Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Water Commission:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981



Overview

Creator: Texas Water Commission.
Title: Records
Dates: 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981
Abstract: Types of records include drafts of biennial reports, correspondence, memos, and financial statistics. Records date 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981, and involve either the preparation of audits or biennial reports by the Texas Board of Water Engineers, the Texas Water Commission, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas Department of Water Resources.
Quantity: 1 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The 33rd Legislature (House Bill 37) created the Texas State Board of Water Engineers in 1913, primarily to conserve state waters for the public welfare. The name of the Board was changed in 1962 to the Texas Water Commission (House Bill 12, 57th Legislature, 3rd Called Session).

Meanwhile, the Texas Water Development Board was created in 1957 by a constitutional amendment initiated by the 55th Legislature, Regular Session (House Joint Resolution 3), to administer state and federal financing programs for water-related projects and do long-term water resources planning. In 1965, the Water Development Board assumed certain functions from the Texas Water Commission, which was renamed the Texas Water Rights Commission (Senate Bill 145, 59th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1977, the Water Development Board and the Water Commission were combined to form the Department of Water Resources (Senate Bill 1139, 65th Legislature, Regular Session). The Department of Water Resources was later abolished (Senate Bill 249, 69th Legislature, Regular Session, 1985), and its responsibilities divided between the recreated Texas Water Commission and Texas Water Development Board.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records include drafts of biennial reports, correspondence, memos, and financial statistics. Records date 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981, and involve either the preparation of audits or biennial reports by the Texas Board of Water Engineers, the Texas Water Commission, the Texas Water Development Board, and the Texas Department of Water Resources. Most of the records consist of correspondence and memos but there are drafts of the 1956-1958 biennial report of the Board of Water Engineers and the 1960-1962 and 1962-1964 biennial reports of the Water Commission, along with statistical data. The audit records consist of correspondence and financial data.

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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

The audit records and the biennial reports are arranged separately and each is in chronological order.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Dept. of Water Resources.
Texas Board of Water Engineers.
Texas Water Development Board.
Subjects:
Water resources development--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Texas--Water resources development--1941-1981.
Correspondence--Texas--Water resources development--1941-1981.
Audits--Texas--Water resources development--1941-1981.
Statistics--Texas--Water resources development--1941-1981.
Functions:
Planning water resources development.
Protecting water resources.

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
Texas Water Commission, Agenda and dockets, 1980-1989, 2.9 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission, Minutes, 1962-1965, 1977-1986, 3.03 cubic ft.
Texas Water Development Board, Meeting files, 1963-1967, 1974-2002, 11.34 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Water Resources, Reclamation Engineer, Historical files, ca. 1908-ca. 1960, 90.82 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Water Engineers, Minutes, 1913-1962, 2.25 cubic ft.
Texas Water Quality Board, Records, 1969-1977, undated, 3.47 cubic ft.
Texas Water Quality Board, Minutes, September 1967-August 1977, 3.94 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 1998/209-1 through 5.]
Texas Water Rights Commission, Minutes, 1965-1977, 1.99 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Records, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1993/217

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Water Commission on August 5, 1993.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1994


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Records, 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981,
1 cubic ft.

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1993/217-17 Audits [correspondence]:
Board of Water Engineers, 1958-1968
Department of Water Resources, 1978
Biennial reports:
Board of Water Engineers:
1941-1942
Manuscript, 1956-1958
Basic data and annual financial reports, 1956-1962
Correspondence, 1958-1960
Water Commission:
Manuscript:
1960-1962
1962-1964
Correspondence:
1962-1963
1964-1965
Water Development Board correspondence:
1966-1971
1966-1968
Department of Water Resources correspondence, 1977-1981