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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Land acquisition appraisal and abstract files, 1905-1986, bulk 1908-1986,

Plans and specifications of military bases, 1940-1974,

San Jose Mission project files, 1968-1983, bulk 1976-1981,

Reports and studies, 1960-1980, bulk 1971-1978,

Plans and planning records, 1965, 1975-1985, bulk 1975-1980,

Maps and brochures of state parks and recreational areas, 1974-1990,

Videocassette and publication, 1996,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, State Parks Division:

An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department State Parks Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986



Overview

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept. State Parks Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department State Parks Division records
Dates: 1905-1990
Dates: bulk 1927-1986
Abstract: The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Types of records present include correspondence, reports, project files, appraisal reports, copies of land title abstracts, deeds, surveyors' field notes, survey and subdivision maps, photographs, maps and brochures, and civil engineering and architectural structural and mechanical plans and specifications for various types of repairs and improvements to two Air Force bases in Texas. Dates covered are 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986.
Quantity: 30.68 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas 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, 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 when 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…," and existed 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 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 its 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, 52nd Legislature, Regular Session).

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 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 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 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).

The State Parks Division protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD, which includes 119 state parks, historic sites, and natural areas. The division also provides planning assistance and administers matching grants to local communities and counties for park acquisition and development, public boat ramps and other facilities, and outreach.

In the early years of TPWD the State Parks Division also investigated potential land acquisitions for state parks and historic sites, negotiated and prepared contracts for the donation or purchase of land, researched title information, constructed new park facilities, renovated and repaired existing facilities. In 1965 the Parks Division developed a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan - the Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan (as directed by the 59th Legislature, Senate Bill 165, Regular Session). This plan was updated every five years. Master plans for state parks were begun in 1965. During a brief period in the 1990s, the State Parks Division was known as the Public Lands Division, whose duties included the management of some wildlife areas in addition to state parks, historic sites, and natural areas. Today, land acquisition activities are handled through the executive office and the Infrastructure Division handles design and construction of new facilities, repairs of existing facilities, and development of TPWD lands. Wildlife areas are general managed by the Wildlife Division. The Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan has been incorporated into the more comprehensive Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan prepared by the agency. The 77th Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 305, Regular Session) required that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department prepare (and be adopted by the Commission) the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan by October 15, 2002. The plan was adopted and the latest version (2005) is on the website of the TPWD (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_e0100_0867/). .

Sources: Enabling legislation; Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; from information found in the Texas Parks and Wildlife records; and from data found on the TPWD website - http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/ (visited January 2006).

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Types of records present include correspondence, memoranda, reports, project files, plans, appraisal reports, copies of land title abstracts, deeds, surveyors' field notes, survey and subdivision maps, photographs, maps and brochures, and civil engineering and architectural structural and mechanical plans and specifications for various types of repairs and improvements to two former Air Force bases in Texas. Dates covered are 1905-1990, bulk 1927-1986.

The appraisal and abstract records were accumulated during the course of land acquisition activities for the state by the TPWD and its predecessor, the Texas State Parks Board, for many of the Texas state parks, natural areas, and historic sites. The great majority of the plans and specifications are for Matagorda Island Air Force Base, but a few plans are present for Port O'Connor Air Force Base - federal military facilities that were transferred to the state of Texas. Project files are present for studies and work done to add the San Jose Mission to the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which was accomplished in 1978. Conceptual and feasibility studies are present for several park sites including San Jose, Goliad, and Washington-on-the Brazos, and other existing or potential state park sites, including the Dallas area and Toledo Bend Reservoir. Planning records document work on the Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan in the 1970s and 1980s. Also present are maps and brochures of state parks for the 1970s and a videocassette and publication produced by TPWD to illustrate how the (then) Public Lands Division (now the State Parks Division) acquired, restored, preserved and operated historic properties in accordance with the 1967 legislative mandate to assume stewardship of important elements of Texas' heritage.

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.

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Organization of the Records

The records have been organized into seven series by State Archives staff:
Land acquisition appraisal and abstract files, 1905-1986, bulk 1927-1986, 18 cubic ft.
Plans and specifications of military bases, 1940-1974, 3 cubic ft.
San Jose Mission project files, 1968-1983, bulk 1976-1981, 2 cubic ft.
Reports and studies, 1940-1980, bulk, 1971-1978, 3 cubic ft.
Plans and planning records, 1965, 1975-1985, bulk 1975-1980, 3.74 cubic ft.
Maps and brochures of state parks and recreational areas, 1974-1990, 0.94 cubic ft.
Videocassette and publication, 1996, fractional

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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

Most of the maps and all of the plans and specifications are too large to photocopy.

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

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Corporate Names:
Texas. State Parks Board.
Subjects:
Parks--Texas--Management.
Recreation areas--Public use--Texas.
Conservation of natural resources--Texas.
Air bases--Texas.
Real property--Valuation--Texas.
Public lands--Texas.
Places:
Matagorda Island Air Force Range (Tex.)
Matagorda Island (Tex.)--Public lands.
Mission San Jose (San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, Tex.)
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Parks--1905-1986.
Reports--Texas--Parks--1940-1986.
Plans (reports)--Texas--Parks--1965-1985.
Abstracts--Texas--Land titles--1905-1986.
Appraisals--Texas--Public lands--1905-1986.
Field notes--Texas--Public lands--1905-1986.
Maps--Texas--Public lands--1905-1986.
Specifications--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--Air bases--1940-1974.
Plans (drawings)--Matagorda Island (Tex.)--Air bases--1940-1974.
Functions:
Procuring public lands.
Management of parks.

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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 State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1962, bulk 1933-1949, 25 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board, Civilian Conservation Corps plans and drawings, about 1935-1950, over 3600 drawings. [These records are unprocessed, see staff for assistance.]
Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section deed files, 1848-1994, undated (not inclusive), bulk 1928-1963, 9.12 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.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1996/052, 1996/060, 1996/065, 1996/081, 2002/114, 2004/090, 2006/366

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 February 1, February 20 and March 21, 1996; March 27, 2002; and February 17, 2004; by the Texas Documents Collection of the Library and Archives Commission on February 27, 1996. One accession was transferred by an unknown entity in the 1970s and was assigned an accession number for control purposes on May 16, 2006.

