Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department:

An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department Administrative Records and Other Material at the Texas State Archives, 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999



Overview

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other material
Dates: 1909, 1929, 1934-2004
Dates: bulk 1963-1999
Abstract: Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Types of records present include administrative correspondence, memoranda, proclamations, photographs, publications, reports, clippings, Attorney General opinions, news releases, and organization charts. Records are dated 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999. The administrative correspondence and history project files document the early years of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (1963-1975), with a few files documenting actions of the Game and Fish Commission and the Texas State Parks Board. The news releases document all activities of the Parks and Wildlife Department.
Quantity: 10.75 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's wildlife and fish resources; provision of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public; acquisition, development, and operation of wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, state parks, historic sites, and other public lands; conservation education and outreach; cultural and historical interpretation; and the regulation of fishing, hunting, and boating activities. The Department is composed of ten major divisions which carry out the functions and duties of the agency: Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Communications, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure, Administrative Resources, Legal, Information Technology, and Human Resources. An Executive Director, selected by the Parks and Wildlife Commission, administers the department. In 2005, the agency employed the full-time equivalent of 3,038 people.

The Parks and Wildlife Department is governed by the Parks and Wildlife Commission, initially composed of three members, increased to six members in 1972, and as of 1983, composed of nine members, appointed by the Governor with approval of the Senate. Members serve six-year overlapping terms. The Commission chairperson is appointed biennially by the Governor. The Commission meets quarterly or more often as needed. Its chief responsibility is to adopt policies and rules to carry out the programs of the Parks and Wildlife Department.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) had its beginnings in 1879. In 1879, the 16th Texas Legislature authorized the Governor to appoint a fish commissioner to ensure compliance with an Act for the preservation of fish, and to build fish ways and fish ladders (Chapter 92, 16th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1881, the Office of the Fish Commissioner was established (Chapter 78, 17th Legislature, Regular Session). It was created for the "propagation and preservation of fish and to build fish-ways and fish-ladders…," existing through 1885. The commissioner was appointed to a two year term by the Governor, with the approval of the Senate.

In 1895, the Office of the Fish and Oyster Commissioner was created by House Bill 55, 24th Legislature, Regular Session, with the commissioner appointed by the Governor as before. The duties included the protection of fish, turtles and terrapin of the bays and coastal waters of the state, protection of natural oyster beds and reefs, and the protection of the location of private beds. The Commissioner had the authority to appoint Deputy Commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office. In 1907, protection of wild birds and wild game was added to the responsibilities of that office, which became the Office of the Game, Fish and Oyster Commissioner (House Bill 379, 30th Legislature, Regular Session). This Commissioner appointed Deputy Game Commissioners to assist in carrying out the duties of the office

The single commissioner was replaced by a six-member commission in 1929 and the agency became the Game, Fish, and Oyster Commission (Senate Bill 83, 41st Legislature, Regular Session). The commissioners were appointed to six year terms by the Governor with the approval of the Senate, and were to be selected from different sections of the state. The chair was appointed by the Governor. Duties of the commission included administering the state's laws relating to game and fish; preventing pollution of streams; issuing hunting, trapping, and fishing licenses; collecting fees, taxes, and fines; conducting research; and proclaiming and enforcing open seasons and bag limits on game and fish. The commission also operated fish hatcheries and sanctuaries, administered game and hunting preserves, supervised oyster beds in the state, controlled and exterminated predatory animals and fish, and educated the public in the preservation of wildlife and fish and game resources of the state. It had the authority to create rules and regulations as necessary to carry out their duties. The name was changed to the Texas Game and Fish Commission in 1951 and the size of the board was increased to nine members (Senate Bill 463, 52 Legislature, Regular Session).

The State Parks Board was created in 1923 (Senate Bill 73, 38th Legislature, First Called Session) to investigate prospective park sites in the state and 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 also directed and managed state parks created, except the historical parks which were managed by the Board of Control and/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, federal funds became available for state park development and the board worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) and the National Park Service for the development of better park sites for a state parks system. The CCC provided labor during the 1930s to improve state park lands and facilities. In 1949, the state historical parks were transferred 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). Jurisdiction over the Fannin and San Jacinto Battlefields was transferred to TPWD in 1965 (House Bill 102, 59th Legislature, Regular Session). Battleship Texas was transferred to TPWD in 1983 (House Bill 586, 68th Legislature, Regular Session).

