University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

Walter H. Richter Papers, 1936-1937, 1963-2000



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Richter, Walter Hoppe, 1916-2003
Title: Walter H. Richter papers
Dates: 1936-1937, 1963-2000
Abstract: The Walter H. Richter Papers, 1936-1937, 1963-2000, include newspapers, correspondence, speeches, personal notes and articles, photographs, clippings, political campaign materials, commendations and tributes, and Senate committee records.
Identification: urn:taro:utexas.cah.01634
Extent: 31 linear feet
Language: English .
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Politician and author Walter H. Richter (1916-2003) was born in Marble Falls, Texas, and was educated in San Marcos and Austin. After graduating from Southwest Texas State College (now Texas State University) in 1938, Richter served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He married Dorothy Jean Sample, with whom he had two children. From 1939 to 1948, Richter was the Director of Journalism and Publications at Southwest Texas State College. He then served as publisher of the Stockdale Star for one year, and later became Executive Director of the Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation, 1955-1961.

Richter served as state senator from Gonzales, 1963-1965, before being appointed by Governor John Bowden Connally as Director of the Texas Office of Economic Opportunity. He had served in this position for one year when President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed him Director of the Southwest Region Office of Economic Opportunity, serving Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana.

Richter taught at the School of Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin and simultaneously served on the Community Council of Austin and Travis County, 1969-1970. Governor Preston Smith then appointed Richter Director of a newly-created program, the Texas Program on Drug Abuse (1971-1972) and during this time, Richter also served as Vice Chairman of the United States Association of State Drug Abuse Program Directors. Next, Richter worked as a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., (1972-1982) and was also appointed by President Jimmy Carter to serve on the U.S. Transportation and Architectural Barriers Compliance Board. Richter went on to become a Chairman for the Travis County Democratic Party (1982-1984) and First Deputy of the Texas Department of Agriculture (1983). He also served as Chairman for the Travis County Democratic Party on an emergency basis from 1990 to 1991.


Scope and Contents

The Walter H. Richter Papers, 1936-1937, 1963-2000, include newspapers, correspondence, speeches, personal notes and articles, photographs, clippings, political campaign materials, commendations and tributes, and Senate committee records. The papers relate to Richter's career as a state senator, as a Director of the Texas and Southwest Region Offices of Economic Opportunity, as an educator in the University of Texas School of Social Work, and as a lobbyist for the Association of Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. The papers also contain materials concerning aging, cerebral palsy, the War on Poverty, and drug abuse. Furthermore, the papers include political humor materials and Southwest Texas University documents including board meeting minutes and papers related to the Lyndon B. Johnson endowment fund and the Walter Richter scholarship. Also included in the collection are the Poor Richter's Almanac, a Navy air radio show script, files and ephemera related to the 2000 Presidential campaign, and one bound volume of issues of the College Star, San Marcos, Texas, September 1936-May 1937.


Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access

A portion of this collection is stored remotely; contact repository in advance for retrieval.

Conditions Governing Use

There are no use restrictions on this collection. Publisher is responsible for complying with copyright law.


Index Terms

Personal Names
Bullock, Bob
Carter, Jimmy, 1924-....
Clinton, Bill, 1946-....
Clinton, Hillary Rodham
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-1993
Gonzalez, Henry B. (Henry Barbosa), 1916-2000
Gore, Al, 1948-....
Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973
Prentice, George
Richards, Ann, 1933-2006
Richter, Dorothy
Richter, Walter Hoppe, 1916-2003
Smith, Preston, 1912-2003
Supple, Jerome H.
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996
Corporate Names
Community Council of Austin and Travis County
Southwest Texas State College
Texas Electric Cooperatives
Texas State University--San Marcos
Texas. Economic Opportunity Division
Texas. Legislature. Senate
The University of Texas at Austin
Subjects
Cerebral palsy
Drug abuse
Education
Journalists
Legislators
Lobbying
Political campaigns
Places
Austin
San Antonio
San Marcos
Texas
Washington, D.C.

Separated Material

Some newspapers, Texas Co-op Power, 1975, 1988-1991, have been separated to the Newspaper Collection. One book, Children of the Colonias Project: Through Our Own Lenses, published by Southwest Texas State University, has been separated to the Library Unit.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Walter H. Richter Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Accession Number(s)

2001-130; 2002-028

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.

Subsequent processing by Colleen Hobbs, November 2020.


