Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Governor's Commission for Women Records at the Texas State Archives, 1988-1990, 1993-2014, bulk 2001-2013



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor's Commission for Women records
Dates: 1988-1990, 1993-2014
Dates: bulk 2001-2013
Abstract: The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. A division of the Office of the Governor, the commission specializes in outreach, education, research and referral services. These records primarily document the activities of the GCW during the term of Governor Rick Perry. Dates include 1988-1990, 1993-2014, with the bulk dating 2001-2013. While the electronic records are entirely from Governor Perry's term in office, a significant portion of the paper records are from the terms of Governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush. The records document the focus areas and projects that the commission was involved with, including health and wellness, military family assistance, teen dating violence prevention, women in business, and local women's commissions in Texas.
Quantity: 3 cubic ft. and 69 MB (529 files)
Language: These materials are written predominately in English, with one electronic file in Spanish.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The Governor's Commission for Women serves as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. The commission was created following President John F. Kennedy's establishment of the United States Commission on the Status of Women in 1961. In 1967, Governor John Connally established the Texas Commission on the Status of Women, a group charged with exploring ways for women to continue participating in the domestic sphere while also contributing to the world around them. Its primary legacy was the preparation of a report on the status of women in Texas based on research in such areas as education, home and community, employment practices, and legal treatment. The commission operated without permanent staffing or funding and disbanded when Connally left office in early 1969.

Governor Preston Smith established an advisory group on women's issues, the Texas Status of Women Commission, in 1970 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and their state government and to encourage the advancement of women's causes. The Smith commission disbanded shortly thereafter as well but efforts continued to establish a permanent statewide commission on the status of women. Those legislators and citizens in favor of such a group saw it as a viable way to provide research on women to state officials. Opponents, however, argued that such a body would downgrade the role of the homemaker and thus threaten family life, would unnecessarily enlarge the state bureaucracy, and would not represent the needs of most women in the state.

In August 1977 Governor Dolph Briscoe established a Texas Commission on the Status of Women through executive order DB-32. This commission benefited from a $50,000 budget for the biennium and a staff. It was mandated to distribute information on women, to develop policies to foster equal treatment of women in all areas, and to work with other state agencies in its endeavors. The commission held its last meeting in July 1978. Governor William P. Clements established the Governor's Task Force on Equal Opportunities for Women and Minorities in its place, but no money or staff was allocated to it.

In 1983, after Mark White was elected governor, an ad hoc group of Texas women representing the National Women's Political Caucus, National Organization for Women, Austin Families, United Way, and business and professional women's groups encouraged Governor White to form a commission for women through executive order. On April 13, despite the abolition of several commissions for women across the country, White signed the executive order MW-4 establishing the Governor's Commission for Women with 29 members. This commission, whose members were appointed to two-year terms, was staffed by an executive director and administrative assistant and was mandated to become active in government policy regarding women and to work for women's equal opportunity and advancement. It was also instructed to advise the governor on qualified women for appointive office, secure recognition of women's accomplishments in Texas, and research and maintain statistics on the status of women in the state. After special support from Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby, Jr., the commission received an initial biennial allocation of $150,000, which made it one of the better-funded commissions for women in the nation. Issues such as the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and abortion provided for some debate within the commission, but it achieved numerous significant goals, including sponsorship of several conferences and commemorations for women and establishment in 1983 of a State Agency Liaison Group of the Governor's Commission for Women to provide official communication between working women in state government and the commission. In 1984 the commission established the Texas Women's Hall of Fame to recognize outstanding accomplishments and contributions of Texas women in such areas as education, the arts, civic leadership, and athletics.

