Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Parks Board:

An Inventory of State Parks Board Records at the Texas State Archives, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Parks Board.
Title: State Parks Board records
Dates: 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963
Dates: bulk 1933-1949
Abstract: The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. It later directed and managed state parks, except the historical parks that were managed by the Texas State Board of Control or several separate commissions. The Parks Board was also charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, and erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The records document the development and maintenance of the state park system in Texas by the Texas State Parks Board and the work of the board with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and other federal agencies at individual state parks. Types of records are minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, master plans, CCC camp application forms, field notes, contracts, agreements, deeds, blueprints and drawings, speeches, papers, publications (including newsletters, bulletins, circulars, reports and brochures), press releases, clippings, photographs, handbooks, maps, and project files from work by the CCC and the WPA. Dates covered are 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk dating 1933-1949. Topics include the development of the Texas state park system and of the individual state parks, the acquisition of park lands by purchase or donation, CCC work at state parks, development of park lands and facilities at the parks, building improvements and additions, recreation at state parks, deed titles to park lands, leasing park land for grazing or oil and gas exploration, and publicity. Also covered in these files, to a smaller degree, is work done at state parks by the WPA and the National Youth Administration. The bulk of the work documented at individual state parks is that done by the various CCC camps.
Quantity: 26 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, First Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. The State Parks Board was initially composed of five members, appointed by the Governor with the approval of the Senate to six-year terms, and they were to be state officers. The number of board members increased to six in 1937 (Senate Bill 484, 45th Legislature, Regular Session). This board was to begin locating sites for the establishment of the state parks system. It later directed and managed state parks, except the historical parks that were managed by the Texas State Board of Control or several separate commissions. The Parks Board was also charged with locating, designating, and marking historic grounds, battlegrounds, and other historic sites in the state, and erecting markers and monuments at such sites. The board also had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out its duties.

The primary function of the board between 1923 and 1933 was to acquire lands for parks through donations. In 1933 the board received federal aid through several New Deal programs, making possible the development of 31state parks by 1941. Most of this work was done by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in conjunction with the National Park Service (largely through its Emergency Conservation Work program), additional work was done by the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and National Youth Administration. The CCC work in Texas began in June 1933 and ended in 1941. The CCC developed 56 parks in Texas. Most are still public parks including 31 parks in the state park system.

In 1949, the state historical parks were transferred from the State Board of Control to the State Parks Board, except for the San Jacinto Battlefield, the Battleship Texas, and the Fannin Battlefield, which were still controlled by their respective commissions--the San Jacinto Battlefield Commission, the Battleship Texas Commission, and the Fannin Battlefield Commission (House Bill 120, 51st Legislature, Regular Session). In 1963, the Texas State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission were merged to form the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (TPWD) (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session).

(Sources: Enabling legislation; Handbook of Texas Online,"State Parks Board" article (accessed June 2005); and from information found in the Parks Board records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The files document the acquisition of park lands, the development and maintenance of the state park system in Texas by the Texas State Parks Board, and the work of the board with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the Work Projects Administration (WPA) and other federal agencies at individual state parks. Types of records are minutes, correspondence, memoranda, reports, master plans, CCC camp application forms, field notes, contracts, agreements, deeds, blueprints and drawings, speeches, papers, publications (including newsletters, bulletins, circulars, articles, reports and brochures), press releases, clippings, photographs, handbooks, maps, and project files from work by the CCC and the WPA including correspondence, memoranda, reports, notes, job (construction) application forms, routing sheets for map and plan approvals, invitations to bid, list of jobs to be performed, bills, estimates of project costs, job clearance reports, job completion reports, inspection reports, field notebooks (survey notebooks), and maps and plans. Dates covered are 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, with the bulk dating 1933-1949.

Correspondents include the director of the State Parks Board, Frank Quinn; the assistant secretary of the Board (later auditor and also chief accountant), E.B. Camiade; chief architect (and later district supervisor), Norfleet Bone; other Parks Board staff, including the auditor and managers at various state parks; the Civilian Conservation Corps; the Work Projects Administration; the National Park Service and other federal agencies; various state agencies; businesses; universities; and the general public.

Topics include the development of the Texas state park system and of the individual state parks; the acquisition of park lands by purchase or donation; Civilian Conservation Corps work at state parks; development of park lands and facilities at the park including construction of facilities, maintenance, inspections of sanitary facilities, and transfers of furniture and equipment between parks; building improvements and additions (such as building water wells and septic systems, adding portable latrines, upgrading roads and parking areas, and making improvements or additions to shelters, rest rooms, picnic areas, or park facilities); recreation at state parks; deed titles to park lands; leasing park land for grazing or oil and gas exploration; legislative appropriations; proposed legislation; purchase of land for Big Bend National Park; purchase of equipment and supplies; contracts; bonds; publicity; visitors comments on park conditions; receipts and expenditures; taxation; and routine administrative duties of the parks staff. Also covered in these files, to a smaller degree, is work done at state parks by the Work Projects Administration and the National Youth Administration. The bulk of the work documented at individual state parks is that done by the various CCC camps.

Several of the state parks discussed in this finding aid are no longer in the state park system. These include Beeville State Park, Frio State Park, Gonzales State Park, Mackenzie State Park, and Normangee State Park.

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 eight series and four subseries by State Archives staff:
Minutes, 1933-1963, 1.5 cubic ft.
Correspondence and reports, 1933-1962, bulk 1937-1949, 6.5 cubic ft.
  • Administrative correspondence, 1937-1962, bulk 1939-1945, 0.75 cubic ft.
  • State parks correspondence and reports, 1933-1959, bulk 1937-1949, 5.75 cubic ft.
Administrative and subject files, 1908, 1917, 1926, 1931-1961, bulk 1935-1941, 4.5 cubic ft.
Acquisition and development files, 1901-1902, 1905, 1917, 1925-1961, bulk 1935-1949, 7.5 cubic ft.
Civilian Conservation Corps files, 1933-1944, bulk 1934-1941, 5 cubic ft.
  • Correspondence and administrative files, 1933-1942, 1 cubic ft.
  • Project files, 1933-1944, bulk 1934-1941, 4 cubic ft.
Work Projects Administration project files, 1933-1942, bulk 1935-1942, 1.25 cubic ft.
National Youth Administration files, 1940-1942, 0.25 cubic ft.
San Jose Mission project files, 1937, 1939, 1942-1958, bulk 1950-1958, 0.5 cubic ft.

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.).

Technical Requirements

Some of the maps are too large to photocopy.

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


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:
Quinn, Frank
Corporate Names:
Texas. State Parks Board-- Appropriations and expenditures.
United States. Works Progress Administration.
United States. Work Projects Administration.
Civilian Conservation Corps (U.S.)
United States. National Youth Administration. Texas.
United States. National Park Service.
Subjects:
Parks--Texas.
Parks--Texas--Management.
Parks--Planning--Texas.
Parks--Texas--Design and construction.
Parks--Public relations--Texas.
Parks--Government policy--Texas.
Government purchasing of real property--Texas.
Land titles--Registration and transfer--Texas.
Eminent domain--Texas.
Public lands--Texas.
Places:
Abilene State Park (Tex.)
Atlanta State Park (Tex.)
Balmorhea State Park (Tex.)
Bastrop State Park (Tex.)
Buescher State Park (Tex.)
Beeville State Park (Tex.)
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park (Tex.)
Big Spring State Park (Tex.)
Blanco State Park (Tex.)
Bonham State Park (Tex.)
Caddo Lake State Park (Tex.)
Cleburne State Park (Tex.)
Daingerfield State Park (new term)
Davis Mountains State Park (Tex.)
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park (Tex.)
Falcon Reservoir (Mexico and Tex.)
Fort Griffin State Historical Park (Tex.)
Fort Parker State Park (Tex.)
Frio State Park (Tex.)
Galveston Island State Park (Tex.)
Garner State Park (Tex.)
Goliad State Historical Park (Tex.)
Gonzales State Park (Tex.)
Goose Island State Recreation Area (Tex.)
Governor Hogg Shrine State Historical Park (Tex.)
Huntsville State Park (Tex.)
Inks Lake State Park (Tex.)
Kerrville-Schreiner State Park (Tex.)
Lake Brownwood State Recreation Area (Tex.)
Lake Corpus Christi State Park (Tex.)
Lake Texoma (Tex.)
Lake Whitney (Tex.)
Lockhart State Park (Tex.)
Longhorn Cavern State Park (Tex.)
Mackenzie State Park (Tex.)
Meridian State Park (Tex.)
Lake Mineral Wells State Park (Tex.)
Monahans Sandhills State Park (Tex.)
Monument Hill State Historic Site (Tex.)
Mother Neff State Park (Tex.)
Palmetto State Park (Tex.)
Palo Duro Canyon State Park (Tex.)
Port Isabel Lighthouse (Port Isabel, Tex.)
Possum Kingdom State Park.
Mission San Jose (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Tex.)
San Jacinto Battleground Site (Tex.)
Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park (Tex.)
Tyler State Park (Tex.)
Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park (Tex.)
Normangee State Park (Tex.)
Big Bend National Park (Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Memoranda--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Contracts--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Reports--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Maps--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Deeds--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Photographs--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Application forms--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Brochures--Texas--Parks--1933-1962.
Functions:
Administering parks.

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 Parks and Wildlife Department, Administrative records and other material, 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999, 10.75 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, State Parks Division records, 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986, 30.88 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board, Big Bend land purchase program files, about 1929-1958, about 21 cubic ft. [These records are unprocessed, see staff for assistance.]
Texas State Parks Board, Civilian Conservation Corps plans and drawings, about 1935 to 1950, over 3600 drawings. [These records are unprocessed, see staff for assistance.]
Texas Planning Board, Records. 1914-1939, undated, bulk 1934-1939, 19.43 cubic feet, 3 scrapbooks, 366 maps, 48 photographs
Don R. Brice Collection, Civilian Conservation Corps, 1933-1935 (photographs of CCC activites at Lampasas and Big Bend, 1989/006))

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041, 2005/147, 2006/376

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996; October 22, 2004; June 3, 2005; and June 19, 2006.

Processing Information

Lisa Hendricks, June 1996

Laura K. Saegert, June 2005, June 2006


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes, 1933-1963,
1.5 cubic ft.

The Texas State Parks Board was created in 1923 to investigate prospective park sites in the state, to report to the Legislature with recommendations, and to solicit and accept donations of land for state park purposes. It later directed and managed state parks, except the historical parks that were managed by the Texas State Board of Control or several separate commissions. The minutes document the actions of the board beginning in 1933 when the Board received federal aid and was able to create a system of state parks through the work of federal relief agencies, primarily the Civilian Conservation Corps. The files consist of minutes and alphabetical indexes to the minutes. Agenda and attachments are not present. Dates covered are 1933-1963. The board met monthly on a regular basis. Topics covered in board meetings include land acquisition issues; construction, maintenance and operation of state parks; work done by the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Works Progress Administration or the National Youth Administration at various state parks; the Big Bend land purchase program; highway improvements made at specific parks; major purchases of the agency and for each park; budget and appropriations; pending legislation and other issues of interest; personnel issues; and routine administrative affairs. The minutes were bound at one time and the pages numbered sequentially. They were unbound several years ago for microfilming by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
There are two alphabetical indexes to the minutes. One is titled "Parks and areas" and has cards for each park and various areas of the state. The cards are in alphabetical order and the entries on the cards are lists of topics as they appeared in the minutes with the page numbers to the meeting when that issue was discussed. The other index is labeled "Alphabetical." The cards are in alphabetical order by topic, such as abstracts and deeds, appropriations, or concession operations. As with the first index, entries on the cards list topics and the page number when that issue was discussed in the minutes.
Arrangement
These records are arranged into two groups - Minutes and Indexes. The minutes are arranged chronologically by meeting date, as received from the agency. The indexes are arranged by index type, with the entries in alphabetical order, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/102
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996.
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.).
Technical Requirements
None.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, June 2006
Box
1996/102-18 Minutes
Volume one, July 7, 1933-August 31, 1944
[3 folders]
Volume two, September 1, 1944-August 31, 1953
[3 folders]
Volume three, September 1, 1953-August 31, 1958
[3 folders]
Volume four, September 1, 1958-August 19, 1963
[3 folders]
Box
1996/102-19 Indexes
Parks and areas
Alphabetical by topic



 

Correspondence and reports, 1933-1962, bulk 1937-1949,
6.5 cubic ft.