Processing Information

Lisa Hendricks, February, March and April, 1996

Laura K. Saegert and Jason Walker, June 1998

Laura K. Saegert, May 2006

Appraisal Information

The records of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept. were appraised by State Archives staff on October 18, 1999. Series appraised as archival described in this finding aid are: Project file - Acquisitions (listed as Land appraisal and abstract records in the finding aid), Statewide planning final reports and studies, and Building plans and specifications. Series titles used in the finding aid are either generic titles currently in use in the TPWD retention schedule or else were used by State Archives staff for accessions processed prior to the appraisal of the TPWD records. 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 or online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/parks.html

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Land acquisition appraisal and abstract files, 1905-1986, bulk 1908-1986,
18 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, during the time period covered by these records, investigated potential land acquisitions for state parks, historic sites, and natural areas, negotiated and prepared contracts for the donation or purchase of land, and researched title information. Types of records include appraisal reports, copies of land title abstracts, deeds, surveyors' field notes, survey and subdivision maps, photographs, and correspondence, dating 1905-1986, bulk 1908-1986. Appraisal files typically include photographs of the property, maps, market data, soil and mineral analysis, and surveyors' field notes. Abstract files contain copies of all instruments of record and documents filed for record (deeds, abstracts, etc.), conveying, affecting or pertaining to the title of lands being considered for acquisition. The appraisal and abstract records were accumulated during the course of land acquisition activities for the state by the TPWD and its predecessor, the Texas State Parks Board, for many of the Texas state parks, natural areas, and historic sites. Land acquisition files for most of the state historic parks and monuments can be found in the Texas Secretary of State deed files ( http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/30070/tsl-30070.html). Some early appraisal and abstract information can be found in the records of the Texas State Parks Board, in the series Acquisition and development files. Land acquisition files for Big Bend National Park were handled by the Texas State Parks Board but are not reflected in these records. Big Bend land acquisition files are currently unprocessed, see the Archives staff for assistance.
Organization/Arrangement
These records are arranged into two groups by State Archives staff - Appraisal files and Abstract files. Within each group the files are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Land acquisition appraisal and abstract files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1996/081, 2004/090
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 March 21, 1996 and February 17, 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
Most of 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, April 1996
Laura K. Saegert, May 2006
Appraisal files
Box
1996/081-3 Martin Creek Lake, 1978
[2 wallets]
Rancho de las Cabras, 1975
South Llano River, 1981
Box
1996/081-4 Bryan Beach right-of-way, 1980
Cartwright House, 1976-1977
Eagle Mountain Lake, 1980
[3 wallets]
Lake Houston, 1981
[2 wallets]
Box
1996/081-10 Bastrop Park, 1979
Arroyo Colorado, 1978
[wallets 1-2 of 3 wallets]
Box
1996/081-11 Arroyo Colorado, 1978
[wallet 3 of 3 wallets]
Caprock Canyons State Park, 1975-1979
[2 wallets]
Davis Mountains State Park, 1973-1982
[3 wallets]
Enchanted Rock Park Site, 1977-1978
Fort Leaton, 1972-1974
[2 wallets]
Box
1996/081-12 Fort McKavett, 1973-1980
[4 wallets]
Fulton Mansion, 1977
Lake Mineral Wells, 1976-1982
[3 wallets]
Box
1996/081-13 McKinney Falls, 1972-1976
Mustang Island State Park, 1976-1979
Resaca de la Palma, 1976
Village Creek, 1979
[loose reports and 2 wallets]
Box
2004/090-3 Brazoria County Access Point, 1986
Caddoan Mounds, 1981
Devil's Sinkhole, 1984
Gorman Falls, 1984
Hill Country Natural Area, Bandera County, 1983-1986
Lake Mineral Wells, 1984
LaPorte regional office, 1984
Washington-on-the-Brazos, 1984
Box
2004/090-4 Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., acquisition summary, about 1973
[Note: labeled as exhibit A, it is unknown what it was an exhibit for, possibly for the Matagorda Island studies]
Dallas park study, 1975
Houston Area Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area (SMSA) study, 1980-1981
[2 folders]
Harris County potential site nominations, 1980-1981
[2 folders]
Matagorda Island files:
[Matagorda Island became part of the state park system as a result of a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of the Interior and the state of Texas. The agreement was approved in December 1982 and passed into law by the Texas Legislature in March 1983 (Senate Bill 249, 68th Legislature, Regular Session). The agreement stated that Matagorda Island and the surrounding wildlife management area, consisting of public lands surrounding the island, were to be managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area consists of 56,688 acres of offshore barrier island and bayside marshes that is operated as a wildlife management area, jointly owned by the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is cooperatively managed as the Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area. Texas Parks and Wildlife manages the area for public use and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the main responsibility for managing the wildlife and habitat on the island. Another series in this finding aid, plans and specifications, contains the plans, drawings, and specifications from the air force base and surrounding land transferred by the federal government to the state.]
Final agreements, 1982-1983
Matagorda Air Force Base report - Air Force Range Dock Annex, 1973
General use plan, environmental assessment, about 1981
Negative declaration, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, 1976
Proposal for disposition of 19,000 acres of federal land on Matagorda Island, transcript of hearing, 1976
Conceptual plans, 1975, 1981
Conceptual plan comments, 1981-1982
Testimony, 1982
Ratification process and operation of Memorandum of Understanding, 1983-1984
Box
2004/090-5 Hearings, 1982
Environmental assessment, 1982
Miscellaneous, 1975-1980
[Files contains printed materials, correspondence, reports, maps, articles, and other materials.]
Imp. Correspondence, 1975-1976
[Note: Imp. likely is short for Important correspondence]
General correspondence, 1975-1983
General correspondence, 1981-1982
Matagorda - originals, 1974-1981
[Files include conceptual plan, reports, letters, maps, and other documents.]
Testimony of Garry Mauro, Texas General Land Office Commissioner, 1983
Dissertation by Bruce Wilkinson, University of Texas at Austin, 1973
[typed copy]
Drafts, conceptual plan, 1981-1982
Abstracts
Box
1996/081-1 Lake Livingston, 1982
[6 volumes]
Box
1996/081-2 Martin Creek Lake, 1978
[2 wallets]
Davis Hill Park Site, 1947
[loose volumes]
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1966-1975
Kerrville State Recreation Area, 1927, 1934-1935
Box
1996/081-5 Abilene State Park, 1931
Caprock Canyons State Park, 1915-1975
[2 wallets]
Copper Breaks State Park, 1919-1970
[2 wallets]
Daingerfield State Park, 1935
Dublin Trail, 1972
Box
1996/081-6 Eisenhower Birthplace, 1905-1956
[2 wallets]
Fort Leaton, 1967-1968
Fort McKavett, 1939-1979
[3 wallets]
Box
1996/081-7 Fort Parker, 1922-1935
Garner State Park, 1933-1936
Goliad-Zaragosa Unit, 1970
Hill Country Natural Area, 1945-1969
Lake Mineral Wells, 1975
Box
1996/081-8 Lost Maples Park, 1949-1973
[3 wallets]
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park, 1970
Palo Duro Canyon, 1913-1973
[1 wallet, 1 volume]
Box
1996/081-9 Pedernales Falls, 1936-1970
Port Isabel Lighthouse, 1951-1979
Seminole Canyon, 1927-1973
[3 wallets]
South Llano River, 1908-1975
Texas State Railroad, 1913-1923
Tyler State Park, 1919-1936
McKinney Falls, 1949
Box
2004/090-6 Kickapoo Cavern State Natural Area:
Transfer of abstract of title, Tommy Seargeant, 1986
Loose supplemental abstracts prepared for Oscar Thomas Seargeant, 1976-1986
Abstract of title supplements (22), estate of A.J. Seargeant, 1927-1984
Box
2004/090-7 Supplemental and original abstracts (37), 1916-1955
Supplemental abstracts (19), 1955-1976

