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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 Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home report, 1937,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home:

An Inventory of House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home Report at the Texas State Archives, 1937



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home.
Title: House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home report
Dates: 1937
Abstract: The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home was created by an unnumbered simple resolution on January 26, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session to investigate the feasibility of converting the unused portion of the Confederate Home for Men into office space. Records consist of the committee's two-page report, submitted to the House on March 1, 1937, which recommended that the almost-vacant Texas Confederate Home be converted to state offices and that the few remaining residents be transferred to the Confederate Woman's Home. This recommendation was not followed and other methods of obtaining additional state-owned office space for state departments and commissions were pursued instead.
Quantity: fractional
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home was created by an unnumbered simple resolution on January 26, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session. The state had been forced to rent additional space for many departments and commissions. The resolution called for a committee of three to investigate the feasibility of converting the unused portion of the home for Confederate veterans into office space. On March 1, 1937, the committee submitted a written report of their findings to the House, including building specifications compiled by the Chief Engineer, Storekeeper and Accountant. The report recommended that the almost-vacant Texas Confederate Home for Men be converted to state offices and that the few remaining residents be transferred to the Confederate Woman's Home. Alternative possibilities were conversion of the buildings as an addition of the State Insane Asylum, or as a home for indigent World War I veterans. Ultimately, the Texas Confederate Home for Men was not used for state offices and the alternative options were chosen instead. Disabled veterans of the Spanish American War and World War I, and their spouses, began to be admitted to the home in the 1940s. In 1943, the 48th Legislature enacted legislation to transfer "senile" mental patients from other state institutions to the home. The last Confederate veteran resident in the home died in 1954 at the age of 108. In 1963, the remaining patients were transferred to the Kerrville State Hospital, and the Texas Confederate Home buildings became an annex to the Austin State School before being demolished in 1970.

(Sources include: the guide survey completed for this material; Beeman, Cynthia J., "Texas Confederate Home," The Handbook of Texas Online; and the Texas Legislative Reference Library website, both accessed December 6, 2013.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home was created by an unnumbered simple resolution on January 26, 1937 during the 45th Texas Legislature, Regular Session to investigate the feasibility of converting the unused portion of the Confederate Home for Men into office space. Records consist of the committee's two-page report, submitted to the House on March 1, 1937, which recommended that the almost-vacant Texas Confederate Home be converted to state offices and that the few remaining residents be transferred to the Confederate Woman's Home. This recommendation was not followed and other methods of obtaining additional state-owned office space for state departments and commissions were pursued instead.

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

The records consist of a single report.

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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.
Corporate Names:
Texas Confederate Home for Men.
Texas Confederate Woman's Home.
Subjects:
Governmental investigations--Texas.
Document Types:
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
Josephine T. Lamb collection, [dates], [extent], Restricted [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 2-22/755 thru 777 [verify].]
Texas State Board of Control, Confederate Home roster, undated, 0.24 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control, Confederate Home records, 1886-1963, about 3 cubic ft., Restricted [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 303-17 thru 22.]
Texas State Board of Control, Correspondence re: Confederate Home, 1915-about 1941, bulk 1936-1941, 2.5 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for this unprocessed collection. Call numbers are 4-17/35, 4-17/36 and 303-34.]
Texas House of Representatives Committee to Investigate Crowded Conditions in Capitol and State Owned Office Buildings report, 1937, fractional
Blueprints and drawings collection, 1854-1984, undated, bulk 1936-1938, 41.21 cubic ft. [See series Texas Confederate Home, 1901, 1903, 0.45 cubic ft.]
Publications
Texas. Legislature. House of Representatives. Journal of the House of Representatives of the state of Texas, 45th Legislature, Regular Session. Austin: Standard Office, 1937.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home 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, July 1982

Finding aid encoded in EAD Version 2002 as part of the TARO project by Rebecca Romanchuk, December 2013

Other Formats for the Records

The committee's report as printed in the Journal of the Texas House of Representatives, 45th Legislature, Regular Session (1937) is available through the Texas Legislative Reference Library website.

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Detailed Description of the Records

 

House of Representatives Special Committee to Investigate Vacant Rooms in the Texas Confederate Home report, 1937,
fractional

Box
2-10/846 Report, 1937

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