The files document the development and maintenance of the state park system in Texas by the Texas State Parks Board and the work of the board with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration and other federal agencies at individual state parks. Records are correspondence, memoranda, reports, and inventories, dating 1933-1962, bulk 1937-1949. The bulk of the records are correspondence files of or about operations at individual parks. A small amount of correspondence concerning the operations of all parks and the functioning of the agency is present. Accompanying the park correspondence are reports of operations, inspection reports, inventories, reports of concession sales, and similar topical correspondence files. Correspondents include the director of the State Parks Board, Frank Quinn; the assistant secretary of the Board, E.B. Camiade; chief architect (and later district supervisor), Norfleet Bone; other Parks Board staff, including the auditor and managers at various state parks; the Civilian Conservation Corps; the National Park Service and other federal agencies; various state agencies; businesses; universities; and the general public. Topics include acquiring deed titles to park lands, leasing park land for grazing or oil and gas exploration, legislative appropriations, proposed legislation, purchasing land for Big Bend National Park, purchase of equipment and supplies, contracts, bonds, publicity, visitors comments on park conditions, receipts and expenditures, taxation, building improvements and additions (such as building water wells and septic systems, adding portable latrines, upgrading roads and parking areas, and making improvements or additions to shelters, rest rooms, picnic areas, or park facilities), and routine administrative duties of the parks staff. Additional files on individual state parks can be found in the series Acquisition and development files.
Organization
These records are organized into two subseries by State Archives staff:
Administrative correspondence, 1937-1962, bulk 1939-1945, 0.75 cubic ft.
State parks correspondence files and reports, 1933-1959, bulk 1937-1949, 5.75 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Correspondence and reports, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041, 2006/376
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996 and October 22, 2004; and June 19, 2006.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005, June 2006
Administrative correspondence, 1937-1962, bulk 1939-1945,
0.75 cubic ft.
Records are correspondence files of the Texas State Parks Board and consist of incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, an order book, and reports, dating 1937-1962, bulk 1939-1945. Correspondents include the director of the State Parks Board, Frank Quinn; the assistant secretary of the Board, E.B. Camiade; chief landscape architect (later district supervisor for east Texas, then park planner for the Board), Norfleet Bone; other Parks Board staff, including the auditor and managers at various state parks; the National Park Service; various state agencies; and the general public.
The bulk of the files are the memoranda (carbon copies of memoranda in tablets) of E.B. Camiade (1941-1945), topical correspondence files of Camiade (1941-1945), and the correspondence files of Norfleet Bone (1945-1962). Other files contain scattered correspondence largely filed by date but not assigned to any specific individual. One set of files, labeled "Miscellaneous Correspondence," 1947-1949, contains incoming and outgoing letters of the central office concerning largely routine administrative issues, such as requisitions, expenditures, policies, and legislative appropriations; but it also contains a few reports, including a descriptive report on the operation of the Parks board; and several statistical compilations of the parks in the state system. Another set of files, labeled "Austin Office,"1941-1944, has correspondence, memos, and directives generally to or from Mr. Quinn. These are marked as copies sent to a staff member, Mr. Hammond (office unknown). Topics covered include contracts, property inventories, rules and regulations, board policies, and gasoline rationing.
The memoranda are outgoing from Camiade, mostly to executive director Quinn on various issues concerning overall board policies or procedures as well as current issues or situations either in the main office or at specific state parks. Some memos are to other park staff, mostly park managers at various state parks. Topics covered include acquiring deed titles to park lands, leasing park land for grazing or oil and gas exploration, legislative appropriations, proposed legislation, purchasing land for Big Bend National Park, purchase of equipment and supplies, renovations or repairs at park facilities, contracts, bonds, publicity, gasoline rationing, use of parks by military personnel for rest while on training maneuvers, and personnel issues.
The topical correspondence files cover the same period as the Camiade memoranda books, 1940-1945, bulk 1940-1944. These are correspondence files of Camiade and consist largely of outgoing letters of Camiade to the executive director, park managers or other staff. Other recipients of these letters include State Parks Board members, federal or state agencies, legislators, and the general public. Also present are copies of memoranda to several staff members, the sender of which is unknown (signed name is not legible); drafts and/or printed copies of directives from the executive director; copies of outgoing letters of other staff with Camiade copied in; a few copies of incoming letters, generally to the executive director copied to Camiade; a few drafts of meeting minutes and supporting documents; contracts; and property inventories. Topics covered include war bonds, gasoline rationing, leases for cattle grazing, use of parks by military personnel, legislation, appropriations, publicity, rules and regulations, and routine administrative issues, such as property concerns, personnel, and applicants for park manager jobs.
The correspondence files of Norfleet Bone consist largely of copies of his outgoing correspondence with park managers, the executive director and other park staff, and to a lesser extent, some with universities and businesses. Some incoming letters, especially in the latter years, are present. Topics covered include landscape work; master planning; repair work needed; purchase of equipment; and building improvements and additions (such as building water wells and septic systems, adding portable latrines, upgrading roads and parking areas, and making improvements or additions to shelters, rest rooms, picnic areas, or park facilities). Also present in Bone's files is an order book for supply requests and a report book with general reports from his visits to parks in the district he supervised. Many of his letters to park managers discuss his recent visit, note changes made and repairs or other improvements needed. There is also a file of correspondence concerning a lawsuit brought against the State Parks Board regarding profits from oil and gas leases at Tyler State Park. Earlier files of Norfleet Bone that document his role as the landscape architect with the National Park Service's Emergency Conservation Work program during the work done through the CCC at various state parks can be found in the series Civilian Conservation Corps files, Correspondence and administrative files.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by record type, then either topically or by correspondent. The memos files of E.B. Camiade are filed in chronological order, the remainder of the correspondence is in reverse chronological order. Arrangement was done by State Archives staff following a rough pattern of arrangement by agency staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative correspondence, Correspondence and reports, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
1996/102-1 Correspondence, 1940-1942
[2 folders]
Correspondence, Lyndon B. Johnson, U.S. Representative, 1939-1941
Proposed state park sites, about 1940
Paper - "Mr. Peter Prairie Dog," by Kenneth N. Clapp, State Parks Board member, 1941
Box
2005/041-1 Memoranda books of E.B. Camiade:
February-May 1941
May 1941-February 1942
February-July 1942
July-December 1942, September-November 1943
January-July 1943
July 1943-April 1944
April-November 1944
November 1944-February 1945
February-April 1945
April-June 1945
June-September 1945
Topical correspondence files of E.B. Camiade:
Applications, 1941-1944
Appropriations, 1943-1945
Automobiles and trucks, gasoline rationing, 1942-1944
Automobiles and trucks, 1941-1944
Board meeting, 1941-1945
Board meeting, 1943
Board members, 1942
Concession operation, 1942-1944
Construction, 1942
Contracts, 1943-1945
Contracts, 1941-1942
Contracts [and bonds], 1942-1944
Contracts [and bonds], 1941-1942
Laws - House Bills 682 and 686, 1941
Laws - legislation, 1941-1945
Memorandum:
Paul R. Roesle, 1941
Dan Rosenauer, 1940
Bob Rushing, 1940-1941
J.C. Wallace, 1941
Miscellaneous, 1940-1942
National defense, 1942
National defense, War Production Board, 1943
Park information:
Publicity, 1941-1945
Publicity, 1941
Requests for information, 1942-1945
Requests for information, 1941-1942
Personnel, Frank D. Quinn, 1942-1945
Personnel, 1941-1943
Personnel, 1941-1945
Property:
1943-1944
Longhorn cattle, 1944-1945
Park supplies, 1944
Roads - Opinion on ways of necessity, about 1941
Roads, 1941-1943
Rules and regulations and legal documents:
[Files are mostly contracts.]
1943-1945
1943
1941-1943
Signs, 1941
Sparks, 1943-1944
Special park fund, 1944
Statistics, 1941-1945
Taxes, 1942-1945
Telephone and telegraph, 1942-1945
Miscellaneous correspondence files:
April-September 1949
November 1948-March 1949
June-November 1948
March-June 1948
Report - "Administration, Care and Financing of Texas State Parks," about 1948
January-March 1948
October-December 1947
July-September 1947
January -June 1947
Norfleet Bone files:
Park data and maps, memos, about 1955-1956
Correspondence:
May 1961-July 1962
June 1960-April 1961
September 1959-May 1960
May 1956-August 1959
December 1952-November 1955
Box
2005/041-2 December 1947-October 1952
May-November 1947
August 1946-April 1947
December 1944-March 1946
Directives and memos, 1959-1960
[Tyler State Park litigation], 1955-1956
Order book, January-March 1954
Report book, October 1955-January 1956
Austin Office:
November 1943-May 1944
September-November 1943
July 1941, April 1942-September 1943
Executive Office, miscellaneous correspondence, 1937-1945, 1960
Ashford, T.C., State Parks Board member, 1941
Postcards to board or the director, 1944-1946
Legislative bills re: oil and gas leasing, 1949
Box
2006/376-4 Correspondence, 1935
Correspondence, 1946
[Letters concerning disposition of John H. Reagan home.]
Correspondence, 1947
[Letter re: promotion of a cave near Boerne. Cave is listed as the cave without a name.]
Correspondence with U.S. Engineer's Office in the War Department, 1946
[Letters concern parks projects in Texas under the direction of the U.S. Engineer's Office.]
Public notice, Board of War Communications, 1943
State parks correspondence and reports, 1933-1959, bulk 1937-1949,
5.75 cubic ft.
Records are correspondence and reports files of the Texas State Parks Board, the bulk being outgoing letters of the central office staff to the various parks. Files include correspondence, reports, contracts, deeds, brochures, bills, and inventories, dating 1933-1959, bulk 1937-1949. Correspondents include the director of the State Parks Board, Frank Quinn; the assistant secretary (later auditor) of the Board, E.B. Camiade; other Parks Board staff, including the managers at various state parks; the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC), the National Youth Administration, Work Projects Administration, the National Park Service and other federal agencies; various state agencies; and the general public. Topics covered include grazing on state park lands, CCC work at state parks, disposition of CCC camp structures, contracts (for operation of concessions, work at park, equipment leases, etc.), land transfers, deed titles, bonds, visitors comments on conditions at parks, inspections, repairs and improvements at parks (camping areas, facilities, roads, etc.), receipts and expenditures, sanitary conditions, legislation, publicity and tourism, concessions sales and fees at various parks (admission fees, food, boat rentals, camping fees, bait purchases, etc.), gasoline and rubber rationing during the World War II years, local events at or concerning the state park in the community, applications for jobs (mostly letters concerning the park manager hired), the purchase of land for Big Bend National Park, and routine administrative duties of the parks staff. Correspondence and reports files on individual state parks can be found in the series Acquisition and development files.
The files are arranged into four groups. The bulk of the files (found in groups one through three) are outgoing letters of the Parks Board central office staff to the various state parks, the majority from the Board's auditor/assistant secretary, E.B. Camiade to the park manager or other local park staff. Groups one, two, and four also contain some incoming and/or outgoing letters with either the Executive director or other Parks Board members, the managers at the state parks, state and federal agencies, businesses, the general public, or others. The files in group one (1935, 1937-1944, bulk 1939-1941) are incoming correspondence from or about the park to the board and outgoing correspondence mostly with the local park staff. Accompanying the correspondence for most parks are various topical reports, including inspection reports, inventories, and status of concessions accounts. The files in group two (1941-1945) consist of outgoing correspondence from Camiade and other state office staff to the park manager and others. Most letters are to the park manager. The files in group three (1943-1950, bulk 1944-1949) consist mainly of outgoing correspondence from Camiade and other state office staff to the park manager and others. Some incoming letters from the park manager, government agencies, the general public and others are present. The topical reports filed separately in group one are filed with the correspondence in this group of files. The last group (1935-1959) consists of a small number of files on a few parks, largely incoming correspondence to the Board from the National Park Service, also deeds, reports, and maps.
