Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Workforce Commission:

An Inventory of Commission on Human Rights Records at the Texas State Archives, 1983-2009



Overview

Creator: Texas Workforce Commission. Commission on Human Rights.
Title: Commission on Human Rights records
Dates: 1983-2009
Abstract: The Texas Commission on Human Rights of the Texas Workforce Commission investigates and resolves complaints of employment and housing discrimination, and may file civil suits in the state courts; it also provides technical assistance and training on human rights laws. These functions are documented in these records, which include minutes, agenda, transcripts, reports, brochures, correspondence, memoranda, budget documents, press releases, and rules, dating 1983-2009. They comprise the meeting files of the Texas Commission on Human Rights, 1983-2003, and of the Human Rights Commission of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission, 2004-2009; and miscellaneous other records (brochures, correspondence, memorandum, press release, and rules), 1983-1993.
Quantity: 9 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English with scattered Spanish throughout.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Commission on Human Rights was created in 1983 (House Bill 14, 68th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session), to protect the public against employment discrimination based on race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability. In 1989 (Senate Bill 75, 71st Texas Legislature, Regular Session) the Texas Fair Housing Act added protection against housing discrimination to the commission's powers and duties. In 2003 the commission was abolished as an independent agency, and its functions were transferred to the Texas Workforce Commission, Civil Rights Division (House Bill 2933, 78th Texas Legislature, Regular Session), effective March 2004. The commission investigates and resolves complaints of either kind of discrimination, and may file civil suits in the state courts. It also provides technical assistance and training on human rights laws.

The original commission was composed of six members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the state senate, for overlapping six-year terms. One member represented industry, one member represented labor, and four members represented the general public. Beginning 2004, the number of members of the newly designated Human Rights Commission (of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission) was raised to seven by the addition of one public member.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the Texas Workforce Commission Civil Rights Division web site (http://www.twc.state.tx.us/customers/bemp/bempsubcrd.html); the article on Texas Commission on Human Rights by Richard Allen Burns, in The Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed October 2008; and the enabling legislation, 1983, 1989, and 2003.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Commission on Human Rights of the Texas Workforce Commission investigates and resolves complaints of employment and housing discrimination, and may file civil suits in the state courts; it also provides technical assistance and training on human rights laws. These functions are documented in these records, which include minutes, agenda, transcripts, reports, brochures, correspondence, memoranda, budget documents, press releases, and rules, dating 1983-2009. They comprise the meeting files of the Texas Commission on Human Rights, 1983-2003, and of the Human Rights Commission of the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission, 2004-2009; and miscellaneous other records (brochures, correspondence, memorandum, press release, and rules), 1983-1993. The meeting files consist of minutes and agenda dating 1983-2001; supporting documentation (with memoranda, correspondence, administrative reports from the executive director, committee reports, legislative appropriation requests and budgets, performance and funds management reports, conference agenda, newletters, news clippings, etc.) dating 1983-1995 and 1998-2003; and transcripts and agenda dating 2004-2009.

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 by State Archives staff into two groups:
Meeting files, 1983-2009, 9 cubic ft.
Other records, 1983-1993, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. 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

None.


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 Commission on Human Rights.
Subjects:
Discrimination in employment--Government policy--Texas.
Discrimination in housing--Texas.
Document Types:
Agendas--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2005.
Minutes--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2003.
Correspondence--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2003.
Memorandums--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2003.
Reports--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2003.
Transcripts--Texas--Discrimination--2004-2009.
Clippings--Texas--Discrimination--1983-2003.
Functions:
Investigating discrimination.

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 Department of Housing and Community Affairs records, 1972-2001, 44.21 cubic ft.
Texas Workforce Commission, Lawsuits, unknown date-2001, 10.5 cubic ft. [Restricted. There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 2002/208-21, 25 thru 28, 31, 37 thru 39, and 42; and 2003/131-19. (See the records appraisal report for Texas Workforce Commission, General Counsel, selected record series.)]
Texas Workforce Commission, Lawsuits--petitions, complaints, opinions, settlements, judgments, about 1998-2001, 1 cubic ft. [Restricted. There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2004/005. (See the records appraisal report for Texas Workforce Commission, General Counsel, selected record series.)]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Workforce Commission, Commission on Human Rights records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2002/196, 2005/006, 2005/182, 2005/183, 2006/210, 2006/242, 2006/370, 2007/052, 2007/131, 2008/055, 2009/056

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission on August 23, 2005; January 17, 2006; September 21, 2006; November 9, 2007; and November 7, 2008; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on August 13, 2002; September 10, 2004; January 3, 2006; January 26, 2006; and March 16, 2007.

