Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Railroad Commission of Texas:

An Inventory of Railroad Commission Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee Records at the Texas State Archives, 1954-1956, bulk 1955



Overview

Creator: Railroad Commission of Texas.
Title: Railroad Commission Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee records
Dates: 1954-1956
Dates: bulk 1955
Abstract: The Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee was created in 1950 at the request of the President of the United States to conduct water and resource development studies under the auspices of the federal Flood Control Act of 1950. The chief engineer of the Railroad Commission was a committee member. These are reports, drafts, collection data, and correspondence on water and other resources in the Arkansas, White, and Red River Basins, dating 1954-1956, bulk 1955. The river basins cover areas in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. The reports in this series were produced by the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. The bulk of the materials consist of the published reports. A small amount of correspondence accompanies the reports, consisting of memoranda to work group members from John J. Ledbetter, who served as Governor Allan Shivers' representative on the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. Topics covered in the reports include mosquito control, oil and gas by-products, and water resources.
Quantity: 2 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Railroad Commission of Texas regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to prevent waste of the state's natural resources, to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners, to prevent pollution, and to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide. It oversees hazardous materials pipelines and natural gas pipelines and distribution systems as well as propane, butane, compressed natural gas, and liquefied natural gas. It works to make sure a continuous, safe supply of natural gas is available to Texas consumers at the lowest reasonable price. Additionally, the Commission regulates surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel, and conducts a program for reclaiming lands that were mined and abandoned before 1975.

The Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee was created in 1950 at the request of the President of the United States. Legislative basis for this committee was contained in the Flood Control Act of 1950, Public Law 516, 81st Congress. The Committee was made up of representatives from federal agencies concerned with water and related resource development and governors of the states involved. Each state had a work group composed of representatives from state agencies or similar bodies involved in the process. The Texas work group members were: Chief Engineer, Railroad Commission; Chairman, Texas Board of Water Development; Executive Secretary, Game and Fish Commission; State Health Officer; Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas; Director, State Parks Board; Executive Director, State Soil Conservation Board; Director, Bureau of Business Research, University of Texas; and Vice Chancellor, Texas A&M University. The Committee conducted water and resource development studies. It produced an initial set of reports that were sent to the various federal and state work groups to solicit comments to accompany the report before it was submitted to Congress and the President. The comprehensive reports were published in 1955.

(Sources: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; general laws and statutes; and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee was created in 1950 at the request of the President of the United States to conduct water and resource development studies under the auspices of the federal Flood Control Act of 1950. The chief engineer of the Railroad Commission was a committee member. These are reports, drafts, collection data, and correspondence on water and other resources in the Arkansas, White, and Red River Basins, dating 1954-1956, bulk 1955. The river basins cover areas in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, New Mexico, and Texas. The reports in this series were produced by the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. The bulk of the materials consist of the published reports. A small amount of correspondence accompanies the reports, consisting of memorandum to work group members from John J. Ledbetter, who served as Governor Allan Shivers' representative on the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. Topics covered in the reports include mosquito control, oil and gas by-products, and water resources. Elements in the reports include descriptive data, summaries of research and data gathered, cost analysis, recommendations for programs to initiate, and maps. The title of this set of reports is Arkansas-White-Red River Basins : A Report on the Conservation and Development of the Water and Land Resources, 23 volumes.

Some preliminary reports and drafts of the Committee not found in this series can be found in the federal Documents Collection of the Library and Archives Commission or in the library at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ). Titles of all the reports produced by the Inter-Agency Committee are unknown. Minutes of the Inter-Agency Committee from 1955 to 1959 can be found in the federal Documents Collection. Transcripts of public hearings of the committee in 1950 are in the library at TCEQ.

This finding aid describes a single series of the Railroad Commission of Texas records. See Railroad Commission of Texas: An Overview of Records for more records series.

