Woodson Research Center, Rice University

Guide to the Oveta Culp Hobby papers,1817-1995 MS 459

creator Hobby, Oveta Culp, 1905-1995
Title: Oveta Culp Hobby papers
Dates: 1817-1995
Abstract: The Oveta Culp Hobby Papers detail the public life of Hobby, a Houston-based business, media, military, and political leader during the 1940s-1980s. Mrs. Hobby was the first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first commanding officer of the Women's Army Corps, chairman of the board of the Houston Post, and wife to Texas Lt. Gov. and later Governor, William P. Hobby. This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, speeches, photographs, reports, memos and video tapes.
Identification: MS 459
Quantity: 30 Linear Feet
Language: English
Repository: Woodson Research Center, Rice University, Houston, Texas

Biographical / Historical

Oveta Culp Hobby (1905-1995), first secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, first commanding officer of the Women's Army Corps, and chairman of the board of the Houston Post, second of seven children of Ike W. and Emma Elizabeth (Hoover) Culp, was born in Killeen, Texas, on January 19, 1905. Her father was a lawyer and state legislator. Oveta attended the public schools of Killeen and learned from her family the tradition of service to the community, to neighbors, to the state, and to the nation. Her mother, for instance, collected food, clothing, and money for the poor and sent her to deliver baskets of goods to neighbors who were going through hard times. She was only five or six when a temperance campaign swept Killeen, and at Sunday School all the small children were invited to sign a pledge and receive a Woman's Christian Temperance Union white ribbon to wear. Oveta thought it over and refused. She had no particular desire to drink liquor, she granted, but she might wish to when she grew up and thought it best not to give her word unless she was sure she was prepared to keep it.

From her father she acquired an early love for the law, horses, and the intricate workings of government. She stopped in his office every afternoon on her way home from school to listen to the talk and to read books far beyond her years or vocabulary. By age ten she had read the Congressional Record. At thirteen she had read the Bible three times. In the sixth grade she won a Bible as the best speller in her class. When Culp was elected to the state legislature in 1919, he took the fourteen-year-old Oveta with him to Austin, and she became a serious and interested observer of each day's sessions. Even though she missed many school days during her father's term in Austin, she graduated from Temple High School high in her class. In this period she took up elocution and recited "Alaska, the Brave Cowgirl" so dramatically that a visiting Chautauqua manager offered her a touring contract. Disappointed when her parents refused to consider the glittering offer, she turned her surplus energies to organizing the "Jolly Entertainers," a group of half a dozen teenage musicians. They toured neighboring towns and gave benefit performances to raise money to buy church organs.

In the next two years, Oveta Culp studied at Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, taught elocution, put on school plays, and became a cub reporter on the Austin Statesman. At nineteen, she had her own library of 750 volumes studded with such items as Cases of Common Law Reading, Revised Civil Statutes, Jefferson and Hamilton, The Private Papers of Colonel House, and the poetry of Edna St. Vincent Millay. In 1925, at the age of twenty, she was asked by the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives to act as legislative parliamentarian. She served in that capacity until 1931, while continuing her education with tutors and classes at the University of Texas. She became a clerk of the State Banking Commission and codified the banking laws of the state of Texas. Later she became a clerk in the legislature's judiciary committee.

The National Democratic Convention was held in Houston in 1928, and Oveta Culp was released from her work as secretary of the Democratic Club to help with convention plans. When the campaign for Al Smith had gone its losing way, she was called to work in Tom (Thomas T.) Connally's campaign for United States senator against Earle B. Mayfield, the Ku Klux Klan candidate. She next worked on a Houston mayoral campaign, after which the new mayor offered her a post as assistant to the city attorney. She accepted, with the understanding that she would be released to return to Austin as parliamentarian when the next legislative session opened. At twenty-five she was persuaded to run for the state legislature from Houston, but was beaten by a candidate who whispered darkly that she was "a parliamentarian and a Unitarian." That ended her quest for elected office.

Oveta Culp knew former governor William Pettus Hobby because he was her father's friend. Hobby, after some years as publisher of the Beaumont Enterprise, had moved to Houston in 1924 as president of Ross S. Sterling's paper, the Post-Dispatch. In 1930, when Miss Culp was assistant to the city attorney, they resumed their friendship. On February 23, 1931, when she was twenty-six and Hobby fifty-three, they were married. "Everything that ever happened to me," she liked to say, "fell in my lap. And nothing in my life would have been possible without Governor." Up to this time, she had been too interested in books, politics, government, and horseback riding to give much thought to her own appearance. She used to say that when Will Hobby arrived for their wedding, her father warned his good friend, "Will, she'll embarrass you. She doesn't give a hang about clothes." But after her marriage, she added the art of dress to her studies. The couple had two children.

In 1931 Mrs. Hobby learned newspaper publishing. She reviewed books, edited copy, wrote editorials, and thought of herself as assistant to the editor and publisher--her husband. Her official titles were book editor from 1933 to 1936, assistant editor from 1936 to 1938, and executive vice president in 1938. The Hobbys had bought the Post and were working intensely together to pay off the large debt the purchase entailed. While riding in the park one day, Mrs. Hobby was thrown from her horse and shattered her leg and a wrist. She edited the book pages from her bed and continued a research study she had begun for the Post. She returned to the office on crutches and resumed her newspaper work and her duties as president of the League of Women Voters of Texas.

She retired as editor of the Sunday book page a few months after the birth of her son. She was at the same time becoming involved in community affairs-as a member of the board of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, a member of the Junior League, a member of the Houston Symphony Orchestra Committee, and regional chairman of the depression-born Mobilization for Human Needs.

The Hobbys had a second serious accident in the summer of 1936, when they were returning from Dallas in a private plane and the pilots discovered a fire in the oil line. They landed the plane in a cotton field, and Governor Hobby was knocked unconscious. While other passengers pulled the pilots out of their flaming control room, Mrs. Hobby pulled her husband from the plane and away from the inferno. They drove the injured men into town in an old car borrowed from field workers. Mrs. Hobby helped the doctor cut charred clothing from the badly burned pilot and went with him in the ambulance to the hospital in Dallas. She was so calm throughout that it occurred neither to the doctor nor to hospital attendants that she too had been a passenger in the plane. When the fact emerged, they promptly hospitalized her.

Meanwhile, she had been working on a book drawn from her experiences in the legislature. Mr. Chairman won quick acceptance as a handbook on parliamentary law. It was adopted as a textbook by the Texas public schools in 1938. In 1935 Buffalo Bayou flooded downtown Houston and a citizens' committee was appointed to plan a flood-control program. Mrs. Hobby was the only woman on the committee. She was also Texas chairman of the advisory committee on women's participation in the New York World's Fair.

She was in Washington in June 1941 on Federal Communications Commission business. The Hobbys now owned a radio station, KPRC. She received a call from General David Searles, who asked her to organize a section on women's activities for the army. The United States had just had its first peacetime draft, and the War Department was receiving up to 10,000 letters a day from women, many asking what they could do to serve their country. But Mrs. Hobby refused Searles's request, explaining that in Houston she had a husband, two children and a job. Besides that, travel between Houston and Washington was time-consuming. The general then asked if she would draw up an organizational chart with recommendations on ways women could serve. She did so, and Searles asked her to come to Washington to put the plan in operation.

Again Mrs. Hobby refused, but told her husband about the request. Hobby, according to his wife, "was a patriot in the real sense of the word" who "thought you must do whatever your country asks you to do." "Any thoughtful person," he said, "knows that we are in this war, and that every one of us is going to have to do whatever we are called on to do." Mrs. Hobby accepted the job. In her first press interview, she said she saw the task as one of telling the facts of the army in terms interesting to women. "For every one of the 1,500,000 men in the Army today," she stated, "there are four or five women-mothers, wives, sisters, sweethearts-who are closely and personally interested. Mothers are more interested in the son's health than they are in army maneuvers. They want to know what their man or boy is doing in his recreational hours, what opportunities the men have for training and promotion, about the health of camps and the provisions made for religious life."

Mrs. Hobby was head of the Women's Interest Section, War Department Bureau of Public Relations, in 1941-1942. At General George Marshall's request, she studied the British and French women's armies and prepared a plan by which the United States could avoid their mistakes. She was heading home to Houston by way of Chicago, where she had a speaking engagement, when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. In her speech she made-as General Marshall always claimed afterward-this nation's first declaration of war. She called Governor Hobby from Chicago, and the two agreed that she must go back to Washington, where Secretary of War Henry Stimson and General Marshall gave her the task of finding what jobs women could do in regular army procedures with the least training. Next, Marshall asked her to testify to Congress on the plan for a women's army. She was also asked to draw up a list of names of women who might command it. Marshall read the list, turned it face down on his desk and said, "I'd rather you took the job." Mrs. Hobby said she could not. Her husband said she could. She later stated "it would never have crossed my mind to command an army of women. I never did learn to salute properly or master the 30-inch stride." The job she undertook was hard, often exasperating, frequently amusing, and sometimes heartbreaking. The new director had to travel constantly, speaking to large groups of men and women on the radical subject of enlisting volunteer women into the army. She traveled with an electric fan and iron, so that at each overnight stop she could wash, dry, and iron her khaki uniform--the only WAAC uniform in existence at the time.

Though she always insisted she had never had to "fight for anything," and though she was never a militant feminist, she developed an abiding awareness of the barricades some women have to surmount. Because Congress had been unwilling to make the women's corps an integral part of the army the women in the War Department found themselves in limbo. When Director Hobby sent requests to army engineers for plans for WAAC barracks, the engineers replied that they worked only for the army and that the WAAC was not army. Director Hobby and her staff were forced to draw their own barracks plans.

