Maps in other Record Groups and Collections

Updated April 2010

There are thousands of maps housed within various record groups (state agency files) and manuscript collections. This is a brief overview to highlight series containing a significant number of maps that may be of interest to researchers.

Record Groups

The name of the state agency is listed first followed by the series or sub-series (if known), which contains the maps discussed. The series title will be linked to an online finding aid, if available.

Adjutant General

Texas State Guard, Battalion Records (series I) and Administrative Records (series II)
These two series include several maps, dating 1938-1983, bulk 1938-1950. Series I contains maps of maneuvers and Series II contains outline maps of brigade areas and general highway maps. Series I is organized by battalion, then chronologically. Series II is filed by topic.

Attorney General

Litigation files (early to mid twentieth century)
Maps are present in litigation cases concerning boundary claims, oil and gas claims, vacancy suits, and other topics. These are arranged by case file number. These records are restricted and the Attorney General's Office must review the file before access is allowed. (All the maps from the Oklahoma vs. Texas boundary dispute (about 1920) have been added to the map collection and a guide is available to that case, filed in the Attorney General finding aid. These particular maps are not restricted.)

Texas Fire Insurance Department/Texas State Board of Insurance

Fire insurance maps, about 1930-about 1990, bulk 1938-1975, several hundred maps
These are fire insurance maps of Texas cities and towns created either by the Sanborn Map Company or the Texas Fire Insurance Department (TFID) and the Texas State Board of Insurance (TSBI). The fire insurance maps were used by the Fire Insurance Dept. to assist in determining fire insurance rates for cities and towns. The TFID/TSBI created maps for smaller cities and towns that Sanborn did not cover and created addendum sheets for cities and towns with Sanborn coverage. The Sanborn maps are printed, while the TFID/TSBI maps are all manuscript, done on light graph paper in pencil with colored pencils used to denote certain features. Accompanying some of these maps are copies of street maps with a key to the location of the fire insurance maps sheets noted. The State Archives is in the process of receiving these maps from various parts of the state; the collection may be complete in 2010 or 2011. The maps are currently in volumes and many are in poor condition. A database is available in-house to provide minimal access until these maps can be added to the map collection.


The State Archives holds records received from redistricting committees, the Legislative Council, and legislators on a redistricting committee, that contain maps and plans used for redistricting. Most of these are unprocessed. Except where noted, all records are restricted and must be reviewed by an archivist before access is allowed.

House of Representatives, Redistricting Committee, Records, 1966-1992, bulk 1990-1992
There are rolled maps dating 1990-1991. No inventory has been prepared for the maps.

Senate, Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, 1980-1991
Redistricting maps are included. A finding aid is available in the Archives search room.

House of Representatives, Committee on Redistricting (Representative Delwin Jones), about 1990-2003
These unprocessed records include one box of rolled maps from the 1990s.

Senate, Jurisprudence Committee, 1974-1978, 2001
Redistricting maps and plans from 2001 are found in some boxes. These records are not processed.

Texas Legislative Council, Redistricting maps and reports, 1991-1992
The maps show proposed district realignment for the State House, Senate, and Board of Education districts, covering the 69th-73rd Legislatures for House and Senate districts, and the 72nd Legislature for Board of Education districts. These records have no restrictions.

Texas Legislative Council, Redistricting records, 1991, 1995
Maps detail State Board of Education districts, State House districts, and State Senate districts. Maps for State Board of Education districts (Plan E522) date from 1991 and are black and white. Maps for House districts (Plan H849) and Senate districts (Plan S730) were drawn in 1995 as part of the court-ordered settlement for the 1996 elections. These records contain both black and white and color versions of the House and Senate district maps.

Texas Legislative Council, Redistricting records, 1991-2006
Records are plans and maps detailing State Board of Education districts, State House Districts, and State Senate districts from 1991 to 2006, prepared by the Legislative Council. These records are unprocessed.

Offshore Terminal Commission

Records, 1972-1975
There are approximately 50 maps in this group of files. A finding aid for the agency's files in the Archives search room includes descriptions of the maps. Types of maps present are nautical charts along the Texas coast, maps of water resources development, lakeside recreation, oil leases and platforms, petroleum facilities, natural hazards of the Texas coast, underwater archaeological sites, offshore fisheries, endangered wildlife, recreational and historical resources, and an industrial map of Houston. There is also a 60-plate regional atlas of the Houston-Galveston area.

Parks and Wildlife Department

State Parks Division records, 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986
These records contain brochures, plats and maps showing trails, facilities, and site markers of state parks and state recreation areas. They appear as the sixth series in the State Parks Division finding aid.

Infrastructure Division, Maps, undated, 1 cubic ft.
These are unprocessed regional maps and park flash flood maps.

Infrastructure Division, Aerial photographs 1938, 1942, 1952-1984, 1990, 1994, bulk 1970-1973, undated
Records are aerial photographs of state park lands. Images are available for most state parks. These are unprocessed but very accessible -- they are arranged alphabetically by the name of the park.

State Parks Board, Records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949
Plans, drawings, and maps showing the location of Texas state parks are scattered throughout the records, most found in the series Acquisition and development files and the series Civilian Conservation Corps files.

State Parks Board, Civilian Conservation Corps drawings, about 1933-about 1970, bulk 1933-early 1940s, about 3600 drawings
Records are plans and drawings of work initially done by the Civilian Conservation Corps at Texas state parks in the 1930s and 1940s. Included are plats of the grounds, blueprints and drawings of buildings, and plans and drawings of furnishings and other features. Most of the items are either pencil on tracing vellum or ink on linen. All of the drawings have been scanned. A finding aid and a database listing the drawings will be available on the ARIS website in the near future.

