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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files, 1970-1978, 1983-1988, 1990-1995,

Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits, 1969-1992,

Texas Antiquities Committee members files, [ ca. 1969]-1994,

Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, 1969-1978,

Press releases and workshop notices, 1972, 1974, 1983-1984,

Governor's Office on Antiquities files, 1969-1970,

Platoro collection, 1969, 1971, 1973-1977, 1981, 1984,

Texas Antiquities Code legislation and subject files, 1968-1970, 1978, 1981-1986 (bulk 1969),

1989,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Antiquities Committee:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1969-1995



Overview

Creator: Texas Antiquities Committee.
Title: Records
Dates: 1969-1995
Abstract: Records of the Texas Antiquities Committee (TAC) include minutes, agenda, and meeting files; correspondence of TAC chairmen and committee members, including that of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, an original statutory member of the committee; press releases; hearing files, inventories, minutes, and correspondence from the Platoro litigation over ownership of artifacts from a shipwreck found along the Texas coast which eventually resulted in the creation of the Antiquities Committee; photographs and printed materials documenting the 20th anniversary of the TAC; some legislative subject files, including copies of bills and bill analyses; and correspondence, clippings, photographs and a few other files from the Governor's Office on Antiquities. Dates covered are 1969-1995.
Quantity: 10.47 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

The Texas Antiquities Committee was created by Senate Bill 58, 61st Legislature, 2nd Called Session (1969). It was initially composed of seven members: Director of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee, Director of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Commissioner of the General Land Office, State Archeologist (whose office was transferred in 1969 from the State Building Commission to the Texas State Historical Survey Committee), one professional archeologist from a recognized museum or institution of higher learning, one professional Texas historian, and the Director of the Texas Memorial Museum of the University of Texas. The makeup of the Committee when it expired in 1995 was a nine-member commission. It consisted of six ex-officio members, including the chairperson of the Texas Historical Commission or his/her designee, the State Archaeologist, the Director of the Parks and Wildlife Department, the Commissioner of the General Land Office, the State Engineer, and the Executive Director of the Texas Department of Water Resources. The three other members were appointed by the Governor with concurrence of the Senate, for two-year terms. These appointed members consisted of a professional historian, a professional archaeologist, and a professional museum director.

This committee was the legal custodian of all state archaeological resources and it adopted rules to protect and preserve these resources. It designated state archaeological landmarks, issued permits for activities that impacted archeological sites, oversaw staff efforts to ensure compliance with the Texas Antiquities Code, maintained an inventory of items recovered and retained by the State of Texas, and contracted or otherwise provided for discovery operations and scientific investigations of sunken or abandoned ships and their contents. In 1995, the committee was abolished (Senate Bill 365, 74th Legislature, Regular Session). Its duties were absorbed by the Texas Historical Commission and are carried out through its Archeology Division. The legislation that abolished the Antiquities Committee allowed for an advisory body to be created to assist the Texas Historical Commission on issues relating to the Antiquities Code of Texas. In 1995, the THC created the Texas Antiquities Advisory Board. The Board provides recommendations on proposed State Archeological Landmarks designations and assists in resolving disputes regarding issuance of Texas Antiquities permits.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Records of the Texas Antiquities Committee (TAC) include minutes, agenda, and meeting files; correspondence of TAC chairmen and committee members, including that of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, an original statutory member of the committee; press releases; hearing files, inventories, minutes, and correspondence from the Platoro litigation over ownership of artifacts from a shipwreck found along the Texas coast which eventually resulted in the creation of the Antiquities Committee; photographs and printed materials documenting the 20th anniversary of the TAC; some legislative subject files, including copies of bills and bill analyses; and correspondence, clippings, photographs and a few other files from the Governor's Office on Antiquities. Dates covered are 1969-1995.

Topics covered in these files include formation of the Texas Antiquities Committee, the status of antiquities permits, changes in or additions to antiquities laws, the Platoro litigation, field work and/or research undertaken by TAC staff, significant archeological discoveries, exhibition of artifacts, nominations for state archeological landmark status, requests to remove state archeological landmark status, budget, personnel, and other administrative issues relating to the operation of the TAC.