A few of the files in group two were extremely moldy and eaten away by rust. These records were photocopied on acid free paper and the originals were destroyed.
Arrangement
Files are arranged into four groups of parks by State Archives staff. Each group is a separate filing unit within these records covering different, but overlapping, date spans. The records are further arranged in alphabetical order by the name of the park with each group. Correspondence within most folders is arranged in reverse chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), State parks correspondence and reports, Correspondence and reports, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
State parks correspondence and reports, group one, 1935, 1937-1944, bulk 1939-1941
[These files are incoming correspondence from or about the park to the board and outgoing correspondence of Camiade and other parks staff, mostly to the state park manager or local staff. Correspondents include the Executive director or other Parks Board members, government agencies, businesses, the general public, and others. Most parks also have topical report files. At the end of this group are a set of correspondence files with the Work Projects Administration concerning construction activities at a few parks.]
Box
2005/041-2 Bentsen State Park
[Note: See Rio Grande Valley State Park in this group of files.]
Fort Parker State Park:
Daily reports, September 1940-August 1941
Pasture rentals, 1940-1941
Application, about 1941
Goose Island State Park, weekly reports, 1940-1941
Huntsville State Park, about 1938
Lake Brownwood, Army recreation camp, 1937-1938
Lake Brownwood, Army recreation camp, 1941
Lake Corpus Christi, invoice [empty folder]
Lake Corpus Christi, inspection reports, 1943-1944
Unknown park, deed record - transcription, 1935
Lockhart State Park:
Inventory, 1940
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
W.N. Stagner (concessionaire at park), 1939-1941
Status of concession account, 1940
Assignments, 1940
Longhorn Cavern State Park:
Correspondence:
1941
1940
1939
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
Inventory, 1940
Plat, 1940
Mackenzie State Park, correspondence, 1939-1941
Mackenzie State Park, inspection reports, 1939-1941
Meridian State Park:
Correspondence:
April 1941-January 1942
November 1940-March 1941
January-October 1940
July-December 1939
April-June 1939
Inspection reports, 1942-1944
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
Inventory, 1940
Status of concession account, 1940
Mineral Wells State Park:
Correspondence, 1939-1941
Reports, 1943-1944
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
Inventory, 1940
Mother Neff State Park:
Correspondence, 1942-1943
Correspondence, 1939-1940
Inspection reports, 1940-1941
Inventory, 1940
Normangee State Park:
Correspondence:
1941-1942
1940
1939
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
Status of concession accounts, 1940
Concession accounts, inspection reports, bills, 1942-1944
Palmetto State Park:
Correspondence:
1942-1943
December 1941-January 1942
November-December 1941
July-November 1941
March-April 1941
March 1940-February 1941
September 1939-February 1940
April-September 1939
Inspection reports:
1942-1944
1941
1939-1940
Inventory, 1940
Palo Duro State Park:
Correspondence, inspection reports, 1944
Correspondence, July 1940-July 1942
Correspondence, September 1938-June 1940
Inspection report, 1940
Box
2005/041-3 Possum Kingdom State Park, correspondence, inspection reports, bills:
September 1943-1944
April 1942-August 1943
Rio Grande Valley (Bensten Rio Grande Valley State Park), correspondence:
1943-1944
1943
San Jose Mission:
Correspondence:
October 1943-January 1944
May 1942-October 1943
May 1941-May 1943
Inspection reports, 1942-1944
Stephen F. Austin State Park, concession accounts, inspection reports, 1942-1944
Tyler State Park:
Correspondence:
June-October 1941
May-June 1941
March-May 1941
February-March 1941
November 1940-February 1941
September-November 1940
June-September 1940
April-June 1940
May 1939-April 1940
Concession accounts, inspection reports, 1942-1944
Status of concession account, 1940
Inspection reports, 1941-1942
Inspection reports, 1939-1940
Clippings, 1939-1941
Inventory, 1940-1941
Property map, 1935
WPA (Work Projects Administration) files:
Cleburne State Park, correspondence, 1942
Fort Parker State Park, correspondence, 1942
Huntsville State Park, correspondence, cost estimates, 1942
San Jose Mission, correspondence, reports, 1942-1943
Rules and regulations, 1942-1943
Miscellaneous inspection reports, 1943-1944
Daily reports, 1942-1943
Daily reports, N.H. Lee, 1942-1943
Clipping
[Re: distribution of guard wire at parks by the 47th Legislature.]
[Unidentified park in Seguin], about 1938
[Unidentified park - work schedule], 1941
State parks correspondence and reports, group two, 1941-1945
[Note: A few of the files at the beginning of this group were extremely moldy and eaten away by rust. The records were photocopied on acid free paper and the originals were subsequently destroyed.]
[These files are outgoing correspondence from E.B. Camiade and other state office staff to the park manager and others. Included in this group is a set of files concerning the land purchase program for Big Bend National Park.]
Box
2005/041-3 Bastrop State Park:
1943-1945
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
1941-1943
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
Beeville State Park, 1941, 1943
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
Big Bend National Park:
1944-1945
April-December 1943
June 1942-March 1943
July 1941-May 1942
April-July 1941
Big Spring State Park, 1942-1945
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
Blanco State Park, 1941-1945
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
Bensten Rio Grande Valley State Park, 1943-1944
[Note: the originals were very moldy, they were photocopied and destroyed, Jan. 2005]
Bonham State Park, 1941-1945
Buescher State Park, 1942-1944
Caddo Lake State Park:
1942-1945
1941-1942
Cleburne State Park:
1944-1945
1941-1944
Daingerfield State Park:
1944-1954
1941-1944
Davis Mountains State Park, 1941-1945
Fort Griffin State Park, 1941-1942
Fort Parker State Park, 1941-1945
Frio State Park, 1941-1944
Garner State Park:
1942-1945
1941-1942
Gonzales State Park, 1943
Goose Island State Park, 1942-1945
Huntsville State Park, 1941-1944
Inks Lake State Park, 1942-1945
Jeff Davis State Park, 1943-1944
Jim Hogg State Park, 1941-1944
Kerrville State Park, 1941-1945
Lake Brownwood State Park (36th Division State Park):
1944-1945
1943-1944
1942-1943
Lake Corpus Christi State Park:
1944-1945
1941-1944
Lockhart State Park, 1941-1945
Longhorn Cavern State Park, 1941-1945
McFaddin Beach, 1941
Meridian State Park:
1944-1945
1941-1944
Mineral Wells State Park, 1941-1945
Monument Hill, 1944
Box
2005/041-4 Mother Neff State Park, 1941-1944
Normangee State Park, 1941-1945
Old Fort Parker, 1941-1944
Palmetto State Park, 1941-1945
Palo Duro Canyon State Park:
1942-1944
1942-1944
Possum Kingdom State Park:
1944-1945
1943-1944
1941-1943
Robinson State Park, 1943
San Angelo, 1941
San Jacinto State Park, 1941-1942
San Jose Mission, 1941-1944
Stephen F. Austin State Park, 1941-1945
Stephenville State Park, 1941-1943
36th Division State Park
[Note: See Lake Brownwood State Park]
Tonkawa Park, 1941
Tyler State Park:
1943-1945
1941-1943
Miscellaneous, 1942-1943
[Includes resolution re: appropriation for Caddo State Park.]
State parks correspondence and reports, group three, 1943-1950, bulk 1944-1949
[These files are largely outgoing correspondence from E.B. Camiade and other state office staff to the park manager and others. Some incoming letters from the park manager, government agencies, businesses, the general public and others are present. Filed with the correspondence are topical reports filed separately in the group one files - status of concession accounts, inspections, daily reports, and inventories. There are numerous daily reports from the park manager to the Board in the files of Bastrop, Caddo Lake and Cleburne State Parks. Daily reports in the other parks files exist but are infrequent.]
Box
2005/041-4 Abilene State Park
[Note: See Lake Abilene State Park in this group of files.]
Bastrop State Park:
May-June 1950
April-May 1950
March-April 1950
February-March 1950
January-February 1950
December 1949-January 1950
December 1949
November-December 1949
October-November 1949
September-October 1949
August-September 1949
July-August 1949
June-July 1949
May-June 1949
April-May 1949
March-April 1949
February-March 1949
January-February 1949
December 1948-January 1949
Caddo Lake State Park:
June 1950
May-June 1950
April-May 1950
March-April 1950
December 1949-March 1950
September-December 1949
September-October 1949
June-August 1949
April-June 1949
February-April 1949
December 1948-January 1949
Cleburne State Park:
August-September 1950
July-August 1950
June-July 1950
May-June 1950
April-May 1950
December 1949-March 1950
September-December 1949
June-August 1949
May-June 1949
February-April 1949
December 1948-February 1949
August 1948-September 1949
November 1947-July 1948
Box
2005/041-5 January-October 1947
April-December 1946
June 1945-March 1946
January 1944-May 1945
March-December 1943
Daingerfield State Park:
October 1948-September 1949
January-September 1948
May-December 1947
September 1946-April 1947
August 1945-August 1946
December 1943-July 1945
Davis Mountains State Park:
May 1948-July 1949
December 1947-April 1948
September-December 1947
January-September 1947
May-December 1946
September 1945-April 1946
February 1943-August 1945
Fort Griffin State Park, 1943-1949
Fort Parker State Park:
January 1948-September 1949
April-December 1947
November 1946-May 1947
May-October 1946
July 1945-April 1946
February 1944-June 1945
February 1943-January 1944
Frio State Park, 1943-1949
Garner State Park:
January-September 1949
September 1947-December 1948
November 1946-August 1947
May-October 1946
September 1945-April 1946
March 1943-August 1945
Goliad State Park, 1949
Gonzales State Park, 1949
Goose Island State Park:
December 1947-June 1949
October 1946-November 1947
April 1943-September 1946
Governor James Hogg Memorial Shrine, 1949
Huntsville State Park:
January 1947-August 1949
January 1944-December 1946
February-December 1943
Inks Lake State Park:
April 1948-September 1949
March 1947-March 1948
March 1945-February 1947
April 1943-February 1945
Jim Hogg State Park:
September 1947-August 1949
July 1945-August 1947
Kerrville State Park, 1943-1949
Kings State Park, 1949
Lake Abilene State Park (Abilene State Park):
May 1948-September 1949
June 1947-April 1948
January-May 1947
May-December 1946
September 1945-April 1946
January 1944-August 1945
March-December 1943
Box
2005/041-6 Lake Brownwood State Park (36th Division State Park):
May 1948-September 1949
October 1947-April 1948
May-September 1947
November 1946-April 1947
August-October 1946
December 1945-July 1946
May-November 1945
September 1943-April 1945
April-August 1943
Lake Corpus Christi State Park:
August 1948-September 1949
January-July 1948
February-December 1947
January 1946-January 1947
September 1945-February 1946
November 1944-August 1945
April 1943-October 1944
Lockhart State Park:
May 1948-September 1949
March 1947-April 1948
March 1946-February 1947
March 1945-February 1946
May 1944-February 1945
February 1943-April 1944
Longhorn Cavern State Park:
January 1946-September 1949
May 1943-December 1945
Meridian State Park:
June 1948-September 1949
September 1947-May 1948
November 1946-August 1947
February-October 1946
August 1945-March 1946
April 1943-July 1945
Mineral Wells State Park:
March 1947-July 1949
December 1944-November 1946
January-November 1944
Monument Hill State Park, 1949
Mother Neff State Park, 1943-1949
Normangee State Park:
October 1946-August 1947
March 1945-September 1946
May 1943-February 1945
Old Fort Parker State Park, 1945-1949
Palmetto State Park:
May 1947-September 1949
September 1945-April 1947
February 1943-August 1945
Palo Duro State Park:
January-September 1949
September 1947-December 1948
March-August 1947
June 1946-February 1947
February 1944-June 1946
Possum Kingdom State Park:
October 1948-September 1949
January-September 1948
April-December 1947
June 1945-February 1947
Possum Kingdom State Park, west:
December 1947-May 1949
April-November 1947
August 1946-March 1947
March-August 1946
August 1945-February 1946
April-July 1945
January-April 1945
May 1943-December 1944
Box
2005/041-7 San Jose Mission State Park:
December 1947-June 1949
November 1946-October 1947
October 1945-October 1946
February 1943-September 1945
Stephen F. Austin State Park:
May 1945-March 1949
April 1943-April 1945
36th Division State Park
[Note: See Lake Brownwood State Park]
Tyler State Park:
November 1948-September 1949
December 1947-October 1948
December 1946-December 1947
March-November 1946
August 1945-February 1946
February 1944-July 1945
February 1943-January 1944
Washington State Park, June 1949
State parks correspondence and reports, group four, 1933-1940, 1942, 1957-1959
[These files on a few parks are largely incoming correspondence to the Board from the National Park Service, also deeds, reports, and maps.]
Box
2005/041-7 Atlanta State Park, 1958-1959
[Includes a deed, correspondence, report.]
Balmorehea State Park, 1957
Caddo Lake State Park, 1942
Fort Parker State Park, 1935-1937
[Includes correspondence, maps, Attorney General opinion.]
Inks Lake State Park, 1939-1940
[Includes deeds, maps, correspondence, report, resolution.]
Lake Buchanan area, 1940
[Includes correspondence, a study, a map.]
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, W.O. Miller investigation, 1933-1934



