Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, State Affairs Committee:

An Inventory of House of Representatives State Affairs Committee Records at the Texas State Archives, 1929



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. State Affairs Committee.
Title: House of Representatives State Affairs Committee records
Dates: 1929
Abstract: In response to a House Simple Resolution passed on May 9, 1929 by the 41st Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session, the Texas House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs made a special investigation into accusations made by C.D. Neff, an oil company investment broker, of incompetency and unfair administration of state laws, particularly the Blue Sky Law designed to regulate and supervise investment companies. Neff claimed that members of the Texas Secretary of State Department and the Texas Attorney General's Office had sought monetary favors for the issuance of oil company permits. Records include the committee's report, transcript of the testimony, and exhibits introduced into evidence, all dating 1929. Exhibits include correspondence between Neff and state officials, broadsides put out by Neff promoting his company and criticizing state government, and Neff's applications with the Secretary of State Department as a foreign corporation to do business in Texas and for a permit to sell shares.
Quantity: 0.2 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs, a standing committee, made a special investigation in response to a House Simple Resolution passed on May 9, 1929 by the 41st Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session. The resolution ordered an investigation into accusations made by C.D. Neff, an oil company investment broker, of incompetency and unfair administration of state laws. Most of Neff's charges concerned the Blue Sky Law (House Bill 177, 38th Legislature, 1923) designed to regulate and supervise investment companies. Neff (no relation to former Texas Governor Pat M. Neff) claimed that members of the Texas Secretary of State Department and the Texas Attorney General's Office had sought monetary favors for the issuance of oil company permits. The House considered these charges serious enough to warrant a special investigation and referred the matter to the House Committee on State Affairs.

The committee first heard the testimony and cross-examination of Neff and placed exhibits from him into evidence. The next day, rebuttal testimony was heard from state officials and other witnesses who refuted Neff's charges. In their report to the House, the committee announced that they found no evidence of any misconduct, incompetency, or violation of the law. The House adopted the report on May 21, 1929 to end the investigation.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material; and the Texas Legislative Reference Library web site, accessed March 2012.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

In response to a House Simple Resolution passed on May 9, 1929 by the 41st Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session, the Texas House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs made a special investigation into accusations made by C.D. Neff, an oil company investment broker, of incompetency and unfair administration of state laws, particularly the Blue Sky Law designed to regulate and supervise investment companies. Neff claimed that members of the Texas Secretary of State Department and the Texas Attorney General's Office had sought monetary favors for the issuance of oil company permits. Records include the committee's report, transcript of the testimony, and exhibits introduced into evidence, all dating 1929. Exhibits include correspondence between Neff and state officials, broadsides put out by Neff promoting his company and criticizing state government, and Neff's applications with the Secretary of State Department as a foreign corporation to do business in Texas and for a permit to sell shares.

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 in the original order as maintained by the creating agency.

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

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Restrictions on Use

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Technical Requirements

Some folded oversize items are too large to photocopy.


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:
Neff, C.D.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Secretary of State.
Texas. Attorney-General's Office.
Subjects:
Securities--Texas.
Securities fraud--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Governmental investigations.
Document Types:
Applications--Texas--Governmental investigations--1929.
Broadsides--Texas--Governmental investigations--1929.
Correspondence--Texas--Governmental investigations--1929.
Reports--Texas--Governmental investigations--1929.
Transcripts--Texas--Governmental investigations--1929.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.
Investigating corruption.

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
Railroad Commission of Texas, Oil and Gas Division, Special permits and Rule 37 case files, 1926-2000, bulk 1926-1936, approximately 395.24 cubic ft.
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 41st Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1929.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), House of Representatives State Affairs Committee records, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1988/064

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by an unknown agency during the 20th century. An accession number was assigned on January 20, 1988.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Paul Beck, January 1988

Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, March 2012


Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Committee on State Affairs records, 1929,
0.2 cubic ft.

Box
1988/062 Committee report, transcript of testimony, exhibits, 1929