A Guide to the UT Sam Rayburn Library and Museum Collection, 2005-2006
The Sam Rayburn Library and Museum is one of four divisions of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, created in 1991. The Library and Museum contains exhibits relating to Rayburn’s life and career and houses Rayburn’s personal library. Within his library is a collection of books relating to his career or to the people, issues, and events with which he dealt during his years of public service.
In 1949, Rayburn was awarded $10,000 for distinguished service to the nation from Collier’s Magazine. This award was used to support the construction and operation of the library and museum. In 1955 ground was broken for the Library and Museum and it was dedicated in 1957. From 1957- 1990 the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum was operated under the Rayburn Foundation. In January 1991 ownership of the Library and Museum was transferred to UT and became a division of the Briscoe Center.
Rayburn is attributed to a number of accomplishments. He served as a congressman through eight presidents. In 1931 he became the chairman of the Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce and in 1937 became the majority leader. Rayburn played a large role in the passing of FDR’s New Deal. Beginning in 1941 Rayburn became the Speaker of the House of Representatives and held the position from 1940-1947, 1949-1953, and 1955-1961.
"Sam Rayburn Museum-Introduction.""Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Accessed March 26, 2015. https://www.cah.utexas.edu/museums/rayburn_intro.php
Items relating to the 50th anniversary groundbreaking ceremony at the Sam Rayburn Library and Museum in Bonham, Texas, December 9, 2005: invitations, programs, seating diagrams, speaker bios, napkins, etc. Also material relating to the refurbishing of the museum exhibits.
This collection is open for research use.
UT Sam Rayburn Library and Museum Collection, 2005-2006, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by archives staff.
Detailed Description of the Collection