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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

Board and committee meeting minutes, agenda and transcripts, 1961-2005,

Other records, 1970-1996,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Dental Examiners:

An Inventory of State Board of Dental Examiners Records at the Texas State Archives, 1961-2005



Overview

Creator: Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.
Title: State Board of Dental Examiners records
Dates: 1961-2005
Abstract: The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners serves the following functions: to license qualified dentists and dental hygienists (by examination and/or by credentials); to register dental assistants after examination; to register qualified dental laboratories; to renew licenses and registrations annually; to investigate all complaints; to prosecute complaints through informal or formal disciplinary means; and to monitor on-going compliance of disciplined licensees/registrants with Board Orders. Those functions are documented by these records, which include copies of minutes, agenda, transcripts, press releases, committee membership lists, and a brochure, dating 1961-2005.
Quantity: 2.5 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

For well over a century, the State of Texas has provided for examining boards to safeguard the dental health of Texans by licensing qualified dental professionals, and by sanctioning violators of laws and rules regulating dentistry. The earliest legislation regulating dentistry in Texas was in 1889 (Senate Substitute Bill 153, 21st Texas Legislature, Regular Session), when each district judge was authorized to appoint a board of examiners composed of three practicing dentists in each judicial district. In 1897, the district system was replaced by one board, the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners, comprised of six dentists appointed by the governor for a term of two years (House Bill 90, 25th Legislature, Regular Session). The number of members was raised to nine dentists in 1919 (House Bill 1, 36th Legislature, Regular Session), whose term was changed to six years in 1971 (Senate Bill 365, 62nd Legislature, Regular Session). In 1981 (Senate Bill 763, 67th Legislature, Regular Session) the number was raised to 12 with the addition of three public members. Two dental hygienists and one additional dentist were added to the composition of the board in 1991 (House Bill 817, 72nd Legislature, Regular Session), raising the number to 15. In 1995 (Senate Bill 18, 74th Legislature, Regular Session) the number of public members was raised to six, for a total of 18 members. And in 2003 (Senate Bill 263, 78th Legislature, Regular Session) the number was lowered back to 15: eight dentists, two dental hygienists, and five public members.

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners' main functions are as follows: to license qualified dentists and dental hygienists (by examination and/or by credentials); to register dental assistants after examination; to register qualified dental laboratories; to renew licenses and registrations annually; to investigate all complaints; to prosecute complaints through informal or formal disciplinary means; and to monitor on-going compliance of disciplined licensees/registrants with Board Orders.

Two statutory committees provide assistance to the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners: the Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, composed of six members (three dental hygienists and two public members appointed by the Governor and one dentist appointed by the board for six-year terms); and the Dental Laboratory Certification Council composed of three members appointed by the board for two-year terms. Non-statutory committees created by the board include the Anesthesia Rules Review Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Credentials Review Committee, Enforcement Committee, Examination Committee, and Legislative Committee.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners web site, http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=section&id=4&Itemid=40, accessed June 7, 2013; and the enabling legislation, 1889, 1897, 1919, 1971, 1981, 1991, 1995, and 2003.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners serves the following functions: to license qualified dentists and dental hygienists (by examination and/or by credentials); to register dental assistants after examination; to register qualified dental laboratories; to renew licenses and registrations annually; to investigate all complaints; to prosecute complaints through informal or formal disciplinary means; and to monitor on-going compliance of disciplined licensees/registrants with Board Orders. Those functions are documented by these records, which include copies of minutes, agenda, transcripts, press releases, committee membership lists, and a brochure, dating 1961-2005. The minutes cover all board meetings dating 1961-2005, and committee meetings dating 1993-2005. (Committees include the Anesthesia Rules Review Committee, Continuing Education Committee, Credentials Review Committee, Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, Enforcement Committee, Examination Committee, Legislative Committee, and the Dental Laboratory Certification Council.) Only a few agenda and transcripts of meetings are in the files, dating 1996-1998, and there are some supporting documents, including correspondence, memoranda, lists of applicants passing and failing, and proposals. Other records include press releases, committee membership lists, and a brochure, dating 1970-1996.

