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Audiovisual Materials

This page provides a list of collections in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA) that contain significant amounts of motion picture, video, and/or sound recording content. The Texas State Library and Archives Commission does not have a formal audiovisual materials collection similar to the Prints and Photographs Collections. Because of that, this listing of collections is not inclusive of all audiovisual materials. More audiovisual materials are described in our finding aids at Processed Manuscript and Photograph Collections and Processed State and Local Records, but some may not yet be described in a finding aid. If you do not find what you are looking for, please contact our reference staff at 512-463-5455 or at Archives Information.

Users may have to perform a search across the entire TDA or browse through unlisted collections to find additional audiovisual materials not presented in this list. When choosing a search option, select the audio or video checkbox options from the Refine Your Selection sidebar under Content Type heading to help locate audiovisual materials.

See copyright statements at the item level for more information regarding the copyright status of audiovisual materials. See also the recommended citation at the item level for how to appropriately credit to source of these materials when referencing or reproducing them. Higher resolution versions of audiovisual materials may also be available in some cases. Please contact our reference staff at 512-463-5455 or at Archives Information.


Texas Attorney General Crawford C. Martin audiotape, 1969

Attorney General Crawford C. Martin audiotape

Creator: Texas. Attorney-General’s Office
Title: Attorney General Crawford C. Martin audiotape
Dates: 1969
Abstract: As the chief legal officer of the state of Texas, the attorney general is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Crawford Martin served as attorney general of Texas from 1967 to 1972. He filed successful litigation against commercial drug manufacturers for price-fixing of antibiotics and encouraged Texas consumers to file claims for a refund from money awarded in the suit. This 1969 recording informs Texas consumers how to file for the refund.

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Texas Department of Corrections Carrasco audiotapes and booklet, 1974

Carrasco Audiotapes and Booklet

Creator: Texas. Department of Corrections
Title: Department of Corrections Carrasco audiotapes and booklet
Dates: 1974
Abstract: The Texas Department of Corrections (TDC) was responsible for the operation of the prison system from 1957 to 1989, when that function was absorbed by the newly created Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Records in this series are audiocassette tapes from the Carrasco hostage incident that occurred at the Huntsville Unit education and library facility, dating from July 27 to August 12, 1974, and a booklet about the event published that same year by the TDC. The dates of the audiotapes cover most of the eleven-day incident (July 24–August 3) and include the post-incident interviews (August 7–12). The incident, also known as the “Huntsville Siege,” involved three inmates—Fred Gomez Carrasco, Rudy S. Dominguez, and Ignacio Cuevas, who took hostages and made a number of demands to prison officials in exchange for their freedom. The incident ended with the deaths of two female hostages, the wounding of other hostages, and the deaths of inmate gunmen Carrasco and Dominguez.

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Price Daniel Audiovisual materials and related papers, 1952-1962, 1980, undated

Price Daniel

Creator: Daniel, Price
Title: Price Daniel audiovisual materials and related papers
Dates: 1952-1962, 1980, undated
Abstract: Price Daniel served as Texas attorney general, US senator, and Texas governor. These audiovisual materials and related papers date 1952-1962, 1980, undated, and encompass Daniel’s service in these offices, as well as his US Senate and Texas gubernatorial campaigns, and contain one item from after his political career. Topics covered include narcotic laws, segregation, states’ rights, traffic safety, and Texas business and agriculture. The most common film format is 16mm black-and-white film, and audio materials include open reel audiotapes and instantaneous recordings. Some audiovisual materials include accompanying documents.

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More images, audio, and film of Governor Price Daniel can be found in the Bradford Smith audiovisual materials in the Manuscripts Collection. Click here to access the collection
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Beauford H. Jester Gubernatorial campaign recordings, 1946

Creator: Jester, Beauford Halbert, 1893-1949
Title: Beauford H. Jester gubernatorial campaign recordings
Dates: 1946
Abstract: Beauford H. Jester ran for and won the Democratic Party nomination for Texas governor in 1946 against primary opponent Homer P. Rainey. Jester became governor of Texas in 1947. These sound recordings were created in 1946, the bulk between May 4 and August 24, 1946. The recordings are pre-recorded and live radio broadcasts leading up to and including election day. The recordings consist of radio addresses from Beauford H. Jester covering issues such as taxes, healthcare, education, agriculture, old-age pensions, and veterans’ affairs. A portion of the recordings are the People’s Path radio program hosted by Kendall B. McClure that was created in support of Jester, and recorded testimonials from Texans in support of Jester’s candidacy. These materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Beauford H. Jester Railroad Commissioner campaign recordings and transcripts, 1942