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Plans and specifications of military bases, 1940-1974,
3 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, during the time period covered by these records, investigated potential land acquisitions for state parks, historic sites, and natural areas, negotiated and prepared contracts for the donation or purchase of land, researched title information, constructed new park facilities and did renovations and repairs in existing facilities. These records are plans and specifications of federal military facilities that were transferred to the state of Texas when the state took over management of Matagorda Island Air Force Base and surrounding public lands from the federal government in 1983. Records are civil engineering and architectural structural and mechanical plans and specifications for various types of repairs and improvements to two Air Force bases located in Texas dated 1940-1974. The vast majority of the files are for Matagorda Island Air Force Base, but a few plans are present for Port O'Connor Air Force Base. Several of the plans have listed either Bergstrom Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command or Carswell Air Force Base, Strategic Air Command, in the title area. That information seems to indicate the drawings were done at or authorized by that particular air command, not that the files represent drawings from those bases. Unless otherwise noted, the plans are for the Matagorda Island Air Force Base. Types of improvements, repairs, and rehabilitations detailed in the plans include repainting doors and windows; repairing features in the dining areas, the educational center, the operations buildings, the hangars and other buildings; installing a submarine cable; making changes to the runways and facilities on the gunnery and bombing range; and repairing cargo piers, sanitary sewer systems, roads, water mains, and fire hydrants. Some of the structures for which these plans were drawn have since been destroyed. Plans of the base and a few maps of the base and surrounding area are present.
Matagorda Island became part of the state park system as a result of a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of the Interior and the state of Texas. The agreement was approved in December 1982 and passed into law by the Texas Legislature in March 1983 (Senate Bill 249, 68th Legislature, Regular Session). The agreement stated that Matagorda Island and the surrounding wildlife management area, consisting of public lands surrounding the island, were to be managed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Matagorda Island Wildlife Management Area consists of 56,688 acres of offshore barrier island and bayside marshes that is operated as a wildlife management area, jointly owned by the Texas General Land Office and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and is cooperatively managed as the Matagorda Island National Wildlife Refuge and State Natural Area. Texas Parks and Wildlife manages the area for public use and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has the main responsibility for managing the wildlife and habitat on the island.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in the order received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Plans and specifications of military bases, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/052
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 February 1, 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
The plan and specifications are too large to photocopy.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, March 1996
Laura K. Saegert, May 2006
Box
1996/052-1 Repair hangar building, T-55 (elevations), 1971
Electrical distribution building, T-189, T-188, T-125, 1962
Repair hangar maintenance, location plan, 1966
Repair hangar maintenance, lower chord framing plan and details, 1966
Repaint 7 buildings, T-125, T-127, T-187, T-188, 1965
Repair hangar building, T-55 (details), 1971
Rehabilitation of Matagorda Island Air Force Range for Second Air Force, Strategic Air Command:
[There are 77 sheets in the set. Not all are present in this first group, some can be found in boxes 2 thru 4.]
Cover sheet, 1962
Repair sq. (squadron) headquarters (multi-purpose) building, T-183 (floor plan and elevations), 1962
Repair operations base building, T-57 (plan, elevations, finish schedule, and details), 1962
Repair hangar maintenance shop building, T-55 (floor, framing, roof plans, elevation, finish schedule and details), 1962
Repair hangar maintenance org. building, T-55 (elevation and sections), 1962
[Note: it is unknown what org. represents]
Repair hangar maintenance org. building, T-55 (new hangar doors - elevations, sections and details), 1962
Repair control tower (plans and elevations), 1962
Repair dorm amn. (multi-purpose) building, T-125, T-127, and T-188 (plans, elevations and finish schedules), 1962
[Note: it is unknown what amn. represents]
Repair dining hall amn. building, T-152 (floor plan, finish and kitchen equipment schedules), 1962
Repair dining hall amn. building, T-152 (interior and exterior elevations), 1962
Repair open mess, non-commissioned officer's (NCO) building, T-186 (plan, elevation, and finish schedule), 1962
Repair educational center (multi-purpose) building, T-5 (plans, sections and finish schedule, elevation and details), 1962
Repair water supply and treatment, repair warehouse supply and equipment base (plans, elevation, sections and details), 1962
Repair transmitter and receiver buildings, T-321 and T-322 (plans and details), 1962
Repair operations building, T-57 (mechanical plans and diagrams), 1962
Repair hangar maintenance shop building, T-55 (floor plan), 1962
Repair storage av-gas, repair storage mo-gas (plans, elevations, sections and details), 1962
[Note: it is unknown what av-gas and mo-gas actually represent - possible aviation fuel and motor fuel]
Repair dorm amn. (multi-purpose) building, T-125 (mechanical plans, sections, and diagrams), 1962
Repair dining hall building, T-152 (mechanical plan and section), 1962
Repair dining hall building, T-152 (plumbing plan and diagrams), 1962
Repair OQ men. (mechanical plans and drawings), 1962
[Note: OQ likely refers to officers's quarters, men. may mean men's quarters]
Repair open mess, NCO building, T-186 (mechanical plans and diagrams), 1962
Repair educational center (mechanical plans, sections and diagrams), 1962
Repair and alteration to stg. diesel (plans and details), 1962
[Note: it is unknown what stg. represents]
Replace marine maintenance shop (mechanical plans and diagrams), 1962
Miscellaneous mechanical details, 1962
Repair sq. headquarters (multi-purpose) building, T-182 (electrical plan, schedules and diagrams), 1962
Repair operations base building, T-157 (electric plan, schedule and diagram) [missing, listed on original inventory]
Repair hangar maintenance shop building, T-55 (electrical plan, schedule and diagram), 1962
Repair dorm amn. (multi-purpose) building, T-125, T-127, T-128 (electrical plans, schedules and diagram), 1962
Repair dining hall ann. building, T-152 (electrical plans, schedule and diagram), 1962
[3 sheets]
[Note: ann. likely refers to annex]
Repair OQ men. building, T-189 (electrical plans, schedule and diagram), 1962
Repair open mess, NCO building, T-186 (electrical plans, schedule and diagram), 1962
Repair educational center multi-purpose building, T-5 (electrical plan, schedule and diagram), 1962
Crash location [map], Matagorda Island, 1963
[5 copies]
Off case crash map, 1972
Storage jet fuel (maintenance) tank cleaning, 1967
Gunnery and bombing range (general plan), 1942
Gunnery and bombing range (land map of area west of Colorado River), 1941
Rod bracing for door, pockets A.C. Squadron hangars, 1942
Wall and Truss Bracing, A.C. Squadron hangar, 1942
Post numbering system, 1943
A.C. gasoline fueling system:
Location and layout plan, 1942
Pump house, 1942
Operating storage details, 1942
Foundation details, 1942
Truck fill stand, 1942
Access roads to wildlife areas [sheet missing from original inventory]
Master plan (base plan, disaster preparedness plan) [sheets missing from original inventory]
Base layout, before 1974
Runway, before 1974
Master plan (base violations), 1973
Removal of unauthorized structures, 1974
Bombing and gunnery range, 1953
[3 sheets]
Real estate (acquisition and ownership), 1973
Real estate (segment C), 1973
Master plan (real estate), 1973
Construct TVOR shelter (vicinity map, site plan, foundation plan, section and details), 1973
Construct TVOR shelter (floor plan, roof plan, section and details), 1972
