Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Historical Commission:

An Inventory of Historical Commission Meeting Records at the Texas State Archives, 1953-2008



Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Commission.
Title: Historical Commission meeting records
Dates: 1953-2008
Abstract: Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, from 1953 to 1973; and the Texas Historical Commission, dating 1973-2008. There are no records for the January 15, 1955 meeting. Materials present include agenda, minutes, committee reports, resolutions, correspondence, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, historic preservation and antiquities laws and/or changes to the laws, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or landmark status, historical marker dedication calendar, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, and newsletters, reports and other publications of the agency.
Quantity: 9.95 cubic ft.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. The main functions of the agency are to identify, preserve, interpret, and maintain historic and archeological sites. Duties of the agency include preservation consultation with the public; providing leadership to heritage organizations and county historical commissions; working with communities to protect Texas' architectural heritage, including operation of the Texas Main Street Program; administering the state's historical marker program; working with property owners to save archeological sites on private land; ensuring archeological sites are protected as land is developed for public construction projects; consulting with citizens and groups to nominate properties for historical and archeological landmark status and for the National Register of Historic Places; and making historical attractions a cornerstone of the Texas travel industry. The Commission also maintains the Historic Sites Atlas (a database of information on 200,000 historic sites in Texas); is involved with the LaSalle excavations; and was involved with the development of the Bob Bullock State History Museum in Austin.

The Texas State Historical Survey Committee was created on a temporary basis in 1953 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 44, 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to administer a comprehensive state program for historical preservation; it was given more permanent status in 1957 (Senate Bill 426, 55th Legislature, Regular Session). The Committee became the Texas Historical Commission in 1973 (House Bill 1512, 63rd Legislature, Regular Session).

The Texas Historical Commission is composed of eighteen members appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate, serving overlapping six-year terms. Members must be citizens of Texas who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of the state's historical heritage, and represent all geographical areas of Texas. Beginning in 1995, the membership must include a professional archeologist, a professional historian, and a licensed architect; and two of the members must be from counties with populations of less than 50,000. The governor names the chairperson. The members appoint an executive director to administer the agency. In 1998 the commission had a staff of about 100 employees.

In the late 1990s, the Texas Historical Commission went through an agency restructuring in which several divisions were combined. The agency now contains seven divisions that carry out the responsibilities of the agency. The Administration Division oversees budgetary, planning, and other executive functions. Staff Services handles personnel, accounting, and other staff functions.

The Archeology Division (formerly the Division of Antiquities Protection, and the Office of the State Archeologist) administers the archeological programs of the agency in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 (16 U.S.C. 470) and the Antiquities Code of Texas (V.T.C.A., Natural Resource Code, Title 9, Chapter 191). It nominates archeological sites for the National Register of Historic Places; issues permits for activities that impact archeological sites; designates sites as State Archeological Landmarks; conducts surveys for a statewide inventory of archeological sites; and administers the state marine archeology program. The Archeology Division also produces and distributes public outreach materials pertaining to Texas archeology, coordinates Texas Archeology Awareness Month observances, and works with amateur archeologists who assist in preserving sites and collections. The Texas Antiquities Advisory Board assists the division with its state archeological landmark designations and issues pertaining to the Antiquities Code of Texas.

The Division of Architecture administers architectural grants through the Texas Preservation Trust Fund Grant Program, monitors the state's National Historic Landmarks and reviews proposed changes to Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. It also monitors and provides technical consultation on the restoration and adaptive reuse of the state's architectural resources.

The History Programs Division operates the National Register Program and the Local History Program. This division is compiling a statewide inventory of Texas properties significant in American history, architecture, or culture. It nominates the most significant properties to the National Register of Historic Places. It assists designated cities with developing ordinances and programs to preserve local landmarks and also provides other assistance to county officials, nonprofit heritage organizations, and individuals in preserving cultural and historic resources of the state. It operates the Texas Historical Marker program and administers the Sam Rayburn House Museum in Bonham, Texas.

