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Accession 2017-013, 1956-2015


Scope and Contents

From the Collection: The papers document Jim Wright’s career in the U.S. House of Representatives. Wright’s House committee work, in particular as a member of the Public Works Committee, is most thoroughly detailed in Series I. The constituent correspondence contained in Series I provides insight into Wright’s constituents’ opinions about the issues of the day. Wright’s relationship with his colleagues in the House is best-documented by the correspondence in Series II. The subject files in Series II provide information regarding foreign relations, Democratic Party issues, legislation introduced by Wright, and Wright’s campaigns. In addition, many of his speeches and writings are in Series II. This series constitutes the bulk of the Wright Papers and provides information on the day-to-day activities of Wright and of his staff. Some of Wright’s speeches as well as the majority of the photographs in the collection may be found in Series III. In addition, Series III contains biographical information on Wright and numerous scrapbooks of news clippings, making this series the best place to look for a broad overview of Wright’s career. Series IV consists of VHS tapes featuring television interviews Wright gave as well as documentaries done on him, campaign ads, and coverage of various events he attended.
Scope and Contents From the Collection: **a transcript of a conversation between Daniel Ortega and Jim Wright can be found in the "Nicaragua" folder of Box 1019.


  • 1911-2004
  • Majority of material found in 1960-1989

Conditions Governing Access

Copyright has been transferred to TCU. Collection is open for use.


From the Collection: 1074 Linear feet

From the Collection: 1385 Archives boxes

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired from the contents of Jim Wright's desk and office, prior to his secretary, Norma Ritchson's retirement in July, 2017.

Processing Information

We got rid of the following video (VHS) tapes, due to the fact that they are obsolete."Playing the Game: 20th Century Foreign Policy; Claude (The Cajun) Harris, motivational speaker; The American Presidency, set of five, 2000. Also audio cassettes: Taking Charge: The Johnson White House Tapes, 1963-1964.


Repository Details

Part of the Archives and Special Collections, Mary Couts Burnett Library Repository

TCU Box 298400
2800 S. University Drive
Fort Worth, Texas 76129-0001
Fort Worth Texas 76129
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