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Charles Wilson Congressional Papers

Identifier: G-0001

Scope and Contents

This collection contains the political and personal papers of Congressman Charles Wilson from 1958 to 1996. State Papers Series II is roughly organized by year and then alphabetically by name and subject. While the majority of documents are correspondence to and from Wilson concerning particular issues or legislation, there are also individual requests for assistance, election campaign materials (reports, voter lists and supplementary data), newspaper articles, House and Senate legislation, and information on various East Texas businesses, institutions, people and places that Wilson decided to keep tabs on.


  • Creation: 1958-1996


Biographical or Historical Information

Charles Wilson (1933-2010) was born and raised in Trinity County, Texas. He attended Lon Morris Junior College, Sam Houston State University, The University of Texas, and graduated from the United States Naval Academy. After graduation from Annapolis, Wilson served 4.5 years in the U.S. navy, including three years at sea on a destroyer. While still in the Navy, he was elected to the Texas State House of Representatives in 1960. He served in the House through 1966 (57th-59th Legislatures), when he moved on to the State Senate. Wilson served the Third District through 1972, and then sought and won a seat as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1973. In the State Senate Wilson served on 17 different committees. He chaired the Banking and Constitutional Amendment committees (61st Legislature). He was also the Vice-Chairman of the Transportation Committee (60th Legislature) and the Public Health Committee (61st Legislature). His legislative record reflected a deep-seated interest in East Texas education, water rights, industrial development, and the elderly. Among Wilson’s many legislative accomplishments, he authored legislation creating the Texas Colleges and Universities coordinating board and obtained appropriations for Stephen F. Austin State University and the Lufkin State School. He got funding for the Rusk State Hospital, Corsicana State Home and sponsored bills providing medical assistance and tax exemptions for senior citizens. Creation of the Toledo Bend Resevoir, as well as the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, also highlights an impressive career in state government. While serving in the U.S. House of Representatives Congressman Wilson was involved in local and international change. He created the first Big Thicket National Preserve, helped the Afghanistan freedom fighters and brought more Veteran Affairs services to East Texas. He retired from the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996. Wilson died February 10, 2010 in Lufkin, Texas and is buried at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Virginia. Sources: 1972 Biographical sketch of Wilson located in Series II – State Papers, Box 18, Folder 48. "WILSON, Charles." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Online at (Accessed 19 January 2011).


313.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Collection dispersed across 313 boxes with the original order of the materials intact. Arranged in 2 series--Federal (U.S. House of Representatives) Papers and State (Texas House of Representatives and Senate) Papers. I. Federal Papers (arranged in 13 sub-series) 1. Correspondence (205 boxes) Congressman Wilson's office used different methods to file correspondence, subject files and project files. Files from 1973-1977 are arranged alphabetically. Files from 1977-1983 have a DIALCOM numbering system (PDF index available upon request). Correspondence from between 1984-1987 has a document number and there is no index to know what each number represents. Files from 1988-1996 return to an alphabetical arrangement. 2. Questionnaires and Petitions (4 boxes) 3. Media (4 boxes) 4. Legislation (2 boxes) 5. Invitations (2 boxes) 6. Photographs (4 boxes) 7. Big Thicket (5 boxes) 8. Democratic Study Group (10 boxes) 9. Foreign Countries (4 boxes) 10. Foreign Operations (6 boxes) 11. Scrapbooks (42 oversize boxes) 12. Defense Appropriations (2 boxes) II. State Papers (23 boxes)

Related Materials

Crile, George. Charlie Wilson's war: the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press, 2003. ETRC DS371.2 .C75 2003 Crile, George. Charlie Wilson's war: the extraordinary story of the largest covert operation in history. Ashland, OR: Blackstone Audiobooks, 2005. (10 compact discs) ETRC DS371.2 .C75 2005x Charlie Wilson's war. Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2008. (DVD) ETRC PN1995.9 .B55 C43 2008x

Separated Materials

The campaign poster in Box 5, Folder 18 (Series 2, State Papers) is located in Map Case #3, Drawer 641-649.

Guide to the Charles Wilson Congressional Papers
Linda Reynolds, Kyle Ainsworth
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Repository Details

Part of the East Texas Research Center Repository