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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into nine series:
Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files, 1970-1978, 1983-1988, 1993-1995, 6.11 cubic ft.
Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits, 1969-1992, 2.12 cubic ft.
Texas Antiquities Committee members files, [ca. 1969]-1994, 0.5 cubic ft.
Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, 1969-1978, 1 cubic ft.
Press releases and workshop notices, 1972, 1974, 1983-1984, fractional
Governor's Office on Antiquities files, 1969-1970, 0.2 cubic ft.
Platoro collection files, 1969, 1971, 1973-1977, 1981, 1984, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas Antiquities Code legislation and subject files, 1968-1986 (bulk 1969), 0.2 cubic ft.
Texas Antiquities Committee 20th Anniversary files, 1989, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

The home addresses and telephone numbers of government employees and officials may be restricted under V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, Section 117. Home addresses and telephone members of TAC members can be found in the series Texas Antiquities Committee members files and possibly in the series Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb.

Restrictions on Use

Records containing home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials cannot be used until they have been reviewed by an archivist and the confidential material redacted. This process may take several days to complete and will be done upon request.

Researchers are required to use gloves when viewing photographs in the Archives.

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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.
Personal Names:
Newcomb, William W. (William Wilmon), 1921-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor's Office on Antiquities.
Subjects:
Shipwrecks--Texas--Padre Island.
Treasure-trove--Texas--Padre Island.
Antiquities--Collection and preservation.
Historic sites--Law and legislation--Texas.
Excavations (Archaeology)--Texas.
Salvage archaeology--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Antiquities--Collection and preservation.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Agenda--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Correspondence--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Press releases--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Photographs--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Legislative records--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Clippings--Texas--Antiquities--1965-1995
Functions:
Preserving Texas antiquities.

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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
Texas Historical Commission, Records, 1897, ca. 1930-2002 (bulk 1955-2002), [size unknown - most of these records are unprocessed, see staff for assistance]
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of Representative Don Cavness (re: Platoro litigation and creation of Texas Antiquities Committee), 1966-1971, 0.65 cubic ft.
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
These are artifacts and records concerning the 1554 shipwreck excavated off Padre Island. This Museum is the Marine Archeology Repository for the State of Texas.
Padre Island Shipwreck Collection, 1554 [size of the collection is not known]
Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University
These are the records of Governor Preston Smith. There are likely related files from or concerning the Governor's Office on Antiquities and the formation of the Texas Antiquities Committee.
Smith, Preston E. Papers, 1930-1975 and undated, 1,500,000 leaves
Publications
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Interim Committee on the Housing of Artifacts found off Padre Island, A report to the House of Representatives of the 62nd Legislature / by the House Interim Study Committee on the Housing of Artifacts found off Padre Island.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/068, 1999/047, 1999/116, 1999/117, 1999/134, 2001/048, 2012/121

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on December 30, 1997 (via the Texas Legislative Reference Library); November 4, 1998; March 5, 1999; April 12, 1999; October 31, 2000; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, April 1999, November 2000, April 2002

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files, 1970-1978, 1983-1988, 1990-1995,
6.11 cubic ft.

