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Collection Overview

Title: Nikki Van Hightower Papers, 1967-1997

ID: 02/1997-017

Primary Creator: Hightower, Nikki Van, 1939-

Extent: 7.5 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 00/00/1997

Subjects: Hightower, Nikki Van, 1939-, Politicians, Women's rights - Texas - Houston, Women - Political activity - Texas - Houston, Women politicians

Forms of Material: Clippings (information artifacts), Correspondence, Photographs, Speeches (documents)

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection documents the career of Nikki Van Hightower from the time of her appointment as Women's Advocate up to, and including, her work as Harris County Treasurer. It contains material dating from 1967 to 1997, with the bulk of the material dating from 1977 to 1989. Types of material within the collection include correspondence, memoranda, reports, studies, speeches, commentaries, press statements, publications, diaries, photographs and clippings.

The papers were originally filed in broad subject categories which have, where possible, been retained in the eight series titles: Women's Advocate, Radio, Houston Area Women's Center, International Women's Year, Political Publicity, Speeches, Personal Files, and Clippings. In order to facilitate research, files were broken down into a more detailed topical arrangement. Folders are arranged alphabetically by title within series and sub-series. Where possible, papers are arranged chronologically within folders. When dates are consistently lacking, as with the speeches and radio commentaries, material is arranged alphabetically by title.

Van Hightower's work as Women's Advocate is particularly well documented in the collection. The papers reveal the significance of that position in relation to city government and to the fact that Houston was chosen as the site of the International Women's Year National Conference in 1977.

The papers representing Van Hightower's work at KTRH reveal the extremes of opposition and support which could be engendered by the kind of direct approach to controversial social issues which Van Hightower took in the 1970s.

Also notable are the speeches and clippings. The speeches constitute a substantial portion of the collection, revealing the range of subjects oh which Van Hightower spoke, and the extent of her community involvement. The clippings provide a valuable insight into media treatment of feminism during the 1970s and 1980s.

The Houston Area Women's Center series is the smallest in the collection. Van Hightower's work as Executive Director for the Center is more fully documented in the Houston Area Women's Center collection, also housed in the Carey C. Shuart Women's Research Collection.

Biographical Note

In the course of her career Nikki Van Hightower has been Women's Advocate for the City of Houston, Moderator/Commentator at Radio Station KTRH, Executive Director of the Houston Area Women's Center, and Harris County Treasurer. She has held teaching positions at the University of Houston, Texas A & M University, Lee Community College, the University of Texas School of Public Health, and the New York Institute of Technology. She has been an outspoken activist in the women's movement and a leading proponent of equality for women in the city of Houston.

Van Hightower became involved in the women's movement while in college in the early 1970s; she continued her involvement after moving to Houston in 1975. In 1976 she was appointed to the position of Women's Advocate by Mayor Fred Hofheinz, and was responsible for "coordinating efforts to secure equal rights for women" in Houston. In this capacity she served as the city liaison for the International Women's Year National Conference, which was held in Houston in 1977, and raised public awareness of women's issues with her daily presentation of the Women's Advocate Hour on Radio Station KTRH.

Van Hightower's criticism of inequalities in city employment practices, and her feminist activities, ensured her unpopularity with City Council members. In 1977 they voted to reduce her salary to $1.00 a year in an effort to force her to abandon the role of Women's Advocate. Hofheinz countered by reinstating her as "Affirmative Action Specialist," allowing her to carry out the same job under a different name. She remained in this position until Jim McConn, who succeeded Hofheinz as mayor, fired her in March 1978.

KTRH Radio subsequently hired Van Hightower to present daily commentaries and host the call-in show Doubletalk with Ed Brandon. She was fired from the station, apparently for being too controversial, in March 1979.

By this time she was committed to working with the Houston Area Women's Center, which she helped to establish in 1977. In 1979 she became the Center's Executive Director and held that position until 1986.

In 1983, Van Hightower entered elective politics, campaigning unsuccessfully for City Council At Large Position 4. In 1986, she launched a successful campaign for Harris County Treasurer, and took office in January 1987. For the next three years she fought policies which compromised the Treasurer's control of county finances. In 1990 she was unsuccessful in her bid as Democratic Nominee for State Treasurer. She currently holds the positions of Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, and Senior Lecturer with the Health Science Center at Texas A & M University.