To make the WAAC uniform attractive to large numbers of young women, Mrs. Hobby called in well-known designers. But the Army Quartermaster Corps vetoed the belt as a waste of leather and the pleat in the skirt as a waste of cloth, so the resulting WAAC uniform was a basic design of the Quartermaster Corps. Almost any army sergeant had his own jeep, but Director Hobby had to call for a car from the pool. She often worked all day and all night, went home for a shower, and returned for another day at the office. Commanding officers were horrified at the thought of women soldiers. One commandant ordered a fence built around the WAAC's barracks on the post and allowed WAACs to go the post movie only two nights a week, while men went on other nights. The comptroller general's office decreed that it could not pay the women doctors of the WAAC because they were authorized only to pay "persons in military service." Secretary of War Stimson had to ask for a special act of Congress to enable Director Hobby to pay her physicians. She was invited as an officer in the army to use the facilities of the Army-Navy Club. But would she mind, the club official added, coming in by the back door?

The WAACs, all volunteers, proved themselves quickly. It was soon evident that one WAAC could often do the work of two men in certain tasks--from secretarial work to PBX operation to kitchen patrol to parachute folding. When the corps was first organized, Congress had reluctantly agreed that perhaps the women could do fifty-four army jobs. By the time Colonel Hobby was through, they filled 239 types of jobs. By 1944 WAAC headquarters had requests for 600,000 women-more than three times the total authorized strength of the corps-from commanding generals around the world. The director's hair acquired a heavy frosting of silver during those army years, and the long days robbed her-temporarily-of her youthful look. By July 1945 she was exhausted. She requested permission to resign, and upon her release her husband was waiting for her with a stretcher. He took her to the train and to a hospital in New York for complete rest.

In January 1945 she received the Distinguished Service Medal for outstanding service. The citation stated, "without guidance or precedents in the United States military history to assist her, Colonel Hobby established sound policies and planned and supervised the selection and training of officers and regulations. Her contribution to the war effort of the nation has been of important significance." She also received medals from foreign countries, degrees from colleges and universities, and a welcome-home banquet in Houston.

Laying aside her colonel's uniform--the first worn by a woman in the United States Army--Mrs. Hobby resumed her career as director of KPRC radio and KPRC-TV and executive vice president of the Houston Post. The war years strengthened her conviction that all Americans deserve equal opportunity. Not long after the war, when she was co-chairman of the celebration of Armed Forces Day, the other chairman came to her office with plans for a big military dinner. "Fine," she agreed, "if we understand each other. No celebration of Armed Forces Day will be held in Houston which is not open to every one who has served in our armed forces-regardless of race." The man was upset and said so in terms that drew a rebuke from Governor, who had strolled in and overheard. During the war, Governor Hobby had been a member of the Houston board for the registration of aliens, and his voice of moderation saved Houstonians of Japanese ancestry from some of the injustices that later embarrassed other communities. Later, the Hobby team offered the Houston Post as a platform to Houston's religious leaders when the Supreme Court decision on desegregation of public schools was nearing public announcement. Distinguished men of every faith were invited to state their opinions on the decision, and the consensus, published on page one of the Post, was unanimously in favor of the decision. Given such wise leadership from men of God, Houston shaped a course of courtesy and sanity.

In 1946-1947, Mrs. Hobby served on boards of the Advertising Federation of America, the American Design Award Committee, the American National Red Cross, the American Cancer Society, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the Citizens Committee for the Hoover Report, and the American Assembly. In 1948 she was a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Conference on Freedom of Information and Press in Geneva, Switzerland. She was invited to fly around the world on a special circumnavigation flight of Pan American World Airways, with a stop in Japan for a conference with General Douglas MacArthur. In 1949 she was president of the Southern Newspaper Publishers Association. The University of Missouri School of Journalism awarded her its honor medal in 1950. In 1951 Governor and Mrs. Hobby were honored for distinguished service to the advancement of human relations by the National Conference of Christians and Jews.

In 1952, when General Dwight D. Eisenhower emerged as the leading candidate for the Republican nomination for president of the United States, Governor and Mrs. Hobby were immediately active on his behalf, first at the precinct level, then at the state convention. When Eisenhower was nominated at the Republican national convention, Mrs. Hobby became a key figure in the national Democrats for Eisenhower movement. After his inauguration, Eisenhower appointed her chairman of the Federal Security Agency--a non-cabinet post--but invited her to sit in on cabinet meetings. On April 11, 1953, she became the first secretary of the new Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Again she had to organize a new branch of the federal government.

To the secretary, this massive and complex department was held together by its humanitarian "common thread to family service." During that first year, an article in a New York newspaper carried the heading, "When she learns her job, Oveta Hobby may trim her week to 70 hours."

One of the major events during her term on the cabinet was the announcement of the Salk vaccine to prevent polio. Many Americans in that era were terrified of the widespread summer polio epidemics, and the demand was immediate. To hold back the vaccine until it had been properly tested was to risk children's lives, but to release it prematurely risked infecting healthy children. Mrs. Hobby was commended by Senator Alexander Smith of New Jersey for her wise handling of the issue. "Refusing to be precipitated into a hasty program of federal regimentation," Smith said, "Mrs. Hobby and her advisors with the full cooperation of the doctors, vaccine manufacturers, and distributors, worked out a program of voluntary distribution which promises maximum effectiveness and retains our basic American principle of non-federal control of the doctor-patient relationship."

Furthermore, while Mrs. Hobby was at HEW, Congress authorized $182 million for a three-year expansion of the federal-state-local hospital building program and authorized $150 million to build more chronic-disease hospitals, nursing homes, diagnostic and treatment centers, and medical rehabilitation centers. Mrs. Hobby sought grass-roots opinions with the first White House Conference on Education. To prepare for the baby-boom children, she proposed a three-year emergency plan to pool local, state, and federal funds to build $7 billion worth of schools.

In her thirty-one months as secretary, the department also improved the administration of food and drug laws, expanded the rehabilitation program, and designed a hospital insurance program to protect Americans against the rising cost of illness. In her last year in office, ten million people were added to the Social Security rolls. In 1955 Governor Hobby was ill, and Mrs. Hobby thought she could no longer stay away from Houston. She resigned in July. President Eisenhower called an unusual press conference-with himself and Mrs. Hobby seated at a table in the White House. He expressed his sadness and told her that, "None of us will forget your wise counsel, your calm confidence in the face of every kind of difficulty, your concern for people everywhere, the warm heart you brought to your job as well as your talents." One news service wrote of the conference: "Not since hundreds of people stood in Union Station and cheered Harry S. Truman of Independence, Missouri, at the end of his term has anyone left office in Washington with such fanfare as was accorded Mrs. Hobby at the White House Wednesday." Secretary of the Treasury George Humphrey called her "the best man in the Cabinet!"

In 1955 Mrs. Hobby resumed her position with the Houston Post as president and editor. In 1956 she became chairman of the board of directors of the newly organized Bank of Texas and the first woman in its 113-year history to be a member of Mutual of New York's board of trustees. Despite calls for her to return to public life, she spent the next years close to her husband, whom she rarely left for more than a few hours at a time.

She had received honorary degrees from Baylor University, Sam Houston State Teachers College, the University of Chattanooga (1943), Colorado Women's College (1947), Bard College (1954), Ohio Wesleyan University, Bryant College (1953), Columbia University, Smith College, Middlebury College (1954), Lafayette College (1954), the University of Pennsylvania, Colby College (1954), Fairleigh-Dickinson (1954), and C.W. Post College (1962).

She served on the Advisory Committee for Economic Development, the Continental Oil Company Scholarship Award Committee, the National Advisory Board of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Committee of 75 at the University of Texas, the board of the Eisenhower Birthplace Memorial Park, the President's Commission on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, the President's Commission on Civilian National Honors, the Committee for the White House Conference on Education, the board of the Eisenhower Exchange Fellowships, the Southern Regional Committee for Marshall Scholarships, the Board of Director of the Houston Symphony Society, the Southwest Advisory Board of the Institute of International Education, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund Special Studies Project, the Crusade for Freedom, the Visiting Committee of the Graduate School for Education of Harvard University, the Advisory board of the George C. Marshall Research Foundation, and the boards of the Society for Rehabilitation of the Facially Disfigured, the Texas Heart Association, the General Foods Corporation, the General Aniline and Film Corporation, and the Carnegie Commission on Educational Television.

President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed her to the National Advisory Commission of Selective Service. She flew to Vietnam as a member of the HEW Vietnam Health Education Task Force in 1966. In 1968 she was named to the board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. She supervised the construction of the Houston Post's new building on the Southwest Freeway at Post Oak Road. She also served on the board of Rice University and the Business Committee for the Arts. One of the honors that meant most to her was the naming of the library at Central Texas College in her hometown of Killeen in her honor, which was dedicated by President Johnson.

In 1984 Mrs. Hobby was named to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. She died on August 16, 1995, in Houston, and was buried at Glenwood Cemetery.

Scope and Contents

The Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, consisting of 63 document boxes, detail the public life of Hobby - business, media, military, and political leader - during a period of history when most women stayed at home to be wives and mothers. This collection consists of correspondence, newspaper and magazine clippings, speeches, photographs, reports, memos and video tapes, gathered during Hobby's lifetime and donated to the Woodson Research Center after her death. Previously, Hobby donated papers gathered from her service with the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps and the Women's Army Corps (WAAC and WAC, respectively) to the Library of Congress, and papers from her career with the Federal Security Administration, subsequently called the Department of Heath Education and Welfare, to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library in Abilene, Kansas. The materials in the series - Women's Army Corps and Health, Education, and Welfare, duplicate materials in those two libraries.


