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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm proceedings and testimony, 1919,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm:

An Inventory of Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm Proceedings and Testimony at the Texas State Archives, 1919



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm.
Title: Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm proceedings and testimony
Dates: 1919
Abstract: The Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm was created in 1919 and held hearings in May and June of that year to investigate the lease by the Texas State Prison Commission of 5,000 acres known as Blue Ridge Farm in Fort Bend County. After oil was discovered on the farm, Governor William P. Hobby and the prison commissioners signed a release waiving their option to purchase the land and by doing so lost the opportunity to acquire the farm at a figure well below market value. The joint committee was formed to investigate this issue and leasing practices in general by the Prison Commission. Records of the committee consist of a typed transcript of the proceedings and the testimony heard by the committee from May through June 1919.
Quantity: 0.3 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm was created by House Concurrent Resolution 6, 36th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session, May 7, 1919. The committee was to investigate the lease by the Texas State Prison Commission of 5,000 acres known as Blue Ridge Farm in Fort Bend County, to be farmed by prison convicts. The lease between the Prison Commission and the owner gave the state an option to puchase the land. After oil was discovered on the farm, the owner convinced both Governor William P. Hobby and the prison commissioners to sign a release waiving their option to purchase. By doing so, the state lost an opportunity to acquire the farm at a figure well below market value. Questions were raised about the validity of the release and the joint committee was formed to investigate this issue and leasing practices in general by the Prison Commission.

The committee held hearings in May and June 1919 and heard testimony from over twenty witnesses, including Governor Hobby and the Prison Commissioners. The committee issued its findings and recommendations in a report to the legislature criticizing the actions of the Prison Commission and concluding that the waiver of the option was null and void. The committee recommended that the legislature use every means available to exercise the option to purchase the land and to restrict the leasing powers of the Prison Commission with private landowners.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm was created in 1919 and held hearings in May and June of that year to investigate the lease by the Texas State Prison Commission of 5,000 acres known as Blue Ridge Farm. After oil was discovered on the farm, Governor William P. Hobby and the prison commissioners signed a release waiving their option to purchase the land and by doing so lost the opportunity to acquire the farm at a figure well below market value. The joint committee was formed to investigate this issue and leasing practices in general by the Prison Commission. Records of the committee consist of a typed transcript of the proceedings and the testimony heard by the committee from May through June 1919.

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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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in the original order as maintained by the creating agency.

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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.

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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.
Personal Names:
Hobby, William Pettus, 1878-1964.
Corporate Names:
Texas. Board of Prison Commissioners.
Blue Ridge State Farm (Tex.)
Subjects:
Prisons--Texas--Fort Bend County.
Places:
Fort Bend County (Tex.)
Texas--Governmental investigations.
Document Types:
Proceedings--Texas--Governmental investigations--1919.
Testimony--Texas--Governmental investigations--1919.
Functions:
Administering governmental investigations.

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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
Records relating to the Penitentiary, 1846-1921, undated, 87.85 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Records, Miscellaneous legal documents, 1906, 1913-1955 (bulk 1915-1935), 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Governor O. B. Colquitt, Records, 1905-1915, bulk 1910-1915, 66.29 cubic ft. [Includes file for Board of Prison Commissioners, Penitentiary Investigatory Committee, 1913.]
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Penitentiaries, Special Subcommittee to Visit State Penitentiary, Records, 1876, fractional
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee to Investigate the Retrieve Prison Farm, Report, 1935, fractional
Texas Legislature, Joint Committee on the Penitentiary, Records, 1863, 0.15 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Joint Committee to Investigate the State Penitentiary System, Proceedings, 1925, 0.75 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Joint Committee to Visit the State Penitentiary, Records, 1887, fractional
Texas Legislature, Joint Penitentiary Investigating Committee, Records, 1920-1921, bulk 1921, 0.75 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Senate Penitentiary Investigating Committee, Reports and proceedings, 1915, 0.4 cubic ft.
Texas Prison Centralization Commission, Enabling legislation and report, 1929, fractional
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 36th Legislature, First Called Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1919.
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 36th Legislature, Second Called Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1919.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm proceedings and testimony, Texas Legislature. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1988/067

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 21, 1988.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Paul Beck, December 1987

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

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

Joint Committee to Investigate the Purchase of Blue Ridge Farm proceedings and testimony, 1919,
0.3 cubic ft.

Box
1988/065 Transcript of proceedings and testimony, May-June 1919

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