Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Inland Fisheries Division:

An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1937-1995, bulk 1953-1986



Overview

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Dept. Inland Fisheries Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Division records
Dates: 1937-1995
Dates: bulk 1953-1986
Abstract: The Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state. This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, creel surveys, work plans on watershed development and flood prevention measures, site surveys and maps, development plans, federal aid reports, reports by TPWD biologists and other staff, reports by other entities (state agencies, university staff, etc.), surveys of fish populations, vegetation surveys, fisheries surveys, fisheries management plans, publications, clippings, monthly bulletins, fisheries investigations, studies, operating procedures, manuals, hatchery plans and budgets, maps, specifications, culture plans and production guidelines for several species, photographs, slides, and negatives. The files document activities at particular lakes, reservoirs, a few freshwater tributaries, state fish hatcheries, and construction of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center. Records are dated 1937-1995, bulk 1953-1986.
Quantity: 7 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, 52 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, except the historical parks which were managed by the State 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 Inland Fisheries Division manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state, which consist of 626 public impoundments and 80,000 miles of rivers and streams covering 1.7 million acres. The division activities include fisheries management and research, fish production, angler education and information, fishing access projects, and aquatic habitat management. Today the TPWD operates the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center which includes a fish hatchery, and four other hatcheries statewide.

(Sources: Enabling legislation numerous years; V.T.C.A., Parks and Wildlife Code, Title 2;Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; and from information found in Texas Parks and Wildlife records.)


Scope and Content of the Records

The Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state. This series contains correspondence, memoranda, reports, creel surveys, work plans on watershed development and flood prevention measures, site surveys and maps, development plans, federal aid reports, reports by TPWD biologists and other staff, reports by other entities (state agencies, university staff, etc.), surveys of fish populations, vegetation surveys, fisheries surveys, fisheries management plans, publications, clippings, monthly bulletins, fisheries investigations, studies, operating procedures, manuals, hatchery plans and budgets, maps, specifications, culture plans and production guidelines for several species, photographs, slides, negatives and a 3.5 inch floppy disk. The files document activities at particular lakes, reservoirs, a few freshwater tributaries, and state fish hatcheries, dating 1937-1995, bulk dating 1953-1986.

The bulk of the records consist of progress or performance reports and job completion reports prepared using federal grant money provided under the Dingell-Johnson Act. The project reports are created by TPWD staff and sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report topics vary, but generally concern the management and study of fish in a particular lake or region. A few files concern a particular river or tributary, such as the Brazos River. Report objectives were largely to determine the need for changes in fish harvest regulations, stocking, population control, vegetation control, pollution control, contract fishing, and facility development.

The state fish hatchery files document a variety of functions at the fish hatcheries, with the bulk focusing on operations at the Tyler State Fish Hatchery including construction of additions, fish propagation, fish distribution, culture planning for several game fish species, record fish catches, and some information on the overall operation of the fish hatchery. Photographic media includes views of the buildings, grounds, ponds, breeding pens, and work activities at several state fish hatcheries; shots of fish catches; a few images of staff; and construction of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in 1994-1995.

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 are organized into two series by State Archives staff:
Lake information project files, 1941-1993, bulk 1953-1986, 4 cubic ft.
State fish hatcheries files, 1937-1995, bulk 1960-1990, 3 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

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 and blueprints are too large to photocopy.

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

The Archives may not have the correct software to read the floppy disk, contact State Archives staff for more information.


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.
Subjects:
Fishery law and legislation--Texas.
Fisheries--Texas.
Fishery management--Texas.
Fishing--Texas.
Lakes--Texas.
Lakes--Texas--recreation use.
Fish stocking--Texas.
Reservoirs--Texas.
Fish surveys--Texas.
Document Types:
Reports--Lakes--Texas--1941-1993.
Reports--Fishery management--Texas--1941-1993.
Correspondence--Lakes--Texas--1941-1993.
Correspondence--Fishery management--Texas--1941-1993.
Memoranda--Lakes--Texas--1941-1993.
Memoranda--Fishery management--Texas--1941-1993.
Surveys--Fishery management--Texas--1941-1993.
Photographs--Fishery management--Texas--1938-1995.
Negatives--Fishery management--Texas--1938-1995.
Slides--Fishery management--Texas--1979-1995.
Manuals--Fishery management--Texas--1970-1990.
Functions:
Management of fisheries.