Access Restrictions

No access restrictions; this material is open for research.

Conditions Governing Access

Stored onsite at the Woodson Research Center.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library.

Index Terms

military records
United States. Army. Women's Army Corps.
United States. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.
KPRC (Radio station : Houston, Tex.).
KPRC-TV (Television station : Houston, Tex.).
Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhouse), 1913-1994
Pan American World Airways, Inc..
Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969
Hobby, Oveta Culp, 1905-1995
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Oveta Culp Hobby Papers, 1817-1995, MS #459, Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

Acquisition Information

The Papers were a gift of William Hobby and Jessica Hobby Catto in the summer of 1997.


A portion of this collection is available online at https://scholarship.rice.edu/handle/1911/78543.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I. Biographical, 1925-1995

Scope and Contents note
This series includes a variety of personal information about Oveta Culp Hobby including awards and honors she received, magazine and newspaper articles about her life, and boards and committees she served on. There is a folder about her unsuccessful run for the Texas legislature in 1930. Also included in this series are manuscript copies of the book she wrote, Mr. Chairman and the biography of her husband, William Pettus Hobby, titled The Tactful Texan and written by James A. Clark. On a more private level, there is a limited amount of correspondence with family members, information about entertaining she conducted, art she owned, gifts she donated to several institutions and even a number of recipes for cooking. Obituaries and sympathy letters conclude the series.
Arranged in 14 sub-series:
  • Subseries A: Biographical, General, 1925-1974
  • Subseries B: Awards and Certificates, 1944-1996;
  • Subseries C: Books, 1936-1941
  • Subseries D: Candidate for Legislature, 1930
  • Subseries E: Clippings, 1930-1982
  • Subseries F: Correspondence, n.d.
  • Subseries G: Entertaining, 1965-1975
  • Subseries H: Family, 1926-1986
  • Subseries I: Financial Papers, 1937-1941
  • Subseries J: Gifts, 1962-1993
  • Subseries K: House and Art, 1952-61
  • Subseries L: Memberships, 1941-1992
  • Subseries M: Recipes, n.d.
  • Subseries N: Death, 1995
Box Folder
1 1-4 Subseries A: Biographical, General, 1925-1974
1 Biographical data
2 Biographical data and interview
3 Personal identification papers
4 Official Papers, 1925, 1947, 1953, 1964, 1969, 1974
3-4 Subseries C: Books, 1936-1941
Box Folder
3 1 "How and When in Parliamentary Law" 1936-1939
2 "Mr. Chairman," Draft
3 "Mr. Chairman," Draft
4-8 "Mr. Chairman" Chapter Drafts
4 "Committees"
5 "Debate"
6 "Details of Meetings"
7 "History of Constitutional Government…"
8 "Voting"
9-10 "Mr. Chairman" correspondence 1936-1937
11 "Mr. Chairman" correspondence 1938-1939
Box Folder
4 1 Correspondence with McClure Newspaper Syndicate regarding "Mr. Chairman" 1939
2 "Mr. Chairman" correspondence 1941
3 Miscellaneous publications
4 Subseries D: Candidate for Legislature, 1930
4 Oveta Culp - Candidate for Legislature, 1930
4-5 Subseries E: Clippings, 1930-1982
Box Folder
4 5 WAC, 1940-1982
6 Mutual of New York Trustee, 1956
7 Photographs- "These are Favorites of Mrs. Hobby's" 1927-1955
8 Wedding, 1931
9 and 1930s 1940s
10 1938, 1940s, n.d.
11 1944-1972
12 1945, 1947-1948
13 1953-1954
Box Folder
5 1 1953-1955
2 1960s
3 and 1970s 1980s
4-7 Undated
8 Subseries F: Correspondence, n.d.
8 Correspondence regarding biographical stories
5-6 Subseries G: Entertaining, 1965-1975
Box Folder
5 9 Dinner party - No. 2 Remington Lane July 29, 1965,
10 Cocktail buffet honoring The Honorable and Mrs. John Connally, February 13, 1969
11 Dinner party for Steve and Susie Oaks, Bayou Club, November 2, 1977
12 Luncheon for Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Warwick Hotel, November 24, 1969
Box Folder
6 1 Party - General Foods Corp., December 3, 1968
2 Archives of American Art, Philadelphia Tour, 1973
3 Party file, dinner list 1974
4 March of Dimes International Detente Ball, 1975
5 Invitation lists, 1970
6 Party plans, permanent files, 1974
7 Party plans, 1970, n.d.
6-7 Subseries H: Family, 1926-1986
Box Folder
6 8 Governor Hobby Manuscript - typed copy
9 "The Tactful Texan"- List of schools receiving book
10-11 "The Tactful Texan" thank-you's - High Schools 1959
Box Folder
7 1 "The Tactful Texan" thank-you's - Colleges and Libraries 1958
2 Family clippings, 1933, 1938, 1983
3-10 Correspondence
3 Ike Culp to Oveta Culp Hobby on 21st birthday, 1926
4 Letter from W.P. Hobby to Oveta Culp Hobby, 1929
5 Letter from disappointed suitor to Oveta Culp Hobby, 1931
6 W.P. Hobby letter, 1956
7 Laura Hobby, n.d.
8 Jessica Hobby - newspaper articles
9 Oveta Culp Hobby to William P. Hobby, Jr.
10 Letters to Bill Hobby from non-family
11 Subseries I: Financial Papers, 1937-1941
11 Financial papers, 1937, 1938, 1941, n.d.
7-8 Subseries J: Gifts, 1962-1993
Box Folder
7 12 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - paintings, 1968, 1970, 1984-1985
13 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston - Marino Marini's Pilgrim, 1988
14 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1991
15 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1992, 1993
16 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rice University - Butler & Binion 1968, 1984-1985, 1989-1990
Box Folder
8 1 Rice University - Books, 1985, n.d.
2 Rice University - Land, 1962, 1976, 1984-1985
3 Personal Papers - Health, Education and Welfare Papers to Eisenhower Library, 1969
4 Personal Papers - Women's Army Corps Papers to Library of Congress, 1969
5-8 Subseries K: House & Art, 1952-1961
5 Book replacement - Hobby House, #2 Remington Lane 1958
6 Packing/ clothing inventories
7 Personal art - 1952, 1960
8 Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, art loans, 1960, 1961
8-10 Subseries L: Memberships, 1941-1992
Box Folder
8 9 Advisory Boards
10 Committees, general
11 Organizations, 1953-1955
Box Folder
9 1 Committee of 75 - University of Texas
2 George C. Marshall Foundation, - board memberships 1961
3 Marshall, George C. Research Foundation, 1975
4 Board memberships - Hall of Fame
5 International Women's Media Conference, Washington, D.C., November 1986
6 [Robert E.] Lee's Home Committee, 1941
7 Board of Trustees, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX, 1992
8 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, booklets, 1968
9-11 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, correspondence, 1968
12 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, expenses, 1968
Box Folder
10 1 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, minutes, 1968-1969
2 Corporation for Public Broadcasting, welcome letters, 1968
3 Southern Newspaper Publisher's Association, 1943
4 Texas State Teachers Colleges, 1941
5 Service - refused or ignored, 1967-1968
6 Subseries M: Recipes, n.d.
6 Recipes
10-12 Subseries N: Death, 1995
Box Folder
10 7 Obituaries
8 Funeral service, 1995
10-12 Correspondence
Box Folder
10 9 Cards with flowers
Box Folder
11 1 City of Killeen, 1995
2 Sympathy notes from Jack Yates High School students, 1995
3-6 Sympathy letters, 1995
Box Folder
12 1 Sympathy letters, 1995