In 1987 former Governor Clements returned to office and continued the Governor's Commission for Women with his first executive order, WPC 87-1. In 1991 Governor Ann W. Richards continued the Governor's Commission for Women by executive order AWR 91-13 and appointed 29 new members to two-year terms. She named Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza of Austin as head and charged the commission to work to improve the mental, physical, and emotional health of Texas women. In addition, the commission was to focus attention on special needs of women and families relating to health and safety; support research activities that sought to incorporate needs of women in the long-range planning process for Texas; participate with other established task forces and policy groups; secure recognition of citizens' accomplishments and contributions to Texas; maintain a clearinghouse of information on the status of women; monitor federal and state legislation relating to issues affecting women; and establish a State Agency Council to assist the commission in fulfilling its charge. The commission made written reports to the governor and met quarterly. The Women's Hall of Fame continued its work to recognize community leadership by women who made lasting contributions in the following categories: arts, business/professional, civic/volunteer/family, education, government, health/environment, and physical fitness/recreation. Nominees must be native or current residents of Texas. In Richards' administration, the Governor's Commission for Women received some funding from and was part of the coordinated efforts of the nonprofit New Texas Foundation.

Governor George W. Bush continued the commission with executive order GWB 95-10 in 1995. During his term, the Beacon State Fund, a 501(c)3 non-profit, was established to fund various activities of the commission.

During Governor Rick Perry's term, the commission focused on strengthening economic development, improving health and wellness, preventing domestic violence (including teen-dating violence), and honoring Texas women through the Texas Women's Hall of Fame. The commission also became a founding sponsor of the Texas Round-Up, a statewide initiative to encourage daily physical activity and healthy choices.

(Sources include: Debbie Mauldin Cottrell, "Governor's Commission for Women," Handbook of Texas Online; and the Governor's Commission for Women website, both accessed on June 9, 2015; and the contents of the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. A division of the Office of the Governor, the commission specializes in outreach, education, research, and referral services. These records primarily document GCW's activities during the term of Governor Rick Perry but also include a small portion of records from the terms of Governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush. Dates include 1988-1990, 1993-2014, with the bulk dating 2001-2013. The paper records are almost exclusively from the terms of Richards and Bush. The electronic records are entirely from Perry's term.

During Ann Richards' term as governor, the commission worked toward the mental, physical and emotional health of Texas women. While George W. Bush was governor, the commission focused on the support and promotion of volunteer efforts in Texas by housing an Office of Volunteerism. The commission created a permanent Texas Women's Hall of Fame exhibit and launched a statewide education initiative promoting healthy teen dating during Governor Rick Perry's term.

Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence (letters and emails), informational fliers and handouts, programs, brochures, ephemera, copies of newspaper articles, training material, meeting agenda and minutes, budgets, strategic planning documents, executive orders, by-laws, reports and summaries, surveys, evaluation forms, administrative materials, electronic newsletters, reports, project ideas and proposals, and speech transcripts. A substantial portion of the paper records are related to the planning, execution and evaluation of the 10th and 11th annual Professional Development Conference (with a new theme each year).

Subjects include state agency volunteer training, effectively utilizing volunteers, GCW conferences, State Agency Council (SAC), legislation for GCW, Women's Chamber of Commerce, Women's Business Exchange, Women 50+, violence against women, healthy teen dating, women in American politics, and the Texas Women's Hall of Fame.

The extent of the electronic records is provided by the file size and the number of files and folders. The inventory does not list individual electronic files or folders. Folder dates are not always accurate and may contain additional years than what is stated.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx), slide presentations (.ppt), desktop publishing files (.pub), and PDFs. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to physical and electronic records.

Correspondence may exist for this division of the Governor's Office that is not represented in this finding aid. Beginning in 2009, most correspondence generated or received by the Governor's Office is in electronic form only. In addition, all correspondence not already in electronic form has been scanned without attachments by the Governor's Office. The original correspondence in paper form may no longer be present. A searchable electronic database of this correspondence is available. To access this database, please contact Archives staff.


