Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences:

An Inventory of the State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences Records at the Texas State Archives, 1948-1979



Overview

Creator: Texas. State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences.
Title: State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records
Dates: 1948-1979
Abstract: The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Records consist of minutes, meeting files, correspondence, and certificate books, ranging in date from 1948 to 1979.
Quantity: 8.56 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. The Basic Sciences Act was passed by the 51st Texas Legislature in 1949. The act required that a certificate of proficiency in the basic sciences be obtained from the State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. The basic sciences were defined as anatomy, physiology, chemistry, bacteriology, pathology, and public health and hygiene. Certification was obtained through examination, waiver, or reciprocity.

Requirements of this act were carried out by the State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences. The Board consisted of six members appointed to six-year terms by the Governor. Board members could not be licensed or practicing practitioners of the healing arts. Instead, they were to be instructors or professors at colleges or universities (not in medical school branches) in good academic standing. The Board was abolished in 1979 by the 66th Legislature. Basic science licensing requirements were transferred to the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners for medical and osteopathic doctors, and the Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners for chiropractors. The records of the Board were transferred to the State Board of Control (Purchasing and General Services Commission), with certificate books at some time transferred to the State Board of Medical Examiners.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, varying eds., agency statutes, and the records themselves.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Records consist of minutes, meeting files, correspondence, and certificate books, ranging in date from 1948 to 1979.

Minutes, 1949-1979, cover the entire existence of the board, from its first meeting on July 30, 1949, through its last, August 22, 1979.

Meeting files, 1967-1979, are working files for the board's meetings. They are foldered by meeting date, and contain copies of the current and previous meeting minutes, letters, or memoranda pertaining to meeting topics, applications or requests from individuals wishing to obtain certificates through waiver or reciprocity or asking permission to retake the exams, and some routine financial materials.

Correspondence, 1948-1979, is subdivided into two main groups - board members and other correspondence. The board members correspondence dates from 1958 to 1979 and consists of letters to the board, board members personal files, and files of non-board meetings. Personal files contain incoming and outgoing letters, memos, and notes, generally between the board member and the board's executive secretary. Letters to the board files contain internal memoranda informing members of issues and upcoming meetings.

The other correspondence dates from 1948 to 1979 and consists of correspondence and other materials from Texas colleges and universities, professional boards and associations, and out-of-state Basic Science Boards. Materials include incoming and outgoing letters, brochures, pamphlets, journals, lists of examination questions, forms, questionnaires, and proceedings from national meetings.

Certificate Books, 1949-1979, are chronologically arranged, giving the name and address of those receiving certificates, and when and how (by examination, waiver, or reciprocity) the certificate was granted.

Miscellaneous files, 1973-1978, are records from the Personnel Office of the Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences. Records concern some legislation, regulatory review practices, Sunset procedures, surveys, physician's college courses, and personnel policies. Types of materials include copies of bills, correspondence, reports, policy statements, memoranda, and program evaluations.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are organized into five series by the creating agency and State Archives staff:
Minutes, 1949-1979, 0.94 cubic ft. (5 volumes)
Meeting files, 1967-1979, 3.02 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1948-1979, 4.7 cubic ft.
Certificate books, 1949-1979, 0.56 cubic ft. (6 volumes)
Miscellaneous files, 1973-1978, 0.47 cubic ft.

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.


Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Subjects:
Medical sciences--Texas.
Physicans--Certification-Texas.
Chiropractors--Certification-Texas.
Osteopathic medicine--Texas.
Document Types:
Memoranda--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Correspondence--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Meeting files--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Certificates--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Surveys--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Questionnaires--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Forms--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Minutes--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Notes--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Brochures--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Pamphlets--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Journals--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Proceedings--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Reports--Texas--Certification-1948-1979.
Functions:
Issuing certificates of proficiency.

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 State Board of Medical Examiners records at the Texas State Archives, 1901-1975, 1978-1985, bulk 1901-1975, 6.04 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, Minutes, 1907-1986, 1988-2002, 11.88 cubic ft.
Texas Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Meeting files, 1963-1998, 2004-2005, 3 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1981/207, 1989/32, 1989/135

These records were transferred to the Archives Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners on August 18, 1981 and by the Texas Purchasing and General Services Commission on November 14, 1988 and May 24, 1989.

Processing Information

Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988

Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Minutes, 1949-1979,
0.94 cubic ft.

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Minutes cover the entire existence of the board, from its first meeting on July 30, 1949, through its last, August 22, 1979.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in reverse chronological order as received from the agency.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Minutes, Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988
Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010
Box
510-7 Volumes 1-3, July 30, 1949-May 8, 1971
Box
510-8 Volumes 4-5, September 10, 1971-August 22, 1979



 

Meeting files, 1967-1979,
3.02 cubic ft.