Series II. Correspondence, 1925-1996

Scope and Contents note
Series II : Correspondence, 1925-1995
The Correspondence series include letters to and from Hobby. Hobby usually filed items under a subject, but because many letters were received by the Woodson Research Center, without a subject heading, they were filed chronologically. Where there was a subject arrangement, this was kept. In the early chronological files, there are messages from Houston Post employees, and letters discussing possible articles for publishing. The bulk of the correspondence is made up of requests for donations, household business letters, and invitations for Hobby to speak at an event and the accompanying letters of arrangements. The correspondence from Hobby's final years is mostly thank you notes, letters about friends, sympathy notes, and Christmas messages.
Hobby had relationships with many presidential figures. The third sub-series of the Correspondence comprises the correspondence she had with many presidents and some of their wives. There are letters from Eleanor Roosevelt, Herbert Hoover and John F. Kennedy, and invitations to Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George Bush's inaugurations. There is extensive correspondence, invitations and photographs with Lyndon B. Johnson and Dwight D. Eisenhower, and less with Richard M. Nixon. Hobby worked with their election campaigns, held a cabinet post during Eisenhower's term of office and because of her past political and military roles, was asked to serve on committees or give advice on an issue. Also, in her role as a media publisher, she asked for information about issues and gave unsolicited advice on several topics. Finally, there is also more personal notes and invitations between Hobby and Lady Bird Johnson, and between Hobby and Mamie Eisenhower.
Arranged in 3 sub-series:
  • A;, Chronological, 1925-1996
  • B: Subject, 1939-1970
  • C: Presidential
12-18 Subseries A: Chronological, 1995-1996
Scope and Contents note
The chronological sub- series includes letters to and from Hobby about personal or household business, invitations to speak, letters about friends, and in the earlier years, messages from Houston Post employees or about articles to be published.
Box Folder
12 2 1925-1930
3 1933
4 1934
5 1935
6 1936-1937
7 1938
8 1939-1940
9 1941-1942
10 1943
11 1944
12 1945
13 1946
14 1947
15 1948
16 1950-1951
17 1952
18 1953-1955
19 1956-1957
Box Folder
13 1 1958
2 1959
3 1960
4 1961
5 1962, 1964-1969
6 1971, 1974-1976
7 1977
8 1978
Box Folder
14 1 January - June 1979
2 June - December 1979
3 1980-1981
4 January - June 1981
5 June - December 1981
6 January - June 1982
7 June - December 1982
Box Folder
15 1 Christmas 1982
2 January - June 1983
3 June - December 1983
4-5 January - June 1984
6 July - December 1984
Box Folder
16 1 January - June 1985
2 July - October 1985
3 November - December 1985
4 January - March 1986
5 April - June 1986
6 July - September 1986
7 September - December 1986
8 January - March 1987
9 March - August 1987
10 September - December 1987
Box Folder
17 1 January - June 1988
2 July - December 1988
3 Personal Thank-You's 1991
4 December 1991, January 1992
5 1994
6-7 Letters Written 1995
Box Folder
18 1 1996
2 No dates
3 Sample letters
18-21 Subseries B: Subject, 1939-1970
Box Folder
18 4 Better Business Bureaus International 1968
5 Development of Braeswood
6 Churchill, Winston Memorial Fund 1967-1968
7 Cleburne National Bank
8 Federal Security Administration
9 Foundations 1963
10 Foundations 1967
11 Freedom of Information 1948
12 Highway Commission 1939
13 Hobby Airport Memorial 1967, 1970
14 Hobby Park, Moscow, TX 1967, 1970
15 K miscellaneous
16 Kempner family 1966
Box Folder
19 1 Killeen College 1967
2 Legislature 1939, 1941
3 Letters from distinguished people 1949-1958
4 Letters from distinguished people 1952-1961
5 Letters from distinguished people 1956-1961
6 Letters from prominent people 1961-1969
Box Folder
20 1 McCollum, Mr. and Mrs. L.F. 1966
2-3 Oil venture 1946, 1947-1957
4 Wright Patman - Congressional Record, Charitable Foundation 1962
5 Congressman Patman, 1962-1964
Box Folder
21 1 Congressman Patman, 1963
2 Congressman Patman, 1962, 1964, 1967
3 Repeal of Prohibition
4 Nelson Rockefeller
5 Social Work Publicity Council
6 Tidelands
7 United Fund of Houston and Harris County
8 Willkie Club
9 Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woodruff, 1966, 1968
21-27 Subseries C: Presidential, 1932-1995
Scope and Contents note
The presidential correspondence is arranged chronologically by presidential term and includes presidents from Herbert Hoover to George Bush.
Box Folder
21 10 Herbert Hoover 1948, 1956
11 Eleanor Roosevelt 1932, 1936, 1943, 1944
12 Eleanor Roosevelt 1943, n.d.
22-25 Dwight D. Eisenhower
Box Folder
22 1 Correspondence, 1951-1954
2 Correspondence, 1955-1956
3 Correspondence, 1957-1964
4 Correspondence, 1965-1966
5 Correspondence, 1967
6 Correspondence, 1968-1969
7 Mamie Doud Eisenhower, 1970-1971
8 The President - personal (confidential) 1953-1955, n.d.
9 White House correspondence 1954-1955
10 White House invitations 1953
Box Folder
23 1 White House invitations, January - September 1954
2 White House invitations, October - December 1954
3 White House invitations 1955
4 Eisenhower visit to Houston and Rice Convocation, October 24-25, 1960
5 Eisenhower photographs
6 Oveta Culp Hobby at party with Eisenhowers, n.d.
7 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign Plan, July 1956
8 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign - revised program plan for the TV hour on election eve September 28, 1956
9 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign literature: Campaign Facts, 1956
10 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign literature from the women's division
11 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign literature: campaign issues of 1956
12 Citizens for Eisenhower Campaign literature: miscellaneous, 1956
13 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, 1955- February 1956
14 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, March - June 1956
15 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, July - September 1956
Box Folder
24 1 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, October 1956
2 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, November - December 1956
3 Citizens for Eisenhower, correspondence, 1957-1958
4 Citizens for Eisenhower, financial reports, September 28, 1955 - December 31, 1956
5 Citizens for Eisenhower, financial reports, contributions of $100, 1956
6 Citizens for Eisenhower, financial reports, official report filed with Clerk, House of Representatives, Washington, DC, March 6, 1956; September 6, 1956; March 4, 1957; December 31, 1957
7 Citizens for Eisenhower, Eisenhower - Nixon Summary Report 1956
8 Citizens for Eisenhower, newsletters, September and November 1956
9 Citizens for Eisenhower, women's division reports, 1956
10-11 Inauguration of Eisenhower, 1953
Box Folder
25 1 President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, 1956-1957
2 President's Committee on Employment of the Physically Handicapped, 1957-1959
3 John F. Kennedy, 1961-1962
25-26 Lyndon B. Johnson
Box Folder
25 4 Correspondence, 1950, 1953-1957, n.d.
5 Correspondence, 1958-1960
6 Correspondence, 1963
7 Correspondence, 1964
8 Correspondence, 1965
9 Correspondence, 1966
10 Correspondence, 1967
11 Correspondence, 1968
12 Correspondence, 1969-1970, 1972
Box Folder
26 1 Lady Bird Johnson correspondence, 1952-1955, 1964-1966
2 Lady Bird Johnson correspondence, 1967, 1971, 1973, 1974, 1985, n.d.
3 Inauguration of Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965
4 Lyndon B. Johnson photographs, 1964, n.d.
5 Lyndon B. Johnson family photographs, including Lady Bird, 1966-1968, n.d.
6 Lyndon B. Johnson Library, 1971
7 Early radio speech by Lyndon B. Johnson, November 13, 1931
8 "The Nation Speaks Out for the President" 1964
9 "The President Speaks to the People" September, 1964
10 Clippings, 1964
11 Oral history interview of Oveta Culp Hobby, July 11, 1969
12 Lyndon B. Johnson oral history project, 1970-1979
26-27 Richard M. Nixon
Box Folder
26 13 National volunteers for Nixon-Lodge, correspondence, 1960
14 Vice President, 1960-1961
15 Campaign song, 1960
16 Campaign literature, Texans for Nixon radio talks, 1960
Box Folder
27 1 Campaign literature, excerpts from "The Real Nixon" 1960
2 Correspondence, 1963
3 Correspondence, 1968
4 Correspondence, 1969
5 Correspondence, 1970-1972
6 Gerald Ford, inaugural invitation, 1976
7 Ronald Reagan, inaugural invitations, 1981, 1985
8 George Bush, correspondence, 1968-1969, 1995, n.d.

Series III. Health, Education and Welfare, 1952-1976

Scope and Contents note
This series is comprised of letters about Hobby's appointment as the first Secretary of the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. There are clippings and photographs that document Hobby's days with the Department, as well as a limited amount of reports and office files. Except for the handwritten notes, these files for the most part duplicate, but do not encompass the scope of the materials at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library. The Office Files include materials on her Education Program, the Salk Vaccine, Segregation and Social Security. There are also several speeches she gave and statements issued by the Department. Finally there is a history of the department, Health Education and Welfare, by Brian Spinks.
Arranged in three sub-series:
  • Subseries A: Biographical, 1953-1976;
  • Subseries B: Office Files, 1952-1976
  • Subseries C: Book, n.d.
Box Folder
27 9-15 Subseries A: Biographical, 1953-1976
Scope and Contents note
The Biographical files include materials about her appointment as the First Secretary of the department.
9 Speeches, honors, citation, etc. 1953-1955
10 Biographical statements, 1955, n.d.
11 Clippings, 1953
12 Clippings, 1976
13 Nomination of Oveta Culp Hobby as Secretary of HEW; Senate confirmation 4/3/53
14 Oveta Culp Hobby steps down from HEW
15 Farewell party, July 28, 1955
27-31 Subseries B: Office Files, 1952-1976
Scope and Contents note
The Office Files, arranged alphabetically, cover a range of topics and include some hand written notes.
Box Folder
27 16 83rd Congress pictorial directory
17 Annual reports (Federal Security Agency) 1952, 1953
18 Oveta Culp Hobby Award, 1962
19 Children's Bureau, 1953-1955
20 Correspondence with May Del Flagg, 1944
21 Correspondence, 1953-1956
22 Correspondence, 1953-1955, 1959-1960, 1963
23 Correspondence, 1976
Box Folder
28 1 The Economic Club, 1952-1953
2 Executive Branch Liaison Office, facts 1953-1956
3 Education Program 1954-1955
4 Ephemera - desk plate
5 Executive Branch Liaison Office, quotes, 1954-1956
6 Reports, 1953-1955
7 Interdepartmental activities 1953-1955
8 International activities 1955
9 Juvenile delinquency 1953-1955
Box Folder
29 1 Legislation, 1954
2 Notes-on book
3 Notes-Joan Braden
4 Notes-enactments, 1954
5 Notes- "Facts on File" 1954
6 Notes-Indians
7 Notes-Charles Lawrence
8 Notes-Rufus Miles
9 Notes-Mintener
10 Notes-miscellaneous, 1953-1956
11 Notes-news releases, 1953-1955
12 Notes-on agency memos, 1953
13 Notes-Perkins
14 Notes-press conferences, 1953-1954
15 Notes-program lists, 1953-1955
16 Notes-Rockefeller
17 Notes-segregation
18 Notes-speeches, 1953-1955
19 Notes-for story about Juvenile Delinquency, 1954
20 Notes-testimony, 1953
21 Office memo, 1953
22 Official seal, 1953
23 Organization and administration, 1954-1955
24 Photograph - Hobby and Leonard A. Sheele, 1953
25 Swearing-in ceremony
26 Photographs, 1953-1954
27 Photographs, official functions and events
28 Photographs, tour - Toledo Museum of Art, 1955
29 PHS-Salk Vaccine - Release of technical report
Box Folder
30 1 PHS-Salk Vaccine - Secretary's Report to the President
2 Party platforms, 1952-1953
3 Reinsurance/Health
4 Resolutions - Senate no.7, H.S.R. no.55
5 Scrapbook, 1955
6 Segregation, 1953-1954
7 Senate Appropriations, 1954
8 "Social Security," by Brian Spinks 1955
Box Folder
31 1 Social Security amendments, 1954
2 Special institutions, 1955
3 Speeches, and list of speeches; 1953-1955 1953-1955
4 Speeches, 1954-1955
5 Statements, 1951, n.d.
6 Statements made by Oveta Culp Hobby, 1953
7 Statements made by Oveta Culp Hobby, 1954
8 Summary material 1953-1955
32-35 Subseries C: Book, n.d.
Scope and Contents note
The Book sub-series contains several drafts of a history of the department, by Brian Spinks.
32 1st draft, Part 1
33 1st draft, Part 2
34 1st draft typed
35 Final draft

