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The Dolph Briscoe Center is home to one of the largest collections of archival materials related to the history of the news media. One of the most comprehensive collections in existence, it includes personal papers of media industry pioneers, research archives, newspapers, and an unmatched collection of photojournalists.

The papers of media professionals include Walter Cronkite (UPI, CBS), Robert Trout (CBS, NBC, ABC), Sig Mickelson (CBS), Dan Rather (CBS), Harry Reasoner (CBS), Joseph and Shirley Wershba Papers (CBS, ABC, PBS), and Andy Rooney (CBS).

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"Politics and Other Happenings"- Atlanta History Center Downtown
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
Recorded Speech of Molly Ivins at Atlanta History Center Downtown in Atlanta, Georgia. This speech heavily focuses on presidential media coverage and the comparisons and contrasts between political press in the United States and the model presented by Rupert Murdoch in the United Kingdom. Of particular interest on this speech are Molly's thoughts on Bill Clinton's first year in office as well as to what she refers to as "the Hillary Phenomenon".
"Politics and Other Happenings"- Atlanta History Center Downtown
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
The second part of her appearance at the Atlanta History Center. The tape cuts in on the Questions and Answers part of her appearance. In this, Molly elaborates about her impressions of Hillary Clinton, particulary of her Methodist nature and her Christian character. Molly also briefly addresses Janet Reno, Bobby Ray Inman, and the Bobbitt Scandal.
"Women on the Verge": Susan Faludi & Molly Ivins in Conversation on Stage
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
The second part of Molly Ivins' appearance with Susan Faludi. Molly continues speaking about her early journalism career and the folding of the Dallas Times Herald.  The question and answer session after the Molly and Susan's talk features answers related to feminism in the 1990s, LGBT inclusion in second wave feminism, and women and politics.
2000 Alta Vista
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
Video tape recorded for insurance purposes of Molly's house and belongings before a planned renovation. The tape shows her assistant Liz Faulk, her cats, clothes, and living spaces.
92 St. Y New York, NY Singles Courtesy Tape
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
Recorded Speech of Molly Ivins at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. In this speech, Molly delivers thoughts on free speech, the separation of church and state, and conservative Evangelical Christian voters. She also talks about the cruelty that she felt had entered political discourse by members of the media, especially Rush Limbaugh.
Brinkley & Ivins Together
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
This tape is a recording of a very lively panel appearance of Molly Ivins and television journalist David Brinkley that was introduced by Lousiana Congresswoman and Ambassador to the Holy See, Lindy Boggs. Molly speaks first and discusses the state of traditional political journalism in comparison to television journalism. David Brinkley spends his time discussing television journalism and issues with politics in Washington D.C. Of particular interest are Molly's thoughts on papers such as USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, a brief mention of Donald and Ivanna Trump, and David and Molly's back and forth exchange.
Brinkley & Ivins Together
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
This is the second part of Molly's appearance with David Brinkley at the 1992 New Orleans Writers' Conference. The tape cuts in during their questions and answers session. A large portion of their discussion focuses on the media's coverage of the crisis in public education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and journalism's role in politics and the economy.
CBS Sales Film Pt. 1
Source:Mickelson (Sig) Papers
Coverage of the 1952, 1956, and 1960 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. The 1952 and 1956 election nights are also included.
Cactus Comments- KLBJ AM
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
A short radio spot from 1987 in which Cactus Pryor presents his opinions on Molly Ivins and her writing.
City of Arts San Francisco: Molly Ivins Hosted by Maya Angelou.
Source:Molly Ivins Papers
The second part of Molly's appearance at City of Arts San Francisco. In this section Molly addresses audience questions and discusses the ugliness of the discourse put out by talk radio hosts and other political commentators as well as Texas politics and history.