 

Organization of the Records

Records are typically organized in the order as received from the agency, chronologically and by subject for the most part. Some electronic records have been reorganized and/or renamed for the purpose of clarity and this action is noted in the series where applicable.
The records are organized into eight series:
Plans and planning records, 1988-1990, 1993-1999, 3 cubic ft.
Commission intern files, 2001-2010, 745 KB (30 files)
Commission newsletters, 2004-2010, 18.5 MB (13 files)
Commission project records, 2001-2014, 10.6 MB (84 files)
Local commissions for women records, 2004, 2007, 2010-2013, 207 KB (8 files)
Speeches, 2008, 2011-2014, 194 KB (6 files)
State Agency Council records, 2001-2014, 38.3 MB (379 files)
Strategic planning process records, 2004-2008, 2011-2013, 256 KB (9 files)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Physical materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Physical materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home address and phone numbers of government employees or officials and personal family information (Texas Government Code, Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); account numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); financial information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda or attorney work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111); and information protected under common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.

Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


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. Governor (1991-1995 : Richards)
Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Texas. Governor's Commission for Women.
Texas. Office of the Governor.
Subjects (Persons):
Perry, Rick, 1950-.
Subjects:
Businesswomen--Texas.
Families of military personnel--Texas.
Voluntarism--Texas.
Volunteers--Texas.
Women--Texas.
Women--Texas--Health.
Women--Texas--Social conditions.
Document Types:
Agendas (administrative records)--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Correspondence--Women--Texas--1998-2014.
Digital file formats--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Memorandums--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Minutes (administrative documents)--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Presentations (communicative events)--Texas--2001-2014.
Programs (documents)--Women--Texas--1998-2015.
Rosters--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Speeches (documents)--Women--Texas--2001-2014.
Functions:
Promoting women.

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 Library and Archives Commission
Governor Mark White records, 1947, 1962-1987, undated , bulk 1983-1986, 424.75 cubic ft. [Note: See the series Commission for Women files, 1984-1987, undated.]
Texas Governor's Office of Community Leadership/Volunteer Services records, 1975-1991, bulk 1987-1990, 2.67 cubic ft.
George W. Bush Presidential Library, Dallas
Governor George W. Bush Press Office web site development files, 1890-2000, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 5.4 cubic ft., housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Governor George W. Bush Executive Assistant's Office subject files, 1944, 1947, 1960, 1962, 1977-1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1999, undated, bulk 1995-1999, 21.65 cubic ft., housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Ruthe Winegarten Papers, 1912-2004, 108 ft. 2 in.
Austin History Center
Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza Papers, 1969-2000, 3.8 linear ft. [Note: See the series Texas Women's Commission Foundation.]
Ann W. Richards Papers, 1933-2000, about 1500 ft.
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University
Betty Anderson Papers, 1961-1996 and undated, 5 linear ft. [Note: See the series Texas Women's Commission Foundation.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2015/067, 2015/117

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor in paper format between December 2014 and March 2015 and in electronic format on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Aditi Worcester, June 2015


Other Finding Aids

Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Plans and planning records, 1988-1990, 1993-1999,
3 cubic ft.

