University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Mark White Papers

Descriptive Summary

Creator: White, Mark, 1940-
Title: White, Mark, Papers
Dates: 1970s-1990s
Abstract: Private papers of Governor White consist of schedules, calendars, campaign materials, correspondence, polling data, press releases, speeches, newspaper clippings, appointments files, etc.
Accession No.: 2009-119
Extent: 15 ft.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Mark Wells White, Jr. was born in Henderson, Texas on March 17, 1940. He attended Houston public schools and Baylor University, earning a bachelor's degree in business administration in 1962 and a law degree from Baylor Law School in 1965. White worked briefly in a private legal practice in Houston before serving three years as an Assistant Attorney General. In 1969, he returned to Houston to a private practice until 1973 when Governor Dolph Briscoe appointed him Secretary of State.

White resigned as Secretary of State in October 1977 in order to run for Attorney General. After being elected and serving as Attorney General from 1979 to 1983, he ran against and defeated Governor Bill Clements in the 1982 governor's race. Governor Mark White served as head of the state from January 18, 1983 to January 20, 1987.

During his term in office, White focused his energies on education reform (HB 72, including no-pass/no-play) and utility rate regulation. White also concentrated on economic development and the appointment of minorities to positions on his staff and in the government. Texas' Sesquicentennial occurred in 1986, and the Governor attended and hosted a number of events. The Goddess of Liberty atop the Texas Capitol was restored and planning for Capitol restoration began during White's term in office.

White was defeated by Clements in the 1986 election and returned to private life after his term ended in January 1987. He ran for governor in the Democratic primary in 1990 but lost to Ann Richards. Mark White and his wife Linda Gale Thompson have two sons and a daughter.

Source: University of Texas []

Scope and Contents

Private papers of Governor White consist of schedules, calendars, campaign materials, correspondence, polling data, press releases, speeches, newspaper clippings, appointments files, etc.


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.

Related Material

For Governor White's gubernatorial papers, see the Texas State Archives

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Mark White Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2009-119/1 Stores off-site at LSF:
“Governor Mark White: A Retrospective,” 1987
“Statistical Handbook of Former Governors’ Spouses,” 1990
Linda Gale White:
Speeches-misc.: Linda Gale White, Governor’s Mansion schedule, etc.
Dictaphone tapes (transcriptions), 1983
Travel reports, 1983-1986
Speeches, campaign speeches, 1983-1986
2009-119/2 Daily schedule and calendars, 1973-1986
Handbook of Governments in Texas, 1973
Appointments, 1983-1986
Call to order, 64th Legislature, script, 1975
2009-119/3 Appointment bios
2009-119/4 Governor’s Mansion docent manual
Governor’s progress report, 1983
Campaign literature and bumper stickers
69th Legislature veto proclamations
Budget message
Polling data
PAC lists
Second Fiddle
Ray Strother
Frank Tobe
Media companies
Dictaphone memos
No pass/no play
Joe Cowart
Mattox/Richards spots
Filing papers for election
General election travel schedules
2009-119/5 Issues
Thank you’s and condolences, 1986
Campaign correspondence, 1986
Campaign, 1990
Polling data
2009-119/6 Election returns, attorney general, 1974
Gubernatorial debates binder, 1990
Campaign literature and correspondence
Weekly schedules
Itinerary, April 1985
Dallas County election complaint, 1982
County coordinators
Advertising expenditures
Linda Gale White events
2009-119/7 Media
Positions, profiles, general
2009-119/8 Polls
Correspondence: letters received
Press releases
Clippings files
2009-119/9 Clippings files
2009-119/10 Clippings files
2009-119/11 Clippings files
2009-119/12 Bound lists of recommenders and nominees, 1986
Nominee personal information sheets
2009-119/13 State agencies, commissions, and boards (alphabetical)
Letters of congratulations
2009-119/14 Voter registration and participation
Correspondence with Gov. Briscoe
Letters of congratulations
Swearing in, 1979
Lawsuit: Farenthold v. Briscoe
Attorney General campaign materials
Videotapes: Mark White campaign advertisements
Audiocassette: Gov. Mark White radio
2009-119/15 Newspaper clippings
Newspaper clipping scrapbook
Proofs for campaign advertisements (print)
Mark White for Attorney General bumper sticker
2.325/D36g Stored at SRH:
Poster: Mark White for Attorney General
Poster: Reproduction of oil painting portrait of White