Throughout her career, Van Hightower received numerous honors and awards and established an impressive vita of community involvement, publications, speaking engagements, and teaching appointments. Her refusal to be intimidated by the "old boy" political network, which she viewed as a fundamental obstacle to equality and justice, enabled her to implement significant changes for the citizens of Houston.

Subject/Index Terms

Hightower, Nikki Van, 1939-
Women's rights - Texas - Houston
Women - Political activity - Texas - Houston
Women politicians

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions: Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, obtaining permission to publish from copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian. Reproduction decisions will be made by Special Collections staff on a case-by-case basis.

Acquisition Method: Donated by Nikki Van Hightower, 1997

Related Materials:

Houston Area Women's Center Videos, 1980- (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=350)

Houston Area Women's Center Photographs, 1977- (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=349)

Houston Area Women's Center Records, 1975-1990 (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/?p=collections/controlcard&id=351)

Toby Myers Papers (http://archon.lib.uh.edu/index.php?p=collections/controlcard&id=470)

Preferred Citation: Nikki Van Hightower Papers, Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries

Processing Information: Stephanie Ashley, July 1997. Text converted and initial EAD tagging provided by Apex Data.

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised February 27, 2017

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: Women's Advocate, 1973-1978],
[Series 2: Radio, 1976-1979],
[Series 3: Houston Area Women's Center, 1977-1986],
[Series 4: International Women's Year, 1976-1987],
[Series 5: Political Publicity and Issues, 1983-1989],
[Series 6: Speeches and Presentations, 1967-1994],
[Series 7: Personal Files, 1974-1997],
[Series 8: Clippings, 1973-1992],