OCLC Number

658215217


Detailed Description of the Collection

Inventory

box
4JC101 Ma and Pa Ferguson
Humor-Treasury of
Generic political humor/Old standard
Treasury of Texas political humor
Humor book
Architectural and transportation barriers compliance board
Gary Job Corps
Gonzales, Henry B.
Hightower, Jim
Bullock, Bob
Cemetery Cypress Mill
Morales for Senator
Congress
Constitution proposed amendments
Corner on politics
Democrats State Democrat Executive Committee Bugle
Democrats in local races
Democrats_U.S. Senate and House
Democratic party policy related
Democratic National Committee
Texas Democratic Party
Travis County Democratic party, campaign of 1990
Demo Memo
Democrats-Gillespie and Kerr
Hill Country Democrats
Doggett, Lloyd
Election of 1992
Faulk-The John Henry Faulk Conservation/Preservation Society
Feathers I
German-Texan Heritage Association
Gonzales Warm Springs Foundation
Governor's Task Force on Revenue
Governors race--White v. Clements
Guerrero, Leno
Hardest
Insurance policies
Ivins
Lyndon B. Johnson
Letters to the editor
Misc. letters, documents
Obituaries
Office of Economic Opportunity
Alumni
box
4JC102 Oktoberfest--letters to display
Political personalities
Pickle file
box
4JC102 Tribute
Prose from the past by William H. Richter
Political campaign material
Perot
Public Relations Society of America, Austin chapter
Recommendations,
Religion
Republicans
Richards, Ann
Richter-war services
Richter ego file
box
4JC102 The Life and Times of Walter Hoppe Richter
Texas history collection
Clippings, scrapbook
Richter scale
75th birthday
80th birthday
81st birthday
82nd birthday
Schmidt, Fred-writings
S.E.R.V.E (Service Employees Registration and Voter Education)
box
4JC102 Writings sent off
Silver Haired Legislature, August 6-Jester Center
Smack
box
4JC102 Smack Master
Mailing, sent out, July 17, 1963
Reunion, June 20, 1965
1966
1989
1990
1993
Smoking
Smith, Cole-memorial
Speech material
Stuff-some good
box
4JC103 Save Our Springs
Speeches
Stewart, Dr. Jim
Stockdale related
Texas Association of Community Action Agencies
Texas Alliance for Human Needs
box
4JC103 Legislators on stage
Convention
University of Texas
Texas Observer
True Women Tour
United Cerebral Palsy
University of Texas Alumni Association-50th anniversary class of 1942
Wordware publishing
Demo stuff
Democratic related
Demo Memo file
Travis County Democratic Party/MCMB Texas National Bank promissory note
Labels
Lyndon B. Johnson library
Legislature, 1985
Maps
Mesquite-Los Amigos Del
Miscellaneous
Moore-Meurer
New Years letters
Podium-Southwest Texas University
Political techniques
Ranch related
Grass plantings
box
4JC104 Ranch-Miscellaneous
Red Brangus Association
"Retirement"
Reunions
Richter-personal
Richter scale file
Senate state race
Simon for president
Spanish lessons
States agencies
stolley
Taylor, George
Texas Electric Cooperative
Texas Civil Liberties report
Texas Co-op Power
Texas Council on Crime
Texas sports
Texas volunteers--United Way of Texas
Warranties
Women
Wukasch, Eugene
Yarborough, Ralph W.
Poor Richter's Almanac
box
4JC104 Reports
Post office letters
box
4JC105 Poor Richter ideas
Molly Gram
Miscellany to be filed
Walter Meyer's project
Mesquite
Memorials
McGinnis, Lochridge, and Kilgore
Lost and found
Lyme disease information
Marble Falls literature
Clipps
5Cs
Review stuff
Southwest Texas centennial campaign
Bush for president file
Gore, Al
Bush whacker file
Presidential campaign, 2000
In the Beginning (write up of "Feather" book)
Income tax-Holt plan
box
4JC106 Papers
Current
The Reagan Heritage
React file
Profound statements
Healthcare reform
Malbone Greene
Correspondence committee
Book club
Richards, Ann (request for recommendations)
Cole's letter
To be filed (miscellaneous)
Miscellany-not for tabloid
Kim's letter
Myths and questions
Expert testimony
Alternatives
"The Appeal to Business"
Business
Bullock materials
Coalition for Texas tax reform
Comparison of other states
Deductibility of income-taxes
box
4JC107 Education
Filler-Miscellany
Legislative clips
Legislative record
Miscellany to be re-filed
Needs/investment
Opposition
box
4JC107 Answers
Organizations
Overview
box
4JC107 Logistics
Income tax cause
Tabloid income tax
Paul Pryor show
Mathis, Mary Nell
Charles Hold
Price of Parsimony
Printer (bids)
Quotes
Regressive aspect
Sharp, John
Smoke, mirrors
Support-letters
Support grows
Tax trade-offs
WHR wrap-up
Smart ass miscellany
A Case for the Profit Tax in the State of Texas
Rethinking Texas Tax
Southwest Texas University
box
4JC107 Association board meeting, January 22, 1994
Liberal Arts alumni advisory board
