The Honorable Omar Burleson Congressional Library

The Honorable Omar Burleson spent 32 years (1947-1979) as the U.S. Congressional Representative for Texas' 17th District, serving under seven presidents from Truman to Carter.  He ran for re-election 14 times, and most of his campaigns were uncontested.

During his years in office, Burleson was chairman of the Committee on House Administration, served on the Foreign Affairs Committee, was chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library, and vice-chairman of the Joint Committee on Printing.  In 1968, Congressman Burleson was elected unanimously to serve on the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.  In 1975 he was elected to serve on the newly-formed Budget Committee.  When he left Congress in 1979 he was ranked seventh in seniority.

The Burleson Collection contains books; Congressional correspondence and papers; and memorabilia.  These are housed in an atmosphere controlled restricted access area on the first floor of the library. 

 Finding aides for the correspondence and papers can be found online and in the Special Collections reading area.

Thanks to a donation from an alumnus, the Special Collections at ACU's Center for Restoration Studies now houses two Ethiopian religious texts dating back to the turn of the 19th century.

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