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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

Center for American History at the University of Texas To Acquire Major Congressional Collection

Monday, March 24, 2008
11:00 a.m.

LBJ Library 10th Floor Atrium
Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
The University of Texas at Austin
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX

Dr. Don Carleton, executive director of the Center for American History, will announce the acquisition of the papers of Congressman Jack Brooks. In addition to Congressman Brooks, the following are expected to attend: former Gov. Dolph Briscoe; former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes; Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of former President and Mrs. Johnson; Larry Temple, president of the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation; and Dean James B. Steinberg, the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs.

Jack Brooks of Beaumont, Texas, represented the Second Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 through 1966, and the Ninth Congressional District from 1967 through 1995. As a ranking member of the Judiciary Committee, Congressman Brooks helped write the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. He played a major role during the impeachment proceedings against President Richard M. Nixon. As the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Brooks sponsored significant pieces of legislation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and the Civil Rights Act of 1991. He also served as the Dean of the Texas Congressional delegation from 1979 to 1995. A graduate of the University of Texas Law School, Brooks served in the Texas Legislature from 1946 to 1950.

Congressman Jack Brooks
Congressman Jack Brooks

The Brooks Congressional Collection include photographs, legislation, correspondence, research materials, memorabilia, official documents, and campaign materials that span the entire career of Congressman Brooks. The material will be accessible to researchers once processed and housed. The Brooks papers join those of his colleagues in the Centerís congressional collections, including U.S. Senators Lloyd Bentsen and Ralph Yarborough, and Congressmen Sam Rayburn, Henry B. Gonzalez, Bill Archer, Bob Eckhardt, Jake Pickle, and Bob Krueger.

For more information contact:

Susan Binford 512-232-4006 (office) 512-415-4820 (cell)
Erin Purdy 512-495-4692 (office) 512-947-7774 (cell)


Beaumont Enterprise Hundreds upon hundreds of boxes of U.S. history ... from vantage point of former Congressman Jack Brooks ... go to UT - March 19, 2008