The Community Heritage Division operates the Main Street Program, the Heritage Tourism Program, and the Certified Local Government Program. The Main Street Program was created about 1981 and is designed to revitalize downtown centers of cities with fewer than 50,000 people. The program provides cities with architectural consultation, marketing, and interior design training for this purpose. In 1989 the Legislature provided funding for an Urban Main Street Program. The Heritage Tourism Program works with business communities and with civic and educational organizations to promote and preserve historic sites in heritage areas. The Certified Local Government Program was created in 1980 and offers technical assistance to cities and awards grants to help with the development of quality local preservation programs.

The Marketing Communications Division, which now includes the former Publications Division, issues a bimonthly newsletter, The Medallion, and provides production services for other departments, including the production of educational and technical materials concerning archeology, architecture, museum laws, and other topics. It also helps coordinate the agency's annual museum conference and assists with public outreach.

There are several boards associated with the Texas Historical Commission. The State Board of Review evaluates nominations to the National Register of Historic Places. The Antiquities Advisory Board evaluates nominations for State Archeological Landmark status and considers issues associated with the Antiquities Code of Texas. The Guardians of Texas Preservation Trust Fund cultivates and develops sources of support for the trust fund and advises the commission of potential donors of property or other assets. The Advisory Board of the Texas Preservation Trust Fund makes recommendations on Trust Fund grant allocations and advises on matters relating to more efficient utilization or enhancement of the fund. The Main Street Interagency Council evaluates applications for the Main Street programs.

The Texas Antiquities Committee was affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission until it was abolished in 1995. The Texas Antiquities Committee was created by Senate Bill 58, 61st Legislature, 2nd Called Session (1969). This committee was the legal custodian of all state archeological resources and it adopted rules to protect and preserve these resources. It designated state archeological 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.

Also affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission between 1971 and 1983 was the Texas Historical Resources Development Council. The Council promoted communication among its member agencies in their coordinated efforts to develop and publicize the historical resources of Texas.

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


Scope and Contents of the Records

Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, from 1953 to 1973; and the Texas Historical Commission, dating 1973-2008. There are no records for the January 15, 1955 meeting. Materials present include agenda, minutes, committee reports, resolutions, correspondence, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, historic preservation and antiquities laws and/or changes to the laws, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or landmark status, historical marker dedication calendar, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, and newsletters, reports and other publications of the agency. Minutes, agenda, and/or exhibits are not present in all meeting files.

Topics discussed at the meetings include division activities, changes in or addition to historic preservation or antiquities laws, significant archeological discoveries, preservation and/or outreach activities underway by the agency, actions of associated boards, grant programs, historical markers to be awarded, sites receiving landmark status, etc.

This finding aid describes meeting files of the Texas Historical Commission records. See Texas Historical Commission: An Overview of Records for more records series.


 

Organization of the Records

Meeting files, 1969-1974, 1977-1981, 2.25 cubic ft.
Minutes and exhibits, 1953-2008, 7.70 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records. This restriction applies only to the series Meeting files.

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 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 Historical Survey Committee.
Subjects:
Historic buildings--Texas.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas.
Historical markers--Texas.
Historic sites--Texas.
Historic preservation--Texas.
Archaeology and state--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Antiquities.
Texas--Cultural policy.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Cultural policy--1953-2008.
Correspondence--Texas--Cultural policy--1953-2008.
Reports--Texas--Cultural policy--1953-2008.
Functions:
Protection of historic sites.
Historic preservation.
Documentation of historic sites.

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 Antiquities Committee, Records, 1969-1995, 10.47 cubic ft.
Texas Historical Foundation, Records, about 1966-1981, 6 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records, see staff for assistance.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and site the series), Texas Historical Commission meeting records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/066, 1999/088, 2000/020, 2000/079, 2001/056, 2002/122, 2003/071, 2007/075, 2007/100, 2007/108, 2008/045

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 7, 1997; January 11, September 28, and December 20, 1999; March 7 and November 6, 2000; April 4 and October 25, 2002; December 18, 2006; February 23, March 7, and October 23, 2007.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, April 1999

Additional accessions added by Laura K. Saegert, November 1999, May 2002, February 2004

Additional accessions added and DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, September 2008


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Meeting files, 1969-1974, 1977-1981,
2.25 cubic ft.

Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, 1969-1974, 1977-1981. These files may contain minutes, agenda, and exhibits presented at meetings; correspondence and memoranda, generally between the executive director and the TSHSC/THC members or staff; and materials sent to the committee/commission members for discussion or review prior to meetings, including committee reports, resolutions, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, legislation, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or archeological landmark status, historical marker dedication calendar, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, clippings, and newsletters, reports and other publications of the agency.
Topics discussed at the meetings include division activities, changes in or addition to historic preservation or antiquities laws, significant archeological discoveries, preservation and/or outreach activities underway by the agency, actions of associated boards, grant programs, historical markers to be awarded, sites receiving landmark status, etc. Meeting minutes, agenda, and exhibits are in the series Minutes and exhibits..
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Section 552.117), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Meeting files, Texas Historical Commission meeting records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/020
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 September 28, 1999.
Processing Information
Laura K. Saegert, November 1999
Texas State Historical Survey Committee
Box
2000/020-5 Meeting files:
February 29, 1969
June 9, 1969
October 24, 1969
January 9, 1970
April 29-30, 1970
July 17, 1970
October 23-24, 1970
January 25, 1971
April 23, 1971
June 25, 1971
October 29, 1971
February 11, 1972
April 14, 1972
Box
2000/020-6 July 12, 1972
October 27, 1972
January 26, 1973
April 13, 1973
July 13, 1973
Texas Historical Commission
Meeting files:
Box
2000/020-6 October 26, 1973
January 24-25, 1974
April 18-19, 1974
July 18-19, 1974
January 14, 1977
March 31, 1977
July 1, 1977
November 10, 1977
January 13, 1978
April 27, 1978
June 23, 1978
Box
2000/020-7 October 27, 1978
November 17, 1978
January 26, 1979
April 20, 1979
[2 folders]
July 13, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-8 October 19, 1979
[2 folders]
January 18, 1980
[2 folders]
April 25, 1980
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-9 January 29-30, 1981
[4 folders]
March 6, 1981
July 16-17, 1981
[2 folders]
October 2, 1981
[2 folders]



 

Minutes and exhibits, 1953-2008,
7.70 cubic ft.

Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, from 1953 to 1973; and the Texas Historical Commission, dating 1973-2008. There are no records for the January 15, 1955 meeting. Materials present include agenda, minutes, committee reports, resolutions, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, historic preservation and antiquities laws and/or changes to the laws, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or landmark status, historical marker dedication calendar, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, and newsletters, reports and other publications of the agency.
Topics discussed at the meetings include division activities, changes in or addition to historic preservation or antiquities laws, significant archeological discoveries, preservation and/or outreach activities underway by the agency, actions of associated boards, grant programs, historical markers to be awarded, sites receiving landmark status, etc. Materials presented to committee/commission members for review prior to meetings can be found in the series Meeting files.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes and exhibits, Texas Historical Commission Meeting records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/066, 1999/088, 2000/020, 2000/079, 2001/056, 2002/122, 2003/071, 2007/075, 2007/100, 2007/108, 2008/045
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 7, 1997; January 11, September 28, and December 20, 1999; March 7 and November 6, 2000; April 4 and October 25, 2002; December 18, 2006; February 23, March 7, and October 23, 2007.
Processing Information
Laura K. Saegert, April 1999
Additional accessions added by Laura K. Saegert, November 1999, May 2002, February 2004
Additional accessions added and DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, September 2008
Texas State Historical Survey Committee
Box
2000/020-1 Minutes and exhibits:
November 1953
January 1954
March 1954
Minutes:
June 1954
October 1954
August 1955
October 1955
Minutes and exhibits:
December 1955
March 1956
August 1956
October 1956
January 1957
October 1957
January 1958
Minutes, April 1958
Minutes and exhibits:
July 1958
October 1958
January 1959
Minutes, April 1959
Minutes and exhibits:
July 1959
October 1959
January 1960
April 1960
July 1960
October 1960
January 1961
April 1961
July 1961
October 1961
January 1962
March 1962
April 1962
April 1962
May 1962
Minutes, June 1962
Minutes and exhibits:
July 1962
August 1962
September 1962
October 1962
Minutes, December 1962
Minutes and exhibits, January 1963
Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
February 1963
July 1963
October 1963
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-2 Minutes and exhibits, January 1964
Minutes and exhibits, April 1964
Minutes, agenda, exhibits, May 1964
Minutes and agenda, June 1964
Minutes, October 1964
Minutes and exhibits, February 1965
Minutes, March 1965
Minutes and exhibits, April 1965
Minutes, May 1965
Minutes, August 1965
Minutes and exhibits, October 1965
Minutes, agenda, exhibits, April 1966
Minutes, May 1966
Minutes, November 1966
Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
February 1967
August 1967
October 1967
January 1968
April 1968
September 1968
October 1968
Minutes and exhibits, February 1969
Minutes and exhibits, June 1969
Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
October 1969
January 1970
April 1970
July 1970
October 1970
January 1971
April 1971
June 1971
October 1971
Box
2000/020-3 February 1972
April 1972
Minutes and exhibits:
July 1972
October 1972
January 1973
Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
April 1973
July 1973
Texas Historical Commission
Box
2000/020-3 Minutes, agenda, exhibits, October 1973
Minutes and exhibits, January 1974
Minutes and exhibits, April 1974
Minutes, agenda, exhibits, July 1974
Minutes and exhibits:
Box
2000/020-3 October 1974
January 1975
April 1975
July 1975
October 1975
January 1976
Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
March 1976
July 1976
October 1976
Box
2000/020-4 January 1977
April 1977
July 1977
November 1977
January 1978
April 1978
June 1978
October 1978
November 1978
January 1979
April 1979
July 1979
October 1979
January 1980
April 1980
July 1980
October 1980
January 1981
March 1981
April 1981
July 1981
Box
1998/066-1 October 1981
January 1982
April 1982
July 1982
October 1982
January 1983
April 1983
July 1983
October 1983
January 1984
May 1984
July 1984
Minutes, exhibits, October 1984
Minutes, agenda, exhibits, January 1985
Minutes, exhibits, May 1985
Box
1998/066-2 Minutes, agenda, exhibits:
July 1985
October 1985
January 1986
April 1986
July 1986
October 1986
January 1987
April 1987
July 1987
October 1987
January 1988
April 1988
July 1988
October 1988
Box
1998/066-3 January 1989
April 1989
July 1989
October 1989
January 1990
April 1990
July 1990
October 1990
January 1991
Box
1998/066-4 April 1991
July 1991
October 1991
February 1992
April 1992
July 1992
October 1992
January 1993
April 1993
July 1993
October 1993
January 1994
April 1994
July 1994
October 1994
January 1995
April 1995
October 1995
January 1996
May 1996
Box
1998/066-5 July 1996
October 1996
January 1997
May 1997
Box
1998/066-6 July 1997
October 1997
January 1998
April 1998
July 1998
Box
1999/088-1 October 1998
January 1999
April 1999
July 1999
Box
2000/079-1 October 1999
November 1999
February 2000
[2 folders]
May 2000
[3 folders]
Box
2001/056 August 2000
[2 folders]
October 2000
[2 folders]
Agenda, July 2001
Box
2002/122 Agenda, April 2002
Minutes, agenda, exhibits, July 2002
[3 folders]
Box
2003/071 Minutes, agenda, exhibits, October 2002
[3 folders]
Agenda, January 2003
Box
2007/075 Agenda and exhibits, January 2003
[2 folders]
Minutes, January 2003
Box
2003/071 Agenda, May 2003
Box
2007/075 Agenda and exhibits, May 2003
[2 folders]
Minutes, May 2003
Agenda and exhibits, July 2003
[2 folders]
Minutes, July 2003
Agenda and exhibits, October 2003
[2 folders]
Minutes, October 2003
Minutes, agenda and exhibits:
Box
2007/108-1 February 2004
[2 folders]
May 2004
[2 folders]
July 2004
[2 folders]
October 2004
[2 folders]
February 2005
[2 folders]
April 2005
[2 folders]
Box
2007/108-2 July 2005
[2 folders]
October 2005
[2 folders]
January 2006
[2 folders]
April 2006
[2 folders]
July 2006
[2 folders]
October 2006
[2 folders]
Box
2007/100 January 2007
[2 folders]
April 2007
[2 folders]
July 2007
[2 folders]
Box
2008/045 October 2007
[2 folders]
January 2008
[2 folders]
April-May 2008
[2 folders]
July 2008
[2 folders]