Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Historical Commission, Marketing Communications Division:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1955-1998, 2002, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Commission. Marketing Communications Division.
Title: Records
Dates: 1955-1998, 2002, undated
Abstract: This series consists of news releases and public service announcements; newspaper clippings and journal articles; newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other publications; drafts of speeches and introductions; drafts of publications; correspondence (both incoming and outgoing) and memoranda; annual and biennial reports; minutes of meetings; workshop programs, lists of participants, and other workshop materials; copies of legislation and administrative rules; resumes; notes; etc. Dates covered are 1955-1998, 2002, undated. These are records of the Marketing Communications Division, formerly the Publications Division, of the Texas Historical Commission.
Quantity: 6.18 cubic ft.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas State Historical Survey Committee was created on a temporary basis in 1953 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 44, 53rd 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.

The mission of the commission is to protect and preserve 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.

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 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.


Scope and Contents of the Records

This series consists of news releases and public service announcements; newspaper clippings and journal articles; newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other publications; drafts of speeches and introductions; drafts of publications; correspondence (both incoming and outgoing) and memoranda; annual and biennial reports; minutes of meetings; workshop programs, lists of participants, and other workshop materials; copies of legislation and administrative rules; resumes; notes; etc. Dates covered are 1955-1998, 2002, undated. These are records of the Marketing Communications Division, formerly the Publications Division, of the Texas Historical Commission, documenting some of the publishing activities of the Commission in the 1960s and the 1970s, award recognitions, press releases and other public outreach, and the THC's museum conferences and annual meetings. The press releases announce events and projects of the Commission, such as archaeological excavations, new publications, exhibits, preservation or restoration projects, upcoming conferences, and appointments or resignations. Publications consist largely of brochures about history awareness or the work of the commission.

This finding aid describes the files of several series of the Marketing Communications Division of the Historical Commision. See Texas Historical Commission: 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.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series:
Publications Division records, 1960-1982, undated, 5.71 cubic ft.
Press releases, publications, and conference announcements, 1955-1998, 2002, undated, 0.47 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. Lists of commission members, that may include home addresses, can be found in the Annual meeting files folders and in a folder titled Texas Historical Commission, 1970-1981.

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.
Subjects:
Archaeology and state--Texas.
Historic buildings--Texas--Conservation and restoration.
Historical markers--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Antiquities.
Texas--Cultural policy.
Document Types:
Press releases--Texas--Cultural policy--1955-1998, 2002, undated.
Publications--Texas--Cultural policy--1955, 1998, 2002, undated.
Clippings--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Newsletters--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Correspondence--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Reports--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Minutes--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Notes--Texas--Cultural policy--1960-1982.
Functions:
Protection of historic sites.
Historic preservation.

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
None.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Marketing Communications Division records, Texas Historical Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1990/020, 2012/111

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the the Texas Historical Commission on October 19, 1989; and by the Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).

Processing Information

Tony Black, May 1990

Laura K. Saegert, October 2002


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Publications Division records, 1960-1982,
5.71 cubic ft.

