Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Historical Commission, History Programs Division:

An Inventory of Survey and Inventory Files of Historic Resources at the Texas State Archives, 1921-1949, 1986-1996 (bulk 1992-1996)



Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Commission. History Programs Division.
Title: Survey and inventory files of historic resources
Dates: 1921-1949, 1986-1996
Dates: (bulk 1992-1996)
Abstract: These records are reports, inventory or survey sheets, photographs, maps, plats, inspections, deed records, profiles of facility namesakes, etc. concerning surveys and inspections of several federal facilities in Texas to determine whether any structures or ruins within these facilities would quality for inclusion into the National Register of Historic Places. Dates covered are 1921-1949, 1986-1996 (bulk 1992-1996). The surveys were conducted by federal agency contractors to gather data about historic and cultural resources and filed with the Texas Historical Commission. The bulk of the records concern the survey of the United States Department of Energy's Pantex Plant in Carson County (formerly a World War II U.S. Army ordnance plant), focusing on the World War II-era structures, foundations, and ruins. Also documented in this series are surveys of Carswell Air Force Base in Tarrant County and the Historic William Beaumont General Hospital Area of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso County.
Quantity: 4 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 that recently opened 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. The Community Heritage Division operates the Main Street Program, the Heritage Tourism Program, and the Certified Local Government Program. The Archeology Division administers the archeological programs of the agency in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas. The Architecture Division administers architectural grants, monitors the state's National Historical Landmarks and reviews proposed changes to Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. The History Programs Division operates the National Register Program and the Local History Program. The Marketing Communications Division issues a monthly newsletter, The Medallion, provides production services for other departments, assists with public outreach, and helps coordinate the agency's annual museum conference. Staff Services handles personnel, accounting, and other staff functions.

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.

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.


Scope and Contents of the Records

These records are reports, inventory or survey sheets, photographs, maps, plats, inspections, deed records, profiles of facility namesakes, etc. concerning surveys and inspections of several federal facilities in Texas to determine whether any structures or ruins within these facilities would quality for inclusion into the National Register of Historic Places. Dates covered are 1921-1949, 1986-1996 (bulk 1992-1996). The surveys were conducted by federal agency contractors to gather data about historic and cultural resources and filed with the Texas Historical Commission. The bulk of the records concern the survey of the United States Department of Energy's Pantex Plant in Carson County (formerly a World War II U.S. Army ordnance plant), focusing on the World War II-era structures, foundations, and ruins. Also documented in this series are surveys of Carswell Air Force Base in Tarrant County, a base initially designated for closure then realigned for a different military use; and the Historic William Beaumont General Hospital Area of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss in El Paso County, inventoried to determine the historical significance of the facilities in the hospital complex in order to establish it as the William Beaumont General Hospital District.

Each project contains an overall report and inventory record on each structure or feature within the facility surveyed. These sheets give a great deal of information about each structure or feature reviewed, including a detailed physical description, ownership information, use, history, integrity, significance, list of resources used in the research, name of the researcher, and date inventoried. Accompanying the individual inventory sheets are photographs, generally showing several views of the structure/feature. The inventory sheet lists the views shown. In addition to the inventory sheets and photos are maps and plans; profiles of the facilities namesake; some projects also have copies of some historic documents, which may include deed records, reports, inspections, and construction details; and in one project, the military's guidance policy for treatment of cold war historic properties. The records of the Pantex Plant also contain several notebooks of historical and current photographs of the facility. All the records have been removed from the notebooks and placed in folders, in the same order as they appeared in the notebooks.

Photographs for Carswell Air Force Base and the Beaumont Army Medical Center show interior and exterior of buildings, including homes, barracks and other housing facilities, officers' quarters, headquarters, storage facilities, hospitals and other buildings on the base, water tanks, and views of the vicinity. Most of the views are current, however, there are some 1920s-1930s views of the Beaumont Army Medical Center showing ambulances, hospital buildings and other structures of the period. Photographs are snapshots, 4-by-6 inch, 5-by-7 inch and 8-by-10 inch black and white photographs. Inventories of the images are present.