Creator: Jester, Beauford Halbert, 1893-1949
Title: Beauford H. Jester Railroad Commissioner campaign recordings and transcripts
Dates: 1942
Abstract: Beauford H. Jester campaigned for a Texas Railroad Commissioner position in 1942, and served in that role from January 1, 1943, to January 21, 1947, before becoming governor of Texas in 1947. These sound recordings and written transcripts were created in 1942, the bulk between June 22 and August 22, 1942. The recordings are pre-recorded and live radio broadcasts and consist of radio addresses by Jester as well as recorded testimonials from Texans in support of his candidacy for Railroad Commissioner. While some of the recordings have a corresponding transcript from the same date, others do not, and some transcripts do not correspond to any of the sound recordings. These materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Press Office media files, 1972, 1998-2015, undated, bulk 2008-2012

govPerrylogoCreator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor Rick Perry Press Office media files
Dates: 1972, 1998-2015, undated
Dates: bulk 2008-2012
Abstract: Major responsibilities of the Press Office (also known as Communications) under Governor Rick Perry included issuing press releases and media advisories on the activities and actions of the governor, as well as the first lady; writing speeches and public service annoucements for the governor and the first lady; and creating visual and audio documentation of the Governor’s and the First Lady’s public events. Records of this office comprise paper and electronic records, including audio, photographs and video of Governor Perry and First Lady Anita Perry, dating 1972, 1998-2015, undated, bulk 2008-2012. Types of records include audiocassette tapes, CDs, DVDs, photographic prints and negatives, and VHS and Betacam video tapes, along with digital audio, photographic and video files. The majority of the media files are in electronic format.
Quantity: 2.7 cubic ft. and 6.4 TB (321,410 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives
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Homer P. Rainey Gubernatorial campaign recordings, 1946

Creator: Rainey, Homer P. (Homer Price), 1896-1985
Title: Homer P. Rainey gubernatorial campaign recordings
Dates: 1946
Abstract: Homer Price Rainey ran for the Democratic Party nomination for Texas Governor in 1946, but lost to Beauford H. Jester. These sound recordings were created between May 5 and August 24, 1946, from pre-recorded and live radio broadcasts leading up to and including the election day. The recordings contain addresses from Homer P. Rainey covering issues such as education, health, old-age pensions, farming, and socioeconomic inequalities. Additional addresses consist of other Texans voicing their support of Rainey, including former Texas Governor James V. Allred, Jane Y. McCallum, Marguerite Gibson Shearer Fairchild, Jerry Sadler, Cactus Pryor, and Dr. Littleton A. Woods. Rainey’s election day concession radio address is included. These materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Allan Shivers audiovisual materials, 1949-1956, undated, bulk 1954

Allan Shivers, 1907-1985

Creator: Shivers, Allan, 1907-1985
Title: Allan Shivers audiovisual materials
Dates: 1949-1956
Dates: undated
Dates: bulk 1954
Abstract: Allan Shivers served as governor of Texas from 1949 to 1957. These audiovisual materials mainly document Shivers’s 1954 gubernatorial campaign for reelection and consist of 16mm films, open reel audiotapes, instantaneous recordings, and phonograph records dating 1949-1956, bulk 1954.

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Bradford Smith audiovisual materials, 1958-1962, undated

Bradford Smith audiovisual materials

Creator: Smith, Bradford H., 1909-1993
Title: Bradford Smith audiovisual materials
Dates: 1958-1962
Dates: undated
Abstract: Bradford Smith started his career in Texas print and broadcast media in the Rio Grande Valley. In 1958, he moved to Austin to be Texas State Traffic Safety Director and later a member of Governor Price Daniel’s staff. These audiovisual materials, created by Smith while serving in those roles, date 1958-1962 and consist of black-and-white photographs and negatives, 16mm motion pictures, color transparencies, a framed drawing of a political cartoon, and an open reel audiotape. Most photographs document events of Governor Daniel. The motion pictures and audiotape described in this finding aid have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes public hearing recordings, 1959-1960, 1962

Committee on Saving Taxes Public Hearing Audiotapes and TranscriptCreator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Saving Taxes
Title: 
House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes public hearing recordings
Dates:
 1959-1960, 1962
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes, appointed during the 56th and 57th Texas Legislature, was given the charge to investigate ways to reduce costs and waste in state government and to devise operational plans for all state departments, agencies, and institutions to provide economical and efficient services to the public. The committees held public hearings during 1959-1960 and 1962, at which primarily state agency personnel testified. Each agency’s staff was asked questions concerning the agency’s operations, current expenditures and revenue generated by the agency, and what cost-saving measures could be implemented at the agency itself and throughout state government. Digital copies of the audiotape recordings of these public hearings, created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission with grant funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act, Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee recordings, 1962

