A Guide to the Bob Krueger Papers, 1970-1993
U.S. Congressman Robert Charles "Bob" Krueger was born on September 19, 1935, in New Braunfels, Texas. After graduating from Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1957) and Duke University (M.A., 1958), Krueger received a PhD in English from the University of Oxford in 1964. For several years, he taught English at Duke University, where he also became Dean of the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences. From 1975 to 1979, Krueger served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives as a Democrat from the 21st Congressional District of Texas. Following his loss for a third term to John Tower, Krueger served in President Jimmy Carter’s administration as Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator for Mexican Affairs in the State Department from 1979 to 1981. In the 1980s, Krueger returned to Texas to lecture at numerous universities and to write a newspaper column, published throughout the state. He was elected to the Texas Railroad Commission in 1990, and in 1993 Governor Ann Richards selected him to fill Lloyd Bentsen’s vacated U.S. Senate seat until a special election. President Bill Clinton appointed Krueger as Ambassador to Burundi in 1994, and after two years, he became Ambassador to Botswana, serving until 1999.
Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. "Krueger, Robert Charles." Library of Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=K000333 (accessed October 14, 2010).
The Bob Krueger Papers, 1970-1993, consist of correspondence, legislative files, news releases, employee records, constituency lists, speeches, articles, campaign records, and reference files, which document Krueger’s tenure in the U.S. Congress. Comprising the first series, the Congressional papers, 1975-1978, detail his two terms as a U.S. Representative from Texas. The constituency correspondence consists of letters from constituents with Krueger’s replies and includes missives to Krueger about the authors’ opinions on types of legislation and requests for Krueger’s support for or opposition against certain legislation, including defense appropriation bills, national health planning resolutions, and labor law reform. Many of the constituency letters also request more information on certain Congressional bills and resolutions, including such subjects as wildlife conservation, copyright laws, and decontrol of oil prices. Additional letters ask for Krueger’s opinions on various political issues while others approve or criticize his voting record on certain measures, such as his vote against the Common Situs Picketing Bill. The congressional papers also include publications, newspaper clippings, and committee materials from the committees on which Krueger served and related to topics about which constituents wrote him.
Comprising the second series, the Senatorial papers, 1970, 1985-1993, represent his brief time in the U.S. Senate from January through July 1993. Legislative files, news releases, and correspondence discuss national energy policy, abortion and tobacco legislation, nominations to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Senate budgets, and legislation and information on Texan historic and nature sites, such as Big Thicket and El Camino Real. The papers also pertain to appointments to the Department of Agriculture; legislation regarding the A. Maceo Smith Federal Building; information on other politicians, such as Al Gore, Sr., and Al Gore, Jr.; and numerous other political issues and individuals. Additionally, photographs depict him with friends and colleagues in Washington, D.C.
This collection is open for research use.
Employee and personnel records are closed until 2068.
A portion of these papers is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Bob Krueger Papers, 1970-1993, 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.
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