Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1926, 1934-1940



Overview

Creator: Texas. Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations.
Title: Records
Dates: 1926, 1934-1940
Abstract: Types of records are correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, financial records, printed materials, pamphlets, press releases, photographs, and related records, dating 1926, 1934-1940. These are records of the Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, along with its advisory boards and Department of Publicity. Some records are from the Texas Centennial Commission, a group composed of thirty citizens created in 1934 to plan for the centennial. Materials document the preparation and promotion of Texas centennial activities, including the Texas Centennial Central Exposition and local celebrations throughout the state.
Quantity: 33.29 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations was created by House Bill 11, 44th Legislature, Regular Session (1935), as part of a $3 million appropriation to fund centennial activities. The commission was composed of nine members: the Lieutenant Governor, who served as chair; the Speaker of the House, who was the vice-chair; three persons appointed by the Governor; and two each appointed by the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House. Duties were to supervise disbursement of the appropriation, including selecting and administering local celebrations and erecting historical markers, monuments, and memorials. An Advisory Board of Texas Historians, composed of three members, was created to investigate, report upon, and make recommendations regarding these centennial events to the Commission of Control. The advisory board was to cooperate with county centennial advisory boards from which the applications for celebrations were made. An Advisory Board for Advertising was also created to formulate a program of state and national publicity and advertising and to recommend plans to the commission.

The Department of Publicity, a division under the Commission of Control, was created to carry out the advisory board's plans to promote the Texas Centennial Central Exposition in Dallas and the local celebrations. At a meeting held in Dallas on June 8, 1935, the Centennial Exposition corporation met with the Commission of Control. At that time, the chairman of the Texas Centennial Commission (created by Senate Bill 22, 43rd Legislature, 2nd Called Session (1934)) announced that the powers and administrative duties of the Texas Centennial Commission had been assumed by the Commission of Control, but the Centennial Commission would continue to serve in a supportive and advisory capacity.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Types of records are correspondence, clippings, memorabilia, financial records, printed materials, pamphlets, press releases, photographs, and related records, dating 1926, 1934-1940. These are records of the Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, along with its advisory boards and Department of Publicity. Some records are from the Texas Centennial Commission, a group composed of thirty citizens created in 1934 to plan for the centennial. Materials document the preparation and promotion of Texas centennial activities, including the Texas Centennial Central Exposition and local celebrations throughout the state. Files document the Woodul Historical Essay Contest and the role of the Advisory Board of Texas Historians in recommending celebrations, monuments, memorials, and markers.

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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series:
Correspondence, 1934-1938, 5 cubic ft.
Centennial materials, 1926, 1934-1940, 3.35 cubic ft.
Newspaper clipping scrapbooks, 1935-1936, 24.94 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the 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. Dept. of Publicity.
Places:
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Clippings--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Memorabilia--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Functions:
Coordinating Texas centennial celebrations.
Promoting Texas centennial celebrations.

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
Texas State Board of Control, Records, 1916-1979 (bulk 1935-1953), 83.05 cubic ft.
Texas, Office of the Governor, Records of James V Allred, 1932-1939 (bulk 1935-1938), 54.05 cubic ft.
Publications
Monuments erected by the state of Texas to commemorate the centenary of Texas independence; the report of the Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, compiled under the direction of Pat M. Neff, Walter F. Woodul, L. W. Kemp, Publication committee; Harold Schoen, compiler. Austin, Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, 1938.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, Records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1962/218

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Texas Secretary of State on July 19, 1963.

Processing Information

Unknown.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Correspondence, 1934-1938,
5 cubic ft.

Types of records are correspondence, memoranda, press releases, fiscal accounts, job applications, bids, clippings, publications, photographs, copies of the Centennial News and the Centennial Review, and other records of the Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Materials date from 1934 to 1938 and include files of the director of the Commission's Department of Publicity and correspondence of the Advisory Board of Texas Historians. Subjects include the Woodul Historical Essay Contest and preparations for Texas centennial celebrations.
Arrangement
These records are grouped by subject.
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. Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Advisory Board of Texas Historians.
Texas. Dept. of Publicity.
Places:
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1938.
Financial records--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1938.
Functions:
Coordinating Texas centennial celebrations.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Records, Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1962/218
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on July 19, 1963.
County Centennial Advisory Board, Woodul Historical Essay Contest correspondence
box
4-16/96A Anderson-Presidio County (correspondence, applications, clippings), 1935-1936
[189 folders]
box
4-16/96B Rains-Zavala County (correspondence, applications, clippings), 1935-1936
[65 folders]
El Paso (city), photos
Woodul Contest winners (correspondence and photos), 1936
Speaking engagements
Centennial News (and Centennial Cypress), 1935-1936
Centennial Review, Texas Centennial Review, 1935-1936
Correspondence
box
4-16/98A Advisory Board of Texas Historians, 1935-1936
Bids, 1935-1936
Budget, 1936
Accounts paid, October 1935-June 1936
[6 folders]
box
4-16/98B Accounts paid, July-November 1936
[5 folders]
Accounts payable, 1936
Accounts (correspondence in regard thereto), A-M, 1935-1936
Accounts (correspondence in regard thereto), N-Z, 1935-1936
Applications:
Historians (schools), 1935
Mimeograph work, 1935
Preferred, 1935
Publicity work:
A-F, 1935-1936
G-L, 1935-1936
M-R, 1935-1936
Advertisements from newspapers, 1936
Allred, James V (Governor), 1935-1936
Brownsville, 1935
Book publishing, 1935
box
4-16/104 Hale-Washington County, 1934-1938
[59 folders]
Highway, 1936
Postcards, West Texas Museum Association-Lubbock County Museum, 1935
[loose]



 

Centennial materials, 1926, 1934-1940,
3.35 cubic ft.