Series 1: Women's Advocate, 1973-1978
This series contains thirty-one folders. Papers date from 1973 to 1978, with the bulk of the materials dating from 1976 to 1978. The series is divided into three sub-series: General Files, Reports and Studies, and Women's Rights Coordinating Council. Of particular note are the correspondence and memoranda files, which document the particular practices and policies with which Van Hightower took issue, and the range of opposition and support she received in response. Also noteworthy are the studies on the status of women in Houston.
Sub-Series 1: General Files
Box 1
Folder 1-2: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1976
Folder 3-8: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1977
Folder 9: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1978
Folder 10: Correspondence and Memoranda, undated
Folder 11: Engagement Diaries, 1976-1977
Folder 12: Messages/Notes, 1976-1977
Folder 13: Miscellany, 1976-1978
Folder 14: Opponents/Supporters of Women's Advocate Position, 1977
Folder 15: Ordinances Affecting Women's Advocate Position, 1977
Folder 16: Press Releases/Proposals Defining Women's Advocate Position, 1973-1976
Folder 17: Press Releases/Statements Supporting Women's Advocate Position, 1977
Box 2
Folder 1: Quarterly/Yearly Reports of Activities, 1976-1977
Folder 2: Record of Women's Advocate Achievements, undated
Sub-Series 2: Reports and Studies
Box 2
Folder 3: Employee Child Care Needs - City of Houston, 1977
Folder 4: Employment Rights of the Women in Houston, 1977
Folder 5: Progress Report on the Status of Women in Houston, 1975
Folder 6: Single Parent Seminar Program, parts 4-6, 1977
Folder 7: State of the Women in Houston Background Material, 1977-1978
Folder 8: State of the Women in Houston, 1976
Folder 9: Status of Houston Women, 1977
Folder 10: Status of Women in Houston City Government as of December 31, 1977
Folder 11: Texas Child Care Inc. Study, 1977
Sub-Series 3: Women's Rights Coordinating Council
Box 2
Folder 12: Assorted Material, 1977
Folder 13: Assorted Material, undated
Folder 14: Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, 1976
Series 2: Radio, 1976-1979
There are forty-five folders in this series, with two sub-series representing the two different capacities in which Van Hightower worked with Radio Station KTRH: Daily Commentaries/ Doubletalk, and Women's Advocate Hour. Material dates from 1976 to 1979. The correspondence in the first sub-series consists almost entirely of letters from listeners. Correspondence in the second sub-series relates primarily to arrangements for the show. Guests of note on the Women's Advocate Hour included Ellie Smeal, then President of the National Organization of Women, and Gloria Steinem.
Sub-Series 1: Daily Commentaries / Doubletalk
Box 2
Folder 15-21: Correspondence, 1978
Box 3
Folder 1-4: Correspondence, 1978
Folder 5-7: Correspondence, 1979
Folder 8: Correspondence, undated
Folder 9: A, 1978
Folder 10: B, 1978
Folder 11: C, 1978
Folder 12: D, 1978
Folder 13: E, 1978
Folder 14: F, 1978
Folder 15: G, 1978
Folder 16: H, 1978
Box 4
Folder 1: I-K, 1978
Folder 2: L, 1978
Folder 3: M-O, 1978
Folder 4: P, 1978
Folder 5: R, 1978
Folder 6: S, 1978
Folder 7: T, 1978
Folder 8: U, 1978
Folder 9: V-W, 1978
Folder 10: Untitled, 1978
Folder 11: Miscellany, 1976-1978
Folder 12: Notebook of Radio Program Topics, 1978
Folder 13: Notebook of Radio Program Topics, 1978-1979
Folder 14: Notes, 1978-1979
Sub-Series 2: Women's Advocate Hour
Box 4
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1977
Folder 16-19: Correspondence, Questions, and Preparatory Material, 1977
Folder 20: Correspondence, Questions, and Preparatory Material, 1978
Box 5
Folder 1: Guests A-B, undated
Folder 2: Guests C-G, undated
Folder 3: Guests H-K, undated
Folder 4: Guests L-Mac, undated
Folder 5: Guests N-O, undated
Folder 6: Guests P-S, undated
Folder 7: Open Forum, undated
Folder 8: Telephone Messages, 1977
Series 3: Houston Area Women's Center, 1977-1986
This series contains ten folders with material dating from 1977 to 1986. Initially, these files contained very little correspondence; correspondence and memoranda pertaining specifically to the Women's Center have since been transferred to this series from Van Hightower's personal files. The series also contains reports and publications.
Box 5
Folder 9: Annual and Progress Reports, 1980-1985
Folder 10: Center Line, 1978-1982
Folder 11: Center Line, 1983-1986
Folder 12: Community Resources For Women, 1978
Folder 13: Correspondence, Memoranda, and Reports, 1977-1982
Folder 14: Correspondence, Memoranda, and Reports, 1983-1985
Folder 15: Descriptive Planning Document, 1978
Folder 16: Institute of International Education, 1982-1984
Folder 17: Miscellany, 1978-1982
Folder 18: Task Force on School Violence Report, 1982
Series 4: International Women's Year, 1976-1987

This series contains thirty-seven folders in three sub-series, which reflect the original arrangement: Texas Women's Meeting, Houston Conference Preparations, and National Conference. Material dates from 1976 to 1987, with the bulk of the material being from 1977.

In the first sub-series, folders labeled "Committee Materials" contain papers relating to the activities of the Coordinating, Advisory, and Executive Committees of the Texas Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year Decade. Because separation of these papers would have disrupted the original order entirely, these folders contain a combination of agendas, minutes, membership lists, procedures, rules and memoranda. For the same reason, the term "correspondence" should be interpreted loosely here.

Notable correspondents in this series include Judge Elizabeth Athanasakos (Presiding Officer of the National Committee on the Observance of International Women's Year), Hilary Whittaker (Conference Coordinator), and Bella Abzug (Secretariat for International Women's Year).

