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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

House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries letter and report, 1937,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Game and Fisheries:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries Letter and Report at the Texas State Archives, 1937



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Committee on Game and Fisheries.
Title: House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries letter and report
Dates: 1937
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries was one of the standing committees of that body from 1905 to 1965, having jurisdiction over all matters relating to the propagation and preservation of game and fish within Texas, and to the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries on the coast and inland waters of the state. Records of the committee are a letter from its subcommittee charged to investigate tidewater drilling operations in Louisiana, and the subcommittee's report on House Bill 657 and pollution in the tidewaters of the Gulf of Mexico, both dating 1937.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries was one of the standing committees of that body from 1905 to 1965, having jurisdiction over all matters relating to the propagation and preservation of game and fish within Texas, and to the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries on the coast and inland waters of the state.

The first Committee on Game and Fisheries was appointed on January 13, 1905. In 1965, it was superseded by the standing Committee on Parks and Wildlife. Many of the functions and activities of that committee were later vested in the standing Committee on Natural Resources, created in 1973.

On April 12, 1937, the Committee on Game and Fisheries appointed a three-member subcommittee to investigate tidewater drilling operations in Louisiana. This inquiry was prompted by the introduction of House Bill 657, aimed at regulation of drilling in the tidewaters of the Gulf of Mexico. The subcommittee report, issued May 22, deduced that the loss of revenue from leases of public school lands in tidewater areas would be more damaging than the pollution resulting from exploration.

(Sources include: the guide survey created for these records.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries was one of the standing committees of that body from 1905 to 1965, having jurisdiction over all matters relating to the propagation and preservation of game and fish within Texas, and to the development and regulation of the fish and oyster industries on the coast and inland waters of the state. Records of the committee are a letter from its subcommittee charged to investigate tidewater drilling operations in Louisiana, and the subcommittee's report on House Bill 657 and pollution in the tidewaters of the Gulf of Mexico, both dating 1937. The letter, written by a single subcommittee member, expresses concern that the investigation was inadequate due to the limited time allowed, and that the potential for pollution of coastal waters by tidewater drilling operations remained unknown. The full subcommittee report acknowledges the possibility of such pollution, but states that rules and regulations already in place to prevent pollution caused by tidewater oil drilling operations were sufficient in light of the monetary benefits to public education funding by leasing and developing inland waters designated as public school lands. The report recommends a fuller investigation before drafting legislation concerning regulation of tidewater drilling.

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 received from the transferring 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. 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.
Subjects:
Oil well drilling--Texas.
Tide-waters--Texas--Oil well drilling.
Water--pollution potential--Texas.
Places:
Mexico, Gulf of--Oil well drilling.
Document Types:
Correspondence--Texas--Governmental investigations--1937.
Reports--Texas--Governmental investigations--1937.
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
Texas Game and Fish Commission, Records, 1896, 1899-1969, 1976, bulk 1928-1963, 21.5 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Game and Fisheries, Minutes and witness affirmations, 1953-1955, 0.2 cubic ft. [Restricted] [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 100-1282 and 100-1284.]

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries letter and report. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1982/322

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 on May 23, 1940.

Processing Information

Guide survey information compiled by Michael Green, August 1982

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

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Committee on Game and Fisheries letter and report, 1937,
fractional

Box
2-10/846 Letter and report, May 1937

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