Archival Research Collections at the University of Oklahoma

Bartlett, Dewey F. Collection Edit

Summary

Identifier
CAC CC 003

Dates

  • 1919-1978 (Creation)
  • 1963-1978 (Creation)

Extents

  • 105.83 Linear Feet (Whole)
    (98 containers)

Subjects

Notes

  • Biographical Information:

    Dewey Follett Bartlett was born on March 28, 1919, in Marietta, Ohio. His father, David A. Bartlett, was a banker and investor who held oil properties in Oklahoma, including the Keener Oil and Gas Company. Dewey Bartlett attended the public grade schools of Marietta and graduated from Lawrenceville Preparatory School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey. He earned a bachelor of science degree in geological engineering from Princeton University in 1942 and received a commission as a Marine Corps pilot during World War II.

    After the war, Bartlett joined his older brother David in Tulsa, where they managed Keener Oil. His political career began in 1962 with election to the Oklahoma state senate. In 1966, he defeated John N. Happy Camp in the primary to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination, and he bested Preston J. Moore in the general election to succeed Henry Bellmon as Oklahoma's second Republican governor.

    The first state governor constitutionally eligible for a second consecutive term, Bartlett lost his reelection bid in one of the closest elections in state history to Democrat David Hall in 1970. Two years later, however, he benefitted from Richard Nixon's great popularity in Oklahoma to defeat Congressman Ed Edmondson in a race for a United States Senate seat. In Congress, he was one of the most conservative members on many issues. He also was a dependable champion of oil and gas interests during the energy-short 1970s.

    After a year's treatment for lung cancer, Bartlett announced in January 1978 that he would not be a candidate for reelection. He died on March 1, 1979, and was buried in Tulsa's Calvary Cemetery.

  • Scope and Contents

    The Bartlett Collection contains 68 linear feet in addition to oversize materials, maps, and nearly 2,000 photographs. The majority of the documents relate to Bartlett’s successful bid in 1972 to become a U.S. Senator and his tenure in that office (1973-1978). They include constituent correspondence, memos, background research, bills, and other legislative-based documents. A smaller number of documents relate to Bartlett’s service at the state level, including his time as governor. Of particular note is the Diaries series which contains a selection of Bartlett’s journals from his time in office, including his impressions and experiences during Watergate.

  • Arrangement of Materials:

    The Bartlett Collection is arranged into 15 series: Legislative, Subject, Office Staff, Speeches and Press Releases, Campaign, Gubernatorial and Personal, Administrative, District Office, Clippings, Books, Diaries, Oversize, Maps, Photographs, and Audio-Visual. With the except of the Campaign, Administrative, District Office, and Clippings series which are organized alphabetically, the majority of the Bartlett collection, including the handful of subseries, is organized chronologically.

  • Language of Materials

    English

  • Accruals:

    Accruals and additions: August 20, 1979; January 27, 2000 (ID: 2000-01).

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Certain series of this collection are stored off-site and require prior notice to access. If you wish to view these materials, please contact the Congressional Archives staff to arrange an appointment.

    The following series are stored off-site: Clippings and Books.

    Bartlett, Legislative Series, Box 14 is stored off-site. These materials are currently closed to researchers.

  • Conditions Governing Use:

    The University of Oklahoma asserts no claim of copyright over photographs in this collection taken by private citizens. Any publication of such photographs requires the consent of the copyright holder.

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