This series contains the meeting and hearing files of the Texas Antiquities Committee (TAC), dating from 1970 to 1978, 1983 to 1988, and 1990 to 1995. Materials present include minutes, agenda, materials presented to committee members for discussion or review, and materials presented as exhibits at the meetings. Types of materials present in addition to minutes and agenda include correspondence, memoranda, rules, regulations, the antiquities code and/or changes to the code, copies of contracts, budget requests, attorney general opinions, court documents, press releases, clippings, conference proceedings, reports, papers, brochures, site survey forms, maps, lists of antiquities permits to be issued, lists of sites nominated for state archeological landmark status, and attendance sheets. Correspondents include the chairman and commission members, the executive director and/or agency staff, professional staff at universities, professional archeologists, members of professional societies, officials at other state agencies, local officials, and others. Some of the earlier meeting files contain materials dated weeks or months after the meeting, presumably filed with that particular file because the document related to or resulted from an action or decision made at that meeting. Meeting files for a few of the earlier meetings are not present in this series, and minutes and/or agenda are not present in a few of the earlier files. See the series Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits for materials from the missing meeting files and for missing minutes/agenda.
At some of their meetings the commission conducted evidentiary hearings, such as to determine the status of a site nominated for or granted state archeological landmark status. For these hearings, transcripts and materials introduced as exhibits are present in addition to minutes and agenda, which can include petitions, drawings, photographs, correspondence, memoranda, and motions, requests, and other legal documents.
Topics discussed at the meetings included the status of antiquities permits, changes in or additions to antiquities laws, the Platoro litigation, field work and/or research undertaken by TAC staff, significant archeological discoveries, exhibition of artifacts, nominations for state archeological landmark status, requests to remove state archeological landmark status, budget, personnel, and other administrative issues relating to the operation of the TAC.
A related series which contains copies of minutes and materials filed as exhibits at the meetings of the Antiquities Committee is the series Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits. Most of the materials found in the minutes and exhibits series are present in this series of meeting files. However, there are several instances where reports and other exhibits presented at the meetings and hearing transcripts are not present in the original meeting and hearing files of the agency and there are a few meetings for which files are not present in the materials received from the agency. Because of this, both series of meeting files are being retained.
Arrangement
The records are arranged in chronological order by meeting date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1999/047, 1999/134, and 2001/048
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on November 4, 1998; April 12, 1999; and October 31, 2000.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999, November 2000
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1999/037-1 Meeting:
May 28, 1970
August 28, 1970
[No minutes], March 29, 1971
June 30, 1971
October 4, 1971
November 19, 1971
January 5, 1972
May 9, 1972
September 8, 1972
November 16, 1972
April 24, 1973
July 10, 1973
September 5, 1973
December 10, 1973
February 4, 1974
[No minutes], February 27, 1974
April 24, 1974
[Only minutes], May 22, 1974
[No minutes], August 30, 1974
November 21, 1975
January 27, 1976
April 16, 1976
May 11, 1976
July 28, 1976
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1999/037-2 October 21, 1976
[Only minutes], November 23, 1976
December 16, 1976
April 13, 1977
[No minutes], July 13, 1977
December 16, 1977
April 18, 1978
September 12, 1983
[2 folders]
October 7, 1983
[2 folders]
November 7, 1983
[2 folders]
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1999/037-3 November 7, 1983