Railroad Commission

Rail Division, Incoming correspondence, 1872-1955, bulk 1891-early 1920s
Scattered through these records are maps showing railroad property and railroad lines.

Rail Division, Rail history files, 1836-1996, bulk 1850-1960
There are several maps, most of specific rail lines, used for a docket or hearing. Dates of the maps are mid-late 20th century.

Transportation Division, Interstate Commerce Commission finance dockets, 1920-1952
Dockets include a map showing proposed railway extensions, track to be abandoned, lines in operation, right-of-way maps along railroad lines, and general railroad maps of certain regions of the state.

Oil and Gas Division, Correspondence and reports, 1890-1943, bulk 1919-1935
Approximately 50-75 maps are related to oil and gas work. Partial county maps show individual tracts of land, oil fields, oil and gas wells, pipelines, leases, and structural features.

Oil and Gas Division, Plats, about 1930-1960, bulk 1941-1954
These are plats of oil and gas leases and survey maps showing oil, gas, and water well locations, oil/gas lease and field boundaries, land and lease owners, cities, towns, rivers, and creeks. The maps often contain notes about the wells. Some maps are accompanied by correspondence about the leases or have affidavits attached. Most of the maps were drawn by local surveyors and cover specific leases. These plats and maps were not created by the Railroad Commission but sent to them by operators with various other records, such as applications for permits. The Railroad Commission retained these plats and maps as a source of well data and related information. This series contains files for district 8 (covering West Texas), district 10 (covering the Panhandle), and a few maps for district 4 (covering South Texas). Remaining plat files, if they exist, are at the Railroad Commission.

Secretary of State

Statutory Documents Section, Deed files, about 1848-1994, bulk 1928-1963
Files include maps of sites for military bases and institutions, plans of forts and camps, plats of surveys, and right-of-way maps for state highways. These will be added to the map collection when the records are more fully processed. Maps are filed with the records by property or site.

Water Commission (now Texas Commission on Environmental Quality)

Water use maps and drawings, 1913-about 1987, 2500-3000 items
This is a series of water use maps, plans and drawings of the Texas Board of Water Engineers (TBWE), later the Texas Water Commission (TWC). Early maps/drawings include those of proposed dams and dam improvements, floodways, irrigation systems, canals, pumping plants, city water supply projects, water storage reservoirs, lakes, water works and sewage improvements, rice irrigation projects, etc. Later maps/drawings include the above types as well as sand and gravel mining projects, salt water experiment stations, situation plans for power stations, irrigation systems of state facilities, floodwater embankment plans and profiles, plans of spillways, cooling water supply plans for plants, fish farms, golf course irrigation systems, water conveyance systems for cities, drainage areas, site grading plans, etc. The maps/drawings were drawn by private engineers, surveyors, city engineers, etc., and filed with the TBWE (later TWC) for water use applications. The maps/drawings are primarily black and white manuscript items on linen, with some on vellum. For later years some diazo copies are present as well as some form of printing/copying onto brownish linen. These maps accompany water use applications that are no longer active. Maps for active water use permits are still housed at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The maps are unprocessed and restricted. These materials will not be added to the map collection.

Department of Water Resources

Enforcement and Field Operations Division, Ixtoc oil spill records, 1979-1981
Maps and aerial photographs concern the Ixtoc I Oil Spill. A finding aid is available in the Archives search room.

Reclamation Engineer, Historical records, about 1902-1960, 85 cubic ft.
Maps of various reclamation projects and areas surrounding the projects. Files are arranged by county then project. This series contains a hundred or more maps. An inventory of county projects is available in the Archives search room (maps are filed within the county project files). The maps are restricted and likely will not be added to the map collection.

Water planning activity files, 1950s-1970s
This series contains possibly hundreds of maps regarding water planning activities, with maps covering topics such as reconnaissance studies, irrigation surveys, and drainage surveys. County highway maps are also present. These records are unprocessed.

Manuscript Collections

Many manuscript collections contain a scattering of maps. As manuscript collections were processed in years past, maps were routinely removed and placed in the map collection. Two of the State Archives' collections still contain a number of maps with the original papers.

Mirabeau B. Lamar Papers, 1806-1941

Partial county maps show surveys of land purchased by or conveyed to Lamar and his land grant in the Aransas Bay vicinity. There are eleven manuscript maps. A published calendar is available for the Lamar Papers.

Mrs. Roscoe Runge Collection, 1879-1966

There are approximately 50 maps in this collections, mainly of Mason County, showing tracts of land, ranches, roads, easements, and sewer lines. There are also a few maps of surrounding areas. These materials are unprocessed.

Local Records

The State Archives has received two series of maps from repositories that no longer maintain local records.

Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Water District No. 1

Maps, 1912-1998, bulk 1912-1930, over 100 maps
Plat maps, ownership maps, sectional maps, and others, of this south central Texas water district show especially areas bordering Medina Lake and the Medina River. A partial inventory is available in the Archives search room.

Galveston County

Maps and plans, about 1909-1967, 14 volumes, approximately 100 maps
Plans and drawings, mostly from the County Clerk's Office, include twelve volumes of plat maps, two volumes of Sanborn maps, blueprints and drawings of the Galveston County Courthouse and bridges and similar structures, survey maps, etc. An inventory is available in the Archives search room.

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