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William K. "Bill" Brewster Collection

 Collection
Identifier: CAC-CC-19971
This collection consists of 24 computer tapes and nearly 2,200 folders of materials acquired and created by Brewster and his staff during the time he represented the state of Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress.

Work on legislative topics such as economics and public finance, taxation, public lands and natural resources, commerce, animals, sports and recreation, transportation, public works, veterans' affairs, and health can be found in the collection across the Legislative series.

The Drafts series contains chosen letters from constituents about certain issues and the drafts and final versions of Brewster's responses to them. The Correspondence series consists of constituent correspondence, mostly coded numerically. Computer tapes of office data, including constituent data, can be found in the Computer Tapes series. The Grants series consists of grant applications, largely from entities in Oklahoma, and related documentation.

The Press and Office series are both small. The Press series consists of clippings and press releases related to Brewster or current events such as the Oklahoma City Bombing. The Office series contains mail franking information, district staff reports, schedules, and office correspondence.

Dates

  • 1986-1997
  • Majority of material found in 1991-1997 (Bulk)

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is stored off-site and requires prior notice to access.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in Representative William K. Brewster's unpublished Materials is retained by the Congressman during his lifetime although permission to reproduce and distribute said Materials will not be withheld unreasonably. Upon the Congressman's death, all of his copyright interest in the refernced unpublished Materials shall hereby be transferred and assigned to the University of Oklahoma.

Extent

81 Boxes

Biographical / Historical

William "Bill" K. Brewster was born on November 8, 1941 in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He grew up in the state and recieved his Bachelor of Science degree in 1968 from Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He was a member of the United States Army Reserves from 1966 to 1971. Before entering politics, he worked as a pharmacist, rancher, and owner of a real estate company.

In 1983, he was elected to the Oklahoma House of Representatives and re-elected in 1984. He served in the State House until 1990 when he chose to run for the open 3rd district seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, left vacant when Congressman Wes Watkins retired to run for Governor of Oklahoma. Brewster won the Democratic primary and was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1990. He was subsequently re-elected two times before deciding to retire in 1996.

During his tenure in Congress, Brewster served on the following committees: Public Works and Transportation (1991-1992), Veterans' Affairs (1991-1992), Ways and Means (1993-1994), Transportation and Infrastructure (1995-1996). He also held membership on the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and was Chair of the Congressional Sportsman's Caucus.

After leaving Congress, Brewster joined Washington, D.C. based lobbying firm R. Duffy Wall and Associates, serving as president and COO in 2001. He also worked as CEO and Chairman of Capitol Hill Consulting Group.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into seven series:

1. Drafts 2. Correspondence 3. Computer Tapes 4. Grants 5. Press 6. Office 7. Legislative

The order of the series reflect the original arrangement of the collection, as material from each series was clustered together.

Processing Information

Original folder and item titles used by Brewster's office were retained by the archivists, except in cases where no folder or item title was given.
Title
William K. Brewster Collection
Status
completed
Author
Archivist Rachel Henson, graduate assistant Vivian Feng, and student archivists Rebekah Russell, Kelsey Dindy, and Maya Bhandary.
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the Carl Albert Center Congressional and Political Collections Repository

Contact:
630 Parrington Oval
Room 202B
Norman Oklahoma 73109 United States