Types of records are correspondence, publications, press releases, pamphlets, memorabilia, clippings, photographs, a report, and other items of the Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations, dating 1926, 1934-1940. Materials document the preparation, promotion, and celebration of the Texas centennial in 1936. Included are records of the Texas Centennial Commission, the Department of Publicity, and related organizations.
Arrangement
These records are unarranged.
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 Centennial Commission.
Texas. Dept. of Publicity.
Places:
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Press releases--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Memorabilia--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1940.
Pamphlets--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1934-1938.
Functions:
Promoting Texas centennial celebrations.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Centennial materials, Records, Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1962/218
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on July 19, 1963.
box
4-16/117 Texas Centennial - Pamphlets and printed materials
"Pictorial Parade of Texas," 1936
[pamphlet, loose]
"Centennial Year Calendar of Texas Centennial Celebrations," 1936
[loose]
"Texas - Centennial Celebrations," 1936
[loose]
"Texas - Do You Know," 1936
[loose]
"Texas - Land of Contrasts" (Texas Centennial Celebrations), 1936
[loose]
"Texas & the Centennial," June-November 1936
[loose]
Texas & the Centennial Exposition, 1936
"All America is invited to visit Texas Centennial Celebrations," 1936
[loose]
"Next Week in Texas" (Centennial Celebrations), July 1-December 10, 1936
[loose]
"Songs Texas Sings" (Centennial edition for schools), 1936
[loose]
"An Empire on Parade," Historical leaflets (concerning important Texas personalities and subjects), 1936
[9 pieces]
Texas Centennial postcards (pictures of Old Man Texas), 1936
[loose]
Texas Centennial stickers (3 designs - Texas state, star, and Centennial Exposition), 1936
[loose]
Texas Centennial seals (in a sheet of 36), 1936
[loose]
Texas Centennial Celebrations grown in the Magic Valley (design showing Texas star) (paper outer covering for fruit), [1936]
[loose]
Texas Centennial buttons, [1936]
Texas Centennial Celebrations - banner, [1936]
[cloth]
Centennial material
box
2-10/772 Press releases, Texas Centennial Commission, 1935
[loose]
Correspondence from Texas Centennial Commission - "Dusting the Covers of Texas History," - for the Centennial celebrations of 1936
[loose]
"The Texas Centennial" - Texas Landmarks Series, no. 1-15 [1936]
box
2-10/774 Texas Centennial correspondence (including pamphlets - "Starring Texas - Texas Centennial Exposition," & "Ft. Worth Frontier Centennial," pictures and Texas Centennials seals), 1934-1940
[loose]
Texasland, the pioneer magazine, June 1926
[loose]
box
2-10/775 Texas Centennial correspondence (including pamphlets - "Buy a Coin" - Texas Memorial Museum, "Flag of Goliad" - Fannin State Park; and newspaper clipping), 1936
The Daily Inquirer, Gonzales, March 2, 1936
[magazine, loose]
Report of Secretary of Texas Centennial Commission, inclusive, March 24, 1934-January 7, 1935
[loose]
box
2-10/776 Texas Centennial correspondence (including correspondence to Texas Centennial Commission, clippings, photo), 1934
[loose]
box
2-10/777 Press releases, 1934
[loose]
Correspondence with Texas Centennial Commission (including clippings, photo, and Centennial material), 1934
[loose]
Printing and stationery orders, July 1934
[loose]
Releases from rare books in the Texas Collection for Texas Centennial Publicity, January 19-June 14, 1936
Releases from rare books in the University of Texas Library for Texas Centennial Publicity, January 19-June 14, 1936



 

Newspaper clipping scrapbooks, 1935-1936,
24.94 cubic ft.

This series consists of 49 scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, dating from 1935 to 1936. Scrapbooks were compiled by the clipping service at the University of Texas for the Texas Department of Publicity, a division under the Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Subjects cover centennial celebrations and related events.
Arrangement
These records are arranged somewhat chronologically.
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. Dept. of Publicity.
Places:
Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.
Document Types:
Scrapbooks--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1935-1936.
Clippings--Texas--Centennial celebrations, etc.--1935-1936.
Functions:
Promoting Texas centennial celebrations.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Newspaper clipping scrapbooks, Records, Texas Commission of Control for Texas Centennial Celebrations. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1962/218
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State on July 19, 1963.
box
4-20/565 thru 581 Scrapbooks, 1935-1936
[49 volumes]