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Oral History Interview with Allan Shivers, April 12, 1965
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Interview with former state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor of Texas (1950-57), Allan Shivers from Lufkin, Texas. The interview includes Shivers' observations on his career in the Texas Senate (1934-45), liquor control issue, pari-mutuel betting, lobbyists, oil politics, labor relations, comments about Governors James Allred and W. Lee O'Daniel, race for lieutenant governor in 1946, views on the operation of state government, education, Truman presidential race of 1948, tidelands oil, death of Governor Jester in 1949 and succession to governorship, gubernatorial election in 1950 and the Stevenson-Eisenhower campaign of 1952. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223554/
Oral History Interview with George Clarence Moffett, 1965-1966
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Interview with Dr. George Clarence Moffett, a farmer, oilman, and former state legislator from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Dr. Moffett describes his personal experiences as a member of the House and Senate of Texas for thirty-four years and as a Delegate to Democratic National Convention in Houston in 1928. He comments about Governors W. Lee O'Daniel, Coke Stevenson, and Allan Shivers and talks about oil legislation. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223568/
Oral History Interview with Fred H. Minor, December 10, 1964
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Interview with former Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Fred H. Minor, an attorney from Lewisville, Texas. The interview includes Minor's personal experiences as a member of the Texas House of Representatives and Speaker of the House, 1931-33, as well as funding for highway construction and his philosophy concerning functions of Speaker of the House. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223550/
Oral History Interview with Alonzo W. Jamison, July 30, 1965
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Interview with former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Alonzo W. Jamison, Jr., a college professor and farmer-stockman from Denton, Texas. The interview includes Jamison's experiences and personal views as a member of the Texas House of Representatives, as well as House speakerships and lobbyist activities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223551/
Oral History Interview with Martin Dies, April 23, 1966
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Interview with former U.S. congressman Martin Dies, Sr., an attorney from Lufkin, Texas. The interview includes Dies' experiences as a Texas politician and U.S. Congressman, 1931-49 and 1950-56, and chairman of House Committee on Un-American Activities during the New Deal. Also includes his personal views on communism. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223553/
Oral History Interview with Paul J. Kilday, August 28, 1965
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Interview with Paul J. Kilday, former U.S. Congressman (1939-1940), attorney and judge from San Antonio, Texas. The interview includes Kilday's experiences and personal views of neutrality legislation, selective service legislation, Lend-Lease, conscientious objectors, atomic bomb, demobilization, Marshall Plan, Truman Doctrine, creation of Atomic Energy Commission, Unification Act of the Armed Services, creation of Department of Defense, and campaign for Congress against Maury Maverick, 1938. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223552/
Oral History Interview with Malcolm McGregor, August, 1965
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Interview with former state legislator Malcolm McGregor, an attorney from El Paso, Texas. The interview includes McGregor's experiences as a liberal in Texas Legislature, 1954-64, and his race for U.S. Congress in 1964. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223555/
Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, 1967-1968
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Interview with Ben Barnes, who was the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in 1964-68, the lieutenant governor in 1968-72, and a Democrat from Austin, Texas. In the interview, Barnes shares his thoughts and opinions on several procedures, laws, and political decisions, including reapportionment, the “one-man, one vote” decision of U.S. Supreme Court, state water systems, and state employee pay raise. He also comments on federal-state relations, revisions of Code of Criminal Procedures, industrial safety law, voter registration, the reform of liquor laws and pari-mutuel betting, revenue legislation, and one-year versus two-year budgeting. Barnes comments on fellow politician Governor John Connally. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223580/
Oral History Interview with W. N. Peach, June 24, 1966
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Interview with professional economist Dr. W. Nelson Peach. The interview includes Peach's experiences as one of the principal persons in the Rainey controversy at the University of Texas, 1944-45. It also includes his sympathies for new Deal labor legislation, being accused of pro-communist leanings, role of Dallas Morning News, investigations by Board of Regents and his dismissal, support of President Homer Rainey, and the role of AAUP. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223556/
Oral History Interview with Alonzo W. Jamison, July 26, 1967
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Interview with former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Alonzo W. Jamison, a college professor and farmer-stockman from Denton, Texas. The interview includes Jamison's experiences and personal views on the Sixtieth Legislature and activities on the House Education Committee. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223558/
Oral History Interview with Weldon Hart, 1966-1967