In 1963, the State Parks Board and the Game and Fish Commission were merged to form the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife (House Bill 21, 58th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1967, the Historic Structures and Sites Act was passed by the 60th Legislature, House Bill 58, Regular Session, charging the Parks and Wildlife Department with stewardship of the state's cultural heritage sites. In 1983, the Legislature passed the 1983 Wildlife Conservation Act (Senate Bill 94, 68th Legislature, Regular Session), which gave the agency the authority to manage fish and wildlife resources in all Texas counties. Prior to this act county commissioner courts set game and fish laws in many counties, and other counties had veto power over Department regulations. In 1985, the legislature granted the agency authority over shrimp and oysters (Senate Bill 609, 69th Legislature, Regular Session).

(Sources: Enabling legislation, numerous years; Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; and from information found in the Texas Parks and Wildlife records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Types of records present include administrative correspondence, memoranda, proclamations, photographs, newsletters and other publications, reports, papers, clippings, Attorney General opinions, news releases, and organization charts. Records are dated 1909, 1929, 1934-2004, bulk 1963-1999. The administrative correspondence and history project files document the early years of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (1963-1975), with a few files documenting actions of the Game and Fish Commission and the Texas State Parks Board. The news releases document all activities of the Parks and Wildlife Department. Topics of the records include the appropriations, pending legislation, rules and regulations, appointment and resignation of commissioners, management of and activities at state parks and wildlife areas, hunting and fishing activities, grant applications, dredging, environmental studies, resource conservation and development, water resource projects, game warden school, land acquisition, fish hatcheries, water quality management, and pollution reports and complaints. Correspondents include TPWD commissioners and staff with various state and federal agencies.

This series was removed from the overall TPWD finding aid due to the electronic file size limitations imposed by the online finding aid web site (TARO). If you are reading this electronically, click on the following link to access the overall finding aid, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records. If you are reading this in paper in the Archives search room, the finding aid, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records, is found in the first divider within the same binder.

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 have been organized into four series by State Archives staff.
Administrative files, 1909, 1935, 1944-1975, bulk 1963-1975, 2.5 cubic ft.
Departmental history project research files, 1929, 1934-1980, bulk 1966-1973, 2.25 cubic ft.
News releases and publications, about 1960-1999, bulk 1975-1998, 6 cubic ft.
Organization charts, 1991-2004, fractional

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

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.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Game and Fish Commission.
Texas. Game, Fish and Oyster Commission.
Texas. State Parks Board.
Subjects:
Game laws--Texas.
Fishery law and legislation--Texas.
Parks--Texas--Management.
Recreation areas--Public use--Texas.
Wildlife conservation--Texas.
Conservation of natural resources--Texas.
User charges--Texas.
Hunting--Texas.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--1963-1999.
Clippings--Texas--1940-1975.
Press releases--Texas--1960-1995.
Reports--Texas--1963-1975.
Publications--Texas--1963-1999.
Organization charts--Texas--1991-2004.
Functions:
Management of wildlife resources.
Management of 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 Game and Fish Commission, Game and Fish Commission records, 1896, 1899-1969, 1976, bulk 1928-1963, 21 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1962, bulk 1933-1949, 26 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting files, 1963-2004, 22 cubic ft. and 32 reels of microfilm

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other materials. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2000/100, 2000/150, 2002/212, 2003/086, 2003/157, 2004/185, 2006/094

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 3, 1996; January 28 and May 10, 2000; August 27 and December 10, 2002; May 14, 2003; and July 2, 2004; and by the Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned for control purposes on January 5, 2006).

Processing Information

Lisa Hendricks, June 1996

Laura K. Saegert, January 2006, July 2006

Appraisal Information

News releases and organization charts were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on October 18, 1999. The series administrative files largely consists of administrative correspondence, a series reviewed and appraised as archival on October 18, 1999. The departmental history project research files have not been appraised. For more information about the appraisal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's records, see the appraisal report done by State Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division. It is not available online.

