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 Attorney General’s Office bound briefs – AG II.05

The attorney general is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Records consist of bound volumes containing briefs to litigation in which the Texas Attorney General’s office played a part or had an interest, dating 1913-1938. Subjects include banking, conflicts with other states, oil and gas, railroads, taxation, and transportation.

San Jacinto River Authority minutes – TCEQ I.11

The San Jacinto River Authority, established by the Texas Legislature in 1937, develops, conserves, and protects water resources of the San Jacinto River Basin. The agency activities include supporting municipal and industrial water supply, water quality management, wastewater treatment, and water and soil conservation projects. Records consist of minutes dating 1990-2019.

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Office of the Hearing Examiners hearing files – TCEQ I.10

The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission was charged to protect the environment and public health and safety by reducing the release of pollutants and contaminants in the air and water, regulating the management and disposal of waste, and expediting the cleanup of contaminated sites. Records consist of hearing examiner files compiled by the commission’s Office of the Hearing Examiner’s predecessors—Texas Air Control Board, Texas Department of Health, and Texas Water Commission—as part of the permit application process, dating 1920s-1996, undated, bulk 1977-1992. The majority of the records dating prior to 1977 are exhibits.(A portion of these records are available in the TDA.)

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission minutes – OAH II.040

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, established in 2009 and administratively attached to the Texas Historical Commission, ensures that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides. These efforts aim to prevent future genocides. Records consist of commission meeting minutes, dating 2010-2018. (All records are electronic and available through the TDA after review for restricted information, upon receipt of a researcher request.)

Manuscripts

United States Bureau of Reclamation Region 5 (Texas) reclamation studies – MS I.11

The United States Bureau of Reclamation is the federal agency responsible for managing water resources in the western United States. Originally, management projects focused on reclamation of lands considered inhospitable due to lack of water through irrigation, but over time they have come to include maintenance of existing projects and development of environmental protection strategies for water resources. These records, from the bureau’s Austin Development Office, document water reclamation studies undertaken in Texas related to the bureau’s proposed and completed projects within Texas borders and include memorandums, reports, and plans regarding various infrastructure projects for water resource diversion, distribution, use, and development, dating 1940-1967, bulk 1946-1966.

Samuel E. Asbury papers – MS XII.23

Samuel Erson Asbury was a chemist, Texas historian, and collector of Texana and materials of prominent Texans of the Revolution-era. The Samuel E. Asbury papers comprise research correspondence, papers, photographs, primary source transcriptions, and genealogy notes about prominent Republic-era figures and Texas Reconstruction, dating 1922-1951.

Revised Finding Aids

State Records

Texas Attorney General Mark White records – AG II.11

As the chief legal officer of the state of Texas, the attorney general is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Records of Mark White’s tenure as attorney general from 1979 to 1983 include correspondence, memorandums, newspaper clippings, photographs, legal briefs, court opinions, press releases, and newsletters, dating 1975-1982, undated, bulk 1979-1982.

Subjects include the drafting and explanation of attorney general opinions, filings of lawsuits, analyzing proposed legislation at the state and federal levels, enforcement of the Deceptive Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act, the state’s criminal justice system, energy issues, Minister Lester Roloff’s children’s home and the enforcement of the Child Case Licensing Act, public education issues, and drug paraphernalia and illegal drug dealing. Image: Governor Mark White

Texas General Land Office records – GLO I.02

A portion of the records in the new GLO records finding aid had previously been listed in a finding aid filed at the same binder location—GLO correspondence, 1837-1943. That finding aid listed records that were of both GLO and Treasury Department origin. The GLO records have been incorporated into the new GLO records finding aid, and the previous finding aid has been revised as Treasury Department correspondence, 1840s-1935, now relocated to OAH II.038.

Texas Liquor Control Board records – OAH I.007

The Texas Liquor Control Board inspected, supervised, and regulated the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas from 1935 to 1977. The records of the board date 1935-1948, bulk 1941-1948, and include legal, financial, and administrative materials as well as internal agency subject files, information requests, reports, and permissions on alcohol imports, purchases, and sales.

Texas Ethics Commission records – OAH VI.172

The Texas Ethics Commission has the following powers, which are documented by these records: to pursue sworn complaints alleging violations of state ethics laws; to penalize violators of state ethics laws; to sponsor ethics training and informational programs, and to explain compliance guidelines; to issue advisory opinions, which apply ethics laws to specific situations of fact; to require regulatory agencies of the executive branch to develop rules for the commission’s approval that limit the acceptance of benefits from regulated entities; to recommend salary levels for members of the legislature and the lieutenant governor, which are submitted to the voters at the next general election; to set the per diem paid to legislators and to the lieutenant governor. The Ethics Commission was preceded by a Public Servant Standards of Conduct Advisory Committee, and a State Ethics Advisory Commission. These records consist of copies of minutes and agenda of meetings, organizational charts, Texas State Ethics Advisory Commission opinions, candidate-officeholder and specific-purpose political committee contribution and expenditure reports, and administrative correspondence. Overall dates are 1979-2008, bulk 1992-1994.

Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority records – ECW I.08

The objectives of the Texas Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority (TLLRWDA) were to update existing statutes governing radioactive materials and to establish a state-operated low-level radioactive waste disposal program. Records include correspondence, memorandums, environmental monitoring and experimental data, minutes and agenda, reports, studies, news clippings, maps and drawings, photographs, land records, contracts, publications, public relations materials, planning documents, board orders and resolutions, court documents, manuals, organizational charts, audio and video recordings, magnetic media, and other background material related to the various stages of the site selection process, dating 1917, 1920, 1933-1999, undated, bulk 1992-1998. Subjects include the site characterization and selection process, low-level radioactive waste disposal trends, waste management planning, public perception of TLLRWDA and similar entities, development of Hudspeth County infrastructure, legislation related to agency operations, geological features of Texas, collection and analysis of environmental data, status of the agency’s license application, quality assurance tasks and audits, TLLRWDA’s relationships to external entities, socio-economic impacts of the project, and environmental justice issues. Electronic records are present in addition to analog materials. (Electronic records in the TDA now stated as being available upon request and after review for restricted information.)

Texas Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped public hearing recordings– LC I.06

In 1969, the Texas Legislative Council Study Committee on Programs for the Handicapped was formed (Senate Concurrent Resolution 31, 61st Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to conduct a comprehensive study of services and rehabilitative programs for Texans with disabilities, with a focus on vocational needs. The study addressed the federal requirement for continued statewide studies of the needs of people with disabilities in order for Texas to continue to receive federal funds in support of state vocational rehabilitation programs. Records of the committee consist of six audiotape recordings of three public hearings held by the committee’s citizens advisory commission on November 5 and December 3-4, 1970. According to the label of an empty audiotape box, additional hearings were held in El Paso on November 16-17, 1970. “Handicapped” was the term commonly used at the time for people with disabilities. The audiotapes have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive. (All recordings available in the TDA.)

Texas Supreme Court records – SC I.01

The Texas Supreme Court has final appellate jurisdiction in most civil and juvenile cases. It also has the authority to conduct proceedings for the removal or involuntary retirement of state judges; supervises State Bar operations; promulgates rules and regulations for the discipline, supervision, and disbarment of lawyers; and has supervisory and administrative control over the judicial branch. The records consist of case files, applications, opinions, dockets, indexes, registers, and minutes covering the period 1840-2004. Also present are the records of the Texas Commission of Appeals, consisting of opinions, dockets, and minutes, dating 1879-1892, 1918-1943. A portion of these materials has been digitized and is part of the Texas Digital Archive. (Additional M case files are now available in the TDA.)

Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell records – GOV I.23

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state elected by citizens every four years. Thomas Mitchell Campbell served as governor of Texas from January 15, 1907, to January 17, 1911. Records of Governor Campbell’s term in office relate to the state penitentiary, the Santa Fe railroad merger, relations with Mexico, and state agency business.

Types of records are correspondence, attorney general opinions, reports, invitations, telegrams, financial records, petitions, clippings, and letterpress books, dating from 1906 to 1911 and undated. The letterpress books have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive. (The letterpress books in these records have been digitized and are available in the TDA.) Image: Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell.

Texas Racing Commission records – OAH II.024 (new to TARO)

These records include meeting files (transcripts, agenda, minutes, meeting materials, testimony cards, voting records, notices, audiocassettes, and miscellaneous) and litigation files (correspondence, memoranda, court documents, resumes, student records, consulting service contracts, employment agreements, etc.). They comprise records of the Texas Racing Commission, dating 1988-2000. These files document the work of the commission in encouraging horse-breeding and greyhound-breeding, awarding licenses for pari-mutuel racetracks, providing strict regulation and control of pari-mutuel betting, supervising each race conducted in Texas, and adjudicating disciplinary matters.

Texas Attorney General’s Office Assistant for Information records – AG II.10 (new to TARO)

The Assistant for Information in the Administrative Division of the Texas Attorney General’s Office was an administrative post with responsibility for serving as press secretary to the attorney general and for directing the information and education functions of the agency. Records include correspondence, memorandums, reports, press releases, newspaper clippings, and copies of legal briefs, 1973-1982. The bulk of the records deal with consumer safety and product liability as the attorney general enforced the Texas Consumer Protection Act of 1973. Subjects include consumer protection, redistricting, prison overcrowding, the criminal justice system, and student discipline.

Manuscripts

Everett T. Dawson papers – MS II.47 (new to TARO)

Everett T. Dawson (1895-1995) was a public educator and author who focused on environmental conservation issues in Texas. The Everett T. Dawson papers document his personal and professional interests in genealogy and environmental conservation education (wildlife and natural resources) and date 1929-1980. The genealogical materials consist of extensive research notes, transcriptions of primary sources, and correspondence related to the Dawson family from across the United States. Environmental conservation materials are made up of conference and workshop materials, academic and popular articles, informational pamphlets, and magazines. Some of the conservation materials are related to Dawson’s employment with the Texas Game and Fish Commission in the 1940s and 1950s. Some of the materials are annotated with Dawson’s brief insights and opinions on the material’s subject matter.

Recently Added to the Texas Digital Archive

Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission minutes

All records are electronic and available through the TDA after review for restricted information, upon receipt of a researcher request.

Accretion to the Supreme Court M-case files

Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Office of the Hearing Examiners hearing files

Governor Campbell records (letterpress volumes)

Letterpress, December 21, 1907-April 23, 1908. General files, Texas Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell records, 301-245-01. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

For information about access to TSLAC collections please contact our reference staff at ref@tsl.texas.gov or 512-463-5455.

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