Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Attorney-General's Office:

An Inventory of Attorney General's Office Records at the Texas State Archives, 1956-1999, 2003-2006



Overview

Creator: Texas. Attorney-General's Office.
Title: Attorney General's Office records
Dates: 1956-1999, 2003-2006
Abstract: The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to: defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government; issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes; sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions; and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State. Records are speeches, press releases, calendars, and organization charts, 1956-1999, 2003-2006, created and maintained by staff of the Texas Attorney General's Office.
Quantity: 3.3 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to: defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government; issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes; sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions; and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State.

The Office of the Attorney General has taken on numerous other roles through the years. Texas statutes contain nearly 2000 references to the Attorney General. In addition to its constitutionally prescribed duties, the Office of the Attorney General files civil suits upon referral by other state agencies. In some circumstances, the Attorney General has original jurisdiction to prosecute violations of the law, but in most cases, criminal prosecutions by the Attorney General are initiated only upon the request of a local prosecutor. Although the Attorney General is prohibited from offering legal advice or representing private individuals, he serves and protects the rights of all citizens of Texas through the activities of the various divisions of the agencies. Actions that benefit all citizens of this state include enforcement of health, safety and consumer regulations, educational outreach programs and protection of the rights of the elderly and disabled. The Attorney General is also charged with the collection of court-ordered child support and the administration of the Crime Victims' Compensation Fund.

(Sources include: the Attorney General's web site at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/, accessed on February 16, 2007; existing finding aids; and biographical information available on-line at http://www.utsystem.edu/OGR/McBee-bio.htm, accessed on February 16, 2007.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to: defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Office of the Attorney General serves as legal counsel to all boards and agencies of state government; issues legal opinions when requested by the Governor, heads of state agencies and other officials and agencies as provided by Texas statutes; sits as an ex-officio member of state committees and commissions; and defends challenges to state laws and suits against both state agencies and individual employees of the State. Records are speeches, press releases, calendars, and organization charts, 1956-1999, 2003-2006, created and maintained by staff of the Texas Attorney General's Office. Materials include speeches for Attorney General Crawford C. Martin and First Assistant Attorney General Barry McBee and schedules for Attorney General Greg Abbott.

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

These records are organized into three series by State Archives staff based on the agency's retention schedule and the way the records were received:
Speeches and press releases, 1956-1999, 2003-2006, 2.7 cubic ft.
Calendars and schedules, 2003-2006, 0.6 cubic ft.
Organization charts, 2003-2005, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, 552.101, privacy and other statutory exceptions; 552.107, attorney-client privilege; 552.111, agency memoranda; 552.117, home addresses, home phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees; and 552.136, account numbers, 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, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. 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 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:
Abbott, Greg.
McBee, Barry.
Martin, Crawford C.
Subjects:
Attorneys general--Texas.
Government attorneys--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Document Types:
Speeches--Texas--Attorneys general--1956-1999, 2003-2006.
Calendars--Texas--Attorneys general--2003-2006.
Organization charts--Texas--Attorneys general--2003-2005.
Press releases--Texas--Attorneys general--1956-1999.
Schedules (time plans)--Texas--Attorneys general--2003-2004.
Functions:
Representing state.
Informing.

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 Attorney-General's Office, Mark White records, 1978-1982, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Attorney-General's Office, Mark White correspondence and subject files, 1975-1982 (1979-1982), 10 cubic ft.
Texas Attorney-General's Office, Records of the Assistant for Information, 1973-1982, 10 cubic ft.
Texas Attorney-General's Office, Records, 1837-1987, 1033 cubic ft.
Texas Attorney-General's Office, Attorney General Price Daniel records, 1934, 1938-1941, 1944-1962, 1969-1970, 1978, 1986-1987, bulk 1947-1952, approximately 60 cubic ft.
John Ben Shepperd speeches, 1953-1956, 0.71 cubic ft.
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
Waggoner Carr papers, 1945-1985, and undated, 48 linear ft.
Special Collections, University of Texas Permian Basin Library, Odessa, Texas
John Ben Shepperd papers, 1944-1986, 288 cubic ft.
Releases from office of the Attorney General, John Ben Shepperd, 1953
Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Will Reid Wilson, Jr. papers, 1950s-1970s, 140 linear ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Attorney General's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1994/062, 2004/082, 2006/004, 2006/139, 2006/388, 2007/029

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Attorney General on January 27, 1994; September 8, 2005; May 4, 2006; and September 13, 2006; and by the Legislative Reference Library on January 20, 2004 and January 26, 2006.

Processing Information

Paul Beck, May 1994

Tonia J. Wood, September 2005, October 2006

Appraisal Information

Press releases for the Office of the Attorney General were appraised and some were deemed archival on December 6, 2005. A copy of the appraisal report is available on-line at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/attorneygeneralnews.html and is on file in the State Archives search room.

Certain calendars for the Office of the Attorney General were appraised and some were deemed archival on September 21, 2006. A copy of the appraisal report is available on-line at http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/appraisal/attorneygeneralcalendars.html and is on file in the State Archives search room.

Other Formats for the Records

News releases for Attorney General Greg Abbott dating back to December 2002 are available on-line at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/oagnews/; news releases for Attorney General John Cornyn dating January 1999 to November 2002 are available on-line at http://www.oag.state.tx.us/newspubs/newsarchive/index.html .


