A Guide to the Don Yarborough Collection, 1968
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.http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/24/us/24yarborough.html?_r=1.
Tolson, Mike "Texas Politician Donald Yarborough Dies at 83."Houston Chronicle, September 23, 2009. Accessed March 30, 2012.http://www.chron.com/news/ houston-texas/article/Texas-politician-Donald-Yarborough-dies-at-83-1736099.php.
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.
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Don Yarborough Collection, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Mark Firmin, March 2012.
Detailed Description of the Papers