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, along fresh uploads to the Texas Digital Archive, our repository of electronic items.

New Finding Aids


Harry Lund Photograph Collection:

Harry Lund Photograph Collection on TDA:

Nicolas Lopez posed with daughter for first communion, undated. Harry Lund photograph collection,1964/263-34. TSLAC. View on the TDA:

Abstract: The Harry Lund photograph collection consists of commercial views and portraits photographed by the Morales Studio of Brownsville, Texas. Although mostly unidentified and undated, the photographs were taken in Brownsville and Harlingen, Texas; Matamoros, Mexico; and the surrounding Rio Grande Valley area in the early part of the twentieth century. The images primarily reflect aspects of Mexican-American life in the Brownsville area, including family, social, and religious activities such as weddings, funerals, and communions; commerce, agriculture, and railroads; interiors and exteriors of homes and businesses; activities of the Woodmen of the World, a fraternal benefit organization; and people, fortifications and sites associated with the Mexican Revolution. Photographs date 1900 to 1955, bulk 1900 to 1930.

State Records

Texas Governor Allen Shivers Legislative Files (series removed from the overall Governor Shivers records finding aid, which will be updated later for this change)

Abstract: Legislative staff of the Texas Governor’s Office advised Allan Shivers on legislative matters and assisted in developing and promoting the governor’s legislative goals. Records are the legislative files for Governor Allan Shivers and consist of bills, clippings, related records, dated 1950-1956, bulk 1951-1953. Topics commonly mentioned in these files include, but are not limited to, the Democratic party, oil conservation, and segregation. There is also a significant amount of correspondence from Shivers’s constituents expressing opinions on legislation.

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Lorenzo de Zavala Building Literary Landmark Commemoration Materials

Literary Landmark Materials on TDA:

 Laura Bush at lectern, December 3, 2009. Texas State Library and Archives Commission Lorenzo de Zavala Building Literary Landmark commemoration materials. TSLAC. View on the TDA:

Abstract: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) appoints the state librarian and assistant state librarian; approves the State Library’s strategic plans, policies, appropriations requests, and operating budgets; and develops rules for administering the State Library’s legislative mandates. December 3, 2009, marked the 100th anniversary of TSLAC. In commemoration, an event was held at which a Literary Landmark designation was issued to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the use of its library resources and archives for the research and inspiration of prominent Texas authors. Speakers included State Librarian Peggy Rudd and former First Lady Laura Bush. These records consist of one Mini-DV, two digital photographs, one printed program, and one printed mailer that document this event, dated November-December 2009.

Revised Finding Aids

State Records

Texas Capitol Building Commission Administrative Records and Architectural Drawings (a portion of the records have been digitized and are available on the Texas Digital Archive; and now, names of workers on the payroll for the Texas State Capitol abstracted onto index cards are also available on the Texas Digital Archive as one of its Reference Tools).

Fragment of Goddess of Liberty statue, 1880s. Architectural drawings and derivatives,1948/003-148, Texas Capitol Building Commission administrative records and architectural drawings. TSLAC. View on the TDA:

Abstract: The 16th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 1879, created both the Texas Capitol Building Commission (CBC) and Texas State Capitol Board (SCB) to oversee the construction of the Texas State Capitol. The CBC and SCB worked together to manage the construction of the Capitol. The SCB managed the survey and sale of public domain lands used to fund construction and took care of legislative matters while the CBC managed day-to-day construction activities and reported progress and problems to the SCB. After the 1853 Limestone Capitol burned in 1881, these entities also oversaw the building of the temporary Capitol. Records date 1879-1890 and document the planning and construction of the temporary Capitol (completed 1883) and the Texas State Capitol (completed 1888). Drawings include the winning competition drawings, dated 1881, used to select an architect for the Texas Capitol Building and the original architectural drawings used in the construction of the Texas State Capitol, dated 1882-1888. Also included are derivative images of the drawings, dating 1980-1997. 

Texas Department of Criminal Justice Building Construction Project Files (includes records available on the TDA)

Abstract: The Texas Department of Criminal Justice provides for the confinement, supervision, rehabilitation, and reintegration of the state’s convicted felons. These records are the department’s building construction project files for 22 prison units, dating 1982-2010. Types of records include proposals, bid documents, progress reports (daily and monthly), change orders, proposed and pending change orders, logs, transmittals, submission of transmittal forms, requests for information, punch lists, requests for equitable adjustments, test and balance reports, claims against contracts, contracts, photographs and negatives, meeting minutes, correspondence, memoranda, field orders, requests for time extensions, vouchers, schedules, cost estimates, pay estimates, a few detail drawings, inspection reports, project budget worksheets, and project manuals.

Texas Education Agency Legal Counsel Records (formerly a typed finding aid, new to TARO)

Abstract: The Texas Education Agency legal counsel provided legal advice and recommendations for the commissioner of education and the State Board of Education. Chester Ollison served as legal counsel from September 1952 to May 1976. Records of the legal counsel comprise case files, correspondence, and oil and gas lease files, dating 1941-1976, bulk 1950-1976.

Texas State Board of Control Building Records and Contracts

Texas State Board of Control Records (one report added)

Abstract: The primary functions of the Texas State Board of Control were the control and supervision of the state eleemosynary institutions (state schools, hospitals and sanatoriums, orphanages, juvenile training schools), the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, the Confederate Homes, and the State Cemetery; serving as the purchasing agent for state institutions and agencies; having joint supervision and maintenance of certain historical parks; and having charge of the custody and maintenance of the Capitol and other state office buildings and grounds. Types of records present include specifications, bid proposals, blueprints, original contracts, bonds, deeds and easements, reports, legislative bills, correspondence, contractor’s estimates, receipts, job orders, and photographs. Records are dated 1854, 1885, 1909-1950, 1967, and undated, bulk dating 1920-1950.

Texas Racing Commission Meeting Files, Press Releases, and Hearing Notices

Abstract: The Texas Racing Commission was created by the Texas Racing Act in 1986; an agency of the same name had existed from 1933 to 1937 and was abolished after the state repeal of legal horse racing and pari-mutuel betting. These Racing Commission meeting files, press releases, and hearing notices document the work of the agency to ensure the safety, integrity, and fairness of Texas pari-mutuel racing and wagering through enforcement of the Texas Racing Act and rules of racing, dating 1988-2012.

Local Records

Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Tex.) survey maps and plats (new to TARO)

Abstract: The Bexar-Medina-Atascosa Counties Water Control and Improvement District No. 1 (Tex.) (BMA) is a conservation and reclamation district that supplies water resources to residents and provides for future utility needs. Records are maps, plats, and related records produced by the BMA, dated 1909 to 2002 and undated, with the bulk of records dating from 1912 to 1930.

Contact our reference staff with your questions about these and other collections at the State Archives at or 512-463-9807.

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