University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Dorothy Blodgett Collection, [ca. 1946]-2001



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Blodgett, Dorothy, 1924-2005
Title: Blodgett, Dorothy, collection
Dates: [ca. 1946]-2001
Abstract: Comprising correspondence, printed material, narratives, newspaper and magazine clippings, and press releases, the Dorothy Blodgett Collection, [ca. 1946]-2001, documents her career with the Texas Governor’s Office, including Governors John Connally and Preston Smith.
Accession No.: 87-238; 2000-251; 2011-079
Extent: 13 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Born to Hugh and Sadie Chapin, Dorothy Jean Chapin (1924-2005) earned a B.A. in history from Baylor University in 1945 and married Terrell Blodgett (b. 1923) the next year. Following the birth of her three children, she began work in public relations for the 1956 Texas gubernatorial campaign of Price Daniel. Blodgett established the Texas Governor’s Conference on Libraries under Gov. John Connally in 1966 and worked in Gov. Preston Smith’s Division of Planning Coordination on the Texas Urban Development Commission in 1970. She also worked for governors Bill Clements and Bill White, consulting on the Governor’s Mansion renovation in 1979 and operations procedures in 1983.

Source:

"Dorothy and Terrell Blodgett Papers: An Inventory of the Collection." Dorothy and Terrell Blodgett Papers (AR.W.002). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas. Accessed April 14, 2011. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/aushc/00163/ahc-00163.html.


Scope and Contents

Comprising correspondence, printed material, narratives, newspaper and magazine clippings, and press releases, the Dorothy Blodgett Collection, [ca. 1946]-2001, documents her career with the Texas Governor’s Office. The bulk of the collection illuminates Blodgett’s work under Governor Preston Smith on the Texas Urban Development Commission in 1970 and includes drafts of regional planning reports, correspondence with Dorman Winfrey, Smith’s press releases, and office publications. Information packets with pamphlets, schedules, correspondence, bibliographies, and speeches, 1976, concern the activities of the Texas Conference of Churches’ Value of Life Project, while correspondence and memoranda, 1967, pertain to her work on behalf of Governor John Connally with the Governor’s Conference on Libraries. Blodgett’s research files on J. J. Pickle include ephemera, magazines, and newspaper clippings. Additionally, printed material and publications, such as playbills, handbooks, and newsletters, document activities and rules of various organizations of the University of Texas at Austin.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Blodgett, Dorothy, 1924-2005 -- Archives.
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993.
Winfrey, Dorman H.
Smith, Preston, 1912-2003.
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Governor’s Conference on Libraries.
Texas. Office of the Governor. Division of Planning Coordination.
Texas Urban Development Commission.
Texas Conference of Churches. Value of Life Project.
University of Texas at Austin.
Subjects
Regional planning -- Texas.
City planning -- Texas.
Education, Higher -- Texas -- Austin.
Libraries -- Texas.
Christianity and politics -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- History -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Dorothy Blodgett Collection, [ca. 1946]-2001, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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.

Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, April 2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory:

box
2.325/Q114 Papers, [ca. 1946]-1981
box
4A225B Blodgett’s research files on J.J. Pickle, 1965-2001