Series V. KPRC, 1912-1969

Scope and Contents note
This KPRC series is not the business archives of the radio-television station; but rather Hobby's personal KPRC office files. Materials range from early architectural drawings to licenses to instructions on how to run the switchboard. Also included are files from FCC hearings from 1955 to 1959, and a history.
Materials are arranged in one series alphabetically.
Box Folder
38 16 Architectural drawings
17 Audience response studies
18 Beaumont, 1957-1959
19 Birmingham, 1960
20 Budget objective, 1969
Box Folder
39 1 FCC hearing - Beaumont, 1955-1957
2 FCC hearing - Beaumont, 1958
3 FCC hearing - Beaumont, 1959
4 Educational television, 1968
5 Jack Harris, 1950-1958
6 History
7 Interoffice - KPRC - "Houston Post" 1962
8 License for KPRC Radio, 1912
9 Miscellaneous, 1960
10 Miscellaneous, 1968. 1982
11 Purchase of "KLEE-TV" 1950
12 NBC election coverage, 1968
13 Switchboard instructions

Series VI. Photographs, 1909-1980's 1909-1980's

Scope and Contents note
This series begins with photographs of Hobby as a child and continues with portraits and snapshots that capture most stages of her life, especially her roles as a businesswoman, military leader, and political leader. There are some images of family, more of friends and many of colleagues. A scrapbook of her "Round the World" trip on Pan-American Airlines is in this series. Photographs are not exclusive to this section. When appropriate, images have been filed with the event or person they capture. There are portrait and event photographs in the Women's Army Corps and Health, Education, and Welfare series, and photographs in the Presidential sub-series of Correspondence.
Arranged in five sub-series:
  • Subseries A: Portraits, 1909- circa 1990, n.d.
  • Subseries B: Official Functions, ca. 1940-1960
  • Subseries C: Family, n.d.
  • Subseries D: Friends, n.d.
  • Subseries E: Unidentified/Miscellaneous, n.d.
Box Folder
40 1-9 Subseries A: Portraits, 1909-1990, n.d.
1 Oveta Culp Hobby, 1909, n.d.
2 Oveta Culp Hobby as a young woman at a party
3 Oveta Culp Hobby - early years
4 Oveta Culp Hobby - middle years
5 Oveta Culp Hobby - older years
6 Portraits - color
7 "Business Week Magazine"
8 "Life Magazine"
8 Casual photographs of Oveta Culp Hobby
9 Oveta Culp Hobby in khakis
40-41 Subseries B: Official Functions, ca. 1940-1960
Box Folder
40 10 Oveta Culp in Texas Legislature
11 Oveta Culp Hobby at functions, 1951, 1954
12 Military
13 With M.C. Bradshaw Mintener
14 National Press Association
15 Opening of Hobby/Neeley Hall
16 Opening of KTRH
17 Opening - unidentified
18 Pan-American Trip around the world
19 "Round the World Air Service" - Pan-American scrapbook
Box Folder
41 1 Tour of Maxwell House Coffee
2 Tour of NASA
3 Snapshots of Oveta Culp Hobby at functions
4-8 Subseries C: Family, n.d.
4 Oveta Culp Hobby & William Hobby at functions
5 Oveta Culp Hobby & baby William Hobby Jr.
6-7 Family
8 Oveta Culp Hobby with Bill Jr. at an election event
41-42 Subseries D: Friends, n.d.
Box Folder
41 9 Thomas E. Dewey
10 Eisenhower trip to deliver Commencement Address at Baylor, Waco, TX
11 Albert Thomas
12-14 Oveta Culp Hobby with others
15-16 Snapshots of Oveta Culp Hobby, family, and friends
6 Snapshots - friends
7 Snapshots - costume party & vacation
8 Snapshots - vacation
9 Snapshots - Panama vacation
Box Folder
42 1 "To Oveta"
2 Vacation photographs
3-6 Subseries E: Unidentified/Miscellaneous, n.d.
3 Unidentified party
4 Unidentified people
5 Miscellaneous
6 Transparencies

