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Galveston County (Tex.) County Auditor's Office:

An Inventory of Galveston County Auditor's Office Records at the Texas State Archives, 1893-1960, undated, bulk 1905-1960



Overview

Creator: Galveston County (Tex.) County Auditor's Office.
Title: Galveston County Auditor's Office records
Dates: 1893-1960, undated
Dates: bulk 1905-1960
Abstract: The Galveston County Auditor's Office was established by statute in 1905. The auditor performed general oversight of the financial activities of the county, including county drainage districts and county common school districts. Records include financial ledgers and journals; county officer finance ledgers; claims, expenditure, and payment files; registers of payment warrants and jury certificates; registers of fines, jury fees, and other collections by Galveston County courts; budget and taxation files; registers of road and bridge fund budgets; registers of delinquent personal property taxpayers; bid and contract files; contract ledgers; records of bid proposals; bond files; registers of various bond issues; correspondence and information registers and files; drainage district financial records; common school district ledgers, journals, and bond registers; and records relating to the construction of the Galveston seawall, construction of the causeway between the mainland and Galveston Island, and construction of the seawall and levee at Texas City. The records date 1893-1960 and undated, with the bulk dating from 1905 to 1960.
Quantity: 39.04 cubic ft. (including 170 volumes)
Language: These materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives

Agency History

Although Galveston County was established by the Congress of the Republic of Texas in 1838, the office of county auditor was not established until 1905 when the Texas legislature mandated counties with populations exceeding 40,000, or with at least one city with a population of 25,000 or more, appoint an auditor of accounts and finances (Acts 1905, 29th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161, Sec. 1). Initially, the auditor was appointed jointly by the judges of the county and district courts (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161, Sec. 2). In 1917, the legislature gave the district judges of the county sole authority to appoint the auditor (Acts 1917, 35th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 134, Sec. 3).

The county auditor exercised general oversight of the financial activities of all county officers who received or collected any money, funds, fees or other property for the county. He prepared estimates of revenues and expenditures annually to enable the commissioners court to prepare the county budget. The auditor's duties included keeping a general set of books showing county financial transactions; reviewing and auditing the financial accounts of all county officers; reviewing and auditing books and records related to expenditures by the county; reviewing claims for payment; recording payment warrants issued by judges or the county treasurer; monitoring the county budget; reviewing the records of the county treasurer and county tax assessor-collector; recording bid specifications, proposals issued, and contracts awarded; and oversight of bonds issued by the county. The auditor compiled and maintained a set of books for Galveston County's three drainage districts. For the common school districts of Galveston County, the auditor maintained a set of books and registers of bonds issued.

The auditor was required to "see to the strict enforcement of the law governing county finances." He was required to keep a ledger of accounts showing expenditures and a general set of books showing the financial transactions of the county. In particular, he was required to check the books and examine all reports of the tax collector and the treasurer, including verifying their accuracy. To accomplish his duties, the county auditor had access to all books, accounts, reports, vouchers, and other records of county officers (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161; codifed at Art. 1460, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1645, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).

The county auditor was assigned the responsibility of soliciting bids and proposals for supplies, materials, construction projects, and any other item or service purchased by the county. The auditor was required to approve any claim for payment (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161; codified at Art. 1479-1482, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1658-1661, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).

In 1915, the legislature directed the county auditor to exercise control and supervision over the finances of any county improvement district, such as drainage districts, including approving bills, examining all reports, approving claims for payment, and overseeing bond issues (Acts 1915, 34th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 11; codified at Art. 1667-1672, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1915; recodified at Art. 1667-1672, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).

In 1917, the legislature assigned to the county auditor the responsibility for maintaining a ledger showing an accurate account of all funds received and disbursed by the common school districts in the county and a bond register showing all school bonds issued by the county's districts. In addition, he was directed to examine all books and records relating to the finances of the common school districts (Acts 1917, 35th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 134, Secs. 5 and 6; codified at Art. 1652-1654, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).

Because of Galveston County's location straddling Galveston Island and the mainland, the county undertook three unique projects to protect its citizens and infrastructure. Following the 1900 hurricane, Galveston Island was raised, and a seawall was built. The Texas legislature authorized the project and gave Galveston County authority to issue bonds to pay for it. To ensure quicker and more efficient evacuation of the island in the event of another catastrophic hurricane a causeway was built between 1909 and 1912 connecting the island and the mainland by road for the first time. To provide protection for citizens on the mainland side of Galveston Bay, a seawall and levee, known as the Texas City dike, was built in the 1930s. In his financial oversight role, the county auditor was involved in each of these projects.

(Sources include: Several articles from the Handbook of Texas Online: "Galveston County" (Diana J. Kleiner), "Government" (Janice C. May), "County Auditor" (Dick Smith) (Published by the Texas State Historical Association : accessed April 7, 2015); Inventory of County Records - Galveston County Courthouse, Volumes I and III, compiled by Diane Hill, et al. (Austin: Texas State Library, 1980); The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897, compiled by H.P.N. Gammel (Austin: Gammel, 1898, including supplemental volumes dated 1897-1939, reprinted University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History; accessed April 7, 2015); Inventory of the County Archives of Texas No. 94, Guadalupe County (Seguin) prepared by the Texas Historical Records Survey through the Works Progress Administration (San Antonio: The Survey, 1939), particularly the chapter "Governmental Organization and Records System"; and the records themselves.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Records of the Galveston County Auditor's Office reflect the financial oversight duties of the auditor. They document the appropriation, expenditure, and disbursement of funds by Galveston County. The records include county financial ledgers and journals; county officer finance ledgers; the auditor's claims, expenditures, and payment files; registers of payment warrants and jury certificates; registers of fines and jury fees; the auditor's budget and taxation files; road and bridge fund budgets; delinquent tax registers; records of contracts, proposals, and bids; bond records; correspondence and information files; financial records of the county's drainage districts; and common school district ledgers, journals, and bond registers. The auditor maintained records for three special projects undertaken by Galveston County: construction of the Galveston seawall and causeway and construction of the Texas City seawall and levee, known as the Texas City dike. Auditor's records relating to the building of the Galveston seawall and causeway and the Texas City dike include registers of bonds; claims for payment; bids, contract specifications, and proposals; ledgers of causeway construction expenditures; and correspondence and information files. The volumes are in the form of handwritten and typed entries into journals, registers, and lists. Loose papers are in the form of handwritten and typed correspondence, memoranda, spreadsheets, brochures, reports, pamphlets, notes, lists, bids, proposals, contracts, and bonds. Dates covered are 1893-1960 and undated, with the bulk dating 1905-1960.

Auditor's records relating to the general financial activities of Galveston County have been arranged into six series. Finance records date 1905-1959 and relate to financial transactions of the county. These records include ledgers and journals and county officer finance ledgers created and maintained by the county auditor. Claims, expenditure, and payment records date 1905-1955 and undated and relate to the auditor's responsibility for monitoring and approving claims for payment and payments made by the county. The records consist of the auditor's claims, expenditure, and payment files; registers of payment warrants and jury certificates; and records of fines, jury fees, and other collections by Galveston County courts. Budget and taxation records date 1910-1955 and reflect the auditor's oversight of the county budget and review of delinquent tax records compiled by the county tax assessor-collector. The records consist of the auditor's budget and taxation files; registers of road and bridge fund budgets; and registers of delinquent personal property taxpayers. Records of contracts, proposals and bids date 1905-1958 and undated, and reflect bid specifications issued, proposals submitted, and contracts awarded for supplies, materials, construction projects, and other items and services paid by Galveston County. These records include the auditor's bid and contract files, contract ledgers, registers recording proposals submitted, and a ledger of forms with bid specifications. Bond records date 1893-1959 and undated, bulk 1905-1959, and reflect bonds issued for various purposes by Galveston County. These records include the auditor's bond files; and registers of courthouse and jail bonds, Santa Fe Railroad refunding bonds, scrip bonds, bridge bonds, road bonds, inter-coastal canal bonds, hospital bonds, voting machine refunding bonds, and permanent improvement refunding bonds. Correspondence and information files date 1922-1953 and undated, and relate to various topics of interest to the auditor. The records consist of registers of letters and other communications and the auditor's general information files. These records include registers of letterpress copies of correspondence issued by the county auditor and loose files.