Sub-Series 1: Texas Women's Meeting
Box 5
Folder 19: Agendas, 1977
Folder 20: Budget Proposals for International Women's Year Grant, 1977
Folder 21-22: Committee Materials, 1977
Folder 23: Coordinating Committee-Outreach, 1977
Box 6
Folder 1: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1977
Folder 2: Correspondence, Memoranda and Miscellany, 1977
Folder 3: Messages/Notes, undated
Folder 4: Procedural Information, 1977
Folder 5: Proposal to Steering Committee for Contract Services, 1977
Folder 6: Resolutions Adopted, 1977
Folder 7: Summary of the Final Report by the Texas Coordinating Committee to the National Commission on the Observance of International Women's Year, 1977
Sub-Series 2: Houston Conference Preparations
Box 6
Folder 8: Support and Welcome Resolution Correspondence and Information, 1977
Folder 9: Women in City Government Project Correspondence and Information, 1977
Folder 10: Women in City Government Project Correspondence and Information, undated
Sub-Series 3: National Conference
Box 6
Folder 11: City Brochure - Houston, 1976
Folder 12: City Brochure - San Antonio, 1977
Folder 13-14: Conference Brochures, 1977
Folder 15-16: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1976
Folder 17-18: Correspondence and Memoranda, 1977
Folder 19: Correspondence and Miscellany, undated
Box 7
Folder 1: Delegate/Alternate Letters, 1977-1978
Folder 2: General Information and Rules of Order, 1976-1977
Folder 3: Houston Committee, 1977
Folder 4: Manual for Planning and Conducting Meetings For Women - Revisions, 1977
Folder 5: Manual for State and Territorial International Women's Year Coordinating Committees, 1976
Folder 6: Messages/Notes, 1977
Folder 7: Name Lists for Invitations and Reservations, 1977
Folder 8: National Women's Conference Committee 10th Anniversary Observance, 1987
Folder 9: Press Releases, 1976-1977
Folder 10: Proposed National Plan of Action, 1977
Folder 11: Resolutions Adopted, 1977
Folder 12: Torch Relay Information, 1977
Folder 13: Updates for State and National Meetings, 1977-1978
Series 5: Political Publicity and Issues, 1983-1989
This series contains ten folders dating from 1983 to 1989, with the bulk of the material from 1987 to 1989. Materials include election campaign publicity material, press releases, statements, and transcripts pertaining to two issues of particular prominence: the debate over transferring duties from the County Auditor to the Treasurer, and the 25.5% pay increase which County Commissioners awarded themselves in the 1989 budget. These files originally contained clippings which have been transferred to the clippings series.
Box 7
Folder 14: Annual Reports of the County Treasurer, 1988-1989
Folder 15: Campaign for City Council Correspondence and Publicity, 1983
Folder 16: Campaign for County Treasurer - Publicity, undated
Folder 17: Clarification of Treasurer's Duties, 1987-1989
Folder 18: Clarification of Treasurer's Duties, undated
Folder 19: Commissioner's Court Meeting Transcripts, 1987-1988
Folder 20: Commissioner's Court Meeting Transcripts, 1988
Folder 21: Commissioner's Salary Increase, 1989
Folder 22: Correspondence, 1987-1989
Folder 23: Messages/Notes, 1989
Folder 24: Miscellany, 1989
Series 6: Speeches and Presentations, 1967-1994

There are one hundred twenty-nine folders in this series. Although much of the material is not dated, some speeches have had dates supplied using information from Van Hightower's 1997 resume. Dates covered are 1967 to 1994. The series is divided into seven sub-series: Education, Government and Finance, History and Status of the Women's Movement, Women in Business and Political Life, Women in Crisis, Miscellaneous Subjects, and Speaking Engagement Arrangements.

The first six sub-series contain full text versions and plans of speeches, presentations, statements, and testimonies. Folders also contain notes and accompanying material when applicable. Since the majority of speeches and plans were titled, they are arranged alphabetically by title in individual folders. Speeches with the same or similar titles may be foldered together. Titles of sub-series were imposed by the processor, and some assumptions had to be made about which speeches accompanying material was originally related. Untitled speeches are located at the end of the appropriate sub-series.

In most cases there is no indication of the audience to which a speech was addressed.

Those named include the following:

American Association of University Women

American Society for Public Administration

Bay Area Turning Point Auxiliary Club

Center for Women's Opportunities

Conference for County Councils on the Status of Women

First South Central Women's Studies Conference

Gulf Coast Community Services Association

Gulf Coast Section Society of Petroleum Engineers

Houston Chapter of Hadassah

Houston Independent School Board

Houston Philosophical Society

Houston Police Department

Independent School Association of the Southwest

National Council of Jewish Women

National Management Association, Lockheed

Northshore Rotary Club

Palacios High School

Rotary Club of Houston

Society for Histopathologists

Society for Medical Technology

Texas 71st Air Force Junior R.O.T.C. Squadron

Texas Association for Drug Abuse Services Inc.

