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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Democratic Party Records, 1998-2011



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Democratic Party (Tex.)
Title: Texas Democratic Party Records
Dates: 1998-2011
Abstract: Scrapbooks, correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings compose the Texas Democratic Party Records, 1998-2003, relating to political campaigns and the activities of the Democratic Party.
Accession No.: 2012-089; 2013-076; 2013-221
Extent: 11 ft. 6.5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

The Democratic Party in Texas has played an important role in the political history of Texas since its declaration of independence from Mexico in 1836. Settlers from the south and east brought an overwhelming allegiance to the Democratic Party, making it the only competitive political party in the state throughout the 19th and early 20th centuries. The party’s dominance in local, state, and federal government over an ineffective Republican party, resulted in both a great influence on the government of the United States and an extremely factional one-party political system within the state of Texas. In the first half of the 20th century, Texas Democrats such as John Nance Garner, Thomas T. Connally, James P. Buchanan, and Sam Rayburn wielded considerable power in addressing the Great Depression, the New Deal, and World War II.

By the 1950s however, a conservative electorate and a growing Republican party in Texas split the Democratic Party in Texas into a conservative wing that usually controlled state politics, a liberal wing that had supported the New Deal and championed the rights of women and ethnic minorities, and a group in the middle. In the years after the 1952 presidential election, a party split began to emerge with Democratic Gov. Allan Shivers delivering the state's votes to Dwight D. Eisenhower. Known as Shivercrats, these conservative Democrats battled the more moderate Democratic supporters of Rayburn and Lyndon Johnson. Although Johnson’s presidency increased the influence of more moderate Democrats at the national level, state politics turned more conservative under Gov. John Connally. While more open to the interests of women and minorities throughout the 1970s and 1980s, the Democratic Party in Texas continued to lose ground to the GOP. Along with the election of Republican Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson in 1993 and then Republican Gov. George W. Bush in 1994, the Republican Party became the majority party of the state of Texas. In 1998, Molly Beth Malcolm became the first woman chair of the Texas Democratic party. She served two more uncontested terms until resigning in October 2003.

Sources:

Young, Nancy Beck. “DEMOCRATIC PARTY.” Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed June 19, 2012. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/wad01.

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Scope and Contents

Scrapbooks, correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings compose the Texas Democratic Party Records, 1998-2003, relating to political campaigns and the activities of the Democratic Party. Scrapbooks are comprised of newspaper clippings of Molly Beth Malcolm in the news and the 2000 National Convention. Correspondence, memoranda, and newspaper clippings document Malcolm’s dealings during her term as the party’s chair.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Malcolm, Molly Beth, 1955- -- Archives.
Subjects (Organizations)
Democratic Party (Tex.) -- Archives.
Subjects
Women -- Political activity -- Texas.
Women -- Political activity -- United States.
Political campaigns -- Texas.
Political campaigns -- United States.
Places
Texas -- History.
Texas -- Politics and government.
United States -- Politics and government.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Democratic Party Records, 1998-2011, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Maria Soscia, June 2012. Revisions made by Stefanie Lapka, April and October 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2F499 Scrapbooks:
National Convention, 2000
Molly Beth Malcolm press files:
1998
1999
January-February 2000
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2F500 March 2000
April-May 2000
June 2000
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2F501 June-July 2000
July-August 2000
September-October 2000
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2F502 November-December 2000
January-July 2001
August-October 2001
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2F503 November-December 2001
January-March 2002
April-September 2002
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2F504 January-November 2002
December 2002-January 2003
February-May 2003
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2F505 June-October 2003
Texas legislature, George W. Bush, and press releases, 2001
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2F506 Molly Beth Malcolm schedule:
September 16-30, 1998
September 16-30, 1998
Email, 1998-1999
Democratic National Committee meetings, 1999-2000
Correspondence, 1998
Convention, 1998-1999
Christmas cards, 1998
Incoming: 1998
January 1999-June 1999
July 1999-December 1999
Outgoing, June 1998-December 1998
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2G413 Videotapes
State Convention, June 9-10, 2000
State Convention, June 26, 1998
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2.325/OD12 “AWOL Democrats Found,” Austin American-Statesman, (Newspaper article mounted on foam core signed by Texas House Democrats) May 13, 2003
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4C726 Democratic and Republican party platforms, 1996-2002
Associate Republicans of Texas, 1999-2003
Texas Democratic Party rules, 2000-2005
Radio spots, 1993
Rapoport, 1995-1998
Redistricting, 2001, 2003
Road Women, 2000-2003
Prop 12, 2002
LGBT/Stonewalls, 2000-2002
Gun safety, 2000-2001, 2003
Hate crime, 2000-2001
Enron, 2002
Hispanic, 1999-2003
Escapee's [RV] Club, 1998-2002, 2008
Texas Democratic Women, 1998, 2011
Prayer debate, 2001
Dollars for Democrats, 2000-2001
Democratic election, 2002
Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee [DLCC], 1999-2000
Democratic State Parties Organization, Inc. [DSPO], 2002-2003
Grassroots workshops, 1999-2000, 2003
Democratic donkey, 1999
Emily's List, 2001-2002
Martha Hughes estate, 2002
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4C727 Democratic National Convention, 2001-2003
Democratic National Convention, Southern Caucus, 2001
Democratic National Convention Chair race, 2001
Election Legislation, 2001-2003
National Committee on Federal Election Reform, 2001
FEC compliance training, 2002
[Al] Gore, 2000
Gore/Leiberman campaign material, 2000
House Caucus, 2001
Entertainers and media, 2000, 2002, undated
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4J437.21 Hate mail [RESTRICTED]

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