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records primarily document the activities of the commission during the terms of governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush. Dates include 1988-1990, 1993-1999. When Ann Richards was governor, the focus was on the mental, physical and emotional health of Texas Women. The emphasis of the commission during Governor Bush's term was the support and promotion of volunteer efforts in Texas through the Office of Volunteerism.
The records include biennial reports, agreements, memoranda, agenda, plans, copies of newspaper articles, conference material for the professional development conferences held by the State Agency Council (SAC), travel vouchers, correspondence, fliers, survey forms and results, training materials, agency policies, speech transcripts, newsletters, electronic slide presentations, letters of recommendation, member and subscriber lists, and project proposals.
Organizations and causes reflected in these records include the State Agency Council (SAC), National Association of Commissions for Women, Grace after Fire (for women veterans), Texas Woman's University, Texas Women's Hall of Fame, Women's Chamber of Commerce of Texas, Women's Business Exchange, Girl Scouts of Central Texas, and Women's History Month.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency and are not filed chronologically. Folders tend to be labeled descriptively by subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Plans and planning records, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/067
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor in paper format between December 2014 and March 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home address and phone numbers of government employees or officials and personal family information (Texas Government Code, Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); account numbers, access device numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); and attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda or attorney work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Box
2015/067-2799 State agency volunteer training, 1993-1994
[binder]
[Includes records from Governor Ann Richards' term. Subjects include proposed legislation regarding liability of state agency volunteers, the governor's 17th annual volunteer leadership conference, and training materials.]
State agency volunteer training, 1993-1994
[binder]
[Includes records from Governor Ann Richards' term. Subjects include the historical background of the State Agency Council, list of commissioners, bylaws, higher education for women, programs, and survey results.]
Box
2015/067-2800 Women's Commission general information, 1999-2000
[Includes executive order GWB 99-3 signed by Governor George W. Bush continuing the commission, mutual cooperation agreements between the office of the governor and the Beacon State Fund, memoranda, printouts of email correspondence, copies of news articles, and bylaws.]
Loose material, 1995-1997
[Includes the commission's 1995-1997 biennial report, records pertaining to the International Conference on Volunteer Administration (ICVA) and a small amount of correspondence.]
Bi-annual reports, 1998
[Subjects include the Tell a Friend Friday event, unified state plan for 1998, El Paso wreath event, memoranda, and ICVA conference material.]
Women's Commission general information, 1999-2000
[wallet]
[Includes executive order GWB 99-3 signed by Governor George W. Bush continuing the commission, mutual cooperation agreements between the office of the governor and the Beacon State Fund, memoranda, printouts of email correspondence, copies of news articles, brochures, and bylaws.]
Activity reports - biennial report, 2000-2001
[Includes program materials for Women in US Politics event and the International Hospitality Council of Austin, as well as the Walk with Me project.]
Commission minutes, 1999-2001
State Agency Council (SAC) general meetings, 2000
[Subjects include the long-term care ombudsman program, Medicare and Medicaid guide to choosing a nursing home, report of progress made in 1999, and office of the governor initiatives.]
Reference material - Walk with Me, 1996-2000
[Includes informational fliers for the Texas Department of Health Guide for physical activity, National Walk Our Children to School Day, copies of articles to prevent obesity and promote physical activity, dietary guidelines, a coordinators kit for the Texas Physical Activity Network, and samples/portfolio of a custom label company.]
Correspondence received, 1999-2000
[Includes home addresses, phone numbers, and attorney-client correspondence.]
[Includes records from Governor George Bush's term, such as incoming and outgoing letters, invitations, donation requests, awards, promotional material, court files, newsletters, copies of news articles, and state-wide report card of women's health.]
Loose material, 1999-2000
[Includes home addresses and phone numbers.]
[Includes records from Governor George Bush's term. Subjects include Texas women's health concerns, correspondence regarding the 11th Professional Development Conference, and a mailing list.]
SAC Board Meeting, December 22, 2000
[Includes email printouts, invitations, meeting information and agendas.]
Correspondence sent, 2000
[Includes tax identification number.]
[Includes letters from citizens and organizations requesting information about the commission, information on neurology, materials for child care advocates, newsletters, photocopies of a news article, and case files.]
Box
2015/067-2801 10th Professional Development Conference (PDC) materials / Public relations committee summary report, April 7, 1998
[Includes funding requests, photographs, summary reports, requests for bids, and multiple copies of conference programs.]
11th PDC door prizes, undated
[Includes coupons with names of individuals and conference sessions, as well as a handwritten list of names and organizations.]
11th PDC correspondence, 1999
[Includes cover letters for faxes sent.]
11th evaluation, undated
[Includes evaluation forms submitted rating the overall conference experience, convention center and demographics.]
11th PDC exhibitor evaluation, SAC, undated
[Includes completed score sheets.]
11th PDC speaker evaluation, SAC, undated
[Includes completed score sheets.]
11th PDC exhibitors, 1999
[Includes a list of exhibitors and contracts for booths.]
11th PDC information, 1997-1999
[Includes letters, printouts of email correspondence, templates for certificate of attendance, draft of a script, and draft of evaluation forms.]
11th PDC sponsors, undated
[Empty.]
11th PDC budget, 1996-1999
[Includes account numbers.]
[Includes timeline, facility specifications, and conference income.]
11th PDC registrants, undated
[Includes information about conference registration, workshop selections, and list of participants.]
11th PDC funding requests, 1999
[Includes requests for printing, utilities, and equipment.]
11th PDC contracts, undated
[Includes coupons with names of individuals and conference sessions, as well as a handwritten list of names and organizations.]
11th PDC special requests, undated
11th PDC registration brochure, undated
11th PDC programs, undated
[Empty.]
Loose material, undated
[Includes one-minute evaluation forms for the 10th PDC conference.]
Evaluation report, 1998
[Includes a report prepared by the evaluation committee for the 10th PDC conference.]
Exhibitor evaluation, undated
Speaker evaluation, undated
Tally sheets, undated
10th Women Poised for Success Conference (WPSC), May 19-July 2, 1998
[Includes bank account numbers and checks.]
[Includes financial documents such as deposit tickets and checks.]
July 14, 1998
[Includes bank account numbers and checks.]
[Includes financial information such as purchase vouchers, statements, and checks.]
10th WPSC exhibitors, 1998
[Includes bank account numbers and checks.]
[Includes financial information such as billing statements and checks.]
Facilities committee description, undated
Evaluation committee description, undated
10th WPSC, February 17 to March 9, 1998
[Includes bank account numbers and checks.]



