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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Minutes books, 1893-1912, 1915-1931,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Examiners:

An Inventory of Minute Books at the Texas State Archives, 1893-1912, 1915-1931



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Board of Examiners.
Title: Minute books
Dates: 1893-1912, 1915-1931
Abstract: Records consist of two volumes containing minutes from the Texas State Board of Examiners. The minutes date from the first meeting of the board in 1893 to 1912, and from 1915 to 1931. The minutes record the actions of the board in certifying individual teachers for teaching certificates and approving or rejecting colleges and universities as having satisfactory courses of study for educating teachers.
Quantity: 0.36 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas State Board of Examiners was created in 1893 (23rd Legislature, Substitute House Bill Nos. 30, 115, et. al.) to direct the examinations for teacher certification. The board was composed of three members, who were competent teachers living in the state, appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction (starting in 1949, appointments were made by the State Commissioner of Education.) The board's duties were to certify all eligible teachers in Texas either by examination or upon the college records of the applicants, inspect all colleges in Texas for the purpose of determining their ability to train teachers, prepare and grade examinations of applicants for certificates, collect fees and data, and maintain an accurate set of records.

In 1905, the 29th Legislature (Senate Bill 218) enacted new enabling legislation but kept the makeup and duties of the board the same. In 1953, the 53rd Legislature (House Bill 145) changed the name to the State Board of Examiners for Teacher Education. The State Board of Education, in January 1964, acting within the legal framework established by the Legislature, authorized the Commissioner of Education to reconstitute the board to be composed of a maximum of 14 members (four from colleges and universities, four public school administrators, three teachers from elementary and three from secondary schools), with the Commissioner serving ex officio as chairman. The State Board of Examiners for Teacher Education now served as an advisory group to the State Board of Education on programs of teacher certification and teacher preparation and established standards for approving colleges which offer programs in teacher education. The State Board of Education, in June 1972, once again expanded the board, and it now included up to 27 members. The 66th Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Bill 903, created the Commission on Standards for the Teaching Profession in 1979, replacing the Board of Examiners for Teacher Education with the new Commission. The Commission on Standards for the Teaching Profession was, in turn, abolished by the 73rd Legislature, Regular Session, House Bill 2585, in 1993. Responsibility for teacher certification was taken over by the Curriculum and Assessment Office of the Texas Education Agency.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records consist of two volumes containing minutes from the Texas State Board of Examiners. The minutes date from the first meeting of the board in 1893 to 1912, and from 1915 to 1931. The minutes record the actions of the board in certifying individual teachers for teaching certificates and approving or rejecting colleges and universities as having satisfactory courses of study for educating teachers.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Teachers--Certification--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Teachers--Certification--1893-1931.
Functions:
Certifying teachers.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Records related to education in Texas.
Texas Education Agency, Records, 1929-1971, 105 linear ft.
Texas Education Agency, Records, 1923-1978 (bulk 1933-1970), 2.8 cubic ft.
Texas State Department of Education, County superintendent records, c. 1880-1911.
Texas State Department of Education, School district records, c. 1879-1912.
Texas Commission on Standards for the Teaching Profession, Minutes and agenda, 1981-1984, 1986-1990, 0.71 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 1998/200-1 and 2.]
Texas Education Agency, Files of Chester Ollison, Legal Counselor to the Texas Education Agency, c. 1950-1976, 4.6 linear ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Minute books, Texas State Board of Examiners. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1994/038 and unknown

The first minute book, 1893-1912, was received by the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission from an unknown source at an unknown date. The second minute book, 1915-1931, was transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Libary and Archives Commission by the Texas Education Agency on November 18, 1993.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1994

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes books, 1893-1912, 1915-1931,
0.36 cubic ft.

volume
2-7/519 September 23, 1893 - February 26, 1912
volume
1994/038-1 May 23, 1915 - September 16, 1931

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