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Interviews with Weldon Hart, a public relations executive and executive director of the Texas Good Roads Association. The interviews includes Hart's experiences as press secretary and appointments secretary to former Governors Beauford Jester, 1947-50, and Allan Shivers, 1950-57; head of the Texas Employment Commission; organization of a Texas political machine; lobbying for the highway construction industries of Texas. The interviews took place on three separate dates: August 8, 1966, February 6, 1967, and July 3, 1967. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223557/
Oral History Interview with Homer P. Rainey, August 1967
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Interview with Homer P. Rainey, former president of the University of Texas and professor of higher education at the University of Colorado. The interview includes general coverage of Rainey's early career, his problems with the Board of Regents at the University of Texas, 1944-45, and his unsuccessful race for governor of Texas in 1946. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223559/
Oral History Interview with Frank Kell Cahoon, October 24, 1967
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Interview with former Texas House of Representatives Republican member and independent oil-man and geologist Frank K. Cahoon. The interview includes Cahoon's personal views on salaries for public school teachers, labor legislation, sales tax, liquor registration, appropriation bills, revisions in criminal code, lobby influence, and the future growth for the Republican party in Texas. Cahoon also talks about his thoughts on fellow politicians, his decision to switch career paths from business to politics, and his experiences as the only Republican representative in the Texas House. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223560/
Oral History Interview with William J. Lawson, 1968
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Interview with William J. Lawson, a former executive assistant to Governor W. Lee O'Daniel, who was the former Secretary of State for Texas. In the interview, Mr. Lawson, who is from Austin, Texas, discusses his appointment as executive assistant to O'Daniel in 1941. He also describes his role and associations with the administration at the time, as well as his impressions of O'Daniel. Mr. Lawson expresses his personal views and experiences when it comes to relations between O'Daniel and the Legislature, the Democratic State Executive Committee, patronage, the Senate, and also when O'Daniel was appointed Secretary of State. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223592/
Oral History Interview with L. DeWitt Hale, December 19, 1967
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Interview with former Democratic Texas House of Representatives member L. DeWitt Hale from Corpus Christi, Texas. The interview includes Hale's personal views on issues such as lobby influences, revenue legislation, changes in House rules, the evolution of House membership, one-year versus two-year budgets, annual legislative sessions, constitutional revisions, and higher education. The interview also includes biographical information about Hale as well as his comments on fellow politicians. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223561/
Oral History Interview with H. Grady Perry, 1968-1969
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Interview with former member of the Texas House of Representatives H. Grady Perry, a journalist from Stephenville, Texas. Mr. Perry is also a brother-in-law to former Governor Coke Stevenson. In the interview, Mr. Perry recollects his thoughts and experiences while serving in the Thirty-seventh Legislature. He comments on several different politicians including Senator Joe Bailey and Sam Johnson, and also Governors Pat Neff, James and Miriam Ferguson, and Coke Stevenson. He describes his meeting with William Jennings Bryan and goes into detail about Southwest Texas machine politics. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223599/
Oral History Interview with J. Fagg Foster, August 28, 1967
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Interview with J. Fagg Foster, from Blue Ridge, Texas. The interview includes Foster's involvement in the Rainey controversy while he was a graduate assistant at the University of Texas, 1944-45. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223563/
Oral History Interview with Ghent Sanderford, 1967
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Interview with Ghent Sanderford, attorney. The interview includes Sanderford's experiences as private secretary to Governor Miriam A. Ferguson, 1925-27 and 1933-35, his relationship with James E. Ferguson, as well as comments about Governors Pat Neff, Dan Moody, James Allred, W. Lee O'Daniel, and Coke Stevenson. The interview also includes his opinions on the Johnson-Stevenson senatorial race of 1948 and the impeachment of James Ferguson. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223562/
Oral History Interview with Oscar H. Mauzy, November 3, 1967
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Interview with former Democratic Texas Senator Oscar H. Mauzy, who was an attorney from Dallas, Texas. The interview includes the politician's personal experiences and views as a member of the Sixtieth Legislature. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223564/
Oral History Interview with Mrs. Dan Moody, 1968
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Interview with Mrs. Dan Moody, wife of former Texas Governor Dan Moody. The interview includes reminiscences of her husband's political career, the Al Smith campaign of 1928, the Stevenson-Johnson senatorial race of 1948, and excerpts from her Mansion Diary. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223572/
Oral History Interview with Wick Fowler, May 23, 1968
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Interview with Wick Fowler, a journalist from Big Sandy, Texas. The interview includes his early career as a reporter, impressions of Martin Dies, Shivers gubernatorial campaign of 1950, as well as his experiences as appointments secretary to Governor Allan Shivers and observations of Stevenson-Johnson senatorial race of 1948. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223565/
Oral History Interview with Mrs. James V. Allred, 1967-1968
