This series contains photographs, newsclippings, correspondence, scrapbooks, speeches, books, and certificates. The materials are grouped in the following categories: personal and family; speecehs; World War I; historical organizations; Univeristy of Texas, degrees conferred, friends, and associates; First Officers Training Camp; Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of Government; Houston connections; and other personal and professional papers. The First Officers Camp Association organized an annual reunion commemorating the first officers of Camp Fuston, Leon Springs, Texas in 1917 during World War I. The Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government was created in 1953 for the purpose of carrying out the policy set forth in an act of the 83'd Congress. Under the commission, William B. Bates served on the Water Resources and Power Task Force. Folders F-1 through F-15 are exactly in the order they were found in a notebook entitled "The Hoover Commission on Organization of the Executive Branch of the Government."