Series VII. Speeches, 1929-1983 1929-1983

Scope and Contents note
The Speeches are chronologically arranged with undated speeches listed alphabetically at the end. Speeches specific to Hobby's tenure with the Department of Health, Education and Welfare could be located in either that series or Speeches, or both. In some cases Hobby recycled speeches, which explains why a speech might be listed with several dates. This series begins with a dated speech from 1929 entitled "Twentieth Century Frontiers" and touches on a variety of issues from movie censorship and parliamentary law, to women's roles in management of government and women executives.
42-54 Subseries A: Speeches by subject
Box Folder
42 7 "Twentieth Century Frontiers," Beaumont June 29, 1929; May 4, 1938; June 29, 1939
8 Review - "The Continuing Struggle for Power" 1933
9 "Political Education for Women," Arts & Interest Forum, San Antonio, TX February 8, 1934,
10 Symphony, & Earlier June 1935
11 "Amending the Constitution," SA Jr. League & The Pilot Club February 25 & 28, 1936,
12 "Blind Voting" April 15, 1936 August 18, 1938
13 Editorial "A Plea for Tolerance" August 15, 1936
14 "It Can Happen Here" March 31, 1937
15 San Jacinto speech April 21, 1937
16 "Frontiers of Thought" May 28, 1937
Box Folder
43 1 Houston Symphony 1937, 1940
2 "Movie Censorship," Houston Council of Federated Church Women January 5, 1938
3 "Women in Journalism," Waco March 25, 1938
4 University of Houston Building Fund Campaign May 2, 1938
5 "Anti-Discrimination" March 1939
6 Pending Legislation - Land Vacancy Law ('39) March 2, 1939
7 "Kicks from Readers - How to Handle Them," American Society of Newspaper Editors April 21, 1939,
8 "Twentieth Century" July 5 & 25, 1939
9 "An Introduction to Parliamentary Law," Junior League October 10, 1939,
10 "Radio - Community Chest," KPRC November 5, 1939,
11 "Responsibility" November 9, 1939
12 "Cultural Progress in Houston," Kiwanis Club March 13, 1940,
13 Remarks for National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, 1940
14 Women's Interest Section of the War Dept. Bureau of Public Relations, September 23, 1941
15 Greetings to Officer Candidates July 23, 1942
16 "Texas Society in Washington" May 16, 1943
17 Visit of clergymen to Fort Oglethorpe June 3, 1943
18 Address to Adventure Club of New York July 21, 1943
19 Women's City Club, St. Paul, MN October 1, 1943
20 Oklahoma City, OK October 25, 1943
21 Congressional Club February 4, 1944
22 Address - Wesleyan College May 27, 1944
23 Talk before Federation of War Veterans' Societies, Pittsburgh, PA November 11, 1944
24 Broadcast dinner for Mrs. Hobby September 14, 1945
25 Texas Gulf Sulphur Co.'s Fifth Army & Navy Award October 13, 1945
26 no title January 6, 1946
27 "The Work of Women in WWII," United Daughters of the Confederacy, Houston, TX, November 21, 1945
28 TX Women's Press November 1946
29 Philadelphia Episcopal Centennial (PA) 1946
30 "The Present State of Fear and Uncertainty," Business and Professional Women's Club February 19, 1947
31 "From the Threshold to the Breach," Denver, CO, Colorado Women's College Commencement May 22, 1947
32 Texas State College for Women Dedication, Denton, TX November 11, 1947
33 "Freedom of Information," Advertising Federation of America, Cincinnati, OH June 13, 1948,
34 Rotary Club, Houston, TX July 15, 1948
35 "The Free Flow of Information Across The Border," VFW Building dedication, Laredo, TX September 28, 1948,
Box Folder
44 1 New York Herald Tribune Forum October 19, 1948
2 National Conference on Editorial Writers, Louisville, KY November 20, 1948
3 "Meeting the Crisis of our Times," Temple Beth Israel, Houston, TX December 3, 1948
4 "Newspapers - Yesterday and Today," TX Press Association, Austin, TX January 22, 1949,
5 Navasota Chamber of Commerce, Navasota, TX February 9, 1949
6 American Cancer Society, Washington, DC April 3, 1949
7 Lou Calder talk for the TPA meeting, Galveston, TX June 7, 1949
8 Andy Anderson dinner, Houston, TX June 22, 1949
9 ASNE regional meeting - Foreign Editors, Houston, TX September 28, 1949
10 Christ Church Annual Forum, Washington, DC October 13, 1949
11 SNPA Convention November 1, 1949
12 "Women's Role in Management of Government," National Reorganization Conference, Washington, DC December 12, 1949
13 "Fears of Transition," Advertising Federation of America 1940s
14 Education, late 1940s
15 Address Before Ad Club at Presentation of Certificate of Merit to Joske's by Brand Names Foundation, Houston, TX, January 24, 1950
16 Address to Alabama Press Association, Montgomery, AL February 10, 1950
17 ANPA Convention, New York, April 26, 1950
18 "Reportorial Objectivity," University of Missouri Journalism banquet, Columbia, MO May 5, 1950
19 Medalist Day, University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia May 5, 1950
20 "The Role of the Newspaper in the Red Cross Campaign," American National Red Cross Convention June 28, 1950
21 Benton resolution July 10, 1950
22 Address Honoring Jesse Jones, TX State University for Negroes, Houston, TX July 19, 1950
23 "We The People," Associated Women of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Chicago, IL December 11, 1950,
24 Foley's Department Store celebration 1950
25 Christmas speech, "Houston Post", early 1950s
26 Speech at National Conference of Christians and Jews honoring Governor & Mrs. Hobby February 28, 1951
27 "Mobilization - For What?" AAA Annual Convention, White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; Houston Advertising Club, Houston, TX April 21 & June 17, 1951
Box Folder
45 1 Armed Forces Day May 18, 1951
2 St. John's commencement address, first graduating class June 1, 1951
3 Advertising Federation of America, St. Louis, MO June 12, 1951
4 Southwestern Business University commencement, Houston, TX December 1, 1951
5 Introductory remarks, Highway Appreciation Week, Rotary Club January 24, 1952
6 Address to Southern Mechanical Conference, Southern Newspapers Association February 25, 1952
7 Address to television distributors February 27, 1952
8 Speech honoring Clifton M. Utley, National Conference of Christians and Jews, Chicago, IL April 15, 1952
9 Margie Neal's party June 16, 1952
10 Women's Overseas Service League, Dallas, TX July 7, 1952
11 Introductory remarks, Prudential dinner July 29, 1952
12 Remarks honoring Wright Morrow October 16, 1952
13 Introduction of Mr. Fairfax Cone, Houston Advertising Club, Rice Hotel November 11, 1952
14 "A Search for Understanding," American Petroleum Institute, Chicago, IL November 13, 1952
15 Speech before Governor's Wives at Governor's Convention 1952
16 "Place of Newspapers in the Field of Communication," Chicago, IL March 3, 1953
17 "American Medicine in a Changing Society," American Medical Dedication of Flagstaff for Robert M. Hubbard May 1953
18 Association House of Delegates, NY, NY, June 1, 1953
19 Ohio Wesleyan commencement, Delaware, OH, June 8, 1953
20 "Conscience in the Machine Age," Bryant College commencement, Providence, RI August 7, 1953
21 Jewish Hospital, Louisville, KY September 13, 1953
22 "Man's Right to Know," PA Newspaper Publishers Association Convention, Harrisburg, PA October 10, 1953
23 HEW Regional Department Conference, Washington, DC December 7, 1953
24 Executive Branch Liaison Fact Papers -inactive 1953-1954
25 speech kit, Republican Congressional Committee 1954
26 Press conference on the Administration's Social Security proposal, Washington, DC January 15, 1954
27 Statement before the Senate Judiciary Delinquency Subcommittee, Washington, DC January 16, 1954
28 National School Boards Association, Atlantic City, NJ February 23, 1954
29 National Conference of Christians and Jews Brotherhood dinner, Washington, DC February 23, 1954
30 Howard University Charter Day Celebration, Washington, DC March 2, 1954
31 America's Human Resources, Philadelphia Bulletin Forum, Philadelphia, PA March 9, 1954
Box Folder
46 1 "Education in an Age of Uneasiness," Yale University, Frank Spaulding Lecture on Education, New Haven, CT April 12, 1954
2 New York Republican State Committee dinner, NY, NY May 26, 1954
3 Miss Hewitt's Class commencement, NY, NY June 2, 1954
4 "Let Us Be True to One Another," Middlebury College commencement, Middlebury, VT June 14, 1954
5 American Library Association, Minneapolis, MN June 21, 1954
6 Television, NBC Network, Washington, DC July 9, 1954
7 Water Pollution Control Advisory Board, Washington, DC September 30, 1954
8 Business Advisory Council, Hot Springs, VA October 22, 1954
9 Lafayette Founder's Day, Easton, PA October 30, 1954
10 "Brotherhood" 1954
11 American Whig-Cliosophic Society, Princeton, NJ January 12, 1955
12 "What is the Community's Responsibility to the Younger Generation," Barnard College Forum, New York City February 26, 1955
13 Conference on Salk Vaccine, HEW, Washington, DC April 22, 1955
14 Citizens Conference on Salk Vaccine, HEW, Washington, DC April 22,1955
15 "Social Welfare in the Decade Ahead," National Conference on Social Work, San Francisco, CA May 29, 1955
16 Colby College commencement, Waterville, ME June 13, 1955
17 Regional Office Personnel on Poliomyelitis Vaccine Distribution Problems, Washington, DC June 20, 1955
18 National Advisory Committee on Poliomyelitis Vaccine, Washington, DC June 22, 1955
19 Acceptance of Most Distinguished Texan Award September 21, 1955
20 W. TX Crippled Children's Center, Abilene, TX September 22, 1955
21 Dedication of West TX Rehabilitation Center, Abilene, TX September 22, 1955
22 "Politics," Woman of the Year Award, Texas State Fair October 19, 1955
23 Acceptance of Texas Heritage Award, Austin, TX October 21, 1955
24 Teachers for Texas - The Dallas Plan, not used October 1955
Box Folder
47 1 "The Good Trustee," Trust Division of American Bankers Association November 4, 1955
2 Introductory Remarks, 3rd Annual Southwest Educational Exchange Dinner of the Institute of International Education December 14, 1955
3 Commencement Speech, Fairleigh Dickinson College February 4, 1956
4 Speech Given at Annual Conference, Texas Society for Mental Health, San Antonio, Texas March 2, 1956
5 Address, Eighth Annual Woman's Day Convocation April 5, 1956
6 "Our Right to Know," Canadian Club of Toronto May 7, 1956
Box Folder
48 1 "The Right to Know' Rotary Club, Houston, TX May 24, 1956
2 Commencement address, Mary Hardin-Baylor College May 28, 1956
3 St. Elizabeth Hospital Building Campaign, Beaumont, TX May 30, 1956
4 Commencement address, The Western College for Women Honorary Degree June 4, 1956
5 Speech given to Woman's National Farm and Garden Association June 6, 1956
6 Importance of the teacher in the U.S., University of Oklahoma Magazine July, 1956
7 Remarks for supporting Eisenhower for reelection, San Francisco, California August 19, 1956,
8 Address to National Home Demonstration Council September 26, 1956
9 Reelect President Eisenhower, Citizens for Eisenhower, Wilmington, Delaware October 11, 1956
10 "They also Serve Who Only Stand and Wait" Neiman Marcus Fashion Show October 15, 1956
Box Folder
49 1 West Texas Speaking Tour, work papers, drafts, misc. October 22-23, 1956
2 West Texas speaking tour #301, San Angelo, TX October 1956
3 West Texas speaking tour #302, Lubbock, TX October 1956
4 West Texas speaking tour #303, Midland, TX October 1956
5 West Texas speaking tour #304, El Paso, TX October 1956
6 Speech for reelection of Eisenhower, KPRC-TV October 31 1956
7 Reelect Eisenhower, Edna tapes November 1, 1956
8 Testimonial for Governor Shivers December 4, 1956
9 Exchange of Persons, Second National Conference of Exchange of Persons - Institute of International Education December 6, 1956
10 Mrs. David Sarnoff presentation, canceled December 14, 1956, December 12, 1956
11 YMCA, Dallas, TX April 11, 1957
12 United Church Women of Houston May 3, 1957
13 Introduction of Secretary Charles E. Wilson, Jr. Chamber of Commerce Banquet, Houston, TX May 11, 1957
14 Lyndon Johnson welcome speech December 4, 1957
15 The Role of Women in Community Service, Association of Junior Leagues of America, Inc., Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C. May 6, 1958
Box Folder
50 1 Introduction of Dr. Gainza Paz, Houston, TX October 24, 1958,
2 Opening remarks, American Society of Newspaper Editors, Washington, D.C. April 16, 1959
3 "The Art of Leadership in the Arts" Junior League regional meeting, Houston, TX January 12, 1960
4 Houston Advertising Club's Golden Anniversary Forum, Houston, TX February 11, 1960
5 Sacred Heart Dominican College, Dedication of Aquinas Student Center, Houston, TX April1 10, 1960
6 Introduction of Dr. Howland, San Antonio, TX, Conservation Society May 14, 1960
7 University of Houston Commencement, Houston, TX May 28, 1960
8 Introduction of Vice President Nixon, TX Press Association Minot, ND June 18, 1960
9 "Tool of Freedom," Association Of National Advertisers, Hot Springs, VA, November 14, 1960
10 Freedom of the Press during "Young America Speaks" KTRK-TV February 19, 1961
11 Remarks, Southwestern Assembly luncheon, Rice University May 18, 1961
12 "The Citizen's Task in the Cold War" Mutual of New York Field Underwriters & Agency Managers Conference, New York City, NY May 17, 1961
13 Introduction of Senator Monroney, River Oaks Country Club, Houston, TX October 13, 1961
14 United Food luncheon November 8, 1961
15 Remarks, dinner in honor of Dudley Sharp 1961
16 Introduction of Mrs. Maurice T. Moore, Institute for International Education Luncheon February 8, 1962
17 Republic of Italy Award to Herman Brown, Houston, TX March 9, 1962
Box Folder
51 1 National Jewish Hospital Award, Houston, TX May 9, 1962
2 Southwestern Assembly Luncheon, American Assembly, Houston, TX May 24, 1962
3 C.J. Mixon 40th anniversary dinner, Houston, TX May 29, 1962
4 "Poor Richard's Almanac 1962," Rotary Club luncheon, Houston, TX July 19, 1962
5 Sharpstown (TX) Rotary Club July 31, 1962
6 "Poor Richard's Almanac 1962," Kiwanis Club, Houston, TX August 22, 1962
7 Telstar speech September 12, 1962
8 "Poor Richard's Almanac 1962," Retail Credit Association, Houston, TX September 14, 1962
9 Retirement of Mrs. Miller September 21, 1962
10 "Poor Richard's Almanac 1962," Galveston Rotary Club, Galveston, TX October 17, 1962
11 Introduction of IIE Speaker Mr. Martin November 19, 1962
12 Beaumont Rotary Club, Beaumont TX November 21, 1962 (?)
13 Associated Press Managing Editors Meeting, Houston, TX January 27, 1963
14 "The Role of the Educated Woman," Rice University Symposium, Houston, TX January 29-30, 1963
15 Statement to Committee on Constitutional Amendments, Senate of State of State of Texas March 12, 1963
16 National Jewish Hospital Luncheon, Houston, TX March 15, 1963
Box Folder
52 1 Memorial Service for Herman Brown, SW University, Georgetown, TX March 29, 1963
2 Independent Distributors March 31, 1963
3 Galveston Chamber of Commerce, Galveston, TX April 1, 1963
4 Introduction of Dr. Denton Cooley, International Variety Club Awards, Houston, TX May 17, 1963
5 National Jewish Hospital at Denver dinner, Houston, TX May 22, 1963
6 Second Independent Distributors meeting, Houston, TX June 9, 1963
7-9 "The Woman Executive," International Management Congress, NY, NY September 16-20, 1963
Box Folder
53 1 "The Woman Executive," International Management Congress, New York, NY September 16-20, 1963
2 "Woman Executive" Correspondence
3 "The Indivisible Freedom," Grocery Manufacturer's of America November 12, 1963
4 IIE Dinner honoring Clare Boothe Luce, Houston, TX January 15, 1964
5 "City of Hope" award to Leon Jaworski, Houston, TX April 28, 1964
6 National Jewish Hospital 4th Annual Dinner, award to John T. Jones, Jr., Houston, TX May 5, 1964
7 "Women's Role in Government," Women's City Club of Cleveland, OH October 29, 1964
8 Retirement speech for Mrs's Chapman, Baker and Hines, "Houston Post" 1964
9 Presentation to Mrs. John Young, Texas Daily Newspaper Association luncheon August 16, 1965
10 Neiman Marcus "The Amazing Woman," Dallas, TX September 10, 1965
11 American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Houston, TX October 12, 1965
12 Eisenhower Celebration, Augusta, GA October 27, 1965
Box Folder
54 1 Retirement of Wilhemina Pryor, Effie F. Lockhart, Louis R. Goldman, "Houston Post" December 31, 1965
2 Retirement of Mrs. Phelps, "Houston Post" February 16, 1966
3 Rice University Association, Houston, TX April 20, 1966
4 United Fund Drive, Houston, TX September 21, 1966
5 [Houston] Rotary Club honoring Colonel W.B. Bates March 2, 1967
6 Retirement of Fred Lintelman, "Houston Post" August 7, 1967
7 Introduction of C.W. Cook - Rice Hotel United Fund luncheon August 31, 1967
8 Southwest Vocational Institute dedication, Camden, AK October 19, 1967
9 Introducing Ray Schere, KPRC 20th Anniversary lunch, Warwick Hotel January 14, 1969
10 Retirement ceremonies: Velma Miller and Charles Terrence February 28, 1969
11 Arlington Women's Club, Arlington, TX November 2, 1972
12 National Women Executives Annual Awards Dinner, Nashville, TN April 27, 1976
13 St. John's School commencement, Houston, TX June 2, 1978
14 George Catlett Marshall Award October 18, 1978
15 Opening Remarks, Deng Xiaoping breakfast, Houston, TX February 3, 1979
16 Retail Merchants Association, Houston, TX March 26, 1980
17 Savvy Awards Dinner March 16, 1983
18 Goodwill Industries Distinguished Citizen Award May 19, 1983
54-55 Subseries B: Alphabetical, n.d.
Box Folder
54 19 AMA n.d.
20 Advertising Federation of America, Cincinnati, OH June 13-16 ?
21 Speech given on art - Museum of Fine Arts n.d.
22 "From the Threshold to the Breach," Colorado Woman's College commencement
23 "A Combined Palliative and Remedial Program for Social Work," El Paso, TX n.d.
24 "Community Chest" n.d.
25 Congressional Women's Club n.d.
26 "Editorial Changes: A Command Performance" n.d.
27 Eisenhower campaign n.d.
Box Folder
55 1 Federation of Women's Clubs, Houston, TX n.d.
2 Ford Motor Co., Houston, TX n.d.
3 "Freedom of the Press" n.d.
4 "Great Women Living and Dead" n.d.
5 "History of the Democratic Party" n.d.
6 "Houston Post" n.d.
7 "Houston Post" Circulation Department n.d.
8 "The Individual and His Government" n.d.
9 International Organization for Peace (speech not given)
10 Introduction of Alan T. Preyer, Chairman of the Board of Morse International Inc. Advertising Agency, New York n.d.
11 Introduction of Gardner Cowles n.d.
12 Introductory remarks for Judge Joe Hutcheson n.d.
13 KPRC-TV going on air n.d.
14 "Knowledge of Government as a Prerequisite to a Balanced Program of Activity," Ft. Worth, TX n.d.
15 "Changing Concepts," NCCJ Women's Division n.d.
16 "New Philosophy in Government," El Paso [TX] League of Women Voters n.d.
17 "The Objectives of Advertising" n.d.
18 "Object of Government"
19 "Twentieth Century Frontiers," Osteopathic Convention speech n.d.
20 "Our American Heritage," United Nations
21 Parish Meeting n.d.
22 Parliamentary questions and answers
23 "A Pattern for Community Service" n.d.
24 "Political Democracy on the Rack" n.d.
25 "Publicity," Southwest Regional Division Democratic Women in Dallas n.d.
26 Rehearsal dinner speech for Jessica [Hobby] and Henry [Catto] n.d.
27 "Responsibility of a Modern Day Newspaper" n.d.
28 "Re-understanding the Constitution" n.d.
29 Rotary Club n.d.
30 Rotary Club Award n.d.
31 Speech - United Nations n.d.
32 Texas Press Association n.d.
33 Texas Women's University's Establishment of a Reserve Officer Training Corps
34 Tyler Rose Festival speech, Tyler, TX n.d.
35 "What Community Programs can do for Service Women" n.d.
36 "What Makes and Ideal Community" n.d.
37 Young Presidents' Wives n.d.
38 Unidentified n.d.
39-40 Speeches by others