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 Parks and Wildlife Department, Parks and Wildlife Department Library holdings of project reports at the Texas State Archives, 1938-1999, 33 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2000/150, 2006/394, 2007/030

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 10, 2000; August 24 and October 4, 2006.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, June 2006, January 2007

Appraisal Information

The lake information project files were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on October 18, 1999 as part of an agency-wide appraisal of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (series in the report listed as lake information files and river and streams studies). The state fish hatchery files were appraised by the State Archives staff as archival on September 20, 2006. For more information about the appraisals of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's records, see the appraisal reports 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.

Other Formats for the Records

The agency is maintaining some of the lake information project file data electronically in the electronic lake information files series.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Lake information project files, 1941-1993, bulk 1953-1986,
4 cubic ft.

The Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state. This series contains files of activities concerning particular lakes, reservoirs, and a few freshwater tributaries and includes correspondence, memoranda, creel surveys, work plans on watershed development and flood prevention measures, site surveys and maps, development plans, federal aid reports, reports by TPWD biologists and other staff, reports by other entities (state agencies, university staff, etc.), surveys of fish populations, vegetation surveys, fisheries surveys, fisheries management plans, meeting notes, photographs, and a few publications, dating 1941-1993, bulk 1953-1986.
The federal aid reports consist of progress or performance reports and job completion reports prepared using federal grant money provided under the Dingell-Johnson Act. This act was approved by Congress in August 1950. It provides federal aid to the States for management and restoration of fish having "material value in connection with sport or recreation in the marine and/or fresh waters of the United States." Amendments to the Act provide funds for aquatic education, wetlands restoration, boat safety and clean vessel sanitation devices (pumpouts), and a nontrailerable boat program (boats greater than 26 feet in length). The project reports are created by TPWD staff and sent to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The report topics vary, but generally concern the management and study of fish in a particular lake or region. A few files concern a particular river or tributary, such as the Brazos River. Report objectives were largely to determine the need for changes in fish harvest regulations, stocking, population control, vegetation control, pollution control, contract fishing, and facility development. Findings of the reports could result in changes in fishing regulations for the lake studied, such as changes in the seasons, bag and possession limits, and means and methods of harvest. Other reports studied issues such as the long-term effects of release of a particular fish into a lake or sought to update previously implemented plans and strategies for the lake or region studied. Reports and studies of lakes and reservoirs may include studies on tributaries feeding into the lake or smaller lakes in the vicinity of the main body of water studied. Additional federal aid reports can be found in a separate TWPD finding aid, in the series Parks and Wildlife Department Library holdings of federal aid reports.
Fisheries surveys were conducted by TPWD biologists on public lakes in Texas. Some surveys were scheduled, others were done at the request of local officials or other officials such as legislators. The surveys studied the fishing at a lake and gave recommendations on how to improve fishing, if possible. Some lakes were not well designed for fishing or had lake levels too low for much the year for successful efforts at restocking. Most surveys offered suggestions for the local governing body to implement, such as adding a particular fertilizer to the water to obtain optimum fish growth, draining the lake and eradicating the existing fish population then restocking with more desirable fish species, and adding piers or additional boat ramps and docks to make more areas of the lake available for fishing. Fisheries management plans were conducted by TPWD staff and were usually designed to improve fishing at the surveyed lake, generally to improve game fishing opportunities with species such as large mouth bass. The management plans could also concern overall development of the lake, including construction of piers or boat docks, adding more public access roads, landscaping, and the operation of city power plants at the lake. Other topics covered in these files include changes to and questions about fishing regulations, investigations of fish kills, water pollution, requests to control hydrilla growth (or other plant infestations), requests of TPWD to stock particular game fish (usually large-mouth bass), and development at the lake. Correspondents include the TPWD executive director, Inland Fisheries director, TPWD biologists and other staff, staff at other state agencies, local and state officials, state legislators, U.S. congressmen, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Dept. of the Interior, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the general public.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