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Interview with Mrs. James V. Allred, wife of former Governor James V. Allred, from Wichita Falls, Texas. The interview includes Allred's reminiscences of her husband's political career and her life in the Governor's Mansion. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223566/
Oral History Interview with William Hunter McLean, 1968
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Interview with William Hunter McLean, insurance executive, former chair of the Texas State board of Insurance (1963-68), and chairman of the Johnson-Humphrey campaign in Texas. The interview includes McLean's comments on the evolution of the State Board of Insurance, insurance scandals of the mid-1950s, fire and casualty rate-making, automobile insurance and the Johnson-Humphrey campaign in Texas. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223567/
Oral History Interview with Sarah T. Hughes, 1969
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Interview with Judge Sarah T. Hughes, a former state legislator, state district judge, and federal district judge from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Hughes discusses her experiences during her time as a member of the Texas House of Representatives. She covers a few of the many milestones of her political career, including her appointment as the state district judge by Governor James Allred, her unsuccessful congressional campaign against Adlai Stevenson in 1956, and her nomination for Vice President in 1952. Hughes comments on women's rights the Kennedy-Johnson campaign in 1960, the Kennedy assassination, and her personal thoughts and experiences concerning women's rights. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223574/
Oral History Interview with Ed Idar, February 20, 1969
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Interview with attorney Ed Idar, Jr., who is from Austin, Texas. In the interview, Mr. Idar discusses his experiences as a leader in the American GI Forum during World War II. He also talks about his affiliations with the Political Association of Spanish-speaking Organizations as well as other Mexican-American social action groups. Mr. Idar expresses his views and opinions on several issues including the problem of undocumented workers, the bracero problem, the segregation of schools, jury service, poll tax drives, LULAC, the Viva Kennedy movement, gubernatorial elections, and the Crystal City incident. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223585/
Oral History Interview with A. Y. Allee, February 21, 1969
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Interview with Captain A. Y. Allee, a member of the Texas Rangers "Company D". In the interview, Captain Allee explains what these organizations are, and why they are significant. He discusses some specific details of his job, as well as Mexican-American relations that he has observed. Captain Allee describes his version of what happened at the Crystal City Incident. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223586/
Oral History Interview with Juan Cornejo, February 21, 1969
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Interview with Juan Cornejo, who is the former Mayor of Crystal City, Texas. In the interview, Mr. Cornejo gives some background information and describes his early life, education, and work. He describes how he was elected and what his accomplishments were as Mayor. Mr. Cornejo also discusses his thoughts and personal opinions on municipal elections, discrimination, the Political Association of Spanish-Speaking Organizations, and charges against Captain A. Y. Allee. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223598/
Oral History Interview with Renne Allred, Jr., 1968
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Interview with Renne Allred, Jr., an attorney for the Receiver (State Insurance Board). The interview includes Allred's experiences during the Texas insurance scandals of the mid-1950s, James Allred's gubernatorial campaigns, early insurance litigation, appointment as assistant state attorney general (1953), state insurance frauds and scandals, and the U. S. Trust and Guaranty case. It also includes his relationship with the Texas Insurance Board, and his opinions on accounting and bookkeeping irregularities, Texas Mutual and General American cases, the role of Byron Saunders, legislative investigating committees, fraudulent activities of Ben Jack Cage, the roles of Texas Attorneys General Will Wilson and John Ben Sheppard, the suit against Republic Bank of Dallas and the role of Ralph Yarborough. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223570/
Oral History Interview with Bob Murphey, April 19, 1969
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Interview with attorney and former Sergeant-at-Arms of the Texas House of Representatives Bob Murphey, who is from Nacogdoches, Texas. Mr. Murphey is also an accomplished public speaker and the nephew of former Governor Coke Stevenson, who he comments on. In the interview, he discusses his experiences while serving as Sergeant-at-Arms. Mr. Murphey also describes his thoughts and personal views on the Stevenson-Johnson senatorial race of 1948. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223589/
Personal Diary of Mrs. Dan Moody
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The personal diary of Mrs. Dan Moody, the wife of former Texas Governor Dan Moody. The diary covers her term as First Lady of Texas while residing in the Governor's Mansion. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223571/
Oral History Interview with Marguerite Lang, May 28, 1969
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Interview with Marguerite Lang, a long-time resident of Portland, Texas. In the interview, Miss Lang describes her observations on land speculation, settlement, and development of Portland. She also discusses what it was like growing up and living an agrarian lifestyle in Portland. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223590/
Oral History Interview with Mrs. Thomas A. Wise, May 28, 1969
