Texas Water Commission:
An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1941-1942, 1956-1971, 1977-1981
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.
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.
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(Identify the item), Records, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
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.
Paul Beck, May 1994
Detailed Description of the Records