University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Henry Catto Papers

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Catto, Henry, 1930-2011
Title: Catto, Henry, Papers
Dates: 1960s-1990s
Abstract: The Henry Catto Papers document his varied career in public service for the Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Bush administrations from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Accession No.: 99-188; 99-208
Extent: 12 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Henry Edward Catto, Jr. (1930-2011) was born in Dallas and graduated from Williams College in 1952. After a brief career in his family’s insurance business he entered politics. Though soundly defeated in bids for a seat in the Texas Legislature in 1960 and 1961, Catto used these experiences as a springboard for a three-decade career in public service in the Republican Party. He was selected by President Richard Nixon as deputy representative to the Organization of American States in 1969, and two years later as ambassador to El Salvador. He later became White House chief of protocol from 1974 to 1976 and served as representative to the United Nations in Geneva from 1976 to 1977, both under President Gerald Ford. Ronald Reagan appointed Catto assistant secretary of defense for public affairs from 1981 to 1983. Then after two years as ambassador to Britain, he became director of the United States Information Agency from 1991 to 1993 under President George Bush. He died in San Antonio in 2011.

Scope and Contents

The Catto Papers consist largely of correspondence, schedules, itineraries, calendars, clippings, and other materials relating to his varied career in public service from the late 1960s to the 1990s.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Most of these papers are stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Catto Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



99-188/1 Stored offsite at LSF:
“The Kings and I” transcripts (2)
“The Kings and I” review copy
99-208/1 Speech material – policy guidelines
Representational gifts
Christmas card lists
Press clippings
Speeches, 1989
Speech ideas
Speech correspondence
Latin American papers
Protocol files
Blair House, 1974-1976
99-208/2 Gift file
Publicity, 1974-1976
Japan in Hawaii
Guest lists, 1974-1976
Office of Protocol, 1976
White House personal correspondence, Presidential and staff, 1969-1977 (Johnson, Nixon, Ford)
Personal appointment papers and correspondence, 1969-1977
Geneva publicity file, 1976
Guest lists, Geneva, 1976
Protocol and Geneva receipts
State Department records storage inventory
Geneva – papers on UN functions
Personal correspondence, Geneva, 1976-1977
Engagement calendar, Geneva UN mission, 1977
Speech file – U.S. Embassy orientation paper
Congratulatory letters, El Salvador
Congratulatory letters
Congressional correspondence
Correspondence as a result of “60 Minutes,” 1975
Personnel, arrival San Salvador, 1971
Personal, San Salvador
Texas Bicentennial Citizens Organization, 1970
White House Conference on Youth, Stephen Hess
Miscellaneous correspondence
99-208/3 Miscellaneous correspondence
Correspondence – speeches, unclassified
Speaking invitations and engagements
Correspondence – speeches, 1974-1976
Manuscript draft “Protocol” and correspondence, 1977
Manuscript draft “Airline Passenger Guide” and memoir, 1975-1976
Robert Taft Institute of Government
Special services
Center for Inter-American Relations
Geneva congratulatory letters and general information, 1976-1977
Art file
Speeches of President Nixon
Social invitation lists, 1969-1973
Papers for visa of Orfelina Saldivar
Visits – thank-you letters
Organization of American States, Atlanta, 1974
Honorary degrees
President George Bush, 1989-
Shotgun certificate
Swinley Forrest
Travel vouchers, 1992
99-208/4 Invitations
99-208/5 Jay Fetner
Invitations, parties
George Bush dinner, 1979
Aspen correspondence
Real estate files
Travel schedules and itineraries
Gifts and Decorations Act
Publicity – El Salvador
Secretary of State social functions, 1976
White House invitations and guest lists, 1976
99-208/6 Daily planner/calendar, 1984
Correspondence, 1983-1984
Daily appointment books, 1984-1986
Daily phone message logs
99-208/7 Daily planner/calendar, 1975, 1980-1983
Correspondence, 1980-1982
99-208/8 Correspondence, Department of Defense, 1982
Presidential visit to Japan, Korea, and USSR, 1974
Itineraries for various official visits
Daily planner/calendar, 1972, 1973, 1975
Phone message logs, 1982-1983
99-208/9 U.S. Mission Geneva policy statement, 1976
Publications, newspaper clippings, and publicity
2.325/F41 Stored onsite at SRH:
Passport and identification photos
Visit to Argentina
Official events: San Salvador, 1971-1972
Miscellaneous photos