Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section:

An Inventory of Secretary of State Executive Orders of the Governor at the Texas State Archives, 1987-1997



Overview

Creator: Texas. Secretary of State. Statutory Documents Section.
Title: Secretary of State executive orders of the governor
Dates: 1987-1997
Abstract: The Texas Secretary of State is named by the Texas Constitution as the custodian of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor. These records are the executive orders issued by Governors William P. Clements, Ann W. Richards, and George W. Bush, and filed with the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1987-1997. They are signed by both the governor and the secretary of state, and are affixed with the seal of the State of Texas.
Quantity: 0.75 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Constitution of 1845 required the Secretary of State to "keep a fair register of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor" and to provide these to the legislature when required. This duty (and others) were reiterated in the act "to define the duties of Secretary of State," approved May 9, 1846. This authority was reconfirmed by the Constitutions of 1866 (Article V, Section 17), 1869 (Article IV, Section 17) and 1876 (Article IV, Section 21), and subsequent amendments.

The Secretary of State is a constitutional officer of the executive branch of state government, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate for a term concurrent with the governor's (a two-year term at first, a four-year term since 1974). The office was first created by the Constitution of the Republic of Texas in 1836 (Article VI, Section 10), and has been continued by each succeeding Constitution.


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Secretary of State is named by the Texas Constitution as the custodian of all official acts and proceedings of the Governor. These records are the executive orders issued by Governors William P. Clements, Ann W. Richards, and George W. Bush, and filed with the Texas Secretary of State, dating 1987-1997. They are signed by both the governor and the secretary of state, and are affixed with the seal of the State of Texas. Subjects of these executive orders include: the creation and/or continuation of state commissions, committees, task forces, and councils within the Office of the Governor; prison overcrowding; ballot issues (overseas ballots, electronic voting, etc.); assisting Native Americans in accessing federal funds; the hiring and training of unemployed veterans; affordable housing; historically underutilized businesses (HUB); the emergency suspension of laws in natural disasters; bans on fireworks; etc. Only two executive orders are included for the year 1997, GWB 97-19 and 20; GWB 97-1 thru 18 are not yet at the State Archives.

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 of the Records

These records are arranged numerically by a file number assigned by Secretary of State staff, in the order they were received, which is also roughly--but not exactly--chronological. The Executive Order number (which is also given) contains initials of the governor, the two digits of the year issued, and a sequential number; these are often out of order.

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.
Personal Names:
Clements, William P., 1917-
Richards, Ann, 1933-
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor (1987-1991 : Clements)
Texas. Governor (1991-1995 : Richards)
Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Prisons--Texas--Overcrowding.
Grants-in-aid--Texas.
Elections--Texas.
Veterans--Employment--Texas.
Public housing--Texas.
Minority business enterprises--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Document Types:
Executive orders--Texas--Governors--1987-1997.
Functions:
Issuing executive orders.

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. Related executive records can likely be found in the records of each Texas governor.

Texas State Archives
Texas Office of the Governor, Criminal Justice Division, Records, 1973-1990, bulk 1987-1990, 28 cubic ft. [particularly Executive Director files, 1973-1990, 13.5 cubic ft., which contains copies of executive orders]
Texas Secretary of State Executive record books, 1835-1917, 15.18 cubic ft. (originals), 14 reels of microfilm (duplicates)
Texas Governor George W. Bush records, 1854-2000, bulk 1995-2000, approximately 2100 cubic ft.
Cushing Memorial Library, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas
Governor William P. Clements, Jr. papers, 1978-1991
The Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
Ann W. Richards Gubernatorial records, 1991-1995, ca. 1000 cubic ft.
Publications
Governors' Executive Orders are published in the Texas Register, beginning in 1976.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Secretary of State executive orders of the governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2004/123, 2009/033

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Secretary of State, Statutory Documents Section, on April 8, 2004; and September 29, 2008.

Processing Information

Processed by Tony Black, February 2007

New accession added by Tony Black, October 2008

Appraisal Information

These records were transferred to the Texas State Archives after the in-house appraisal of Secretary of State records on December 15, 1998. But they are mentioned as an existing series in that report, and are related to Executive record books, which were appraised as archival. The series appraisal for those records is online at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/sosrepublic.html#33.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Secretary of State executive orders of the governor, 1987-1997,
0.75 cubic ft.