Other Formats for the Records

News releases are posted on the agency's website (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/newsmedia/releases/) for 2004 and 2005. The 2005 agency organization chart is posted on the agency's website (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/business/about/organization_chart/).


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Administrative files, 1909, 1935, 1944-1975, bulk 1963-1975,
2.5 cubic ft.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, reports, news releases, clippings, Attorney General opinions, publications, proclamations, maps, photographs, contracts, and copies of pending legislation. Records are dated 1909, 1935, 1944-1975, bulk 1963-1975. Topics of the records include appropriations, pending legislation, rules and regulations, appointment and resignation of commissioners, grant applications, dredging, environmental studies, resource conservation and development, water resource projects, game warden school, land acquisition, fish hatcheries, hunting licenses, water quality management, and pollution reports and complaints. Administrative correspondence is present for a few commissioners and chairmen and consists of letters and memoranda generally between the commissioner and the TPWD executive director or other staff. Other correspondence files are topical and include correspondence of TPWD staff with other state agencies, such as the governor's office, the Water Development Board, legislators, and regional water authorities; and with federal agencies, including the Deparment of the Interior, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife, the Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Agriculture. The bulk of the topical files document wildlife activities as opposed to actions concerning state parks. Proclamations issued by the executive director discuss wildlife conservation or hunting and fishing activities. Black and white photographs are primarily of game wardens or wildlife activities, with a few of State Parks Board staff. Publications consist of reports and magazines published by either the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Game and Fish Commission, the Texas Agriculture Extension Service, or Texas A & M University. Also present is the text of a speech, with attachments, given by the TPWD executive director Pearce Johnson to the Texas Conservation Foundation in 1970 about the proposed purchase of Mustang Island by the state of Texas for a state park.
Arrangement
Some material is foldered by topic, but does not otherwise appear to be in any apparent order. Records remain in order as received from the agency. Loose materials were foldered by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other materials. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/102, 2002/115
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 3, 1996; and from the Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002.
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
The maps are too large to photocopy.
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, January 2006
Commissioner correspondence files:
Box
1996/102-2 James M. Dellinger, 1969
Harry D. Jersig, 1969-1970
A.W. Moursund, 1965-1967
Chairman Will Odom, 1966-1969
Chairman Will Odom, 1965-1968
Chairman Pearce Johnson, 1969-1971
Administrative correspondence, executive director J.R. Singleton, 1966-1967
Administrative correspondence, 1961-1969
[2 folders]
[Files document actions just prior to and after the merger of the Game and Fish Commission and Texas State Parks Board to form the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. Documents largely concern abstracts of title and land acquisition.]
Administrative correspondence, Eugene A. Walker, 1971
[Files concern studies of a product to clean up oil spills.]
Box
1996/102-20 General correspondence:
1970
1968
1967
U.S. Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service:
1969-1971
1964
1963
1962
Oklahoma-Texas, Red River National Wildlife Refuge, proposed, 1963
PPJ runs (computer printouts of project costs), 1982
Topical files:
Box
1996/102-2 Brazos River Authority, Planning Advisory Committee, 1972
Desalting plant at Brownsville, 1969-1972
Law enforcement referrals, 1973
National shoreline study, 1971-1972
Ocean Industries, Inc., 1968
Build East Texas (BET), 1966-1969
San Angelo cumulus project, 1971
Pantex sewage effluent holding reservoir, 1971
Padre Island National Seashore, 1972
Transfer of national forest lands to Mescalero Apache tribe, 1972
Watershed studies, U.S. Department of the Interior, 1971
Resource conservation and development projects, U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1970-1972
San Marcos National Fish Hatchery, 1970-1971
Santa Maria Water Control and Improvement District, 1971-1972
San Antonio Bay Complex Study, Texas A & M University, 1972
Water assessment (national), Texas Gulf Water Resource Area, 1967
Bay Study Committee, 1964-1969
[2 folders]
Austin Natural Science Association, 1969
Brazos River study, 1973
Testimony re: Meridian State Park, 1968
Partial copy of unknown deed record, probably 1960s
Index of old typical drawings, after 1970
Copies of deeds to historic forts of Texas, 1935, 1947, 1967-1968
Miscellaneous files, 1909, 1970-1972
[Attorney General Opinion, hunting license, magazine excerpts, etc.]
Commissioner's meeting, extract from transcript, October 3, 1969
Pollution reports and complaints:
1967
[folders 1-2 of 3]
Box
1996/102-3 1967
[folder 3 of 3]
1968
[3 folders]
1969
1970
[2 folders]
Report of surface water used (various TPWD properties), 1968
Interagency contracts, 1962-1967
Boat maintenance orders, 1968
Game breeder's law, before 1970
Quail files:
Suspense file, 1967
Receipts, 1967
Production reports, 1966
Shipping reports:
1967
1966
1965
1964
Box
1996/102-20 Shooting resorts, 1963
Game warden schoo1, 1964
Game warden school, 1962-1964
Box
1996/102-3
Publications, Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, Texas Game and Fish Commission, 1962 to about 1965
Reports, Panhandle Economic Program, 1965-1968
Report, "Texas Oklahoma Cattle Feeding Industry," 1968
Photographs and negatives:
Photographs, game warden activities, before 1970
Negatives and contact sheets, game warden activities, before 1970, 1975
[Note: 1975 date refers to a memo about photographs - all the photographs are likely earlier than 1970.]
Contact sheet, "J.D. Murfree murder," before 1960
Photographs, State Parks Board, 1944-1962
Proclamations, 1965
[bound volume]
Proclamations, 1965-1966
[bound volume]
Box
2002/115-5 Speech by Pearce Johnson to the Texas Conservation Foundation, with exhibits, 1970
[The paper concerns the proposed purchase of Mustang Island by the state of Texas for a park. Exhibits include correspondence, telegrams, maps, agreements, and statistics regarding the land acquisition activities of the TPWD.]



