Cole, Anne Collection
Processed by: Johle, Sheran
Date Processed: 01/2008
Anne Cole served as the Chairperson of Texas Teachers for Tower during the 1966 Senatorial Campaign. Tom Cole, Anne Cole’s husband, served as Tower’s 1960 Campaign Chairperson.
Materials in this collection consist of papers dealing with the 1960 and 1966 campaigns, a large scrapbook of the 1966 campaign, and a red vinyl briefcase use by the women involved in Tower’s campaign effort. The “Vote for Tower” scrapbook chronicles the 1966 Campaign with campaign literature (posters, flyers, mailers, bumper stickers, and lapel buttons), newspaper clippings, and form letters to different voter groups such as Oilmen for Tower and Aggies for Tower. This collection also has small group of campaign materials for and against Waggoner Carr.
One folder contains miscellaneous papers from 1960 and 1978. Part of this material relates to Anne Cole’s lobbying work and meeting with John Tower for the development of a cabinet level Department of Education and her work as chair of Texas Teachers for Tower in the form of correspondence, lists, and memoranda. The Tower Campaign of 1960 portion of the folder has a copy of a form letter mailed under the signature of Tom Cole, but was, according to Anne Cole, the first direct mail campaign letter written by Richard Viguerie.
This collection is housed with Tower Small Collections (Papers and Memorabilia).
Box and Folder
Box 1 (Tower Small Collections, Papers)
1.4 Ann Cole Collection. n.d., 1966, 1978, 1979
Folder contains 3 divisions:
1) Tower Campaign 1960 is a copy of a letter under the signature of Tom Cole, Campaign Manager but was actually written by Richard Viguerie, his first direct mail campaign letter. (The copy with the “Retire LBJ” card came from Tom Collins who has the original).
2) Texas Teachers for Tower contains a survey sent to Texas Educators (2 have been filled out by Educators), a letter of comment from Eldon Edge from Poth Independent School District, handwritten letter to “Ann” [sic] from “Harrel” about using membership lists for Tower mailings, campaign letter signed by Anne Cole, campaign blurb.
3) Separate Dept. of Ed[ucation] newspaper article re: Tower’s position on federal money for education, paper “Advocating a Cabinet Department of Education,” Congressional Contact Team Report Form addressed to National Education Association filled out by Anne Cole, memo copy to John Donaldson from A. H. (Jim) Hooser, copy of mailgram from A. Cole to Tower. See also: Memorabilia database.
Box 2 (Tower Small Collections, Memorabilia)
Tower Texas 72 Briefcase. 1972. 10” x 15.5” x 2.5” deep Red vinyl briefcase with blue & white silk/screen Tower “T” Texas 72 insignia on one side, zippered on 3 sides, folder style with 2 interior pockets (strap for the case is inside).
1966 John G. Tower Campaign Scrapbook . 25 x 20 x 2”. Label on front: “Vote for John Tower.”
“Keep Tower” poster/yard sign, bumper sticker, campaign poster inside cover; contents include:
Target: Re-elect Tower Plan, #1 Operation Early Bird, Congressional Record asking for study of American Merchant Marine, news clippings, “Don’t Trade this Statesman,” job description(?) for Legislative Assistant, photographs of unidentified groups and individuals (includes Tower with Tony Gonzales), letter from Duncan Boeckman re. statutory meetings and election codes, correspondence/letters to the editor/newspaper clippings for and against Senator Tower, Republican Banner (newspaper) for Harris County, The Texas Observer journal (article re: marchers at the capitol), Tower campaign advertisements, flyer for campaign kick-off picnic for canvass staff, sample campaign letters to oilmen for Tower, Aggies for Tower materials, Dr. Erwin Winkel perscription “one more term in the Senate” for Tower, Ballot by mail application,
Target: #2 The Undecideds, Houston KHOU TV editorial endorsing Tower, campaign letter for county judges and commissioners, Operation “Red-Eye” flyer,
Target #3 The Absentees, absentee letter from Thad Hutcheson, Jr., invitation for tea with Mrs. Tower, Tower Rally program,
Target #4 Turn Out Our Vote, fund raising mailers and mailgrams, correspondence from contributors (one with a penny taped to the fund raising letter),
Target #5 Ballot Security, Congressional Record for Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 1965 improvements, list with Tower Precinct vote quotas, vote for Tower door hanger, “We Kept Tower” bumper sticker, “Tower Wins” front page Houston Chronicle and Houston Post, copy The Jewish Herald-Voice ; Waggoner Carr campaign material: anti-Carr bumper sticker, yard sign, newspaper format mailer, copy of El Democrata, Mexican American campaign literature, copy of Texas Liberal Democrats newsletter.