Archival Records of Governor Rick Perry at the Texas State Archives
Frequently Asked Questions


What records does the Texas State Archives have concerning Rick Perry as Texas Governor?

Texas Governor (December 2000-January 2015)

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has received the official records of the Governor Rick Perry's term, 2000-2015, in paper and/or electronic format. (Not all records are available in digital format.)  These records include the following divisions of the Office of Governor Rick Perry: Executive; Scheduling; Governor's Mansion; General Counsel; Office of the First Lady; Appointments; Legislative; Press; Budget, Planning and Policy; Correspondence; Internal Audit; Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities; Texas Music Office; Economic Development and Tourist Development; Texas Film Commission and the Governor's Commission for Women. Many of the digital records from Governor Perry's term can be accessed through the Texas Digital Archive. More will become available through the Texas Digital Archives as they are imported by Archives staff.

Many of the records of Governor Rick Perry's administration contain restricted information under the Texas Public Information Act and must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be released to the public.

For more information on these records, contact the Reference Desk. To access these records, please see the section "How do I request records about Rick Perry from the Texas State Archives?"

Records required for the continuity of governance are maintained by the Governor's Office. Contact the Governor's Office to make an open records request with them.

Related record series:

Several series of records concerning Rick Perry's inauguration as governor are described in the following finding aids:

 


What other records does the Texas State Archives have concerning Rick Perry as an elected official?

Texas Lieutenant Governor (January 1999-December 2000)

The Texas State Archives have received correspondence from the Constituent Communication Office of Lieutenant Governor Rick Perry (dated 1999-2000) and a small number of execution case files from executions presided over by Rick Perry as Lieutenant Governor in the absence of Governor George W. Bush (also dated 1999-2000).  The records are currently being processed by archives staff and finding aids will be listed as they are completed.

The Texas State Archives has records from other state officials corresponding with Rick Perry as Lieutenant Governor. These include:

The Texas State Archives also has records concerning Rick Perry’s inauguration as Lieutenant Governor:

Texas Commissioner of Agriculture (1991-1998)

The Texas State Archives have Department of Agriculture records from Rick Perry’s time as Commissioner of Agriculture. This Texas Department of Agriculture finding aid includes a description of most of those records. A recent accession of audio-visual materials has not been added to the finding aid. Researchers can request the original inventory list for Department of Agriculture Accession #2010/087 to check box inventories for audio-visual materials that include Rick Perry.

The Texas State Archives also has records from other state officials corresponding with Rick Perry as Commissioner of Agriculture. These include:

State Representative District 64 (1985-1990)

The Texas State Archives does not hold records from Rick Perry’s office, but does have records from other state officials corresponding with Perry as a legislator. The following list contains citations of records referring to Rick Perry, based on a reasonable search strategy. It is possible that additional records concerning Rick Perry are held by the Texas State Archives.

The Texas State Archives also holds photographs from the Texas House of Representatives covering Rick Perry’s time as a legislator. See What photographs do you have of Rick Perry…? for more information.
 

Ethics filings

The Texas State Archives has the following ethics filings for James R. (Rick) Perry:

Personal financial statements:

Campaign contribution and expenditure reports:

Election records

The Texas State Archives has election records covering Rick Perry’s three races for State Representative District 64, with the bulk concerning the 1984 primary and general elections. Contact the Reference Desk for election results compiled from the Texas Almanac and other sources, including the Secretary of State Elections Division records.


How do I request records about Rick Perry from the Texas State Archives?

Review the collection descriptions (referred to as finding aids) cited in the Texas Digital Archive. After reviewing these instructions, submit your public information request in one of four ways:

Fax: 512-463-5436
In person: 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, TX
Mail: P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711-2927

An archivist will contact you to determine which records are responsive to your request. Many of the record groups mentioned on this page contain information that may be exempted from disclosure under the Texas Public Information Act.  In those cases, an archivist must review the records before they can be accessed for research.  Access to or copies of records, or notification of the date of the records' availability, will be provided no later than 10 working days after the receipt of your request.  Due to the volume of requests, we cannot under any circumstances guarantee that the records will be available in less than 10 working days.

To learn more about public information requests and your rights as a requestor, please review the Texas State Archives' Public Information Act page.


How can I obtain copies of the records?

