Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission:

An Inventory of Alcoholic Beverage Commission Records at the Texas State Archives, 1964-2012



Overview

Creator: Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Title: Alcoholic Beverage Commission records
Dates: 1964-2012
Abstract: The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (called the Texas Liquor Control Board from 1935 to 1969) inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records date 1964-2012 and include copies of minutes, agenda, and transcripts of meetings of the Texas Liquor Control Board and Alcoholic Beverage Commission; correspondence, memos, and reports from the executive division; and press releases issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
Quantity: 14 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The passage of the Twenty-first Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1933 repealed prohibition and the Eighteenth Amendment and made it necessary for states to enact laws to regulate alcoholic beverages. The Texas Liquor Control Act (House Bill 77, 44th Texas Legislature, Second Called Session) created the Texas Liquor Control Board in 1935. The Board assumed its present name of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission effective January 1, 1970 (House Bill 379, 61st Legislature, Regular Session, 1969). The Liquor Control Act was codified into the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code by House Bill 815, 65th Legislature, Regular Session, in 1977. The commission is charged with the administration and enforcement of the Code which establishes guidelines for the activities of all persons engaged in any phase of the alcoholic beverage business. The commission inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages. As of 2012, a statutory fee is assessed for 67 different types of licenses and permits. Fees associated with the sale of wine and distilled spirits are paid directly to the commission, while fees assessed to beer retailers, distributors or manufacturers located in the state are paid to the county tax assessor of the county in which the applicant's business is located. The county is allowed a five percent commission on total fees and the balance is remitted to the commission and deposited in the state's General Revenue Fund.

The policy-making body of the agency is a three-member commission, appointed by the governor with concurrence of the senate for overlapping six-year terms. The agency head administrator is appointed by the commission. As of 2012, the agency consists of five districts (Arlington, Austin, Houston, Lubbock, and San Antonio) with headquarters in Austin, 36 district offices, and 28 tax collection stations at ports of entry along the Texas-Mexico border.

Administration of the Texas Bingo Act was transferred from the Comptroller of Public Accounts to the Alcoholic Beverage Commission effective January 1, 1990. Under this act, the commission was charged with licensing and supervising those who are authorized to conduct bingo games or who manufacture or sell bingo equipment. This responsibility was transferred to the Texas Lottery Commission in April 1994.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the agency web site (http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/); the article on Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission by Richard Allen Burns, in The Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed June 2012; the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code; and the enabling legislation, 1935, 1969, and 1977.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (called the Texas Liquor Control Board from 1935 to 1969) inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records date 1964-2012 and include copies of minutes, agenda, and transcripts of meetings of the Texas Liquor Control Board and Alcoholic Beverage Commission; correspondence, memos, and reports from the executive division; and press releases issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

The minutes of the Liquor Control Board date 1964-1969. For the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, minutes date 1970-1987 and 2003-2012, transcripts date 1988-2003, and agenda date 2003-2012.

The general files and staff correspondence from the executive division of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission include minutes from commission meetings, correspondence, memos, and staff reports. Subject matter in the records include the issuance of alcoholic permits and licenses, interpretations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code, analysis of proposed legislation, assignments of commission personnel, and commemoration of the commission's 50th anniversary in November 1985.

The press releases span 1975-1996, although not all years are represented.

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 are organized by State Archives staff into five series:
Liquor Control Board minutes, 1964-1969, 0.2 cubic ft.
Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting files, 1970-2012, 4.8 cubic ft.
Executive Division general files, 1985-1987, 6 cubic ft.
Executive staff correspondence, 1977-1985, 3 cubic ft.
Press releases, 1975-1996, 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 Liquor Control Board.
Subjects:
Alcoholic beverages--Texas.
Alcoholic beverage industry--Texas.
Alcoholic beverage industry--Texas--License system.
Alcoholic beverages--Law and legislation.
Liquor laws--Texas.
Document Types:
Minutes--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--1964-2012.
Agendas--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--2003-2012.
Press releases--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--1975-1996.
Correspondence--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--1977-1987.
Memorandums--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--1977-1987.
Reports--Alcoholic beverages--Texas--1977-1987.
Functions:
Regulating alcoholic beverage industry.