Azimuth - counterpoise assembly (elevation and details), 1973
TVOR location plan, 1963
TVOR support facility, 1963
Field area paving and drainage:
Grading plan, 1942
Details of drainage structures, 1942
Utilities in apron, 1942
Master plan airfield pavement plan, 1965
Runway, taxiway extension and warm-up pads (grading and drainage plans), 1954
Runway primary (repair), 1966
Maintenance of runway, 1961
Re-striping of runway and construction of runway distance markers, 1962
Maintenance airfield pavement (replace hot mix, joint seal, seal coat, remark), 1964
[4 sheets]
Base mission plan, 1964
Water conditioning, before 1970
[2 sheets]
Fire alarm system plot plan, 1972
Box
1996/052-2 Millwork details, 1962
[5 sheets]
Repair T-13 Airmen dorm: 1963
Plumbing plan, 1963
Elevation and details, 1963
Heating plan, 1963
Sections and details, 1963
Repairs to AV gas facility building, T-18 (details), 1963
Electrical building, T-186, T-109, 1962
Modify pol. facility, T-66:
[Note: unknown what pol. represents.]
Elevations, 1961
Details, 1961
Activation of main retail store (interior and exterior elevation), 1968
Replace security fence, replace flood light:
Port O'Connor (plans and details), 1962
Port O'Connor (general plans), 1962
Repair cargo piers, Port O'Connor and Matagorda, 1965
Cantonment area (basic dimensions), 1942
Manual for operations and maintenance of Matagorda Island demineralized water treatment facilities, about 1961
Activation of main retail store building, T-8 (reflected ceiling plan and electrical plan), 1968
Various facilities cathodic protection, Port O'Connor (plan and details), 1968
Construct R.B.S. support facilities, 1965
[5 sheets]
[Note: unknown what R.B.S. represents.]
Master plan pol. system, Port O'Connor, 1970
Pump house, T-66, Port O'Connor, 1970
Repaint seven buildings, T-199, T-13, T-55, 1965
Replace submarine cable (details), 1965
Submarine cable details, about 1961
Electric transmission and district line map, 1961
Electric distribution O.H. plan, about 1970
[Note: unknown what O.H. represents.]
Repair R.B.S. site, 1964
Emergency repair, underground distribution line, 1964
Maintain electric transmission line:
General plan, 1964
Alignment plan, 1964
[3 sheets]
Detail sheet, 1964
Remote transmitter building (floor plan and equipment layout), 1962
Unit layout map, sanitary sewer system, 1943
[5 sheets]
Master plan, sanitary sewer system, 1966
Master plan, storm drainage system, 1966
Combined cable record, undated
Repair O.H. distribution line (plot plan and details), 1970
Master plan, cathodic protection system, 1974
Master plan non-potable water system, 1966
Master plan details, 1971
Rehabilitation of Matagorda Island Air Force Range for Second Air Force, Strategic Air Command:
[These are part of the 77 sheet set found in box 1.]
Replace heavy equipment shop building, T-215, (mechanical plan and diagram), 1962
Plot plan (index to drawings), 1962
Replace marine maintenance building, T-8 (plan, elevation and finish schedule), 1962
Door and window types with details, 1962
Typical millwork details, all projects, 1962
Miscellaneous sections, 1962
[2 sheets]
Box
1996/052-3 Miscellaneous sections and details, 1962
[2 sheets]
Structural (framing, foundation plans, miscellaneous sections and details), 1962
[3 sheets]
Repair fire station building, T-121 (mechanical plan and diagram), 1962
Repair auto maintenance shop building, T-80 (mechanical plan and details), 1962
Repair C.E. maintenance shop building, T-60 (mechanical plan and diagrams), 1962
[Note: unknown what C.E. represents.]
Sanitary sewer mains, 1962
Replace heavy equipment shop building, T-215 (electrical plan, schedule and diagram), 1962
Repair fire station (combination building), T-21 (electrical plan, schedule and diagram), 1962
Repair auto maintenance shop building, T-80 (electrical plan and schedule), 1962
Repair C.E. maintenance shop building, T-60 (electrical plan, schedule, diagram), 1962
Replace marine maintenance shop building, T-8 (electrical plan, schedule and details), 1962
Miscellaneous electrical details, fixtures and symbol schedules, 1962
Miscellaneous electrical details, 1962
Paint six special towers, 1969
Repaint seven buildings, T-13, T-55, T-199, 1965
Alter facility no. T-8 for commissary, Port O'Connor (existing floor plan and new floor plan), 1969
Activation of main retail store, 1968
[4 sheets]
[should be six sheets, sheets 2 and 5 are missing]
Bombing and gunnery range:
Post numbering system, 1943
Building index, 1943
Water distribution system, 1943
Sanitary sewer system, 1943
Electrical distribution system, 1943
Gas distribution system, 1943
Drainage map, 1943
Index to layout maps (sewage, disposal), 1942
Unit layout map (sewage disposal system), 1943
[5 sheets]
Unit layout map (water distribution system), 1943
[6 sheets]
Index to unit layout maps (electrical distribution system), 1942
Unit layout map (electrical distribution system), 1943
[6 sheets]
Oil and gasoline distribution system, 1943
Repair of non-potable water mains and fire hydrants, 1964
[8 sheets]
[The labeling on the drawings is unclear; these plans are either for Bergstrom Air Force Base or the Matagorda Island base. They likely are for Matagorda and produced by the Strategic Air Command at Bergstrom.]
Fuel storage areas (plan), undated
Box
1996/052-4 Night lighting system runway area, 1943
Rehabilitation of Matagorda Island Air Force Range for Second Air Force, Strategic Air Command:
[These are part of the 77 sheet set found in box 1.]
Replace dorm amn. building, T-5 (architectural, mechanical and electrical plans; elevations; finish schedule and details), 1962
Replace heavy equipment, shop building, T-215 (plan, elevation, finish schedule and details), 1962
Repair C.E. maintenance shop building, T-60 (plans, elevations and finish schedule), 1962
Repair fire station (combination) building, T-21 (plan, elevation, finish schedule and details), 1962
Repair auto maintenance shop (plan, elevation, finish schedule and details), 1962
Rehabilitation of water and sewer at Port O'Connor [missing, listed on original inventory]
Concrete piling, 17 required, 1969
Repair barge ramp, Port O'Connor and Matagorda Island (plans and details), 1968
[3 sheets]
Repair cargo pier (specifications), 1966
Repair cargo pier, Matagorda Island and Port O'Connor, 1961
[3 sheets]
Repair to water plant:
Floor plan, sections, elevation, electrical plan, 1961
Mechanical plan, 1961
Flow diagram to Belco System, 1961
Emergency power plant building, T-159:
Building layout, fuel tank details, transformer details, 1963
Mechanical layout and details, 1963
Elevation and electrical layout, 1963
Wiring diagrams, 1963
Various facilities (cathodic protection):
Matagorda (plans and details), 1968
O.H. electrical distribution system, ground bed and header cable layouts, details, 1968
Port O'Connor plans and details, 1968
Port O'Connor details, 1968
Repair cargo piers, Matagorda and Port O'Connor, 1965
[3 sheets]
Construct water well:
Location plan, 1966
Electrical plan and details, 1966
Mechanical and structural plans, 1966
Repair of non-potable water mains and fire hydrants (leak record), 1964
[2 of 8 sheets]
[6 remaining sheets can be found following the 'Repair roads and park vehicles' plans, filed a few plans further down.]
Maintain storage tanks and piping:
Location plan, 1966
Tank details, 1966
[2 sheets]
Repair roads and park vehicles:
Location plan, 1968
Location, 1968
Dredging ferry channel [missing, listed on original inventory]
Repair of non-potable water mains and fire hydrants (leak record), 1964
[6 of 8 sheets]
[2 remaining sheets can be found following the 'Construct water well' plans, filed a few plans back.]
Repair potable water system, 1962
[2 sheets]
Master plan electrical distribution system, 1971
Master plan electrical distribution system, layout electrical power line to Matagorda Island, 1952
Electrical distribution system, 1943
Primary electric transmission line:
General plan, 1955
Alignment plan, 1955
Maintain electrical distribution system (plans, details and schedules), 1974
Repair electrical transmission and distribution lines:
Transmission line details, 1962
Submarine cable crossing details, 1962
Electrical distribution O.H. plan, 1962
Electrical distribution O.H. details, 1962
Repair electrical transmission line (submarine cable plan, sections and details), 1967
Replace submarine cable, 1968
[2 sheets]
Master plan, liquefied petroleum gas distribution, 1973
Master plan natural gas distribution system, 1970
Master plan liquid fuel system, 1965
Gas distribution system, 1943
Repair gas mains:
Distribution system, 1962
Plan, sections and details, 1962