[3 folders]
December 13, 1983
February 8, 1984
February 10, 1984
February 13, 1984
March 7, 1984
April 25, 1984
July 11, 1984
August 30, 1984
September 18, 1984
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1999/037-4 December 10, 1984
January 21, 1985
[2 folders]
March 8, 1985
[3 folders]
May 10, 1985
July 12, 1985
September 13, 1985
[2 folders]
October 11, 1985
[2 folders]
October 31, 1985
November 8, 1985
[2 folders]
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1999/037-5 Meeting and hearing, January 17, 1986
[7 folders]
Meeting and hearing, March 14, 1986
[4 folders]
Meeting:
May 9, 1986
[3 folders]
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1999/037-6 June 27, 1986
[3 folders]
August 15, 1986
[2 folders]
September 11, 1986
[2 folders]
Hearing, rehearing of Old Bowie demolition permit, September 12, 1986:
Meeting transcripts, etc.
[2 folders]
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1999/037-7 Transcripts
El Paso Independent School District exhibits
Staff exhibits
[4 folders]
Staff exhibits, exhibit 7A
[5 folders]
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1999/037-8 P Exhibits
[3 folders]
Hearings on findings of fact
Transcript and deposition
Final order
Meeting:
November 14, 1986
[3 folders]
January 30, 1987
[3 folders]
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1999/037-9 March 13, 1987
[3 folders]
July 10, 1987
[3 folders]
September 11, 1987
[3 folders]
November 13, 1987
[3 folders]
January 22, 1988
[2 folders]
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1999/037-10 March 25, 1988
[2 folders]
May 27, 1988
[2 folders]
July 22, 1988
[2 folders]
September 23, 1988
Old Bowie Courthouse hearing, September 23, 1988:
County Commissioners court petition and demolition agreement
Proposed informal disposition of permits requested
General correspondence re: hearing
Intervenor's exhibits 1 and 2
Intervenor's exhibits 3 through 8
Intervenor's exhibits 9 through 26
Intervenor's request for admission/production of documents
Hearing transcripts
Exhibits
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1999/037-11 Exhibits
[4 folders]
Petition for leave to intervene, original petition motion for Continuance
Notifications of assigned status TAC response non-party Objections to party and non-party status and motion for Continuance
Intervenor's exhibits (filed later)
Intervenor's exhibit 3
Intervenor's exhibits 9 through 20 and 22
Plaintiff's exhibits 1 through 3
Plaintiff's exhibits 4 and 5
Plaintiff's exhibits 6 and 23
Plaintiff's exhibit 30
Staff exhibit 9
Staff exhibit 4
Staff exhibit 10
Staff exhibit 11
Staff exhibit 12
Staff exhibit 12a
Hearing on motions
Pre-hearing conference - Plaintiff exhibit 1
Notice for pre-hearing conference
Convenor's objection to Intervenor's request
Intervenor's motion to strike/continuance
Plaintiff's designation of exhibits and witnesses
Intervenor's designation of witness
Meeting and continuation of Old Bowie Courthouse hearing, November 18, 1988
[3 folders]
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2001/048-1 Meeting:
January 19, 1989
[2 folders]
March 16, 1990
[4 folders]
May 18, 1990
[2 folders]
July 20, 1990
[2 folders]
September 21, 1990
November 16, 1990
[3 folders]
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2001/048-2 January 18, 1991
[2 folders]
March 15, 1991
[3 folders]
May 17, 1991
[5 folders]
[Cancelled], July 19, 1991
September 20, 1991
[3 folders]
November 15, 1991
January 17, 1992
[1-3 of 6 folders]
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2001/048-3 January 17, 1992
[4-6 of 6 folders]
[Cancelled], March 20, 1992
May 15, 1992
[8 folders]
[Cancelled], July 17, 1992
September 18, 1992
[3 folders]
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2001/048-4 [Cancelled], November 20, 1992
December 18, 1992
[4 folders]
March 19, 1993
[4 folders]
June 18, 1993
[4 folders]
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2001/048-5 September 17, 1993
[5 folders]
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1999/134-1 December 17, 1993
[3 folders]
March 18, 1994
[3 folders]
June 17, 1994
[2 folders]
September 16, 1994
[2 folders]
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1999/134-2 December 16, 1994
[3 folders]
March 17, 1995
[4 folders]
August 11, 1995
[2 folders]