 

Departmental history project research files, 1929, 1934-1980, bulk 1966-1973,
2.25 cubic ft.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Types of records include correspondence, memoranda, newsletters, news releases, annual reports, articles, clippings, papers, notes, timelines of notable dates in TPWD history, directory of TPWD employees with original photographs attached, and multiple editions of drafts of a departmental history written by committee. Records are dated 1929, 1934-1980, bulk dating 1966-1973. Records are research files used by a history committee appointed in 1973 to write a general history of the Parks and Wildlife Department and its predecessor agencies, the Texas State Parks Board and the Texas Game and Fish Commission (Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission). Committee members were staff members of the department and included Joan Pearsall, D'Arcy James, and H. Levesque. The committee's history was to include mandates, goals, activities and organizational changes of the department. It was also to include lists of the names of commissioners and executive directors in office for each year.
Arrangement
Records are in the order received from the agency with a small amount of reorganization undertaken by State Archives staff to correct obvious misfiles. Loose materials were foldered by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Departmental history project research files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other materials. 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 Parks and Wildlife Department 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
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, June 1996
Laura K. Saegert, January 2006
Box
1996/102-4 Notes, about 1973
Grapevine (newsletter):
[Grapevine was a newsletter of the Texas Game and Fish Commission, continued for several years by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. after the merger of the Game and Fish Commission with the Texas State Parks Board.]
Correspondence, 1969-1970
Issues, 1960-1965
Issues, 1966-1968
Replies (to survey), 1971
Miscellaneous articles and clippings - "no particular category, " 1957 to about 1967
Report on department, about 1973
History material - annual report contributions, 1973-1974
Texas State Railroad, 1973-1976
Texas State Railroad, press day, September 28, 1973
Planning material - "A Report on Your Financial Condition," Texas Game and Fish Commission, 1956
Division directors, compiled information about, 1977
Yearbook on Texas Conservation of Wildlife, 1929-1930, Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, 1930
Review of Texas Wildlife Conservation, Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, 1929
Miscellaneous, 1939, 1973
[Paper - "Some Notes on Wildlife Conservation in Texas," by William Tucker, executive director, Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, 1939; notes, news releases, 1973]
Excerpt from TPWD history, June 1974
Directory of TPWD employees, about 1974
[2 folders]
[This is a typed directory with original snapshot photographs of employees glued in. The photos are all falling off. The directory is arranged by division and includes a brief job history of the employee as well as their TPWD job title.]
Directory, about 1974
[photocopy without photographs]
Texas State Parks Board publication - S Parks and clippings, 1958-1964
[S Parks was a newsletter of the Texas State Parks Board, continued by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. for several years after the merger of the Game and Fish Commission with the Texas State Parks Board.]
Box
1996/102-4 Clippings, hunting and fishing, 1940-1958
Box
1996/102-4 Clippings, 1955
History of the department:
[There are several editions of the drafts. The draft dated June 24, 1974 documents the history of the Texas State Parks Board. The draft dated June 30, 1974 covers the history of the Texas Game, Fish and Oyster Commission, the Texas Game and Fish Commission, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. The May, April and March drafts also cover the overall history.]