Arrangement
The files are arranged by State Archives staff in alphabetical order by the name of the lake or tributary. Materials within the folders are usually in reverse chronological order.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Lake information project files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Inland Fisheries Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2000/150
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on May 10, 2000.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
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
Laura K. Saegert, June 2006
Box
2000/150-14 Allen's Creek Reservoir, 1974
Lake Amon Carter, 1958
Lake Anson, 1964
Lake Aquilla, about 1974-1979
Lake Arlington, 1963-1989
[2 folders]
[File also includes material on Lake Graham]
Lake Arrowhead, 1975-1986
Lake Ascarate, 1941-1961, 1985
[File includes early report on fishing conditions in El Paso County.]
Lake Athens, 1960-1976, 1986
Lake Austin, 1950, 1972, 1982
Lake Balmorhea, 1962-1967, 1972, 1987, 1991
Lake Bardwell, 1960, 1969, 1973
Lake Bastrop, 1973-1979
[3 folders]
Baylor Reservoir, 1969, 1976, 1987
Lake Belton, 1950, 1968-1976, 1983
Lake Benbrook, 1975-1976, 1981, 1988
Big Sandy Lake, 1979, 1985
Big Pine Lake, 1974-1975
Blundell Reservoir, 1973-1974, 1977
Boerne City Lake, 1989
Lake Bonham, 1961-1963, 1969, 1978
Bowie City Lake, 1955, 1971
Lake Braunig, 1976-1991
Brazos Bend State Park Lake, 1983, 1986-1987
Brazos County Park (lake within), 1989
Brazos River:
Sand, shell, gravel and marl dredging permit applications, 1988-1989
[2 folders]
Reports and studies, 1964-1990
[4 folders]
[File includes materials on Possum Kingdom Reservoir.]
Lake Bridgeport, 1982-1984, 1987
Lake Brownwood, 1959-1960, 1980-1988
[2 folders]
Brushy Creek, 1964-1965
Lake Buchanan, 1974, 1987-1991
[2 folders]
Buffalo Creek Reservoir, 1987
Buffalo Lake, 1958-1959, 1964, 1968, 1971, 1984-1985
[Note: also called Buffalo Springs Lake]
H.E. Butt Ranch, lakes on, 1965, 1968, 1974-1975
Caddo Lake, 1954, 1970-1974, 1991
[2 folders]
Lake Calaveras, 1971-1980
Box
2000/150-15 Canyon Lake, 1959-1977
[2 folders]
Cedar Creek Reservoir, 1966, 1971-1973, 1976
[2 folders]
Champion Creek Reservoir, 1959-1961, 1966-1973, 1978
Choke Canyon Reservoir, 1976-1978
Lake Cisco, 1971
Coleman City Lake, 1965, 1970-1972, 1976
[2 folders]
Colorado City Lake, 1966-1978
[3 folders]
Lake Conroe, 1969, 1972-1984
[2 folders]
Lake Corpus Christi, 1953-1974
[3 folders]
Diversion Lake, 1956-1978
[2 folders]
Fairfield Reservoir, 1976
Fort Phantom Hill Lake, 1958-1959, 1969-1976, 1988
[2 folders]
Gibbons Creek Reservoir, 1979-1986
Houston County Lake, 1983-1989
Lake Houston, 1960, 1965, 1986
Hubbard Creek Lake, 1962, 1965-1966, 1970-1976, 1979
Inks Lake, 1956-1965, 1973, 1978
[2 folders]
Lake Jacksonville, 1957-1959, 1965-1973
Lake Kemp, 1945, 1950-1960, 1965-1969
[2 folders]
Lake Kickapoo, 1953-1954, 1960, 1965, 1970, 1972
Lake O' the Pines, 1959-1961, 1966, 1969-1975
[2 folders]
Lavon Reservoir, 1954-1955, 1960, 1974
Lake Lewisville, 1976
Box
2000/150-16 Garza-Little Elm Reservoir, 1956-1960, 1970-1974
Lake Livingston, 1970-1976, 1980-1989, 1992
[3 folders]
Lake LBJ (Lyndon B. Johnson), 1956, 1960-1961, 1965-1977
[2 folders]
[Note: also known as Lake Granite Shoals.]
Lake Martin Creek, 1978-1980, 1984
[3 folders]
Medina Lake, 1954-1960, 1964, 1969-1977
[4 folders]
Lake Meredith, 1976
Lake Nasworthy, 1954, 1967-1971, 1980, 1983, 1986
Lake Nocona, 1961, 1969-1976, 1982-1984, 1989
[2 folders]
Lake Palestine, 1963-1983, 1990
[3 folders]
Lake Palo Pinto, 1972, 1981, 1988
Pat Mayse Lake, 1966-1972, 1980-1983, 1987-1988
[2 folders]
Possum Kingdom Lake, 1954-1980, 1987-1989
[4 folders]
Proctor Reservoir, 1993
Lake Raven, 1989
Lake Ray Roberts, 1982-1987, 1994, 1997
[2 folders]
Box
2000/150-17 Lake Rita Blanca, 1960-1965, 1970-1973, 1980, 1988-1990
[3 folders]
Sam Rayburn Reservoir, 1969-1985, 1988
[2 folders]
Sheldon Reservoir, 1980-1981
Lake Somerville, 1975-1976, 1982-1989, 1993
E.V. Spence Reservoir, 1966-1973
[2 folders]
[Note: formerly known as Robert Lee Reservoir]
B.S. Steinhagen Reservoir, 1960-1982, 1988-1989
[Note: formerly known as Dam "B" Reservoir]
Lake Striker, 1957, 1963, 1969-1973, 1976
Lake Tawakoni, 1983-1989
[2 folders]
Lake Texana, 1975-1978, 1981-1990
[2 folders]
Lake Texoma, 1981-1995
[5 folders]
Toledo Bend Reservoir, 1984-1991
[2 folders]
Lake Whitney, 1962, 1964, 1970, 1972, 1980, 1984



 

State fish hatcheries files, 1937-1995, bulk 1960-1990,
3 cubic ft.