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Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits, 1969-1992,
2.12 cubic ft.

Materials present include copies of minutes, agenda, and materials presented as exhibits at the meetings of the Texas Antiquities Committee, such as correspondence, memoranda, rules, regulations, copies of the antiquities code and/or changes to the code, copies of contracts, attorney general opinions, court documents, press releases, clippings, reports, conference proceedings, brochures, site survey forms, maps, lists of antiquities permits to be issued, and lists of sites nominated for state archeological landmark status. Dates covered are 1969-1992. Agenda are not present for all the meetings. Minutes are missing in some early files, and not all the exhibits filed at the meetings are present in these files. Beginning in 1985 only minutes are present. For a more complete set of meeting files see the series Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files.
At some of their meetings the commission conducted evidentiary hearings, such as to determine the status of a site nominated for or granted state archeological landmark status. For these hearings, transcripts and materials introduced as exhibits are present in addition to minutes and agenda, which can include reports, petitions, drawings, correspondence, memoranda, and motions, requests, and other legal documents.
Topics discussed at the meetings included the status of antiquities permits, changes in or additions to antiquities laws, field work and/or research undertaken by TAC staff, significant archeological discoveries, exhibition of artifacts, nominations for state archeological landmark status, requests to remove state archeological landmark status, budget, personnel, and other administrative issues relating to the operation of the TAC.
The materials in this series were received from the Historical Commission (via the Legislative Reference Library) as part of a collection of minutes filed there by various agencies. The originals of most of the materials in this series and many other documents related to the TAC meetings can be found in the series of meeting files and supporting documentation received from the Historical Commission, see the series Texas Antiquities Committee meeting and hearing files. However, this series of minutes and exhibits are being retained as well because there are several instances where minutes, reports and other exhibits presented at the meetings, and hearing transcripts are not present in the files received from the agency.
Arrangement
The records are arranged chronologically by meeting date.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Antiquities Committee minutes and exhibits, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1998/068
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission (via the Texas Legislative Reference Library) on December 30, 1997.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1998/068-1 Minutes and exhibits, November 1969
Minutes and exhibits, February 1970
Exhibits, May 1970
Minutes, exhibits, hearing transcripts, August 1970
Minutes and exhibits:
September 1970
March 1971
June 1971
October 1971
Minutes, exhibits, hearing transcripts, November 1971
Minutes and exhibits:
January 1972
May 1972
September 1972
Minutes and exhibits, November 1972
Exhibits, April 1973
Minutes and exhibits:
July 1973
September 1973
December 1973
February 1974
February 1974
April 1974
May 1974
August 1974
November 1974
January 1975
May 1975
November 1975
January 1976
July 1976
October 1976
November 1976
December 1976
April 1977
July 1977
Exhibits, December 1977
Minutes and exhibits:
April 1978
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1998/068-2 July 1978
September 1978
October 1978
December 1978
Minutes and agenda, September 1979
Minutes and exhibits:
December 1979
April 1980
May 1980
September 1980
October 1980
December 1980
February 1981
May 1981
June 1981
Minutes, agenda, and exhibits:
October 1981
November 1981
February 1982
May 1982
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1998/068-3 July 1982
September 1982
November 1982
December 1982
December 1982
Minutes and exhibits, January 1983
Minutes, agenda, and exhibits, February 1983
Minutes, June 1983
Minutes, agenda, and exhibits:
June 1983
August 1983
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1998/068-4 September 1983
October 1983
November 1983
December 1983
Minutes, February 1984
Minutes and exhibits, March 1984
Minutes, agenda, and exhibits, April 1984
Minutes, agenda, and exhibits, July 1984
Minutes, August 1984
Minutes, and exhibits, September 1984
Minutes, and exhibits, December 1984
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1998/068-5 Minutes:
January 1985
March 1985
May 1995
July 1985
September 1985
October 11, 1985
October 31, 1985
November 1985
January 1986
March 1986
May 1986
August 1986
September 1986
July 1987
September 1987
November 1987
January 1988
March 1988
Meeting and hearing files:
May 1988
July 1988
September 1988
November 1988
February 1989
April and May, 1989
July 1989
September 1989
November 1989
March 1990
May 1990
July 1990
September 1990
November 1990
January 1991
March 1991
May 1991
September 1991
November 1991
January 1992
May 1992
September 1992
December 1992

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Texas Antiquities Committee members files, [ ca. 1969]-1994,
0.71 cubic ft.