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San Jose Mission project files, 1968-1983, bulk 1976-1981,
2 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Records document studies and work done by the Parks and Wildlife Department and the National Park Service to make the San Jose Mission part of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. Types of records present include correspondence and memoranda; surveys, deeds and other acquisition material; maps; conceptual studies; staff meeting transcripts; a grant application and report; project expenditure records; archeological studies; architectural and engineering plans and drawings; historical interpretation report; environmental assessment; specifications for the stabilization of the church and sacristy; geotechnical foundation and soil moisture analysis; a deterioration study; and a proposal for Old Spanish Missions National Park. Also present are minutes of some meetings of the San Antonio Missions Advisory Commission, generally found in the correspondence files. Dates covered are 1968-1983, bulk dating 1976-1981.
Correspondents include the Parks and Wildlife staff (executive director, Historic Sites Branch staff, architects, and others), National Park Service, manager of the mission facility, the Texas Historical Commission, San Antonio Missions Advisory Commission, San Antonio Conservation Society, consulting engineers and architects, and others.
Earlier files on restoration work at the mission can be found in the Texas State Parks Board records, primarily in the series San Jose Mission project files. Additional materials can be found in the series Correspondence and reports, State park correspondence and reports; the series, Acquisition and development files; and 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 by type of material, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), San Jose Mission project files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/090
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 February 17, 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, May 2006
Box
2004/090-8 General correspondence:
1977-1981
1972-1981
1976-1982
Surveys, maps, deeds, acquisitions, 1976-1983
Archeological, 1974-1982
Architecture/engineering, 1970-1981
Architecture/engineering, 1974-1983
History, about 1980
Interpretation and other, 1968-1983
Reviews, approvals, funding, 1973-1983
Maintenance, 1973-1981
Agenda items and original attachments (from TPWD meeting), 1975-1976
Box
2004/090-9 Deterioration study, 1972-1978
Soil test program, 1973-1976
Staff meeting, about 1974
[Note: files are mostly transcripts from tapes of meetings; tapes are not present.]
Grant application (to Moody Foundation), 1972
Final Moody grant report to Archdiocese of San Antonio, 1972
A Conceptual Study, by Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept., 1974
Specifications for the stabilization of San Jose Mission church and sacristy, phase I, 1980
Draft - Statement for management, National Park Service, 1980
Environmental Assessment: General management plan/development concept plan, Southwest Regional Office, National Park Service, 1981
[2 copies]
Soil and foundation investigations, RABA and Associates, Consulting Engineers, 1975-1977
[2 folders]
The Missions of San Antonio - A Plan, City of San Antonio, Comprehensive Planning Division, Community Development Office, 1973
Misiones de Tejas, Old Spanish Missions National Park, A Proposal, City of San Antonio, 1975