 

Administrative and subject files, 1908, 1917, 1926, 1931-1961, bulk 1935-1941,
4.5 cubic ft.

The files document the development and maintenance of the state park system in Texas by the Texas State Parks Board and the work of the board with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration and other federal agencies at individual state parks. Types of records are correspondence, memoranda, reports, speeches, papers, publications (including newsletters, bulletins, circulars, reports and brochures), press releases, clippings, time reports, directories, and maps. Dates covered are 1908, 1917, 1926, 1931-1961, bulk 1935-1941. While much of the correspondence of the board is in the Correspondence and reports series, some correspondence and memoranda, much of it with the National Park Service, are present in some files within this series. Other correspondents include the Texas Planning Board, the Texas Department of Health, Texas Highway Department, the Texas State Board of Control, other state offices, managers at state parks, legislators, congressmen, and organizations. Topics covered include the development of the Texas state park system and of the individual state parks, Civilian Conservation Corps work at state parks, construction and maintenance of state park roads, recreation at state parks, conservation of wildlife on state park lands, national defense, post war planning, publicity re: individual state parks and the state parks system, the Texas Centennial, legislation, the proposed creation of a State Recreation Board, the proposed transfer of Longhorn Cavern State Park to the Texas State Board of Control for housing mental patients, and the lease of land at Inks Lake State Park for cattle grazing.
Arrangement
These records are arranged roughly as received from the agency. Materials within the folder are usually in chronological order. Materials from a later accession were added to the arrangement by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative and subject files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041, 2005/147, 2006/376
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996; October 22, 2004; June 3, 2005; and June 19, 2006.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005, June 2006
Box
2006/376-4 Inventory of State Parks Board records stored at Bastrop State Park
[This inventory was a records management tool the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department used manage the old State Parks Board records. Some of these records have likely been destroyed, as indicated in the inventory. Some are part of the files found in this finding aid. The disposition of any records not found in the State Archives is unknown.]
Park attendance totals, 1937
Box
2005/147-1 Blank CCC and WPA forms
Box
1996/102-1 Board members photographs, about 1935-1963
Box
2006/376-4 Budget estimates, 1935
Box
2005/041-7 Budget estimates, about 1938
Centennial publicity, 1934-1936
[2 folders]
Colp portrait fund, about 1935-1936
[2 folders]
[D.E. Colp was chairman of the Parks Board during this period.]
Gas and oil contract, 1934-1935
Geology, 1936
Geology, 1936-1937
Minutes, Texas State Parks Board, August-November 1941
Miscellaneous correspondence, 1934-1936
Frank Quinn's files:
Correspondence, notes, legislation, 1942-1947
Notes, memos, printed materials, 1956-1957
Printed material, 1956-1957
Warm Springs, Georgia, Foundation, about 1935
[Includes maps, notes, report.]
Budget data, about 1940
Budget and appropriations, about 1955
Financial reports, 1938-1939
Parks Board project list, about 1936
Portfolio of Park Structure and Facilities, National Park Service, 1934
Checklist of State Agencies and Officials Concerned with the Management of National Resources, National Resources Committee, 1937
Directory of State Departments, Austin Chamber of Commerce, 1938
Congressional Record, 1937-1938
Park, Parkway and Recreation-Area Study, National Park Service, 1937
Federal recreation reports and lists, 1949-1950
Publications, Texas Department of Health, 1937-about 1940
Rules and regulations, state parks, about 1941
Descriptive information on various parks, about 1940
Memorandum to State Parks Board members re: necessary State Parks Board park work needed to complete work done at various parks where the CCC work was not completed, 1939
Regional office, miscellaneous files, 1937-1941
Reports by Region III Landscape Architects, National Park Service, 1938
[Two reports on Texas state parks.]
Work Projects Administration instructions for project sponsors, 1935
General information about state parks, 1935-1946
Miscellaneous maps, 1932-about 1935
[Includes maps of Caddo State Park, the Medina Lake area, and a state map showing all the state parks and proposed roads to connect state parks to each other.]
State park histories, about 1937
[This folder contains a paper - Development of the Texas State Parks System.]
Descriptive literature, brochures re: parks, 1935-about 1936
Historical data, historical information about state parks, 1933-about 1936
Education programs and circulars re: recreational planning, parks and wildlife, 1935-1937
Correspondence and circulars re: protection of wildlife and CCC related wildlife projects, 1935-1938
Texas Cooperative Wildlife Service, activity reports:
March 1937-February 1938
March-October 1938
November 1938-July 1939
Box
2005/041-8 School for Park Managers, 1941
Park roads, Texas Highway Department:
Lists, correspondence, maps, descriptions of roads at each park, 1946, 1958-1962
[2 folders]
Maps:
Atlanta State Park, 1955
Bonham State Park, 1935
Jim Hogg State Park, 1945
Stephen F. Austin State Park, 1957
Fort Parker State Park, 1937-1938
Bentsen Rio Grande Valley State Park, 1952
Tyler State Park, 1940, 1958
Cleburne State Park, 1936, 1946
Meridian State Park, 1939
Bastrop State Park, 1946
Lake Brownwood State Park, 1946
Policy on state park roads, 1959-1961
State highway applications and road data, 1939, 1946-1950, 1956
Master plans, about 1936
[These are narrative reports for several parks.]
Texas State Park Planning and Development Association, 1956-1958
[2 folders]
[Includes correspondence, minutes, clippings.]
Organized camps, 1937-1939
[2 folders]
[Includes reports, papers, laws, lists.]
Texas Planning Board:
Correspondence, 1932-1936
"Texas Travel Industry," about 1936
[typescript report]
Directory of State, County and City Planning Agencies and Digest of Planning Laws, 1937
Map - Comparative Size of Texas, 1935
Texas Planning Bulletin:
December 1936-April 1937
April-December 1937
December 1937-April 1938
Texas Forest News, February-December 1936
Adair's Texas Pictorial Handbook, January, May 1957
S-Parks (newsletter of the State Parks Board):
January, May 1940
August, December 1941
January 1955
Texas Association of Fairs newsletter, March-May 1938
Texas Association of Fairs newsletter, June-August 1938
Miscellaneous bulletins and newsletters, 1931, 1938-1942
Park development:
National Board of Fire Underwriters pamphlet no. 58, 1937
Study and Report on Normangee Spillway, 1946
[Includes photographs and plans.]
A Generalized Land Use Study of the San Jacinto River Watershed, 1941
Contracts for work at Davis Mountains State Park, 1947
Texas Department of Health printed material, 1926, 1934-1936
Furniture, 1935-1937
Memo:
Paul Roesle, Chief Architect, 1940-1942
Clem Saunders, 1941
Noble Rumbo [empty]
Danny Rosenauer, maintenance technician, 1939-1942
National defense:
Correspondence, 1940-1942
Bonds and stamps, 1941-1942
War Production Board, 1943
Post war plans, 1941-1943
Post war plans, 1941-1944
Post war planning, Major General Phillip B. Fleming:
[Fleming was head of the Federal Works Agency. These are printed copies of speeches he gave before various organizations.]
1944-1946
1943-1944
Post war planning, 1943-1945
Miscellaneous legal document - citation, 1937
Miscellaneous - probate of wills, about 1940
[Description of probate process.]
Recreation:
Paper - Development of the Texas State Parks System, draft, 1934
Federal amusement tax, 1946
Legislation, 1944-1946
[folders 1-4 of 7 folders]
[These files are correspondence, legislation, papers, printed material, reports, and clippings. The correspondence is generally between the SPB executive director, Frank Quinn, and heads of recreation departments in other states and cities, the governor's office, legislators, park managers, the National Park Service, and organizations. The records concern proposed state legislation before the 49th Legislature to create a State Recreation Board. The Parks Board was against the creation of a separate board for recreation functions. It wanted the recreation duties of such a board assigned to the Parks Board. The legislation to create the Recreation Board did not pass.]
Box
2005/041-9 Legislation, 1944-1946
[folders 5-7 of 7 folders]
Texas State Board of Control, files concerning Inks Lake and Longhorn Cavern State Parks, 1939-1945, bulk 1944-1945
[9 folders]
[These files are correspondence, legislation, minutes, briefs, inspection reports, contracts, and clippings. The correspondence is generally between Frank Quinn and the Board of Control, legislators, park managers, local officials, and others. The files concern a request by the Board of Control to take over control of both parks for use in their eleemosynary program. They wanted to house adjusted mental patients at Longhorn Cavern, and use the lands at Inks Lake to graze cattle. Prior to this request the Parks Board had let the Board of Control use the buildings at Longhorn Cavern for a summer camp for children in the eleemosynary institutions. The War Department, in 1944, turned over control of the CCC camp buildings at Longhorn Cavern to the Board of Control, who then moved in adjusted mental patients to the buildings. The agencies could not come to an agreement and legislation was introduced in the 49th Legislative Session to transfer control to the Board of Control. It did not pass, though the Parks Board eventually worked out agreements for use of some buildings by the Board of Control at Longhorn Cavern and allowed some land to be used for cattle grazing at Inks Lake. The files are arranged roughly in reverse chronological order.]
Radio broadcasts:
[Transcripts of the broadcast.]
July-August 1939
April-July 1939
Box
2006/376-4 Speech, taken from "The Battle of the Peach," by Pat Neff, 1925
Box
2005/041-9 Speeches, April 1940
[Talk for Governor O'Daniel - "Visit Your State Parks".]
Speeches, 1944
[Talk made to the Texas Geographic Society.]
Handbook of State Park Emergency Conservation Work (E.C.W.), U.S. Department of the Interior, 1934
[4 folders]
Work activity reports:
[These are monthly reports (similar to time sheets) that list the daily location of some Parks staff (executive director, some other headquarters staff), such as "Austin Office,""Inks Lake State Park," etc.]
November 1939-December 1940
January-December 1941
January-December 1942
January-December 1943
January-December 1944
January-December 1945
January-December 1946
January-August 1947
Cleburne, Texas, telephone directory, 1954
Colorado River Parkway, about 1937
General publicity, clippings, 1942, 1944, 1957-1958
General publicity, 1941-1942
Publicity:
Brownlee bill (legislation), 1941
State parks, newspaper, 1940-1942
State parks, 1939-1948
[2 folders]
[Includes clippings, news releases, brochures.]
Publications and publicity, 1936-about 1949
Longhorns, 1941-1961
[Includes correspondence with J. Frank Dobie, also other correspondence, clippings, and postcards.]
Chamber of Commerce, east Texas, about 1947
Miscellaneous brochures and correspondence, 1935, 1950-1956
Miscellaneous brochures and clippings, 1938-about 1951
[3 folders]
Box
2006/376-4 Miscellaneous clippings, 1941-1947
Box
2005/041-9 Miscellaneous brochures and maps, about 1938-1940
[2 folders]
Miscellaneous brochures and maps, 1957-1962
Texas state parks brochures and maps, about 1940-about 1951
Drawings from creosote plant, about 1936
Independence (brochure), 1952
Box
2005/041-10 National Conference on State Parks:
[Note: Some of the files in this group had extensive mold and water damage. The majority of the documents could not be salvaged and were photocopied on acid-free paper and the originals subsequently destroyed.]
[Frank Quinn, executive director of the Parks Board also served as the president of the National Conference on State Parks in the early 1950s. These are his files relating to upcoming annual meetings, efforts to get states to join, and items produced by the Conference, such as speeches and reports.]
Report on roll call for parks, about 1958
Box
2005/147-1 Frank Quinn correspondence, 1950-1952
[Note: Most of the records were mold damaged. The originals were destroyed after photocopying onto acid-free paper, May 2005.]
Frank Quinn correspondence, 1948-1954
[Note: All of the records were mold damaged. The originals were destroyed after photocopying onto acid-free paper, May 2005.]
Annual meeting, correspondence, 1950
[Note: Most of the records were mold damaged. The originals were destroyed after photocopying onto acid-free paper, May 2005.]
Annual meeting, programs and miscellaneous, 1939-1950
Speeches and reports, 1948-1952
Box
2005/041-10 Resort lodges (clippings), 1954-1956
Legislative materials/action and research materials, about 1941-1956
[3 folders]
[Files concern legislation to allow the Parks Board to issue revenue bonds to build resort lodges and other improvements at several state parks. See the last set of folders in the series for clippings about this issue.]
Frank Quinn, legislative materials, 1937-1957
Box
2005/147-1 Youth Development Council, 1948-1951
[4 folders]
[Includes minutes, reports, publications, correspondence, photograph.]
Box
2005/041-10 Frank Quinn, miscellaneous files, 1953-1957
[3 folders]
[Includes correspondence, notes, litigation, statistics, financial data.]
Speeches, about 1940-1950
Speeches, 1956-1958
Proceedings of the State-Wide Ground Water Conservation Meeting, 1938
Park managers, 1955-1959
Board members, 1957-1958
Conservation, 1956-1958
Park information, 1957
Negroes, 1957
Negroes, publicity, 1951-1956
Press releases, about 1957
Proposed location of an Army-Navy Recuperative Hospital at Lake Bridgeport, 1944
Publicity and publications:
[Files are incoming and outgoing correspondence, brochures, and other printed materials concerning publications about the state park system or individual parks including magazine and newspaper features, film clips, brochures, and other publications.]
June-August 1959
July 1938-June 1959
January-May 1958
September-December 1957
April-August 1957
August 1956-April 1957
Clippings, all parks:
[Three sets of files, each with overlapping dates; each set arranged roughly in reverse chronological order.]
All parks, set 1, 1954-1958, 1967
[3 folders]
All parks, set 2, 1955-1957
[3 folders]
All parks, set 3, 1951-1954
[3 folders]
Box
2005/041-11 Clippings, miscellaneous, 1951-1957
[7 folders]
[Clippings generally concern the bond revenue legislation pushed by the Parks Board and the building of resort lodges or hotels by the Parks Board at various state parks, arranged roughly in chronological order. See a previous set of folders - Legislative materials/action and research materials - for correspondence and legislation about this issue.]
Maps - Kaufman, Culberson and Hudspeth counties, 1908, 1917, about 1940



 

Acquisition and development files, 1901-1902, 1905, 1917, 1925-1961, bulk 1935-1949
7.5 cubic ft.

