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David Treen papers

Identifier: LaRC-651

Scope and Contents

David C. Treen was the first Republican Governor of Louisiana (1980-1984) since Reconstruction and the first Republican in recent years to represent Louisiana in the House of Representatives (1973-1980). The collection consists of materials from his time as both congressman and governor. The congressional files consist of federal agency, project, legislative, subject, correspondence, veterans affairs, and House committee files.  The gubernatorial files include alphabetical, subject, federal agency, clippings, civil service, legal, and press release files in addition to photographs.


  • 1966-1984 (bulk: 1973-1984)



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Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

David C. Treen (1928-2009) was the first Republican Governor of Louisiana (1980-1984) since Reconstruction and the first Republican in recent years to represent Louisiana in the House of Representatives (1973-1980). While in Congress, he served on the Armed Services Committee; the Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee; the original House Intelligence Committee; and the Ad Hoc Committee to revise the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.

Treen received his bachelor's degree from Tulane University (1948) and graduated from Tulane Law School (1950). He married Dolores "Dodi" Brisbi and had three children. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1952. Treen joined the law firm of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles and was also a vice president of the Simplex Manufacturing Corporation of New Orleans (1952-1957). During the 1960 presidential campaign, Treen opposed the election of both Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy and instead ran as an elector for the Louisiana States' Rights Party, which supported Virginia Democratic Senator Harry F. Byrd, Sr. Treen joined the Republican party to run against Representative Hale Boggs, a Democrat, in 1962 and lost, then ran against him again unsuccessfully in 1964 and 1968. In 1972 he ran for Louisiana Governor, but lost to Edwin Edwards. Finally, in 1972, Treen won a seat in Congress that he held until 1980 when he resigned to become Governor of Louisiana. Edwards defeated him during his reelection attempt, and his nomination by President Reagan in 1987 for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans also failed. Treen made several other attempts at running for both governor and Congress until his death in 2009. Treen was survived by his son and two daughters. His wife, Dolores "Dodie", died in 2005.


722 Linear Feet (1483.00 Boxes)

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged into two main series: 1) Congressional and 2) Gubernatorial. The Gubernatorial series is further divided into eleven sub-series: 1) Alphabetical, 2) Subject, 3) Federal agencies, 4), Clippings, 5) Civil service, 6) Legal, 7) Autopen approval, 8) Photographs, 9) Press releases, 10) Audio/visual, 11) Other papers. The collection consists of 1,483 boxes and 5 volumes. It is 722 linear feet.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2011 by LAC Group.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US