This series contains files of members of the Texas Antiquities Committee, including lists of members, correspondence with the Texas State Historical Survey Committee about the formation of an antiquities board and initial appointments, correspondence with the members, letters of appointment, resumes, and clippings. Dates covered are circa 1969-1994. Correspondents include committee members, agency staff, other state agencies and officials, professional historians and archeologists, and other individuals. Topics covered include formation of the Texas Antiquities Committee, appointments, agenda items for upcoming meetings, budget concerns, archeological projects, underwater archeology, the Spanish shipwreck off Padre Island, etc.
Files do not appear to be present for all members who served during those years. The most significant files are those for Dr. Fred Wendorf and Dr. William Holden, both serving as chairmen of the committee, and Curtis Tunnell, who served on the committee for 14 years, several as vice-chairman, before leaving to become the director of the Texas Historical Commission. Some of the files, especially the files of later members, only contain letters of appointment and/or notification of upcoming meetings.
For the correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, director of the Texas Memorial Museum and a statutory member of the Antiquities Committee, see the series Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb.
Arrangement
There are a few general files filed first, with the remainder of the materials consisting of files of individual committee members, which are arranged alphabetically, then in reverse chronological order within the folders.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Antiquities Committee members files, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
The home addresses and telephone numbers of government employees and officials may be restricted under V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, Section 117.
Restrictions on Use
Records containing home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials cannot be used until they have been reviewed by an archivist and the confidential material redacted. This process may take several days to complete and will be done upon request.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/116
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-1 Texas Antiquities Committee members, old lists, 1969-ca. 1985
Texas Antiquities Committee, members list, 1989-1991
TAC members, 1987-1991, 1994
Attendance, 1989-1990
TAC appointments, 1990
Members - correspondence, 1989-1991
Files of Antiquities Committee members:
Allen Beinke, Jr., 1988-1991
Henry Burkett, 1977
Randolph B. (Mike) Campbell, 1990-1991
James Corbin, 1991-1994
James U. Cross, 1971
Thomas William Cutrer, 1988-1989
Wilson E. (Bill) Dolman, 1987-1989
T.R. Fehrenbach, 1988-1991
Anne Fox, 1983-1991
Roland Gamble, 1991
Clayton T. Garrison, 1972
Jesus Garza, 1992
Jesus Garza, 1992
Mark Goode, 1985
Tom Griebel, 1987, 1992
Dr. William Griggs, 1985-1988
Dr. W.C. Holden, 1970-1984
Ron Holliday, 1991, 1993
Karl Komatsu, 1991-1992
Orion Knox, 1987
Royston Lanning
[empty]
Truett Latimer, 1969-1992
Bob Mallouf, 1988
Garry Mauro, 1984-1991
Betty Murray, 1991-1994
John Liston Nau, III
[empty]
Charles Nemir, 1983, 1985
Dr. W.W. Newcomb, 1971-1980
Marion Oettiner, Jr., 1991-1994
Arnold W. Oliver, 1990
Kenneth Perry, 1988-1989
William Glase Reeder, 1978-1988
Jerry Sadler, 1970
Bob Singleton, 1970
D. Ryan Smith, 1990-1991
Larry Soward, 1987
Raymond Stotzer, 1988-1989
Charles D. Travis, 1979-1988
Curtis Tunnell, 1969-1983
Richard Vander Stratten
[empty]
Dr. Fred Wendorf, 1981-1983, 1988
Dr. Fred Wendorf, 1971-1980
Dr. Fred Wendorf, 1969-1971

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Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, 1969-1978,
1 cubic ft.

These are the correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, the director of the Texas Memorial Museum and a statutory member of the Texas Antiquities Committee. The files date from 1969 to 1978. Types of materials present include correspondence, papers, reports, notes concerning the Platoro lawsuit, minutes, agenda, contracts, and budget data. Correspondents include commission members, agency staff, other state agencies and officials, professional historians and archeologists, and other individuals. Topics discussed include hiring of a marine archeologist, permit applications, upcoming meetings, archeological surveys, the Platoro lawsuit, treasure hunting, research, and the committee's budget. Dr. W.W. Newcomb served on the Texas Antiquities Committee from its inception in 1969 until 1978 when he resigned as director of the Texas Memorial Museum. As director of the museum, he was a statutory member of the committee.
For committee information and correspondence files of other Antiquities Committee members, see the series Texas Antiquities Committee members files. A resolution commemorating Dr. Newcomb's service on the committee can be found in his file as part of the aforementioned series.
Arrangement
These files are arranged roughly in chronological order by year.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence files of Dr. W.W. Newcomb, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
The home addresses and telephone numbers of government employees and officials may be restricted under V.T.C.A., Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, Section 117 and are likely present in this series.
Restrictions on Use
These files will need to be reviewed prior to researcher use to determine if confidential material is present. Records containing home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials cannot be used until they have been reviewed by an archivist and the confidential material redacted. This process may take several days to complete and will be done upon request.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/116
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-2 Dr. W.W. Newcomb:
1977-1978
1975
[2 folders]
1974
1974
[2 folders]
Antiquities Committee:
1972, 1975
[2 folders]
1973-1975
[7 folders]
1973
1972
[3 folders]
1971
[1-2 of 4 folders]
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1999/116-3 1971
[3-4 of 4 folders]
1970
[7 folders]
1969-1973
[2 folders]

