University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ron Calhoun Papers, 1957-2002

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Calhoun, Ron, 1935-
Title: Calhoun, Ron, Papers
Dates: 1957-2002
Abstract: The background research material used by Ron Calhoun as a reporter and editor for the Dallas Times Herald compose the Ron Calhoun Papers, 1957-1990, which contains notes, correspondence, statistics, election returns, newspaper clippings, press releases, newsletters, and original newspaper morgue files from the Times Herald.
Accession No.: 2005-202; 2015-271
OCLC No.: 707937482
Extent: 16 ft. 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical/Historical Note

In the small West Texas town of Stamford, Ronald O. "Ron" Calhoun was born on February 23, 1935, to John O. "Pete" and Louise Calhoun. He studied journalism at Texas Tech University. During his college years, he began working in the newspaper business, producing a weekly newspaper in Anton and working for the university newspaper The Toreador. He won the 1960 Southwestern Journalism Congress Award for a story covering the death of three Texas Tech students in Palo Duro Canyon.

In 1961, Calhoun moved to Philadelphia, where he worked as the police and city hall reporter for the Delaware County Daily Times, garnering a Pennsylvania Newspaper Publishers Association Award for a series on welfare. After returning to Texas Tech in 1963, he worked as a copy editor for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, teaching journalism part-time at the university and completing his degree in 1964.

Calhoun began his career at the Dallas Times Herald in 1967, first as a general assignments reporter, then as city hall reporter, until he became political writer in 1968. In this position for the next twelve years, he covered all aspects of local, state, and national politics. After the general election of 1980, the Times Herald named Calhoun to its editorial board, for which he wrote editorial and weekly columns. His work focused largely on Texas politics, where he researched, reported, and chronicled many key races. Calhoun received awards from the Dallas Press Club, the Associated Press, United Press International, and the Headliners Club of Austin. Along with Bill Sloan, Calhoun was nominated for the 1971 Pulitzer Prize for articles written in the wake of the murders of three Dallas County deputy sheriffs and the tragic, racially charged aftermath.

After leaving the Times Herald, Calhoun served the Texas General Land Office as Public Information Director from 1989 until his retirement ten years later.

Scope and Contents

The background research material used by Ron Calhoun as a reporter and editor for the Dallas Times Herald compose the Ron Calhoun Papers, 1957-1990, which contains notes, correspondence, statistics, election returns, newspaper clippings, press releases, newsletters, and original newspaper morgue files from the Times Herald. The papers primarily concern Texas and national politics, including Democratic and GOP conventions and candidates; national presidential and congressional elections and primaries; Texas gubernatorial and legislative races; as well as local Texas judicial, mayoral, sheriff, and city council elections. Additionally, the papers discuss political scandals, legal trials, constitutional amendments, state tax reform, congressional redistricting, and politics regarding specific individuals and organizations, such as Lyndon B. Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen, the Jim Mattox trial, Ann Richards, George Bush, the Libertarian Party, the Jim Collins payroll scandal, and the Citizens Charter Association in Dallas.

The collection also includes newspaper clippings, correspondence, internal memos, and court cases used by Calhoun as Public Information Director of the Texas General Land Office. These files include information related to Land Commissioner Garry Mauro's 1994 campaign, Mauro's 1991 bankruptcy filing, and legal cases related to Texas land usage.


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Calhoun, Ron, 1935- -- Archives.
Mauro, Garry, 1948-.
Subjects (Organizations)
Dallas Times Herald.
Elections -- United States.
Elections -- Texas.
Journalism -- Texas -- Dallas.
Journalists -- Texas -- Dallas.
Dallas (Tex.) -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
Texas -- General Land Office -- History.
Texas -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 20th century.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ron Calhoun Papers, 1957-2002, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.