Financial records of Drainage Districts #1-3 date 1909-1950 and relate to the auditor's financial oversight of the three Galveston County drainage districts. The records consist of bonds and bond coupons, claims paid, drainage district commissioners' bonds, and correspondence and information files.

Common school district financial records date 1910-1960 and relate to the financial transactions of various Galveston County common school districts. These records include financial ledgers and journals created and maintained by the auditor showing the financial transactions of the districts; registers of bonds issued by thirteen of the county's common school districts; and redeemed schoolhouse bonds.

Records relating to special projects undertaken by Galveston County have been intellectually arranged into three series. Seawall construction records date 1902-1959 and reflect the auditor's oversight of the financial aspects of construction of the Galveston seawall, including subsequent renovations and improvements. These records consist of bids, proposals, and contracts; claims for payment; correspondence and information files; and bond registers. Causeway construction records date 1909-1952 and reflect the auditor's oversight of the financial aspects of the construction of the causeway between Galveston island and the mainland, including subsequent renovations and improvements. These records consist of bond registers; bids, proposals, and contracts; claims for payment; correspondence and information files; and ledgers and a journal of causeway construction expenses. Texas City dike construction records date 1935-1948 and reflect the auditor's oversight of the financial aspects of the construction of the seawall and levee at Texas City, known as the Texas City dike.


 

Organization of the Records

The records are organized into eleven series. Two series are further organized into subseries related to the purposes for which the volumes were created.
Finance records, 1905-1959, 7.10 cubic ft. (27 volumes)
  • Ledgers and journals, 1905-1959, 6.13 cubic ft. (22 volumes)
  • County office finance ledgers, 1911-1955, 0.98 cubic ft. (5 volumes)
Claims, expenditure, and payment records, 1905-1955, undated, 5.73 cubic ft. (including 13 volumes)
Budget and taxation records, 1910-1955, 2.31 cubic ft. (including 18 volumes)
Records of contracts, proposals, and bids, 1905-1958, undated, 10.71 cubic ft. (including 16 volumes)
Bond records, 1893-1959, undated, bulk 1905-1959, 3.41 cubic ft. (including 24 volumes)
Correspondence and information files, 1922-1953, undated, 1.15 cubic ft. (including 2 volumes)
Financial records of Drainage Districts #1-3, 1909-1950, 0.40 cubic ft.
Common school district financial records, 1910-1960, 2.78 cubic ft. (including 49 volumes)
  • Ledgers and journals, 1917-1960, 1.99 cubic ft. (14 volumes)
  • Bond records, 1910-1948, 0.79 cubic ft. (including 35 volumes)
Seawall construction records, 1902-1959, 2.12 cubic ft. (including 9 volumes)
Causeway construction records, 1909-1952, 2.57 cubic ft. (including 12 volumes)
Texas City dike construction records, 1935-1948, 0.75 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.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, names or other identifying information of patients, students, or residents in eleemosynary facilities (Texas Health and Safety Code, Secs. 576.005 and 595.001 or the Texas Human Resources Code, Sec. 12.003); names or other identifying information of juvenile offenders in the state's juvenile delinquent system and of dependent and neglected children in a state facility (Texas Family Code, Sec. 58.005); and correspondence or information concerning payments for a patient's care in a state mental hospital (Texas Health and Safety Code, Sec. 611.004), where noted 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 (Texas Government Code, Ch. 552).

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Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas county agencies are not copyrighted. County records also include materials received by, not created by, county agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements

Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.

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.lood
Corporate Names
United States--Works Progress Administration--Galveston County (Tex.)
United States--Public Works Administration--Galveston County (Tex.)
Subjects:
County government--Galveston County (Tex.)
County officials and employees--Galveston County (Tex.)
Local government--Galveston County (Tex.)
Property tax--Galveston County (Tex.)
Tax administration and procedure--Texas.
Tax assessment--Galveston County (Tex.)
Tax collection--Galveston County (Tex.)
Transportation--Galveston County (Tex.)
Roads--Design and construction--Galveston County (Tex.)
Claims--Galveston County (Tex.)
Finance, Public--Galveston County (Tex.)
Finance, Public--Galveston County (Tex.)--Accounting.
Public schools--Galveston County (Tex.)
Municipal bonds--Galveston County (Tex.)--Public improvements.
Municipal bonds--Galveston County (Tex.)--Common school districts.
Budget--Galveston County (Tex.)
Revenue--Galveston County (Tex.)
Expenditures, Public--Galveston County (Tex.)
Public works--Galveston County (Tex.)
Flood control--Galveston County (Tex.)
Public welfare--Galveston County (Tex.)
Finance--Galveston County (Tex.)--Public schools.
Places:
Galveston (Tex.).
Galveston County (Tex.)--History.
Galveston County (Tex.)--Officials and employees.
Galveston County (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Document Types:
Ledgers (account books)--Galveston County (Tex.)--Schools--1917-1960.
Journals (accounts)--Galveston County (Tex.)--Schools--1917-1959.
Bonds (negotiable instruments)--Galveston County (Tex.)--Schools--1910-1948.
Ledgers (account books)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1893-1959.
Journals (accounts)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1905-1955.
Bonds (negotiable instruments)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1893-1959.
Indexes by function--Galveston County (Tex.)--Finance--1905-1955.
Letterpress copybooks--Galveston County (Tex.)--County officials and employees--1922-1925.
Lists by form or function--Galveston County (Tex.)--Taxation--1936-1940, 1943, 1945, 1948.
Registers (lists)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1905-1955.
Contracts--Galveston County (Tex.)--1902-1953.
Bids (documents)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1907-1953.
Proposals--Galveston County (Tex.)--1907-1953
Administrative reports--Galveston County (Tex.)--1918, 1927-1929, 1935-1938, 1941-1951.
Correspondence--Galveston County (Tex.)--County officials and employees--1922-1927, 1930-1953.
Administrative records--Galveston County (Tex.)--1902-1959.
Maps (documents)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1906, 1919, 1929, 1947.
Blueprints (reprographic copies)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1909, 1919, 1928, 1934-1953.
Minutes (admministrative records)--Galveston County (Tex.)--1926-1951.
Functions:
Auditing.
Administering expenditures.
Administering public finance.
Administering revenue.
Administering taxation.
Administering property tax.
Administering tax collection.
Planning.
Administering school finances.
Administering drainage district finances.
Administering claims.