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Reports and studies, 1960-1980, bulk 1971-1978,
3 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Records document conceptual studies of existing state historic parks and feasibility studies of proposed state parks or areas of the state. Conceptual studies are prepared by TPWD and provide a history of the site, a plan for future needs, and recommendations on concepts such as land acquisition, program operation, renovation, and development. Some studies may include a flood protection analysis. Studies are generally done to renovate a park, to acquire land for expansion, or to develop a recreational plan for a park. Feasibility studies are prepared by TPWD for proposed state park sites or areas of the state and generally include a historical review, analysis of county characteristics, analysis of regional needs, and a review of existing regional parks and open spaces. Feasibility or other studies by regional or local authorities are sometimes present.
Other records found in the files include correspondence, memoranda, committee and other reports, notes, drafts of the final report, slides, photographs, maps, copies of articles, and clippings. Legislation and publications are occasionally present. Dates covered for this series are 1940-1980, bulk 1971-1978. Correspondents may include federal agencies, such as the National Park Service or the U.S. Forest Service, regional authorities, and local officials.
Arrangement
These records are arranged into two groups - Conceptual studies and Feasibility studies, as received from the agency. Within each group the files are arranged by name of the park or proposed site/study area.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Reports and studies, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/090
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 February 17, 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, May 2006
Conceptual studies
Box
2004/090-10 San Jose, about 1974
Goliad, 1940-1973
[wallet, folder]
Washington-on-the-Brazos, 1972-1975
San Jacinto Battleground, 1957-1972
Feasibility studies
Box
2004/090-11 Central Texas Parkway, 1976-1978
Toledo Bend Park study, Sabine County, 1961-1972
[2 wallets]
[Note: includes study on East Texas region.]
Gregg County study, 1972
Maverick County study, 1971-1972
Brady Lake study, McCulloch County, 1967-1976
Box
2004/090-12 Dallas area study:
Status report, 1980
Status report, proposed sites, 1975
Park study, about 1971-1978
Photos (slides), 1975
Working file, 1972 to about 1975
Lakeview Reservoir, 1967-1970
Elm Fork, 1975
Ownership, about 1975
Elm Fork of the Trinity River, 1973
Property adjacent to Mountain Creek, about 1975

