Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools:

An Inventory of Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools Records at the Texas State Archives, 1950-1965



Overview

Creator: Texas. Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools.
Title: Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools records
Dates: 1950-1965
Abstract: The Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools was established in 1949 to take over control of the state eleemosynary institutions from the Texas State Board of Control in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Records present include minutes of the board, a compilation of attorney general opinions and laws concerning the board and its functions, manuals, policy circulars, rules and regulations, mission and organization statements, outlines for budget policy discussions, and files concerning the establishment of a job classification program at the agency. Dates covered are 1950-1965.
Quantity: 2.25 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

In 1949 responsibility for most eleemosynary institutions that had been managed by the Texas State Board of Control, including state hospitals, special schools, and the Alabama-Coushatta Indian Reservation, was transferred to the newly-created Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools (House Bill 1, 51st Legislature, Regular Session) in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Duties of the board included establishing and enforcing rules and regulations, deciding on building and/or expansion programs, approving budgets for its central office and each individual institution, and deciding on general policy matters. The board was composed of nine members, appointed by the governor, with concurrence by the Senate, to six-year overlapping terms. No more than three members could be physicians. In 1956 the board exercised oversight of 22 hospitals and special schools. It was abolished in 1965 (59th Legislature, House Bill 3, Regular Session) and its duties transferred to other departments, primarily the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation. Responsibilities for the Alabama-Coushatta Indians were transferred to the Texas Commission for Indian Affairs.

(Sources: Manual of Texas State Government, Texas Legislative Council, 1950; Guide to Texas State Agencies, Texas Legislative Council, 1956; and the organization and mission statement of the Board found in the records.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools was established in 1949 to take over control of the state eleemosynary institutions from the Texas State Board of Control in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Records present include minutes of the board, a compilation of attorney general opinions and laws concerning the board and its functions, manuals, policy circulars, rules and regulations, mission and organization statements, outlines for budget policy discussions, and files concerning the establishment of a job classification program at the agency. Dates covered are 1950-1965.

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

The records have been organized into three series by State Archives staff:
Minutes, 1951-1955, 1958-1965, 1 cubic ft.
Administrative records, 1950-1964, bulk 1950-1959, 1 cubic ft.
Job classification files, about 1952-1953, 0.25 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

None.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Public institutions--Texas.
Public welfare--Texas.
Children--Institutional care--Texas.
Asylums--Texas.
Mentally handicapped--Institutional care--Texas.
Psychiatric hospitals--Texas.
Blind--Institutional care--Texas.
Deaf--Institutional care--Texas.
Tuberculosis--Hospitals--Texas.
Epilepsy--Hospitals--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Texas--Public institutions--1951-1955, 1958-1965.
Opinions--Texas--Attorneys general--1950-1955.
Laws--Texas--Public institutions--1950-1955.
Manuals--Texas--Public institutions--1950-1964.
Functions:
Managing public institutions.

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
Josephine Lamb Collection, 1954-1966, undated, 152.5 inches [RESTRICTED] [This collection is unprocessed, see staff for assistance. Call numbers are 2-22/752 thru 2-22/784.]
Texas State Board of Control records, 1854, 1885-1890, 1909-1979, undated, bulk 1935-1953, 103.47 cubic ft. [RESTRICTED]
Texas School for the Blind records, 1856-1989, 15.75 cubic ft.
Texas School for the Deaf minutes and agenda, 1982-1998, 0.75 cubic ft.
Publications
Annual or biennial reports of the Texas Board of Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools and of many of the eleemosynary institutions can be found in the Texana Collection of the Texas State Archives. Check the card catalog (most of these are not in the library's online catalog) for the name of the institution and call numbers.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

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

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1989/025, 1998/147, 2005/096, 2006/106

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 1988; February 4, 2005; and January 11, 2006; and by Mona Jarrell (former employee of the Board) on October 25, 1988.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, September 2006


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes, 1951-1955, 1958-1965,
1 cubic ft.

The Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools was established in 1949 to take over control of the state eleemosynary institutions from the Texas State Board of Control in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Records present are minutes of the board dating 1951-1955, 1958-1965. Minutes are not present for 1949-June 1951 and 1956-1957. Filed with the minutes in later years are supporting documents, including committee reports, reports on projects and programs, reports of the auditor, and copies of contracts.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in chronological order as received from the Legislative Reference Library.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes, Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1998/147
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 1998.
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, September 2006
Box
1998/147-1 Minutes:
1951-1955
1958-1959
1960-1961
1962
1963
1964
1965



 

Administrative records, 1950-1964, bulk 1950-1959,
1 cubic ft.

The Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools was established in 1949 to take over control of the state eleemosynary institutions from the Texas State Board of Control in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Records present include a compilation of attorney general opinions and laws concerning the board and its functions, manuals, policy circulars, statistical data, organization and mission statements, and outlines for budget policy discussions in regards to Texas House and Senate appropriation bills. Specific manuals include accounting, institutional operations, and administrative board operations. Dates covered are 1950-1964, bulk 1950-1959.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the Legislative Reference Library, roughly by record type.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative records, Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2005/096, 2006/106
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on February 4, 2005 and January 11, 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, September 2006
Box
2005/096-1 Administrative Board operations manual, 1950
Accounting procedures manual, 1957
Accounting procedures manual, revisions, 1958
Accounting procedures manual, revisions, 1959-1964
Institutional operations manual, 1950
[2 volumes]
Institutional operations manual, revisions, 1951
Box
2005/096-2 Program for mental health needs, 1957
Policy circulars, 1955
Statistical information, about 1950
Rules and regulations - outpatient clinics, 1959
Codification of state laws and attorney general opinions, 1955
Comments re: Senate and House appropriation bills, 1955
Outline for budget policy discussion, 1955
Organization and functions, 1950
Organization activities, 1950



 

Job classification files, about 1952-1953,
0.25 cubic ft.

The Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools was established in 1949 to take over control of the state eleemosynary institutions from the Texas State Board of Control in order to improve the efficiency of operations and provide better treatment of the patients and students. Records are files concerning the establishment of a job classification program at the agency and consist of an outline of the project, job and class specifications, a suggested plan for accomplishing the program, and a job classification manual. Dates covered are about 1952-1953.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the donor.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Job classification files, Texas Board for Texas State Hospitals and Special Schools records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1989/025
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Mona Jarrell (former employee of the Board) on October 25, 1988.
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, September 2006
Box
1989/025 Job classification manual, about 1953
Job and class specifications, 1953
Suggested plan for accomplishing the job classification program, 1952
Job rating and classification, 1953
Outline of the project, about 1952