The photos of the Pantex plant are extensive, showing interior and exterior views of the ordnance plant, officers quarters, barracks, administrative buildings, and other structures on the base; views of foundations and ruins; soldiers on the parade grounds; operating room; automobiles on the base; workers at the plant; guard towers and checkpoints; and ball games. The Pantex photos contain historic views from 1942 to 1944 and photos of facility taken in 1992-1993 (labeled as 'current photos' in the notebooks). Many of the historic photos are copies of U.S. Army War Department photographs. The reverse sides of the photographs contain labels with identifying information, and, for historic photos, the source of the photo, if it is not already noted on the front (most War Department photographs have a header at the bottom of the image). Each set of photos has a detailed log of photographs. The historic photographs are generally 4-by-6 inch or 8-by-10 inch black and white images. The photographs from the 1990s are color snapshots and 8-by-10 inch prints. Inventories exist for all but three of the notebooks, namely - historic photographs of zones 4, 10, 11, 12; aerial and current photos of zones 4 and 10; and current photos, Zone 11, book 3 did not have a inventory of the images.

This finding aid describes the files of one series of the History Programs Division of the Historical Commision. See Texas Historical Commission, History Programs Division, Records, for more records of this division, and 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.


 

Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged by project.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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.).

Many of the photographs have a statement on the reverse, "Not released for publication."

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

Most of the maps are too large to photocopy. See the preservation archivist for alternative methods of reproduction.

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:
Pantex Plant (U.S.)
William Beaumont Army Medical Center (U.S.)
Subjects:
Historic buildings--Texas.
Historic sites--Texas.
Cultural property--Texas--El Paso County.
Cultural property--Texas--Tarrant County.
Cultural property--Texas--Carson County.
Places:
Texas--Cultural policy.
Carswell Air Force Base (Tex.)
Fort Bliss (Tex.)--History.
Document Types:
Photographs--Texas--Cultural property--1921-1949, 1992-1995.
Reports--Texas--Cultural property--1992-1996.
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), Survey and inventory files of historic resources, History Programs Division, Texas Historical Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2003/163

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 June 4, 2003.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, April 2004


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Survey and inventory files of historic resources, 1921-1949, 1986-1996 (bulk 1992-1996),
4 cubic ft.