Textbook Investigating Committee audiotapesCreator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Textbook Investigating Committee
Title: House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee recordings
Dates: 1962
Abstract: In response to controversy over the content of public school textbooks and assigned student reading in Texas in the 1950s and 1960s, the Texas House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee was created (House Simple Resolution 736, 57th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) in 1962 to study the contents of public school American history textbooks that had been approved for use in Texas schools and report its findings to the House of Representatives before the end of the regular session of the 58th Legislature. Economics and home economics textbooks, in addition to literary works used as assigned reading, also came under the committee’s consideration. The committee held public hearings in Austin, Amarillo, and San Antonio, and held two meetings after the hearings, all in 1962. Digital copies of the audiotape recordings of these public hearings and meetings, created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission with grant funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act, Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

These audiotapes are arranged in chronological order, grouped by hearing location (Austin, Amarillo, San Antonio), with committee meetings appearing last.

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Texas House of Representatives recordings, 1962, 1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1984

House recordings
Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives
Title: House of Representatives recordings
Dates: 1962, 1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1984, undated
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. House of Representatives recordings mainly contain floor debates, with some committee proceedings included. They span the 57th Legislature, Interim Term, in 1962, as well as the 63rd Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session, through the 68th Legislature, 2nd Called Session, from 1973 to 1984.

Recordings have been arranged by committee where possible to assist users in navigating. Logbooks associated with the recordings provide additional information about speakers and topics covered.

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Texas Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped public hearing audiotapes, 1970

Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped public hearing audiotapes
Creator: Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council. Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped
Title: Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped public hearing audiotapes
Dates: 1970
Abstract: In 1969, the Texas Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped was formed (Senate Concurrent Resolution 31, 61st Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to conduct a comprehensive study of services and rehabilitative programs for Texans with disabilities, with a focus on vocational needs. The study addressed the federal requirement for continued statewide studies of the needs of people with disabilities in order for Texas to continue to receive federal funds in support of state vocational rehabilitation programs. Records of the committee consist of six audiotape recordings of three public hearings held by the committee’s citizens advisory commission on November 5 and December 3-4, 1970. According to the label of an empty audiotape box, additional hearings were held in El Paso on November 16-17, 1970. “Handicapped” was the term commonly used at the time for people with disabilities. The recordings are in chronological order.

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Texas Senate recordings, 1972-2006, undated

Senate recordings

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Senate
Title: Senate recordings
Dates: 1972-2006
Abstract: Each chamber of the legislature has its own media department for photography and audiovisual recording of the business of that chamber. The “Senate recordings” represent Senate Media Services recordings of individual days of discussion or debate on the senate floor and in senate committees. Some joint committee recordings are also included as well as recordings of committee reports, press conferences, speeches, interviews, the National Conference of State Legislatures 1993 annual meeting, and inaugural ceremonies.

The entirety of the Senate recordings are available in the TDA. Descriptive information has been standardized beyond the original searchable database to provide more reliable information while searching or browsing.

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Texas Department of Agriculture audiovisual materials, 1969-1999, undated

Creator: Texas. Department of Agriculture
Title: Texas Department of Agriculture audiovisual materials
Dates: 1969 to 1999, undated
Abstract: The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) promotes production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development, and healthy living. TDA’s Office of Communications provides media information and keeps the public informed of TDA activities and agriculture issues via traditional and social media channels. These 16 mm motion picture films and digital copies of the original audiotape and video recordings document the department’s activities, including many of the agency’s programs and events, public appearances of commissioners Jim Hightower and Rick Perry, and interviews with agricultural producers in Texas, dating 1969-1999 and undated. The majority of the 16 mm motion picture recordings have been digitized and along with the digital copies of the original recordings are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas Department of Criminal Justice Training and Employment records, 1893-1939, 1947-2008

Sample employee payroll ledgerCreator: Texas. Board of Corrections
Title: Texas Department of Criminal Justice training and employment records
Dates: 1893-1939
Dates: 1947-2008
Abstract: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) manages inmates in state prisons, state jails, and private correctional facilities that contract with TDCJ. The agency also provides funding and certain oversight of community supervision (previously known as adult probation) and is responsible for the supervision of inmates released from prison on parole or mandatory supervision. The Texas Board of Criminal Justice (TBCJ) provides oversight of TDCJ and the Wyndham School District of TDCJ. These records date 1893-1939, 1947-2008, and document procedures at TDCJ facilities, training of prison employees and board members, and information for inmates. The materials in Employee ledgers and the films in In-service training materials have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas Department of Public Safety films, about 1960