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 Liquor Control Board, Records, 1935, 1939-1948, approximately 17 cubic ft. [Restricted in part]
Texas Legislature, House of Representative, Committee on Liquor Regulation, Minutes and witness affirmations, 1955-1971 [Restricted]
Texas Legislature, House of Representative, Committee on Liquor Regulation, Tapes of witness affirmations, 1968 [Restricted]
Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, Comptroller's Office tax volumes (other than ad valorem), 1870-1873, 1879-1921, undated, 19.35 cubic ft. (127 volumes) (Specifically two series: Records of liquor tax (Bell Punch Law), 1879-1881, 0.61 cubic ft.; and Records of liquor permits, 1907-1921, 3.91 cubic ft.)
Texas Lottery Commission records, 1988-2008, bulk 1991-2008, 51.7 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1991/076, 1998/109, 1999/011, 2000/027, 2001/008, 2002/025, 2003/043, 2004/024, 2004/160, 2005/052, 2006/082, 2006/132, 2007/017, 2008/020, 2009/046, 2010/075, 2011/039, 2011/120, 2011/232, 2012/024

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on January 28, 1991; May 19, 1998; September 29, 1998; September 29, 1999; September 28, 2000; September 19, 2001; October 21, 2002; September 29, 2003; October 28, 2004; December 21, 2005; September 15, 2006; September 25, 2007; October 23, 2008; March 2, 2010; October 25, 2010; and October 28, 2011; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 2004; January 26, 2006; September 14, 2010; and February 17, 2011.

Processing Information

Executive Division records processed by Paul B. Beck, April 1992

Finding aid for Executive Division records encoded by Carolyn Foster in EAD Version 1.0 as part of the TARO project, January 2002

Finding aid for Executive Division records converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 22, 2003

Meeting files processed by Tony Black, September 2005

Finding aid for meeting files encoded by Tony Black in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project, June 2006

Three accessions of minutes and agenda added, and two inventories merged by Tony Black, May 2009

Five accessions of minutes and agenda added by Rebecca Romanchuk, June 2012

Accruals

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission transfers minutes and agenda to the Texas State Archives on a regular basis.

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission periodically mounts its minutes (in PDF format) on the agency web site (http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/about_us/meeting_minutes.asp). As of June 2012, this includes minutes since February 2000.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission also periodically mounts its press releases (in ASP format) on the agency web site (http://www.tabc.state.tx.us/home/press_releases.asp). As of June 2012, this includes press releases since January 2002.

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes, agenda, and transcripts are maintained by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Liquor Control Board minutes, 1964-1969,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (called the Texas Liquor Control Board from 1935 to 1969) inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records are copies of the minutes of the Liquor Control Board, dating 1964-1969.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Liquor Control Board minutes, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1998/109
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on May 19, 1998.
Processing Information
Processed by Tony Black, September 2005
Box
1998/109-1 Minutes, January 1964 thru December 1969



 

Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting files, 1970-2012,
4.8 cubic ft.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These are meeting files for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, including minutes dating 1970-1987 and 2003-2012, transcripts dating 1988-2003, and agenda dating 2003-2012.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Alcoholic Beverage Commission meeting files, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1998/109, 1999/011, 2000/027, 2001/008, 2002/025, 2003/043, 2004/024, 2004/160, 2005/052, 2006/082, 2007/017, 2008/020, 2009/046, 2010/075, 2011/039, 2011/120, 2011/232, 2012/024
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on May 19, 1998; September 29, 1998; September 29, 1999; September 28, 2000; September 19, 2001; October 21, 2002; September 29, 2003; October 28, 2004; December 21, 2005; September 15, 2006; September 25, 2007; October 23, 2008; March 2, 2010; October 25, 2010; and October 28, 2011; and by the Texas Legislative Reference Library on June 8, 2004; September 14, 2010; and February 17, 2011.
Processing Information
Processed by Tony Black, September 2005, June 2006
Three accessions of minutes and agenda added by Tony Black, May 2009
Five accessions of minutes and agenda added by Rebecca Romanchuk, June 2012
Box
1998/109-1 Minutes, 1970-1987
January 1970 thru November 1987
Box
1998/109-2 Transcripts of meetings, 1988-2003
January 1988
March 1988
April 1988
May 1988
June 1988
August 1988
September 1988
October 1988
November 1988
January 1989
February 1989
March 1989
April 1989
June 1989
August 1989
September 1989
October 1989
November 1989
January 1990
February 1990
March 1990
April 1990
May 1990
June 1990
July 1990
September 1990
October 1990
November 1990
January 1991
March 4, 1991
March 25, 1991
April 1991
May 1991
June 1991
July 1991
August 1991
September 1991
October 1991
November 1991
December 1991
January 1992
February 1992
March 13, 1992
March 23, 1992
April 1992
May 1992
June 1992
July 1992
August 7, 1992
[with agenda]
August 25, 1992
September 1992
October 1992
November 1992
January 1993
[with agenda]
February 1993
[with agenda]
Box
2011/120 Wine Task Force Advisory Committee meeting summaries, January-February 1993
Box
1998/109-2 March 1993
April 1993
May 1993
June 1993
August 1993
September 1993
October 1993
November 1993
January 1994
March 1994
April 1994
May 1994
June 1994
August 1994
October 1994
November 1994
February 1995
March 1995
May 1995
July 1995
August 1995
October 1995
November 1995
January 1996
February 1996
March 1996
April 1996
June 1996
July 1996
August 1996
September 1996
October 1996
December 1996
February 1997
March 1997
April 1997
June 1997
August 1997
September 1997
October 1997
November 1997
January 1998
February 1998
March 1998
April 1998
June 1, 1998
June 22, 1998
July 1998
Box
1999/011 August 1998
September 1998
October 1998
November 1998
December 1998
January 1999
March 1999
May 1999
June 1999
July 1999
August 1999
September 1999
October 1999
December 1999
January 2000
February 2000
March 2000
April 2000
May 2000
June 2000
July 2000
Box
2001/008 August 2000
September 2000
October 2000
November 2000
January 2001
February 2001
March 12, 2001
March 19, 2001
April 2001
[2 meetings]
May 2001
June 2001
July 2001
[2 meetings]
August 2001
September 2001
October 2001
November 2001
January 2002
February 2002
March 2002
April 2002
June 2002
Box
2003/043 July 2002
August 14, 2002
[certified minutes instead of transcript]
August 23, 2002
September 2002
October 2002
November 2002
December 2002
January 13, 2003
January 22, 2003
February 10, 2003
February 24, 2003
March 2003
April 2003
May 2003
June 16, 2003
June 30, 2003
July 2003
August 2003
Minutes and agenda, 2003-2012
Box
2011/120 September 2003
October 2003
November 12, 2003
[minutes only]
November 24, 2003
December 2003
Box
2003/043 June 2004
July 2004
Box
2005/052 August 2004
September 2004
October 2004
December 2004
January 2005
March 1, 2005
March 28, 2005
April 25, 2005
May 23, 2005
June 27, 2005
July 25, 2005
August 22, 2005
September 26, 2005
October 24, 2005
November 18, 2005
December 19, 2005
January 23, 2006
February 27, 2006
March 27, 2006
April 17, 2006
May 15, 2006
June 28, 2006
Box
2007/017-1 July 31, 2006
August 29, 2006
September 26, 2006
October 20, 2006
November 17, 2006
January 26, 2007
February 23, 2007
March 23, 2007
April 30, 2007
May 31, 2007
June 28, 2007
July 27, 2007
August 24, 2007
September 28, 2007
October 26, 2007
November 30, 2007
January 25, 2008
February 22, 2008
March 28, 2008
April 30, 2008
May 23, 2008
June 27, 2008
Box
2007/017-2 July 25, 2008
August 22, 2008
[agenda only]
September 26, 2008
October 24, 2008
November 21, 2008
January 13, 2009
February 10, 2009
April 28, 2009
May 19, 2009
Box
2007/017-3 July 28, 2009
August 25, 2009
October 27, 2009
November 24, 2009
February 23, 2010
April 27, 2010
May 25, 2010
Box
2007/017-4 July 27, 2010
August 24, 2010
October 26, 2010
November 18, 2010
February 22, 2011
Box
2007/017-5 April 26, 2011
May 24, 2011
July 26, 2011
August 23, 2011
October 18, 2011
November 15, 2011
Box
2007/017-6 January 24, 2012
March 27, 2012
April 25, 2012
May 22, 2012



