New Online: Recent Updates to Finding Aids and Digital Images Available Online

As our archives staff work on an ongoing basis to arrange, preserve, describe, and make available to the public the materials under our care, we spotlight new additions to the website in a regular feature from Out of the Stacks. The column lists new and revised finding aids recently made available online. We close out the piece highlighting fresh uploads to the Texas Digital Archive, our repository of electronic items.

Archivists create finding aids for collections once they are processed and add these descriptive guides to Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO). TARO hosts finding aids from institutions around the state and researchers may determine whether or not to limit searches to the State Archives. Not all collections have been processed and therefore the list of finding aids does not represent the entirety of our holdings. The Archives & Manuscripts page of the TSLAC website provides more information and guidance on how to access archival collections.

Contact ref@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5455 with questions about using TSLAC’s archival resources. For a comprehensive list of all recently added and updated finding aids visit Archives: Finding Aids (New & Revised).


New Finding Aids

State Records

Texas Health and Human Services Commission advisory committee meeting files – OAH V.132

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission is the oversight agency for certain state agencies with health or human services functions. Records are the meeting files of many of the commission’s advisory committees, dating 1996-2019. Records are electronic as well as paper.

Texas Prescribed Burning Board meeting minutes and agenda and other records – AGR I.06

The Texas Prescribed Burning Board (PBB) was created within the Department of Agriculture in 1999, for the purpose of establishing minimum standards for prescribed burning in Texas. The PBB certifies commercial, private, and not-for-profit prescribed burn managers to ensure they have the proper training to execute prescribed burns designed to confine fire to a predetermined area and to accomplish planned land management objectives. Records include board meeting minutes and agenda, research and publication development files, Prescribed Fire School documents and curriculum, planning records, personnel documents, and audiocassettes, dated 1995-2018 and undated, bulk 1998-2010. The audiocassettes have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Texas Senate recordings – LEG I.04

The Texas Senate is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas House of Representatives), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. Senate recordings contain floor debate, press conferences, speeches, interviews, hearings, ceremonies, and joint meetings with House committees. They span the 62nd Legislature, 4th Called Session, through the 79th Legislature, Interim Term. These digital copies of the original audiotape recordings, created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission with grant funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act, Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of the Texas Digital Archive. The Texas Senate Recordings search page allows searching of these recordings by legislative session, date, committee name, recording number, and keyword.

Revised Finding Aids

State Records

Texas Tourist Development Agency photographs and audiovisual materials – OAH VIII.213

Texas Tourist Development Agency photographs and audiovisual materials document the activities of the Texas Tourist Development Agency (TTDA) and its work to increase the state’s share of the national tourist market using a variety of mass media. The materials include photographic color slides, transparencies, negatives, photographic prints, videotapes, motion picture films, and audio tapes and date from 1964 to 1997 and undated. Portions of the slides and negatives have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive. In addition, a portion of digitized slides is available through the Texas State Archives Flickr page.

Texas Governor Edmund Jackson Davis records – GOV I.13

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Edmund Jackson Davis served as governor from January 8, 1870, to January 15, 1874. These records mainly document Governor Davis’ tenure during Reconstruction. Types of records include correspondence, proclamations, messages to and from the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, telegrams, orders, petitions from citizens of various counties, wrappers, and letterpress books, dating from 1869 to 1874. The letterpress books of outgoing correspondence have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Texas 8th Court of Appeals case files – CA II.01

[UTEP] The Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court of Appeals District has intermediate appellate jurisdiction of both civil and criminal cases appealed from lower courts in 17 counties of West Texas; in civil cases where judgment rendered exceeds $100, exclusive of costs, and other civil proceedings as provided by law; and in criminal cases except in post-conviction writs of habeas corpus and where the death penalty has been imposed. Records of the Court of Appeals for the Eighth Court of Appeals District consist of case files reviewed by the court as having historical value, and which likely include appeal briefs, opinions, transcripts, decisions, exhibits, motions, and correspondence, 1912-1994, 1997-1999.