Carswell Air Force Base
[Note: The final report was issued in June 1994. The survey sheets and photos are dated in October 1993. Copies of historic documents are present from the 1940s and 1980s.]
Box
2003/163-1 Report, June 1994
[3 folders]
Inventory sheets and photographs, 1993:
Structures # 105, 215, 217
Structures # 218, 221, 222
Structures # 225, 233, 237
Structures # 243, 247, 259
Structures # 260, 280
Structures # 1078, 1189
Structures # 1214, 1231, 1233
Structures # 1237, 1241, 1268
Structures # 1330, 1410, 1414
Structures # 1418, 1428
Structures # 1500, 1504
Structures # 1510, 1515
Structures # 1560, 1602
Structures # 1604, 1615, 1619, 1630
Structures # 1660, 1730
Structures # 1739, 1752, 1780
Structures # 1790, 1792, 1805, 1806, 1807
Structures # 1809, 1835, 1837, 1838
Structures # 1845, 2570, 3102, 3103
Structures # 3201-3262
Structures # 3263-3266
Structures # 3341, 4175
WW II Programmatic Memorandum of Agreement, 1986, 1991
Maps:
Fort Worth, Texas Industrial Airport and Lake Worth Sea Plane Base, 1941
Bomber Plant, situated near Fort Worth Army Airfield, Base Layout Plan, 1949
Comprehensive Plan, Base Layout, Carswell Air Force Base, 1986
Historic documents:
(Planning documents, inspection, brief), 1940-1942
(Construction details, inspection, property purchase, profile and report on base namesake, Major Carswell), 1942-1944, 1988
(Report of 1949 flood, guidance policy re: treatment of Cold War historic properties), 1949, 1993
List of WW II temporary building types, documented by U.S. Corps of Engineers, ca. 1994
Historic William Beaumont General Hospital Area of the William Beaumont Army Medical Center at Fort Bliss
[Note: The final report was done in August 1996, inventory sheets and current photos were taken in 1995. Scattered with the current photos are some copies of historic photos from the 1920s and 1930s.]
Box
2003/163-1 Report, August 1996
Inventory sheets and photographs, 1920s-1930s, 1995:
Buildings # 7000, 7001, 7005, 7006
Buildings # 7007-7009
Buildings # 7010, 7011, 7014
Buildings # 7015-7017
Buildings # 7018-7020
Buildings # 7021-7023
Buildings # 7024, 7042, 7043
Buildings # 7046, 7075, 7113
Buildings # 7115, 7122, 7124
Buildings # 7125, 7133, 7135
Buildings # 7136, 7137, 7139
Buildings # 7142, 7145, 7146
Buildings # 7147, 7151, 7152
Buildings # 7153-7155
Buildings # 7157-7159
Buildings # 7161, 7162, 7166
Buildings # 7167, 7175, 7177
Buildings # 7178, 7180, 7181
Buildings # 7183-7185
Buildings # 7186-7188
Buildings # 7189-7191
Buildings # 7192-7194
Buildings # 7241, 7242, profile of Dr. Beaumont
Pantex Plant
[Note: The final report is dated May 1994; the survey was done in 1992 and 1993; current photos were taken in 1992 and 1993; historic photos date 1942-1944. There are two sets of inventory/photo notebooks. The first set contains information on all of the surveyed zones, surveyed in 1993. The inventory sheets contain a photocopy of photographs on the sheet, with separate volumes of original historic and current photographs. The second set contains information on just zones 4, 10, 11 and 12, surveyed in 1992. The inventory sheets have original photographs attached, followed by notebooks of historic and current photographs.]
Box
2003/163-1 Report, May 1994
[6 folders]
Inventory and photo notebooks of all zones:
Inventory sheets, 1993:
Standing structures:
Zones 2, 3, 5
Zones 8, 9
Zones 13, 15
General area
Foundations and ruins:
Zone 1
Zones 2, 3, 5
Zone 9
[2 folders]
Zones 10, 11
[2 folders]
General area
Historic photographs, 1942-1944:
