Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
PICKLE, James Jarrell (Jake) (1913-2005)

PICKLE, JAMES JARRELL (JAKE), a Representative from Texas; born in Big Spring, Howard County, Tex., October 11, 1913; educated in the public schools of Big Spring, Tex.; B.A., University of Texas, Austin, Tex., 1938; United States Navy, served three and a half years; area director, National Youth Administration, 1938-1941; radio business; public relations executive; director of Texas state Democratic executive committee, 1957-1960; member of Texas Employment Commission, 1961-1963; elected as a Democrat to the Eighty-eighth Congress, by special election, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of United States Representative Homer Thornberry, and reelected to the fifteen succeeding Congresses (December 21, 1963-January 3, 1995); not a candidate for reelection to the One Hundred Fourth Congress in 1994; died on June 18, 2005, in Austin, Tex.; interment at Texas State Cemetery, Austin, Tex.

University of Texas at Austin
Briscoe Center for American History
Austin, TX
Papers: ca. 1910-2010, approximately 818 feet.
The collection of J.J. "Jake" Pickle contains personal, business, congressional papers, as well as correspondence, photographs, portraits, sound recordings, and memorabilia. Also included are Congressional Record files, Ways and Means Committee files, legislative files, military and veterans casework files, and files from the departments of Treasury, Transportation, State, and Justice. A finding aid is available in the repository. A 2011 addition to the papers consists of materials used by Congressman Pickle and his daughter Peggy in the course of writing Pickle’s biography. Peggy Pickle attached written descriptions to a number of materials and also included items collected after Pickle’s death. Consisting of seven and a half linear feet, this addition is arranged into four distinct series: Personal, Professional, Photographs, and Scrapbooks. The Personal series illuminates Pickle’s familial relationships, including those with his first and second wives and daughter Peggy. The Professional series encompasses Pickle’s career in both the private and public sectors, primarily his tenure in Congress and campaigns. Notable correspondents include John Connally, Hubert Humphrey, Bill Clinton, and Pickle’s mentor Lyndon B. Johnson, including a long letter celebrating the success of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The Photography and Scrapbooks series pertain to Pickle’s professional and personal life, particularly Pickle’s relationship with the family of Lyndon B. Johnson through photos and letters.

Oral History: 1970-1972.

Papers: In the UT Little Campus Dormitory Collection, ca. 1929-1990, approximately 2 feet.
Correspondents include J.J. Pickle.

  • Pickle, J. J. Jake / Jake Pickle & Peggy Pickle. Foreword by Ann Richards. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1997.
  • Pickle, J.J. "Jake," and the Bicentennial Post Office History Advisory Committee, comps. Postmasters and Post Offices of the Tenth Congressional District of Texas. Edited by Karl M. Conrad. N.p., 1976.
  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: J. J. (Jake) Pickle, Democratic Representative from Texas. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.