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Speeches and press releases, 1956-1999, 2003-2006,
2.7 cubic ft.

The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to: defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Speeches and press releases publicize the Attorney General's mission and activities. Records date 1956-1999, 2003-2006. Materials include speeches for Attorney General Crawford C. Martin and First Assistant Attorney General Barry McBee.
Crawford C. Martin (b. 1916 - d. 1972), former Attorney General of Texas, was first elected to that office in 1966 and won reelection in 1968 and 1970. His total term in office as Attorney General was from January 1, 1967 to December 29, 1972. A native of Hillsboro, Texas, Martin had served previously in the Texas Senate from 1948 to 1962. In 1963, he was appointed Texas Secretary of State by Governor John Connally, holding that office from January 15, 1963 to March 12, 1966.
As first assistant attorney general, Barry McBee served as the second highest ranking attorney and as the agency’s chief administrator under the State Attorney General. He was appointed to the post by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott in 2002. Prior to joining the attorney general’s office, McBee served as chief of staff for Rick Perry in both the Governor’s and the Lieutenant Governor’s offices. He also served as deputy commissioner of agriculture from 1991 to 1995 and was appointed by Governor George W. Bush to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission where he served as chairman from 1995 to 1998. He left the Attorney General's Office in June 2006 to become vice chancellor for governmental relations in the University of Texas System.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in chronological or reverse chronological order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Speeches and press releases, Texas Attorney General's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1994/062, 2004/082, 2006/139, 2006/388
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Attorney General's Office on January 27, 1994 and May 4, 2006; and by the Legislative Reference Library on January 20, 2004 and January 26, 2006.
Processed by
Paul Beck, May 1994
Tonia J. Wood, October 2006
Box
2004/082-1 Press releases and speeches, 1956-1978
Box
2004/082-2 Press releases and speeches, 1979-1991
Box
2006 Accessions Box 2 (2006/139) Press releases and speeches, 1992-1999
Box
1994/062-7 Attorney General Crawford C. Martin speeches:
[Records include speeches by former Secretary of State and Attorney General Crawford C. Martin. Only one speech is from Martin's tenure as Secretary of State; all others were as Attorney General. Most of the speeches are from 1967 or 1970. Organized crime and drug abuse were Martin's principal targets as Attorney General and these and other law enforcement subjects were frequent topics of his speeches along with observations on societal changes such as the rising crime rate, urban growth, radicalism on college campuses, and the Silent Majority. Speeches were made to a variety of groups including professional and trade associations, chambers of commerce, social and fraternal groups, and law enforcement organizations.]
1965-1967
1970
Box
2006/388 First Assistant Attorney General Barry McBee speeches, 2003-2006



 

Calendars and schedules, 2003-2006,
0.6 cubic ft.

The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Calendars, 2003-2006, provide day-to-day information on how an individual fulfills his job responsibilities. The calendars provide evidence of policy-making functions, provide an overview of high level officials' activities, and list meetings, subjects, attendees, and speaking engagements. Attorney General Greg Abbott's calendar is prepared in schedule format, noting arrival and departure times, events, meetings and attendees, and office time for each work day. Other staff members' calendars are printouts from electronic calendars or are copies of desk calendars.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by position, and then chronologically, as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Calendars and schedules, Texas Attorney General's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2006/388, 2007/029
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Attorney General's Office on May 4, 2006 and September 13, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room (Room 100). Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, 552.101, privacy and other statutory exceptions; 552.107, attorney-client privilege; 552.111, agency memoranda; 552.117, home addresses, home phone numbers, social security numbers, and personal family information of government employees; and 552.136, account numbers, 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, fax, or email including enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. 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.
Processed by
Tonia J. Wood, October 2006
Box
2006/388 Attorney General, Greg Abbott, 2003-2004
First Assistant Attorney General, Barry McBee, 2003-2004
Deputy Attorney General for Families & Children, Casey Hoffman, 2004
Director, Office of Family Initiatives, Jim Underwood, 2004
Deputy Director, Office of Family Initiatives, Leticia Martinez, 2005
Director, Child Support Division, Alicia Key, December 2004
Deputy Attorney General for Litigation, Ed Burbach, August 2003-December 2004
Associate Deputy Attorney General for Litigation, David Morales, March-December 2004
Head, General Litigation Division, Jeff Rose, September 2003-December 2004
Deputy Attorney General for Government & External Affairs, Stacey Schiff, September 2003-December 2004
Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice, Don Clemmer, October 2003-December 2004
Solicitor General, Ted Cruz, February 2003-February 2006



 

Organization charts, 2003-2005,
fractional

The Attorney General is the lawyer for the people of Texas and is charged by the Texas Constitution to defend the laws and the Constitution of the State of Texas, represent the State in litigation, and approve public bond issues. Records are organization charts detailing the structure of the Texas Office of the Attorney General and including names of individuals holding positions, dating 2003-2005.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically and by division as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Organization charts, Texas Attorney General's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2006/004
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Office of the Attorney General on September 8, 2005.
Processed by
Tonia J. Wood, September 2005
Box
2006 Accessions Box 1 (2006/004) Organization charts, 2003-2005