Voices of Texas
The collections at the State Archives contain sound files. Listen to the following four selections on the links below.
Barbara Jordan, Ethics in State Government talk, Senate Staff Development, February 16, 1989.
Texas Senate recordings, Texas Legislature, Senate, 711601a
While an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Austin LBJ School of Public Affairs, Jordan spoke to Senate staff about the importance of ethics within government. Jordan outlines the personal responsibility of those elected to positions of power in government, reminding all who serve that they do so at the will of the people. Selected by Halley Grogan, Archivist.
End of Senator Bill Meier filibuster of SB 1275, May 4, 1977.
Texas Senate recordings, Texas Legislature, Senate, 650134a
The longest recorded filibuster in Texas legislative history is Senator Bill Meier’s stand to protect the Open Records Act. He objected to a proposal that would have prevented public inspection of the records of the Industrial Accident Board. At the end of his 43rd hour, Meier emphasizes the importance of providing access to government records for the citizens of Texas. Selected by Halley Grogan, Archivist. TSLAC staff fully embrace the principle of public access to government records.
Listen to the full audio recordings from the Texas Senate Recordings online at https://www.tsl.texas.gov/ref/senaterecordings/about.html
“Organization in Politics,” The Woman’s viewpoint magazine, Vol. 1, No. 4., January 16, 1924, pp. 7.
TSLAC-Main Collection, 050 W84 V.1 OVER-T
The Woman’s Viewpoint was a progressive, female-led periodical published out of Houston, Texas from 1923 to 1926. The magazine sought to provide a space and vehicle for Texas women to express their opinions “fully, frankly, and fearlessly.” Selected by Taylor Fox, Reference Librarian. The articles covered topics such as government, politics, women’s right to vote, and environmental concerns.
“Excerpts of oral histories from Raleigh Jones, James Green, and Robert Williams, members of the Civilian Conservation Corps, 2010.”
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records, 2017/109
The oral histories of Raleigh Jones, James Green and Robert Williams are just three examples of how vibrant stories of the past can be found among the more traditional types of government records if researchers just know where to look and what questions to ask. Selected by the Exhibits Committee.