Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Funeral Service Commission:

An Inventory of Funeral Service Commission Records at the Texas State Archives, 1978-1998, bulk 1980-1998



Overview

Creator: Texas. Funeral Service Commission.
Title: Funeral Service Commission records
Dates: 1978-1998
Dates: bulk 1980-1998
Abstract: The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. Records consist of minutes, correspondence, policy manuals, press releases, and organization charts. Dates covered are 1978-1998, bulk 1980-1998.
Quantity: 5.65 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Funeral Service Commission issues licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspects funeral establishments; reviews complaints; and holds disciplinary hearings. Through the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act consumers can file action in court for damages from funeral providers. The agency receives about 250 complaints a year and uses the State Office of Administrative Hearings to hear cases. The commission regulates approximately 5,000 licensed individuals representing 8,500 licenses, 1,200 licensed funeral establishments, and 350 provisional licenses.

The Funeral Service Commission was established as the State Board of Embalming in 1903 (Senate Bill 76, 28th Legislature, Regular Session) to license and regulate embalmers in containing contagious diseases that affected public health. In 1938 the law was amended to encompass funeral directors. The revised statute prohibited licensees from using fraud or misrepresentation in the conduct of business, using false or misleading advertising, soliciting, and refusing to promptly surrender a body, thus changing the agency's mission from the protection of public health to the protection of public welfare. In 1953 the agency became the State Board of Morticians (Senate Bill 21, 53rd Legislature, Regular Session).

With some changes, the organization and functions of the Board remained the same until 1978, when it underwent the Sunset review process for the first time. The Sunset Advisory Commission recommended that the board be abolished and its responsibilities be placed within the Texas Department of Health. After considerable debate, the legislature continued the agency, expanding its board to nine members in 1979. Its authority to protect the public was also expanded. In 1987 the legislature renamed the agency the Texas Funeral Service Commission and granted it authority to assess administrative penalties (Senate Bill 95, 70th Legislature, Regular Session). Following Sunset review in 1991 the Legislature gave the Commission additional authority to enforce laws regarding prepaid funerals and vital statistics and health (Senate Bill 284, 71st Legislature, Regular Session).

The policy making body of the Funeral Service Commission is a nine-member commission, appointed by the governor with concurrence of the senate for overlapping, six-year terms. The initial Board consisted of five licensed embalmers, changing to six embalmers in 1939. In 1979, the Board expanded to nine members. Five were to be licensed embalmers or funeral directors in the state, with a minimum of five years' consecutive experience immediately preceding appointment. Of the five, at least three were embalmers. The remaining four members represented the general public and could not be subject to the board's regulation. In 1991, the composition of the Board was changed from four to five consumer members and from five to four licensed members, and the governor was given the responsibility for appointing the chair. These are non-salaried positions and no member may serve more than one term.

The agency is headed by an executive director, and as of 1996, consisted of 10 FTE (full-time equivalent) employees.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions and the agency's records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. Records consist of minutes, correspondence, policy manuals, press releases, and organization charts. Dates covered are 1978-1998, bulk 1980-1998. Topics covered in these records include changes in rules and regulations; licenses issued, renewed, or revoked to funeral home directors, embalmers, and funeral establishments; exams; complaints; inspections and investigations of funeral establishments and providers; fees; and continuing education.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized by State Archives staff into five series:
Meeting minutes, 1980-1998, 0.95 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence, 1978-19, bulk 1985-1991, 4.3 cubic ft.
Policies and procedures manual, about 1991, 1997, 0.4 cubic ft.
Organization charts, 1996, fractional cubic ft.
Press releases, 1983, 1986, 1987, fractional cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

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

Technical Requirements

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. State Board of Morticians.
Subjects:
Undertakers and undertaking--Texas--State supervision.
Funeral homes--Texas--State supervision.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Undertakers and undertaking--1980-1998.
Reports--Texas--Undertakers and undertaking--1980-1998.
Agendas--Texas--Undertakers and undertaking--1989-1998.
Correspondence--Texas--Undertakers and undertaking--1978-1991, bulk 1985-1991.
Functions:
Regulating undertakers and undertaking.

Related Material

Texas State Archives
None.

Administrative Information

Prefered Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Funeral Service Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1997/062, 1997/063, 1997/080, 1997/081, 1997/114, 2003/031, 2004/227, 2006/104

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Texas Funeral Service Commission on January 8, February 13, and May 8, 1997; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on October 17, 2002; August 18, 2004; and January 11, 2006.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, July 1997, September 2004, October 2006

Appraisal Information

These records of the Funeral Service Commission were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on April 10, 1997 as part of an agency-wide appraisal of the Texas Funeral Service Commission. For more information about the appraisal of the Texas Funeral Service Commission records, see the appraisal report by State Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division. It is not yet available online.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Funeral Service Commission mounts an electronic copy of minutes and agenda from its most recent meeting in PDF format on the agency web site ( http://www.tfsc.state.tx.us/documents/agencyDocs/June06Minutes.pdf).