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
Galveston County Treasurer's Office records, 1870-1963, bulk 1901-1963, 12.41 cubic ft. (including 67 volumes) [See the series Ledgers and journals, 1882-1959, 5.61 cubic ft. (18 volumes) and Bond records, 1882-1963, bulk 1901-1963, 3.42 cubic ft. (including 27 volumes). Part of accessions 2011/438 and 2015/074; see Reference staff for access.]
Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office records, 1865-1871, 1877-1879, 1884-1950, 1958, 1961, 1963, 126 volumes [See the series Compiled records of delinquent and involvent personal property taxpayers, 1927, 1929, 1934-1940, 1943-1946, 1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 22 volumes.]
Galveston County Clerk's Office records, 1838-1858, 1867-1978, undated, 65.74 cubic ft. (258 volumes)
Texas Board of County and District Road Indebtedness county and district road reports, [192-]-1973, bulk 1932-1942, 25 cubic ft.
Texas Comptroller's Office general revenue volumes, 1836-1994, 77.73 cubic ft. (292 volumes) [See the series County, city, and district bond registers and indexes, 1870-1994, 52.78 cubic ft., 115 volumes.]
Galveston County (Tex.) Area maps, blueprints, and drawings [Part of accession 1981/029; see Reference staff for access.]
Galveston County records available on microfilm, 151 microfilm reels [See the series Tax rolls, 1838-1910, 11 microfilm reels.]
Texas Education Agency Annual reports of school funds, 1911-1957, 684 microfilm reels
Texas Department of Transportation, Plans, drawings, and photographs of Galveston causeway construction and improvements, 1936-1957, 1950s-1960s, 1.75 cubic ft. [Part of accession 2010/102; see Reference staff for access.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 2011/438 and 2015/074

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by Galveston County in 1980 and were initially housed at the Houston Metropolitan Research Center. They were transferred to the Sam Houston Regional Library & Research Center in Liberty, Texas, on December 19-20, 2003. On July 20 and August 18, 2011, the records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in Austin.

The boxes of Galveston County records brought from Liberty were removed from accession number 2011/438 and given a new accession number, 2015/074, on December 10, 2014 for the purposes of control and numbering.

Processing Information

Processed by Teri E. Flack, volunteer, May 2015

Appraisal Information

These records were appraised and determined to be archival in July and September-October 2012 and July 2014-March 2015.


Detailed Description of the Records

 

Finance records, 1905-1959,
7.10 cubic ft. (27 volumes)

Galveston County financial records relating to the county's financial transactions were recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County Auditor pursuant to specific statutes and purposes. They consist of financial ledgers and journals, including general ledgers, a revenue ledger, journals to general ledgers, transfer general ledgers, ledgers of engineers wages, a ledger of the auditor's annual report, and a journal of inventory expenses for the Galveston County Navigation District; and county officer finance records, dating 1905-1959. They total 27 volumes.
The county auditor was charged with keeping a general set of books for the county showing transactions relating to receipts and disbursements of all kinds. He also kept a ledger of accounts for each county officer showing all monies collected and expended (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Ch. 161; codified at Art. 1460, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1645, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Organization
The records are organized into two subseries:
Ledgers and journals, 1905-1959, 6.13 cubic ft. (22 volumes)
County office finance ledgers, 1911-1955, 0.98 cubic ft. (5 volumes)
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the subseries), Finance records, Galveston County Auditor's records, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Ledgers and journals, 1905-1959,
6.13 cubic ft. (22 volumes)
Ledgers and journals recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County Auditor as part of his responsibility to keep a general set of books showing Galveston County's financial transactions date 1905-1959 and include general ledgers, journals to general ledgers, transfer general ledgers, a ledger of engineers wages by fund, a ledger of the auditor's annual report for the year ending July 31, 1928, and a journal of inventory expenses for the Galveston County Navigation District. They total 22 volumes.
General ledgers are master accounting records aggregating all financial transactions recorded in the general journals by county office, fund or account; they are the principal accounting record of final entry. The records date 1905-1925 and 1930-1957 and total six volumes. Every transaction flowed from journals to the general ledger. Information includes account or fund, warrants paid, amount and date. The data are arranged by county office or fund and then chronologically. Volumes 1 and 2 are indexed in separate volumes. The remaining volumes are not indexed. The ledger dated 1956-1957 is not bound.
The revenue ledger is an accounting record of aggregated revenue received by the county from all sources. The single volume dates 1956-1957. Information includes account or fund, amount of revenue received by source, and date. The data are arranged by account or fund and then chronologically. The volume is not indexed and is not bound.
Journals to general ledgers are accounting registers of each of the county's financial transactions recorded by date. Journals are the principal accounting record of original entry. The records date 1905-1955 and total nine volumes. Information includes county office or fund, amount, date of transaction, and payee or source of amount. Aggregated journal totals were recorded in the general ledger by account or fund. Every transaction flowed from the general journal to the general ledger and sometimes to one or more additional ledgers, which were kept for specific purposes. The data in the volumes are arranged by date. The volumes are not indexed.
Transfer general ledgers are accounting records consisting of aggregated amounts transferred from one account or fund to another. The records date 1925-1954 and total three volumes. Information includes the account or fund, warrants paid, amount and date. The data are arranged by account or fund. Volume 2 includes permanent improvements, such as the permanent improvement warrant fund; and bond funds (other than interest and sinking funds), such as the causeway bridge fund, inter-coastal canal bond fund, and special road bond fund. Volume 3 is related to county officers and operations, and includes county offices, such as treasurer or tax assessor-collector; general funds; officers' salary funds; road and bridge fund; special road funds; jury fund; and bond funds, other than interest and sinking funds. Volume 4 includes county offices; general funds; officers' salary funds; road and bridge fund; special road funds; jury fund; and all bond-related funds, including interest and sinking funds. The data are arranged by county office or fund and then chronologically. The volumes are not indexed.
The Engineers wages by fund ledger is an accounting record specifically itemizing the aggregated wages paid to county engineers by project. The single ledger dates 1957-1959. The information includes name of the engineer, project, date, and amount paid. The data are arranged by engineer and then chronologically. The volume is not indexed and not bound.
The Auditor's annual report for year ending July 31, 1928 is the auditor's compilation of financial detail at the close of the fiscal year. The auditor used the compilation to produce his annual report to the commissioners court on the financial condition of the county. The single volume dates 1927-1928. The information includes account or fund, category of receipts and expenditures, monthly totals, and aggregated totals. The volume is indexed within the volume.
The journal of inventory expenses for Galveston County Navigation District #1 reflects expenses and chargebacks for the navigation district's inventory items. The single volume dates 1930-1937 and is indexed in the front of the volume. Information includes item, account number, date, expenses and charge-offs, and audit number. Types of inventory item categories include fire prevention facilities, fireboat, harbor patrol, inspection boat, fireboat barracks, port terminal railroad association, and grain elevator.
The Galveston County Treasurer maintained a separate set of ledgers and journals. While none of the ledgers and journals in the Auditor's Office records duplicate the records of the Galveston County Treasurer, they include duplicate information. (Galveston County Treasurer's Office records, 1870-1963, bulk 1901-1963, 12.41 cubic ft. (including 67 volumes). In particular, see the series Ledgers and journals, 1882-1959, 5.61 cubic ft. (18 volumes). Part of accessions 2011/438 and 2015/074; see Reference staff for access.)
Arrangement
The volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Ledgers and journals, Finance records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Volume
2011/438-630 Volume 1, General ledger, 1905-1915
Volume
2011/438-631 Index to Volume 1, General ledger, 1905-1915
Volume
2011/438-632 Volume 2, General ledger, 1915-1925
Volume
2011/438-633 Index to Volume 2, General ledger, 1915-1925
Volume
2011/438-634 Volume 3, General ledger, 1930-1955, bulk 1950-1955
Box
2011/438-635 General ledger, 1956-1957
[volume]
Box
2011/438-636 Revenue ledger, 1956-1957
[volume]
Volume
2011/438-637 Volume 1, Journal to General ledger Volume 1, May 1905-April 1912
Volume
2011/438-638 Volume 2, Journal to General ledger Volume 1, May 1912-October 1920
Volume
2011/438-639 Volume 3, Journal to General ledger, November 1920-September 1927
Volume
2011/438-640 Volume 4, Journal to General ledger, October 1927-December 1933
Volume
2011/438-641 Volume 5, Journal to General ledger, January 1934-December 1938
Volume
2011/438-642 Volume 6, Journal to General ledger, January 1939-February 1944
Volume
2011/438-643 Volume 7, Journal to General ledger, March 1944-March 1950
Volume
2011/438-644 Volume 8, Journal to General ledger, April 1950-December 1954
Volume
2011/438-645 Volume 9, Journal to General ledger, January 1955-December 1955
Volume
2011/438-646 Volume 2, Transfer general ledger, 1925-1947
Volume
2011/438-647 Volume 3, Transfer general ledger, 1925-1947
Volume
2011/438-648 Volume 4, Transfer general ledger, 1947-1954
Box
2011/438-818 Engineers wages by fund ledger, 1957-1959
[volume]
Volume
2011/438-819 Auditor's annual report for year ending July 31, 1928, 1927-1928
Volume
2011/438-899 Journal of inventory expenses for Galveston County Navigation District #1, January 1930-December 1937
County officer finance ledgers, 1911-1955,
0.98 cubic ft. (5 volumes)
County officer ledgers recorded, compiled, and maintained by the county auditor consist of accounts for each office holder or fund and reflect total monthly amounts in each account or fund. The dates covered are 1911-1955. The records total five volumes. The information for each office holder or fund varies by the source of the money collected. The county clerk's account includes fees collected from various sources and jury fees; the district clerk's account includes jury fees and stenographer fees. For the tax assessor-collector, the information includes delinquent taxes, interest on daily deposits, occupation taxes, poll taxes, ad valorem taxes, penalties, special taxes, and commissions on auto licenses. All of the amounts reflect monthly totals; no information on amounts collected from individuals is recorded. Volumes 1 and 2 are indexed in separate volumes. The indexes include the county officer's name or the name of the account and page numbers. Volume 3 is indexed within the volume.
By statute, the county auditor was required to keep a ledger of accounts for every officer of the county, district, or state who was authorized to collect or receive any money for the use of or belonging to the county. Each county officer was required to report the amounts collected to the auditor. Although the county clerk originally was assigned this duty, in counties with auditors, the auditor took over this duty and relieved the county clerk of the responsibility (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161, Sec. 9; codified at Art. 1487, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1663, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
The volumes are arranged chronologically. The ledger volumes are arranged internally by office holder or fund, and within each account the information is arranged chronologically by month. The index volumes are arranged internally alphabetically by account.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), County officer finance ledgers, Finance records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Volume
2011/438-142 Volume 1, Finance ledger - county officers, 1911-1940
Volume
2011/438-820 Index to Volume 1, Finance ledger - county officers, 1911-1940
Volume
2011/438-143 Volume 2, Finance ledger - county officers, 1941-1954
Volume
2011/438-144 Index to Volume 2, Finance ledger - county officers, 1941-1954
Volume
2011/438-145 Volume 3, Finance ledger - county officers, 1955