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Press releases and workshop notices, 1972, 1974, 1983-1984,
fractional

This series contains a few press releases of the Texas Antiquities Committee (TAC) and workshop notices, dating 1972, 1974, 1983-1984. The press releases concern the appointment of the first state underwater archaeologist, surveying of Spanish shipwrecks off Padre Island, and hearings for the Shipwreck Preservation Act. The workshop notices concern rules and quality control of archeological work under TAC permits and curation of artifacts.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2012/121
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 2002
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1999/116-3 Press releases and workshop notices, 1972, 1974, 1983-1984

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Governor's Office on Antiquities files, 1969-1970,
0.2 cubic ft.

This series contains two sets of Texas Antiquities Committee files. The first concerns the Governor's Conference on Antiquities, held in Lubbock in October 1969. Types of records present include correspondence, mailing lists, agenda, and an edited copy of Governor Preston Smith's speech. The other set of files documents Governor Smith's tour of Indian pictographs in November 1969 and the formation of the Amistad National Recreation area, dating 1969-1970. Materials in this set of files consist of clippings, copies of legislation, and photographs. Images in the photographs include distance views of the cliffs along the reservoir, including caves; close-ups of the bridge spanning the reservoir; and Governor Smith and others on the tour. Photographs of the pictographs are not present.
The Governor's Conference on Antiquities was held on October 17 and 18, 1969, in Lubbock, Texas. The purpose of the conference was to exchange information and opinions among those concerned with the preservation and proper utilization of Texas antiquities. Sessions presented included discussions of the (then) new Texas Antiquities Code, federal antiquities laws, underwater archeology, and (then) current programs of historical and archeological preservation in Texas.
Arrangement
These records are unarranged.
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.
Southwest Collection, Texas Tech University
These are the records of Governor Preston Smith. There are likely related files from or concerning the Governor's Office on Antiquities and the formation of the Texas Antiquities Committee.
Smith, Preston E. Papers, 1930-1975 and undated, 1,500,000 leaves
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Governor's Office on Antiquities files, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Use
Researchers are required to use gloves when viewing photographs in the Archives.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/116
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-3 Governor's Conference on Texas Antiquities, 1969
Governor's Conference on Texas Antiquities, participants, 1969-1970
[2 folders]
Governor Smith's tour of the Indian pictographs, November 12, 1969:
Photographs and clippings
Press kit (consists mostly of clippings)

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Platoro collection, 1969, 1971, 1973-1977, 1981, 1984,
0.24 cubic ft.

