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General Materials of the Office of Texas House Speaker

Books:

The problem of the Texas constitution / a paper prepared for the Texas Urban Development Commission by John E. Bebout. (Houston, Tex.) : Institute for Urban Studies, University of Houston, (1971).

KFT 1603 Z9 B422 Architecture Library
KFT 1603 Z9 B4 PCL Stacks
KFT 1603 Z9 B4 Architecture Library
KFT 1603 Z9 B4 Public Affairs Library
KFT 1603 Z9 B4 Public Affairs Library Copy 2

The impact of the Texas constitution on the Legislature. Written by the Citizens Conference on State Legislatures. Houston, (Institute for Urban Studies, University of Houston) 1973.

LAW KFT 1621 Z9 C57 1973 Law Library Copy 1
LAW KFT 1621 Z9 C57 1973 Law Library Rare Books Copy 2. Use in library only.
KFT 1602 C57 Public Affairs Library
KFT 1602 C57 Public Affairs Library Copy 2
KFT 1621 Z9 C585 Center for American History. Use in library only.
KFT 1621 Z9 C585 Photocopy Center for American History. Use in library only.

Sketches of Legislators and State officers, fifteenth Legislature, 1876–1878. Written by John Cardwell. Austin, Texas: Democratic Statesman Steam Print 1876. (Copy notes: TxU copy imperfect: all following p. 144 wanting.)

TZZ 923.2 C179S Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.

Personnel of the Texas State government, with sketches of distinguished Texans, embracing the executive and staff, heads of the departments, United States senators and representatives, members of the XXth Legislature. Compiled and published by L. E. Daniell. Austin, Texas: Press of the City Printing Company, 1887.

TZ 920 D227 Center for American History TXC-Z Collection Copy 1. Use in library only.
TZ 920 D227 Center for American History TXC-Z Collection Copy 2. Use in library only.
TZ 920 D227P 1887 Center for American History TXC-Z Collection. Use in library only.
T920 D227P 1887 Center for American History. Use in library only.

The capitol story: statehouse in Texas. Written by Mike Fowler and Jack Maguire with Noel Grisham and Marla Johnson. Austin, Tex.: Eakin Press, 1988.

- Q - F 394 A98 T484 1988 PCL Stacks
- Q - F 394 A98 T484 1988 Center for American History. Use in library only.
- Q - F 394 A98 T484 1988 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
F 394 A98 T484 1988 Architecture Library Copy 2
- Q - F 394 A98 T484 1988 Public Affairs Library

What they get: how moneyed interests influence the Texas Legislature. Written by Patrick Kelly Graves. M.A. report (Pub. Aff.)–University of Texas at Austin, 1997.

REPORT 1997 G786 Public Affairs Library
REPORT 1997 G786 Photocopy Center for American History. Use in library only.

Grassroots women: a memoir of the Texas Republican party. Written by Meg McKain Grier. Boerne, Tex.: Wingscape Press, 2001.

HQ 1236 U6 G75 2001 PCL Stacks
HQ 1236 U6 G75 2001 Center for American History. Use in library only.
HQ 1236 U6 G75 2001 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.

Black victory: the rise and fall of the white primary in Texas. Written by Darlene Clark Hine. Columbia, Mo.: University of Missouri Press, c. 2003.

KFT 1620.85 S9 H56 PCL Stacks
KFT 1620.85 S9 H56 PCL Stacks
KFT 1620.85 S9 H56 Center for American History. Use in library only.
KFT 1620.85 S9 H56 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
LAW KFT 1620.85 S9 H56 Law Library

Molly Ivins can't say that, can she? Written by Molly Ivins. New York: Random House, 1991.

F 391.2 I95 1991 PCL Stacks
F 391.2 I95 1991 PCL Stacks Copy 2
F 391.2 I95 1991 PCL Stacks Copy 3
F 391.2 I95 1991 PCL Stacks
F 391.2 I95 1991 Center for American History. Use in library only.
LAW F 391.2 I95 1991 Law Library Hyder Popular Reading Room

Nothin' but good times ahead. Written by Molly Ivins. New York: Random House,  1993.

E 885 I95 1993 PCL Stacks
E 885 I95 1993 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
E 885 I95 1993 Public Affairs Library
LAW E 885 I95 1993 Law Library
CASSTTE 4978 (audio cassette) Center for American History. Use in library only.