 

Claims, expenditure and payment records, 1905-1955, undated,
5.77 cubic ft. (including 13 volumes)

Claims, expenditure, and payment records recorded, compiled and maintained by the Galveston County auditor reflect the duty of the auditor to review and approve all claims for payment and to oversee county expenditures and payments. The records date 1905-1955 and undated, and consist of 3.28 cubic ft. of loose records and 13 volumes. Types of records include the auditor's claims, expenditures, and payment files; registers of warrants and jury certificates; and registers of fines and jury fees.
The auditor's claims, expenditure, and payment files are documents created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to claims for payments, payments made by the county, or the expenditure of funds by the county. The records date 1905, 1910-1951, and undated, and total 3.28 cubic ft., including four small volumes. The files include such documents as claims approved by the auditor, reports of collections, payments from various funds, payments to various vendors, correspondence and documentation related to claims and payments, information related to federal assistance programs, deposit warrants, information about lawsuits filed against the county, applications for admission to St. Mary's Infirmary as a charity patient, charity and relief expenditures, and pension-related correspondence and information. The volumes include a cost book and three minute books created by the auditor.
Registers of warrants and jury certificates are journals documenting the day-to-day authorization of the expenditure of funds for the purposes of county government and recording payments from the county treasury. They date 1905-1929 and total seven volumes. Information includes date, warrant number, name of payee, purpose, amount, date of payment, remarks, and fund or account from which paid. The volumes are indexed within each volume. Internally, the volumes are arranged by account or fund. The auditor was required to keep a register of all warrants issued by judges or clerks of the county or district courts and paid by the treasurer (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161, Sec. 12; codified at Art. 1486, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1662, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925). A warrant was a written order to pay that instructs the county treasurer to pay the warrant holder on demand or after a maturity date. A jury certificate authorized a juror to collect payment for serving on a jury.
Registers of fines and jury fees record the fines and jury fees assessed and collected by the various courts in Galveston County. They date 1907-1955 and total two volumes. Information includes cause number and style of case, amount of fine assessed, date of conviction, forfeiture, fees assessed, disposition, amount and date paid, and number of the deposit warrant. The volumes are not indexed. Internally, the volumes are arranged by court. The auditor maintained these books to identify deposits made from fines and fees collected from criminal defendants in all Galveston County courts including county courts-at-law, district courts, and criminal district courts. Deposits into the county treasury were governed by statute. A deposit was made through a deposit warrant issued by the county clerk authorizing the county treasurer to receive the funds. The auditor was required to enter the deposit into the set of accounting records he maintained (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161, Sec. 14; codified at Art. 1478, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1657, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
The files are arranged by subject. Volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Claims, expenditure, and payment records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, names or other identifying information of patients, students, or residents in eleemosynary facilities (Texas Health and Safety Code, Secs. 576.005 and 595.001 or the Texas Human Resources Code, Sec. 12.003); names or other identifying information of juvenile offenders in the state's juvenile delinquent system and of dependent and neglected children in a state facility (Texas Family Code, Sec. 58.005); and correspondence or information concerning payments for a patient's care in a state mental hospital (Texas Health and Safety Code, Sec. 611.004), where noted an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. Refer to the overall restrictions statement for instructions on requesting access through the Texas Attorney General.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
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2015/074-1 Claims approved; reports of fines, judgments, and jury fees; reports of tax collections; and payment records, 1918
[wallet]
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Claims approved; reports of fines, judgments, and jury fees; reports of tax collections; and payment records, 1919
[wallet]
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Claims approved; payment records, 1928
[wallet]
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Clarke and Courts v. John Murch, 1905
[wallet]
Galveston County v. Fred McC. Nicholls, Cause #30135, 1914
[wallet]
Decree 10th District Court: Ladies Auxilliary of Railway Trainmen - Judgment for 1910 special road bonds lost or mislaid, 1917
[wallet]
Claims of Estate of Fred Gloor for fees collected, 1917-1918, 1933
[wallet]
Lathrop and Gloor claims cases for refund of commissions, 1921-1933
[wallet]
Tax collector, Cause #34911, 1919-1922
[wallet]
Correspondence and opinions: county attorney opinion, canning industry, and Santa Fe damage claim about lift bridge, 1917
[wallet]
Correspondence and opinions: ex officio fees, excess fees, and deputies' allowances, 1910-1918
Tabulations and correspondence: amounts owed by C. H. Theobold, 1926
Claim by George Gates for injury, 1926-1927
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2015/074-2 Claims for payment for inquests performed by Randolph Pierson, 1932
Galveston County v. Randolph Pierson, et al., Cause No. 52753; Randolph Pierson et al. v. Galveston County, Cause No. 52869, 1938-1939
Galveston County v. Randolph Pierson, et al.: correspondence and auditor's reports, 1935-1937
Galveston County v. Randolph Pierson, et al.: 1937 justice of the peace report, 1937-1938
Galveston County v. Randolph Pierson, et al.: auditor's report for 1938, 1936-1938
Galveston County v. Randolph Pierson, et al.: correspondence and auditor's reports, 1935-1937
Claims for payment: Estate of J. C. Gengler, 1938
Russel H. Markwell: suit to recover salary, 1944-1945
Correspondence and statements: bills and claims for payment, 1950-1951
County officials correspondence related to compensation and payments, 1935-1937
Claim for postage - tax collector's office, 1935-1938
WPA applications and programs for mosquito eradication; roads, drainage, boulevards, sidewalks; planting salt cedars; and valuations, 1935-1936
Correspondence - WPA Health Service mosquito control Camp Wallace, 1942
WPA Sewing Room Project Singer sewing machines loaned, 1942-1951
WPA Sewing Room Project, 1937-1946
Tick eradication dipping vats - leases with land owners, 1931-1932
Tick eradication dipping vats, pews, wells, etc. - island leases, 1931-1932
Tick eradication dipping vats - leases, correspondence, 1936-1938, 1942
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2015/074-3 Deposit warrants: miscellaneous receipts, 1949-1950
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Gasoline tax refunds (claims by retailers), December 1944-March 1950
Texas Liquor Control Act fees for licenses, 1936-1937
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2015/074-4 Cost book, February 1923-July 1928
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Minute book, June 1926-July 1927
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Minute book, August 1927-February 1928
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Minute book, March 1928-March 1929
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Information: Galveston-Bolivar ferry, Bolivar-High Island road, and other Bolivar Peninsula expenditures, 1931-1939
Ferry maintenance and operation minutes, 1934, 1937-1939, 1941
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2015/074-5 Applications for admission as a charity patient to St. Mary's Infirmary
January 1937-December 1937
January 1938-June 1938
July 1938-December 1938
January 1939-June 1939
July 1939-December 1939
January 1940-June 1940
July 1940-December 1940
January 1941-June 1941
July 1941-December 1941
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2015/074-6 January 1942-December 1942
January 1943-December 1943
January 1944-December 1944
January 1945-December 1945
January 1946-December 1946
January 1947-December 1947
January 1948-December 1948
January 1949-December 1949
January 1950-December 1950
Charity and relief expenditures, 1923-1938
County charity list - St. Mary's Infirmary, 1933, 1937, undated
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Hospitalization payments - triplicate deposit warrants, 1940-1946
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Spreadsheet - Calculations of bed per-day costs, 1940-1941
State hospitalization of indigent tubercular: correspondence, 1934
Listing of cattle herds tested for tuberculosis, 1934
Correspondence: request to place child in Austin State School, 1941-1944