Here's Texas - Big Bend

Creator: Texas. Department of Public Safety
Title: Department of Public Safety films
Dates: about 1960
Abstract: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) was created in 1935 for the purpose of placing the state’s functions in crime prevention and traffic control programs under a single jurisdiction. In about 1958 work began on a series of 13 color television public service films called Here’s Texas! that featured Texas tourism and traffic safety information. The films were created by Linda Shuler Productions of Dallas, produced by Humble Oil and Refining Company in cooperation with the Texas Department of Public Safety, completed in 1960. Records consist of 39 motion picture components including 16mm A rolls, B rolls, and sound tracks. The A roll, B roll, and sound track for each title in these records were digitized and combined to create the digital versions of these films, which are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee records, 1971-1978

Prize quilt, Gertrude Gibson, Colleen Collier (1977)

Creator: United States. National Commission on the Observance of International Women’s Year. Texas Coordinating Committee
Title: Texas International Women’s Year Coordinating Committee records
Dates: 1971-1978
Abstract: The Texas International Women’s Year (IWY) Coordinating Committee, also known as the Texas Coordinating Committee, was created by Congress in December 1975 with the passage of Public Law 94-167 (HR 9924, 94th Congress, 1975-1977) for the purpose of holding state meetings to elect delegates and adopt resolutions that promoted equal rights to be presented at the National Women’s Conference. The committee planned and held the Texas Women’s Meeting in Austin from June 24 to 26, 1977, where participants voted on delegates and resolutions for the National Women’s Conference held in Houston later that year. Records of the committee are attendee registration forms, correspondence, delegate nomination forms, memorandums, interviews, resolutions, publications, press material, minutes, photographs, rules and procedures, reservations, budgets, audio and video recordings, résumés, voting tally sheets, maps, buttons, exhibit panels, photo negatives, and slides, dating 1971-1978, bulk 1977.

The records are organized into eight series, of which the following have been digitized: Public relations committee files, Program committee files, and Nominations committee files.

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Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes, 1963-1990, bulk 1970-1985

State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes Creator: Texas. Travel and Information Division
Title: State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes   
Dates: 1963-1990
Abstract: The Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TSDHPT) was responsible for the building and maintenance of Texas roads and highways and for developing public mass transportation in state from 1975 to 1991. The agency was formed in 1975 when Texas legislature merged the Texas Highway Department and the Texas Mass Transportation Commission into this single agency. Both TSDHPT and the Texas Highway Department operated a Travel and Information Division that promoted travel to and within the state of Texas, highway safety, and tourism through the distribution of publications, audiovisual programs, and news media materials. Records consist of 76 film projects made up of 16mm motion pictures and motion picture components, 0.25-inch open reel audiotapes, a 35mm work print, and an audiocassette, dating 1963-1990, bulk 1970-1985. Projects comprise Texas tourism and other films, as well as radio and television news stories, commercials, and public service announcements that were produced by the division. Subjects include bridge construction, anti-littering campaigns, tourist attractions around Texas, highway safety, highway funding, and public transportation. Included are different motion picture production components, such as work prints, internegatives, sound tracks, film clips and stock shots.

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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Infrastructure Division records, 1983-2016

CCC Co No. 879, Indian Village

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department. Infrastructure Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Infrastructure Division records
Dates: 1983-2016
Abstract: The Infrastructure Division administers the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Capital Program, which includes all new construction, restoration, renovation, maintenance, and repair projects. It is responsible for all design and construction contracts for the department, and it provides professional design, construction, and project management services to state parks, wildlife management areas, hatcheries, and other department facilities. Records include manuals, project files, correspondence, office memorandum, contracts and invoices, research notes, topographical plans, maps, and photographs. The records cover the division’s administrative, financial, and operational activities, topographical research and land surveys, and special projects.

These records are organized into six series.  Only the Civilian Conservation Corps project files, 1983-1985, 1991-2016, undated, bulk 1997-2006, are available in the Texas Digital Archive.

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Texas State Library and Archives Commission Lorenzo de Zavala Building Literary Landmark commemoration materials, November-December 2009

Creator: Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Title: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Lorenzo de Zavala Building Literary Landmark commemoration materials
Dates: 2009 November-December
Abstract: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) appoints the state librarian and assistant state librarian; approves the State Library’s strategic plans, policies, appropriations requests, and operating budgets; and develops rules for administering the State Library’s legislative mandates. December 3, 2009, marked the 100th anniversary of TSLAC. In commemoration, an event was held at which a Literary Landmark designation was issued to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the use of its library resources and archives for the research and inspiration of prominent Texas authors. Speakers included State Librarian Peggy Rudd and former First Lady Laura Bush. These records consist of one Mini-DV, two digital photographs, one printed program, and one printed mailer that document this event, dated November-December 2009.

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