Texas Education Agency

Texas Women's Political Caucus

Texas Women's University

Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Brazos Valley

United States Customs Service

University of Houston Academic and Professional Women's Association

Women's Economic Club

Sub-Series 1: Education
Box 8
Folder 1: 6th Annual Law School Conference - Title IX, undated
Folder 2: A.A.U.W. Awards Banquet Keynote Address, 1976
Folder 3: B.P.W. Foundation Address, undated
Folder 4: Equal Vocational Education, undated
Folder 5: The Hidden Curriculum, 1978
Folder 6: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 2: Government and Finance
Box 8
Folder 7: Harris County, undated
Folder 8: The Impact of Federal Tax Reform on Local Government, 1989
Folder 9: Political Influences on Financial Management, undated
Folder 10: Politics of Government Finance, undated
Folder 11: Texas and the Politics of Disenchantment, 1994
Folder 12: You Make A Difference, undated
Folder 13: Untitled, 1989-1991
Sub-Series 3: The History and Status of the Women's Movement
Box 8
Folder 14: Are Men for Women?, undated
Folder 15: Are Women Changing Men?, 1978
Folder 16: Equal Rights Amendment, undated
Folder 17: Female/Male Equality: Dreams of the Future, 1980
Folder 18: Feminist Politics, undated
Folder 19: Feminists: True Champions of the Homemaker, 1977
Folder 20: History and Philosophy of the Feminist Movement, undated
Folder 21: Houston Philosophical Society Address, 1977
Folder 22: Looking Back: 20 Years of Uneven Progress in the Women's Movement, 1993
Folder 23: The Role of Women in Society, undated
Folder 24: State of the Women in Houston, undated
Folder 25: The Status of Women, 1977
Folder 26: The U.S. Constitution and Women's Rights, 1987
Folder 27: What Is Left To Be Done?, undated
Folder 28: Women Against Women: Where are the Battle Lines?, 1978
Folder 29: Women's Economic Agenda, undated
Folder 30: Women's Issues Then and Now, undated
Folder 31: Women's Movement, undated
Folder 32: The Women's Movement: Crises and Accomplishments, 1976
Folder 33: Women's Suffrage, undated
Folder 34: Women Today, 1989
Folder 35: Untitled, 1977-1989
Folder 36: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 4: Parenting
Box 8
Folder 37: Child Care, undated
Folder 38: Public Policy and the Single Parent Family, undated
Folder 39: Statement to the Members of the Houston Independent School Board, 1986
Folder 40: Testimony Before the Center for Women's Opportunities, 1977
Folder 41: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 5: Personal Growth
Box 9
Folder 1: The High Cost of Low Self-Esteem, 1988
Folder 2: Living a Courageous Life, undated
Folder 3: Living With Success, undated
Folder 4: Maintenance of Power, undated
Folder 5: Mental Health in a Sexist Society, undated
Folder 6: Mystique of the Loner, undated
Folder 7: The Personal to the Political, undated
Folder 8: Risk-Taking: Inventing a New Wheel, undated
Folder 9: Taking Risks, 1978-1979
Folder 10: Womanpower: How to Get it, How to Use it, and is it Worth it Anyhow?, undated
Folder 11: Women and Change, undated
Folder 12: Women and Risk-Taking, undated
Folder 13: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 6: Women in Business and Political Life
Box 9
Folder 14: Aggie Democrats
Folder 15: Aviation Department, undated
Folder 16: Becoming a Political Person, 1990
Folder 17: Can Women Make a Difference?, undated
Folder 18: Employment Discrimination, 1967