Summary for encyclopedia, September 1980
Final version handed in July 1, 1974 (updated and narrative consolidation of June 24, 1974), 1974
Final version handed in July 1, 1974 (expanded narrative consolidation, June 30, 1974), 1974
Draft, expanded narrative consolidation, June 30, 1974
Draft, expanded narrative consolidation, June 30, 1974
Draft, updated narrative consolidation, June 24, 1974
Draft, updated narrative consolidation, with numerous inserts, June 24, 1974
Draft, updated narrative consolidation, May 1, 1974
Draft, updated narrative consolidation, May 1, 1974
Draft, updated narrative consolidation, with numerous inserts, May 1, 1974
Draft, updated and edited, April 15, 1974
First narrative outlines and inserts, March 12, 1974
Draft, about 1974
Box
1996/102-5 Draft and notes, about 1974
Department history covering 1930-1972, about 1973
Timelines of notable dates with lists of officials:
[This document is a timeline of notable dates in the history of the Texas State Parks Board, the Texas Game and Fish (and Game, Fish and Oyster) Commission, and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. It also contains lists of executive directors and/or executive secretaries and lists of all commissioners for all these agencies.]
1973
Expanded version, 1973
Draft, with inserts, about 1973
History highlights:
[A more descriptive timeline, just covering the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., starting with the merger that created it. It does not contain the lists of officials present in the other timeline document.]
1974
Submitted, November 1974
Work copy, November 1974
Department history contributions, 1938-1974
[3 folders]
[Files include clippings, brochures, papers, and notes.]
Park Directory, TPWD, 1966
[Directory of information about all state parks.]
Progress Report for Capital Improvements, TPWD, 1969
[Report refers to improvements at state park facilities.]
Bulletin - The Shrimp Industry in Texas, TPWD, 1970
Memos and contributions for new version of history, January 1975, 1964-1975
[3 folders]
[Files include clippings, memos, papers, lists, etc.]
Commissioners and executives of TPWD, 1979
Department history - usable material, 1939, 1963-1973
[Items include TPWD fund descriptions, a paper delivered in 1939 (noted in a previous folder), timeline, and legislation.]
Notes, memos, about 1973-1975
Mail survey news releases, 1977
Possibilities (paper, notes, clippings), 1977-1978
Game, Fish and Oyster Commission materials, 1935-1938
[Materials concern a fisherman from the 1930s that had some involvement with the agency - Manny Moore. Files are an agreement, photograph, correspondence, and clippings.]
Texas Observer - "Walter Prescott Webb, 1888-1963, " 1963
Notebook - general information, a chronology and lists of wildlife management areas, parks, and fish hatcheries, 1967
[2 folders]
[Note: materials removed from notebook and foldered]
TPWD reorganization, 1971
Audits, compiled history, 1972
TPWD report to governor, 1972
Clippings re: game wardens, 1934-1973
Department history - hints, notes, advice, about 1974
Paper - "Market Hunting Texas Style," M.W. Massengale, University of Texas, Austin, 1972
Correspondence, 1974
Interim Fish and Wildlife Action Program, TPWD, 1973
Memos, notes, 1974-1975
Accomplishments - notes, writings, printed material, 1969
Facts from annual report, 1968-1969
Outline of major events and departments, highlights (since the merger), 1963-1974
Department history - draft of history highlights, memos, 1974
Box
1996/102-6 Clippings, 1946-1972
[Clippings concern hunting, fishing and wildlife conservation.]
Clippings, 1962-1968
[Clippings concern conditions at state parks, the merger, and game wardens.]
Notes and articles from other states, about 1973
History project, 1974
[Memos and portions of drafts of the compiled history.]
Miscellaneous, 1936, 1972
[List of taped interviews, notes, and an oyster claim rental (1936).]