The files document the acquisition of park lands, development and maintenance of the state park system in Texas by the Texas State Parks Board and the work of the board with the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Work Projects Administration and other federal agencies at individual state parks. Files include correspondence, reports, proposals, master plans, CCC camp application forms, field notes, contracts, agreements, deeds, maps, blueprints and drawings, photographs, brochures, printed materials, restaurant menus, clippings, and press releases dating 1901-1902, 1905, 1917, 1925-1961 with the bulk between 1935 and 1949. Topics covered include the acquisition of the park by purchase or donation; development of park lands and facilities at the park to include construction of facilities, maintenance and improvements, inspections of sanitary facilities, and transfers of furniture and equipment between parks; and publicity of the park, such as the park opening, history of the area or facility used in the park, addition of new facilities, or other topics. Correspondence is between the Texas State Parks Board, generally the executive director (mostly Frank Quinn), and park managers, staff engineers and staff architects. Other correspondents include land owners (usually local officials as opposed to private citizens or businesses), the National Park Service, the Civilian Conservation Corps, the Office of Sanitary Inspection, and the Army Corps of Engineers.
Also present are a group of files for potential state parks and a group of files concerning Big Bend National Park. The potential state parks files consist largely of correspondence, maps, and proposals to create state parks. Most of the parks in this group did not become state parks. The files on Big Bend National Park consist generally of correspondence about early acquisition efforts to acquire land for a national park and publicity files on the park (largely clippings). Land for Big Bend was acquired by the Parks Board through a land purchase program, see a separate finding aid for the bulk of the Big Bend files, Texas State Parks Board, Big Bend land purchase program files.
Not all topics are present in all parks. Project files for CCC work in several state parks can be found in another series, Civilian Conservation Corps files, Project files. Project files for WPA work done in state parks are in the series Work Projects Administration project files. Correspondence and reports on the operation of the state parks can be found in the series Correspondence and reports.
Organization
These records are arranged into three groups as received from the agency, with some alphabetical arrangement done by State Archives staff: State parks files, Potential state parks files, Big Bend National Park files. Within the first two groups the files are arranged alphabetically by park name, then by topic. The Big Bend files are arranged by topic.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Acquisition and development files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2005/041, 2005/147, 2006/376
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on October 22, 2004; June 3, 2005; and June 19, 2006.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005
State parks files, 1905, 1925-1961, bulk 1935-1949
Box
2005/041-11 Abilene State Park (Lake Abilene State Park):
Acquisition and maintenance of CCC, 1933
Construction, about 1927-1936
Correspondence, contracts, 1949
Maintenance of buildings and equipment, 1942-1948
Transfers, 1943-1945
Correspondence, 1942-1943
Maintenance reports, 1944-1945
Publicity:
1941
about 1943
1943-1945
1945-1948
1951-1957
[2 folders]
Acton:
Acton Historical Park, 1945-1949
Acton State Cemetery, 1949
Acton State Park, Publicity, 1955
Atlanta State Park:
Acquisition correspondence, about 1950-1954
Box
2005/147-1 Acquisition and development correspondence, 1953-1955
[4 folders]
[Note: All of the documents had severe mold and water damage. The documents were photocopied onto acid-free paper and the originals subsequently destroyed, May 2005.]
Box
2005/041-11 Acquisition and maintenance, 1949-1953
[2 folders]
Publicity, 1955-1956
Balmorhea State Park:
Acquisition and maintenance of CCC, 1934-1946
Transfer of land, about 1940-1941
Reports, 1943-1945
Correspondence, 1949-1952
Publicity:
1938
1940-1947
1944-1945
1952-1958
Bastrop-Buescher State Park, acquisition and maintenance of CCC camp, 1933-1936
[4 folders]
Bastrop State Park:
Maintenance and development of CCC, 1937-1938
Inventories and reports, 1945-1949
Inventories and reports, 1943-1945
Publicity:
1937-1942
1936-1944
1941-1947
1943
about 1941, 1957-1958
1959, 1961
Box
2005/041-12 about 1951-1958
[4 folders]
Buescher State Park:
Inventory, 1946
Reports, 1943-1945
Publicity:
1940-1942
1940, 1951
1952-1957
Beeville State Park, project proposal, American Legion Memorial, 1935
[2 folders]
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park:
Acquisition of land, 1952
Publicity, 1943-1948
Publicity, 1952-1957
Big Spring State Park:
Deed, 1945
Maintenance of CCC camp, 1934-1935
Correspondence, 1937-1938
Reports, 1943-1946
Miscellaneous, 1935-1945
Correspondence, maps, 1947-1948
Publicity, 1943, 1951-1956
Blanco State Park:
Correspondence, contracts, field notes, 1934-1936
Correspondence, 1936, 1940
Correspondence, contracts, 1948
Contracts, correspondence, reports, 1949-1952
Publicity, 1938-1941
Publicity, 1951-1957
Bonham State Park:
Acquisition of property and initial CCC application, 1933-1936
[Includes correspondence, agreements, notes, maps, application, etc.]
Correspondence, reports, 1943-1949
Publicity:
about 1937
1943-1944
1951-1955
[2 folders]
1959
Caddo Lake State Park:
Acquisition and maintenance of CCC, 1934-1935
Correspondence, 1937-1938
Correspondence, maps, field notes, about 1941
Field notes, map, 1934
Inspection reports, 1942
Inspection reports, 1940-1941
Miscellaneous, 1936-about 1942
Publicity:
1935
1937-about 1940
1942-1945
1945-1948
1951
1951-1958
Report on flood damage, 1957
Cleburne State Park:
Land titles, about 1934-1936
[2 folders]
[Includes correspondence, reports, field notes.]
Correspondence, 1944-1948
Bid for installation of sewage system, 1945
Construction and maintenance, 1937-1942
Publicity:
1941-1945
1947-1948
1951-1958
Box
2005/041-13 Daingerfield State Park:
Proposal and establishment, 1935-1937
[2 folders]
[Includes CCC files.]
Correspondence, report, 1937-1938
Correspondence, 1956-1959
Program for dog show and field trial, 1950
Publicity:
1939-1941
about 1941
[File has drafts of article about the park.]
1947-1948
1951-1957
Davis Mountains State Park (also known as Fort Davis State Park):
Correspondence, 1941
Miscellaneous, about 1941-1959
Davis Mountains Highway, 1940
Bid for installation of butane gas system for Indian Lodge, 1945
Correspondence - Lodge apartment reservations, 1937
Construction, about 1935
[Includes floor plan, brochures.]
Publicity:
1934
1941
about 1941-1948
1952-1959
Eisenhower State Park:
[Some materials also concern development along Lake Texoma for the park.]
Box
2005/147-1 Acquisition and development correspondence, 1951-1955
[3 folders]
[Note: All of the documents had severe mold and water damage. The documents were photocopied onto acid-free paper and the originals subsequently destroyed, May 2005.]
[Includes reports, maps, and clippings.]
Box
2005/041-13 Correspondence, deeds, clippings, about 1952-1959
Publicity, 1952-1958
Miscellaneous, about 1960
Box
2005/047-13 Landscape designs, 1961-1962
[These appear to be files of Norfleet Bone, landscape architect for the Parks Board. Files consist largely of plans and drawings, also present are lists of plantings and notes. The files includes elevation plans and a floor plan for at least one residence. The floor plan is for a residence in West Columbia. The elevation plans do not identify the residence or its location.]
Box
2005/041-13 Enchanted Rock, publicity, 1955-1956
Falcon Reservoir:
Acquisition report and correspondence, 1953-1955
Publicity, 1953-1955
Fort Griffin State Park:
Reports, about 1938-1939
Facts about fort, photographs, 1938, about 1950
Park operations, 1940-1944
Proposed museum, 1940-1941
Storage, 1942
Improvements, 1940-1945
Master plan report, 1941
Publicity:
1941-1942
1940, 1947-1948
1952-1957
Correspondence, photographs, 1954-1957
Fort Parker State Park:
Acquisition, 1934-1936
[Includes correspondence, CCC application, clippings.]
Dam and timber, 1935-1937
Development and construction, 1935-1941
[Includes documents from the park's grand opening.]
Certificate, about 1945
Correspondence, 1952
Correspondence, 1959-1960
Publicity:
1935
1941
1945-1948
1951-1953
1953-1955
1951-1957
[4 folders]
1955-1957
[2 folders]
Frio State Park:
Publicity, 1947-1948
[Includes photographs.]
Publicity, 1951-1955
Galveston State Park, "Report on Inspection of Potential Area at Galveston," 1939
[Includes photographs within the report.]
Garner State Park:
Land acquisition, 1934
Correspondence, 1938-1952
CCC, 1940
Deed and maps, 1936-1940
Correspondence, contracts, 1940
"Preliminary Report on Dam Site," 1940
CCC camp applications, 1938-1939
Master plans, 1937-1940
Work programs, 1937-1940
Box
2005/041-14 Releases and transfers of funds, 1937-1940
Miscellaneous, 1937-1941
Yearly progress report, 1939
Suspense file, 1941
Memorandum-job submissions, 1941
Layout, 1940
Garbage receptacles, 1940
Bath house revision, 1940
Saw mill, 1940
Maintenance of buildings and equipment, 1941-1947
Inspection reports, 1941-1945
Inspection reports, 1938-1941
CCC occupancy, 1941
Utilities - maintenance and operation, 1942-1943
Publicity, 1940-1955
Publicity, 1951-1958
Studies re: food service facilities, 1959
Glen Rose, pre-Dinosaur Valley State Park clippings, 1940
Goliad State Park:
Attorney General opinion, 1949
Correspondence, clippings, 1950-1957
Correspondence, map, 1955-1961
Publicity, 1951-1957
Gonzales State Park:
Correspondence, map, 1941, 1950, 1953
Correspondence, clippings, 1937-1954
Publicity, 1952-1956
Goose Island State Park:
Correspondence, maps, 1952
Correspondence, photos, 1935, 1953-1955
Publicity:
1937, 1947-1948
1941-1945
1951-1957
Jim Hogg State Park:
Correspondence, deeds, agreements, 1941-1945
Correspondence, agreements, maps, 1949-1952
Hogg Memorial Shrine, letter re: restoration, 1950-1952
Hogg Memorial Shrine, publicity, 1951-1955
Publicity, 1951-about 1959
Hueco Tanks State Park, publicity, 1957
Huntsville State Park:
Land acquisition, about 1935-1938
[2 folders]
[Includes abstracts, deeds, maps, correspondence.]
Acquisition and maintenance of CCC, 1936
[3 folders]
[Includes CCC applications, maps, agreements, abstracts, correspondence, reports.]
Spillway failure, about 1940
[Includes reports, maps, correspondenc.]
Spillway failure, 1941
[Includes correspondence, report.]
Salaries and labor expenses, 1942-1943
Transfers, 1942-1944
Equipment, 1942-1944
Improvements, 1939-1945
Legislation, correspondence, about 1949-1951
Publicity, 1945-1947
Publicity, 1952-1957
Indianola State Park, publicity, 1954-1960
Inks Lake State Park:
Job 179-710, Beach improvement, Section A, 1940-1941
Acquisition and development, 1939-1941
[3 folders]
[Includes correspondence, agreements, maps.]
Maps, 1932-1939
Construction and maintenance, about 1940
[Contains a report to accompany the master plan.]
Salaries and labor expenses, 1942-1944
Improvements, 1940-1942
Water supply, 1943
Grazing, 1943-1945
Miscellaneous, 1939-1941
[Includes deed.]
Miscellaneous, 1951-1952
[Includes correspondence, photos, petition.]
Publicity, 1946-1947
Publicity, 1951-1957
Plat and field notes, 1956
Maintenance, about 1966
[Includes plans and drawings.]
Box
2005/041-15 Kerrville State Park:
Reports, 1936-1937
Oath and certificate of manager, 1938
Miscellaneous, 1936-1940
[2 folders]
[Includes maps, correspondence, CCC camp application, photos, deeds, etc.]
Clippings, 1936
Post war plans, 1943-1945
Park operation, 1941-1947
Publicity, 1944-1949
Publicity, 1951-1957
Lake Brownwood State Park (also known as the 36th Division State Park):
CCC camp application, 1937-1940
Miscellaneous, 1934-about 1938
[2 folders]
[Includes CCC application, correspondence, maps, brochures.]
Change in name, 1945
Lake Brownwood Development Association, 1943-1945
Maintenance - buildings and equipment, 1943-1945
Utilities - maintenance and operation, 1941-1944
Concession accounts, 1944-1945
Equipment, 1943-1945
Inspections, 1942-1945
Park operation, 1943-1947
Inspection reports, 1942-1945
Transfers, 1943-1945
Publicity:
about 1939-1941
1944
[Materials largely the 36th Division.)
1946-1948
1951-1957
[2 folders]
Lake Corpus Christi State Park:
CCC application, 1936
Agreements, 1936, 1944
City ordinance, 1957
Miscellaneous, 1957-1960
[Includes clippings, correspondence, maps.]
Publicity:
1937-1944
1944-1945
1952-1958
[2 folders]
Lake Houston, publicity, 1957
Lake Stamford, publicity, 1956-1958
Lake Texoma, publicity, 1951-1958
[See also Eisenhower State Park files.]
Lake Whitney State Park, 1951-1954
Lake Whitney State Park, publicity, 1953-1957
Lockhart State Park:
Land title, 1934-1936
"Narrative Report of Progress," 1936
[Report includes original photographs.]
Inspection reports, 1943-1946
Park operation, 1943-1945
Swimming pool, 1942-1945
Publicity:
1941-1944
about 1946-1947
1951-1957
Swimming pool, 1958
Longhorn Cavern State Park:
Acquisition and development, 1937-1939
[Includes correspondence, memorandum report.]
Development, 1934-1937
[Includes reports, correspondence, CCC application.]
Development and operation, 1947, 1956-1961
[Includes correspondence, reports.]
"Photo Report on Convict Springs Area," about 1940
[Report includes original photos.]
Titles, leases, contracts, 1943-1945
Inspections, 1942-1945
Floor plan, administration building, 1956
Publicity:
about 1937
1938-1961
1951-1957
Mackenzie State Park:
Acquisition and development, 1934-1937
[Includes correspondence, CCC application, report, map.]
Land title leases, 1937-1939
Inspection reports, 1937-1941
Publicity, 1946-1948
Box
2005/041-16 Publicity, 1951-1957
[3 folders]
Meridian State Park:
Miscellaneous, 1933-1940
[Includes CCC application, clippings, agreement.]
Miscellaneous, 1949-1950
[Includes brochures, photos.]
Publicity, 1944-1948
Mineral Wells State Park:
Photos, 1937
Inspections, 1939-1945
Reports, 1945-1947
Reports, 1941-1944
Publicity, 1940-1947
Publicity, 1951-1958
Mission San Francisco de los Tejas, 1957
Monahans Sandhill State Park:
Development, 1959-about 1960
Report, 1953
Publicity, 1954-1957
[2 folders]
Monument Hill State Park:
Map, before 1950
Correspondence, 1955
Clipping, 1945
Publicity, 1953-1958
Publicity, 1958-1959
Mother Neff State Park:
CCC application, 1934-1936
Correspondence with Pat Neff, 1943-1945
Correspondence with Pat Neff, 1939-1943
Newsletters - CCC work, 1937
Report, 1948
Publicity, 1945-1948
Publicity, 1951-1957
Palestine State Park, CCC application, 1936
Palmetto State Park:
Acquisition and development, 1934-1936
[Includes CCC application, contract, correspondence, etc.]
Miscellaneous, about 1939-1941
[Includes correspondence, photos, reports, clippings, map.]
Miscellaneous, 1937, 1949-1952
[2 folders]
[Includes report, lease, correspondence, maps.]
Inspection reports, 1942-1946
Inspection reports, 1939-1941
Publicity, about 1943-1947
Publicity, 1951-1957
Palo Duro Canyon State Park:
Acquisition and maintenance of CCC, 1933-1936
[2 folders]
[Includes agreements, reports, correspondence, CCC application, maps, photos.]
Official opening, 1933-1935
Correspondence, 1933-1935
Miscellaneous, 1946-1961
Maps, 1905, 1930, about 1939
Correspondence, 1934-1936
Miscellaneous, 1933-1961
[Includes agreements, reports, correspondence, minutes.]
Park operation, 1938-1947
Inspection reports, 1941-1945
Inventories, 1944
Mortgage (indebtedness), 1932-1949
[2 folders]
Legal issues, mortgages, 1925, 1934-1947
[2 folders]
[Includes contracts, deeds, correspondence, Attorney General opinions.]
Miscellaneous, 1945-about 1958
[Includes questionnaire, correspondence, printed material.]
Publicity:
1934-1936
1939-1949
1937-1942
Box
2005/041-17 1955-1958
1951-1957
[4 folders]
Port Isabel Lighthouse:
Box
2005/147-1 Acquisition and development correspondence, clippings, 1949-1955
[3 folders]
[Note: All of the documents had severe mold and water damage. The documents were photocopied onto acid-free paper and the originals subsequently destroyed, May 2005.]
Box
2005/041-17 Acquisition, 1946-1949
Development, 1950-1952
Publicity, 1952-1957
[2 folders]
Possum Kingdom State Park:
Master plan - drawing, 1939
Development, 1940-1941
[Includes reports, deed, correspondence, map.]
Land titles - leases and contracts, 1943-1945
Improvements, 1943-1945
Miscellaneous - East side, 1942-1945
[Includes reports, petition, correspondence, maps, photos.]
Miscellaneous, 1946-1952
[Includes correspondence, maps, contract.]
Publicity:
1940-about 1942
[Includes correspondence and photos with the clippings.]
1940-1945
1952-1953
1945-1948
1951-1957
San Jacinto Battleground State Park, publicity, 1943, 1951-1957
San Jose Mission State Park:
Designation as a national historic site, 1941-1942
Dedication as a national historic site, 1940-1943
Advisory Committee, 1943-1949
Miscellaneous, 1950-1952
[Includes reports, maps, correspondence.]
Restoration work, 1959-1960
Publicity:
1935-1943
1943-1945
1945-1947
1955-1957
Stephen F. Austin State Park:
Miscellaneous, about 1938-1945
Views of Dr. Neasham concerning San Felipe de Austin, 1939
Publicity:
1938-1945
1946-1948
1951-1958
Tips State Park, publicity, 1951-1956
Tyler State Park:
Miscellaneous, 1937-1941
Correspondence, 1949-1953
Cabaret tax, 1937-1944
Publicity:
1938-1944
1943-1945
1945-1948
1951-1959
[2 folders]
Box
2005/041-18 Varner-Hogg Plantation State Park:
Miscellaneous, 1955-1959
Publicity, 1956-1958
Washington State Park:
Miscellaneous, 1955-1960
Publicity, 1951-1958
[2 folders]
Potential state parks files, 1902, 1917, 1929-1957, before 1960
[Most of the files have CCC camp applications, also present are reports, correspondence, brochures and other printed materials, photographs, maps, press releases, and clippings.]
Box
2005/041-18 Aransas Pass, 1929, 1934
Aspermont State Park, 1934-1935
Bexar County State Park, report, 1937
[Report contains original photographs.]
Bexar County State Park, 1937
Brazos Island State Park, 1957
Carthage State Park, 1934-1935
Cisco, 1934-1937
[2 folders]
Clifton State Park, proposal and establishment, 1933-1934
Coleman State Park, 1935
Dickens County (Spur), 1934-1936
General Wainwright State Park (Lake Bridgeport), before 1960
Guadalupe mountains, 1935-1938
Hays County State Park, 1936
Harris County (Houston), 1934-1935
Hereford State Park, land title, 1917, 1935
Laguna Vista, 1930-1935
Lipantitian State Park, before 1950
Love's Lookout State Park, 1938
McAllen Park, proposed, 1943
McFaddin Beach, 1941-1948
Oasis State Park, 1934
Ochiltree State Park, about 1936
Padre Island, development, 1934-1935
Padre Island, publicity, 1952-1957
Paris State Park, 1935-1936
Port Arthur, 1935-1936
Quitana State Park, 1940
[2 folders]
Robison State Park, 1934-1935, 1957
San Angelo (Christoval), 1941-1945
San Augustine, 1902, 1939-1940
San Antonio State Park, 1934-1937
[2 folders]
Seguin State Park, 1935-1941
Stephenville State Park, 1941
Tyrrell State Park, 1934-1936
Other parks, about 1938-1947
[2 folders]
Big Bend National Park files, 1901, 1934-1958
[Files are largely clippings, other materials present include a CCC camp application, correspondence, reports, press releases, and photographs.]
Box
2005/041-18 CCC application, 1934
Correspondence, 1934-1942
Box
2006/376-4 Correspondence, 1953
Correspondence, 1956-1958
Texas Senate Concurrent Resolution No. 22, 1953
[The resolution was requesting the National Park Service to declare an official date for the dedication of Big Bend National Park and that the United States Postmaster General authorize a commemorative stamp be created in honor of the park.]
Report, 1941
[File also contains a transcript of a discussion about the report between the executive director of the Parks Board, Frank Quinn, and the geologist who wrote the report.]
Box
2005/041-18 Reports, 1936-about 1945
[2 folders]
"Running the Canyons of the Rio Grande," published in Century Magazine, col. 61, p. 371, January 1901
Ownership map of South Half of Brewster County, 1934
Box
2006/376-4 Concession contract information, 1953
Box
2005/041-18 Publicity:
1934-1945
about 1944-1945
1942-1943
1941-1949
[3 folders]
about 1946-1949
[2 folders]
1951-1957
Box
2006/376-4 1953-1957
Notes, 1956



