Texas Water Commission:
An Inventory of Chairman's Correspondence and Reading Files at the Texas State Archives, 1989-1992 (bulk 1991-1992)
The 33rd Legislature (House Bill 37) created the 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 correspondence, memos, newsletters, reports, proposals, newsclippings and two videocassettes. Records date from 1989 through 1992 (bulk 1991-1992) and are the correspondence and reading files of the chairman of the Texas Water Commission. During the time these records were created, the chairman was John L. Hall. Many of the records are filed in dated folders labelled "Reading Files" which contain incoming letters to the chairman and file copies of outgoing letters from the chairman, together with pertinent daily mail logs, memos, notes, reports, newsclippings, and newsletters. Records not foldered are in most cases stapled, clipped, or otherwise bound together in groups of related materials. Topics dealt with in these records include the implementation of state and federal legislation, efforts to improve water quality throughout the state, the disposal of hazardous waste, the protection of natural resources in the state, arrangements regarding workshops and conferences, and letters of recommendation. Correspondents include federal officials, other state officials, and citizens.
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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Restrictions on Use
See the Archives Preservation Officer to view the videocassettes.
(Identify the item), Chairman's correspondence and reading files, Texas Water Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1996/053
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission on February 5, 1996.
Lisa M. Hendricks, February 1996
Detailed Description of the Records