Class of 1942
Awards promotion
Walter Richter endowment fund
Southwestern writers collection
box
4JC108 Distinguished alumni
Distinguished lecture series
Highlights
Journalism
Jerome "Jerry" Supple (president)
Walter Richter humanitarian award
Awards committee, March 5, 1994
Miscellaneous-alumni association
Current
Oral history interview with Walter Richter
Eulogies
Committee
Correspondence committee
Gemclips-news clips
Reading file
Cerebral palsy
Ann Richards
City council
Barrientos
Doggett
Issues of concern
Gephart-house of democratic leadership
Legislative study group
Legislator's assets
Legislature and Congress
Lobbying related
Medicare papers
Political issues
Elliott Naishtat
Political stuff
Rural friends of electric cooperatives
Happy new year
Democrats-Travis
box
4JC108 Elected officials
Election inquiry
County chairs
Convention-State, 1982
Convention
Committees, 1984
Demo Memo
box
4JC108 Column
Next issue
New
box
4JC109 Democratic party
San Francisco
State conventions
Integrity assurance task force
Doggett, Lloyd
Democrats "for"
Clubs-general
Candidates
Campaign techniques and planning
Campaign, 1984
Campaigns in county, 1984
Campaign kick-off
Nominations
Manchaca event, June 21
Travis democrats
Tabloids
Demo memo file
Travis County Democrats resolutions
Election June 2
Party business
Precinct 345
Agriculture council
Democrat related
Southwest Texas University
box
4JC109 Class of 1938
Century club
Selection of president, 1988
Dugat award
Distinguished lecture series
Estate advisory committee
Old Main dedication committee
Commencement
Hardesty inaugural
Loyal exes supper club
Separate board of regents
Alumni associate board of directors
Southwest Texas University Support Foundation
Development council alumni
box
4JC110 Southwest Texas State
Current
Southwest Texas Exes items
Speech journalism
Estate advisory committee
Teague
Planning committee
Publishing potential survey
Column project
A Special Poor Richter's Almanac (publication withheld by editor)
The Book
box
4JC110 Related writings
Political "book" materials
Work day for D.M.
Ordeals of candidacy
Organizing material
Individual clout
Resources
Coalitions-interest organizations
Political odds and ends
The image problem-why?
Ignorance and apathy-public attitude towards politics
Democratic party conventions etc.
Voter (citizen) enlightenment
Overview: the real world of politics
Representative government
Materials from speeches
Decision makers-emphasis on the individual
The art of lobbying
Tools for getting results
Building credits
Impacting behavior
Fundraising matter of money-credit building
Party participation
The candidates' albatrosses
Understanding the system and players
Know the rules-campaign and decision making
Campaign tactics-sophisticated voters
Voting-voter registration
Assistance-requests for
box
4JC111 Oktoberfest XIII
Election materials
Executive council
Executive committee
Election schools
Texas County Democratic party unpaid bills
Election related
Executive committee meeting
box
4JC111 August 2, 1982
August 18, 1982
October 5, 1982
December 14, 1982
Filing instructions
Finance committee
Financial statements
General election procedures
George Prentice fund
Governor
Gray, David-file
Hispanics/Blacks
History-Travis County Democrats
Hobby, Bill
White inaugural
Inventory
Letter-appeals
Planned Parenthood of Austin
Pickle
Meetings
Minorities
Moya, Richard
Precinct maps, data
Precincts
Chairs
Organizations
Presidential sweepstakes
Prospects
Public Relations Society of America-Richter's year as President
Recount
Regional issues effort
Texami
Texas Democratic Party lines
Training
True blue Democrats
Texas Agricultural Extension Service
Vackar, Barbara
Volunteers
Voter registration
West Austin Democrats
White Mark
Republicans
Bill Hobby
Rules
Senate (Texas) related
State Democrat Executive Committee
Secretary of State
Smith, Terral
Speeches
Staff meeting
Staff routines
Sustaining memberships
Momentos of trip to camp in Hollister, Missouri; publication Tenth Annual Hollister Student Christian Association Conference , 1937
Clippings
Appointment books
box
4JC111 1982
1999
Bibliography (rough draft of book)
Court issues
box
4Ae87 [SRH1230025411] Drugs
Drop outs
The economy
Energy utilities
Ethics
Education
Foreign policy
Poverty
Gays
Nuclear
Political action committees
Smoking
Term limits
Southwest Texas University
box
4Ae87 [SRH1230025411] Lyndon B. Johnson Museum in San Marcos
Bobcat club
Walter H. Richter humanitarian award
Visit, March 24, 1989-March 25, 1989
Contributions
Walter H. Richter Institute of Social Work
box
