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Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Birthday card, 1996,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States:

An Inventory of a Birthday Card at the Texas State Archives, 1996



Overview

Creator: Texas. Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States.
Title: Birthday card
Dates: 1996
Abstract: This record from the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States consists of an oversized, tri-panelled, colored birthday card wishing Texas a happy 150th birthday (1845-1995). Attached to one panel of the card is a large tablet on which citizens wrote individual greetings to the state. This tablet is the fourth such tablet. The first three tablets were detached from the birthday card as they were filled. The Committee sponsored the card as part of the ceremony at the Texas State Capitol on February 19, 1996 to commemorate the date in 1846 when power was officially transferred from the Republic of Texas to the State of Texas.
Quantity: 3.21 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States (referred to hereafter as the Committee) was established by Executive Order of the Governor of the State of Texas (AWR 94-18) in order to celebrate Texas' annexation to the United States on December 29, 1845. State Senator John T. Montford and State Representative Jerry K. Johnson served as co-chairs. Ex-officio members of the Committee consisted of one representative each from the Texas Historical Commission, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the Institute of Texan Cultures, the Center for American History, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

The purpose of the Committee was to coordinate and assist in the planning of statewide sesquicentennial celebrations. In order to achieve such purpose, the Committee could appoint advisory members and assign such duties and responsibilities as they deemed appropriate and necessary, and the co-chairs could designate such sub-committees as they deemed appropriate and necessary to assist in achieving the purpose of the Committee. Members of the Committee, including advisory members, served without compensation or reimbursement of actual expenses.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The record of the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States consists of an oversized, tri-panelled, colored birthday card wishing Texas a happy 150th birthday (1845-1995). Attached to one panel of the card is a large tablet on which citizens wrote individual greetings to the state. This tablet is the fourth such tablet. The first three tablets were detached from the birthday card as they were filled. This birthday card was produced by American Greeting Cards and H.E.B. (a supermarket chain) to celebrate the 150th birthday of Texas' statehood. In February 1996, the card was transported courtesy of Tex-Pack Inc. to twenty-one Texas towns and cities where it was signed by thousands of Texans. It traveled to Abilene, Amarillo, Austin, Beaumont, Brownsville, Bryan/College Station, Corpus Christi, Dallas, El Paso, Fort Worth, Harlingen, Houston, Laredo, Lubbock, Midland, Odessa, San Angelo, San Antonio, Tyler, Victoria, and Waco. The Committee sponsored the card as part of the ceremony at the Texas State Capitol on February 19, 1996 to commemorate the date in 1846 when power was officially transferred from the Republic of Texas to the State of Texas.

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 as received.

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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.
Places:
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Document Types:
Birthday cards--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1995-1996.
Functions:
Coordinating centennial celebrations.

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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
None.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Birthday card, Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States.Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1996/084

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Sesquicentennial Committee to Celebrate Texas' Annexation to the United States on March 22, 1996.

Processing Information

Lisa M. Hendricks, March 1996

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Birthday card, 1996,
3.21 cubic ft.

othertype
1996/084-1 Birthday Card to State of Texas
othertype
1996/084-2 thru 1996/084-4 Three tablets of greetings

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