 

Civilian Conservation Corps files, 1933-1944, bulk 1934-1941,
5 cubic ft.

These files document park development and construction activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas state parks, the CCC's involvement with the Texas State Parks Board, and the Board involvement with the National Park Service's Emergency Conservation Work system. Files date from 1933 to 1944, the bulk covering 1934-1941. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, job (construction) application forms to the CCC, routing sheets for map and plan approvals, invitations to bid, list of jobs to be performed, bills, estimates of project costs, job clearance reports, job completion reports, inspection reports, field notebooks (survey notebooks), and a few maps and plans. Correspondents include the State Parks Board staff, on-site National Park Service staff and staff at the NPS regional office and its Washington Office. Topics include CCC camps and CCC work at the parks. Project files are present for several parks and individual files are present for specific projects, such as park roads, overnight cabins, fire hazard reduction, office buildings, topographic surveys, water lines, etc.
Additional files on park development that include some CCC camp applications and/or correspondence are in the series Acquisition and development files.
Historical Sketch
The U.S. Congress created the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933 at the request of President Franklin Roosevelt as an emergency program devoted to the care of natural resources. The program provided jobs and income to young men and served as an instrument for preserving natural resources and developing state park lands. Men were initially recruited by the U.S. Labor Department from the lists of families registered at state welfare agencies. They were to be 17 to 25 years of age. Jobless veterans from World War I were soon added to the CCC enrollment and were housed in separate camps. Recruits were enrolled for six-month periods and pay was $30, with $25 of that sent back to their families. The average enrollee was 20 years old and served two six-month terms. Black enrollees were usually segregated, especially in the south. The War Department fed, clothed, and housed the CCC workers in 200 man companies assigned to either the U.S. Agriculture Department (efforts in forest and soil conservation districts) or the U.S. Department of the Interior (included park development under the National Park Service). Most camps were devoted to soil-conservation and erosion-control projects, but 25 camps worked to develop parks. The U.S. Army assigned a lieutenant and captain to each company. The companies lived in camps set up at the sites of their projects. Each camp also hired "locally experienced men" (LEMs) as skilled craftsmen and instructors. The NPS employed professional architects, landscape architects and engineers for each site to design improvements and supervise construction. The State Parks Board provided the land for the park (usually donated land) and a park manager.
Plans for the parks were developed by on-site NPS staff and submitted to the NPS and State Parks Board for approval, with final approval for building plans given by the NPS regional office. Building plans had to conform to the master plan for each park. The designers for the NPS wanted the structures built within the parks to adhere as close as possible to the land and not be an intrusion into the landscape. Structures were built of native materials and finished with simple tools. The construction style used in the park facilities became known as "NPS Rustic." Unskilled workers under the direction of design professionals and LEMs quarried their own stone and worked their own timber. Woodshops were set up in a few parks, including Bastrop State Park and Palo Duro Canyon to produce furniture for use in parks throughout the state.
A common park structure in many state parks was the central "refectory" building. This was a group shelter with toilets, a kitchen, a patio and a large fireplace. These were generally one-story structures that often included an observation cupola above the roofline. Other structures built at the parks included concession buildings, pavilions, cabins, boat houses, bath houses, bridges, fences, boat docks and piers, and dams. Native building materials (limestone, sandstone, timber, etc.) were used to construct the park structures. Several of the NPS architects modeled their designs after local historic examples, such as pioneer log cabins, European-immigrant architecture or pueblo buildings.
Work at the parks also included landscape improvements made to the park lands, such as reclaiming over-cut or burnt-out woodlands with soil erosion prevention measures and extensive tree plantings, building dams to impound scenic lakes and to enhance soil conservation, and plantings of flora and other measures to improve erosion control. Unusual CCC work done at state parks included building the world's largest swimming pool over a natural spring at Balmorhea State Park and reconstructing the ruined mission complex of Mission Nuestra Senora del Espiritu Santo de Zuniga at Goliad Historic State Park.
The CCC work in Texas began in June 1933 and ended in 1941. The CCC program declined as the economy recovery nationwide in 1942, in large part due to the diversion of budgets and manpower to World War II. The CCC developed 56 parks in Texas. Most are still public parks including 31 parks in the state park system.
(Sources: The Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas State Parks, by James Steely, published by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, 1986. Handbook of Texas Online article, "Civilian Conservation Corps," by Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr. (accessed June 2005))
Organization
These records are organized into two subseries by State Archives staff:
Correspondence and administrative files, 1933-1942, 1 cubic ft.
Project files, 1933-1944, bulk 1934-1941, 4 cubic ft.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Civilian Conservation Corps files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041, 2006/376
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996; October 22, 2004; and June 19, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Techincal Requirements
Maps are too large to photocopy.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005, June 2006
Correspondence and administrative files, 1933-1942,
1 cubic ft.
These files document park development and construction activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Texas state parks, the CCC's involvement with the Texas State Parks Board, and the Board involvement with the National Park Service's Emergency Conservation Work (ECW) system. Files date from 1934 to 1942. Types of records present include correspondence, proposals, memoranda, telegrams, CCC camp application forms, reports, photographs, publications, handbooks, job applications, clippings, and inventories. Correspondents include Norfleet Bone, chief landscape architect of the State Parks Board, other Parks Board staff, on-site National Park Service staff and staff at the NPS regional office and its Washington Office. Topics include CCC camps, CCC work at the parks, inspections of landscape work at the park, inspections of proposed land to be added to existing parks or to be acquired for a new park, closure of CCC camps, and revisions to CCC and ECW handbooks.
Arrangement
Files are remain in the order received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence and administrative files, Civilian Conservation Corps files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041, 2006/376
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996; October 22, 2004; and June 19, 2006.
Box
1996/102-1 Inventory of records, Parks Board brochure, about 1940
Box
2006/376-4 Enrollment instructions for the CCC program, 1936
Box
1996/102-1 Correspondence:
1935-1940
1940-1941
[3 folders]
1941
"Department of the Interior, 17th Period, CCC Camp Program," March 1941
Garner State Park, 1936-1940
Caddo Lake State Park, 1935
[Report with photographs of CCC workers and biographical information about the workers.]
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 1934-1936
Bastrop State Park, 1935
[Correspondence with photographs of workers.]
Reports - "Texas Dams, Region III," 1937
[Report consists mainly of photographs of three dams - Stephenville, Meridian, and Bonham.]
Pamphlets, 1938, 1945
Paper - "Organized Camps in State Park," Julian H. Saloman, National Park Service, 1936
"National Park Service in the Field of Organized Camping," compiled 1937
Additional CCC camps, 1940
Inventory of all state parks, 1940-1941
Correspondence, articles, 1942
Box
2005/041-19 National Park Service memos, 1941-1942
National Park Service memos, 1938-1941
Clippings, about 1940
CCC handbook, revisions, 1940-1941
[2 folders]
Norfleet Bone's files:
[Bone was the landscape architect with the National Park Service's Emergency Conservation Work program that worked with the Texas State Park Board and oversaw landscape architect work at the CCC projects undertaken at various state parks. He also was the chief landscape architect with the Texas State Parks Board, serving with the board until about 1962. These files contain correspondence, memos, notes, lists, estimates of project costs, inspections of landscape work at the parks, descriptions and inspections of lands to be possibly donated for state parks, reports, and job applications for landscape architect or related positions at various state parks. Files are dated 1933-1935. Later correspondence files of Norfleet Bone (1945-1962) can be found in the series Correspondence and reports.]
Reports to Parks engineers, 1933-1934
[2 folders]
Bastrop State Park, 1934-1935
[3 folders]
Zilker Park, 1934
National Park Service and State Parks Board correspondence, 1933-1934
[3 folders]
"Handbook of State Park Emergency Conservation Work," Chapter III, National Park Service, 1933
War Department, Emergency Conservation Work bulletins, 1934
Emergency Conservation Work and Army regulations, 1933-1934
[2 folders]
[Includes plat maps of state parks by the Texas State Parks Board.]
Balmorhea State Park, about 1934-1935
Chisos Mountains, Big Bend country 1933-1934
Correspondence, 1933-1935
[Largely re: employment applications - includes Bone's employment application and work history.]
Applications (employment), 1933-1934
Yearly progress records, 1941
[These are likely CCC projects, but could possibly refer to WPA work - there was no indication on the document; some of the parks listed had WPA and CCC work.]
Project files, 1933-1944, bulk 1934-1941,
4 cubic ft.
These files document park development and construction activities of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Texas state parks and its involvement with the Texas State Parks Board. Files date from 1933 to 1944, the bulk covering 1934-1941. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, telegrams, job (construction) application forms to the CCC, routing sheets for map and plan approvals, invitations to bid, list of jobs to be performed, bills, estimates of project costs, job clearance reports, job completion reports, inspection reports, field notebooks (survey notebooks), and a few maps and plans. Correspondents include the State Parks Board staff, on-site National Park Service staff and staff at the NPS regional office and its Washington Office. Extensive project files are present for a few parks (Bastrop, Buescher, Garner, Mackenzie, and Tyler) and individual files are present for specific projects, such as park roads, overnight cabins, fire hazard reduction, office buildings, topographic surveys, water lines, etc. Some additional parks are represented but have only one or two folders. It is unknown where the rest of the project files are located. Some CCC educational and training materials are present in the files of Bastrop-Buescher State Parks. Early work done in the Bastrop State Park also included work done at Buescher State Park (in Smithville), so those files are a set. Work at these two parks also included WPA funding, so some WPA documents are filed with these project files. Additional WPA materials on these parks can be found in the series Work Projects Administration files. The National Youth Administration operated a furniture mill at Bastrop State Park - files on NYA work at Bastrop and a few other parks are in the series National Youth Administration files . Additional files on park development that include some CCC camp applications and/or correspondence are in the series Acquisition and development files. Plans and drawings used in conjunction with these project files can be found in a separate series, Texas State Parks Board, Civilian Conservation Corps plans and drawings.
Arrangement
The files are arranged by State Archives staff in alphabetical order by park name, then either topically or numerically by job number (arrangement varies with park and was not altered by archives staff).
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Project files, Civilian Conservation Corps files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2005/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on October 22, 2004.
Box
2005/041-19 Bastrop-Busecher State Parks:
[Work was done at both of these parks by the CCC and WPA. These files contain some WPA records. Additional WPA records for these parks can be found in the series Work Projects Administration files.]
Ledger, 1933-1935
[Entries include equipment and supply purchases by company, and make, model and serial number of large trucks.]
Level books, 1933-1936
[5 folders - 21 books total]
Box
2005/041-20 Field books, about 1935-1937
[3 folders - 9 books total]
Correspondence, 1938-1939
Correspondence, 1937-1938
Miscellaneous, about 1937-1938
Lumber, notes, Smithville dam, Buescher Park, Bastrop Park, about 1938
[Folders removed]
[Several empty folders were removed - titles were: Notes - Bastrop State Park; Materials; Estimates; Tools; Accidents, fires; and Bastrop Park notes.]
Norfleet Bone - Smithville dam, 1935-1936