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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by type of record; reports are arranged as published, in chronological order. Arrangement was done by State Archives staff.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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

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:
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee.
Subjects:
Water resources development--Arkansas River Watershed.
Conservation of natural resources--Arkansas River Watershed.
Places:
Arkansas River Watershed.
Arkansas River.
Document Types:
Reports--Arkansas River Watershed--Water resources development--1954-1956.
Functions:
Protection of natural resources.
Conservation of natural resources.

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
[Governor Shivers' records contain minutes of formal and informal meetings of Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. Also contains correspondence between Shivers and John J. Ledbetter and A.P. Rollins, who served as the Governor's representatives from Texas on the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee. The minutes are scattered over several boxes, generally one folder for each year between 1950-1955.]
Texas Governor Allan Shivers records, General files, "Water: Arkansas-White-Red," 1950-1955, less than one cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, 1950-1955, 1 cubic ft.
Publications
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Minutes of the meeting - Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-agency Committee, 1955-1959.
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Minutes of the recreation work group meeting, 1954
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Arkansas-White-Red River Basins : a report on the conservation and development of the water and land resources , 1955, 23 volumes. This was reissued in 1957 through the serial set (85th Congress, 1st Session, Senate Document 13) as Development of Water and Land Resources of the Arkansas-White-Red River Basins/ letter from the director of the Bureau of the Budget transmitting a report on the conservation and development of the water and related land resources of the Arkansas-White and Red River Basins, with accompanying papers and illustrations, requested in the Flood Control Act of 1950.
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Arkansas-White-Red River Basins, 1955
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Transcript of regional joint public hearing, Denison, Texas, September 12, 1950
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Transcript of regional joint public hearing, Amarillo, Texas, October 18, 1950
Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, Transcript of comprehensive joint public hearing, Amarillo, Texas, October 19, 1950

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item) Railroad Commission of Texas Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/003

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas on September 5, 2001.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura K. Saegert and Ben Stone, April 2003

DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, February 2009


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee records, 1954-1956, bulk 1955,
2 cubic ft.

Box
2002/003-1 Correspondence, Governor's Representative for Texas Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, 1955
Metallic and Nonmetallic Mineral Resources of the Washita River Sub-Basin, Texas and Oklahoma. First Draft of Final Report. April 1954
Metallic and Nonmetallic Mineral Resources of the Washita River Sub-Basin, Texas and Oklahoma. Final Report. July 1954
Arkanas-White-Red River Basins. First Draft. Section 17. Part II--Mineral Resources and Geology. May 1954
Oil, Gas, and By-Products in Ouachita River Sub-Basin, Arkansas and Louisiana: Final Report. September 1954
Oil, Gas, and By-Products In The Washita River Sub-Basin, Oklahoma: Final Report. June 1955
Report of the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, 1955:
Part I. A Report on the Conservation and Development of Water and Land Resources.
Part II:
Section 1. Population, Labor Force, Manufacturing and Health.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume A. Arkansas River Basin above Keystone Dam.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume B. Cimarron and Canadians River Basins.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume C. Arkansas River Basin below Keystone Dam.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume D. White River Basin.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume E. Red River Basin above Denison Dam.
Section 2. Water Resources Project Data. Volume F. Red River Basin below Denison Dam.
Section 3. Flood Control, Waterflow Retardation, and Flood Forecasting.
Section 4. Navigation.
Box
2002/003-2 Section 5. Drainage.
Section 6. Irrigation and Reclamation.
Section 7. Hydroelectric Power Development and Utilization.
Section 8. Domestic and Industrial Water Supply.
Section 9. Water Pollution Control.
Section 10. Mosquito Control and Allied Problems.
Section 11. Agriculture.
Section 12. Fish and Wildlife.
Section 13. Recreation.
Section 14. Mapping.
Section 15. Hydrologic Data Collection Program.
Section 16. Minerals and Geology.
Section 17. Availability, Use, and Control of Water.
Report of the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, for the year 1955-56, June 30, 1956
Minutes of the Sixth Meeting of the Arkansas-White-Red Basins Inter-Agency Committee, July 12-13, 1956