University of Houston Libraries, Special Collections

Guide to the Andrea White Papers

Overview of the Collection

Creator Collector White, Andrea, 1953-
Collection Title Andrea White Papers
Dates 1993-2010
Identification 02/2011-010
Physical Description 1.00 linear feet
Language of Materials English
Repository University of Houston Libraries M.D. Anderson Library 4333 University Drive Houston, TX, 77204-2000 URL: Email: Phone: 713-743-9229

Biographical Information:

Andrea White, the wife of former Houston Mayor Bill White, was first lady of Houston, TX from 2004 to 2010.  Andrea, a lawyer, civic leader, and author, was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to parents Arthur and Patsi Ferguson.  She and her family later moved to Houston, where she attended Memorial High School before going on to receive both undergraduate and law degrees at The University of Texas at Austin.

As is evident from her writings and speeches, Andrea was a reluctant political spouse who suffered (at first) from a high level of “stage fright.”  Now an experienced public speaker and lecturer, Andrea fondly remembers when she once was called upon by her pastor to lead the congregation in song and was so frightened that the only “tune she could recall was Happy Birthday.”

Andrea is the author of eight books spanning 1993 to 2010 in the young adult genre.  Her works are featured in the Texas Bluebonnet list as well as state reading lists across the nation.  Andrea’s writings have also garnered her the Golden Spur Award, issued by the Texas State Reading Association.

Scope and Contents

This collection includes speeches, written works, as well as DVDs and photo CDs that document civic and professional life of Andrea White, former First Lady of Houston, housed in one box and comprised of three series.


Conditions Governing Access:

Open for research.

Conditions Governing Use:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders.

Access Terms

This Collection is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.
Genre/Form of Material:
Clippings (information artifacts)
Compact discs
Manuscripts (document genre)
Personal Name:
White, Andrea, 1953-
Topical Term:
Authors -- 20th century
Authors, American -- 20th century
Children’s authors
Politicians’ spouses -- Texas -- Houston
Women in public life -- Texas -- Houston

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation:

Andrea White Papers. Courtesy of Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries.

Detailed List of Contents

ArchonID id123908

Scope and Contents
This series is comprised of speeches and presentations White delivered to various civic and volunteer groups between 2007 and 2010. Included are the original stump speeches she gave while her husband, Bill White, was a participant in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race.
Box Folder
1 1 ArchonID id123918
Draft Speech 2007
2 ArchonID id123919
Speeches: “Women in Government” and “Brookwood Community” 2008
3 ArchonID id123920
Speeches 2009
4 ArchonID id123921
Speeches 2009-2010
5 ArchonID id123922
Texas Library Association presentation 2009
6 ArchonID id123923
Reading from Radiant Girl undated
7 ArchonID id123924
Photo CD of Speech at the LBJ Moral Courage Award Dinner May, 2011
8 ArchonID id123925
Speech by Andrea campaigning for Bill in the Texas gubernatorial race 2010

ArchonID id123909
Published Works

Scope and Contents
This series documents the development of Andrea White’s popular young adult fiction books. Included are translations of her works, Window Boy, and Surviving Antarctica, in Hungarian, Simplified Chinese, and Greek.
ArchonID id123911
Radiant Girl
Box Folder
1 9 ArchonID id123927
Correspondence 2005
10-13 ArchonID id123928
Chernobyl background information (1 of 4) 2005
11 ArchonID id123929
Chernobyl background information (2 of 4) 2005-2007
12 ArchonID id123930
Chernobyl background information (3 of 4) 2009
13 ArchonID id123931
Chernobyl background information (4 of 4) 2009
14 ArchonID id123932
Draft, pages 2-39 undated
15 ArchonID id123933
Draft, pages 40-92 undated
16 ArchonID id123934
Draft, pages 93-149 undated
17 ArchonID id123935
Draft, pages 150-211 undated
18 ArchonID id123936
Quotes pasted on construction paper undated
19 ArchonID id123937
Prepared reading undated
20 ArchonID id123938
Radiant Girl and “Rita Monster” PowerPoint presentations on CD undated
ArchonID id123912
Surviving Antarctica
Box Folder
1 21 ArchonID id123940
Correspondence and collage 2005
22 ArchonID id123941
No Child’s Game: Binder containing research for the book undated
23 ArchonID id123942
Hungarian translation 2005
Scope and Contents
This book is available in UH Libraries Special Collections; call number PZ7.W58177 Su4 2005.
24 ArchonID id123943
Greek translation 2005
Scope and Contents
This book is available in UH Libraries Special Collections; call number PZ7.W58177 Su3 2005.
ArchonID id123913
Windows on The World
Box Folder
1 25 ArchonID id123945
Draft, pages 1-109 undated
26 ArchonID id123946
Draft, pages 110-199 undated
27 ArchonID id123947
Draft, pages 200-244 undated
ArchonID id123914
The Newest Recruit
Box Folder
1 28 ArchonID id123950
Edits by L. Smith 2007
29 ArchonID id123951
Edits and correspondence by “JCC" undated
ArchonID id123915
Window Boy
Box Folder
1 30 ArchonID id123953
Research notes undated
31 ArchonID id123954
Glow Worms (original title for Window Boy) Correspondence and notes 2007
32 ArchonID id123955
Simplified Chinese translation 2010
Scope and Contents
This book is available in UH Libraries Special Collections; call number PZ7.W58177 Wi2 2010.
33 ArchonID id130115
Three DVD’s: “An Introduction to Window Boy” by Andrea White undated
ArchonID id123916
Thoughts on Being a Political Spouse
Box Folder
1 34 ArchonID id123957
P.S. 2009
Scope and Contents
This book is available in UH Libraries Special Collections; call number F394.H853 W48 2009.

ArchonID id123910
Various Materials

Scope and Contents
This series contains miscellaneous written works collected by Andrea White.
Box Folder
1 35 ArchonID id123959
Works documenting the 1993 New York City World Trade Center bombing (1 of 3) 2007
36 ArchonID id123960
Works documenting the 1993 New York City World Trade Center bombing (2 of 3) 2007
37 ArchonID id123961
Works documenting the 1993 New York City World Trade Center bombing (3 of 3) undated
38 ArchonID id123962
Children’s cards undated