Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislative Council:

An Inventory of Legislative Council Inaugural Planning Documents and Other Material at the Texas State Archives, 1955-2003



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Legislative Council.
Title: Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material
Dates: 1955-2003
Abstract: The Texas Legislative Council was created by statute in 1949 as a nonpartisan legislative agency to produce impartial research and information. The Council is responsible for providing research and information, bill drafting, computing, publishing, and document distribution services to the legislature and legislative agencies. Records primarily illustrate planning by the Texas Legislative Council for the inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas, and consist of plans, time schedules, scripts, and a Joint Session order of business, dating from 1955 to 2003. The only inauguration within this date span not included in these records is the 1971 re-election inauguration of Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. Also in these holdings are a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas; transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts; and Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council.
Quantity: 0.24 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Legislative Council was created in 1949 by Senate Bill 316, 51st Legislature, Regular Session as a nonpartisan legislative agency to produce impartial research and information. It is governed by a council of seventeen members, including four senators appointed by the lieutenant governor, nine representatives appointed by the speaker of the House, and the chairs of the Senate and House Administration committees. Members serve terms beginning with appointment and ending with the convening of the next regular session. The lieutenant governor and the speaker serve as chair and vice chair.

Under the general direction of the executive director, the staff is organized into five major divisions: Administration, Legal, Research, Document Production, and Information Systems. The Council is responsible for providing research and information, bill drafting, computing, publishing, and document distribution services to the legislature and legislative agencies. One aspect of this work, undertaken by the Administrative Division, involves assisting the Texas Inaugural Committee with details of the swearing-in ceremony of the governor and lieutenant governor. The Council also assists state agencies, the public, legislatures from other states, and national organizations in answering questions regarding the legislature and Texas laws. The Council is also responsible for the ongoing statutory revision project, which includes a simplified classification system, improved numbering system, and clarification of the statutes without substantive change.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 11th edition (2001); and the agency website at http://www.tlc.state.tx.us/tlc.htm (accessed on March 24, 2005).)


Scope and Contents of the Records

One of the duties of the Administrative Division of the Texas Legislative Council is to assist in certain joint activities of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, such as the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor. Records primarily illustrate planning by the Texas Legislative Council for the inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas, and consist of plans, time schedules, scripts, and a Joint Session order of business, dating from 1955 to 2003. The only inauguration within this date span not included in these records is the 1971 re-election inauguration of Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. Also in these holdings are a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas; transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts; and Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council.

Inaugurations represented in these records are for Governors Allan Shivers, Price Daniel, John Connally, Preston Smith, Dolph Briscoe, William P. Clements, Mark White, Ann Richards, George W. Bush, and Rick Perry; and Lieutenant Governors Ben Ramsey, Preston Smith, Ben Barnes, William Hobby, Bob Bullock, Rick Perry, and David Dewhurst.


 

Organization of the Records

These records have been organized by State Archives staff into four series:
Inaugural planning documents, 1955-2003, 0.1 cubic ft.
Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, 1981, fractional
House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, 1983, fractional
Meeting notebook, 1998, fractional

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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:
Barnes, Ben F., 1938-
Briscoe, Dolph
Bullock, Bob.
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Clements, William P., 1917-
Connally, John Bowden, 1917-
Daniel, Price.
Dewhurst, David, 1945-
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964
Perry, Rick, 1950-
Ramsey, Ben
Richards, Ann, 1933-
Shivers, Allan, 1907-
Smith, Preston, 1912-
White, Mark, 1940-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Legislative Redistricting Board.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts.
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Lieutenant governors--Texas.
Election districts--Texas.
Document Types:
Schedules (time plans)--Texas--Governors--Inaugurations--1955-2003.
Scripts (documents)--Texas--Governors--Inaugurations--1959-2003.
Functions:
Planning inaugural activities.