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Plans and planning records, 1965, 1975-1985, bulk 1975-1980,
3.74 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. These records document the work done by the Parks and Wildlife Department to develop and implement a statewide comprehensive outdoor recreation plan - the Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan (TORP). The plan was first developed in 1965 (as directed by the 59th Legislature, Senate Bill 165, Regular Session), and updated every five years. These files contains copies of the 1965, 1975, 1980 and 1985 (incomplete set) plans. Also present are project files for the 1970s to the mid 1980s, consisting of correspondence, memos, program proposals, drafts, comments on the proposed plan, draft environmental impact statements on several parks, notes, and maps. Overall date coverage for the series is 1965, 1975-1985, bulk 1975-1980. Correspondents include the TPWD executive director and chair, governor's office, regional governmental bodies, local governments, and federal agencies - U.S. Department of the Interior (mainly the U.S. Bureau of Recreation), the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of Defense. The Dept. of Defense file contains information on land use withdrawals at some parks and the impact of low air flying routes over some parks. The Corps of Engineers prepared environmental impact statements for several parks. The project files also include recreation/use studies of the Trinity River Basin and the Brazos River, and TORP implementation program activities for 1981-1983 (filed in the NPS quarterly reports).
The Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan has been incorporated into the more comprehensive Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan prepared by the agency. The 77th Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 305, Regular Session) required that Texas Parks and Wildlife Department prepare (and be adopted by the Commission) the Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan by October 15, 2002. The plan was adopted and the latest version (2005) is on the website of the TPWD (http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/pwdpubs/pwd_pl_e0100_0867/).
Arrangement
These records are arranged in two groups - Project files and Texas Outdoor Recreation Plans, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Plans and planning records, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2002/114, 2004/090, 2006/366
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 March 27, 2002 and February 17, 2004. One accession was transferred by an unknown entity in the 1970s and was assigned an accession number for control purposes on May 16, 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, May 2006
Project files
Box
2004/090-13 Department of Defense, 1976-1977
Brazos River Basin Recreation Study, 1976-1977
[3 folders]
Trinity River Basin Project, 1976-1977
Trinity River Basin Project, 1979-1985
NPS Quarterly Report (TORP Action Program Implementation Activities):
June 1-August 31, 1983
March 1-May 31, 1983
December 1, 1982-February 28, 1983
December 1, 1981-February 28, 1982
September 1 thru November 30, 1981
1978 Planning coordination for 1980 TORP, 1978
1984-1985 Action program departmental comments, 1983
Action program proposals for 1984-1985 plan, 1983
Workshop results of 1984-1985 action program, 1984
Draft, 1984-1985 action program, 1984
1984-1985 Action program TRACS (Texas Review and Comment System) review, 1984
FY 80 Planning agreement and action plan, interim bridge between 1980 TORP and agreement for 1985 TORP, 1980
Data and information regarding request to change option II, 1975-1977
COG (Council of Governments) TORP coordination file, 1978
Natural Resources Council, 1977-1978
Responses to A-95 of the 1981-1983 action program, 1981
1984-1985 Action program, 1984
1980 Action plan, 1980
Proposed legislation for consideration by the 65th Legislature, 1977
Miscellaneous project reviews, 1975-1976
Texas Outdoor Recreation Plans
Box
2006/366-1 State of Texas Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Resources, 1965:
Volume O-II
Volume III, part A
Volume III, part B
Volume III, part C
Box
2006/366-2 Volume IV-VI
Volume VII
Box
2002/114-1 Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1975:
Volume I - State Summary
Volume II - Regional Summary
Volume III, part 1 - Outdoor Recreation in the Urban Areas of Texas - An Overview
Volume III, part 2 - Outdoor Recreation in the Urban Areas of Texas - Metropolitan Areas
Volume III, part 3 - Outdoor Recreation in the Urban Areas of Texas - Cities
Volume III, part 4 - Outdoor Recreation in the Urban Areas of Texas - Towns
Volume IV, part 1 - Outdoor Recreation in the Rural Areas of Texas - An Overview
Volume IV, part 2 - Outdoor Recreation in the Rural Areas of Texas - Regions 1-18
Volume IV, part 3 - Outdoor Recreation in the Rural Areas of Texas - Regions 19-37
Volume V - Outdoor Recreation on the Texas Gulf Coast
Volume VI - Outdoor Recreation Activities in Texas
VolumeVII - State of Texas Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan - Special Studies
Volume VIII - The Role of the Public and Private Sections
Volume IX - A Statewide Recreation Information System
Volume X - Techniques of Analysis
Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1980:
Local Government Project Review Procedures
1981-1983 Action Program
Box
2002/114-2 State Summary
Region 1, The Panhandle Region
Region 2, The South Plains Region
Region 3, The North Texas Region
Region 4, The North Central Region
Region 5, The North East Texas Region
Region 6, The East Texas Region
Region 7, The West Central Texas Region
Region 8, The Upper Rio Grande Region
Region 9, The Permian Basin Region
Region 10, The Concho Valley Region
Region 11, The Heart of Texas Region
Region 12, The Capital Region
Region 13, The Brazos Valley Region
Region 14, The Deep East Texas Region
Region 15, The South East Texas Region
Region 16, The Gulf Coast Region
Region 17, The Golden Crescent Region
Region 18, The Alamo Region
Region 19, The South Texas Region
Region 20, The Coastal Bend Region
Region 21, The Lower Rio Grande Valley Region
Region 22, The Texoma Region
Region 23, The Central Texas Region
Region 24, The Middle Rio Grande Region
Texas Outdoor Recreation Plan, 1985:
1984-1985 Action Program
Local Government Project Review Procedures
1986-1987 Action Program
1988-1989 Action Program