Shrub: the short but happy political life of George W. Bush. Written by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose. New York: Random House, 2000.

LAW F 391.4 B87 I95 2000 TALLONS Law Library Catalog
F 391.4 B87 I84 2000 PCL Stacks Copy 2
F 391.4 B87 I84 2000 PCL Stacks
F 391.4 B87 I84 2000 Center for American History. Use in library only.

The Texas legislature: a study. Written by the League of Women Voters of Texas. Houston, Tex.: The League, 1967–.

JK 4868 T38 1967 Public Affairs Library

Texas State government; a volume of biographical sketches and passing comment. Written by E. H. Loughery. Austin, Texas: McLeod & Jackson, printers, 1897.

TZ 923.2 L929T 1897 Center for American History TXC-Z Collection. Use in library only.
TZZ 923.2 L929T 1897 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
TZZ 923.2 L929T 1897 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection Copy 2. Use in library only.

The world of Texas politics. Austin, Tex.: Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin, 1989. 1 videocassette (57 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in. Credits: George Christian, moderator; participants include Molly Ivins, Dan Morales, and Lewis L. Gould, among others. Presentations and discussions from a symposium sponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs and others, on August 22, 1989.

VIDCASS 2187 Center for American History. Use in library only.

Capitol women: Texas female legislators, 1923–1999. Written by Nancy Baker Jones and Ruthe Winegarten. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000.

F 391.3 J66 2000 PCL Stacks
F 391.3 J66 2000 Center for American History. Use in library only.
F 391.3 J66 2000 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
F 391.3 J66 2000 Public Affairs Library
LAW F 391.3 J66 2000 Law Library

The twenty-seventh Legislature and State Administration of Texas, 1901. Written by Niel John McArthur. Austin, Texas: B. C. Jones, printers, c. 1901.

TZZ 923.2 M118T Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
T328.7648 M118 Center for American History. Use in library only.

Welcome to the Texas House. Printed by the Texas House of Representatives. Austin, Texas: The House of Representatives, 1977.

JK 4878 T48 73RD Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4878 T48 69TH Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4878 T48 66TH Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4878 T48 65TH Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4878 T48 65TH Center for American History Copy 2. Use in library only.
JK 4878 T48 65TH through 73RD Center for American History. Use in library only.

The Texas House of Representatives: a pictorial roster, 1846–1992. Edited by Charles E. Spellman with a foreword by Gibson D. (Gib) Lewis. Austin, Tex.: The House, c. 1992.

- Q - JK 4878 T48 1992 Center for American History. Use in library only.
- Q - JK 4878 T48 1992 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.

Texas legislative almanac. College Station, Texas: Texas A&M University Press, c. 1997–.

PCL Stacks JK 4830 T377 1999
Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection JK 4830 T377 1997 through 1999. Use in library only.

Texas legislative annual. Austin, Texas: c. 1992–.

Center for American History JK 4830 T379 V.1 1991/92 72ND through V.2 1993–94. Use in library only.

The Texas Capitol: a history of the Lone Star statehouse. Austin, Tex.: Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council, 1998.

F 394 A98 T4866 1998 PCL Stacks
F 394 A98 T4866 1998 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
TXDOC L1400.8 C172 1998 Public Affairs Library - Texas Documents
LAW F 394 A98 T49 1998 Law Library
LAW F 394 A98 T49 2005 Law Library

Presiding officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1982. Prepared by the staff of the Texas Legislative Council. Austin, Tex.: The Council, 1982.

JK 4830 P737 1982 Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4830 P737 1982 Center for American History Copy 2. Use in library only.
JK 4830 P737 1982 Center for American History Copy. Use in library only.
LAW JK 4866 P73 1982 Law Library

Presiding officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1991. Prepared by the staff of the Texas Legislative Council. Austin, Tex.: Texas House of Representatives, 1991.

JK 4830 P737 1991 Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4830 P737 1991 Center for American History TXC-Z Collection. Use in library only.
LAW JK 4866 P73 1991 Law Library

Presiding officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–1995. Prepared by the staff of the Texas Legislative Council. Austin, Tex.: Published by the Council, 1995.

