A Guide to the Hardeman (D. B.) Collection, 1934-1979
Politician and historian D. B. (Bernard) Hardeman (1914-1981) was born to D. Barnard and Sue (Pettus) Hardeman in Goliad, Texas. After graduating from the University of Texas (UT) and the University of Texas Law School (1938), Hardeman served as a U. S. Army officer in Europe during World War II. After the war, he managed the gubernatorial campaign of Homer Rainey. In 1950, Hardeman was elected to represent Grayson and Collin counties in the Texas House of Representatives. Two years later, he worked for the Stevenson-Sparkman presidential campaign in Texas. From 1958 to 1961, Hardeman was an assistant to Sam Rayburn. Later, he taught political science at Trinity College in Washington, D. C. and at the University of Texas at San Antonio. As the official biographer of Sam Rayburn, Hardeman co-wrote Rayburn: A Biography, completed after his death by Donald C. Bacon.
Source: “D. Barnard Hardeman.” Texas State Cemetery. Accessed September 1, 2011. http://www.cemetery.state.tx.us/pub/user_form.asp?pers_id=2465.
Personal papers, printed materials, and a photograph comprise the D. B. Hardeman Collection, 1934-1979, documenting his life and career. Four journals chronicle Hardeman’s daily activities in the 1960s. Personal papers contain correspondence, academic syllabi, class notes, essays, and an edited biographic text on Sam Rayburn. Printed materials include programs, ephemera, and newspaper articles. Additionally, two envelopes from Sam Rayburn’s office have first day of issue Rayburn commemorative stamps (September 16, 1962).
This collection is open for research use.
D. B. Hardeman Collection, 1934-1979, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Subsequent revisions were made by Evan Usler, September 2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers