Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Governor George W. Bush:

An Inventory of Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission Records Located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library, 1995-2000, undated, bulk 1999-2000



Overview

Creator: Texas. Governor (1995-2000 : Bush)
Title: Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records
Dates: 1995-2000, undated
Dates: bulk 1999-2000
Abstract: The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries and works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. Types of records in this group include correspondence, calendars, manuals, directories, photographs, a videocassette, and related materials that document the Texas Film Commission during Governor George W. Bush's term in office. The records date from 1995 to 2000 and undated, with the bulk of records dating from 1999 to 2000.
Quantity: 0.8 cubic ft.
Location: The records are located at the George W. Bush Presidential Library in Dallas, Texas.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The governor of Texas is the chief executive officer of the state, elected by the citizens every four years. The duties and responsibilities of the governor include serving as commander-in-chief of the state's military forces; convening special sessions of the legislature for specific purposes; delivering to the legislature at the beginning of each regular session a report on the condition of the state, an accounting of all public money under the governor's control, a recommended biennial budget, an estimate of the amounts of money required to be raised by taxation, and any recommendations he deems necessary; signing or vetoing bills passed by the legislature; and executing the laws of the state. The governor can grant reprieves and commutations of punishment and pardons, upon the recommendation of the Board of Pardons and Paroles, and revoke conditional pardons. He appoints numerous state officials (with the consent of the Senate), fills vacancies in state and district offices (except vacancies in the legislature), calls special elections to fill vacancies in the legislature, fills vacancies in the United States Senate until an election can be held, and serves as ex officio member of several state boards.

The office of governor was first established by the Constitution of 1845 and superseded the office of president of the Republic of Texas. The position now exists under authority of Article IV, Section 1 of the Constitution of 1876 and Texas Government Code, Chapter 401. To be elected governor, a person must be at least thirty years old, a United States citizen, and a resident of Texas for at least five years preceding the election. In 1972, the term of office was extended from two to four years, effective in 1975. Since 1856 the governor has had the use of the Governor's Mansion.

In 1999 there were 198 full time equivalent employees in the Office of the Governor. Thirteen divisions outside of the Executive Office assist the governor in carrying out his functions: Administration; Appointments; Budget & Planning; Communications; General Counsel; Legislative; Policy; Scheduling; Criminal Justice Division; Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities; Office of Film, Music, Television and Multimedia Industries; Women's Commission; and Texas Council on Workforce and Economic Competitiveness.

The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries. The Film Commission works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. The Texas Music Office promotes the development of the state's music industry by serving as an information clearinghouse for Texas music businesses, events, organizations, and talent. The Texas Multimedia Program is another part of the office. The Texas Film Commission and Texas Music Office moved from the Texas Department of Commerce's Business Development Division to the Office of the Governor after Ann Richards became governor in 1991.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, 9th and 10th eds., (1996 and 1999); the contents of the records; and versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)


George W. Bush Biographical Sketch

George W. Bush served as governor of Texas from January 17, 1995 to December 21, 2000, resigning as governor in the middle of his second term to become president of the United States.

He challenged the incumbent governor, Democrat Ann Richards, running on promises to improve public education and to reform the juvenile justice system, welfare, and the state's tort laws -- the system under which an injured person may sue for damages. During the 74th Legislature in 1995, he worked with the Democrats who controlled both houses of the Texas legislature and managed to get bills passed that dealt with the four issues he had emphasized in his campaign. Bush was seen as pro-business and a consensus-builder.

Bush advocated and signed the two largest tax cuts to date in Texas history, totaling over $3 billion. To pay for the cuts, he sought (unsuccessfully) federal approval of a plan to privatize Texas' social services. Education reform was a priority throughout his terms, with legislation emphasizing local control of schools, higher standards, and a revised curriculum. Controversy has followed, with charter schools mired in financial scandals and protests against one test determining a child's promotion. After winning reelection in 1998, Bush began his bid for the presidency and was not as involved in the 76th Legislature in 1999.

George W. Bush was born July 6, 1946 in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in Midland and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Andover Academy, and received a bachelor's degree from Yale University and a master's from Harvard Business School. He served as a pilot in the Texas Air National Guard. In 1978, Bush was defeated in a run for the U.S. Congress in West Texas. He was involved in energy exploration from the 1970s into the 1980s. From 1989 until his election as governor, Bush worked with the Texas Rangers baseball organization, leading a group of partners in purchasing the team, and then serving as managing general partner. He married Laura Welch in 1977; they have two daughters.

(Sources include: Versions of the Governor's Office web site during Governor Bush's term available on the Internet Archive at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.governor.state.tx.us, accessed on March 3, 2009.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries and works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. Types of records in this group include correspondence, calendars, manuals, directories, photographs, a videocassette, and related materials that document the Texas Film Commission. The records date from 1995 to 2000 and undated, with the bulk of records dating from 1999 to 2000.

The Texas Film Commission records are composed of three subseries: Manuals and directories, Correspondence, and Calendars. There are two types of published manuals/directories present, dating 1995, 1997-2000. First, there are several editions of the Texas Production Manual, a directory/manual published annually that lists film professionals in Texas. The bulk of the information is the alphabetical directory listing of film professionals. Another section lists the film professions by category. Categories, or types of professionals listed, include production companies and assistants, photographers, set and costume design and construction, hair and makeup services, location scouts and managers, casting directors, talent agencies, film directors, film editors, music arrangers and composers, script and screen writers, sound services, prop companies, stunt people and stunt service companies, studios, and other related film services. The other publication in this series is the Texas Music Industry Directory, a directory of musicians and music-related companies, for 2000.

Correspondence, 1995 to 2000 and undated, includes several folders of incoming correspondence to Tom Copeland, director of the commission, dating 1996 to 2000. Most of the remainder of the correspondence consists of files for Kevin Walker, the office manager of the commission. There is a folder of outgoing faxes and a folder of incoming and outgoing correspondence, dating 1995 to 2000. Subjects in the correspondence include upcoming productions, locations of film shoots, how to get a company added to the Texas Production Manual, and requests for lists of companies handling specific film-related services. There are also invitations to screen play readings, film premieres, and social engagements. Finally, there is a small amount of correspondence not replied to (designated "NRN (no response necessary)") and a so-called "challenging" correspondence file composed of letters to which the staff had difficulty formulating a reply.

Calendars consist of daily calendars for Kevin Walker, Tom Copeland, Carole Pirie (communications director), Amy Cadenhead (production consultant), and one unidentified calendar for 2000.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into three series by the creating agency and State Archives staff:
Manuals and directories, 1995, 1997-2000, bulk 2000, 0.4 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1995-2000, undated, bulk 2000, 0.2 cubic ft.
Calendars, 1999-2000, bulk 2000, 0.2 cubic ft.

Restrictions

Restrictions of 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.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, home addresses, phone numbers, and family information of government employees or officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 552.137); driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 552.130); and information protected under common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Records series in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access are found following the series description.

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

To obtain equipment to view the videocassette, please contact Archives staff.

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


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:
Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-
Corporate Names:
Texas Film Commission.
Subjects:
Governors--Texas.
Motion picture industry--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Document Types:
Notes--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Manuals--Texas--Governors--1995, 1997-2000.
Directories--Texas--Governors--2000.
Correspondence--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Videocassettes--Texas--Governors--1999.
Photographs--Texas--Governors--1995-2000.
Calendars--Texas--Governors--1999-2000.
Functions:
Promoting motion picture industry.

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.

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Texas Department of Commerce, Executive Office records, 1985-1991, bulk 1988-1991, 1 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2002/151

In December 2000, Governor George W. Bush designated the George Bush Presidential Library as the repository for the records from his tenure as Governor of Texas, under authority of Texas Government Code, Section 441.201. Shortly after he left office, the records were shipped to the Bush Library in College Station, Texas. Texas Attorney General John Cornyn ruled that the records are state records subject to the Texas Public Information Act and the management of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission even after transfer to a federal facility (Opinion No. JC-0498, May 3, 2002). In July 2002 the records were transferred from the Bush Library to the Texas State Archives in Austin for preparation for research use. In June 2003, a memorandum of understanding signed by representatives of the National Archives and Records Administration, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and George W. Bush replaced a January 2002 interim memorandum of understanding. The records were moved to the George W. Bush Presidential Library in February 2013.

Processing Information

Jessica Tucker, October 2008

Finding aid updated by Tonia J. Wood, April 2013


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Manuals and directories, 1995, 1997-2000, bulk 2000,
0.4 cubic ft.

The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries and works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. The manuals and directories in this subseries date from 1995 and 1997 to 2000, bulk 2000. There are several editions of the Texas Production Manual, a directory/manual published annually that lists film professionals in Texas, with extensive information on locations, government and weather contacts. The bulk of the information is the alphabetical directory listing of film professionals. Another section lists the film professions by category. Categories, or types of professionals, listed include production companies and assistants, photographers, set and costume design and construction, hair and makeup services, location scouts and managers, casting directors, talent agencies, film directors, film editors, music arrangers and composers, script and screen writers, sound services, prop companies, stunt people and stunt service companies, studios, etc. The other publication in this series is the Texas Music Industry Directory for 2000, a directory of musicians and music-related companies.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by the creating agency.
Restrictions on Access
None.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Manuals and directories, Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, October 2008
Box
2002/151-430 Texas Production Manual: A sourcebook of the Texas motion picture, television, and video industries:
1995
1997
1998
1999
2000
Texas Music Industry Directory, 2000



 

Correspondence, 1995-2000, undated, bulk 2000,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries and works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. Records are correspondence, 1995 to 2000 and undated, bulk 2000, of the Film Commission in the Texas Governor's Office. There are several folders of incoming correspondence to Tom Copeland, commission director, dating 1996 to 2000 and undated. Most letters were sent directly to him, although some were forwarded from other divisions within the governor's office. With a few exceptions, outgoing replies are not present. Other correspondence consists of two files for Kevin Walker, commission office manager. There is also a folder of outgoing faxes, with attachments faxed, and a folder of incoming and outgoing correspondence, dating 1995 to 2000. A few of the 1995 letters have replies sent by Carol Pirie (communications director) or Tom Copeland. Subjects in the correspondence include upcoming productions, locations of film shoots, how to get a company added to the Texas Production Manual, and requests for lists of companies handling specific film-related services (e.g. animal wranglers and handlers, runners and production assistants, extras casting directors, cinematographers, etc.). There are also invitations to screenplay readings, film premieres, and social engagements. Finally, there is a small amount of correspondence not replied to (designated "NRN (no response necessary)") and a so-called "challenging" correspondence file composed of letters to which the staff had difficulty formulating a reply.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by Texas Film Commission staff by staff member name, then in reverse chronological order by year.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 552.137) and driver's license numbers (V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 552.130), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
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
To obtain equipment to view the videocassette, please contact Archives staff.
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, October 2008
Box
2002/151-430 Copeland, Tom:
September 14-October 11, 2000, undated
March 28-August 15, 2000, undated
February 1-March 21, 2000
January 4-24, 2000
Bush, George W.:
July 26, 1997-August 24, 2000
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 2008240164, 2007280013, 9807270059, 9807010346, and 9805180212]
[Contains possibly excepted information: home email address]
June 28, 1996-April 8, 1997
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique numbers: 9612190038 and 9607120147]
Walker, Kevin:
Outgoing faxes sent by Kevin, Walker:
December 15-27, 2000
December 8-15, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: home email address]
December 5-7, 2000
November 3-December 1, 2000
September 18-October 31, 2000
August 24-September 15, 2000
July 18-August 24, 2000
June 14-July 18, 2000
[Contains possibly excepted information: driver's license number]
May 16-June 5, 2000
April 28-May 15, 2000
Correspondence:
July 10-October 9, 2000
[File contains correspondence assigned the following unique number: 2009260130]
[Contains possibly excepted information: home email address]
March 27, 1995-July 15, 2000
NRN, July 16, 2000
"Challenging" correspondence file, October 13, 1996, undated, July 28, 1995



 

Calendars, 1999-2000, bulk 2000,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Film Commission is part of the Governor's Office of Music, Film, Television, and Multimedia Industries and works to increase film, television, and multimedia production in the state. Records are daily calendars for Kevin Walker (commission office manager) for April to December 2000; Tom Copeland (commission director) and Carole Pirie (communications director) for 1999 and 2000, a joint calendar; a 2000 calendar for Amy Cadenhead (production consultant); and one unidentified calendar for 2000 - possibly for film resource coordinator Shannon Wheeler.
Arrangement
These records are arranged by Texas Film Commission staff by staff member name, then in reverse chronological order by year.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, personal family information of government employees or officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); e-mail addresses (V.T.C.A., Government Code Section 552.137) and information protected under common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.101), an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (V.T.C.A., Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P. O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (Dir_Lib@tsl.state.tx.us), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.state.tx.us/requestgovernorbushrecords.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information requested. (Note: The Governor's Office has requested that the State Archives contact the Public Information Coordinator for the Governor's Office when we receive a Public Information Act request for these records.) If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Calendars, Governor George W. Bush Texas Film Commission records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Jessica Tucker, October 2008
[Note: The majority of the files contain information protected under common law privacy (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.101) and personal family information of government employees or officials (V.T.C.A., Government Code Sections 552.117 and 552.1175). Because these items are present in the majority of folders, they are not individually marked as confidential in the folder inventory.]
Box
2002/151-430 Copeland, Tom and Pirie, Carol, 1999-2000
[The page for July 3, 2000 contains possibly excepted information: home email address]
Walker, Kevin:
April 16-September 4, 2000
September 10-November 21, 2000
November 22-December 23, 2000
Cadenhead, Amy, 2000
Unknown, 2000