 

Executive general files, 1985-1987,
6 cubic ft.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records include correspondence, memos, Commissioner's minutes, staff reports, Attorney General opinions, speeches, audit reports, invitations, newspaper clippings, and travel vouchers. Materials date from 1985 to 1987. The correspondence and other records are between the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Executive Division and each division within the agency, with other state agencies, with members of alcohol-related businesses, and with the public. Subjects include issuance of licenses and permits, responses to inquiries asking for rulings on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code (TABC), commendations from the public on service by Commission employees, complaints about alleged violations of the TABC, changing alcohol agents' assignments, requests for Attorney General opinions, and comments on federal laws. Internal records include summaries of agency activities, audit/property reports, staff travel requests, and merit raises. There are also records commemorating the Commission's 50th anniversary in November 1985.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creating agency in chronological order by year, then alphabetical by folder title.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive Division general files, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1991/076
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on January 28, 1991.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul B. Beck, April 1992
Box
1991/076-1 1985
Accounting Section
Affidavits of Destruction of Tested Alcoholic Beverages
Assistant Administrator
Associated Clubs of Texas
Attorney General's Office
Auditing Division
City and County Officials
Commendations
Commission Meeting Minutes
Commission Reports
Complaints
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Computer Services Division
DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States), Inc.
Enforcement Division
[2 folders]
Executive Assistant to the Administrator
General Correspondence
Box
1991/076-2 Governor's Office
Hearings Division
Industry - Miscellaneous
Invitations
Legislative
Licensed Beverage Distributors
Licenses and Permits
Mail Lists
Meeting Notices
NCSLA (National Conference of State Liquor Administrators)
News Clippings
Out-of-State Correspondence
Personnel & Budget Director
Ports of Entry Division
Speeches
State Agencies - Miscellaneous
Texas Package Stores Association
Texas Beverage News
Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas
Box
1991/076-3 1986
Accounting Section
Administrative Directives
Administrative Services
Affidavits of Destruction of Tested Alcoholic Beverages
Assistant Administrator
Attorney General's Office
Auditing Division
City and County Officials
Commendations
Commission Members Per Diem
Commission Meeting Minutes
Commission Meeting Reports
Complaints
Computer Services Division
DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States), Inc.
Enforcement Division
[2 folders]
Executive Assistant to the Administrator
General Correspondence
Governor's Office
Hearings Division
Industry - Miscellaneous
Invitations
Box
1991/076-4 Legislative
Licensed Beverage Distributors
Licenses and Permits
Mail Lists
Meeting Notices
NCLSA (National Conference of State Liquor Administrators)
[2 folders]
News Clippings
Out of State Correspondence
Personnel & Budget Director
Ports of Entry Division
Speeches
State Agencies - Miscellaneous
Texas Package Stores Association
Texas Beverage News
WBDT (Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas)
Box
1991/076-5 1987
Accounting Section
Administrative Directives
Administrative Services
Affidavits of Destruction (of Tested Alcoholic Beverages)
Assistant Administrator
Attorney General's Office
Auditing Division
BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms)
City and County Officials
Commendations
Commission Meeting Minutes
Commission Meeting Reports
Complaints
Comptroller of Public Accounts
Computer Services Division
DISCUS (Distilled Spirits Council of the United States), Inc.
Enforcement Division
[2 folders]
Executive Assistant
General Correspondence
General Counsel
Governor's Office
Hearings Division
Industry - Miscellaneous
Invitations
Box
1991/076-6 Legislative
Licenses and Permits
Mail Lists
Meeting Notices
NCLSA (National Conference of State Liquor Administrators)
News Clippings
Out of State Correspondence
Ports of Entry Division
Speeches
State Agencies
Texas Package Stores Association
Texas Beverage News
WBDT (Wholesale Beer Distributors of Texas)
J.A. Whittenburg III, 1982-1987