Series IV. "Houston Post", 1817-1978

Scope and Contents note
Materials in the Houston Post series are arranged alphabetically by subject and include photographs, architectural drawings, cartoons, reports and legal papers. These materials are not the archives of the Post, they are only Hobby's personal files. They do include notes and retirement wishes to some employees from Hobby, a copy of the Augusta Herald dated August 1, 1817, reports from management consultants and law firms, and certificates and awards the Post received.
Box Folder
36 1 Advertising, 1940, 1976
2 Architectural drawings
3 "Augusta Herald" August 1, 1817
4 Business office improvement plan, 1960
5 Capital expenditures, 1976
6 Cartoons
7 Certificates and awards for the "Houston Post"
8 Contributions - Steve Farish portrait, 1975
9 Consultant - Charles T. Main, Inc., 1967
10 Consultants - Booz, Allan & Hamilton - Management Consultants, 1960-1961
11 Correspondence - Hoover Commission reports, 1949
12 Correspondence - miscellaneous, 1933, 1938, 1940
13 Distribution, 1976
14 Executive, 1976
15 Executive - personal employee correspondence, 1972
16 Executive - personal employee correspondence, 1973
Box Folder
37 1 General Manager - Mr. Womack, 1976
2 "History of the 'Houston Post'" prepared by Edward W. Kilman, 1941
3 "Houston Post" histories
4 Helon Johnson, 1978
5 Johnson-Merritt, 1940, 1942
6 Johnson-Merritt, 1943
7 Johnson-Merritt, 1945
8 Karsh photographs, 1969
9 Katz Agency, 1943
10 Legal - Butler, Binion, Rice & Cook, 1952-1962
11 Legal - Butler, Binion, Rice, Cook & Knapp, 1970
12 Legal Papers - "The Item" 1950
13 Legal - General Counsel, Mr. Crowther, 1976
14 Legal - Houston Printing Corporation
15 "Houston Post" Legal Papers 1938, 1939, 1945
16 Legal - 1960, 1961, 1969, 1970
Box Folder
38 1 Miscellaneous, 1975
2 Museum of Fine Arts, bulletins, notices, minutes, 1975
3 Hobby ownership of "Houston Post" 1942-1943, 1954
4 Photographs - Oveta Culp Hobby office
5 Photographs - "Houston Post" Building
6 Photographs - "Houston Post" parties 1949, 1970's
7 Prohibition, 1957
8 Retirement card
9 Russian Economist presentation
10 Speaking Engagements, 1959
11 Speech, birthday of "MC" n.d.
12 Stock purchase
13 Tax
14 Dr. Edward Teller
15 Type, 1950

