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The Suzanne Coleman Papers

Identifier: MS 232

Scope and Contents

Speeches, drafts, magazines, and cassettes pertaining to Suzanne Coleman's speech writing for Ann Richards from 1981 to 2006.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1981 - 2006


Conditions Governing Use

Collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

Suzanne Coleman was a notable speech writer for Texas Democratic Governor Ann W. Richards from 1981 to 2006. Coleman graduated from Texas Christian University with a BA in Political Science and History and was an active member in Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She also received a Master’s in Political Science from University of Texas at Arlington. Coleman is praised for her down to earth writing that is sentimental, kind, and humorous while still being informative and powerful. Her most popular speeches include her Inaugural Address and Keynote addresses to the nation in 1992. While noted for writing for Ann Richards, Coleman also wrote for two University of Texas Chancellors: Mark G. Yudof and Dr. Kenneth Shine. This collections is a great example of the work between a speech writer and a speaker, showing their joint effort. Coleman passed away in 2017.


24 Linear feet

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically up until Box 23 - which includes all the drafts and some cassettes. This is the original order in which this collection was donated.

Guide to the Suzanne Coleman Papers
September, 2022
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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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