University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Death Row Collection, [ca. 1980s]-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Death Row
Title: Texas Death Row Collection
Dates: [ca. 1980s]-1995
Abstract: The Texas Death Row Collection is comprised of newsletters, articles, clippings, flyers and informational packets concerning the anti-death penalty movement in Texas, as well as artwork, writings and correspondence from death row inmates, and audiocassettes featuring the radio show “Prison Talk,” which is hosted by KFPT in Houston, among other recordings.
Accession No.: 2015-290; 2016-074
OCLC No.: 944185107
Extent: 4 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

The first recorded state-sanctioned execution in Texas took place in 1819. During this era, many different crimes could result in the death penalty, including cattle rustling, treason and piracy, among others. In 1972, the landmark case Furman vs. Georgia resulted in a Supreme Court ruling that capital punishment was unconstitutional, and the sentences of death row inmates were commuted to life in prison. However, the laws were soon revised and Texas resumed death penalty sentences in 1974, although no executions were conducted until 1982. Since then, over 500 inmates have been executed.

There has been much opposition against capital punishment with protesters claiming that state sanctioned executions are cruel and unusual, expensive, racially biased, and an ineffective deterrent to crime. Since 2005, executions in the state of Texas have decreased.

Sources:

“History of the Death Penalty in Texas: Background.” Texas Execution Information Center. Accessed December 14, 2015, http://www.txexecutions.org/history.asp.

“Death Row Facts.” Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Accessed December 14, 2015, https://www.tdcj.state.tx.us/death_row/dr_facts.html.


Scope and Contents

The Texas Death Row Collection is comprised of newsletters, articles, clippings, flyers and informational packets concerning the anti-death penalty movement in Texas, as well as artwork, writings and correspondence from death row inmates, and audiocassettes featuring the radio show “Prison Talk,” which is hosted by KFPT in Houston, among other recordings.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Boggess, Clifford
Brasfield, Philip, 1949-
Subjects (Organizations)
Texas. Department of Criminal Justice
Subjects
Capital punishment
Death row inmates -- Texas -- Archives
Places
Texas

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifacts Collection.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Death Row Collection, [ca. 1980s]-1995, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, December 2015, with subsequent revisions in March 2016.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2L149 Endeavor newsletters, 1991-1992
The Clarion newsletters 1985-1988
Lamp of Hope Project
The Texas Death Row Journal,
Constitution and by-laws
Hope for a Cure
News and Views newsletters, vol. 1, no. 1, Fall 1991; vol. 2, no. 1, Fall 1992; and 1995
"Six questions commonly asked about the death penalty" flyer
T.A.S.K. (Texans Against State Killing) newsletters, 1991
Informational packets regarding death row imprisonment
Anti-death penalty flyers, and photocopied clippings, ca. 1980s
National Catholic Reporter article on Charles Rumbaugh, November 8, 1985
Articles regarding death row inmates
Phillip Brasfield/Richard Jordan writings
Calendar featuring the artwork of Clifford Boggess
Letter from Laurence Lee Buxton to Ms. Hilary Shepard, December 3, 1990
Letters and clippings regarding Raymond Carl Kinnamon, 1994
Poetry and other writings of Kamau and Harvey Earvin
Miscellaneous art and music manuscripts
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K69a Oversized
Endeavor newspapers, 1989-1993
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2.325/S73a Audiocassettes
"Prison Program," KFPT
December 1989 - June 1990, 17 cassettes
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2.325/S73b June - October 1990, 17 cassettes
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2.325/S73c November 1990 - May 1991, 17 cassettes
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2.325/S73d June - July, 1991, 11 cassettes
"Mother’s Day," undated
Unlabeled, 5 cassettes undated
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2.325/S73e Unlabeled, 12 cassettes undated
"Master, KFPT, 4 track," undated
"R. Adams on KTRH," June 4, 1991
Discussion of the film The Thin Blue Line
"Lake Woebegone," undated