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas Funeral Service Commission.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting minutes, 1980-1998,
0.95 cubic ft.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission (successor to the Texas State Board of Morticians) regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. These are minutes of the Texas State Board of Morticians and the Texas Funeral Service Commission. The minutes are now filed as part of a series of meeting files, containing the agenda, minutes, and documents discussed at the meetings, such as legislation or rules and regulations. Dates covered are 1980-1998. The minutes also contain committee reports, with the Finance, Personnel, Education, Complaint, and Rules committees reporting regularly. Topics discussed at the meetings include rules and regulations; licenses issued, renewed, or revoked; exams; complaints; inspections and investigations; fees; and continuing education.
Agenda are rarely present before 1989. Beginning in 1992 and through 1994, agenda were filed with minutes of the preceeding meeting, i.e. September agenda was filed with the minutes of the June meeting. Meeting documentation can be found with the minutes starting in 1995, and is present for most of the meetings through 1996. For a short period, late 1995-mid 1996, Notice of Open meeting announcements were filed with the minutes. Also, a transcript of the proceedings of the November 1995 meeting is present. Transcripts are not available for any other meetings.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in chronological order by meeting date as maintained by the agency.
Prefered Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Meeting minutes, Texas Funeral Service Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1997/062, 1997/063, 1997/114, 2003/031, 2004/227, 2006/104
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Funeral Service Commission on January 8 and May 8, 1997; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on October 17, 2002; August 18, 2004; and January 11, 2006.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1997, September 2004, October 2006
State Board of Morticians
Box
1997/114-1 Minutes:
March-May 1980
June-August 1980
September-October 1980
November-December 1980
March-June 1981
August-December 1981
January-March 1982
April-July 1982
November-December 1982
January-May 1983
June-November 1983
January-May 1984
June-August 1984
October-November 1984
January-May 1985
July-November 1985
Box
2003/031 January-March 1986
July-December 1986
January-June 1987
Funeral Service Commission
Box
1997/114-1 Minutes:
September-December 1987
March-May 1988
August-September 1988
October-December 1988
Minutes and agenda:
March-April 1989
June-December 1989
January-November 1990
February-September 1991
December 1991-June 1992
June-September 1992
September-December 1992
February-July 1993
September-November 1994
Meeting files:
Box
1997/114-1 January-March 1995
July 1995
September 1995
Minutes and agenda, September 1995
Proceedings, November 1995
Box
1997/114-2 Minutes and agenda:
January-March 1996
June 1996
July 1996
Meeting files:
September 1996
November 1996
January 1997
March 1997
Box
2003/031 Minutes:
May 1997
July-September 1997
January 1998
May-September 1998



 