JK 4866 T48 1995 PCL Stacks
JK 4866 T48 1995 Center for American History. Use in library only.
LAW JK 4866 P73 1995 Law Library

Presiding officers of the Texas Legislature, 1846–2002. Prepared by the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council. Austin, Tex.: The Council, 2002.

TXDOC L1400.5 P926O 2002 Center for American History Reference Collection. Use in library only.
LAW JK 4866 P73 2002 Law Library

Texas legislative handbook. Dallas: Legislative Handbook.

PCL Stacks JK 4871 T482 1983/84 through 1993–94
JK 4871 T482 1979/80 through 1991/92 1993/94 2001/02 Center for American History. Use in library only.
Public Affairs Library JK 4871 T482 1981/82 through 1987/88

Texas legislative handbook. Austin, Texas: Legislative Associates.

LAW JK 4830 T38 Law Library Reference Use in library only.

Texas legislative handbook. Compiled by Stanley K. Young. Austin, Texas: Texas Legislative Council, 1972?

JK 4830 Y65 1972 Public Affairs Library
JK 4830 Y65 1972 Public Affairs Library Copy 2
JK 4830 Y65 1972 Public Affairs Library Copy 3
JK 4830 Y65 1972 Public Affairs Library Copy 4

Texas legislative handbook. Compiled by Stanley K. Young. Austin, Texas: Texas Legislative Council, 1973.

JK 4871 Y685 PCL Stacks
JK 4871 Y685 PCL Stacks Copy 2
JK 4871 Y685 Center for American History. Use in library only.
JK 4871 Y685 Center for American History Copy 2. Use in library only.
LAW KFT 1621 Y68 Law Library Copy 1
LAW KFT 1621 Y68 Law Library Copy 2

The Texas State Capitol: selected essays from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. Austin: Texas State Historical Association, c1995.

F 394 A98 T488 1995 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.

Mortgaged House : campaign contributions to Texas representatives, 1995–1996. Written by Lynn Tran and Andrew Wheat. Austin, Tex.: Public Citizen's Texas Office: Texans for Public Justice; Washington, DC: U.S. PIRG Education Fund, c1998.

JK 1991.5 T4 T72 1998 Public Affairs Library
JK 1991.5 T4 T72 1998 PHOTOCOPY Center for American History. Use in library only.

The Capitol of Texas: a legend is reborn. Photography by Larry Kolvoord, et. al.; text by Michael E. Ward ; edited by Maggie Balough, et al. Atlanta, Ga.: Longstreet Press, 1995.

- Q - F 394 A98 T483 1995 Center for American History. Use in library only.
- Q - F 394 A98 T483 1995 Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.

Documents:

Ivins, Molly, papers, bulk 1950–2007.

Organized into 2 series: Professional career papers and Personal papers. Arranged chronologically by type of material.

Additions to the collection are made periodically. Check with repository for further information. Syndicated columnist, author, and lecturer on Texas Legislature and politics; United States government, politics, and social issues, Mary Tyler Ivins was born 1944, Monterrey, California, to Margaret and James E. Ivins, and grew up in Houston. She earned a B.A. degree in history, Smith College (1966) and an M.A. degree in journalism, Columbia University (1967), and then worked as reporter for the Houston Chronicle (1967), Minneapolis Tribune (1967–1970), New York Times (1976–1977), and the New York Times Rocky Mountain Bureau (1977–1980).

She was co-editor of the Texas Observer (1971–1976); columnist for the Dallas Times Herald (1982–1991), Fort Worth Star-Telegram (from 1992), The Progressive, and Ms.; contributor to radio and television; and author of magazine articles and of books: Molly Ivins Can't Say That, Can She? (1991) and Nothin' but Good Times Ahead (1993). In 1990 Liz Faulk became Ivins' personal assistant. Ivins has resided in Austin, Texas, since 1982. Summary: Correspondence, literary productions, printed material, legal documents, photographs, sound recordings, video productions, and other items document Ivins' journalistic career and personal life. Bulk of professional correspondence reflects public response to Ivins' writings concerning abortion, gays in the military, gun control, First Amendment rights, health care, Waco Branch Davidians, Persian Gulf war, and other topics. Subseries Printed material contains programs and invitations for events in which Ivins participated. Subseries Literary productions contains some articles (1968–1982) and Ivins' columns from Dallas Times Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Progressive, and Ms., as well as drafts and proofs of her books. Research files organized alphabetically by subject. Correspondence and legal documents relate to lawsuit against Ivins and Ronnie Dugger by Texas evangelist Lester Roloff. Bulk of personal papers is correspondence and school records. John Henry Faulk's relationship as mentor to Ivins is documented in the correspondence and in his oral autobiography.