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Maps and brochures of state parks and recreational areas, 1974-1990,
0.94 cubic ft.

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Records consist of brochures, plats and maps of state parks and state recreation areas showing trails, facilities, and site markers. Dates covered are 1974-1990. Descriptive text about the sites includes historic data, geology and/or archaeology of the area, wildlife present, general rules, and rules pertaining to special situations, such as public hunts and other points of interest.
Arrangement
These records are arranged alphabetically, then in reverse chronological order within the folders by State Archives staff. Brochures without maps are filed following the maps if undated.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Maps and brochures of state parks and recreational areas, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/065
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Documents Collection of the Commission on February 27, 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
Some of the maps are too large to photocopy.
Processed by
Laura Saegert and Jason Walker, June 1998
Box
1996/065-1 Abilene State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Atlanta State Recreation Area, 1977-1986
Austin Nature Center, 1983
Balmorhea State Recreation Area, 1977-1989
Bastrop State Park, 1977-1989
Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park, 1977-1988
Big Spring Recreation Area, 1981-1989
Blanco State Recreation Area, 1983-1988
Bonham State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Brazos Bend State Park, 1983-1989
Buescher State Park, 1976-1990
Caddo Lake State Park, 1976-1988
Caddoan Mounds State Historic Site, 1982-1988
Caprock Canyons State Park, 1980-1988
Chaparral Wildlife Management Area, 1987
Choke Canyon State Park, 1983-1988
Cleburne State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Confederate Reunion Grounds, 1986-1987
Copper Breaks State Park, 1977-1986
Daingerfield State Park, 1978-1988
Daughtry Wildlife Management Area, 1986
Davis Mountains State Park, 1976-1988
Dinosaur Valley State Park, 1975-1988
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site, 1978-1988
Eisenhower State Recreation Area, 1979-1987
Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, 1978-1988
Fairfield Lake State Recreation Area, 1978-1988
Falcon State Recreation Area, 1976-1988
Fanthorp Inn State Historic Site, 1987-1988
Fort Griffin State Historic Park, 1979-1987
Fort Lancaster State Historic Site, 1979-1988
Fort Leaton State Historic Site, 1978-1987
Fort McKavett State Historic Site, 1981-1987
Fort Parker State Recreation Area, 1977-1987
Fort Richardson State Historical Park, 1978-1988
Fulton Mansion State Historic Structure, 1983-1988
Galveston Island State Park, 1984-1988
Garner State Park, 1980-1988
Gene Howe Wildlife Management Area, 1988
Goliad State Historical Park, 1976-1987
Goose Island State Recreation Area, 1977-1989
Gus A. Engeling Wildlife Management Area, 1974-1981, 1986-1988
Guadalupe River State Park, 1983-1987
Hill Country State Natural Area, 1984-1986
Hueco Tanks State Historical Park, 1977-1989
Huntsville State Park, 1980-1988
Inks Lake State Park, 1977-1989
Jim Hogg State Historical Park, 1977-1988
Box
1996/065-2 Kerr Wildlife Management Area, 1976-1984
Kerrville State Recreation Area, 1977-1989
Kreische Brewery, 1983-1989
Lake Arrowhead State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Lake Bob Sandlin State Recreation Area, 1987-1989
Lake Brownwood State Recreation Area, 1976-1988
Lake Colorado City State Recreation Area, 1985-1988
Lake Corpus Christi State Recreation Area, 1977-1982
Lake Livingston State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Lake Lewisville State Park, 1986-1988
Lake Mineral Wells State Park, 1981-1988
Lake Somerville State Recreation Area, 1978-1989
Lake Texana State Park, 1981-1988
Lake Whitney State Recreation Area, 1984-1987
Landmark Inn, 1977-1988
Lockhart State Recreation Area, 1977-1987
Lost Maples State Natural Area, 1979-1988
Lyndon B. Johnson State Historical Park, 1977-1987
McKinney Falls State Park, 1977-1988
Magoffin Home State Historic Site, 1977-1987
Martin Dies Jr. State Park, 1980-1988
Martin Creek Lake State Recreation Area, 1977-1988
Matagorda Island State Park and Wildlife Management Area, 1983-1986
Meridian State Recreation Area, 1979-1987
Mission Tejas State Historical Park, 1978-1987
Monahans Sandhills State Park, 1978-1986
Monument Hill State Historic Site, 1978-1987
Mother Neff State Park, 1979-1986
Mustang Island State Park, 1979-1989
Jose Antonio Navarro State Historic Site, 1978-1981
Admiral Nimitz State Historical Park, 1983-1988
Palmetto State Park, 1975-1989
Palo Duro Canyon State Park, 1979-1988
Peach Point Wildlife Management Area, 1986
Pedernales Falls State Park, 1976-1987
Port Isabel Lighthouse State Historic Structure, 1978-1988
Possum Kingdom State Recreation Area, 1983-1988
Purtis Creek State Recreation Area, 1988-1989
Rusk-Palestine State Park, 1983-1988
Sabine Pass Battleground State Historical Park, 1977-1988
Samuel Bell Maxey House, 1986
San Jacinto Battleground State Historical Park, 1978-1988
Mission San Jose, 1978-1981
Sea Rim State Park, 1978-1989
Seminole Canyon State Historical Park, 1980-1989
Starr Family State Historical Site, 1987
Stephen F. Austin State Historical Park, 1978-1988
Texas State Railroad State Historical Park, 1977-1989
Texas Longhorn, a living legend, 1982
Tyler State Park, 1980-1987
Varner-Hogg Plantation, 1979-1988
Walter Buck Wildlife Management Area, 1988
Washington-on-the-Brazos, 1976-1988

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Videocassette and publication, 1996,
fractional

The State Parks Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) protects, interprets, and manages cultural and natural resources and provides recreational opportunities to the public on land owned or leased by TPWD. Records consist of a publication and a videocassette, both dated January 1996. The video, titled Historical Sites, was produced by the Media Services Branch of the agency for the purpose of giving a brief and colorful overview of historical parks in Texas. The publication is a booklet titled A Future for the Past: Texas State Historical Parks. It was produced by staff members of TPWD's Cultural Resources and Interpretation and Exhibits Programs to illustrate how the (then) Public Lands Division (now the State Parks Division) acquired, restored, preserved and operated historic properties in accordance with the 1967 legislative mandate to assume stewardship of important elements of Texas' heritage. 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.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Videocassette and publication, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's State Parks Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1996/060
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 February 20, 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
A videocassette player is available in Archives Division. Please contact the preservation archivist for assistance.
Processed by
Lisa Hendricks, February 1996
Box
1996 Accessions Box 2 (1996/060) Videocassette, Historical Sites
Publication, A Future for the Past: Texas State Historical Parks

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