Folder 19: Establishing a Mutually Valuable Partnership With Your Boss, 1989
Folder 20: Gender Gap, 1984
Folder 21: How to Be an Effective NPO Executive, undated
Folder 22: How to Make it in a Man's World, undated
Folder 23: The Impact of Sex Roles and Sex Stereotyping on Female Employment in the City, undated
Folder 24: Influencing Local Government: Pressure Group Activity, undated
Folder 25: Involvement and the Professional Woman, undated
Folder 26: Learning From the Women's Movement: Implications For Management, 1990
Folder 27: Male/Female Sex Roles in the Workforce: Phony or Real?, 1977
Folder 28: N.A.S.A. Vendors Address, undated
Folder 29: National Management Association Lockheed Address, undated
Folder 30: Networking, undated
Folder 31: Nursing, 1985
Folder 32: Personnel Organization, undated
Folder 33: The Politics of Affirmative Action, 1977
Folder 34: The Power Structure: How to Achieve it and Use it Effectively, undated
Folder 35: Pressure Group, undated
Folder 36: Professional Women in Political Life, undated
Folder 37: Progress of the Professional Woman in the Working World, 1980
Folder 38: Public Relations, undated
Folder 39: Role of Women in the Political Process, undated
Folder 40: Secretaries, undated
Folder 41: Status of Women in Business, 1978
Folder 42: What Do Business Women Want?, undated
Folder 43: What is Discrimination?, undated
Folder 44: Women and Employment, undated
Folder 45: Women at the Top: More Humanity or More of the Same?, undated
Box 10
Folder 1: Women Democrats, 1990
Folder 2: Women, Employment Discrimination and Aging, undated
Folder 3: Women in Politics, 1988
Folder 4: Women in Radio
Folder 5: Women in Science
Folder 6: Women in the Military, 1978
Folder 7: Women's Route to Elective Office, undated
Folder 8: Untitled, 1977
Folder 9: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 7: Women in Crisis
Box 10
Folder 10: Battered Women, undated
Folder 11: Bay Area Turning Point Auxiliary Club Address, 1994
Folder 12: Enforcement of Laws, undated
Folder 13: Houston Area Women's Center, undated
Folder 14: Houston Police Department In service on Battering, 1984
Folder 15: Politics of Women in Crisis, undated
Folder 16: Pornography: the Abuse of Freedom, undated
Folder 17: Public Price Tag of Violence in the Home, undated
Folder 18: Rape Program, undated
Folder 19: Testimony on Sexually Oriented Businesses, 1982
Folder 20: What Is Sexual Harassment?, undated
Folder 21: Women and Drugs, undated
Folder 22: Untitled, undated
Sub-Series 8: Miscellaneous Subjects
Box 10
Folder 23: Art as a Vehicle for Social Change, undated
Folder 24: Censorship, undated
Folder 25: Freedom and Rights of the Press, the Reporter and the Public, undated
Folder 26: Naturalization Ceremony Address, 1977
Folder 27: The Politics of Health Care, 1978
Folder 28: Rising Energy Costs, the Squeeze on the Consumer, 1979
Folder 29: The Sociology of Diving, undated
Folder 30: Speech for John Anderson, undated
Folder 31: Testimony Before the Texas Senate Against Senate Bill #119 Limiting Abortion Benefits to Public Employees, 1979
Folder 32: Testimony Supporting "Americans With Disabilities" Act, 1989
Folder 33: Untitled, 1981
Folder 34: Ephemera for Grenias Campaign, 1983-1984
Folder 35: Untitled - Awards and Toasts, undated
Sub-Series 9: Speaking Engagement Arrangements
Box 11
Folder 1: Arrangements and Correspondence, 1977
Folder 2-8: Arrangements and Correspondence, 1978
Folder 9: Messages/Notes, 1977-1978
Series 7: Personal Files, 1974-1997

