University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the James M. Windham Sr. Papers, 1943-1973



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Windham, James M., Sr., 1917-1998
Title: Windham, James M. Sr., Papers
Dates: 1943-1973
Abstract: Comprised of correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, campaign materials, and awards, the James M. Windham, Sr., Papers, 1943-1973, detail the political career and personal life of Windham.
Accession No.: 2011-347; 2012-157
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Born to Wyman and Mattie Burrows Windham in Nacogdoches, Texas, James M. Windham, Sr. (1917-1998), graduated from the University of Texas in 1940 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology. The following year he enlisted in the U. S. Army where he served in the Pacific Theater. During the war he married Woermann Gibson, with whom he had two children. After returning to civilian life, Windham was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1949 in the 28th District for one term (1949-1951). Following his term, Governor Allan Shivers appointed him to the Texas State Hospital Board, Windham was then appointed to the Board of Texas Department of Corrections in 1957, a position he held until 1981.


Scope and Contents

Comprised of correspondence, speeches, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings, campaign materials, and awards, the James M. Windham, Sr., Papers, 1943-1973, detail the political career and personal life of Windham. Political correspondence includes numerous letters from Governor Allan Shivers as well as other governors and politicians. Professional correspondence and newspaper clippings also document the work of the Texas Department of Corrections, the Polk County Hospital Board, and the State Hospital Board, while military correspondence chronicles Windham’s service in World War II. Speeches relate to various health organizations in the state and awards and certificates document various organizations, such as the Boys Scouts, Polk County, and the East Texas Chamber of Commerce that singled Windham out for commendation.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Windham, James Marvin Sr., 1917-1998 -- Archives
Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives.
Texas. Dept. of Corrections.
United States. Army -- History -- World War, 1939-1945
Subjects
Legislators -- Texas.
Places
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951-.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

James M. Windham Sr. Papers, 1943-1973, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Ryder Kouba, November 2011.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2.325/R71 1. Correspondence
Father, mother death condolences
Various letters of congratulations
Texas Flight for Understanding
Trinity River Board
2. Political correspondence from elected Officials
Many letters and correspondence, Allan Shivers
Various governors
Elected officials, et al
3. Texas Departments of Corrections
Clippings, books, letters, photos
4. Family, personal
5. Military
6. JMW Sr. miscellaneous photos, personal
7. Polk County Hospital Board
8. State Hospital Board
9. Awards and citations
10. Texas Legislature papers
11. Speeches
12. Polk County Man of the Year
13. East Texas Chamber of Commerce
Man of the Month
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2.325/N35c 9. Awards of citations (oversized)
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2.325/N32a Press clippings regarding Windham’s election as president of the East Texas Chamber of Commerce, 1957
Laws adopted by the 51st Texas Legislature
Legislation sponsored by Windham in the 51st Texas Legislature, including the Rural Road Bill (HB 26)
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4N5b-c Two scrap books, 51cm x 65 cm that contain information for James Windham Senior civic, political, and board of corrections involvement
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2.325/C3 Photo print of Groveton-Austonio Highway Association with their bus and Windham, in front of the Texas state capitol