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Interview with Mrs. Thomas A. Wise, a homemaker and long-time resident of the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, more specifically Corpus Christi. In the interview, Mrs. Wise describes what it was like growing up in a small farming community. She discusses her observations over the settlement and development of the Corpus Christi area. She also discusses the town's Mexican-Anglo relations and cattle ranching culture. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223600/
Oral History Interview with Mrs. Walter Sparks, May 28, 1969
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Interview with Mrs. Walter Sparks, a homemaker and long-time resident of the town of Portland, Texas. In the interview, Mrs. Sparks describes her early life when she first came to Portland with her parents. She also discusses what it was like to live an agrarian lifestyle in the small community. Mrs. Sparks shares her observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around Sinton and Portland throughout the years. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223596/
Oral History Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sparks, May 29, 1969
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Interview with Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sparks, husband and wife from Portland, Texas who are in the cotton farming, banking, and insurance industries. In the interview, Mr. and Mrs. Walter both describe their childhood and early years in school and work. They both share their personal observations on land speculation, settlement, and development in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, where they have been residents for many years. They also describe the small town's social life and relations with Hispanics. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223593/
Oral History Interview with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Albin, May 30, 1969
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Interview with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Albin, who have been resident farmers in the town of Taft, Texas for a number of years. In the interview, the Albin's describe their observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around the rural town. They also talk about when they first moved to Taft in 1910, and what agrarian life was like until the 1930's. The Albin's discuss Mexican-Anglo relations in the community as well as the rise and impacts of the Ku Klux Klan. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223582/
Oral History Interview with Allan Shivers, 1966-1968
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Interview with Allan Shivers, a former state senator, lieutenant governor, and governor of Texas, 1950-57. The interview includes Shivers' observations on political career of Lyndon Johnson, the Stevenson-Johnson senatorial race of 1948, the Stevenson-Eisenhower presidential campaign of 1952, the Johnson presidential race of 1960, Texas Democratic politics from 1952-56, and the Fifty-third State Legislature. The interview also includes his opinion on the governor's role in state party organization, the state Democratic Convention of 1951, the gubernatorial election of 1954, veterans land board controversy from 1954-55, as well as insurance scandals of the mid-1950s and the lame-duck governor. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223573/
Oral History Interview with David Allred, August 9, 1967
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Interview with former Democratic journalist and member of the Texas House of Representatives David Allred from Wichita Falls, Texas. The interview includes Allred's experiences while serving in the Sixtieth Legislature as well as his personal views on the influence of lobbyists, rules of the House, power of committee chairs, defeat of pari-mutuel betting bill, the value of the Texas Legislative Council, and annual legislative sessions. The interview also contains Allred's thoughts on fellow politicians and information about his father, Governor James V. Allred. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223569/
Oral History Interview with Alla Clary, August 12, 1969
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Interview with Alla Clary, former secretary to Representative Sam Rayburn, from McKinney, Texas. In the interview, Miss Clary discusses her personal experiences and recollections from her many years of service in the office of Congressman Rayburn in Washington D.C. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223594/
Oral History Interview with O. H. Harris, November 5, 1969
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Interview with Republican Senator O. H. (Ike) Harris, an attorney from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Senator Harris describes his personal experiences and views as a member of the Sixty-first legislature. He also discloses some biographical information as well as his decision to enter politics. Senator Harris discusses his personal political philosophies on issues including one versus two-year budgets, revenue legislation, welfare legislation, and state minimum wage laws. He also comments on fellow politicians Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223588/
Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, January 5, 1970
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Interview with former Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. The interview includes Barnes' personal experiences while serving as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature, as well as his thoughts on issues such as one-year versus two-year budgets, the creation of four-year colleges, the influence of beer and liquor lobbyists, sales tax exemptions, revenue legislation, annual legislative sessions, and future political ambitions. The interview also includes the former governor's comments about Speaker Gus Mutscher. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223584/
Oral History Interview with Oscar H. Mauzy, July 24, 1968
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Interview with former Democratic Texas Senator Oscar H. Mauzy, an attorney from Dallas, Texas. The interview includes Mauzy's personal views and experiences while serving as a member of the Special Session of the Sixtieth Legislature. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223577/