Series VIII. Women's Army Corps, 1941-1996 1941-1996

Scope and Contents note
The Women's Army Corps files contain copies of Hobby's military record and discharge papers. There are many photographs, probably not duplicated in the Library of Congress collection as they were given to Hobby after she had transferred materials to the Library of Congress. The same can be said for some of the correspondence from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. Hobby's role as the head of the WAC's was constantly written about on various anniversaries of World War II, so there is a number of newspaper and magazine clippings. Finally, there is a manuscript copy of the book, History of the Women's Army Corps, by Mattie Treadwell, which, when published was changed to the title Women's Army Corps [WRC UA565 .W6 T74 1954].
Arranged in three subseries:
  • Subseries A: Biographical, 1941-43, n.d.
  • Subseries B: Office Files, 1941-1996
  • Subseries C: Book, n.d.
Box Folder
56 1-15 Subseries A: Biographical, 1941-43, n.d.
1 Oveta Culp Hobby War Department appointment, 1941
2 WAC Director appointment, 1942
3 Oveta Culp Hobby military record
4 Oveta Culp Hobby discharge from WAC
5 WAC -related honors and awards
6-15 Photographs
6 Oveta Culp Hobby portraits
7 Oveta Culp Hobby and others
8 Oveta Culp Hobby and former WACs - color
9 Others
10 "That Men May Live"
11 Launching of the SS William B. Ogden, March 2, 1943
12 Places and insignias
13 Uniforms
14 WAC scrapbook
15 Sketches
56-58 Subseries B: Office Files, 1941-1996
56-57 Correspondence
Box Folder
56 16 Patty Treadwell, 1943, 1951, 1969, 1983
17 Patty Treadwell, 1969, 1992-1996
Box Folder
57 1 Regarding "History of the Women's Army Corps" article in "Ladies' Home Journal"
2 1962, 1965, 1968
3 1969
4 1970-1978
5 1979-1984, 1990, 1992, n.d.
6 Anniversaries
7 Memo - "Participation of Women in War" 1928
8 Excerpts from notes, 1944
9 Women in Armed Service Defense Advisory Committee, 1951
Box Folder
58 1 Articles
2 Clippings, 1941-1945
3 Museum
5 Oral history (VHS tape)
58-59 Subseries C: Book, n.d.
Box Folder
58 6 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", chapters 2, 3, & 5
7 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", chapters 6-12
Box Folder
59 1 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", chapters 1-4
2 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", pages 1-95
3 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", pages 1-227 1951,
4 Draft of "History of the Women's Army Corps", pages 228-462 1951,

Series IX. Audio-Visual Materials, 1965-1995 1965-1995

Scope and Contents note
The Audio-Visual Materials consist of several formats, including reel-to-reel tapes, VHS tapes, negatives and color transparencies. Included in this material is a VHS tape of Hobby receiving an honorary degree from the University of Houston in 1984, Women in War, a 1984 tribute to Hobby and news coverage announcing Hobby's death. Materials are arranged in chronological order, with the exception of negatives stored together at the end of the series.
Box Folder
60 1-3 Subseries A: Audio-Visual
Dub of trip to Yucatan, Mexico, (reel-to-reel) January 1, 1965
Oveta Culp Hobby - University of Houston commencement, (VHS) 1984
WTOK-TV - Greatest Headlines of the Century: "Women in War Too" Oveta Culp Hobby, March 22, 1984
N.S.C.D.A. in Ohio, ceremony honoring women veterans October 12, 1985;
"A Special Tribute to Oveta Culp Hobby," (VHS) January 19, 1986
Oveta Culp Hobby - History Performance (VHS) 1986
Texas Business Hall of Fame - inductees (no Oveta Culp Hobby on VHS Tape) 1987
Texas Business Hall of Fame - inductees (VHS) 1988
Eisenhower Centennial (VHS)
KPRC-TV2: Editorial - Oveta Culp Hobby (VHS)
Broadcast News Reports: Oveta Hobby; 28 Stories, (VHS) August 16-20, 1995
Mrs. Hobby - noon, 5pm, 6pm, and 10pm, KPRC-TV (VHS) August 16, 1995,
Funeral (VHS)
Funeral - Oveta Culp Hobby (VHS)
1 Negatives and transparencies
2 Negatives, 1966
3 Microfilm
61-63 Subseries B: Oversize materials
61 Oversize
62 Oversize
63 Oversize photos

1-2 Subseries B: Awards and Certificates, 1944-1996
Box Folder
1 5 147th Fighter Group - Texas Air National Guard, Honorary Life Membership, January 20, 1969
6 Academy of Political Science, Honorary Membership, June 13, 1975
7 Amazing Women, 1965
8 Annenberg School of Communications Honorary Degree, October 1976
9 American Airlines System Commission, December 19, 1946
10 Anti-Defamation League Dinner - Torch of Liberty Award, October 1982
11 Armed Forces Honorary Life Membership, February 3, 1966
12 Bard College Honorary Degree, June 17, 1950
13 Baylor College of Medicine, Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humanities in Medicine, June 8, 1978
14 Mary Hardin-Baylor University Tribute, April 16, 1994
15 Bryant College, Providence, RI, Honorary Doctor of Law Degree, 1953
16 Cancer Assistance League
17 Citizen's Committee for the Hoover Report - Award of Merit, 1952
18 Colorado Women's College, Doctor of Literature, 1947
19 Columbia University, Middlebury College, Doctor of Laws, Collegii Westernensis, Ohio Wesleyan University, Bryant College, 1954; 1954; 1953; 1953; 1953
20 Distinguished Service Medal, December 30, 1944
21 Eisenhower Exchange Fellowship; Public Broadcasting, General Foods Co.; Kiwanis, Commonwealth of Texas, Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library; National Conference of Christians and Jews; Mary Hardin Baylor Medal;"We pay our Respects to…" 1968; 1958; 1966; 1942
22 Fairleigh Dickinson College Award of Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws, February 4, 1956
23 Good Citizenship Award - Houston Chapter of SAR
24 Hall of Honor, George C. Marshall Foundation, May 3, 1995
25 Headliners Club of Austin, Texas Publisher of the Year, 1959
26 Oveta Culp Hobby Education Center, Ft. Hood, TX, December 5, 1995
27 City of Houston [TX] Appreciation, May 1968
28 Houston, Texas - Honorary Citizen
29 Illinois Department of Aeronautics, Certificate of Commemoration for "Round the World Trip" 1947
30 Jack Yates, Sr., H.S. Journalism Dept., Lady of the Press Distinguished Service Award, October 18, 1963
31 Killeen Area Heritage Association Sesquicentennial Calendar, 1986
32 City of Killeen, TX, Proclamation, December 6, 1985
33 Killeen, TX, Celebration and Dedication of Mrs. Hobby's Early Home, January 19, 1986
34 Killeen, TX, Dedication of Culp Swimming Pool, February 1993
35 Long Island University, Doctor of Letters, 1962
36 March of Dimes - Carousel of Life Ball, n.d.
37 George Catlett Marshall Award, 1978
Box Folder
2 1 The George Catlett Marshall Medal, 1978
2 National Association for Mental Health - Outstanding Service Citation, May 10, 1963
3 National Conference of Christians and Jews, Honorary Dinner, 1951
4 National Federation of Press Women, Inc. Citation, June 26, 1939
5 National Institute of Social Sciences Award, November 20, 1953
6 National Retired Teachers Association and the American Association for Retired Persons, Citation for Service, September 11, 1963
7 National Women's Hall of Fame, 1996
8 Outstanding Women in Business, Anchor Corp. Award, 1970
9 People to People Program
10 Oveta Culp Hobby Army ROTC Battalion, Texas Women's University, April 14, 1983
11 Radio Free Europe Distinguished Service
12 Republic of the Philippines Award of Military Merit Medal, June 23, 1947
13 Rice Alumni Association Gold Medal for Distinguished Service, November 11, 1978
14 Rotary Distinguished Citizen Award, April 26, 1976
15 St. Edward's University Coronat Medalon, October 18, 1963
16 Smith College, Doctor of Laws, 1954
17 Society for the Rehabilitation of the Facially Disfigured, Inc. - Resolution, November 16, 1976
18 South's Hall of Fame for the Living, 1951
19 Southwestern Business University, 1951
20 State Teachers Colleges of Texas, 1943
21 Texas A&M University Dedication of Oveta Culp Hobby Hall, October 25, 1980
22 Texas Award, 1955
23 Texas Business Hall of Fame, May 1984
24 Texas Centennial of Statehood Commission, Appointment, December 29, 1945
25 Texas Colleges, Doctor of Humanities, 1983
26 Texas House of Representatives Resolution, September 19, 1941
27 Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution, January 27, 1953
28 Texas Senate Resolution, February 1, 1955
29 Texas Women's Hall of Fame, September 13, 1984
30 Texas Senate Proclamation, 1995
31 Tribute to Oveta Culp Hobby, November 10, 1996
32 United Daughters of the Confederacy World War II Cross of Military Service, 1946
33 US Army/ Executive Flight Detachments - Marine Corps Flight Certificate, August 11, 1968
34 University of Houston, University Park, 1984
35 University of Missouri School of Journalism, 1958
36 University of Pennsylvania, Doctor of Laws, 1954
37 University of Texas Significant Services Citation, December 1958
38 Women in Business, 1970
39 Women in Texas Award, September 1984
40 Women of Military Service, 1987
41 Women's Army Corps Tribute, September 14, 1945