Texas Governor Richard Coke records – GOV I.14

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Richard Coke served as governor from January 15, 1874, to December 1, 1876. These records mainly document Governor Coke’s term in office. Types of records include correspondence, proclamations, messages to the Texas Legislature, printed material, letterpress books, petitions, and reports, dating from 1873 to 1877 and undated. The letterpress books of outgoing correspondence have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Texas Attorney General Price Daniel records – AG II.14 (at Sam Houston Center)

The Texas attorney general functions as the state’s lawyer; issues legal opinions as requested by the governor, other state officials, and state agencies; and represents the state in litigation, among other duties. These records consist of correspondence, reports, briefs, subject files, publications, political campaign files, press releases, speeches, clippings, photographs, reference materials, and historical documents of Texas Attorney General Price Daniel (1949-1953). The records are dated 1934-1987, and undated, bulk 1947-1952. Terms expanded from two years to four years effective 1975 (Senate Joint Resolution, 62nd, Regular Session). Records dating after Daniel’s tenure as attorney general were added later at Daniel’s request. Records dating prior to 1934 are probably copies of historical materials gathered for the Tidelands case. Subjects include Attorney General Daniel’s defense of state claims to the Tidelands; offshore oil reserves in the Gulf of Mexico; and the Sweatt v. Painter case, in which African American applicant Heman Marion Sweatt sued the University of Texas School of Law for racial discrimination upon its refusal to admit him.

Texas Governor Price Daniel appointment files – GOV. VI.02 (at Sam Houston Center)

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Price Daniel served as governor of Texas from January 15, 1957, to January 15, 1963. The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state. The governor appoints heads of state commissions and boards, members of university boards of regents, state and regional commissions, and some judges. These records are appointments files of Texas Governor Price Daniel, dating 1947, 1957-1963, consisting of correspondence, recommendations, acceptances, and press releases.

Texas Governor Price Daniel campaign files – GOV VI.03 (at Sam Houston Center)

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Price Daniel served as governor of Texas from January 15, 1957, to January 15, 1963. These records consist of correspondence, reports, press releases, speeches, financial records, mailing lists, photographs, and clippings primarily documenting Daniel’s gubernatorial campaigns (1956, 1958, 1960, and 1962). The dates of the records are 1950, 1956-1962, bulk 1956-1962. Materials include files pertaining to state and national Democratic conventions between 1956 and 1962, campaign speeches made by Daniel, photographs of Daniel and his family used in campaign material, photographs of Daniel campaigning for governor, State Democratic Executive Committee files, campaign expense reports, and records of campaign contributions.

Texas Governor Price Daniel records – GOV VI.01 (at Sam Houston Center)

Texas Governor Price Daniel

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Price Daniel served as governor of Texas from January 15, 1957, to January 15, 1963. The Governor Price Daniel records consist of correspondence, reports, publications, minutes, speeches, subject files, public works files, program files, legislative files, press releases, and clippings of Governor Price Daniel, as well as files of First Lady Jean Houston Baldwin Daniel. Subjects include oil and gas, segregation, state government agencies and commissions, federal government programs, taxation, elections, water resources projects, and legislation. The records are dated 1937-1964, undated, bulk 1957-1963.

Texas House of Representatives recordings – LEG I.03

The Texas House of Representatives is one arm of the Legislature of the State of Texas (the other being the Texas Senate), which the Texas Constitution (Article III, Section 1) vests with all legislative power of the state. House of Representatives recordings mainly contain floor debates and logbooks, with some committee proceedings included, dating 1962, 1973, 1975-1979, 1981-1984. They span the 57th Legislature, Interim Term, in 1962, as well as the 63rd Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session, through the 68th Legislature, 2nd Called Session, from 1973 to 1984. Digital copies of the audiotape recordings of these floor debates and committee proceedings, as well as PDF files of logbooks, created by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission with grant funding provided by the Library Services and Technology Act, Institute of Museum and Library Services, are part of the Texas Digital Archive.

Manuscripts

U.S. Senator Price Daniel papers – MS III.81 (at Sam Houston Center)

Price Daniel Sr. served as a United States Senator from Texas from January 3, 1953, to January 15, 1957. These papers consist of correspondence, reports, briefs, subject files, legislative bill files, photographs, publications, and reference materials of U.S. Senator Price Daniel (Democrat-Texas). The dates of the papers are 1928, 1938-1939, 1942-1961, undated, bulk 1952-1957. Papers dating after Daniel’s term in the U.S. Senate were added later at Daniel’s request. Subjects include state/federal ownership of submerged lands (tidelands), a narcotics probe led by Senator Daniel as a member of the Judiciary Committee, the Bricker Amendment (a proposed amendment to the Constitution prohibiting international treaties and agreements from taking precedence over the U.S. Constitution), natural gas legislation, organized crime, communism, civil rights, and racial segregation in public education.

Recently Added to the Texas Digital Archive

Department of Public Safety – series 1

Henry Singleterry instructing new fingerprint men. Texas Department of Public Safety photographs, 1983/112 I-122-1. Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Tourist Development Agency

Governor Edmund Jackson Davis – letterpress volumes

Governor Richard Coke – letterpress volumes

Letterpress, September 18, 1875-June 6, 1876. 2014/123-4-1, Texas Governor Richard Coke records. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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