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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Content Note

Organization of Collection

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Images of Women Legislators

Captions and Credits

University of Texas San Antonio

A Guide to the Women in Texas Government Exhibit Collection, 1931-1995



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Women's Legislative Caucus (Texas)
Title: Women in Texas Government Exhibit Collection
Dates: 1931-1995
Creator Abstract: The exhibit originated as a Texas Sesquicentennial project funded at state expense through members of the Women's Legislative Caucus, a group consisting of women House members. The exhibit was first shown in 1987. In 1994, the exhibit was updated with funding by Patrick M.W. Johnson. Johnson and Kelly Martino of Houston collected new photographs, created, designed, and constructed the updated exhibit; subsequent updates were made in later years. The original exhibit was freestanding with images of women legislators mounted and matted on blue particleboard. To complete the exhibit, eight Texas artists volunteered their time and talent to sketch the portraits of women officeholders whose photographs were unavailable.
Content Abstract: The collection consists of 77 portraits of women who have served in the Texas legislature, as well as accompanying captions and credits displayed in the Women in Texas Government exhibit.
Identification: MS 17
Extent: 1 linear foot (about 100 items)
Language: Materials are in English.
Repository: University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections

Historical Note

The "Women in Texas Government" exhibit, which consists of portraits of women who have served in the Texas legislature, was first displayed in the Capitol Rotunda on Susan B. Anthony Day, 1987. The exhibit originated as a Texas Sesquicentennial project funded at state expense through members of the Women's Legislative Caucus, a group consisting of women House members. In 1994, the exhibit was updated with funding by Patrick M.W. Johnson, Aide to State Representative Senfronia Thompson. Johnson and Kelly Martino of Houston collected new photographs, created, designed, and constructed the updated exhibit. When the exhibit was first shown in 1987, fewer than 75 women had held an elected state office. By 1994 when the exhibit was first updated, more than 100 women had served Texas in an elected state office. Johnson updated the exhibit on several occasions after 1994.

The original exhibit was freestanding with images of women legislators mounted and matted on blue particleboard. To complete the exhibit, eight Texas artists volunteered their time and talent to sketch the portraits of women officeholders whose photographs were unavailable. The artists are Mary Ann Ambray Gonzales, Beauford Anderson, Rosario Azíos, Martha F. Droughton, Rachel Gaitán, Marisa Susan Lobe, Jean Zappe Reese, and Kevin Wilson.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of 77 portraits of women who have served in the Texas legislature, as well as accompanying captions and credits displayed in the "Women in Texas Government" exhibit.

The collection is divided into 2 series. Images of Women Legislators is organized into Representatives and Senators, and thereunder arranged alphabetically by last name. Accompanying this finding aid is an alphabetical index of women by legislators' last name. The index provides information on the legislators' party affiliation, hometown, and years served. Captions and Credits provides informational material highlighting historical facts about, and contributions of certain women legislators on exhibit. Also included in this series are credits to those who contributed to the exhibit, including brief notes on the artists who drew portraits for the exhibit. Also in this series are negatives from photographs taken of some of the portraits of women legislators in the exhibit. The negatives were provided by Ruthe Winegarten.

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Organization of Collection

  • Series 1. Images of Women Legislators
  • Series 2. Captions and Credits

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is housed at UTSA's Main Campus and must be accessed via the John Peace Library Special Collections reading room. To request access, please use the Collections Request Form.

Usage Restrictions

Permission to publish from Women in Texas Government Exhibit Collection must be obtained from University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

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Index Terms

Organizations
Women's Legislative Caucus (Texas)
Texas. Legislature. Senate--History.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives--History.
Subjects
Legislators--Texas.
Women legislators--Texas.
Women in politics--Texas.
Women in public life--Texas.
Locations
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Genres/Formats
Photographs.
Exhibitions.
Local Subjects
Politics/Politicians
Women's Groups

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Women in Texas Government Exhibit Collection, 1931-1995, MS 17, University of Texas at San Antonio Libraries Special Collections.

Acquisition Information

Materials in this collection were donated by Patrick M.W. Johnson in 1996 (Acc. 1996-006).

Processing Information

Processed by Toni Jeske, November 1998.