The Inland Fisheries Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) manages the freshwater fishery resources of the state. This series consists of correspondence, memos, reports, clippings, monthly bulletins, fisheries investigations, studies, operating procedures, manuals, hatchery plans and budgets, maps, specifications, blueprints, culture plans and production guidelines for several species, photographs, slides, negatives, and a 3.5 inch floppy disk, dating 1937 to 1995, bulk 1960-1990. The textual files document a variety of functions at the fish hatcheries, with the bulk focusing on operations at the Tyler State Fish Hatchery including construction of additions, fish propagation, fish distribution, culture planning for several game fish species, record fish catches, and some information on the overall operation of the fish hatchery. Photographic media include views of the buildings, grounds, ponds, breeding pens, and work activities at several state fish hatcheries; shots of fish catches; a few images of staff; and construction of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in 1994-1995. Portrait photographs of Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioners and the executive director from about 1964 are also present.
The Tyler hatchery was the longest running state-owned fish hatchery in Texas, opening in the 1926 as the State Fish Hatchery and closing in 1997. Several other state fish hatcheries have closed since the 1990s. Today the Inland Fisheries Division operates the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center which includes a fish hatchery, and four other hatcheries statewide.
Arrangement
These records were arranged into two groups by State Archives staff: Program files and Photographic media. Files within each group are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), State fish hatcheries files, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries Division records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2006/394, 2007/030
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 August 24 and October 4, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
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 and blueprints are too large to photocopy.
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
The Archives may not have the correct software to read the floppy disk, contact State Archives staff for more information.
Processed by
Laura K. Saegert, January 2007
Box
2007/030-1 Program files
Fish production reports:
1977
1978
1984
Jasper fish hatchery, 1965-1973
[File contains blueprints of buildings at the hatchery, also correspondence and memoranda concerning the buildings and maintenance of facilities at the hatchery.]
Fish Planning Schedule, 1974
Fish for the Future - Fish Hatcheries Plan, 1988-1989
Inland Fisheries Plan, 1977-1979
Hatchery information leaflets, about 1950-about 1970
Miscellaneous agency publications:
Food and Game Fishes of the Texas Coast, Bulletin 33, 1961
The Poisonous Snakes of Texas and the First Aid Treatments of Their Bites, Bulletin 31, 1957 and 1964 editions
Construction Hints and Preliminary Management Practices for New Ponds and Lakes, 1976
A Checklist of Texas Freshwater Fishes, 1976
Aquatic Plant Control, 1980
Utilizing Stock Tanks and Farm Ponds for Fish, 1946
Box
2006/394-1 Texas Game and Fish Commission Monthly Bulletins, 1937-1941
Special permits, flag and boat regulations, 1960-1973
Native fish culture reports, 1988
Smallmouth-Striper Program, 1983
Rainbow Trout, 1988-1989
Trout program, 1990-1991
Quality control manual, Bass Marine Fisheries Research Station, 1986
Florida Bass standardized report forms, 1974-1983
Striped bass guidelines, 1993
Dead fish study, 1988
Staff training manual, introduction to data analysis, 1979
Fish for the Future, Fish Hatchery Management, 1973
Fish for the Future, Fish Hatcheries Plan, 1987-1988
Florida Largemouth Bass Literature Review, 1978
Federal Aid Project F-31-R-10, Pond Fertilization Study, 1984
Federal Aid Project F-31-R-6, Florida Bass Temperature Tolerance Study, 1980
Paper, presented at the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Average Growth Rates for Largemouth Bass in Texas, 1978
Forage culture manual, goldfish culture, about 1976-about 1990
[File contains manuals, memos, papers and articles.]
Operational manual - ponds, 1989
[Note: includes a 3.5 inch floppy disk that states it is an electronic version of the manual.]
Project plans, projects/hatcheries, 1974-1975
Hatchery plans and budget for 1976-1977
Hatchery maps and pond volumes, 1970s-1980s
Tyler State Fish Hatchery files:
Clippings, about 1970
Clippings, 1974-1975
Charts and records of hatchery ponds, 1940
Photographs:
Various photos of hatchery and a large group (staff?) photo, after 1965