This series contains thirty-eight folders of material dating from 1974 to 1997, with the bulk of the material from 1974 to 1989. Correspondence files contain a variety of communications relating to Van Hightower's involvement in clubs and committees, notifications of awards and honors, letters of thanks and congratulations, and letters from personal friends and family. Correspondents of note include Betty Ford, Ann Richards, Liz Carpenter, and Eleanor Tinsley.

A significant portion of the correspondence could be considered "business" rather than personal. Since it is difficult, however, to determine the division between Van Hightower's personal and official community involvement, most of the correspondence was left in these personal files, with the exception of some material pertaining to the Houston Area Women's Center. Van Hightower's resume, in box 12 folder 13, provides a comprehensive survey of her achievements. The series also contains some photographs which are filed with accompanying correspondence, or at the end of the series.

Box 11
Folder 10: Articles and Papers, 1974-1989
Folder 11: Assorted Material, 1978-1982
Folder 12: Assorted Material, 1983-1985
Folder 13: Assorted Material, undated
Folder 14: Correspondence, 1974-1975
Folder 15: Correspondence, 1977
Folder 16: Correspondence, 1978
Folder 17: Correspondence, 1979
Folder 18: Correspondence, 1980
Folder 19: Correspondence, 1981
Folder 20: Correspondence, 1982
Box 12
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1983
Folder 2-3: Correspondence, 1984
Folder 4-5: Correspondence, 1985
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1986
Folder 7: Correspondence, 1987
Folder 8: Correspondence, undated
Folder 9: Engagement Diaries, 1978-1979
Folder 10: Engagement Diaries, 1980-1981
Folder 11: Legal Documents, 1986
Folder 12: Messages/Notes, 1983-1986
Folder 13: Resumes, 1979-1997
Folder 14: University of Houston Class, 1984-1985
Folder 15: University of Houston Class - Financial Records, 1985-1986
Folder 16: University of Houston Class - Miscellany, 1984-1985
Sub-Series 1: Photographs
Box 12
Folder 17: Athanaskos, Elizabeth, undated
Folder 18: Hide Inspector Award, 1977
Folder 19: Miller, Rex; Van Hightower, Nikki, undated
Folder 20: Van Hightower, Nikki, undated
Folder 21-22: Van Hightower, Nikki - Unidentified Event and People, undated
Folder 23: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Fickessen, A.J; Speer, Sharon; Van Hightower, Nikki; Joiner, Joe, 1978
Folder 24: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Guyon, Judge J.D.; Speer, Sharon; Fickessen, A.J.; Van Hightower; Nikki; Joiner, Joe, 1978
Folder 25: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Joiner, Joe; Speer, Sharon; Fickessen, A.J.; Van Hightower, Nikki, 1978
Folder 26: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Lewes, Stan; Van Hightower, Nikki; Fickessen, A.J., 1978
Folder 27: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Van Hightower, Nikki; Unidentified, 1978
Folder 28: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign (L to R): Van Hightower, Nikki; Unidentified; Fickessen, A.J., 1978
Folder 29: Y.M.C.A. Membership Campaign: Van Hightower, Nikki, 1978
Series 8: Clippings, 1973-1992
There are twenty-seven folders in this series, containing newspaper clippings and magazine articles dating from 1973 to 1992. The material is arranged into subjects which, where possible, reflect series titles, and is ordered chronologically within folders. The clippings provide extensive coverage of some of the key points in Van Hightower's career. Van Hightower's election campaign for City Council is documented more fully here than in the Political Publicity series. Also prominently represented are the offices of Women's Advocate and County Treasurer. Newspaper clippings have been photocopied for preservation reasons.
Box 13
Folder 1-2: City Council Election Campaign, 1983
Folder 3: City Council Election Campaign, undated
Folder 4: County Treasurer, 1987
Folder 5: County Treasurer, 1988-1989
Folder 6: County Treasurer Commissioners Salary Increase, 1989
Folder 7: County Treasurer, undated
Folder 8: Houston Area Women's Center, 1978-1989
Folder 9: Houston Area Women's Center, undated
Sub-Series 1: International Women's Year
Box 13
Folder 10: National Conference, 1976-1977
Folder 11: National Conference, 1977
Folder 12: National Conference, 1977-1978
Folder 13: National Conference, undated
Folder 14: Texas Women's Meeting, 1977
Folder 15: Involvement in the Women's Movement, 1973-1974
Folder 16: Miscellaneous, 1977-1979
Folder 17: Miscellaneous, 1980-1984
Folder 18: Miscellaneous, 1985-1991
Folder 19: Miscellaneous, undated
Folder 20: Speech Material, 1989-1992
Folder 21: State Treasurer Campaign, 1989-1990
Folder 22: Women's Advocate, 1975-1976
Folder 23-25: Women's Advocate, 1977
Folder 26: Women's Advocate, 1978
Folder 27: Women's Advocate, undated
Box 14
Item 1: Oversizse clippings and newspapers

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[Series 6: Speeches and Presentations, 1967-1994],
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