Administrative correspondence, 1978-1991, bulk 1985-1991,
4.3 cubic ft.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. This series contains correspondence and memoranda of staff of the Texas Funeral Service Commission with Commission members; and correspondence with other state agencies, educational institutions, professional groups, businesses, and individuals. Dates covered are 1978-1991, bulk 1985-1991. Topics discussed with Commission members include Board appointments, legislation, upcoming meeting agenda, rules and regulations, hearings, Sunset Commission review, continuing education, and licensing and apprenticeship issues. Correspondence with agencies, groups, etc., discuss budget, continuing education and accreditation of educational institutions, comments on proposed rules or legislation, mortuary law violations, professional meetings, use of outside legal counsel, some complaints, and other topics. A few letters re: Board appointments are filed at the beginning of the records, followed by correspondence files with individual institutions, then the remaining administrative correspondence, ordered by fiscal year.
Some letters concerning complaints are present in the mid-late 1980s; in later years, correspondence about complaints against funeral homes, directors, or embalmers are filed in the series, Complaints against licensees. Routine correspondence with funeral homes or directors is filed in the series, Funeral home files. Letters requesting advice or legal opinions from the agency are in the series, Legal opinions and advice from agency's legal counsel. Materials in these files can be found at the Funeral Service Commission.
Arrangement
These records were arranged by State Archives staff chronologically by fiscal year, then alphabetically by topic or correspondent. Materials within the folders are usually in reverse chronological order, as maintained by the agency.
Prefered Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Texas Funeral Service Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1997/114
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Funeral Service Commission on May 8, 1997.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1997
Institutional correspondence, 1982-1989
Box
1997/114-3 Commonwealth College of Funeral Service, Houston:
1987-1988
1984-1987
1982
Dallas Institute of Funeral Service:
Practicum program, 1989
Accreditation application, ca. 1988
Correspondence, 1985-1989
San Antonio Community College, Department of Mortuary Science, 1984
Appointment letters, 1985-1991
Box
1997/114-3 James P. Hunter, 1985
Reverend C.L. Jackson, 1988
Ted Karpf, 1991
Percy Parsons, 1987
Paul G. Pond, 1988
Donald H. Taft, 1985
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1986 (1979-1986)
Box
1997/114-3 Attorney General's Office, 1985-1986
Attorney General's Office, 1984-1985
Attorney General's Safety Office, 1985-1986
State Auditor, 1985-1986
State Auditor, 1982-1984
Banking Department, 1986
Banking Department, 1984-1985
Governor's Office, 1986
Governor's Budget Office, 1983-1986
Health Department, 1985-1986
Legislative Budget Board, 1982-1986
Legislative Budget Board, 1979-1981
Legislature, 1985-1986
State Purchasing Commission, 1986
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1986
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1987 (1981, 1985-1987, bulk 1986-1987)
Box
1997/114-4 Boards outside Texas, 1986-1987
Attorney General's Office, 1986-1987
State Auditor, 1986-1987
Memoranda to Board members, 1986-1987
Complaint Process Committee, 1986-1987
Complaint Process Committee, 1985-1986
Governor's Office, 1986-1987
Health Department, 1986-1987
Legislative changes, 1987
Legislative changes, 1986-1987
Legislative Budget Board, 1986-1988
Legislative Budget Board, 1981
Legislature, 1986-1987
Memoranda to inspectors, 1986-1987
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1986-1987
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1986-1987
State Purchasing Commission, 1986-1987
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1988 (1985-1988)
Box
1997/114-4 Automated Information and Telecommunications Council:
June-August, 1988
October 1987-May 1988
July 1985-September 1987
June 1986-September 1987
Attorney General's Office, 1987-1988
Attorney General's Office, 1987-1988
State Auditor's Office, 1987-1988
Box
1997/114-5 Banking Department, 1988
Boards outside of Texas, 1986-1988
Memoranda to Commissioners, July-August 1988
Memoranda to Commissioners, January-June 1988
Memoranda to Commissioners, September 1987-January 1988
Complaints referred, 1988
Complaints referred, 1987-1988
Contract investigator, 1987-1988
Consumer groups, 1987-1988
Outside counsel, 1987-1988
Memoranda to field representatives, 1987-1988
Governor's Office, 1988
Governor's Budget Office, 1987-1988
Health Department, 1988
Legislature, 1988
Legislative Budget Board, 1988
Legislative Budget Board, 1987-1988
Schools, 1988
[2 folders]
Schools, 1987-1988
Miscellaneous state agencies:
1987-1988
1988
[2 folders]
1987-1988
Box
1997/114-6 State Purchasing Commission:
May-August 1988
December 1987-May 1988
October-November 1987
September-December 1987
TEX-FARB (Texas Federation of Associated Regulatory Boards):
April-May 1988
February-April 1988
October 1987-February 1988
Trade associations:
April-August 1988
February-April 1988
February-March 1988
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1989 (1978, 1985, 1987-1989)
Box
1997/114-6 Attorney General:
May-June 1989
1987, April-May 1989
September 1987-March 1989
State Auditor's Office, 1988-1989
Automated Information and Telecommunications Council, 1988-1989
Banking Department, 1988-1989
Boards outside of Texas, 1988-1989
Memoranda with Commissioners:
May-August 1989
April 1989
November 1988-April 1989
September-November 1988
Miscellaneous committees, 1988-1989
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, 1987-1989
Box
1997/114-7 Consumer groups, September 1988-July 1989
Consumer groups, August 1988
Contract investigator, 1988
Federal Trade Commission:
1978, November 1988-August 1989
May-June 1989
May 1989
ca. 1988-February 1989
June 1988-February 1989
1985
Governor's Budget Office, 1988
Governor's Office, 1988-1989
Health Department, 1988
Legal counsel, 1988-1989
Legislative Budget Board, 1988-1989
Legislature, 1989
Legislature, 1988-1989
Schools, 1988-1989
Schools, 1988-1989
State Purchasing Commission, 1988-1989
Miscellanoues state agencies, 1989
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1988-1989
Sunset Commission, 1989
Sunset Commission, 1988
Trade assocations, 1988-1989
TEX-FARB, 1988
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1990 (1978, 1985-1991 (bulk 1989-1990))
Box
1997/114-8 Attorney General, 1989-1990
Auditor's Office, 1989-1990
Banking Department, 1990
Boards outside of Texas, 1989-1990
Commissioners:
February-August 1990
December 1989-January 1990
September 1988, September 1989-December 1990
Committees, August 1990
Committees, September 1989-June 1990
Complaints pending:
June-August 1990
March-June 1990
January-March 1990
October 1989-February 1990
September-November 1989
Complaints Review Committee, 1989-1990
Complaints referred, June-August 1990
Complaints referred, September 1989-May 1990
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, 1990
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards, 1987-1990
Box
1997/114-9 Consumer groups, 1989-1990
Governor's Office, 1989-1990
Governor's Budget Office, 1990
Federal Trade Commission, 1989-1990
Federal Trade Commission, 1989
Health Department:
January-August 1990
February-May 1990
1988, January 1990
October 1989-January 1990
Department of Information Resources, 1990
Department of Information Resources, 1990
Inspectors, 1990
Legislature, 1989-1990
Purchasing Commission, 1989-1990
Schools, 1985, 1988-1991
Schools, 1989-1990
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1989-1990
Box
1997/114-10 Sunset Commission:
January-February 1990
1978
March-July 1990
January-February 1990
January 1990
Trade associations, 1989-1990
Administrative correspondence, Fiscal Year 1991 (1980, 1988-1991)
Box
1997/114-10 Attorney General, 1990-1991
Auditor's Office, 1990-1991
Banking, 1990-1991
Boards, other state, 1990-1991
Committees, ca. 1990-1991
Committees, ca. 1990
Commissioners:
March-August 1991
December 1990-March 1991
October-December 1990
1980, September-October 1990
Conference of Funeral Service Examining Boards:
May-August 1991
June-July 1991
May 1990-April 1991
January-March 1991
June 1990-January 1991
Box
1997/114-11 Consumer groups, 1990-1991
Federal Trade Commission:
ca. 1989-1991
1990-1991
1988
Governor's Office, March-July 1991
Governor's Office, 1982, 1986, November 1990-March 1991
Governor's Budget Office, 1990-1991
House of Representatives:
December 1990-July 1991
ca. 1991
September 1990-July 1991
Health Department, 1990-1991
Department of Information Resources, 1990-1991
Insurance Board, 1990-1991
Legislative Budget Board, March-July 1991
Legislative Budget Board, December 1990-February 1991
Purchasing Commission, 1990-1991
Schools, November 1990-May 1991
Schools, January 1991
Senate, June-July 1991
Senate, September 1990-April 1991
Miscellaneous state agencies, 1990-1991
Sunset Commission:
April-August 1991
March-April 1991
September 1990-March 1991
Box
1997/114-12 Trade associations, June-November 1991
Trade associations, September 1990-May 1991
Worker's Compensation Commission, 1991