This series contains legal materials (memorandums, orders, etc.), hearing transcripts, inventories of artifacts, minutes of the inventory committee meeting, correspondence, and an initial draft of rules and regulations for the Texas Antiquities Committee. Dates of the files are 1969, 1971, 1973-1977, 1981, and 1984. Topics discussed concern the discovery of a 1554 historic ship wreck by Platoro Limited, Inc., the filing of a lawsuit by the state of Texas over ownership of the artifacts, inventorying the artifacts, transferring the artifacts to the Texas Archeological Research lab for conservation, settlement of the suit, display of artifacts from the shipwreck, and the beginnings of the Texas Antiquities Committee.
In 1967, a company called Platoro Limited, Inc., discovered an old sea wreck off the Texas coast near Padre Island. They began excavating and retrieving artifacts until 1969 when the Texas Attorney General filed a suit asserting the artifacts belonged to Texas. The company began transferring the artifacts to the General Land Office (later to the Texas Archeological Research lab) and a committee was appointed by the court to inventory the artifacts. Later, in 1969, Platoro filed a suit against Texas to reclaim title to the artifacts based on salvage law. The lawsuit went on for several years. In 1983 the U.S. District Court found for Platoro and ordered the state to turn over the artifacts. An appeals court reversed part of the decision saying the state could pay a monetary sum to the company as compensation and keep the artifacts. The state eventually paid a monetary award and kept the artifacts. The confused state of statutory law governing title to ancient sea wrecks and their artifacts prompted the enactment of the Texas Antiquities Code, effective September 1969 (Vernon's Ann. Civ. St., Article 6145-9).
The artifacts and all records pertaining to the artifacts are currently housed at the Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History in Corpus Christi, Texas, except for a few field maps that are housed in the Archeology Division of the Texas Historical Commission.
Arrangement
These records are unarranged.
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 Historical Commission, Records, 1897, ca. 1930-2002 (bulk 1955-2002), [size unknown - most of these records are unprocessed, see staff for assistance]
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of Representative Don Cavness (re: Platoro litigation and creation of Texas Antiquities Committee), 1966-1971, 0.65 cubic ft.
Corpus Christi Museum of Science and History
These are artifacts and some records concerning the 1554 shipwreck excavated off Padre Island. This Museum is the Marine Archeology Repository for the State of Texas.
Padre Island Shipwreck Collection, 1554 [size of collection is not known]
Publications
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Interim Committee on the Housing of Artifacts found off Padre Island, A report to the House of Representatives of the 62nd Legislature / by the House Interim Study Committee on the Housing of Artifacts found off Padre Island.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Platoro collection, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1999/116, 1999/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-3 Platoro # 1, 1969
[4 folders]
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1999/116-4 Platoro # 2, 1969
Platoro (lawsuit), 1973-1977
House Interim Study Committee - "Housing of Artifacts Found off Padre Island," 1971
Operations Report, 1974 Field Season Magnetometer Survey, 1974
Platoro - Amicus curiae brief, 1981
Platoro: Appeals court decision, 1976, 1981, 1984

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Texas Antiquities Code legislation and subject files, 1968-1970, 1978, 1981-1986 (bulk 1969),
0.2 cubic ft.

This series consists of legislation and subject files of the Texas Antiquities Committee concerning the Texas Antiquities Code. Materials present include correspondence, drafts and final copies of bills, a bill analysis, and a newsletter article about the proposed antiquities code. Dates covered are 1968-1970, 1978, and 1981-1986 (bulk 1969). Most of the materials concern the efforts of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee and others to pass antiquities legislation in the Texas Legislature, which was finally done in 1969, becoming the Antiquities Code of Texas, effective September 1969 (Vernon's Civ. St., Art. 6145-9). There are also some legislative materials present concerning several archeological topics, including archeological salvage in state sponsored reservoir projects, disturbing Indian burials, historic structures as state archeological landmarks, and display of Texas Antiquities Committee-managed artifacts by other agencies and institutions.
Arrangement
These records are arranged topically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Antiquities Code legislation and subject files, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/116
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-4 TAC Antiquities Act, 1969-1970
Legislation subject files, 1968-1969, 1981-1985
[4 folders]
Administrative procedure and Texas Register Act [includes consultant report on authority of TAC, 1978], 1978, 1986

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Texas Antiquities Committee 20th Anniversary files, 1989,
fractional

This series contains photographs, negatives, and contact sheets; newsletters; press releases and clippings; drafts of articles and printed materials commemorating the anniversary of the Texas Antiquities Committee; printed materials about current antiquities programs; and certificates presented to agencies and individuals for their efforts in the preservation of archeological resources. Materials are dated 1989. The Texas Antiquities Committee celebrated its 20th anniversary in 1989. Materials documenting the committee and its work through enforcement of the Texas Antiquities Code were printed and distributed to county offices; through the Medallion, the newsletter of the Historical Commission; to various newspapers; and through an exhibit at the Capitol. The photographs appear to be from an Antiquities Committee meeting, showing members during the meeting and the presentation of certificates to state officials and others.
Arrangement
These records are unarranged.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Antiquities Committee 20th Anniversary files, Records, Texas Antiquities Committee. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Use
Researchers are required to use gloves when viewing photographs in the Archives.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1999/117
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on March 5, 1999.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
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1999/116-4 Texas Antiquities Committee 20th Anniversary files, 1989
[4 folders]

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