Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Historical Foundation:

An Inventory of Historical Foundation Records at the Texas State Archives, 1966-1981, undated, bulk 1972-1980



Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Foundation.
Title: Historical Foundation records
Dates: 1966-1981, undated
Dates: bulk 1972-1980
Abstract: The Texas Historical Foundation (THF) was created at the first meeting of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (TSHSC) in 1953 as the committee’s fundraising and grant writing arm. The collection contains board of directors’ minutes, executive director’s files, correspondence, financial statements, grant proposals and event fliers, dating 1966-1981, undated, bulk 1972-1980. Also present are records from the Texas Heritage Council, which supported nonprofit preservation groups in Texas from 1977 to 1982, and dissolved in 1983.
Quantity: 3.5 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

The Texas Historical Foundation (THF) was created at the first meeting of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee (TSHSC) in 1953 as the committee’s fundraising and grant writing arm. The TSHSC, since 1973 known as the Texas Historical Commission (THC), was created in 1953 by Senate Concurrent Resolution 44 of the 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session, to administer a comprehensive program of historic building and architecture preservation in the state of Texas. Initially a subcommittee of the TSHSC, in 1965 the Foundation became a separate entity whose mission remained the financial support of the TSHSC. In addition to its fundraising activities, the THF also publishes a quarterly magazine, Heritage, which highlights preservation efforts in Texas, including work on historic buildings, and various museum and archival collections.

(Sources include: the Handbook of Texas Online and http://www.preservationtexas.org, accessed in December 2011.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Historical Foundation (THF) was the fundraising and grant writing arm of the Texas Historical Commission (formerly Texas State Historical Survey Committee). The bulk of the records concern fundraising, primarily grant applications to outside agencies, reports to granting agencies, information regarding National Trust grants, and fundraising events, dating 1972-1981, undated. Also present are correspondence, memoranda, board of directors' meeting minutes, bylaws, articles of incorporation, budgets, financial statements, program proposals, annual reports, committee lists, promotional material for historically-themed events in Texas, Texas Heritage Project newsletters, project working papers and planning documents, symposia agenda, press releases, fliers, news clippings, and draft legislation related to historic preservation, dating 1966-1981, undated. Subjects include fundraising for the Texas Historical Commission to support its goals of historic building preservation and conservation, documentation of the Bybee furniture traveling exhibit, the Houston Conference for the Revitalization of the Inner City, and general and conference records of the Texas Heritage Council, 1977-1978, 1981. Individuals represented in the collection include Faith Poorman Bybee, an avid collector of period furniture and homes; former Commission directors Truett Latimer, Curtis D. Tunnell, and Robert Watson; and Charles Woodburn, former president of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee.


 

Organization of the Records

These records are in their original order as received by from the agency and have been organized intellectually into nine series by State Archives staff. The series are listed alphabetically by record type, with one series further arranged into subseries:
Administrative records, 1970-1981, undated, 0.2 cubic ft.
Biennial report, 1979, 0.1 cubic ft.
Board of Directors’ meeting records, 1967-1980, 0.72 cubic ft.
Correspondence, 1969-1981, 0.4 cubic ft.
Executive Director files, 1972, 1980-1981, 0.2 cubic ft.
Financial records, 1966, 1973-1981, undated, 0.34 cubic ft.
Fundraising records, 1972-1980, undated, 0.92 cubic ft.
  • Grants, 1972-1980, undated
  • Events, 1976-1978
Project files, 1972, 1974-1981, 0.42 cubic ft.
Texas Heritage Council, 1977-1978, 1981, 0.2 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.
Personal Names:
Bybee, Faith Poorman.
Latimer, Truett.
Tunnell, Curtis D.
Watson, Robert L.
Woodburn, Charles R.
Corporate Names:
Texas Heritage Council.
Texas Historical Commission.
Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
Subjects:
Historic buildings--Texas.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas.
Historic preservation--Texas.
Historic preservation--Texas--Planning.
Public architecture--United States.
Fund raising--Historic preservation--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Cultural policy.
Document Types:
Agendas--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Correspondence--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Fliers (printed material)--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1980.
Grant proposals--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Newsletters--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Memoranda--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Minutes--Texas--Historic preservation--1966-1981.
Function
Fund raising.