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Meeting files, 1967-1979, are working files for the board's meetings. They are foldered by meeting date, and contain copies of the current and previous meeting minutes, letters, or memoranda pertaining to meeting topics, applications or requests from individuals wishing to obtain certificates through waiver or reciprocity or asking permission to retake the exams. There is also some routine financial material.
Arrangement
Files are arranged chronologically as received from the agency, with the latest materials first.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Meeting files, Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988
Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010
Box
510-9 January 11, 1978-August 22, 1979
Box
510-10 November 14, 1975-November 4, 1977
Box
510-11 September 20, 1973-November 2, 1975
Box
510-12 October 30, 1970-September 7, 1973
Box
510-13 September 8, 1967-September 11, 1970



 

Correspondence, 1948-1979,
4.7 cubic ft.

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Correspondence is subdivided into two main groups, board members and other correspondence. The board members correspondence dates from 1958 to 1979 and consists of letters to the board, board members personal files, and files of non-board meetings. Personal files contain incoming and outgoing letters, memoranda, and notes, generally between the board member and the board's executive secretary. Letters to the board files contain internal memoranda informing members of issues and upcoming meetings.
The other correspondence dates from 1948 to 1979 and consists of correspondence and other materials from Texas colleges and universities, professional boards and associations, and out-of-state Basic Science Boards. Materials include incoming and outgoing letters, brochures, pamphlets, journals, lists of examination questions, forms, questionnaires, and proceedings from national meetings.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by type of correspondent then alphabetically, as received by the agency. Arrangement within folders is chronological, with the latest materials first.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988
Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010
Box
510-14 Board members
Box
510-15 Board members
Box
510-16 Other correspondence:
Colleges and universities
Box
510-17 Colleges and universities
Professional boards and associations
Box
510-18 Professional boards and associations
Box
510-19 Professional boards and associations
Box
510-20 Professional boards and associations
Out-of-state Basic Science Boards
Box
510-21 Out-of-state Basic Science Boards
Box
510-22 Out-of-state Basic Science Boards
Box
510-23 Out-of-state Basic Science Boards



 

Certificate books, 1949-1979,
0.56 cubic ft.

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Certificate books, 1949-1979, give the name and address of those receiving certificates, and when and how (by examination, waiver, or reciprocity) the certificate was granted.
Arrangement
These records are arranged chronologically by the creating agency.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Certificate books, Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988
Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010
Box
510-1 October 24, 1949-October 31, 1958
Box
510-2 October 31, 1958-June 15, 1966
Box
510-3 June 15, 1966-February 15, 1972
Box
510-4 February 15, 1972-May 1, 1975
Box
510-5 May 1, 1975-October 17, 1977
Box
510-6 October 17, 1977-August 1, 1979



 

Miscellaneous files, 1973-1978,
0.47 cubic ft.

The Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences issued certificates of proficiency to qualified candidates in the basic sciences before licensing examinations for the practice of medicine, osteopathy, or chiropractic could be taken. Miscellaneous files, 1973-1978, are records from the Personnel Office of the Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences. Records concern some legislation, regulatory review practices, Sunset procedures, surveys, physician's college courses, and personnel policies. Types of materials include copies of bills, correspondence, reports, policy statements, memoranda, and program evaluations.
Arrangement
Files are unarranged, as received by agency.
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.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Miscellaneous files, Texas State Board of Examiners in the Basic Sciences records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Processed by Laura K. Saegert, November 1988
Revisions and DACS updates by Jessica Tucker, February 2010
Box
1989/135-1 Senate Resolution 892
To be read by new employees (overview of Board duties)
Sunset, 1978
Audit report (preliminary), 1977
House Bill 950: Sex Discrimination for Credit/Loans
Senate Bill 15, Article V, Section 4
House Bill 753-State Property Account
Survey Classification-Coding
Statistical Surveys:
FY [Fiscal Year] 1974
FY 1973
FY 1972
September 1, 1970-August 31, 1971
University of Texas - Acceptance of Credits
HEW [Department of Health, Education, and Welfare]: Nationally Recognized Accrediting Agencies and Associations
ECFMG [Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates], VQE [Visa Qualifying Examination], etc.-Re FMG's [Foreign Medical Graduates]
Chandler Policy
Letters to Board Members - Current
Reports, etc., from recent legislation, 1977-1978
Fifth Pathway Information
Vietnamese Refugee Physicians
San Jacinto College - B.S. Courses (new)
College of the Mainland
Program Evaluation