Oral History Interview with L. DeWitt Hale, August 29, 1968
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Interview with former Democratic Texas House of Representatives member L. DeWitt Hale, an attorney from Corpus Christi, Texas. The interview includes Hales' personal experiences while serving as a member of the Special Session of the Sixtieth Legislator, as well as his personal thoughts on revenue legislation, the reform of liquor laws, and changes in the House rules. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223578/
Oral History Interview with Walt Parker, February 4, 1970
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Interview with Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Walt Parker, who is also a builder and farmer-rancher from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Parker describes details from his childhood and early years. He recounts his personal views and experiences as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature, and includes comments on Governor Preston Smith. Parker also discusses his personal views on issues including revenue legislation, the influence of lobbyists, state minimum wage law, the creation of new four-year colleges, committee appointments, and changes in state sales tax exemptions. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223597/
Oral History Interview with Alonzo W. Jamison, July 30, 1965
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Interview with Alonzo W. Jamison, a former Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives from Denton, Texas. The interview includes Jamison's experiences as a member of the Special Session of the Sixtieth Legislature. It also includes his personal views on appropriations, revenue bills, the budget-making process, the legislature's relationship with Governor John Connally, liquor legislation, and urban-rural conflict. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223579/
Oral History Interview with Ben H. Wooten, 1969
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Interview with Ben H. Wooten, a banker, public servant, and philanthropist. The interview includes Wooten's observations on the growth and development of banking and finance in the Southwest. The interview also includes his experiences in service during World War I as well as his multiple positions within the banking industry, including: assistant cashier of the Alba National Bank in Alba, Texas, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Farmersville, Texas, state bank examiner, Federal Home Loan Banking System, vice-president and member of the executive committee of Republic National Bank in Dallas, president of First National Bank, Dallas, chairman of the board of Dallas Federal Savings and Loan Association and multiple philanthropic activities. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223576/
Oral History Interview with David Allred, March 17, 1970
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Interview with Democratic journalist and member of the Texas House of Representatives David Allred, from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Allred discusses his experiences while serving as a member of the Regular and Special Sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also expresses his personal views on issues such as one-year versus two-year budgets, revenue bills, the extension of state sales tax, the Cavness Plan, minimum wage laws, workman's compensation, welfare legislation, student unrest on college campuses, and the establishment of additional four year college campuses. Allred also comments on Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, Speaker Gus Mutscher, and Governor Preston Smith. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223630/
Oral History Interview with Henry Patton, May 28, 1969
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Interview with Henry Patton, banker. The interview includes Patton's observations on land speculation, settlement, and development around Port Aransas and Aransas Pass, Texas, 1920-70. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223581/
Oral History Interview with David Allred, April 7, 1970
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Interview with Democratic Representative and political journalist David Allred from Wichita Falls, Texas. In the interview, Dave discusses his experiences as a member of the Special sessions of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also describes his personal views on issues including one-year versus two-year budgets, increases in sales tax, the expansion of sales tax, "grocery tax", conflicts with Speaker Gus Mutscher, beer lobbying, corporate taxes, voter disillusionment, urban-rural conflicts, Wichita Falls politics, and his campaign for reelection and contest for House speakership. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223636/
Oral History Interview with Oscar H. Mauzy, June 25, 1969
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Interview with former Democratic Texas Senator Oscar H. Mauzy, an attorney from Dallas, Texas. The interview includes Mauzy's personal views and experiences as a member of the Sixty-first legislature. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223583/
Oral History Interview with Jack Blanton, June 30, 1970
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Interview with a Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives Jack Blanton, who is also a businessman from Carrollton, Texas. In the interview, Blanton discusses his experiences and personal views as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature. He also expresses his opinions on issues including his personal political philosophies, one-year versus two-year budgets, the Caveness Plan, social legislation, the establishment of the University of Texas at Dallas, the creation of new four-year colleges, unrest on current college campuses, revenue legislation, beer and liquor lobbies, and person legislation. He also comments on Governor Preston Smith. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth223595/
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