 

Executive staff correspondence, 1977-1985,
3 cubic ft.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records consist of correspondence, dating from 1977 to 1985, of three individuals on the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission's Executive Division staff: Michael W. McKinney, Chief of Staff Services from January 1977 to August 1979, and Executive Assistant to the Administrator from September 1979 through December 1983; Randy Yarbrough, Personnel and Budget Director, 1977-1985; and Joe Darnall, Executive Assistant to the Administrator in 1984-1985. Subjects covered in the correspondence of Darnall and of McKinney as Executive Assistant to the Administrator include responses to reported alcohol violations, interpretations of the Alcoholic Beverage Code, speech topics, and analyses of proposed legislation. Correspondents include lawyers, legislators, members of alcohol-related industries, and the general public. The correspondence of Yarbrough and of McKinney when he was Chief of Staff Services covers such internal matters as staff training, agency budgets, hiring practices, management by objectives, salaries, and position classifications.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by the creating agency by staff member and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive staff correspondence, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1991/076
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission on January 28, 1991.
Processing Information
Processed by Paul B. Beck, April 1992
Box
1991/076-7 Michael W. McKinney
January-February 1977
March-April 1977
May-June 1977
July-August 1977
September-October 1977
November-December 1977
January-February 1978
March-April 1978
May-June 1978
July-August 1978
September-October 1978
January-February 1979
March-April 1979
May-June 1979
July-August 1979
September-December 1979
January-March 1980
April-June 1980
July-September 1980
October-December 1980
January-February 1981
March-April 1981
May-June 1981
July-September 1981
October-December 1981
Box
1991/076-8 January-March 1982
April-May 1982
June-July 1982
August-September 1982
January-February 1983
March-April 1983
May-July 1983
August-October 1983
November-December 1983
Joe Darnall
April-May 1984
June-September 1984
October-December 1984
January-March 1985
April-June 1985
July-December 1985
Box
1991/076-9 Randy Yarbrough
August-October 1977
November-December 1977
January-May 1978
June-December 1979
January-March 1979
April 1979
May-August 1979
September-November 1979
December 1979
January-March 1980
April-June 1980
July-September 1980
October-December 1980
January-June 1981
July-December 1981
January-June 1982
July-December 1982
January-June 1983
July-December 1983
January-March 1984
April-August 1984
September-December 1984
January-March 1985
April-August 1985
September-December 1985



 

Press releases, 1975-1996,
fractional

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission inspects, supervises, and regulates the business of manufacturing, importing, exporting, transporting, storing, selling, advertising, labeling, and distributing alcoholic beverages in Texas. These records consist of press releases issued by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, dating 1975-1996.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by State Archives staff chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Press releases, Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2006/132
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 January 26, 2006.
Processing Information
Processed by Tony Black, June 2006
Box
2006 Accessions Box 2 (2006/132) Press releases, 1975-1996