[Note: Contains restricted material.]
Pensions - correspondence and reports: county residents eligible for Old Age Assistance, 1936-1937
Pensions - Correspondence: county residents' eligibility for Old Age Assistance, 1938
Texas State Department of Public Welfare - agreement, 1941
Correspondence and report: Establishment of a retirement system for county employees, 1948
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2011/438-688 Volume 1, Warrants and jury certificates, May 1905-July 1908
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2011/438-689 Volume 2, Warrants and jury certificates, August 1908-July 1912
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2011/438-690 Volume 3, Warrants and jury certificates, August 1912-February 1916
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2011/438-691 Volume 4, Warrants and jury certificates, March 1916-September 1919
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2011/438-692 Volume 5, Warrants and jury certificates, October 1919-July 1923
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2011/438-693 Volume 6, Warrants and jury certificates, August 1923-January 1927
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2011/438-694 Volume 7, Warrants and jury certificates, February 1927-July 1929
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2011/438-695 Fines and jury fees, February 1907-July 1929
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2011/438-696 Fines and jury fees, May 1929-June 1955



 

Budget and taxation records, 1910-1955,
2.31 cubic ft. (including 18 volumes)

Budget and taxation records recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to the responsibility of the auditor to oversee the county budget and to review the records maintained by the county treasurer and county tax assessor-collector. The records date 1910-1955, and consist of 0.60 cubic ft. of loose records and 18 volumes. Types of records include the auditor's budget and taxation files, road and bridge budgets, and compiled records of delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers.
The auditor's budget and taxation files are documents created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to the county budget and taxes assessed and collected by the county. The records date 1910-1953, and total 0.60 cubic ft, including one small volume. The files include such documents as records of contractors hired to determine the valuation of oil and oil producing properties, correspondence and commissioners court orders relating to yearly tax levies, reports and statements about county finances, commissioners court budget amendment resolutions and resolutions authorizing fund transfers, and financial reports. The records include a small volume of tax collections.
Road and bridge fund budgets reflecting allocations and expenditures related to road and bridge construction and maintenance as budgeted by the Galveston County Commissioners Court date 1942-1955 and consist of nine volumes. Information in the budget volumes includes county precinct number; dates; amounts budgeted and paid for labor, materials, and other costs; and overruns. The data are arranged by account number. Two volumes include budgets for multiple years. One unbound volume contains the aggregated budget detail for the years 1948-1949 and 1952-1954. The account numbers for the years 1948, 1949, and 1951-1952 are indexed in separate volumes. Information in the account number indexes includes the name of account and page number. Account numbers for all other volumes are not indexed. One of the county auditor's duties was to maintain an accounting of each appropriation in the county budget, as adopted by the county commissioners court, including a ledger of all expenditures drawn against the appropriation (Art. 1666, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925). This was part of his responsibility to oversee all county offices to insure that expenses did not exceed appropriations.
Registers of delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers reflect records of the Galveston County tax assessor-collector which were audited by the Galveston County auditor. The records date overall 1936-1940, 1943, 1945, and 1948, and consist of eight volumes. Information includes the name of the delinquent or insolvent taxpayer, the property for which taxes are owed, amount of the tax, and the year for which tax is owed. The records are lists of delinquent or insolvent taxpayers who owed taxes on personal or business property; no real property is included in the records. The types of property include personal, automobiles, boats, railroads, and poll taxes. The volumes are not indexed. The volumes dated 1936, 1938, 1940, 1943, and 1945 are audited duplicates of volumes in the Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office records(Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office records, 1865-1871, 1877-1879, 1884-1950, 1958, 1961, 1963, 126 volumes; see the series Compiled records of delinquent and involvent personal property taxpayers, 1927, 1929, 1934-1940, 1943-1946, 1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 22 volumes.) Other than the auditor's markings on the audited version, the auditor's copies for these years are identical to the tax assessor-collector's. The volumes dated 1937, 1939, and 1948 are audited volumes; however, there are no corresponding duplicates in the Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector's Office records. The county tax collector was required to compile an annual list of delinquent or insolvent taxpayers (Art. 7263, Texas Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925). The county auditor was required to "check the books and examine all reports of the tax collector and verify their accuracy" (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 161; codifed at Art. 1460, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1645, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
Files are arranged by subject. Volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Budget and taxation records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
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2015/074-1 Re-valuation of taxable property, 1936-1937
Contract for valuation of oil and oil properties Thos. Y. Pickett and Co., 1943, 1945
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County attorney opinion regarding tax commissions, 1921
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2015/074-2 Tax assessor and collector: Certificate of Title Act, 1940-1942
Reports and statements: county finances, 1950-1951
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2015/074-3 Tax levy, 1926-1934
Tax levy, 1935
Tax levy, 1936
Tax levy, 1937
Tax levy, 1938
Tax levy, 1939
Tax levy, 1940
Tax levy, 1941
Tax levy, 1942
Tax levy, 1943
Tax levy, 1944
Tax levy, 1945
Tax levy, 1946
Tax levy, 1947
Tax levy, 1948
Tax levy, 1949
Tax levy, 1950
Tax levy, 1951
Budget amendments resolutions, 1936, 1937, 1939, 1941
Information: county budgets and expenses, 1930-1939
Commissioners court resolutions, 1936-1950
County road budget, 1953
Resolutions - fund transfers, 1939-1950
Delinquent tax record - tax assessor and collector, 1936-1950
Report of collections, 1947-1949
Income tax withholding correspondence, 1943-1944
Galveston County Health Unit at La Marque, Old La Marque School Building financial reports, 1944-1945, 1948
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2015/074-4 Tax collections, April 1910-February 1916
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2011/438-684 Road and bridge fund budget, 1942
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2011/438-821 Road and bridge fund budget, 1943
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2011/438-822 Road and bridge fund budget, 1944
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2011/438-685 Road and bridge fund budget, 1945-1947
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2011/438-686 Road and bridge fund budget, 1948-1955
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2011/438-823 Road and bridge fund budget detail, 1948-1949, 1952-1954
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2011/438-824 Index to account numbers, Road and bridge fund budget, 1948
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2011/438-825 Index to account numbers, Road and bridge fund budget, 1949
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2011/438-687 Index to account numbers, Road and bridge fund budget, 1951-1952
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2011/438-7 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1936
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2011/438-9 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1937
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2011/438-10 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1938
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2011/438-12 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1939
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2011/438-13 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1940
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2011/438-15 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1943
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2011/438-18 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1945
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2011/438-21 Delinquent and insolvent personal property taxpayers, 1948