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Officeholder Party Affiliation Hometown Years Served
Bailey, Kay R Houston 1973-1977
Banfield, Myra D. D Rosenburg 1961-1963
Blair, Anita D El Paso 1953-1955
Bode, Mary Jane D Austin 1977-1981
Cofer, Lanell D Dallas 1977-1983
Colson, Neveille D Navasota 1939-1949
Combs, Susan R Austin 1993-
Conley, Karyne Jones D San Antonio 1989-
Cooper, Anne R San Marcos 1985-1989
Danburg, Debra D Houston 1981-
Davila, Diane D Houston 1993-
Delco, Wilhelmina D Austin 1977-1995
Delisi, Dianne White R Temple 1991-
Denny, Mary R Aubrey 1993-
Denton, Betty 1977- D Waco 1995
Duff, Virginia 1951- D Ferris 1963
Dukes, Dawnna D Austin 1995-
Ehrhardt, Harryette B. D Dallas 1995-
Farenthold, Frances D Corpus Christi 1969-1973
Farrar, Jessica Cristina D Houston 1995-
Fenley, Florence D Uvalde 1943-1947
Flores,Yolanda N. D Houston 1993-1995
Giddings, Helen D Dallas 1993-
Glossbrenner, Ernestine D Alice 1977-1993
Gordon, Margaret Harris D Waco 1939-1941
Gray, Patricia D Galveston 1992-
Greenberg, Sherri, D Austin 1991-
Guerrero, Lena D Austin 1985-1991
Gurley, Dorothy Gillis D Del Rio 1951-1955
Hairgrove, Sue D Lake Jackson 1967-1969
Hamric, Peggy R Houston 1991-
Hawley, Judy D Portland 1995-
Henderson, Mrs. A.R. (Persis) D Groesbeck 1949-1951
Hernandez, Christine D San Antonio 1991-
Hill, Anita R Garland 1977-1993
Hill, Patricia R Dallas 1983-1991
Hughes, Sarah T. D Dallas 1931-1937
Issacks, Maud D El Paso 1954-1957
Johnson, Eddie Bernice D Dallas 1973-1977
Krier, Cynthia Taylor R San Antonio 1985-1993
Linebarger, Libby D Manchaca 1989-1995
Luna, Vilma D Corpus Christi 1993-
McBee, Susan Gurley D Del Rio 1975-1983
McDonald, Nancy D El Paso 1984-
McKenna, Jan R Arlington 1983-1987
Miller, Chris, D Fort worth 1973-1979
Moffat, Nancy R Southlake 1993-
Moore, Helen D Texas City 1929-1933 and
Mowery, Anna R Fort Worth 1935-1937
Park, Carolyn R Bedford 1988-
Polk, Mary D El Paso 1979-1984
Rangel, Irma R Kingsville 1977-1984
Reyna, Elvira R Mesquite 1977
Robinson, Phyllis D Gonzales 1993-
Romo, Sylvia D San Antonio 1983-1989
Rountree, Mrs. Lee J. D Bryan 1993-
Rusling, Barbara R Waco 1931-1933
Schechter, Sue D Bellaire 1995-
Shea, Gwyn Clarkstone R Irving 1991-1995
Still, Rae Files D Waxahachie 1983-1993
Strong, Mrs. N.R. (Cora) D Slocum 1941-1951
Suiter, Elizabeth D Winnsboro 1931-1933
Sutton, Lou Nelle D San Antonio 1943-1949
Thompson, Senfronia D Houston 1976-1989
Van de Putte, Leticia D San Antonio 1973-
Weddington, Sarah D Austin 1991-
Wilmans, Edith D Dallas 1973-1977
Wohlgemuth, Arlene R Burleson 1923-1925
Woolley, Beverly R Houston 1995-

 

Andujar, Betty R Fort Worth 1973-1983
Colson, Neveille D Navasota 1949-1967
Johnson, Eddie Bernice D Dallas 1987-1993
Jordan, Barbara D Houston 1967-1973
Krier, Cyndi Taylor R San Antonio 1986-1993
Neal, Margie D Carthage 1927-1935
Nelson, Jane R Lewisville 1993-
Rosson, Peggy D El Paso 1991-
Shapiro, Florence R Plano 1993-
Stewart, Lacy D Houston 1947-1949
Zaffirini, Judith R Laredo 1987-

 

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Images of Women Legislators

Box Folder
1 Representatives
1 Bailey, Kay
2 Banfield, Myra D.
3 Blair, Anita
4 Bode, Mary Jane
5 Cofer, Lanell
6 Colson, Neveille
7 Combs, Susan
8 Conley, Karyne Jones
9 Cooper, Anne
10 Danburg, Debra
11 Davila, Diane
12 Delco, Wilhelmina
13 Delisi, Dianne White,
14 Denny, Mary
15 Denton, Betty
16 Duff, Virginia
17 Dukes, Dawnna
18 Ehrhardt, Harryette B.
19 Farenthold, Frances
20 Farrar, Jessica Cristina
21 Fenley, Florence
22 Flores,Yolanda N.
23 Giddings, Helen
24 Glossbrenner, Ernestine,
25 Gordon, Margaret Harris
Box Folder
2 26 Gray, Patricia,
27 Greenberg, Sherri,
28 Guerrero, Lena
29 Gurley, Dorothy Gillis
30 Hairgrove, Sue
31 Hamric, Peggy
32 Hawley, Judy
33 Henderson, Mrs. A.R. (Robin)
34 Hernandez, Christine
35 Hill, Anita
36 Hill, Patricia
37 Hughes, Sarah T.
38 Issacks, Maud
39 Johnson, Eddie Bernice
40 Krier, Cynthia Taylor
41 Linebarger, Libby
42 Luna, Vilma
43 McBee, Susan Gurley
44 McDonald, Nancy
45 McKenna, Jan
46 Miller, Chris
47 Moffat, Nancy
48 Moore, Helen
49 Mowery, Anna
50 Park, Carolyn
51 Polk, Mary
52 Rangel, Irma
53 Reyna, Elvira
Box Folder
3 54 Robinson, Phyllis
55 Romo, Sylvia
56 Rountree, Mrs. Lee J.
57 Rusling, Barbara
58 Schechter, Sue
59 Shea, Gwyn Clarkstone
60 Still, Rae Files
61 Strong, Mrs. N.R. (Cora)
62 Suiter, Elizabeth
63 Sutton, Lou Nelle
64 Thompson, Senfronia
65 Van de Putte, Leticia
66 Weddington, Sarah
67 Wilmans, Edith
68 Wohlgemuth, Arlene
69 Woolley, Beverly
Senators
70 Andujar, Betty
6 Colson, Neveille
39 Johnson, Eddie Bernice
71 Jordan, Barbara
72 Neal, Margie
73 Nelson, Jane
74 Rosson, Peggy
75 Shapiro, Florence
76 Stewart, Lacy
77 Zaffirini, Judith

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Captions and Credits

Box Folder
4 1 - 2 Exhibit captions, 1994
3 Exhibit credits, 1994
4 Negatives of displayed exhibit, undated

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