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Speech files, 2001-2014

Speech files, 2001-2009, 2012-2014, 34.03 MB (1,154 files) (digital)

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Scope and Content
Major responsibilities of the Press Office 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. Speech files, 2001-2009, 2012-2014, were maintained by the Governor’s Press Office and provide information on events participated in by Texas First Lady Anita Perry. Records of this office comprise electronic records including introductions and biographical information written about Anita Perry for special events, opinion editorials and letters to the editor about topics of importance to the first lady, scripts for public service annoucements, talking points, question and answers, fact sheets for public events, quotes credited to the first lady, thank you letters, and scripts for video appearances by the first lady. Records are all in electronic format.

The introductions and biographies written for Anita Perry are often focused on topics related to the event where the first lady is speaking. For example, an event in support of health care initiatives in Texas will focus on Perry’s background in nursing and her dedication to health care issues. Information about the event including the introduction speaker, date and location are sometimes included with the introduction text. Opinion editorials and letters to the editor touch on topics related to teen dating violence prevention, child abuse awareness and prevention, nursing and health care, Mother’s Day celebrations, the Governor’s Mansion restoration, and the Main Street Program. These formal written pieces include ready-for-publication versions but often do not include the name of the media outlet for which they were targeted for publication. Public service announcements (PSA) include scripts from addresses given by the first lady on radio and in video. Subjects relate to Diabetes Awareness Month, emergency preparedness, Girl Scouts, homeland security and the Texas Conference for Women. One video of the first lady’s PSA is included with the scripts. Talking points and question and answer materials include informal notes advising the first lady on how to respond to issues of importance to Texans including health care issues such as breast cancer awareness, cervical cancer and the HPV vaccine, immunization and health insurance; March of Dimes; Texas Women’s Commission; nursing; and domestic violence and teen dating violence. It is rare for a fact sheet or list of talking points to cite sources for the provided information. These resources were used by the first lady when attending events related to the various topics or giving interviews. The majority of the records involving quoted materials are quotes from other individuals used in relation to topics of interest for the first lady. There are a few quotes from the first lady herself. Quotes are related to children, education, volunteering, health care, and domestic violence. Famous and inspirational quotes include Ralph Waldo Emerson, Elie Wiesel, Martin Luther King Jr., Henry David Thoreau, Benjamin Franklin, Mark Twain, and Robert F. Kennedy. One document is entitled “Great Quotes by Great Ladies.” Speeches and formatted remarks include both drafts and finalized versions. Often information regarding the type of event, location and date are included with the more formalized speeches. Thank you letters are unsigned drafts to various individuals including state elected officials, state employees and members of the public. Video scripts are from recordings done by the first lady regarding the Governor’s Mansion, the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame, domestic violence and nursing. Scripts include the text of the video and in select instances, edits and notes for final production of the footage.

These records are arranged in alphabetical order based on subject, as organized by the originating agency. Within each folder, records are arranged chronologically.

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speech files, Texas Governor Rick Perry Press Office files for First Lady Anita Perry. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Inventory of the Speech files

Texas-Digital-Archive Return to inventory
E2015/117 Introductions and biography, 2001-2008 [1.61 MB (70 files)]
Op Ed and Letters to the Editor, 2001-2008 [1.51 MB (35 files)] [Restricted}
PSAs (public service announcements), 2005-2008 [2.91 MB (16 files)]
Question & answers and talking points, 2001-2009 [2.22 MB (76 files)]
Quotes, 2005-2008 [528 KB (21 files)]
Speeches and formatted remarks, 2001-2009, 2012-2014 [15.5 MB (505 files)] [Restricted]
Thank you letters, 2002, 2004-2007 [9.65 MB (425 files)] [Restricted]
[Contains possibly excepted information: home addresses for government employees]
Video scripts, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2013 [105 KB (6 files)]
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