William P. Clements, Jr., 1987-1990
Box File
2004/123 121-225 WPC 87-1, February 1987
121-226 WPC 87-2, February 1987
121-227 WPC 87-3, February 1987
121-228 WPC 87-5, February 1987
121-229 WPC 87-5, amendment 1, March 1987
121-230 WPC 87-6, March 1987
121-231 WPC 87-4, March 1987
121-232 WPC 87-7, March 1987
121-233 WPC 87-5, amendment 2, April 1987
121-234 WPC 87-6a, March 1987
121-235 WPC 87-8, April 1987
121-236 WPC 87-9, May 1987
121-237 WPC 87-11, May 1987
121-238 WPC 87-10, May 1987
121-239 WPC 87-14, May 1987
121-240 WPC 87-5, amendment 3, July 1987
121-241 WPC 87-12, June 1987
121-242 WPC 87-5, amendment 4, August 1987
121-243 WPC 87-15, August 1987
121-244 WPC 87-5, amendment 5, September 1987
121-245 WPC 87-16, October 1987
121-246 WPC 87-18, November 1987
121-247 WPC 88-1, January 1988
121-248 WPC 88-2, January 1988
121-249 WPC 88-3, January 1988
121-250 WPC 88-5, February 1988
121-251 WPC 88-4, March 1988
121-252 WPC 88-6, April 1988
121-253 WPC 88-7, June 1988
121-254 WPC 88-8, June 1988
121-255 WPC 88-9, July 1988
121-256 WPC 88-10, November 1988
121-257 WPC 88-11, November 1988
121-258 WPC 89-1, January 1989
121-259 WPC 89-3, January 1989
121-260 WPC 89-3a, February 1989
121-261 WPC 89-4, March 1989
121-262 WPC 89-5, March 1989
121-263 WPC 89-7, May 1989
121-264 WPC 89-8, May 1989
121-265 WPC 89-9, June 1989
121-266 WPC 89-2, June 1989
121-267 WPC 89-10, July 1989
121-268 WPC 89-11, July 1989
121-269 WPC 89-12, July 1989
121-270 WPC 89-6, July 1989
121-271 WPC 89-13, July 1989
121-272 WPC 89-14, July 1989
121-273 WPC 89-15, July 1989
121-274 WPC 89-16, July 1989
121-275 WPC 89-17, August 1989
121-276 WPC 89-18, August 1989
121-277 WPC 89-19, November 1989
121-278 WPC 89-20, December 1989
121-279 WPC 89-21, December 1989
121-280 WPC 90-1, March 1990
121-281 WPC 90-2, March 1990
121-282 WPC 90-3, June 1990
121-283 WPC 90-4, July 1990
121-284 WPC 90-5, August 1990
121-285 WPC 90-6, August 1990
121-286 WPC 90-7, September 1990
121-287 WPC 90-8, September 1990
121-288 WPC 90-9, October 1990
121-289 WPC 90-10, October 1990
121-290 WPC 90-12, December 1990
Ann W. Richards, 1991-1994
121-291 AWR 91-1, February 1991
121-292 AWR 91-2, February 1991
121-293 AWR 91-3, March 1991
121-294 AWR 91-4, March 1991
121-295 AWR 91-6, April 1991
121-296 AWR 91-7, April 1991
121-297 AWR 91-8, May 1991
121-298 AWR 91-4, June 1991
121-299 AWR 91-9, July 1991
121-300 AWR 91-10, September 1991
121-301 AWR 91-11, October 1991
121-302 AWR 91-9A, October 1991
121-303 AWR 91-12, October 1991
121-304 AWR 91-13, November 1991
121-305 AWR 91-14, November 1991
121-306 AWR 91-15, November 1991
121-307 AWR 91-16, November 1991
121-308 AWR 91-17, December 1991
121-309 AWR 91-18, December 1991
121-310 AWR 91-19, December 1991
121-311 AWR 92-1, February 1992
121-312 AWR 92-2, February 1992
121-313 AWR 92-3, March 1992
121-314 AWR 92-4, March 1992
121-315 AWR 92-5, March 1992
121-316 AWR 92-6, April 1992
121-317 AWR 92-7, April 1992
121-318 AWR 92-8, May 1992
121-319 AWR 92-9, September 1992
121-320 AWR 92-10, September 1992
121-321 AWR 92-11, October 1992
121-322 AWR 93-1, November 1992
121-323 AWR 93-2, February 1993
121-324 AWR 93-3, March 1993
121-325 AWR 93-4, March 1993
121-326 AWR 93-5, March 1993
121-327 AWR 93-6, March 1993
121-328 AWR 93-7, March 1993
121-329 AWR 93-8, March 1993
121-330 AWR 93-9, April 1993
121-331 AWR 93-10, April 1993
121-332 AWR 93-11, April 1993
121-333 AWR 93-12, July 1993
121-334 AWR 93-13, October 1993
121-335 AWR 94-14, January 1994
121-336 AWR 94-15, February 1994
121-337 AWR 94-16, March 1994
121-338 AWR 94-17, March 1994
121-339 AWR 94-18, April 1994
121-340 AWR 94-19, June 1994
121-341 AWR 94-20, July 1994
121-342 AWR 94-21, October 1994
121-343 AWR 94-22, October 1994
Box
2009/033 George W. Bush, 1995-1997
121-344 GWB 95-1, February 1995
121-345 GWB 95-1a, March 1995
121-346 GWB 95-3, April 1995
121-347 GWB 95-2, April 1995
121-348 GWB 95-4, May 1995
121-349 GWB 95-5, May 1995
121-350 GWB 95-6, May 1995
121-351 GWB 95-7, May 1995
121-352 GWB 95-8, June 1995
121-353 GWB 95-9, July 1995
121-354 GWB 95-10, August 1995
121-355 GWB 95-11, August 1995
121-356 GWB 95-12, October 1995
121-357 GWB 95-13, October 1995
121-358 GWB 95-14, February 1996
121-359 GWB 96-1, February 1996
121-360 GWB 96-2, March 1996
121-361 GWB 96-3, April 1996
121-362 GWB 96-4, April 1996
121-363 GWB 96-5, May 1996
121-364 GWB 96-7, May 1996
121-365 GWB 96-8, June 1996
121-366 GWB 96-6, September 1996
121-367 GWB 96-9, November 1996
121-368 GWB 96-10, December 1996
121-369 GWB 97-19, March 1997
121-370 GWB 95-10A, August 1997
121-371 GWB 95-1b, October 1997
121-372 GWB 97-20, September 1997