 

Records of contracts, proposals, and bids, 1905-1958, undated,
10.71 cubic ft. (including 16 volumes)

Records of contracts, proposals, and bids recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to the responsibility of the auditor to supervise and oversee the solicitation and awarding of bids for work, material, equipment, supplies, and services. The records date 1905-1958 and undated, and total 8.64 cubic ft. of loose records and 16 volumes. The records consist of the auditor's bid and contract files, contract ledgers, registers of bid proposals, and a register of pre-printed forms used by county officials and offices for ordering supplies, including bid specifications.
The auditor's bid and contract files are documents created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to bids and proposals for work, material, equipment, supplies, and services, and the resulting contracts. The loose records date 1908, 1919-1953, and undated, and total 8.64 cubic ft. The files include such documents as bid specifications; invitations for bid; advertisements of bid solicitations; notices to bidders; proposals submitted; contract documents for work, material, equipment, or supplies; blueprints; documents related to contracted work; correspondence; and information related to the bidding process, construction, and material and supplies. The types of work include construction and repair of county roads, bridges, buildings, and park facilities; construction of a tunnel between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula; and drainage improvements. The types of material include road base and road surfacing material, mudshell, and creosoted lumber and pilings. The types of equipment include automobiles, trucks, dump trucks, motor graders, bulldozers, and mowing machines; equipment for county health units; and furniture and equipment for a county agents building. The types of supplies include books, records, and stationery. The types of services include library services by the Rosenberg Library Association and architectural services. Other information refers to the public sale of land and titling automobiles and trucks.
Contract ledgers, reflecting payments on contracts approved by the Galveston County commissioners court which were compiled and maintained by the Galveston County auditor, date 1905-1958 and total seven volumes. Information includes date of contract, name of contracting entity, method of payment, amount owed, invoice number, description of item purchased, estimate number, fund or account from which paid, and identity/location of job. The volume dated 1905-1916 is indexed within the volume. Volumes 2-4 are indexed in separate volumes. Information in the index volumes includes the name of the person or entity contracting with the county and the page number. Internally, the ledgers are arranged chronologically.
Records of bid proposals, consisting of bids solicited by Galveston County recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor, date 1907-1932 and total eight volumes. Information includes a description of the bid solicitation, specific supplies or materials solicited, lowest bidders by section, bid acceptance, contract awarded, date and the contract ledger folio number. Types of proposals include work and materials for road and bridge work, maintenance and repair of public buildings, and sundries. Included in the records are all bids submitted by different bidders for a particular project. The bid volumes are not indexed. Internally, the records of proposals are arranged are arranged chronologically.
A register of forms, consisting of various stationery and other pre-printed forms used by county officials and offices, dates 1916 and includes a sample of all paper forms and the bid specifications for the contract to print the forms for one year. The volume is not indexed. The volume is arranged internally by forms.
Counties were required to solicit bids for the purchase of printed stationery, books, blanks, forms, and records; other supplies; road and bridge material; and any other materials or services used by the county and its officers. The county auditor was responsible for advertising the bid specifications and soliciting bid proposals for these purchases. He was required to maintain a file of the bid proposals. Contracts were awarded by the county commissioners to the party submitting the lowest and best bid (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Ch. 161, Sections 16 and 17; codified at Art. 1479 and 1480, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 1658 and 1659, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
Files are arranged by subject. Volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Records of contracts, proposals, and bids, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
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2015/074-1 Bids for furnishing the necessary technical services required to survey and value all real and personal property in Galveston County, December 1936
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Bids for furnishing the necessary technical services required to survey and value all real and personal property, December 1936
[trifold]
Bid for valuation of oil and oil properties, November 1939
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Report and recommendations: Court of Civil Appeals building, 1928-1929
Contract and bond for repairs to 61st Street road, November 1908
War Department Office of Chief of Engineers - "General Instructions for Bidders," undated
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2015/074-2 U. S. Military Reservation - Fort Crockett: correspondence and permit to construct and maintain a road, 1940
Tunnel - Galveston to Bolivar: bid advertisements, documents related to bidding process, 1941-1948
Correspondence on various subjects: building groins and the fishing pier; Attorney General opinions about legality of payments; correspondence about excessive payments, 1947-1949
Correspondence on various subjects: state auditor's association; pending legislation, 1949
Bolivar Bridge - Public Works Administration financial information, 1938
Correspondence: bids and contracts, 1950-1951
Statements of annual requests by county officials for books, records, stationery, etc., 1935-1947
Rosenberg Library: contracts, reports, 1941-1950
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2015/074-3 Agreement for architects services in the courthouse: R. R. Rapp, architect, 1949-1950
Land Sale at Kemah - commissioners court resolution, 1948
Documents related to sale of land at Kemah and sale of land at Bolivar, November 1948
Documents related to public sale of land at courthouse door - October 30th, 1950, October 1950
Automobiles and trucks: information about certificates of titles, etc., 1940-1949
Road machinery, 1936
Blank applications to acquire a new commercial motor vehicle, 1942
Application blanks for tires and tubes, 1942
Mudshell roadbase: correspondence, 1937, 1941, 1948
Architects: correspondence, 1945
Alamo School Building Permanent Improvement Fund, Lots 1 to 5 - Including Block 157, 1940-1941, 1944
Old Alamo School - occupants (reports of building usage), 1941-1942
Park at Offats Bayou, 1929, 1937, 1943-1944
"Deed for County Park for Negroes at La Marque," 1948
County park: rules and regulations - League City, 1941
County parks at League City and Arcadia - report of county examiner (photos), 1937, 1942
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2014/074-4 Right-of-way correspondence Bolivar-High Island Road, 1931-1932
Right-of-way Highway #146, 1934-1935
Signed warranty deed sent to commissioners court for Highway #124, 1933
Gulf Oil Corporation lease, 1932-1941
Road and bridge: sundry matters, 1936-1937, 1942
Access roads east and west - Camp Wallace, 1942
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2015/074-7 Bids for 11.5 miles of road and street improvements in vicinity of Texas City and Camp Wallace, September 1934
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for lateral highway development and drainage, 1948