Processing Information

Initial finding aid created by Tony Black, March 2006

Additional accessions of records added by Tony Black, January 2007, November 2008

Appraisal Information

Several series of Texas Workforce Commission records were appraised by State Archives staff in February 2004. This included Equal Employment Opportunity Commission/Texas Commission on Human Rights (EEOC/TCHR) complaint files, which were appraised as non-archival. See the online appraisal report at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/workforcegeneralcounsel.html. Paper copies are filed in the search room of the Texas State Archives.

Accruals

The Texas Workforce Commission transfers transcripts and agenda of the Human Rights Commission to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Workforce Commission has mounted recent Texas Commission on Human Rights agenda and minutes (in PDF format) on the agency web site (http://www.twc.state.tx.us/crd/cmm.html). As of May 2009, these include minutes from April 2007 onward.

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes, agenda, and transcripts are maintained by the Civil Rights Division of the Texas Workforce Commission.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Texas Human Rights Commission meeting files, 1983-2009,
9 cubic ft.

Box
2002/196-1 Texas Commission on Human Rights minutes and agenda, 1983-2001
Agenda and minutes, September 1983
[organizational meeting]
Agenda and minutes, October 1983
Agenda, November 1983
Minutes, December 1983
Agenda and minutes, January 1984
Agenda and minutes, February 1984
Agenda and minutes, March 1984
Agenda and minutes, May 1984
Agenda and minutes, June 1984
Agenda and minutes, July 1984
Agenda and minutes, August 1984
Agenda and minutes, September 1984
Agenda and minutes, November 1984
Agenda and minutes, December 1984
Agenda and minutes, January 1985
Agenda and minutes, March 1985
Agenda and minutes, April 1985
Agenda and minutes, May 1985
Agenda and minutes, June 1985
Agenda and minutes, July 1985
Agenda and minutes, August 1985
Agenda and minutes, October 1985
Agenda and minutes, November 1985
Agenda and minutes, December 1985
Agenda and minutes, January 1986
Agenda and minutes, February 1986
Agenda and minutes, March 1986
Agenda and minutes, May 1986
Agenda and minutes, June 1986
Agenda and minutes, August 1986
Agenda and minutes, September 1986
Agenda and minutes, November 1986
Agenda and minutes, January 1987
Agenda and minutes, February 1987
Agenda and minutes, March 1987
Agenda, April 1987
Agenda and minutes, June 1987
Agenda, July 1987
Agenda, September 1987
Agenda, October 1987
Agenda, November 1987
Agenda, February 1988
Agenda, March 1988
Agenda and minutes, April 1988
Agenda and minutes, May 1988
Agenda and supporting documents, June 1988
Minutes, July 1988
Agenda and minutes, August 1988
Agenda and minutes, September 1988
Agenda and minutes, November 1988
Agenda and minutes, December 1988
Agenda and minutes, January 1989
Agenda and minutes, March 1989
Agenda and minutes, April 1989
Agenda and supporting documents, May 1989
[meeting cancelled]
Agenda and minutes, June 1989
Agenda and minutes, July 1989
Agenda and minutes, September 1989
Agenda and minutes, November 1989
Agenda and supporting documents, December 1989
[meeting cancelled]
Agenda and minutes, January 1990
Agenda and minutes, March 1990
Agenda and minutes, May 1990
Agenda and minutes, July 1990
Agenda, August 1990
Agenda, October 1990
Agenda and minutes, November 1990
Agenda and minutes, January 1991
Agenda and minutes, February 1991
Agenda and minutes, April 1991
Agenda and minutes, May 1991
Agenda and minutes, June 1991
