University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Don Yarborough Collection, 1968

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Yarborough, Don, 1925-2009
Title: Yarborough, Don, Collection
Dates: 1968
Abstract: The Don Yarborough Collection comprises five sixteen-millimeter films documenting the 1968 Democratic gubernatorial primary campaign of Don Yarborough.
Accession No.: 2000-204
OCLC No.: 782071143
Extent: 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the UT Law School, Donald Howard Yarborough (1925-2009) was a Democratic politician, whose ability to articulate liberal values helped bring reform to the Texas Democratic Party. His first foray into politics came in 1960, when he unsuccessfully ran for Lieutenant Governor. In 1962, he shocked the Democratic establishment in Texas by coming within 28,000 votes of defeating Lyndon Johnson’s protégé, John Connally, Jr., in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. He unsuccessfully challenged Connally again in 1964 and lost to Preston Smith in 1968. Centered around civil rights, the environment, and social justice, his campaigns galvanized labor and minorities, building a strong foundation for the liberal faction of the Texas Democratic Party.


Grimes, William. "Don Yarborough Dies at 83; Stirs Texas Politics." New York Times, September 23, 2009. Accessed March 20, 2012.

Tolson, Mike "Texas Politician Donald Yarborough Dies at 83."Houston Chronicle, September 23, 2009. Accessed March 30, 2012. houston-texas/article/Texas-politician-Donald-Yarborough-dies-at-83-1736099.php.

Scope and Contents

Five sixteen-millimeter films compose the Don Yarborough Collection, 1968. Each film focuses on a different plank in Don Yarborough’s Democratic primary campaign against Preston Smith in 1968. One film discusses his biography, and one is ad for his gubernatorial campaign. Other films focus on issues such as pollution and insurance.


Access Restrictions

Use of video material by appointment only; please contact repository for more information.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Yarborough, Donald, 1925-2009 -- Archives.
Smith, Preston, 1912-
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.)
Political campaigns -- Texas.
Pollution -- Texas.
Insurance -- Texas.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 1951-

Related Material

See also T. G. Caraway Collection

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Don Yarborough Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Mark Firmin, March 2012.

Detailed Description of the Papers



3Y298 Gubernatorial campaign, 1968
Don Yarborough for Governor