Change orders: construction of lateral highway development and drainage, 1948
Financial documents R. P. Farnsworth - contract for construction of lateral highway development and drainage, 1948
[report binder]
Specifications and contract documents for construction of La Marque-Camp Wallace Road, March 1949
Change orders: construction of La Marque-Camp Wallace Road, March 1949
Bids for construction of La Marque-Camp Wallace Road - financial statement of bidder, March 1949
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Bids for construction of 3.57 miles of road improvements - La Marque-Camp Wallace Road (rejected), February 1949
[envelope]
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2015/074-8 Bids for community road improvements in vicinity of Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, Clifton-by-the-Sea, and San Leon, April 1949
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Blueprints - San Leon community roads Eagle Point extension, 1949
Change order: community roads improvements - Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, Clifton-by-the-Sea, and San Leon, 1949
Specifications and contract documents for community roads improvements in vicinity of Kemah, Clear Lake Shores, Clifton-by-the-Sea, and San Leon, 1949
Bids for community roads improvements in vicinity of La Marque, 1949
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Specifications and contract documents for community roads improvements in vicinity of La Marque, 1949
Invitation for bids, construction cost estimates: community roads improvements in vicinity of La Marque, January 1949
Specifications and contract documents for construction of improvements main streets Dickinson and League City, 1949
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2015/074-9 Specifications and contract documents for special bridges - Perthius and Delancy bridges, 1949
Bids for Perthius and Delancy bridges over Highland Bayou, 1949
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Bids for east end - South Jetty Road, February 1950
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for construction of South Jetty Road, February 1950
Audit of bidder: A. C. Holbrook - construction of South Jetty Road, February 1950
[report binder]
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2015/074-10 Specifications and contract documents for construction of Alvin-Dickinson to Alta Loma-Dickinson Road #2, 1950
Correspondence and revised estimates construction of Alvin-Dickinson to Alta Loma-Dickinson Road #2, 1950-1951
Bids for community road improvements in vicinity of Dickinson, League City, and Friendswood, April 1949
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Specifications and contract documents for community roads improvements in vicinity of Dickinson, League City, and Friendswood, April 1949
Change order and blueprints - community roads improvements in vicinity of Dickinson, League City, and Friendswood, 1949
Gulf Bitulithic Co. - financial statements and bond, 1949
Bids for construction of community roads improvements in vicinty of Hitchcock, Alta Loma, Arcadia, and Algoa, February 1949
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Contract for community roads improvements in vicinty of Hitchcock, Alta Loma, Arcadia, and Algoa, February 1949
Specifications and contract documents for community roads improvements in vicinty of Hitchcock, Alta Loma, Arcadia, and Algoa, February 1949
Change orders, blueprints - community roads improvements in vicinity of Hitchcock, Alta Loma, Arcadia, and Algoa-Alta Loma community roads, June 1949
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2015/074-11 Bids for one water tank of 560 gallon capacity delivered to county lot, July 1948
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Bids for 80 linear feet of 48-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe delivered to Dickinson (voided), February 1950
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted lumber and pilings, March 1949
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted pilings (75-16 foot round pilings), May 1949
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted lumber and pilings, December 1950
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted lumber and pilings, April 1951
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted lumber and pilings, January 1952
[envelope]
Bids for filling of county roadway between Lots 515 and 516, Section 1, Galveston Island, October 1951
[envelope]
Expenses related to cost of Seabrook Ferry paid by county, 1927
[envelope]
Bids for two ferry boats - Galveston-Bolivar service, August 1934
[envelope]
Bids for Port Bolivar dredging ferry channel, September 1934
[envelope]
Bids for ferry boat supplies, September 1934
[envelope]
Bids for driving four pilings for range lights in ferry channel, November 1934
[envelope]
Bids for repairs and renewals to ferry boats "Galveston" and "Jefferson," October 1934
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Bids for dredging a slip in the intracoastal canal in vicinity of Bolivar (rejected), November 1934
[envelope]
Bids for dredging ferry channel, February 1936
[envelope]
Bids for marine insurance on ferry boats "Galveston" and "Jefferson," November 1936
[envelope]
Bids for dredging boat basin at Port Bolivar (rejected), February 1937
[envelope]
Bids for dredging ferry channel, May 1937
[envelope]
Bids for dredging boat basin at Port Bolivar, July 1938
[envelope]
Bids for dredging ferry channel, April 1939
[envelope]
Bids for road surfacing material, 1941, 1942
[envelope]
Bids for bituminous surfacing, shelling, etc. of various roads, May 1943
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Bids for repair of asphaltic surfaced roads on mainland (no bids received), May 1944
[envelope]
Bids for bituminous surfacing, shelling, etc. of various roads, June 1944
[envelope]
Bids for surfacing 0.7 miles of road at Gilchrist on Bolivar Peninsula, March 1945
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Bids for one carload of road surfacing material, March 1945
[envelope]
Bids for Duraco, May 1947
[envelope]
Bids for bituminous surfacing, shelling, etc. of various roads, June 1945
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Bids for one carload of asphalt, April 1946
[envelope]
Bids for cleaning out boat basin and channel at Port Bolivar, December 1947
[envelope]
Bids for paving of intersection of Stewart Road and Butterowe Boulevard, May 1952
[envelope]
Court order: three carloads of #250 road surfacing material for mainland road, July 1945
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Specification and contract documents for additional shell base and bituminous surfacing of 10.76 miles of shell roads, August 1938
Bids for construction of Galveston-Bolivar Tunnel (all bids rejected), May 1948
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Galveston-Bolivar Tunnel: checks and bidding bonds returned to bidders, May 1948
[envelope]
Bolivar Tunnel: preliminary engineering agreement (Palmer and Baker), 1944
[envelope]
Bolivar Tunnel: contract agreement, 1944
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Bolivar Tunnel: name change documents, 1944
[trifold]
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2015/074-12 Specifications and contract documents for county office building in Dickinson (3 copies), April 1947
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Bids for construction of a 3-room office building at Dickinson, April 1947
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Specifications and contract documents for drainage improvements in the vicinity of Dickinson and La Marque, 1948
Bids for construction of new county garage in Dickinson, June 1949
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for county garage in Dickinson, June 1949
Bids for construction of road improvements on Bolivar Peninsula, June 1949
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for Bolivar Peninsula roads, June 1949
Specifications and contract documents for county agents building at Dickinson, April 1949
[trifold]