Access to portions of the personal papers is restricted. Check with repository for further information.

Cite as: Molly Ivins Papers, 1936, 1950–2007, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

House journal of the ... session of the ... Legislature. (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1903–1907).

Center for American History (TXC-ZZ) copy of the 8th legislative special session (1861) is from the Morrow (William H.) Collection and is bound with the Senate journal of the same session.

Center for American History T328 S H 28th Regular 1903 January–April & Special 1903 April–May through 30th 1st Called 1907 April–May. Use in library only.

LAW KFT 1218 H6 Law Library Rare Books. Use in library only.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the ____session of the _____ Legislature of Texas (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1909–).

Current: http://tlo2.tlc.state.tx.us/hjrnl/home.htm

Older volumes:
Public Affairs Library J 87 T42 1949 51ST V.1 through 2001 77TH V.7
Center for American History T328 S H 31ST Regular 1909 January–March through 75TH 1997 V.6. Use in library only.
Center for American History TZZ 328 S H 31ST Regular 1909 January–March. Use in library only.

Journal of the House of Representatives of the ____ session of the ____ Legislature of Texas. (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones Co., 1909–.) Publisher varies. Includes also the extra sessions and supplements. Vols. for 9th session (1861/1862)-10th session (1864) published by the Texas State Library, 1963–1966. 31st Legislature, 3rd and 4th called sessions (1910) - 58th (1963) shelved in rare books room. Not all volumes are complete.

LAW KFT 1218 H6 Law Library. Use in library only.

Theses:

The role of the Texas speaker in the Texas House of Representatives: an historical and contemporary analysis. Written by William Kent Brunette. Austin, Texas, The University of Texas, 1979. Report (M.A.)–University of Texas at Austin, 1979.

Report 1979 B835 PCL Stacks.

Staffing the Speaker's office. Written by Deborah S. Cartwright. Austin, Tex.: The University of Texas, 1976. Report (M.A.)–University of Texas at Austin, 1976.

Report 1976 C248 Public Affairs Library Copy 2
Report 1976 C248 Public Affairs Library. In library storage facility - ask at circulation desk.

Covering the Texas Legislature. Written by Marshall Clinton Formby, Jr. (Austin, Texas: The University of Texas, 1947.) Thesis (M.J.)–University of Texas at Austin, 1947.

T1947 F766 PCL Stacks Copy 2
T1947 F766 PCL Stacks Copy 3
T1947 F766 Request at Periodicals Desk PCL Level 2 Copy 1. Use in library only. In library storage facility.

The opportunity structure of legislative leadership: the case of Texas from a comparative perspective. Written by Katherine Ann Hinckley. Palo Alto, California: Stanford University, 1970. Photocopy of typescript. Thesis–Stanford University.

JK 4867 1970 H562 PCL Stacks

The House of Representatives of the State of Texas: general information and historical notes. (Author filed in catalog as) Gus F. Mutscher, Speaker of the House. Austin, Texas: House of Representatives, 197–.

JK 4866 T45 PCL Stacks
TZZ 328.764 T312H Center for American History TXC-ZZ Collection. Use in library only.
T328.764 T312H Center for American History. Use in library only.
T328.764 T312H Center for American History Copy 2. Use in library only.
LAW KFT 1623 A85 Law Library

Legislative effectiveness: a study of the membership of the Texas House of Representatives of the 69th Legislature. Written by Philip D. Smith. Austin, Texas: The University of Texas at Austin, 1986. Report (M.A. Public Affairs)–University of Texas at Austin, 1986.

Report 1986 SM63 Public Affairs Library Copy 1
Report 1986 SM63 Public Affairs Library Copy 2

Political administration in the Texas Legislature. Written by Norman Wigington. Austin, Tex.: The University of Texas at Austin, 1977. Report (M.A.)–University of Texas at Austin, 1977.

Report 1977 W658 Public Affairs Library. In library storage facility - ask at circulation desk.