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
F. Lee Lawrence Papers, ca. 1955-ca. 1962, about 1 cubic ft. [There is currently no finding aid available for these unprocessed records, see staff for assistance; the call number is 2000/022.]
Texas Historical Commission, Records, 1829, 1847, 1852-1853, 1866, 1870, [ca. 1880]-2003, undated, bulk 1955-2002, 87.15 cubic ft.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2000/020

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on December 20, 1999.

Processing Information

Reviewed and organized by Laura K. Saegert in 2000

Processed by student volunteer Chloe Edwards in December 2011

Appraisal Information

These records were appraised and determined to be archival by Laura K. Saegert in 1999.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Administrative records, 1970-1981, undated,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors’ lists, bylaws, articles of incorporation, budgets, financial statements, project balances and reports, Foundation newsletters, trust fund documents, notices of grant disbursement, THF program proposals, and receipts and lists of top Texas corporations, dating 1970-1981, undated.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Administrative records, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-36 Change of administrative procedures, 1970
Programs of work, 1972
Box
2000/020-38 Texas Historical Foundation, 1976-1981
[binder]
Box
2000/020-39 Sharyn Westmoreland’s file, 1975
Bylaws, 1976-1980, undated



 

Biennial report, 1979
0.1 cubic ft.

This series contains two copies of the 1978-1979 biennial report of the Texas Historical Foundation.
Arrangement
The records consist of two copies of a report.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Biennial report, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-39 Biennial report for 1978-1979



 

Board of Directors’ meeting records, 1967-1980,
0.72 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains minutes, agenda, program proposals, memoranda of understanding, annual reports, articles of incorporation, bylaws, grant proposals, earnings statements and balance sheets, committee lists, and special reports from Texas Historical Foundation Board of Directors’ meetings. Also present are occasional promotional pamphlets for historically-themed events in Texas, dating 1967-1980.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Board of Directors' meeting records, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-37 October 26, 1967
January 16, 1968
October 28, 1971
October 22, 1970
June 26, 1970
January 1980
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-38 Historical Foundation minutes, 1969
Foundation meeting, October 26, 1972
Foundation meeting, April 19, 1974
Foundation meeting, October 24, 1974
Foundation meeting, October 1974
Box
2000/020-39 January 25, 1971
February 24, 1969
October 23, 1969
May 23, 1969
November 1, 1968
June 7, 1967



 

Correspondence, 1969-1981,
0.4 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains general correspondence related to grants, meeting attendance, and financial issues, and correspondence requesting forms and photographs from the agency, dating 1969-1981.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-36 General, 1976-1981
Box
2000/020-39 Requests for photographs of past presidents, 1969-1970
Miscellaneous requests, 1970
General, 1976-1979



 

Executive Director files, 1972, 1980-1981,
0.2 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains correspondence and memoranda of the executive director, Board of Director’s meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, and a resume, dating 1972, 1980-1981.
Arrangement
These records are in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Executive Director files, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-36 General, 1972, 1980-1981
Box
2000/020-38 Correspondence, 1981



 

Financial records, 1966, 1973-1981, undated,
0.34 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains an audit report of the Texas Historical Foundation, financial statements, two copies of the foundation’s IRS certification as a 501(c)(3) organization, a proposal for and fundraising correspondence relating to the creation of a preservation revolving fund, applications for disbursement of fund money, and notifications of fund disbursements, dating 1966, 1973-1981, undated.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Financial records, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-36 Certificate waiving exemption from taxes, 1966
Box
2000/020-38 Preservation revolving fund, 1979, undated
Preservation revolving fund applications, 1979-1981
Box
2000/020-39 Report of examination, 1975
Financial statements, 1973-1980



