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June 25, 2007

Tex Lezar papers donated to Tarlton Law Library

The Tarlton Law Library is pleased to announce the availability of an exciting new historical resource for students of law and politics alike—the papers of Harold J. “Tex” Lezar, an important figure in state and national politics, and a 1976 alumnus of the University of Texas School of Law.

Viewers of the collection will get a first-hand look at the American legal and political system from the man who wrote Richard Nixon’s 1974 State of the Union Address, worked alongside U.S. Attorney General William French Smith, and ran for Lieutenant Governor of Texas against Bob Bullock.

Donated to the Law Library by Lezar’s widow, Merrie Spaeth, the papers cover the period from 1961 to 1998 and offer revealing glimpses into the White House during the Watergate era, as well as Lezar’s experiences in Texas politics and as a lobbyist for national conservative policies.

To access the guide to the papers of Harold J. “Tex” Lezar, Jr.:

Contact the Rare Books & Special Collections department of the library ( for more details about this acquisition.

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