 

Commission intern files, 2001-2010,
745 KB, (30 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records offer insight into the responsibilities of a GCW intern and in doing so, they also document GCW's involvement with various causes and projects. Dates include 2001-2010. The records include letters of recommendation, weekly activity reports, and project lists.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include the name of the intern.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission intern files, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Commission interns, 2001-2010



 

Commission newsletters, 2004-2010,
18.5 MB (13 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These files contain electronic copies of various editions (including a draft) of the commission newsletter, dated 2004-2010. Also included is a list with the email addresses of subscribers.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx), and PDFs. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order they were received by the agency. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include information about the edition of the newsletter.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission newsletters, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Commission newsletters, 2004-2010
[Includes email addresses.]



 

Commission project records, 2001-2014,
10.6 MB (84 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records include material related to projects that the GCW was associated with over the years, including health and wellness; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); teen dating violence prevention; violence against women, and military family assistance, dated 2001-2014.
Present in the records are notes on conferences, correspondence, budget documents, meeting minutes and agenda, invitations, rosters, and community projects proposing collaborations.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx), slide presentations (.ppt), desktop publishing files (.pub), and PDFs. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
This is an artificially created category of electronic records. Within this category, however, records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Therefore files within the sub-folders remain in the original order and the file names are unchanged. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include information about the associated subject, event or person.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Commission project records, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses or telephone numbers of council and advisory committee members or agency staff (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); and email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Health and wellness, 2008
[62.1 KB (3 files)]
[Includes notes and status updates on projects.]
Texas Woman's University, 2007
[30 KB (1 file)]
[Includes the agenda for a conference call regarding the Hall of Fame.]
Texas Women's Hall of Fame awards, 2012, 2014
[25.3 KB (2 files)]
[Includes the voice-over script for an introductory video.]
Violence against women, 2001-2006, 2010
[3.83 MB (43 files)]
[Includes administrative documents, correspondence, notes from meetings, agenda, and memorandum.]
STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), 2012, 2014
[456 KB (2 files)]
[Includes proposals for collaboration with the GCW from two community organizations.]
Teen dating violence prevention, 2005-2006, 2009
[1.36 MB (13 files)]
[Contains email addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of committee members.]
[Includes agenda and meeting minutes, budget documents, a roster of committee members, and a small amount of correspondence.]
Military family assistance, 2010-2014
[1.18 MB (11 files)]
[Includes funding proposal requests, correspondence, talking points, a television outreach report, project ideas, and an electronic slide presentation on women veterans and military sexual trauma.]
Women 50+, 2013
[246 KB (3 files)]
[Includes bid responses for a video production project.]
Women's business exchange, 2004
[3.11 MB (1 file)]
[Includes brief biographies and pictures for speakers at an event.]
Women's Chamber of Commerce, Texas, 2013
[320 KB (4 files)]
[Includes home addresses and email addresses.]
[Includes contact lists and invitations.]
Previous commissions' activities, 2001
[23.5 KB (1 file)]
[Provides an overview of the activities of the GCW from 1983 to 2000.]



