Texas Board of Public Labor:
An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1866-1867, 1871
The Texas Board of Public Labor was established by the 11th Legislature, 1866, to supervise the employment of convicts on works of public utility outside the penitentiary. The Board made contracts with companies seeking convict labor and had State Agents on site to supervise the work and make monthly reports to the Board regarding the amount of work done, number of guards, problems with the contractor, etc. The Board consisted of the Governor who acted as President of the Board, the State Treasurer who acted as Secretary, the Secretary of State, the Comptroller, and the Attorney General. The 12th Legislature, 1871, decided to lease both the penitentiary and the convicts; the Board of Public Labor appears by this to have been superseded.
The records of the Texas Board of Public Labor consist of an incomplete volume, dating 1866-1867, 1871, into which were copied minutes of the Board's first meeting, December 19, 1866, by-laws and rules of the Board, contracts, and outgoing correspondence to June 18, 1867. Two leaves, not part of the volume, recap part of the minutes of the December 4, 1867 meeting and notes from the February 13, 1871 meeting.
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Accession number: 1933/002
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the State Treasurer on October 16, 1933.
Carolyn V. Majewski, December 1981
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