[Note: There are a large number of photos, ordered by zone and further numbered numerically. Because some zones have 10 or more folders, the historic photo numbers are given for all images in the folder. In some cases, the images are photocopies of photographs, however, the vast majority are black and white photographs.]
Log of photos
Zone 1:
Photos H1-H3
Photos H4-H10
Photos H11-H21
Photos H22-H30
Zone 2, Photos H31-H49
Zones 5, 6, Photos H50-H61
Zones 7, 8, Photos H62-H74
Zone 9:
Photos H75-H93
Photos H94-H98
Photos H99-H102
Box
2003/163-2 Zone 10, Photos H103-H112
Zone 10, Photos H113-H117
Zone 11, photo number H118
Zone 12:
Photos H119-H123
Photos H124-H128
Photos H129-H133
Photos H134-H137
Photos H138-H141
Zone 13, 15, Photos H142-H149
General area, Photos H150-H154
General area, Photos H155-H160
Miscellaneous, Photos H161-H175
Current photos, 1993:
[Note: There are a large number of photos, ordered by zone and further numbered numerically. Because some zones have 10 or more folders, the photo numbers are given for all images in the folder.]
Log
Zone 1:
Photos 1-5
Photos 6-10
Photos 11-15
Photos 16-20
Photos 21-25
Photos 26-30
Photos 31-35
Photos 36-40
Photos 41-45
Photos 46-50
Photos 51-55
Photos 56-60
Photos 61-66
Photos 67-70
Zone 2:
Photos 71-75
Photos 76-80
Photos 81-85
Photos 86-90
Photos 91-96
Zone 3:
Photos 97-101
Photos 102-106
Photos 107-111
Photos 112-116
Photos 117-121
Photos 122-125
Photos 126-129
Zone 5, photos 130-135
Zones 6, 7, photos 136-139
Zone 8, photos 140-145
Zone 8, photos 146-150
Zone 9:
Photos 151-155
Photos 156-160
Photos 161-165
Photos 166-170
Photos 171-175
Photos 176-180
Photos 181-185
Photos 186-190
Photos 191-195
Photos 196-200
Photos 201-205
Photos 206-210
Photos 211-215
Photos 216-220
Photos 221-225
Photos 226-230
Photos 231-235
Photos 236-240
Photos 241-245
Photos 246-250
Photos 251-255
Photos 256-260
Photos 261-265
Photos 266-270
Photos 271-275
Photos 276-280
Photos 281-285
Photos 286-290
Photos 291-295
Photos 296-300
Photos 301-305
Photos 306-310
Photos 311-315
Photos 316-320
Photos 321-325
Photos 326-330
Photos 331-335
Photos 336-340
Photos 341-345
Photos 346-350
Photos 351-355
Photos 356-360
Photos 361-365
Photos 366-370
Photos 371-375
Photos 376-380
Photos 381-385
Photos 386-390
Photos 391-395
Photos 396-400
Photos 401-405
Photos 406-410
Photos 411-415
Box
2003/163-3 Photos 416-420
Photos 421-425
Photos 426-430
Photos 431-435
Photos 436-440
Photos 441-445
Photos 446-450
Photos 451-455
Photos 456-460
Photos 461-465
Photos 466-470
Photos 471-475
Photos 476-481
Photos
Zone 10:
Photos 482-485
Photos 486-490
Photos 491-495
Photos 496-500
Photos 501-505
Photos 506-510
Photos 511-515
Photos 516-520
Photos 521-525
Photos 526-530
Photos 531-535
Photos 536-540
Photos 541-545
Photos 546-548
Zone 11, photos 549-555
Zone 13:
Photos 556-560
Photos 561-565
Photos 566-570
Photos 571-575
Photos 576-582
Zone 14, photos 583-584
Zone 15:
Photos 585-590
Photos 591-595
Photos 596-600
Photos 601-605
Photos 606-610
Photos 611-615
Photos 616-620
Photos 621-625
General area:
Photos 626-630
Photos 631-635
Photos 636-640
Photos 641-645
Photos 646-650
Photos 651-655
Photos 656-660
Photos 661-665
Photos 666-670
Photos 671-675
Photos 676-680
Photos 681-685
Photos 686-688
Inventory and photo notebooks of zone 4, 10, 11 and 12:
Inventory sheets and photographs, 1992-1993:
Cover sheet, abbreviations, maps, and fax
Zones 4, 10
Zone 11
[6 folders]
Zone 12
[5 folders]
Loose photos and forms, building 12-4
[2 folders]
Historic photos, zones 4, 10, 11, 12, 1942-1944:
[Note: No photo log or inventory is available for these photographs. They are all labeled on the reverse.]
[Note: There are a large number of photos, ordered by zone and further numbered numerically. Because some zones have 10 or more folders, the photo numbers are given for all images in the folder.]