Photos of some commissioners, executive director Clayton Garrison and Governor Preston Smith, after 1963
Grappie stock at Lake Long, after 1970
Photos of Tyler laboratory, 1960s-1970s
Reddrum fish, 1960s-1970s
Note on photo envelopes "Bill Rutledge," 1970s-1980s
[These are negatives of a variety of images - people, fish, facilities, signs, etc.]
Notes on filter system, about 1977
Fish distribution lists, State Fish Hatchery, 1944-1957
Annual reports of the hatchery, 1966-1973
Specifications for buildings at the fish hatchery, 1959
Fish Culture Manual, 1967-1974
Construction of water well, easement materials, 1966-1972
[File contains memos, correspondence, and specifications.]
Blueprints, Tyler Raceway Laboratory, 1973
Box
2006/394-2 Photographic media
[The bulk of the photographs and slides are of the construction of the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in the mid 1990s. There are also several files of photographs from the Tyler State Fish Hatchery and Lab, along with small sets of photos of several other state fish hatcheries. There are several files of miscellaneous photographs with the hatchery or body of water in the image not identified.]
Tyler State Fish Hatchery:
Superintendent and others, 1938
[Black and white photo, printed images from publication]
Photos, various, 1959, 1967
[Black and white photos - views of hatchery and ponds.]
Photos, various, about 1986
[Black and white photos -views of fish, ponds, equipment, etc., ]
Photos and negatives, various, 1960s or 1970s
[Black and white photos - views of fish catches, ponds, staff.]
Photos of large bass in holding tank, 1980s or 1990s
[Color photos.]
Hatchery lab, 1970s or 1980s
[4 folders]
[Color photos and negatives.]
Buckner State Fish Hatchery, Possum Kingdom, about 1950
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of facilities, drainage areas, staff, etc. Most of the photos are not present, just the negatives.]
Dundee Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of breeding pens, ponds, and buildings.]
Kerrville State Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of breeding pens, draining ponds, and the grounds. Some negatives do not have accompanying photos.]
Kerrville State Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of breeding pens, rearing pens, trees by a pond, buildings, and fish traps.]
Lake Dallas State Fish Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Possibily dates as early as 1938, more likely dates are the 1940s or 1950s. Black and white photos and negatives - views of concrete ditches, ponds, breeding pens, buildings, and grounds.]
San Angelo State Fish Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of ponds, buildings, and grounds.]
Huntsville State Fish Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of dam and catfish brood pens.]
Sheldon Hatchery, December 1957
[Black and white photos - views of men fertilizing a pond.]
Jasper State Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of ponds, grounds, and buildings.]
San Angelo State Hatchery, 1950s or 1960s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of buildings and grounds.]
Ingram Fish Hatchery, 1960
[Black and white photos of grading and cleaning ponds.]
Unknown site, possibly the Olmito Hatchery in South Texas, 1961-1962
[Black and white photos of flooding and views of buildings, grounds and ponds. The former Olmito Hatchery area is now part of the Resaca de la Palma State Park.]
Miscellaneous hatchery photos, probably at Tyler Hatchery, 1940s or 1950s
[Black and white photos and negatives - views of vehicles, ponds, and buildings, seining, work at lakes, and fish catches. Most photos are unidentified.]
Miscellaneous slides, about 1979-about 1985
[Color slides of fish catches, a boat, and the lab.]
Miscellaneous hatchery photos, probably at Tyler hatchery, 1966
[Black and white photos of staff feeding fish in ponds.]
Fish catches, 1974-1988
[Black and white and color photos, most sites unidentified.]
Staff photos (hatchery personnel, perhaps other TPWD staff), 1961-1970s
[Black and white photos.]
Miscellaneous hatchery photos and negatives, 1970s-1980s
[Views of fish, staff at work, grounds, and vehicles.]
Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center:
[There are several files of color photographs and negatives and 25 boxes of color slides that document construction of this facility, generally dating 1994-1995.]
Aerial photo of future location, after 1990
Construction:
Sheets of slides
Photographs and negatives
[9 folders]
Box
2006/394-3 Roll film negatives of panoramic shots of construction
Slides of Louisiana fitter trip, highway signs, 1994
Slides of pump stations, 1994
[4 boxes]
Slides, artist concept drawings of center
[2 boxes]
Slides of laydown area
Slides of construction of facility, about 1994-1995
[16 boxes of slides]
Slides of TFFC model