Correspondence, 1936
Correspondence, 1937-1938
Monthly work progress reports, ECW, Form 7A, 1936
Report on road structures, about 1936
Survey of insect life, 1937
Progress sheets (various projects), 1936
Memorandum and notes, master plan, about 1936
Work program, A-4-2, A-4-3, A-4-6, 1936
List of excess property in warehouse, 1938
Completion reports, 1937-1938
Garage, job 154, 1937
Combination building, 1938
Golf shelter, 1938
Dry kiln, refectory changes, bath addition, well, pumphouse, footbath, about 1938-1939
[2 folders]
Old jobs, prices, etc., 1936-1939
[3 folders]
Education programs:
System instruction outlines, 1936-1937
[2 folders]
Education outlines, 1937
Outlines for training, various projects, 1939
CCC training forms, about 1937
Project training outlines and CCC training forms, 1936-1939
Telephone line construction and maintenance, about 1939
Project training outlines, 1941
Old outlines, 1937-1939
[2 folders]
Copy of quarterly report on project training - definitions and comments, about 1937
On-the-job instructional material and official bulletins, 1936-1939
[2 folders]
Bastrop State Park, job 189 - Helper's quarters, 1939
Power lines, 1938
[Files for Daingerfield, Huntsville and Lake Brownwood State Parks]
Balmorhea State Park, job 128 - Painting (Indian village), 1938-1939
Cleburne State Park, summary of obligations, 1941
Narrative report to accompany master plan, about 1938
Fort Griffin State Park, 1940-1941
Box
2005/041-21 Garner State Park:
Job 101-112, temporary garage, 1937-1938
Job 102, combination building and terrace, 1937-1939
Job 103, fire hazard reduction, 1937
Job 104, bank sloping, 1937
Job 105, preparation and transportation of materials, 1937
Job 106, lineal surveys, 1937
Job 107, topographic surveys, 1937
Job 108, office buildings, 1937
Job 109, table and bench combination, 1937-1938
Job 111, fire pre-suppression, 1937
Job 112, park roads, 1937-1938
Job 113, educational guide contact station, 1937
Job 114, parking area, 1937
Job 115, keeper's lodge and service area, 1937
Job 116, guard rail, 1937-1938
Job 117, walks, 1937-1938
Job 118, seeding and sodding, 1937
Job 119, moving and planting shrubs, 1937-1938
Job 120, water storage, 1937
Job 121, water lines, 1937
Job 123, preparation and transportation of materials, 1937-1938
Job 124, surveys, 1937-1938
Job 125, selective cutting, 1937-1939
Job 126, seeding and sodding, 1937-1938
Job 127, eradication and extermination of poisonous weeds, 1937-1939
Job 128, sewer line, 1937-1938
Job 131, fire breaks, 1938-1939
Job 132, parking area, 1938
Job 133, cooking units, 1938
Job 134, water lines, 1938
Job 135, terraces, 1938
Job 136, signs and markers, 1938
Job 137, educational guide, contact station work, 1937-1938
Job 138, guard rail, 1938-1939
Job 139, surveys, 1938-1939
Job 140, overnight cabins, 1938-1941
Job 141, trailer road, 1937-1940
Job 142, water lines, 1938-1939
Job 143, beach improvement, 1937-1939
Job 144, service roads to cabins, 1938-1939
Job 145, picnic road, north section of park, 1939
Job 146, preparation and transportation of materials, 1939
Job 147, landscape development (undifferentiated), 1939
Job 148, water sewer connection, 1939
Job 149, picnic road, 1939
Job 150, overnight cabins, 1938-1940
Job 151, educational guide and contact station work, 1939
Job 152, horse and foot trails, 1939
Job 153, preparation and transportation of materials, 1939-1940
Job 154, surveys, 1939-1940
Job 155, table and bench combination, 1937-1940
Job 156, water lines, 1939-1940
Job 157, cooking units, 1939-1940
Job 157, riding stable group, 1941
Job 159, landscape development, cabin area, 1939-1940
Job 160, foot bridges, 1939
Job 161, incinerators, 1939
Job 162, fire suppression, 1939-1940
Job 163, walks - use area, 1939-1940
Job 164, signs and markers, 1939-1940
Job 165, alterations and addition to combination building, 1939-1940
Job 166, wellhouse and pump, 1940
Job 168, sewer line, 1937-1940
Job 169, latrines, 1940
Job 170, overnight cabins, 1940
Job 171, undifferentiated landscaping, 1940
Job 172, weeds and plants, 1940
Job 173, beach improvements, 1940
Job 173, obliteration, 1940
Job 175, fire hazard reduction, 1940
Job 176, guard rail, 1940
Job 177, horse and foot trails, 1940-1941
Job 178, revision recreation room, 1940-1941
Job 179, water lines, 1940
Job 180, sewage and waste disposal system, 1940
Job 181, tree preservation, 1940-1941
Job 182, blacksmith shop, 1940
Job 183, public picnic ground development, 1940-1941
Job 184, table and bench combination, 1940-1941
Job 185, barbecue pits, 1940-1941
Job 186, walks, 1940-1941
Job 188, park roads, 1940-1941
Job 189, preparation and transportation of materials, 1940-1941
Job 190, landscaping (undifferentiated), 1940-1941
Job 191, reconnaissance and investigation for well, 1940
Job 192, digging well, 1940-1941
Job 193, help's quarters revision, storehouse, 1940-1941
Job 195, hot water heater, butane gas system, 1940-1941
Job 196, power line, 1941
Job 197, alterations and additions to combination building, 1941
Job 198, riding stable group, 1941
Job 199, telephone lines, 1941
Job 200, andirons and fireplace sets, 1941
Job 201, obliteration, 1940-1941
Job 202, moving and planting trees and shrubs, 1941
Job 203, check dams (permanent), 1941
Summary of obligations, 1941
Garner furniture, Lake Brownwood mill correspondence, 1941
Low water dam, 1940
Furniture plan, 1938, 1940
Bath house wing, 1938
A report on the water supply by Ross A. Maxwell, 1939
Architectural investigation, 1937
Electrification project, 1937-1939
Protection of wildlife, 1937-1939
Field comment by Donald D. Obert, 1939
John C. Diggs, 1940
Job comparison, about 1936
Estimates of project costs, 1941
Monthly distribution of encumbrances, 1939-1942
Monthly progress report, 1937-1940
[2 folders]
Lake Corpus Christi State Park, 1935-1936
Mackenzie State Park:
Job 101, fine grading, 1937
Job 102, picnic shelter, 1937
Job 103, fences, 1937
Job 104, obliteration, 1937
Job 105, park roads, 1937
Job 167, fire suppression, 1940-1941
Job 106, fire suppression, 1937
Job 147, fire suppression, 1939-1940
Job 107, educational guide, contact station work, 1937
Job 108, bath house, 1937-1940
Job 173, guard rails, 1940
Job 124, guard rails, 1938
Job 125, main entrance portal, 1938-1940
Job 109, guardrails, 1937
Job 110, foot bridges, 1937
Job 186, foot bridges, 1940
Job 168, foot bridges, 1940-1941
Job 133, foot bridges, 1938-1939
Job 146, landscaping (undifferentiated), 1939
Job 111, landscaping (undifferentiated), 1937-1938
Job 112, pipelines, 1937-1938
Job 165, pipelines, 1940
Job 129, pipelines, 1938
Job 182, pipelines, 1941
Job 149, pipelines, 1939-1940
Job 172, pipelines, 1940
Job 127, landscaping (undifferentiated), 1938-1940
Job 169, latrines, 1940-1941
Job 113, latrines, 1937
Job 155, razing undesirable structures (roads), 1940
Box
2005/041-22 Job 117, razing undesirable structures, 1937
Job 119, razing undesirable structures, 1938
Job 114, razing undesirable structures, 1937-1938
Job 115, truck trails and minor roads, 1937-1938
Job 116, moving and planting trees and shrubs, 1937
Job 118, moving and planting trees and shrubs, 1937-1938
Job 156, moving and planting trees and shrubs, 1940-1943
Job 136, moving and planting trees and shrubs, 1938-1940
Job 154, parking area, 1940-1943
Job 180, parking area, 1941
Job 120, parking area, 1937-1939
Job 128, parking area, 1938-1939
Job 121, seeding and sodding, 1938
Job 122, concession shelter, 1937-1940
Job 123, fences, 1938
Job 126, educational guide and contact station work, 1938
Job 131, septic tank and disposal field, 1938-1939
Job 132, lake and pond development, 1938-1940
Job 134, park roads (northwest part of park), 1938-1939
Job 173, excavating channels, 1936-1939
Job 138, tree planting, 1939
Job 137, other buildings, stilling well, 1939-1940
Job 139, alteration to bathhouse, 1939-1940
Job 140, combination building, 1939-1941
Job 160, seeding and sodding, 1940
Job 141, seeding and sodding, 1939
Job 142, seeding and sodding, 1939-1940
Job 143, combination building, 1939
Job 174, combination building, 1940-1941
Job 144, disposal system, 1939-1940
Job 145, educational guide, contact station work, 1939
Job 148, fire places, 1939-1940
Job 150, drinking fountains, 1939-1940
Job 151, table and bench combination, 1939-1940
Job 152, playground area, 1939-1943
Job 153, well and storage tank, 1939-1940
Job 157, trails, 1940
Job 158, roads, 1940
Job 159, walks and curbs, 1940-1941
Job 161, signs and markers, 1940-1941
Job 162, spectator's shelter, 1940-1941
Job 163, pipeline (gas), 1940
Job 164, parking areas, 1940
Job 164, soil preparation, 1940
Job 166, playground stations, 1940
Job 170, shelters, 1940-1941
Job 171, sewage disposal system, 1940-1941
Job 175, wading pool, 1940-1941
Job 176, sewage disposal system, 1940-1941
Job 178, sewage disposal, 1940-1941
Job 179, parking area extension, 1940-1941
Job 181, obliteration of roads, 1941
Clearances for which there are no files set up, 1940-1941
Proposed improvements, 1937-1938
Boy scout camp, 1937-1938
Service area in city park, 1937
Meadowbrook golf course furniture, 1940
Meadowbrook golf course building, 1939-1940
Report on water situation and facilities, 1937
Furniture, 1938-1940
Field report, 1941
Work programs, 1937-1940
Job comparison, 1935
Monthly progress reports, 1937-1940
Monthly distribution of encumbrances, 1939-1940
Yearly progress report, 1938-1939
Estimates of project costs, 1941
Camp application, 1938-1941
Master plans, 1937-1940
CCC buildings, 1941
Field report, Plans and Design Division, National Park Service, 1940
Releases and transfers of funds, 1938-1940
Miscellaneous, 1937-1940
Proposed combination road, 1938-1939
Tyler State Park:
Job 101, dam - earth fill, 1937
Job 102, dam excavation (earth), 1937
Job 103, dam (rip rap), 1937
Job 104, vehicle bridge, 1937
Job 105, park lands, 1937-1939
Job 106, fire breaks, 1937-1938
Job 107, fine grading - road, slopes, etc., 1937-1938
Job 108, sodding (dam), 1937-1938
Job 109, lake development, 1937
Job 110, tree preservation, 1937-1938
Job 111, soil preparation, 1937
Job 112, nurseries, 1937-1943
Job 113, reconnaissance and investigation, 1937-1938
Job 114, fire pre-suppression, 1937-1938
Job 163, fire presuppression, 1939-1941
Job 115, preparation and transportation of materials, 1937
Job 116, educational guide and contact station work, 1937
Job 117, other buildings, experimental, 1937-1938
Job 118, check dams, 1937-1938
Job 119, bank sloping, 1937-1938
Job 120, table and bench combination, 1937-1938
Job 143, table and bench combination, 1938-1939
Job 121, garage alterations, 1937
Job 122, seeding and sodding, 1937-1938
Job 123, water storage tank, 1938-1940
Job 124, garage receptacles, 1937-1938
Job 125, beach improvement, 1938-1939
Job 126, transplanting trees and shrubs, 1937-1938
Job 135, transplanting trees and shrubs, 1938
Job 127, field planting or seeding, 1937-1939
Job 128, fighting forest fires, 1938-1939
Job 142, fighting forest fires, 1938
Job 129, experimental table and bench combination, 1938
Job 130, diving tower, 1938
Job 131, camp fireplaces, 1938
Job 156, camp fireplace, 1939
Job 183, camp fireplaces, 1940-1941
Job 132, boat pier, 1938
Job 133, boat house, 1938-1939
Job 134, moving and planting large trees, 1938
Job 148, moving and planting trees, 1939
Job 136, guard rails, 1938-1943
Job 137, truck trails, 1938
Job 138, spring development, 1938-1939
Job 139, park road preservation, 1938
Job 185, picnic ground development, 1940-1941
Job 186, caretaker's group, 1940-1941
Job 187, signs and markers, 1940-1941
Job 188, developed area lighting, 1940-1941
Job 188, furniture
[empty folder - removed]
Job 189, entrance, 1941
Job 190, parking overlook, 1940-1941
Job 191, parking area, 1940-1941
Job 192, telephone line, 1940-1941
Job 193, obliteration, 1941
Job 194, sewage system - caretaker's residence, 1941
Job 195, structural improvements, 1941-1942
Box
2005/041-23 Job 140, park use study, 1938
Job 141, bath house, 1938-1939
Job 144, shore area improvement, 1937-1939
Job 145, check dams, 1938-1940
Job 146, beach parking area, 1938-1939
Job 147, field planting hardwoods, 1938-1939
Job 149, diversion dam and canal, 1939
Job 150, garbage receptacles, 1939
Job 151, food and cover planting, 1939
Job 152, park road surfacing, 1939
Job 153, pipeline main water, 1939-1940
Job 154, sewage disposal system, 1939
Job 155, suppressing fires, 1939-1940
Job 157, lake bank protection and landing dock, 1939-1940
Job 159, latrines, 1939
Job 160, park use study, 1939
Job 161, transplants first aid, 1939-1940
Job 162, sodding bath house areas, 1939-1943
Job 164, forest conservation, 1939-1940
Job 165, fence repairs, 1937-1940
Job 166, picnic table and bench construction, 1939-1940
Job 167, walks and bath house terrace, 1939-1940
Job 168, suppressing fire no. 9, 1940
Job 170, suppressing fie no. 10, 1939-1940
Job 169, field planting, 1939-1943
Job 171, boathouse parking area, 1940-1943
Job 172, bath house landscaping, 1940-1943
Job 173, beach parking extension, 1940
Job 174, well, pump, and pump house, 1940-1943
Job 175, power line, 1940-1943
Job 176, hydraulic research, 1940
Job 177, lake shore trail, 1940
Job 177, kitchen shelter, 1940-1941
Job 178, park road extension, 1940-1941
Job 180, incinerator, 1940-1941
Job 178, combination building, 1937-1941
Job 181, minnow vat, 1936-1940
Job 182, bench and table combination, 1940-1941
Job 184, garbage receptacles, 1940-1943
Telephone line, 1940
Refectory, bath - preliminary studies, 1937-1938
Combination building, 1940
Golf course, 1937-1939
Insect survey, 1937
Soil survey, 1937
Proposed sprinkler system for golf course, 1936-1938
Fire reports, 1937-1939
Master plans, 1937-1940
Report on unusual tree growths, 1937
Monthly progress reports, 1937-1940
[2 folders]
Monthly distribution of encumbrances, 1939-1942
Mechanical analysis and results of test on material submitted to the Board of Water Engineers, 1937
Third geological report, 1938
Yearly progress report, 1938-1939
Miscellaneous, 1937-1939
Notice of job clearances, 1940-1941
Work programs, 1937-1940
Releases and transfers of funds, 1937-1938
Summary of obligations, 1941
Estimates of project costs
[empty, folder removed]
Miscellaneous, 1940
Preliminary plans, 1937-1938