Photos 507-510
Photos 511-515
Photos 516-520
Photos 521-525
Photos 526-530
Photos 531-535
Photos 536-540
Photos 541-545
Photos 546-550
Photos 551-555
Photos 556-560
Photos 561-565
Photos 566-570
Photos 571-575
Photos 576-580
Box
2003/163-4 Photos 581-585
Photos 586-590
Photos 591-595
Photos 596-600
Photos 601-605
Photos 606-610
Photos 611-615
Aerial and current photographs, zones 4 and 10, 1992:
[Note: No photo log or inventory is available for these photographs. They are all labeled on the reverse.]
[Note: The photos are ordered by zone and further numbered numerically; the photo numbers are given for all images in the folder.]
Plant aerial photos, photos 1-5
Zone 4, photos 6-10
Zone 10:
Photos 11-15
Photos 16-20
Photos 20-25
Current photographs, zone 11, 1992:
[Note: There are two notebooks present, labeled 'Book 1 of 2' and 'Book 3.' It is unknown if the last notebook should have been Book 2 or if there is a volume missing. An inventory is present for the images in Book 1, but not for those in Book 3.]
[Note: There are a large number of photos, ordered by zone and further numbered numerically. Because some zones have 10 or more folders, the photo numbers are given for all images in the folder.]
Book 1, current photos, zone 11:
Cover page, photo log
Buildings:
Photos 36-40
Photos 41-45
Photos 46-50
Photos 51-55
Photos 56-60
Photos 61-65
Photos 66-70
Photos 71-75
Photos 76-80
Photos 81-85
Photos 86-90
Photos 91-95
Photos 96-100
Photos 101-105
Photos 106-110
Photos 111-115
Photos 116-120
Photos 121-125
Photos 126-130
Photos 131-135
Photos 136-140
Photos 141-142
Ramps (also buildings):
Photos 143-145
Photos 146-150
Photos 160, 180, 184
Book 3, current photos, zone 11, 1992:
[Note: This notebook does not have a photo log/inventory.]
Buildings:
Photos 126-130
Photos 131-135
Photos 136-140
Photos 141-142
Box
2002/163-4 Ramps (also buildings):
Box
2003/163-4 Photos 143-145
Photos 146-150
Photos 151-155
Photos 156-160
Photos 161-165
Photos 166-170
Photos 171-175
Photos 176-180
Photos 181-185
Photos 186-190
Photos 191-195
Photos 196-200
Photos 201-205
Photos 206-210
Photos 211-215
Photos 216-220
Photos 221-225
Photos 226-230
Photos 231-235
Photos 236-240
Photos 241-245
Photos 246-250
Photos 251-255
Photos 256-260
Photos 261-265
Photos 266-270
Photos 271-275
Photos 276-280
Photos 281-285
Photos 286-290
Photos 291-295
Photos 296-300
Current photos, zone 12, 1992:
[Note: There are two notebooks of photos, Book 1 of 2 and Book 2 of 2. Each notebook has a photo log/inventory.]
[Note: There are a large number of photos, ordered by zone and further numbered numerically. Because some zones have 10 or more folders, the photo numbers are given for all images in the folder.]
Book 1, current photos, zone 12, buildings:
Cover sheet, photo log/inventory
Overview, photos 301-305
Photos 306-310
Photos 311-315
Photos 316-320
Photos 321-325
Photos 326-330
Photos 331-335
Photos 336-340
Photos 341-345
Photos 346-350
Photos 351-355
Photos 356-360
Photos 361-365
Photos 366-370
Photos 371-375
Photos 376-380
Photos 381-385
Photos 386-390
Photos 391-395
Photos 396-400
Photos 401-405
Photos 406-410
Photos 411-415
Photos 416-420
Photos 421-425
Box
2002/163-4 Book 2, current photos (mostly zone 12):
Box
2003/163-4 Cover sheet, photo log/inventory
Zone 12, buildings:
Photos 426-430
Photos 431-435
Photos 436-440
Photos 441-445
Photos 446-450
Photos 451-455
Photos 456-460
Photos 461-465
Photos 466-470
Photos 471-475
Photos 476-480
Photos 481-486
Zone 12, shelter, photos 487-491
Comparison photos:
Zone 3, igloos, photos 492-493
Zone 4, igloos, photos 494-496
Zone 9, photos 497-501
Zone 9, photos 502-506