 

Local commissions for women records, 2004, 2007, 2010-2013,
207 KB (8 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records document the commission's activities and correspondence with local commissions for women throughout Texas, dated 2004, 2007, 2010-2013. Files include correspondence, invitations, survey questions, a compiled list of local commissions and their contact information, and remarks to be delivered at an official reception.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx) and PDFs. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include information about the subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Local commissions for women records, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses or telephone numbers of commission members and staff (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); and email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Local commissions for women records, 2004, 2007, 2010-2013
[Contains email addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers of local commission members.]



 

Speeches, 2008, 2011-2014,
194 KB (6 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records are the transcripts of speeches given at official events, dated 2004, 2007, 2010-2013. It is not always clear who delivered the speech.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include details about the event. There is no information provided about the author/speaker.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speeches, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Speeches, 2008, 2011-2014



 

State Agency Council records, 2001-2014,
38.3 MB (379 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. The State Agency Council provides official communication between Texas women and the GCW. These records document the commission's activities and correspondence with local commissions for women throughout Texas, dated 2001-2014. Files include administrative records such as blank evaluation, funding request, and survey forms; meeting reports; agenda; minutes; membership rosters; calendar of events; invitations; mailing lists; remarks and talking points; and position responsibilities.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx), and PDFs. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include information about the subject and date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), State Agency Council records, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: home addresses or telephone numbers of commission members and staff (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); and email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). Refer to the overall restriction statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 SAC (State Agency Council), 2001-2002
[10.1 MB (51 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes and reports.]
SAC, 2003-2004
[11 MB (63 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes and reports.]
SAC, 2005-2006
[7.4 MB (86 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes, reports, rosters, remarks, and evaluation forms.]
SAC, 2007-2009
[5.28 MB (60 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes, reports, calendars, and evaluation forms.]
SAC, 2009-2011
[2.24 MB (51 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes and reports.]
SAC, 2011-2013
[1.45 MB (47 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes, reports, position responsibilities, membership rosters, correspondence, and evaluation forms.]
SAC, 2014
[712 KB (18 files)]
[Includes email addresses of board members.]
[Includes administrative documents, calendars, agenda files, meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence.]
SAC conflict of interest policy, 2011
[36 KB (1 file)]
[Includes administrative documents, calendars, agenda files, meeting minutes, reports, and correspondence.]



 

Strategic planning process records, 2004-2008, 2011-2013,
256 KB (9 files)

The Governor's Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women's needs. These records include planning and strategy documents, such as questions for newly-appointed commissioners, overview of deliverables and commission activities, notes from phone interviews, and discussion outlines, dated 2004-2008, 2011-2013.
Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.
Arrangement
Records are arranged in the order as received from the agency. Some files/folders have been added to this category for the purpose of clarity. Records within sub-folders however remain in the original order. Files tend to be labeled descriptively and include information about the subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Strategic planning process records, Governor's Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2015/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 29, 2015.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Electronic records described in this finding aid are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/tx-gov-perry/.
Texas-Digital-Archive
E2015/117 Justification for GCW (Governor's Commission for Women), 2011-2013
[48.5 KB (2 files)]
[Includes agenda files, meeting minutes and reports.]
Strategy mapping process, 2008
[101 KB (3 files)]
Unfoldered Word processing files, 2004, 2006
[107 KB (4 files)]
[Includes project lists and list of questions for commissioners.]