 

Fundraising records, 1972-1980, undated,
0.92 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains correspondence, grant applications and reports to granting agencies, photocopied news articles, and Texas Preservation Gala event planning notes, dating 1972-1980, undated.
Arrangement
These records are intellectually arranged in two subseries, Grants and Events, but remain physically in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Fundraising records, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Grants, 1972-1980, undated
Records are correspondence, grant applications and information forms, photocopied news articles, reports to granting agencies, conference programs, and photocopied news articles, dating 1972-1980, undated.
Box
2000/020-36 Hoblitzelle Grant Committee, 1980
Box
2000/020-37 Windedale Museum Workshop, Report to Smithsonian Institution, 1973-1974
Box
2000/020-38 National Trust grants, 1980, undated
Moody Grant number 73/72-301, 1972-1974
Cullen Foundation Architectural Preservation Assistance, 1978
Sid Richardson Foundation for Architectural Preservation, 1978
LBJ Family Foundation Architectural Preservation Assistance-Courthouse, 1978
Brown Foundation Grant Application-Dec. 13, 1976, 1976-1977
Ewing Halsell Foundation Architectural Preservation Assistance, 1978
Houston Endowment Inc. grant request, 1974, 1976
Richardson Foundation grant request, 1974
Moody Foundation grant request, 1974
Publication revolving fund and public awareness of Texas history, 1979-1980
Texas Committee for the Humanities, March 19, 1979
Exxon USA Foundation visiting architectural specialist, 1978
West Foundation Architectural Preservation Assistance, undated
Museum education assistance program, 1977
Brown Foundation downtown preservation fund, 1979
Correspondence re: Moody grant-No. 74-89, 1974
Correspondence re 1972 Moody grant-No. (73)72-301, 1972-1975
Report to Moody Foundation, 1973 museum seminars, 1973-1974
Events, 1976-1978
Records are correspondence, event planning notes, organization trees and tentative schedules related to the Texas Preservation Gala, dating 1976-1978.
Box
2000/020-36 Texas Preservation Gala, 1976-1978



 

Project files, 1972, 1974-1981,
0.42 cubic ft.

The Texas Historical Foundation is the grant-writing and fundraising arm of the Texas Historical Commission, known until 1973 as the Texas State Historical Survey Committee. This series contains correspondence and memoranda, planning documents, working papers, budgets, presentation drafts, transcripts, symposia agenda, Texas Heritage Project newsletters, press releases, invitations to state historical events, fliers, news clippings, and other promotional material related to special projects of the Texas Historical Foundation, including the Houston Conference for the Revitalization of the Inner City, a traveling exhibit of the Bybee furniture, and THF-sponsored historical tour holidays, dating 1972, 1974-1981.
Arrangement
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Project files, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-35 Originals, Houston, February-May 1978, 1978
Miscellaneous News Articles, Reference Materials, 1978, undated
Draft transcripts, 1978
[2 folders]
Edited transcripts, 1978
Executive Committee, 1978-1979
Houston Conference on the Revitalization of the Inner City, 1978
Box
2000/020-36 James Gaines Biography, prospectus, 1972
Assorted projects of the THF, 1974-1979
Bybee furniture traveling exhibit, 1974-1976
Box
2000/020-39 Working papers, Houston conference, January-May 1978
Foundation tours, general, 1974-1978
Texas Heritage Project, 1979-1981



 

Texas Heritage Council, 1977-1978, 1981,
0.2 cubic ft.

Texas Heritage Council supported nonprofit preservation groups in Texas from 1977 to 1982, and dissolved in 1983. This series contains correspondence, draft preservation legislation, conference schedules, agendas and fliers, hotel booking confirmations, and a list of proposed bills in the Texas House and Senate relating to historic preservation, dating 1977-1978, 1981.
Organization
These records are arranged in their original order as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas Heritage Council, Texas Historical Foundation records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Box
2000/020-39 Conferences, 1981
Meetings, 1977-1978