This series consists of news releases and public service announcements; newspaper clippings and journal articles; newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and other publications; drafts of speeches and introductions; drafts of publications; correspondence (both incoming and outgoing) and memoranda; annual and biennial reports; minutes of meetings; workshop programs, lists of participants, and other workshop materials; copies of legislation and administrative rules; resumes; notes; etc. Dates covered are 1960-1982. These are records of the Publications Division of the Texas Historical Commission, documenting some of the publishing activities of the Commission in the 1960s and the 1970s, award recognitions, press releases and other public outreach, and the THC's museum conferences and annual meetings.
Divisional History
The Publications Division of the Texas Historical Commision, now part of the Marketing Communications Division, issued a bimonthly newsletter, The Medallion, and provided production services for other departments, including the production of educational and technical materials concerning archeology, architecture, museum laws, and other topics. It also helped coordinate the agency's annual museum conference and assisted with public outreach.
Arrangement
Arrangement is alphabetical by subject, and in reverse chronological order therein.
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. Lists of commission members, that may include home addresses, can be found in the Annual meeting files folders and in a folder titled Texas Historical Commission, 1970-1981.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Publication Division records, Marketing Communications Division records, Texas Historical Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1990/020
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 October 19, 1989.
Processed by
Tony Black, May 1990
Laura K. Saegert, October 2002
Box
1990/020-1 Alabama-Coushatta Indians, 1969-1973
American Association for State and Local History, 1970-1973
American Revolution Bicentennial, 1970-1974
Annual meeting files:
San Antonio, 1978
[4 folders]
New Braunfels, 1974
Fort Worth, 1973
Austin, 1972
Del Rio, 1971
Fredericksburg, 1970
Waco, 1969
San Antonio, 1968
Galveston, 1967
Fort Worth, 1966
Annual reports--RAMPS Newsletter, 1963-1970
Antiquities Code of Texas, 1969-1975
Antiquities Committee, 1979
Archeology Lab, 1965, ca. 1974, undated
Archives, general, 1968, 1978, undated
Austin Heritage Society and Foundation, 1972-1975
Austin, Historic Landmark Ordinance, 1973
Awards:
Preservation Award, 1966-1973
[2 folders]
Ruth Lester Award, 1969-1978
[2 folders]
Best Publication on Regional or Local History, 1968-1977
[2 folders]
Texas Restoration Award, 1971-1972
Background/fact sheet, ca. 1976-1978
Barton Home/Ranching Center, 1972-1977
Biennial Report, 1971-1972
[Note: See also folders titled Texas Historical Commission biennial reports, 1973-1974, 1977-1978.]
Border Conference publicity, 1977-1978
Budget, 1968
Burney, Cecil Edward, 1968, 1977
Box
1990/020-2 Chisholm Trail Centennial:
Artwork (photos), 1964, undated
Commission, 1966-1967
Kick-Off Ceremonies Press Kit, 1966-1967
Museum Car Publicity and Schedule, 1967
Press Kit, general, 1967
Publicity from other groups, 1967
Publicity from Texas State Historical Survey Committee, 1966-1967
Clausen, Carl, 1972
Commission Arts and Humanities, Texas, 1967, 1972, 1974
Committee on Preservation Legislation, Texas Bar Association, 1973
Constitutional Convention, 1974
Correspondence:
1980-1981
1977
1976
1975
[Note: See also folded titled Reading file.]
County Chairman's Bulletin [Newsletter]:
1979-1980
1978
1977
1976
County chairman's newsletter [The Medallion]:
1972
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
1964
County Committee Newsletter [RAMPS]:
1969
1968
1967
1966
1965
1963-1964
County historical committees, chairmen, 1976-1980
County History Appreciation Week, ca. 1966
Courthouse square, 1973, undated
Cover, Frontispiece, Title Page, and Table of Contents (Texas Statewide Preservation Plan), 1973
Covered bridges, Texas, 1964
Duff, Kathryn, 1975
El Centro/Old Sanger Complex, Houston, 1975-1976
Environment, Enhancement of the Cultural: Nixon's Message, 1971
Espada Aqueduct, 1975
Feasibility of Tax Credits as Incentives for Historic Preservation, 1971
Fifteen-Fifty-Four (1554) Document Book, 1976
Files, Diana, Museum consultant, 1968
Films, 1974
Fisher, Joe T., 1975
Box
1990/020-3 Fort Griffin, 1971
Fort Manhasset, 1970
Forts and missions, 1966-1970
Frantz, Joe, 1974
Geographic names, 1965
Goals for the 1970s, 1970
Guide to Official Texas Historical Markers, revision of, 1969 and 1971
Highway Department Building, [1970s]
Historic Preservation Conference, 1976
Historical Recognition Award, 1966
Historical Resources Development Council, ca. 1970
Historical Societies, How to Organize, 1960
Historical Survey, Vol. 1, ca. 1973
History of a Structure, How to Write, 1965
History of Preservation Efforts in Texas, ca.1972
Home Rehabilitation Loan Fund (House Bill 1483), 1973
Inklings of the Past, Bandera County, 1970-1973
Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972-1975
Inventory material, undated
