amending Lease (land) for Falcon Also HR 8929-292, 1963-1964
Bills 88th Congress, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills Agric Comm 88th Cong HR 2886 Carrot Bill, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Armed Serv HR 8974 re retired pay Harris, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills Armed Services 88th Cong HR 11913 disposal of antimony from stockpile, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Foreign Aff HR 11271 Statue of Lincoln to Mexico honoring their independence, 1963-1964
Mr. Kilgore's Bills H Con Res 102 88th Foreign Affairs Disarmament, 1963-1964
Mr. Kilgore's Bills 88th Cong HR 900 Foreign Aff Com Donna Bridge Bill, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills HJ Res 502 88th Cong House Admin Poinsettia as National Flower, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills HJ Res 992 Historic Site for Mexican war Int and Ins Aff, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong HJ Res 95 Electoral College, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills HJ Res 1114 88th Jud Comm State Legislatures, 1963-1964
Mr. Kilgore's Bills 88th Cong HR 786 Judiciary Comm Falcon Claims Bill HR 8099 PL88-447, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills HR 8589 88th Cong 1st Sess Jud Comm (Immig subcom) amend immig HR 289 89th, 1963-1964
HJ Res 96 88th Cong Mr. K's Bills Judiciary balance appropriations and revenues, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills Arroyo Colorado Floodway Judiciary Comm 88th Cong HR 4319, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Judiciary Chamberlain Garms HR (all in same folder), 1963-1964
Mr. Kilgore's Bills Judiciary HR 8201 For Relief of Major Jack Shea U S A F Pub 88-310, 1963-1964
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2013-101/5 Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Judiciary Combest Stills HR 3247, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Judiciary Wm W. Johnston (Mrs) HR 3249, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Judiciary Peters, George, HR 3248, 1963-1964
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2013-101/6 Pharr Bridge, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong 1st Session HR 2603 disaster relief for shrimp vessel owners Mer. Marine and Fisheries, 1963-1964
Mr. Kilgore's Bills 88th Cong HR 7119 Port Isabel Dust Public Works Committee PL 88-326 HR 9720, 1963-1964
Veteran's Affairs Subcommittee Harlingen 27 July 1963 Testimony Davis , 1963-1964
Hearings Only HR 2019 Vet Aff. Vet. Hosp. Bill 88th Cong Mr. K's Bills, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Cong Ways and Means HR 4947 judicial review Labor findings under Title III Soc Sec Act, 1963-1964
HR 2098 MC's Bills 88th Cong W and M aerial applicator tax refund on gas, 1963-1964
Mr. K's Bills 88th Congress HR 10363 Ways and Means Meat Imports, 1963-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Customs Rio Grande City Port of Entry, 1955-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Customs Los Ebanos Port of Entry, 1955-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Customs San Benito Port of Entry, 1959-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Customs McAllen Port of Entry, 1961-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Customs Port of Entry, 1962-1964
Treasury, Dept of - Internal Revenue Service, 1964
Defense, Dept of - Annapolis Miscellaneous, 1959-1964
Defense, Dept of - Air Force Academy Miscellaneous (out of district, academy notices, etc), 1961-1964
Defense, Dept of - West Point Miscellaneous (out of district, academy notices, etc), 1957-1964
Academies - Miscellaneous
Defense, Dept of - Academies, Coast Guard Miscellaneous, 1959-1961
Defense, Dept of - Air Force Miscellaneous, 1962-1964
General/Miscellaneous - Campaign Kika de la Garza, 1964
Health, Education and Welfare, Dept of - Public Health, Georgetown Univ Hospital (Dr Geschicter), 1963-1964
Agriculture, Dept of - Sugarbeet, 1964
State, Dept of - Mexico, 1963-1964
Defense, Dept of - Army Miscellaneous, 1958-1963
Agriculture, Dept of - Miscellaneous, 1962-1964
Agriculture, Dept of - Farmers Home Administration, 1963-964
Agriculture, Dept of - Research Service Weslaco by Products Lab, 1962-1964
Agriculture, Dept of - Research Service Weslaco by Products Lab, 1961-1962
State, Dept of - International Bridges, Mission/Reynosa, 1963-1964
State, Dept of - Tidewater Dam, 1964
General - Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area Designation, 1957-1964
Extra copies of bills, laws, reports, etc.

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