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 Inaugural Committee, Inaugural Committee Perry-Dewhurst inaugural records, 2002-2003, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Perry inaugural records, 1934-1999 (bulk 1998-1999), 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Bush-Bullock inaugural records, 1994-1995, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Inaugural Committee, Richards-Bullock inauguration records, 1932, 1963-1991, 3.24 cubic ft
Viriginia Whitten Papers, 1973-1994, 0.94 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Inaugural fund filings, 1979-1983, 1986-1987, 1990-1991, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas Legislative Council, Redistricting maps and reports, 1991-1992, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Legislative Council, Redistricting records, 1991, 1995, 0.38 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Senate, Committee of the Whole on Redistricting, 1980-1991, 27.5 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Redistricting Committee, 1966-1992, 90 cubic ft.
Texas Secretary of State, Business and Public Filings Division, Statutory Documents Section, Redistricting plans, 1981-1982, 1991-1993, 0.71 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Senator Eddie Bernice Johnson, Senate Subcommittee on Congressional Districts, Records, 1980-1991 (bulk 1990-1991), 7 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2004/087, 2005/092

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004 and January 26, 2005.

Processing Information

Rebecca Romanchuk, April 2005


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Inaugural planning documents, 1955-2003,
0.1 cubic ft.

As part of its duties the Administrative Division of the Texas Legislative Council assists in certain joint activities of the Texas House of Representatives and the Texas Senate, such as the inauguration of the governor and lieutenant governor. Records consist of plans, time schedules, scripts, and a Joint Session order of business for inaugurations of the governor and lieutenant governor of the State of Texas from 1955-2003 created by the Texas Legislative Council.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in original chronological order as maintained by the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Inaugural planning documents, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2004/087, 2005/092
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004 and January 26, 2005.
Box
2004/087 Shivers-Ramsey inaugural plan and time schedule, Joint Session order of business, 1955
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural time schedule, 1957
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural plan, time schedule and script, 1959
Daniel-Ramsey inaugural plan, time schedule and script, 1961
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1963
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1965
Connally-Smith inaugural time schedule and script, 1967
Smith-Barnes inaugural time schedule and script, 1969
Briscoe-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1973
Briscoe-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1975
Clements-Hobby inaugural script, 1979
White-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1983
Clements-Hobby inaugural time schedule and script, 1987
Richards-Bullock inaugural time schedule and script, 1991
Bush-Bullock inaugural time schedule and script, 1995
Bush-Perry inaugural time schedule and script, 1999
Perry-Dewhurst inaugural time schedule and script, 2003



 

Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, 1981,
fractional

The Special Projects and Redistricting Section of the Research Division of the Texas Legislative Council supports the legislature's redistricting activities by working with information systems staff to build and maintain election, census, and geographic databases and mapping and redistricting computer systems. The staff of the section produces maps and reports showing population and election information for proposed and enacted redistricting plans, as well as informational publications on redistricting. Records consist of a transcript of the October 28, 1981 meeting of the Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
Legislative Redistricting Board of Texas meeting transcript, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
Box
2004/087 Legislative Redistricting Board meeting transcript, October 28, 1981



 

House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, 1983,
fractional

Records consist of transcripts of two 1983 meetings of the Texas House of Representatives Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts.
Arrangement
These records were arranged chronologically by State Archives staff.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), House Committee on Regions, Compacts, and Districts meeting transcripts, Texas Legislative Council inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
68th Legislature, Regular Session:
Box
2004/087 March 22, 1983
April 5, 1983



 

Meeting notebook, 1998,
fractional

Records consist of Council research associate Chris Kuykendall's resource notebook for the March 3, 1998 meeting of the Texas Legislative Council. The notebook contains minutes of the meeting, handwritten notes, memoranda, and reports that recap the Council's work and projects undertaken during the 75th Legislative Session, including budget overview; analysis of the Council's legal, research, document production, and information systems divisions; and construction of the Robert E. Johnson, Sr. Legislative Office Building.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as they were received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
Texas Legislative Council meeting notebook, Inaugural planning documents and other material. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2004/087
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Legislative Council on February 3, 2004.
Box
2004/087 Council meeting notebook, March 3, 1998