Vertical File:

Texas–Legislature–House–Speakers

The file includes materials provided by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee dated August 23, 1966, pertaining to the July 16, 1966, dedication of an historical marker to Ira Ingram, the first speaker of the House for the Republic of Texas. The materials include a letter from Truett Latimer, executive director of the Texas States Historical Survey Committee and mail addresses of living former speakers from R.E. Thomason (who served in 1919) to the incumbent Speaker Ben Barnes. Also included is a typescript of recollections from former speakers R. E. Thomason, Robert Lee Bobbitt, Fred H. Minor, Coke R. Stevenson, Robert W. Calvert, Homer Leonard, Price Daniel, Reuben Senterfitt, Byron Tunnell, and Waggoner Carr. The file holds a short history of Ira Ingram and press releases announcing the dedication as well. According to the press release, Ben Barnes was slated to deliver the key address and was attempting to locate descendants of former speakers. The file also contains a pamphlet, "Facts about Texas," published by the Texas House, during Ben Barnes' term as speaker, that lists speakers of the House from W. E. Crump in 1846 to Byron Tunnell in 1963, on its back cover.

The file contains a random assortment of clippings concerning speakers and the office of speaker, extending from the 1880s to the 1990s. A Dallas Morning News clip from January 9, 1933, "Rival Seekers of Speakership Busy at Austin," covers Coke Stevenson's race for the speaker's post. A Stewart Davis column in the June 19, 1971, Dallas Morning News, "Speaker's Power Expected to Be Pared," discusses the momentum for reform under Gus Mutscher's regime. Davis notes that House members have grown tired of Mutscher's "Prussianism" and iron-handed rule, charging that the speaker has abused his power to appoint committees and their chairs to stack them with allies and to kill bills that a majority of House members would support. This has led to legislative logjams, with the House and the Senate passing respective versions of bills that are never reconciled in conference committee. In the spirit of reform, a 10-member Austin committee, "Citizens for a Better Legislature," made up of mostly retired bankers, journalists, pastors educators, and administrators, calls for changes in House rules in the December 15, 1971, Houston Chronicle story, "Group Urges One-Year Limit for Speaker."

The pendulum swings the other way in the November 22, 1974, Austin American-Statesman article, "Boost in House Speaker's Power Proposed." The Rules Advisory Committee, part of the Conference on State Legislatures non-profit group's study of Texas government, suggests that the percentage of committee slots that should be claimed based on seniority be reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent. The committee also suggests reducing the number of standing committees from 21 to 16. Fear of the speaker's growing powers, however, reemerges in an April 7, 1983, Houston Post article, "Proposal to curb some of speaker's powers debated." Rep. Bob Bush, a Democrat, promotes changes to take away powers recently acquired by Gib Lewis, by giving a new executive committee of nine or fifteen House members the powers now held by the speaker under Rule 1 of the House rules. This includes the power to appoint committees and their chairs and vice chairs, to refer bills to committees, pick the speaker pro tem, to enforce the rules, to control the House chambers and adjacent rooms, and to select officers of the House. Lewis recently acquired the power to fire chairs and vice chairs of committees, and appoint the entire House Appropriation Committee without regard to seniority.

A history of the power of Texas House speakers is provided in the September 9, 1980, Dallas Morning News article, "Speaker's office now a prize plum." As writer Sam Kinch notes, for almost a century, "The speaker generally was a strong, independent-minded person who presided over a collection of similar individuals for a single 2-year term and then resumed regular legislative service as a member." Kinch cites 1935 as the year that the office changed from a position filled by House members as a service to colleagues into a platform for upward mobility and a center of power in and of itself. Kinch notes that in 1935 Coke Stevenson broke precedent by winning a second consecutive term, running against future Speaker Robert Calvert who spoke of an emerging "tyranny" in the speakers' office. Both Stevenson and Calvert later rose to higher office and, with Homer Leonard in the 1940s, the tradition of speakers returning to serve as simple House members ended. The article cites the alliance of modern speakers with lobby groups, a friendship that has strengthened as speakers have held on to the office for longer terms and modified House rules to strengthen the power of the office.

