Further Resources

This page contains suggested archival resources, links to relevant secondary materials, and a suggested bibliography for those who are interested in learning more about the life and work of Frances T. “Sissy” Farenthold.

Related Links

A Guide to the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Papers at the Briscoe Center for American History
Official finding aid of the Frances Tarlton Farenthold Papers, which consist of legal, political, and personal correspondence; legal, political, legislative, and committee files; newsletters, reports, and bulletins; research material; newspaper clippings; maps; video cassettes; audio tapes; and photographs.

Selected Human Rights Inventory of the Farenthold Papers
Inventory of boxes from the Farenthold Papers that were carefully selected for their content related to Farenthold’s extensive human rights work and activism over the past few decades.

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice
Official web site of the University of Texas at Austin’s Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
Official website of the University of Texas at Austin’s Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Archival Resources

ArchiveGrid: Farenthold archival resources

Creekmore Fath Papers

Bernard Rapoport Papers

Corpus Christi Public Libraries Digital Archive: Farenthold holdings

Mary and Jeff Bell Library at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi: The B. Dudley Tarlton Papers

Television, film, and website links

“Sisters of ’77,” Independent Lens, PBS

“Texas Maverick,” Assignment America, New York Public Media

“Frances T. (Sissy) Farenthold Campaign, NBC Universal Archives

Your Greenham
An interactive web site featuring archival documents, photographs, and video footage from the Greenham Common peace camp, which Farenthold attended in 1983.

The Gift Economy: the official site of Genevieve Vaughn
The official web site of Farenthold’s cousin, Genevieve Vaughn, on her feminist theory and activism; includes a page on the Nairobi Peace Tent.


Atterberry, Ann. “Farenthold Phenomenon Puts Sparks into Governor’s Race.” Dallas Morning News, April 23, 1972.

“Audio: Interviews with Barnes, White and Farenthold.”  The Texas Observer, 19 February 2010.

Austin, Phyllis. “‘Sissy’ Urges Women to Run for Office.” Dallas Morning News, April 4, 1973.

Broder, David S. “Sissy Farenthold: A Different Kind of Texas Politician.” Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File), May 11, 1972.

Broder, David S. “Texas’ Sissy Farenthold.” The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973), May 09, 1972.

Committee on Foreign Affairs. Women’s Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy: A Compilation of Views, United States House of Representatives, 100th Congress, at 37-39.


Curtin, Mary Ellen.  “Reaching for Power: Barbara C. Jordan and Liberals in the Texas Legislature, 1966-1972.”  The Southwestern Historical Quarterly 108.2 (2004): 210-31.

Draper, Robert.  “The Blood of the Farentholds.”  Texas Monthly, April 1992.

FARENTHOLD, FRANCES T. “ERA: 7 1/2 Months More, and then?” Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File), Nov 15, 1981.

“FRANCES FARENTHOLD: Women’s Political Leader to Speak.” Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File), Nov 23, 1973.

“Farenthold: 1974 Is the Year of the Breakthrough.” The Austin American Statesman (1973-1987), November 14, 1984.

Farenthold, Frances. “Women’s Perspectives on U.S. Foreign Policy: A Compilation of Views.” Interview by Bella Abzug. January 1, 1988: 37-39.

Fields-Hawkins, Stephanie.  “Frances Farenthold: Texas’ Joan of Arc.”  MA Thesis. University of North Texas, 2012: 42-46

Fiske, Edward. “Sissy: A Texas Role Model in New York Academia.” Dallas Morning News, October 30, 1977.

Gorelick, Sherry. “Geneva Conference.” Bridges (1991): 120-123.

Hamer, Fannie Lou. The speeches of Fannie Lou Hamer: To tell it like it is. Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2011: 145-146.

Hunt III, Harry. “Under the Rug.” Texas Monthly, May 1, 1975.

Ivins, Molly. “Rep. Frances Farenthold: A Melancholy Rebel.”  The Texas Observer, 9 April 1971: 3.

Jones, Nancy Baker, and Ruthe Winegarten. Capitol women: Texas female legislators, 1923-1999. University of Texas Press, 2010.

Kornbluh, Felicia.  The Battle for Welfare Rights: Politics and Poverty in Modern America.  Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.

“Labor Nearing Showdown on Choice for Governor.” Dallas Morning News, March 4, 1972.

Leavitt, Judith A. American women managers and administrators: a selective biographical dictionary of twentieth-century leaders in business, education, and government. Greenwood Publishing Group, 1985: 71-72.

Leleux, Robert. “Texas (Still) Needs Farenthold.” The Texas Observer, Sep 21, 28-31.

McArthur, Judith N., and Harold L. Smith. Texas through Women’s Eyes the Twentieth-century Experience. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010. 224-226.

Mellard, Jason. Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture. University of Texas Press, 2013: 161-163.

Northcott, Kaye. “From the Powder Room to the Podium.” Mother Jones Magazine, June 1, 1984, 42.

Northcott, Kaye. “Only a Heartbeat Away.” Mother Jones Magazine, June 1, 1984, 35-37.

O’Dea, Suzanne, ed. From Suffrage to Senate. Amenia, NY, USA: Grey House Publishing, 2013. 254.

Oral History Interview with Frances Farenthold, December 14, 1974. Interview A-0186. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Protest March against Missiles Set in Austin.” Dallas Morning News, September 22, 1983.

Shanhan, Eileen. “TEXAN WILL HEAD WOMEN’S CAUCUS: Mrs. Farenthold Elected by National Political Group Area Women Chosen Former Texas Legislator Decisions Made.” The New York Times, February 12, 1973.

“Sissy on Endless Campaign for Social Justice, Rights.” Dallas Morning News, November 23, 1973.

Staff, Capitol. “Farenthold Gets Student Support.” The Austin Statesman (1921-1973), February 15, 1972.

Staff, Capitol. “Farenthold Raps Legislature ‘Deal'” The Austin American Statesman (1921-1973), April 2, 1972.

Tolleson-Rinehart, Sue, and Jeanie R. Stanley. Claytie and the lady: Ann

Untermeyer, Chase. “What Makes Sissy Run?” Texas Monthly. April 1, 1974. Accessed April 9, 2015.


Winegarten, Ruthe. “Ruthe Wine Garten.” Writing the Story of Texas(2013): 223, 234, 241.

Witcover, Jules. “Sissy Farenthold is Elected Head of Women’s Caucus.” The Washington Post, Times Herald (1959-1973), Feb 12, 1973.

Wolbrecht, Christina. The politics of women’s rights: Parties, positions, and change. Princeton University Press, 2010: 37.

“Women Who Can ‘Save America'” Dallas Morning News, March 31, 1975.