 

Policies and procedures manual, about 1991, 1997,
0.4 cubic ft.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. This is the overall or primary manual of administrative policies and operating procedures of the Texas Funeral Service Commission. There are two editions, dating about 1991 and 1997. The manual contains sections on administration (risk management, correspondence, policy statements, etc.), personnel, fiscal, and operations (investigations, complaints, licensing, continuing education, and professional qualifications registry). The manual also contains a mission statement for the agency, the mortuary laws, and commission rules.
Arrangement
The manuals were arranged by State Archives staff chronologically by date, then by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Policies and procedures manual, Texas Funeral Service Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1997/114
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Funeral Service Commission on May 8, 1997.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1997
Box
1997/114-12 Policy manual, ca. 1991
Policy manual, 1997:
Administrative rules
Administrative policies and procedures
[2 folders]
Human resources policies and procedures
[2 folders]
Operations policies and procedures



 

Organization charts, 1996,
fractional

The Texas Funeral Service Commission regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. These are organization charts of the Texas Funeral Service Commission, dated 1996. These charts illustrate graphically the administrative structure of the different functional units within the agency. Copies of the organization charts have been published in the Commission's strategic plan since 1992.
Arrangement
This is a single item.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Organization charts, Texas Funeral Service Commissio records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1997/080
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Funeral Service Commission on January 8, 1997.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1997
Box
1997/080 Organization chart, 1996



 

Press releases, 1983, 1986-1987,
fractional cubic ft.

The Texas Funeral Service Commission (successor to the Texas State Board of Morticians) regulates the funeral service industry by issuing licenses for embalmers, funeral directors, and funeral establishments; inspecting funeral establishments; reviewing complaints; and holding disciplinary hearings. These are news or press releases issued by the Texas State Board of Morticians, dating 1983, 1986-1987, regarding Board appointments, changes in rules and regulations, and changes in legislation affecting the agency. According to agency staff, the Commission no longer issues press releases.
Arrangement
These records were arranged chronologically by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, Texas Funeral Service Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1997/081
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Funeral Service Commission on February 13, 1997.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, July 1997
Box
1997/081 Press releases, 1983, 1986-1987