 

News releases and publications, about 1960-1999, bulk 1975-1998,
6 cubic ft.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Records present are news or press releases, a few newsletters, brochures, pamphlets and information sheets. These records provide information about activities of the agency that the agency considers to be of public interest, including hunting, fishing and boating activities and regulations; management of and activities at state parks and historic sites, including development of new parks/sites and renovations of existing parks/sites; wildlife conservation and management; notice of upcoming commission meetings and hearings; game warden training schools; appointment of new commissioners or hiring of high level executive staff; and other topics. Dates covered are about 1960-1999, bulk dating 1975-1998. The bulk of the releases are those released in a press packet. It was issued weekly until mid 1977, when it became a bi-weekly publication. Special editions were issued if warranted. A few press releases are present for the Texas State Parks Board.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in two groups, Publications and news releases, and News releases. Publications are filed first in the first group, followed by news releases. Some news releases are mixed in with the publications. Each set of materials is filed in roughly chronological order by year, with some minor rearrangement done by State Archives staff. The materials in the second group, news releases, are filed in chronological order by date of issuance, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), News releases and publications, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other materials. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2000/150, 2006/094
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. on May 10, 2000; and from the Legislative Reference Library on March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned for control purposes on January 5, 2006).
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
Laura K. Saegert, January 2006
Box
2006/094-1 Publications and news releases
[Materials in this group consist of items received from the Legislative Reference Library, generally newsletters and small publications by TPWD including brochures, newsletters, information sheets, and pamphlets. Some of the newsletters are mixed with the publications, most are filed separately.]
Publications:
1966-1973
1978-1986
1987
1988-1992
1993-1996
1996-1997
1997-1999
Texas State Railroad press kit, 1978-1979
[Note: includes two black and white photographs of the train.]
News releases:
Texas State Parks Board, about 1960-1962
TPWD, 1963-1966
[bound volume]
TPWD, scattered dates, 1966-1989
TPWD - "Talkin Texan," for immediate release to outdoor writers, 1989-1990
[bound volume]
Box
2000/150-1 News releases
[News or press releases received from the Communications Division of Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. in notebooks. An index of releases for the year was filed at the beginning of each year. The news releases were removed from the notebooks, foldered, and placed in boxes.]
Index, 1975
January-February 1975
February-March 1975
March-April 1975
May-June 1975
June-July 1975
July-August 1975
August-September 1975
September-October 1975
October-November 1975
November-December 1975
Index to volume I (January-mid July), 1976
January 1976
January-February 1976
February-March 1976
March-April 1976
April-May 1976
May-June 1976
June-July 1976
Index to volume II (mid July-December), 1976
July-August 1976
August-September 1976
September-October 1976
October-December 1976
December 1976
Index to volume I (January-July), 1977
January-February 1977
February-March 1977
March 1977
April 1977
May 1977
June 1977
June-July 1977
Index to volume II (August-December), 1977
August 1977
September 1977
October 1977
November-December 1977
December 1977
Box
2000/150-2 Index, volume I (January-July), 1978
January 1978
February 1978
February-March 1978
March-April 1978
April 1978
May 1978
May-June 1978
June-July 1978
Index to volume II (August-December), 1978
August 1978
August-September 1978
September-October 1978
October-November 1978
November-December 1978
Index, 1979
January 1979
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Organization charts, 1991-2004,
fractional

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department is responsible for the management and conservation of the state's natural and cultural resources, provision of outdoor recreational opportunities, conservation education and outreach, and interpretation of cultural and historical resources. Records are organization charts of the agency and its divisions, dating 1991-2004. These charts illustrate graphically the administrative structure of the different functional units within the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff in chronological order by year.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Organization charts, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department administrative records and other materials. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2000/100, 2000/150, 2002/212, 2003/086, 2003/157, 2004/185
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. on January 28 and May 10, 2000; August 27 and December 10, 2002; May 14, 2003; and July 2, 2004.
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
Laura K. Saegert, January 2006
Box
2000/150-5 Organization charts for the agency and some divisions, 1991-2000
Organization charts for some divisions, 1998-1999
Organization charts for the agency and some divisions, 2002-2004