A May 18, 1981, Dallas Morning News article, "Speaker to host historic reunion of legislators," reports on the "Speaker's Day" held at the state Capitol. For the first time ever, "Speaker's Day," which had been marked by lobbyists, House members and staff lavishing gifts on the speaker, became a reunion and a charity event. "Speaker's Day" transformed into a legislative reunion. Fourth-term Speaker Billy Clayton was to host 750 former legislators, including members of the 1925–27 Legislature. Instead of gifts, Clayton asked that donations be given to two charities in his home district—Girlstown and Boys Ranch. A Dave McNeely column from the April 20, 1989, Austin American-Statesman, "Speaker's Day at the Capitol changes with the times," notes that the extravagant gift-giving by lobbyists on Speaker's Day became an embarrassment after Speaker Gus Mutscher's indictment on corruption charges in the early 1970s. "But now their contributions go for food and whiskey for former House members and hangers-on, and what's left over goes to worthy causes. This year it's for the Capitol restoration effort," McNeely writes.

Videotapes:

The Texas Legislature Austin, Tex.?: Texas Young Lawyers Association, 1982.

1 VHS video cassette (ca. 45 min.): sd., col.; 1/2 in.
LAW Videocassette KFT1621 T49 Law Library Media Center. Use in library only.

Audiotapes:

Bo Byers Interview, 2004.

Interview with longtime Capitol correspondent Bo Byers, formerly of the Houston Chronicle, at his Austin home conducted by Dr. Michael Phillips of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project. The interview covers his journalism career and his evaluation of speakers from the 1950s to the present day. Also discussed are his memories of events like the Sharpstown Scandal and the Kennedy assassination, his analysis of the rise of the Republican Party and decline of the Democrats, and his perspective on recent controversies such as congressional redistricting in 2002.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

Sam Kinch, Jr., Interview, 2004.

Interview with Sam Kinch, Jr., at the Center for American History in Austin. Dr. Michael Phillips of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project conducts the interview. Kinch began covering the state Capitol in 1961 while he was a student at the University of Texas at Austin. Kinch talks about his career, his time as an editor of the Daily Texan student newspaper at the University of Texas at Austin, his work with the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Weekly political newsletter. Kinch evaluates speakers from the 1960s to the present day, discusses the Sharpstown scandal and its political fallout, describes the rise and fall of the state Democratic and Republican parties, and current controversies such as congressional redistricting.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

Nelda Laney, interview, 2005.

Interview with Nelda Laney, wife of former House Speaker Pete Laney, at her husband's Capitol office in Austin. Dr. Patrick Cox of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project conducts the interview. Laney discusses her life as wife of the speaker, but focuses primarily on her work to preserve and document the history of the speakers' apartment.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

Dave McNeely Interview, 2004.

Interview with Dave McNeeley, longtime political editor for the Austin American-Statesman, at the Center for American History in Austin. Dr. Michael Phillips of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project conducts the interview. McNeeley discusses the state of modern journalism, the career of speakers such as Pete Laney and Tom Craddick, the battle over congressional redistricting in 2002, George W. Bush's career as governor and other topics.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

John Moritz Interview, 2006.

Interview with John Moritz, longtime political reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, at hit Austin residence. Dr. Michael Phillips of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project conducts the interview. Moritz, who has also covered capital punishment in Texas, discusses death penalty procedures and provides a political analysis of the death penalty in the state. Moritz also analyzes the careers of speakers such as Pete Laney and Tom Craddick, the battle over congressional redistricting in 2002, the reason for the rise of the Republican Party in Texas in the 1990s, George W. Bush's career as governor and other topics.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

Ali Turley and Doug Young Interview, 2004.

Interview with Capitol Curator Ali Turley and State Preservation Board Senior Design Specialist Doug Young at the offices of the State Preservation Board in Austin. Dr. Michael Phillips of the Texas House Speakers Oral History Project conducts the interview, which concerns the history of the state Capitol and the speakers' apartment. Turley and Young also discuss the renovations that took place at the Capitol following a 1983 fire that destroyed the lieutenant governor's apartment and devastated much of the building, and current programs to promote Texas art within the speaker apartment and the rest of the Capitol.

Audio. Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.
Transcript of interview. [Transcript not yet available] Center for American History Copy 1. Use in library only.

Vertical File:

Speaker Apartment

File includes copies of government documents, unpublished manuscripts, architectural blueprints, and press accounts detailing the history of the speaker's apartment in the state Capitol.