 

Work Projects Administration files, 1933-1942, bulk 1935-1942,
1.25 cubic ft.

The records document work done by the Texas State Parks Board in conjunction with the Federal Works Agency's Work Projects Administration (formerly the Works Progress Administration - WPA). A few documents also reflect a project done through the Public Works Administration. The Federal Works Agency was administered under the National Park Service. Project proposals submitted to the WPA by the State Parks Board request federal financial assistance and detail estimates and specifications of work proposed for the development of several state parks. Records include correspondence, memoranda, project proposals and applications, summary sheets of costs, estimates, descriptions of materials used, and progress reports. Dates covered are 1933-1942, bulk dating 1935-1942. Correspondents include State Parks Board staff, regional National Park Service staff and the WPA. The bulk of the materials document work done at Bastrop State Park, Caddo Lake State Park, Fort Parker State Park, and Lake Brownwood State Park. Also present are WPA project proposal files with correspondence for WPA projects in Brownwood, Texas, part of a set of files marked "James P. Jones, Architect, Texas State Parks Board." Additional WPA correspondence files are in the series Correspondence and reports, State Parks Board correspondence and reports (group one).
Historical Sketch
The Works Progress Administration was established as a national agency on May 6, 1935, by an executive order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The name of the agency was changed to Work Projects Administration on July 1, 1939, when it was made a part of the Federal Works Agency. It was established as a relief measure during the Great Depression and lasted until it was phased out in 1943, after it was rendered unnecessary by increased employment and reduced relief rolls. Governor Miriam Amanda Ferguson issued an executive order establishing the Texas Relief Commission in March 1933 to deal with unemployment problems in Texas. The commission used Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) funds, enabling Texans to participate in various early New Deal programs such as construction and white-collar projects of the Civil Works Administration and the camp programs of the Civilian Conservation Corps. The establishment of the WPA helped 600,000 persons in Texas to provide subsistence for themselves and their families. According to its regulations anyone employed by the WPA had to be the economic head of his family and had to be certified as destitute on the rolls of the Texas Relief Commission. People of both sexes and of all races were employed. WPA wages in Texas ranged from forty-five to seventy-five dollars per month.
The WPA activities in Texas were varied. Projects included artwork, archaeological investigations, a paleontologic-mineralogic survey, the American Imprints Inventory (survey of holdings in libraries), the Texas Writer's Project, the Federal Music Project, and various construction activities, some of them in state parks. Construction projects included parks, swimming pools, highways, bridges, stadiums, and other public buildings, and, during the period of World War II, centers for all branches of armed forces personnel.
(Source: Handbook of Texas Online article, "Work Projects Administration," by Mallory B. Randle (accessed June 2005))
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff in alphabetical order by park name.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Work Projects Administration project files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2005/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on May 3, 1996 and October 22, 2004.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Restrictions on Use
None.
Technical Requirements
Most of the maps are too large to photocopy.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005
Box
2005/041-23 Procedures, schedule of rental rates, 1939
Defense Public Works application and correspondence, 1941
Bastrop State Park:
Defense Public Works, Public Works Administration application for water well, about 1941
Miscellaneous, about 1962
[2 folders]
[Includes correspondence, notes, project proposals and applications, cost estimates]
Job 20, main path road extension, about 1939-1940
Sewer system, 1935
Golf course, 1936
Bastrop-Buescher State Park, dam, 1935
Big Spring State Park:
Narrative report with photographs, 1935
Project proposals, 1935
Project proposals, 1937
Blanco State Park, cost estimates summary sheets, about 1940
Brownwood, Texas:
[Files of James Jones, architect for the State Parks Board on WPA proposals for work at Brownwood High School and a local hospital. Also present are specifications for a private residence in Brownwood.]
Specifications for a residence, 1936
Brownwood High School stadium, 1936
High school stadium and hospital, 1936
[2 folders]
Caddo Lake State Park:
Pool, 1935
Salvage of materials, about 1940
Construction and maintenance, 1938-1940
[4 folders]
Box
2005/041-24 Concession building - master set, about 1940
[4 folders]
Project proposals, 1940
Correspondence, 1938-1942
[3 folders]
Cleburne State Park, project proposals, about 1942
[3 folders]
Cuero Park, 1935
Fort Davis State Park, dams, 1935
Fort Griffin State Park, 1942
Fort Parker State Park, 1942
Fort Parker State Park, cabins, about 1942
[3 folders]
Huntsville State Park, 1942
Inks Lake State Park, 1942
Lake Brownwood State Park:
Estimates, 1942
Game warden's cottage, about 1935
Bath house and beach, 1935
Lampasas State Park, dam, about 1940
Longhorn Cavern State Park, work program outline, 1939
Longhorn Cavern State Park, connecting road, 1935
Loy State Park, 1935
Meridian State Park, 1935
Mother Neff State Park, 1936
Normangee State Park, 1935
[2 folders]
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Topographic map, 1933
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, pool, 1935
Possum Kingdom State Park, 1942
Robison State Park, 1935
San Jose Mission, 1934-about 1940
[3 folders]



 

National Youth Administration files, 1940-1942,
0.25 cubic ft.

The records document work done by the Texas State Parks Board in conjunction with the National Youth Administration (NYA), a federal relief agency. Records include correspondence, approved job submissions, cost estimates, bills of materials, notes, and inspection reports. Dates covered are 1940-1942. The bulk of the materials document work done at an NYA mill at Bastrop State Park that produced furniture for other state parks. Other parks mentioned in the files are Inks Lake State Park and Stephen F. Austin State Park. Correspondents are primarily Paul Roesle, chief architect of the State Parks Board, with the Texas NYA office. Some correspondence between the Parks Board's executive director, Frank Quinn, and the NYA office is also present.
Historical Sketch
The National Youth Administration (NYA) was established on June 26, 1935, and operated until 1943. It was initially under the auspices of the Work Projects Administration (WPA), although its administration was essentially independent. In 1939 the NYA was transferred to the Federal Security Agency, and in September 1942 it was placed under the direction of the War Manpower Commission. The purpose of the NYA was to provide education, jobs, recreation, and counseling for male and female youth between the ages of sixteen and twenty-five. Financial need was a criterion for participation in both the student aid and out-of-school programs, the two most successful NYA programs in Texas. The student-aid program provided financial assistance in the amount of six dollars a month for high school students, fifteen dollars for those in college, and an average of twenty dollars per month for graduate students. In exchange the students performed part-time jobs, usually as clerks or maintenance workers. The out-of-school work program provided jobs for young people who had dropped out of school or who had graduated and were unable to find employment. Participants worked part-time for wages of ten to twenty dollars a month, generally on highways and roadside parks, playgrounds and schools, recreational parks, and public buildings all over Texas. Parks the students worked on in Texas included Bastrop State Park and Inks Lake State Park. The agency was voted out of existence by Congress in 1943. The overall effect of the NYA in Texas was beneficial. Between 1935 and 1943 more than 175,000 students received assistance that enabled them to complete their education, and more than 75,000 were employed in the out-of-school programs.
(Source: Handbook of Texas Online article, "National Youth Administration," by Kenneth E. Hendrickson, Jr.(accessed June 2005).)
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), National Youth Administration files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2005/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on October 22, 2004.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005
Box
2005/041-24 Correspondence, list, 1942
Approved job submissions, 1941
Bastrop State Park:
Inspection reports, 1941-1942
Job submissions, estimates, 1940-1941
[Includes bills of material.]
Correspondence, 1941-1942
Correspondence, 1941
Stephen F. Austin State Park, 1940-1941



 

San Jose Mission project files, 1937, 1939, 1942-1958, bulk 1950-1958,
0.5 cubic ft.

The records document work done by the Texas State Parks Board at the San Jose Mission in cooperation with the National Park Service, the Texas Highway Department, the city of San Antonio, and the San Jose Mission Advisory Board as part of their efforts to make improvements to the mission and its grounds. Records include correspondence, plans, drawings, details, specifications, invoices, reports, publications, clippings, a map and a photograph. Dates covered are 1937, 1939, 1942-1958, the bulk dating 1950-1958. The records document several improvement projects, primarily the addition of curbs and sidewalks, landscape design, and construction of an amphitheater. Correspondents include the State Parks Board staff, manager of the mission facility, National Park Service, Texas Highway Department, local officials, contractors, and business owners. Additional files on the mission can be found in the series Correspondence and reports, State park correspondence and reports and the series Acquisition and development files. Work by the Work Projects Administration at the mission is covered in the series Work Projects Administration files.
Historical Sketch
Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo was founded in 1720 by Father Antonio Margil de Jesus, a prominent Franciscan missionary, on the banks of the San Antonio River. The mission was named for Saint Joseph and the Marques de San Miguel de Aguayo, the governor of the Province of Coahuila and Texas at the time. San Jose, as it became known, was the largest of the missions in the area, becoming known as the "Queen of Missions." At its height, the community contained about 300 Indian neophytes sustained by extensive fields and herds of livestock. It gained a reputation as a major social and cultural center. Its complex of stone walls, bastions, granary, and the magnificent church was completed in 1782.
In 1941 the San Jose Mission became a State Historic Site, and later that same year, a National Historic Site. It was governed for several years by an advisory board composed of representatives from the National Park Service, the Texas State Parks Board, the Catholic Church, the County of Bexar, and the San Antonio Conservation Society. These entities undertook several projects to restore portions of the mission and add improvements to the complex. The mission grounds were operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department from 1941 to 1983. On November 10, 1978, San Jose Mission became part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park and is now governed by the National Park Service. The church within the mission complex is still an active parish.
(Sources: National Park Service online article, San Antonio Missions National Park, Mission San Jose y San Miguel de Aguayo (accessed June 2005) and from writings found within the records.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), San Jose Mission project files, Texas State Parks Board records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2005/041
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife on October 22, 2004.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, June 2005
Box
2005/041-24 Side development - estimates and specifications, 1953-1954
Sidewalk and cubs for parking area, s(outh) side, plans and specifications, 1952-1954
[2 folders]
Plants, 1953
Miscellaneous, 1942-1958
[2 folders]
[Includes clippings, brochures, publications, correspondence, plans, photograph, ma.]
Book - San Antonio, by Claude B. Aniol, 1942
Amphitheater, 1958
[Includes drawings, plans, notes, correspondence, invitations to bid.]
Box
2005/041-25 Miscellaneous, 1942-1957
[3 folders]
[Includes correspondence, clipping, notes, cost estimates, bills.]
Roads, 1939, 1950-1953
Improvements, 1937, 1949-1958
South side development, 1944-1956
[Includes improvements to roads, sprinkler system.]
Cemetery, advisory board files, clipping, 1937, 1953, 1956
Historical marker, 1950