Agenda and minutes, July 1991
Agenda and minutes, August 1991
Agenda and minutes, September 1991
Agenda and minutes, October 1991
Agenda and minutes, November 1991
Agenda and minutes, January 1992
Agenda and minutes, February 1992
Agenda and minutes, April 1992
Agenda and minutes, May 1992
Agenda and minutes, August 1992
Agenda, September 1992
Agenda, October 1992
Agenda and minutes, November 1992
Agenda and minutes, January 1993
Agenda and minutes, February 1993
Agenda and minutes, April 1993
Agenda and minutes, May 1993
Agenda and minutes, June 1993
Agenda, August 1993
Box
2002/196-2 Agenda and minutes, October 1993
Agenda, November 1993
Agenda and minutes, February 1994
Agenda and minutes, March 1994
Agenda and minutes, May 1994
Agenda, June 1994
Agenda and minutes, July 1994
Agenda and minutes, August 1994
Agenda and minutes, September 1994
Minutes, November 1994
Agenda and minutes, December 1994
Agenda and minutes, January 1995
Agenda, March 1995
Minutes, April 1995
Agenda and minutes, June 1995
Agenda and minutes, July 1995
Agenda and minutes, September 1995
Agenda and minutes, October 1995
Agenda, December 1995
Agenda and minutes, February 1996
Agenda and minutes, April 1996
Agenda, June 1996
Agenda and minutes, August 1996
Agenda and minutes, September 1996
Agenda and minutes, October 1996
Agenda and minutes, December 1996
Agenda and minutes, January 1997
Agenda and minutes, February 1997
Agenda and minutes, April 1997
Agenda and minutes, May 1997
Agendas, June 10 and 19, 1997
Agenda and minutes, July 1997
Agenda and minutes, October 1997
Agenda and minutes, November 1997
Agenda and minutes, January 1998
Agenda, February 1998
Agenda and minutes, April 1998
Minutes, May 1998
Agenda, July 1998
Agenda and minutes, August 1998
Agenda and minutes, October 1998
Agenda and minutes, December 1998
Box
2002/196-3 Agenda and minutes, January 1999
Agenda and minutes, March 1999
Agenda and minutes, April 1999
Agenda and minutes, June 1999
Agenda and minutes, September 1999
Agenda, October 1999
Agenda and minutes, November 1999
Agenda, January 2000
Agenda and minutes, March 2000
Agenda and minutes, May 2000
Agenda and minutes, June 2000
Agenda and minutes, August 2000
Agenda and minutes, September 2000
Agenda and minutes, November 2000
Agenda, February 2001
Box
2005/182-1 Texas Commission on Human Rights meeting supporting documentation, 1983-1995, 1998-2003
September 1983-February 1986
Box
2005/182-2 March 1986-August 1988
Box
2005/182-3 September 1988-January 1993
Box
2005/182-4 February 1993-July 1995
Box
2005/182-5 December 1998-November 1999
Box
2005/182-6 March 2000-April 2001
Box
2005/182-7 May 2001-July 2003
Box
2005/183 Human Rights Commission of Civil Rights Division of Texas Workforce Commission agenda and transcripts, 2004-2005
June 2, 2004
September 14, 2004
November 3, 2004
December 1, 2004
March 16, 2005
June 15, 2005
September 14, 2005
December 14, 2005
Box
2007/052 Commission on Human Rights (Texas Workforce Commission) transcripts, 2006-2009
September 20, 2006
December 13, 2006
April 4, 2007
July 11, 2007
October 3, 2007
January 16, 2008
April 16, 2008
July 16, 2008
October 15, 2008
January 14, 2009
April 15, 2009



 

Other records, 1983-1993,
fractional

Box
2006 Accessions Box 4 (2006/242) Rules, 40 TAC (Texas Administrative Code), Chapters 321-333, 1983
Press release, September 14, 1984
What You Need to Know About State EEO Laws, 1984
Executive Director's report, December 1988
EEO Conference programs, 1988-1989, 1992-1993
[4 items]
Equal Employment Opportunity Law, Compliance Training Program brochure, 1991
[2 copies]
Minority Hiring and Contracting Practices Conference agenda, procedures, and cover letter, 1992