John Goodwin Tower a Southwestern
alumnus, represented Texas in the United States Senate
from 1961 through 1984. Before his retirement, he
named Southwestern University as the official repository
The approximately 800 linear feet of materials primarily
reflect his Senate activities and include documents,
legislative files, correspondence, speeches, campaign
items, photographs, and audiovisual materials.
Materials from before the beginning of his Senate
career concern his family, education, and teaching
career. Later items document his writings and his
post-Senate appointments, including his nomination
as Secretary of Defense.
The library also holds several smaller related accessions,
including the papers of political consultant and writer
John Knaggs and of Senator Tower's legislative aide,
J. French Hill.