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 two series:
Board and committee meeting minutes, agenda, and transcripts, 1961-2005, 2.5 cubic ft.
Other records, 1970-1996, fractional

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, social security numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.147), personal family information of peace officers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.1175), and other information protected under common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. 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.

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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.
Subjects:
Dental policy--Texas.
Dentistry--Texas--Rules and practice.
Document Types:
Minutes--Dental policy--Texas--1961-2005.
Agendas--Dental policy--Texas--1996-1997.
Transcripts--Dental policy--Texas--1996-1998.
Functions:
Regulating dentists.

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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 Board of Health, Dental Advisory Committee minutes, 1980-1984, 0.1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2002/184.]
Texas Dental Laboratory Advisory Board meeting minutes, October 1973-March 1981, 0.1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call number is 2008/118.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas State Board of Dental Examiners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/238, 2004/206, 2006/164, 2007/004, 2007/122, 2011/057, 2013/146

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 August 10, 1998; July 15, 2004; January 26, 2006; September 11, 2006; March 12, 2007; September 14, 2010; and December 13, 2012.

Processing Information

Tony Black, September 2006

New accessions added and updates to description by Rebecca Romanchuk, June 2013

Other Formats for the Records

The Texas State Board of Dental Examiners has mounted recent minutes in PDF format on the agency web site at http://www.tsbde.state.tx.us/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=78&Itemid=40.

Location of Originals

The record copies of minutes and agenda are maintained by the Texas State Board of Dental Examiners.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Board and committee meeting minutes, agenda and transcripts, 1961-2005,
2.5 cubic ft.

Box
2004/206-1 Board and committee meeting minutes, September 1961-October 1975
[bound volume]
Board and committee meeting minutes, January 1964-June 1967
Board and committee meeting minutes, November 1975-December 1978
[bound volume]
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-June 1976
Board and committee meeting minutes, April-December 1977
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-September 1978
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 1979
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 1980
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 1981
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-December 1982
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 1983
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-December 1984
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 1985
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 1986
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-December 1987
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-December 1988
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 1989
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-June 1990
Board and committee meeting minutes, August-December 1990
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-September 1991
Box
2004/206-2 Board and committee meeting minutes, January 1992-November 1993
[bound volume]
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-April 1994
Board and committee meeting minutes, March-December 1995
Board and committee meeting minutes and agenda, January-November 1996
Board and committee meeting minutes, board meeting transcript, December 1996
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-April 1997
[Includes Enforcement Committee meeting transcript, April 1997.]
Board and committee meeting minutes, May-August 1997
[Includes Enforcement Committee meeting transcript, July 1997.]
Box
2004/206-3 Board and committee meeting minutes and agenda, September-November 1997
[Includes Enforcement and Anesthesia Rules Review Committees meeting transcripts, November 1997.]
Anesthesia Rule Review Committee meeting minutes and transcript, December 1997
Board and committee meeting minutes, January 1998
[Includes Enforcement and Anesthesia Rules Review Committees meeting transcripts]
Box
2004/206-4 Board and committee meeting minutes, February-May 1998
[Includes Anesthesia Rules Review Committees meeting transcripts]
Board and committee meeting minutes, June-September 1998
Board and committee meeting minutes, November 1998
Board meeting transcript, November 6, 1998
Board meeting transcript, November 7, 1998
Box
2004/206-5 Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 1999
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 2000
Board and committee meeting minutes, November 2000
Box
2011/057 Board and committee meeting minutes, January-December 2001
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 2002
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 2003
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-November 2004
Board and committee meeting minutes, January-October 2005

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Other records, 1970-1996,
fractional

Box
2006/164 (2006 Accessions Box 3) Press releases, 1970-1986:
1970-1971
April 1979
February 1980
September 1981
August 1986
Committee membership lists, June 1988
[Dental Hygiene Advisory Committee, Dental Laboratory Certification Council]
Patient information booklet, February 1996

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