4Ae87 [SRH1230025411] Social work-Now
Current items
Advisory board
Miscellaneous
Awards
Administration
Richter scholarships
Homecoming
Alumni association board meeting, June 5, 1993
Supple, Jerome H
Distinguished awards
box
4Ae88 [SRH1230025436] Dead Man's Hole
Invitations-from Democratic Party
Action review
Abortion-family planning
Affirmative action
Articles-pro Clinton
Block grants
Budget
Campaign finance reform
Campaign support-Democrats
Children's interests
Clinton/Gore-Texas citizens for
box
4Ae88 [SRH1230025436] Clinton, Hillary
Clinton-Picture and correspondence
Character assaults
Presidency
Clinton saga
Second term
Clinton pluses
Morality issue
Vetoes
Concealed guns law
Constitution related
Consumer interests
Contract with America
Corruption in government politics
Democratic party legacy
Defense related
Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee-Martin Frost
Democratic Leadership Council
Demo Memo
Democratic party
box
4Ae88 [SRH1230025436] General interest
Policy
National committee
Strengths
Class act members
Democratic response
Strategy plans
Dirty campaigns dirty politics
Discriminations
Distortion deception
Distractions file-with friends like this
Drugs
Education vouchers, etc.
Employment-jobs
Environment
Foreign policy related
Gems
Good news for Democrats
GOP
Insights and activity
Leaders
Great society
Gun control
Health care
Heroes cum magna
Hillary related
Homosexuals
Issues
box
4Ae88 [SRH1230025436] Democrats
Differences
Investments vs. expenditures
Leadership prospects
Legal aid
Legislature/Congress
Lobbying
Political humor
Legislative pay
Liberal-conservative
Line item veto
Mail out copies
Marijuana
Media gems-pro Clinton
Media related
Mail out mafia
Medicare-Medicaid Senior citizen related
Military matters
Party issues
National Rifle Association
Organizations in support
box
4Ae88 [SRH1230025436] Capitol Area Progressive Democrats
Capitol Area Democratic Women
Citizens for Tax Justice
Democratic National Committee
Texas Democratic Party
Democratic Leadership Council
Gray Panthers
Texas Freedom Network
Impact
National Committee for an Effective Congress
Progressive Caucus
Citizens Against Hate Radio
box
4Ae89 [SRH1230025412] 21st-Century Democrats
Public Citizen
Statewide Steering Committee, Clinton-Gore
Political advertising gems
Presidential sweepstakes, 1988
Political philosophy
Prayer in school
Press critiques
Progressive-liberal philosophy labor
Progressives liberals vs conservatives
Property rights
Quotations
Race
Radical Rights Militia-National Rifle Association
Regulation pro and con
Reform
Religious Coalition hate stuff
Religious right articles
Republicans-general
Signs of sanity
Strategy-info contract
Tax reform-Bush league
Taxes-capital gains
Term limits
Third party madness
Tobacco/smoking
Tort reform/trial lawyers
Travis County Democratic party
United Nations
Waste in government
Welfare-corporate
War on poverty
Whitewater
Women's rights
Assorted files of correspondence with people A-E
The Good News Journal
Gems-written
box
4Jc165 [SRH1230014867] Assorted files of correspondence with people G-Z
box
4Ae90 [SRH1230025437] German-Texas Heritage Society booklet
Clinton file-Starr, GOP outrages
Miscellaneous
Reading file
Jean Hill
Clippings
box
4Ae91 [SRH1230025413] Clippings
Photographs
box
3So18b [SRH1230022160] "Hobo day"
Unidentified sepia photographs
Assorted color photos
Black and white photos
Oktoberfest XII
Joe Conners, Marble Falls, Texas, business card with photo
box
4Jc165 [SRH1230014867] Material related to photographs
box
3So96 [SRH1230022852] 1 volume of bound issues The College Star, San Marcos, Texas, September 1936-May 1937
box
3H13 [SRH1230016617] Unlabeled 5 inch floppy diskette
box
2002-028/20 Unprocessed
box
2002-028/5 Issues files
Senate Correspondence
Campaign material
box
2002-028/11 Senate County Contacts
Constituent correspondence
Legislative colleagues
Organizations
box
2002-028/14 Senate material
Senate colleagues
box
2002-028/17 Speech files
Constituent letters
Senate columns
box
2002-028/18 Office of Economic Opportunity
Office of Economic Opportunity, miscellaneous, circa 1966-circa 1969
box
2002-028/19 Senate
Speeches, notes
Letters of congratulations
box
2002-028/20 Unprocessed
box
2002-028/25 White House Conference on Children and Youth
Austin and Travis County Commission
University of Texas School of Social Work
Drug Abuse, state program
Bob Armstrong campaign for governor
Letterhead, business cards
White House conference reports
Appointment books
box
2002-028/29 Unprocessed
box
2002-028/32 Architectural and transportation barriers
Compliance board