Detailed Description of the Papers



2.325/J64 Clippings, correspondence, wire reports, election results, 1957-1958
Senate, 1961
GOP, post 1960
National Conventions, 1960
Clippings, correspondence, wire reports, election results, 1960
Governor, 1962
Clippings, correspondence, wire reports, election results, 1962
L.B.J. (Lyndon B. Johnson)
State, 1969
Election, 1970
District-State convention, 1970
State guess, 1968
Presidential election, 1968
Democratic-state, national, local
Election returns, 1968
Election returns, 1972
Candidate filings, 1972
Democratic state legislature candidates, general election, 1970
Democratic state legislature candidates, primary election, 1970
GOP candidates, 1970
Primary returns, 1970
Governor's race, Democratic primary, 1972
Primary returns, 1972
2.325/J65 Democratic convention, 1972
Lieutenant Governor race, 1972
GOP candidates, 1972
Democratic candidates, 1972
Governor's race, GOP primary, 1972
Primary runoff returns, 1972
Governor runoff, 1972
U.S. Senate primary, 1972
Presidential election, 1972
Democratic runoffs, 1972
Primary returns and runoff, 1974
General election, 1974
Candidate filings, 1974
Primary, Legislative district races, maps, 1972
Republican runoffs, 1972
Courthouse races, general election, 1972
State and local congressional races, 1972
State senate races, primary, 1972
Jim Mattox trial
Courthouse, 1977-1981
Legislative, delegation and interim committees
Libertarian Party
Oscar Mauzy
Carl Thomas
Tiger Teague
Lloyd Bentsen
Bob Armstrong
2.325/J66 Jim Collins-payroll scandal
Earle Cabell
Bill Clements
Jim Collins
Texas legislature, 61st, 62nd, 63rd
Special sessions, 1972
Democratic primary and runoff, 1974
GOP gubernatorial primary and local races, 1974
County judge's race, 1974
Candidate filings, 1976
General election, 1976
Carter-Ford, 1976
Ford-Regan, Texas GOP primary, 1976
Democratic conventions, 1976
Primary runoffs, 1976
Texas primary races, Democrat and GOP, returns, 1976
Presidential primary, Democratic, 1976
Republican conventions, 1976
Fred Agnich
2.325/J67 Lloyd Bentsen, 1970-1971
Dolph Briscoe
Black caucus
Bill Braecklein
Carter administration
Ron Clower
Bill Clark
John Connally
Community Relations Commission (Dallas)
Congress, 91st through 94th
Constitutional amendments, and liquor-by-the-drink, 1971
Constitutional revision
Constitutional election, 1975
Constitutional amendment, April 22, 1975
Constitutional amendment election, 1981
Constitutional amendments, 1983
Candidate filings, 1982
General election, 1982
Primary returns, 1982
Primary, 1982
Primary runoffs, 1982
Clements-White, 1982
Bentsen-Collins, 1982
Candidate filings, 1984
Election, 1984
Primaries, 1984
2.325/J68 Judicial races, Charles Ben Howell, 1984
Sheriff's race, 1984
Primary returns, 1984
State democratic convention, 1984
State race, democratic, 1984
Candidate filings, 1986
Election, 1986, and special election, 1st district, 1985
White-Clements, 1986
Republican primary, 1986
Endorsements, 1986
Primary returns, 1986
Democratic primary, 1986
Primary runoffs, 1986
GOP gubernatorial primary, 1986
Candidate filings, 1988
Primaries and runoffs, 1988
General elections, 1988
George Bush
Ben Barnes
Ann Richards
Redistricting city, 1987-1989
State tax reform
Redistricting, 1972-1975
City council, 1980-1982
Redistricting, city, 1977-1981
Redistricting, congressional and legislative, 1981-1983
2.325/J69 Redistricting, congressional, 1983
Voter registration and population
Legislative delegation
Ted Lyon
Jim Mattox II, 1986
Garry Mauro
Regan administration
Republican party, 1978
Wright seat replacement, 1989
House speaker's race, trial, Price Daniel
Martin Frost
Phil Gramm
Ralph Hall
Ike Harris
Jim Hightower
John Hill
Bill Hobby and senate
Steve Bartlett
Sen. Lloyd Bentsen II, 1987
Bob Bullock
John Bryant
Bill Clements, 1986
Constitutional amendment, November 1989
Election, 1990
Chet Edwards
Democratic party
Trammell Crow
2.325/J70 Mark White II
Eric Jonsson, city
Gary Weber
Wes Wise shakedown
Constitutional amendments, and Dallas bond program 1985
Constitutional amendments, 1986-1987
Democratic conventions, 1974
Democratic Committee for Responsible Government (DCRG)
Democratic convention, September 1972
Robert Folsom suite
Hank Grover for governor
Ralph Hall
Sam Hudson
Dale Milford
Sheriff Clarence Jones, bail bonds
Judicial reform
La Raza Unida
Mike McKool
People's Party-New Party
Jesse Price
Mel Price
Rose Renfroe
Preston Smith
Punch card voting controversy
District 33D special election
District 33L special election
Republican national convention, 1972
Republican party
Joe Rich
Barefoot Sanders
2.325/J71a Clay Smothers
Alan Steelman
Bob Strauss
Stock probe
Charles Terrell
John Tower, background
Roy Orr
Trinity River
Jim Tyson
Ralph W. Yarborough
Citizens Charter Association (CCA), 1961-1977
Council election, 1969
Council candidates, 1971
City election, 1971
Wes Wise, mayor's race and runoff, 1971
City elections, 1973
Council candidates, 1973
Council runoffs, 1973
2.325/J71b Mayor's race, 1975
City election returns, 1975
Mayoral runoff and Place 9 race, 1976
Runoffs, Bartlett-Baldwin, November 1977
City council elections and runoff, 1977-1989
City council suits-ballot propositions, 1989
Mayor's race, 1989
Dallas charter revision, 1989
Candidate filings, 1978
General elections, 1978
2.325/J71c Hill-Briscoe, 1978
Texas Congressional races, 1978
Democratic primary, 1978
GOP primary, 1978
Hutchison-Clements, 1978
Primary runoffs, 1978
Democratic conventions, 1978
Candidate filings, 1980
General election, 1980
Primary returns, 1980
Democratic primary, local and state runoffs, 1980
GOP primary, national, local, and state, 1980
Democratic conventions, 1980
State house races, general election, 1980
State senate races, general election, 1980
Mattox-Pauken, 1980
Democratic presidential, 1980
Sheriff's race, 1980
Judicial races, 1980
Legislature, 63rd through 66th
Special session, 1978
2.325/J71d Legislature, 67th through 71st, and special sessions, 1981-1989
Ron Calhoun expense reports, Dallas Times Herald, 1968-1983
Audiotape (cassette): interviews with George Bush (1979), Ronald Reagan (1980), and John Connally (undated)
2.325/J71e Original newspaper morgue clippings from the Dallas Times Herald related to Ron Calhoun's work
2.325/L97 Texas General Land Office materials, 1995-2002
Turner Oil Fraud Case, 1995
Laguna Madre Case, 2001-2002
Review of use of state resources for political purposes, 1992
Garry Mauro bankruptcy filing, 1991
Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison indictment, 1993
Texas Land Commission campaign, Garry Mauro (3 folders), 1994
Texas Ethics Commission, regarding Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, 1995
Newspaper clippings, Texas Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, 1986