Copy fees for paper records are $0.10 per 8.5" x 11" or 8.5" x 14" page, $0.50 per 11" x 17" page, plus postage. Electronic records can be sent via e-mail, if the file size is small enough to be sent as an attachment.  If the records are too large to be sent as an email attachment, we will burn the records onto a CD.  The Texas State Archives charges $1.00 per CD.  Postage is not charged for CDs.  The State Archives requires prepayment before copies can be mailed.  These fees cannot be waived.  Please do not send cash or postage stamps as payment.  Only checks and money orders made payable to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will be accepted.  Payment should be mailed to TSLAC, P.O. Box 12516, Austin, TX 78711-2516.

We do not offer records scanning on demand at this time.


What photographs do you have of Rick Perry as an elected official?

The Texas State Archives holds photographs of Rick Perry’s in his role as a public official.

Texas Governor (December 2000-January 2015)

The bulk of photographs of Governor Rick Perry are in the Press Office files, including images of press conferences, public events throughout Texas, formal portraits and group portraits of Governor Perry, First Lady Anita Perry and their family, along with a significant number of images of the Governor's Mansion.

Photographs of Governor Perry are also available in the following record group: Inaugural Committee Perry-Dewhurst Inaugural Records, 2002-2003.
 

State Representative District 64 (1985-1990)

The Texas State Archives received photographs from the Texas House of Representatives that include Rick Perry’s service in the 69th-71st Legislatures, 1985-1990. Most of the images are black and white 35 mm contact sheets and negatives of photographs taken on the House floor during each legislative session. An index by House member lists images that include Perry. Member files also exist for each session. These contain photographs from portrait sittings and group shots taken in the member’s office or other locations away from the House floor. The 71st (and possibly other) Legislatures also include color contact sheets and negatives that are not indexed. Color photography appears to have been used for significant events, including inaugurations and state of the state addresses.
 

Commissioner of Agriculture (1991-1998)

The Texas State Archives has Department of Agriculture records from Perry’s time as Commissioner of Agriculture. This Texas Department of Agriculture finding aid includes a description of photographic materials. Researchers can request the original inventory list for Department of Agriculture Accession #2001/078 to check photo descriptions for images that include Rick Perry, and then view those photographs.
 

Lieutenant Governor (1999-December 2000)

Inaugural Committee Bush-Perry Inaugural Records, bulk 1998-1999
 

Governor (December 2000-present)

Inaugural Committee Perry-Dewhurst Inaugural Records, 2002-2003
 

Additional Photographs

There are a couple of images in an accession of Texas Commission on Environmental Quality photographs. The above list contains citations to photographic materials including Rick Perry, based on a reasonable search strategy. It is possible that additional photographs of Rick Perry are held by the Texas State Archives.  Some photographs of Rick Perry are available in digital format. To view the available digital images of Rick Perry, please consult the Texas Digital Archive. To request these images, contact the Reference Desk.


Are any Governor Rick Perry records held by the Texas State Archives available online?

Digital records of Governor Perry's Office held by the Texas State Archives are available through the Texas Digital Archive. Some of the digital records of Governor Rick Perry's administration contain restricted information under the Texas Public Information Act and must be reviewed by an archivist before they can be released to the public. These records are not available to the public through the Texas Digital Archive. For information or assistance, please contact the Reference Desk.


Do you have any emails written by Governor Rick Perry?

The Texas State Archives has several emails signed by Governor Rick Perry, but does not have any emails that can be verified as written by the Governor.


Where else can I find archival records created by Rick Perry as an elected official?

The Legislative Reference Library has some records available online for Rick Perry as Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and member of the House of Representatives. Documents include speeches, proclamations, executive orders, and messages. The website also includes links to biographies, photographs and articles.

TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online) makes descriptions of archival, manuscript, and museum collections in repositories across the state available to the public. The site consists of the collection descriptions or "finding aids" that archives, libraries, and museums create to assist users in locating information in their collections. Use the search page to locate other repositories holding records about Rick Perry.

Web crawls of the Governor's website during Rick Perry's term are also available at the TRAIL Web Archive of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Press Office staff maintained Governor Rick Perry's Flickr page and updated this social media site with photographs from his various public events. As of June 2015, photographs from this collection are still available on Rick Perry's Flickr page.

Contact your local library or the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's Reference Desk for assistance with information and publications concerning Rick Perry.

Page last modified: September 15, 2017