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Kay Bailey Papers

Identifier: MSS 0018

Scope and Contents

This collection contains documents relating to Kay Bailey's tenure in the Texas House of Representatives from 1972-1976. The collection includes copies of legislative bills, committee assignments and activities, legal research materials, and Bailey's correspondence with her constituents as well as with other legislators. Notable materials include those related to House Bill 284 developed by Bailey and her Democratic colleague Sarah Weddington, which passed during the 64th Legislature. Known as the "Rape Victims Bill," this piece of legislation affected trial procedures for rape cases to better protect the privacy of rape victims. The volume of material related to this bill, including numerous research files, drafts, and folders of constituent correspondence, reveal Bailey's deep investment in its passage along with the attitudes of her constituents and fellow legislators toward such crimes. There is also a wealth of documentation on 1974's Constitutional Convention, which aimed but ultimately failed to revise the state Constitution of Texas. Additional materials to note are included in the Ephemera subseries, including a folder of assorted political bumper stickers from 1975 (Box 28; Folder 9), and a box of pins from various events during Bailey's time as a Senator. The designs and slogans featured on these materials display the visual and verbal strategies that politicians used to attract voters during the period.


  • 1951 - 2013
  • Majority of material found within 1972 - 1976


Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research. Some documents contain personally identifiable information and are restricted. Restricted files are marked.

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish or reproduce materials from the Kay Bailey Collection must be obtained from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center or the appropriate copyright holder.

Biographical Note

Kay Bailey (born Kathryn Ann Bailey on July 22, 1943) is a Texan lawyer and Republican politician. Bailey served as a Republican delegate from Houston to the Texas House of Representatives from 1972-1976. While in the House, Bailey’s legislative interests included rape law reform, promoting mass transit, and land use planning. In 1993, she began a twenty-year incumbency as the first woman from Texas elected to the United States Senate.

In 1967, Bailey obtained a law degree from the University of Texas. Following her graduation, Bailey became a political correspondent for KPRC-TV, interviewing politicians and activists. One such interview with co-chair of the National Republican Party, Anne Armstrong, began Bailey's political career—Bailey acted as Armstrong's press secretary before her election to the Texas House of Representatives. While in the House, Bailey served on the committees of Intergovernmental Affairs, Revenue and Taxation, and Rules. She was also was a member of the 1974 Texas Constitutional Convention. In 1981, Kay Bailey wed Ray Hutchison, a former Dallas Republican delegate to the Texas House of Representatives. She has used the name Kay Bailey Hutchison since her marriage.

In addition to legislative positions, Bailey has practiced law with firms in Houston and Dallas. She has also held Presidential appointments and other political positions. In 1976, Bailey resigned from her second term in the Texas House of Representatives to accept President Lyndon B. Johnson's appointment to the Federal Transportation Safety Board. She was later elected as Texas State Treasurer in 1990, a position she held until her election to the Senate in 1993. Most recently, she was appointed as the Permanent Representative of the United States to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in 2017.

Bibliography History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, “HUTCHISON, Kathryn Ann Bailey (Kay),” Accessed 26 July 2018.

U.S. Department of State, "Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison," Accessed 26 July 2018.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, "Hutchison, Kathryn Ann Bailey (Kay,) 1943-," Accessed 26 July 2018.


22.5 Linear Feet (45 boxes)


When donated, the folders of this collection were labeled by subject matter and arranged nearly alphabetically. The collection was minimally processed in 1977, but the original physical order has been retained along with the original folder names except where noted.

Although the physical order has been maintained, the collection has a new intellectual order. This order follows suggestions from the arrangement manual created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It should be noted that although this collection covers the 63rd Texas Legislature (1973) and the 64th Texas Legislature (1975), it also has a sizable quantity of documents created prior to, between, and after the legislative sessions. For arrangement purposes, interim materials from 1974 have been subsumed into those Series titled 63rd Legislature. Likewise, materials from 1976 can be found under Series titled 64th Legislature.

This collection contains five Groups: Legislative Activities, Constituent Services, Public Relations, Office Administration, and Ephemera. Each Group (excluding Office Administration and Ephemera) is then divided into Series based on legislative session. Then, each Series contains Sub-Series specific to the functions of the materials it contains.

Group 1: Legislative Activities Series 1.1: 63rd Legislature Sub-Series 1.1.1: Bill Files Sub-Series 1.1.2: Research Files Sub-Series 1.1.3: Committee Files Sub-Series 1.1.4: Correspondence Sub-Series 1.1.5: District Files Series 1.2: 64th Legislature Sub-Series 1.2.1: Bill Files Sub-Series 1.2.2: Research Files Sub-Series 1.2.3: Committee Files Sub-Series 1.2.4: Correspondence Series 1.3: General Sub-Series 1.3.1: Bill Files Sub-Series 1.3.2: Research Files

Group 2: Constituent Services Series 2.1: 63rd Legislature Sub-Series 2.1.1: Correspondence Sub-Series 2.1.2: Casework Files Series 2.2: 64th Legislature Sub-Series 2.2.1: Correspondence Sub-Series 2.2.2: Casework Files

Group 3: Public Relations Series 3.1: 63rd Legislature Sub-Series 3.1.1: Press Releases and Publications Sub-Series 3.1.2: Clippings Sub-Series 3.1.3: Speeches Series 3.2: 64th Legislature Sub-Series 3.2.1: Press Releases and Publications Sub-Series 3.2.2: Clippings Sub-Series 3.2.3: Speeches

Group 4: Office Administration Series 4.1: Contacts Series 4.2: Forms and Receipts Series 4.3: Personal Files Group 5: Ephemera

Acquisition Information

Accessions 1976-019 and 1976-040 were donated by Kay Bailey in 1976. Accession 2013-0015 was donated by Chase Untermeyer in 2013, and accession 2015-0005 was donated by Kay Bailey in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by BJW in 1977. Collection rehoused and finding aid updated by Natalia Kapacinskas in 2018. Box 35, folder 7 (Houston Junior Bar) was in original finding aid for this collection, but was removed 7/2018 because the folder was empty.
MSS 0018 Kay Bailey Papers
Natalia Kapacinskas
July 2018
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding Aid Written In English

Repository Details

Part of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center Repository


The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
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Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002
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