Kraus Bottling Company, 1968-1971
Lattimer, Truitt, ca. 1974
Law Enforcement Officers Series, Historical Markers, 1967
Legal Aspects of Historic Preservation, Committee on, 1972
Lone Star, drama, Galveston, 1975-1978
Main Street, 1978-1982
Markers, application form revision, 1973
Marker catalog, revision of, 1971
Marker Guide introduction, ca. 1975
Marker Guide specifications, 1975-1976
Markers, ca. 1975
[2 folders]
Minutes, Texas Historical Commission, 1978-1980
Miscellaneous projects/miscellaneous editing, ca. 1977
Museums conference, 1970
Museum Department mailers, 1978
Museum Directory, 1968-1971
Museum Education Conference, 1976
Museum interns, 1976-1977
National Museum Act Guidelines for 1976
Box
1990/020-4 National Register in Texas, 1968-1971:
Duplicate copy
Mailing list, background, rough drafts
News releases:
1978-1979
1977
1976
1975
1974
1973
1972
[2 folders]
1971
1970
1969
1968
1967
1966
[2 folders]
1964-1965
Oil industry in Texas, centennial, 1966
Other publications, ca. 1976-1978
Plan Relationship to Other State Planning, draft, [1970s]
Preservation action (lobby), ca. 1974
Preservation Law in Texas, various drafts, ca. 1972
[2 folders]
Preservation ordinances, ca. 1975
Preservation Philosophy, various drafts and notes, ca. 1975
Preservation Problems, various drafts and notes, ca. 1975
President's Ranch Trail Association, 1967
Presidio La Bahia Award, 1970, 1973
Programs and mailers, 1978
Programs and mailers, 1979
Public service announcements, 1980-1982
Publication awards, 1976
Railroads, 1969
Ranch Seminar, 1976
RAMPS (Recordation, Appreciation, Marking, Preservation, and Surveys), 1964
Box
1990/020-5 Reading file:
[Note: See also folders titled Correspondence.]
1977
1976
1974-1975
Regional Historical Resource Depository System, [1970s]
Regional meetings:
Publicity, 1971
1969
1967
Required Courses in History and Government, Texas State Historical Survey Commitee Position on, 1969
Restoration architect, 1968
Restoration Award, 1966-1976
Rayburn (Sam) House (includes numerous photographs), 1975-1978
San Antonio Conservation Society, 1969-1978
San Fernando Cathedral, San Antonio, ca. 1975
Schatzel, Susan, Public Preservation in Texas, 1971
Shepperd, John Ben, 1969-1970
Small Museum Institute, 1968
Small Museum Institute, 1966
Smylie, Vernon, 1973-1977
Speaker's Committee on Historic Preservation, 1970
Speeches:
1970-1972
1969
1968
1967
1966
State Committee meetings, 1970
Statewide Historical Heritage Meeting, 1960
Telephone mailers, 1966-1967
Texas (musical drama), 1970-1974
Texas Archeological Society, ca. 1970
Texas Folklore Society, 1970
Texas Heritage Council, 1979-1980
Texas Historical Association, 1961, 1966-1973
Texas Historical Commission:
1970-1981
Biennial reports, 1973-1974, 1977-1978
[Note: See also folders titled Biennial report, 1971-1972.]
Publications sent to Legislature, 1976-1978
Box
1990/020-6 Texas Historical Foundation, 1969-1981
Texas Homes of the 19th Century, exhibit opening March 1971
Texas Ranger Sesquicentennial, 1973
Texas Travel Trails, 1967-1970
Thefts of rare books, 1971
Thematic lists, ca. 1972
They Came from Spain, drama, 1971
Thomason (Ronald) Exhibit, February 19-March 15, 1974
Tigua Indians, 1966-1971
Tips, Colonel Charles R., 1962-1976
Traverso, Dan, 1971
Trinity River Channelization, Environmental Impact Statement on, 1972
Underwater archeology, 1967-1975
[2 folders]
Box
1990/020-7 Williams, Joe, 1975
Winedale Festival, started, 1968
Winedale, miscellaneous, 1970-1974
Winedale Museum workshops:
1972
1971
1970
1969
1968



 

Press releases, publications, and conference announcements, 1955-1998, 2002, undated
0.47 cubic ft.

This series consists of press releases, brochures and other small publications, and mailouts of conferences and workshops sponsored by the Texas Historical Commission. Dates covered are 1955-1998, 2002 and undated. The press releases announce events and projects of the Historical Commission, such as archaeological excavations, new publications, exhibits, preservation or restoration projects, upcoming conferences, and appointments or resignations. Publications consist largely of brochures about history awareness or the work of the commission, on topics such as the LaBelle excavation, Main Street Projects, or historical trails. Also present is the publication Preserving Our Heritage. A Statewide Plan for Texas, 2002. Conference notices primarily announce the THC's annual preservation conference and annual meetings of the Texas State Historical Association. Notices of workshops on topics such as grant writing, fund raising, and oral history also exist in these files. The series Publications Division records contains a more extensive set of press releases for the 1960s-1980s, along with some brochures and conference materials.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, publications, and conference announcements, Marketing Communications Division records, Texas Historical Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2012/111
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, October 2002
Press releases, publications, conference announcements:
Box
2012/111 1955, 1974
1956-1982
1983-1992
1991-1998
Preserving Our Heritage. A Statewide Plan for Texas, 2002