Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
GAMMAGE, Robert Alton (1938-2012)

GAMMAGE, ROBERT ALTON, a Representative from Texas; born in Houston, Harris County, Tex., March 13, 1938; attended the public schools of Houston; A.A., Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Tex., 1958; B.S., University of Corpus Christi, Corpus Christi, Tex., 1963; M.A., Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Tex., 1965; J.D., University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Tex., 1969; LL.M., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986; admitted to the Texas bar in 1969 and practiced in Houston, 1969-1979; United States Army, 1959-1960; United States Navy Reserve, commander, 1965-1995; teaching fellow, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Tex., 1963-1965; dean of men, director of student activities, University of Corpus Christi, 1965-1966; instructor of government, San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Tex., 1969-1970; adjunct professor of law, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Tex., 1971-1973; member of the Texas state house of representatives, 1971-1973; member of the Texas state senate, 1973-1976; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-fifth Congress (January 3, 1977-January 3, 1979); unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Ninety-sixth Congress in 1978; assistant attorney general of Texas, 1979-1980; special consultant, U.S. Department of Energy, 1980; resumed the practice of law in Austin, 1980-1982; elected justice, Texas Court of Appeals, Austin, 1982-1991; justice, Texas supreme court, 1991-1995; died on September 10, 2012, in Llano, Tex.; interment in Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Tex.

Sam Houston State University
Special Collections and University Archives
Huntsville, TX
Papers: 1956-2012, 55 boxes.
The Robert A. Gammage Collection contains materials relating to the personal life and political career of Robert A. Gammage. These materials include documents, articles, publications, campaign materials, advertisements, audiocassettes, videocassettes, photographs, and correspondence. This collection has educational certificates and documents related to Robert A. Gammage’s formal education. The collection contains many books and publications on past U.S. and Texas political leaders. The majority of the documents in the collection relate to Gammage’s official business as a public servant, including his professional correspondence along with other state and federal information. A large portion of the collection includes campaign correspondence, promotional flyers, posters, and advertisements from Robert A. Gammage’s various campaigns for state and federal public office along with promotional campaign materials for Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, Hilary Clinton, John Kerry, Wesley Clark, and Barak Obama. The hundreds of photographs that are part of the collection picture Gammage and his colleagues from the 1960s through the 2000s, showing him with the Texas House of Representatives, Texas Senate, United States Congress, Texas Court of Appeals, and Texas Supreme Court. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Houston Public Library
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston, TX
Papers: 1971-1976. 20 feet.
From his service in the Texas legislature. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Congressional Election, 1976 papers, 0.5 linear foot.
This collection consists of campaign material from Houston’s 1976 Congressional election. The two races were between Bob Gammage and Ron Paul and between Nick Gearhart and Bob Eckhardt.

Oral History: In the Houston Oral History Project, 1977, 1 audio tape.
An oral history interview with Congressman Robert Gammage conducted by Louis Marchifava on March 11, 1977.

University of Oklahoma
The Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Department of Communication
Norman, OK
Videocassette: 1990, 1 commercial on 1 videocassette.
The commercial was used during Robert Gammage's campaign for a 1990 judge election in Texas, Democratic Party.

University of Texas at Austin
The Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: 1971-1979, approximately 112 feet.
The papers of Robert A. Gammage contain printed material, notes, correspondence, photographic material and sound recordings, including extensive legislative research files, which document his terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, Texas State Senate and Texas House of Representatives. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.