Bids for construction of building to be used by county farm and home demonstration agents at Dickinson, April 1949
[envelope]
Bids for furniture and equipment for county agents building at Dickinson, December 1949
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for furniture and equipment for county agents building near Dickinson, December 1949
[trifold]
Bids for lumber for new county garage in Dickinson, February 1950
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for drainage improvements in vicinity of Dickinson, 1951
Bids for construction of drainage improvements in vicinity of Dickinson, June 1951
[envelope]
Box
2015/074-13 Specifications and contract documents for Dickinson to Kemah Road, March 1953
Blueprints: Dickinson to Kemah Road, March 1953
Bids for improvement and repair of old school building at La Marque to be used for the county health unit (rejected), December 1944
[envelope]
Bids for materials for remodeling the old school building at La Marque to be used for the county health unit, March 1945
[envelope]
Bids for sterilizer, pressure cooker, scale, refrigerator, etc. for county health unit at La Marque, April 1946
[envelope]
Bids for office furniture for the county health unit at La Marque, April 1946
[envelope]
Bids for repairs to county health unit building at La Marque (no bids received), March 1948
[envelope]
Bids for repairs to county health unit building at La Marque (bids rejected), July 1948
[envelope]
Bids for repairs to county health unit building at La Marque, October 1948
[envelope]
Documents: construction of county hospital at La Marque, May 1946-April 1950
[trifold]
Specifications and contract documents for Galveston County hospital, November 1949
[report binder]
Bid specifications for Arcadia park building, 1945
[pamphlet]
"Bids for park facilities at La Marque (for colored) (bid rejected)," May 1949
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for construction of park facilities in La Marque, Arcadia and League City, June 1949
"Bids for park facilities at La Marque (for colored)"; bids for additional facilities at Arcadia and League City parks, July 1949
[envelope]
Notice to bidders and notice of county's intention to issue time warrants for construction of a building at Arcadia for stock show exhibits (no bids received), November 1949
[envelope]
Bids for relocation of water lines for League City, March 1950
[report binder]
Bids for sanitary sewer line and appurtenances League City park, November 1952
[report binder]
Bids for construction of a sanitary sewer line and appurtenances in the park in League City, November 1952
[envelope]
Blueprints: masonry restroom building League City park, February 1953
Contract for all labor, materials, tools, equipment to construct restroom building at League City park, April 1953
Addendum no. 1 to specifications for office building at Texas City, Texas November 1957
Bids for sale and removal of structures at the Y between Highways #6 and #75, 1949
[envelope]
Bids for bulldozer, January 1953
[trifold]
Bids for bulldozer, January 1953
[envelope]
Bids for automobiles and trucks for sheriff's department and others, January 1951
[envelope]
Bids for automobiles and trucks for sheriff's department and others, January 1951
[trifold]
Box
2015/074-14 Agreement between Galveston County and Joseph Collonge in connection with right-of-way on Highway #146, July 1934
[envelope]
Contract for removal of obstruction from right-of-way at Kemah on Highway #146, March 1934
[envelope]
Bids for widening Highway #6 from city limits to causeway, 1924-1925
[wallet]
Bids for shelling Bolivar-High Island Road, 1929
[wallet]
Bids for hauling, spreading and grading mudshell on road at Port Bolivar, 1926
[wallet]
Bids for shell roadwork, Port Bolivar, 1921
[wallet]
Bids for sand filling Avenue S road, 1922
[wallet]
Bids for surface paving portion of 61st and Avenue S, June 1927
[envelope]
Contracts and claims for payment by H. J. Hetkes for paving 61st Sreet from Broadway to the beach, 1928
[trifold]
Bids for hauling and spreading mudshell at High Island, July 1925
[envelope]
Bids for hauling 2,000 cubic yards of sand from seawall right-of-way to roadway east of Lakeview Cemetery, February 1928
[envelope]
Bids for hauling broken brick from Scottish Rite Cathedral to 61st Street, May 1928
[envelope]
Bids for hauling mudshell, March 1930
[envelope]
Bids for hauling mudshell to East Beach Road, April 1930
[envelope]
Bids for 2,000 cu yds of mudshell for East Beach Road, May 1933
[envelope]
Bids for raising grade of road across Jarboe Bayou at Clear Lake Shores (bids rejected), May 1935
[envelope]
Bids for bulkhead and run-off on Beach at end of 61st Street road (all bids rejected), August 1924
[trifold]
Bids for raising grade of road across Jarboe Bayou at Clear Lake Shores, May 1935
[envelope]
Bids for raising grade of road across Jarboe Bayou at Clear Lake Shores, May 1935
[trifold]
Bids for Port Bolivar-High Island, 1928
[trifold]
Bids for League City-Friendswood Road repair (rejected bids), February 1924
[trifold]
Bids for Highway #2 from city limits to causeway at Virginia Point to Texas City cutoff road, 1919
[trifold]
Bids for cable for highway lighting system, April 1938
[envelope]
Bids for 45 highway lighting fixtures, March 1937
[envelope]
Contracts for right-of-way by J. H. Ross for Highway #38 Unit I, 1930
[trifold]
Documents related to construction of Highway #38 Unit II, 1931-1932
[trifold]
Contract for services of Stewart Title Guaranty Co. for preparing map of Highway #38 showing owners of tracts, December 1929
[envelope]
Agreement with J. H. Ross for securing right-of-way for Highway #38, December 1929
[envelope]
Documents related to construction of Highway #38, 1931-1932
[trifold]
Documents related to construction of Highway #2 - Dickinson to Harris County line, 1919
[trifold]
Bids for bituminous surfacing of island and mainland roads, February 1934
[trifold]
Bids for bituminous surface treatment for East Beach Road, June 1934
[envelope]
Bids for bituminous surfacing on following roads: League City-Friendswood, Alta Loma-Dickinson, Texas City-La Marque, July 1931
[trifold]
Bids for shelling Teichman Road, May 1926
[wallet]
Bids for drain on 61st Street and Avenue T-1/2 to Cavalry Cemetery drain, May 1927
[envelope]
Bids for road access Fort San Jacinto Military Reservation, January 1930
[wallet]
Bids for paving Avenue S, 2 miles west from Hollywood, June 1929
[wallet]
Bids for paving and curb near city limits and Broadway, March 1928
[wallet]
Bids for Texas City-Kemah road, January 1926
[wallet]
Box
2015/074-15 Bids for bridge and approaches on Friendswood-Webster Road across Clear Lake (bids rejected), November 1940
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for creosote timber trestle bridge and approaches on Friendswood-Webster Road - joint contract Galveston and Harris Counties (bids rejected), November 1940
Bids for bridge and approaches on Friendswood-Webster Road across Clear Lake, December 1940
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for creosote timber trestle bridge and approaches on Friendswood-Webster Road - joint contract Galveston and Harris Counties, December 1940
Bids for pure iron corrugated galvenized metal pipe and bands delivered on Dickinson-Alvin Road, March 1950
[envelope]
Bids for cedar fence posts, August 1947
[envelope]
Bids for 1,500 standard cedar fence posts and 100 cedar corner fence posts, March 1950
[envelope]
Agreement with G.H. and H.R.R. Co. covering realignment of wires, pole lines, cattle guards, and other structures in connection with furnishing state right-of-way for construction of connecting road from Highway #146 to Highway #75 near La Marque, December 1941
[envelope]
Bids for improvement of county road (Avenue S) between city limits and 61st Street (no bids received), July 1943
[envelope]
Agreement to widen, clean out, move fences, and other necessary work on Bradley drainage ditch in the Mary Austin league - Drainage District #1, August 1945
[envelope]
Correspondence: J. H. Ross to Fred Hartel itemizing right-of-way acquisitions for Highway #6 between League City and Dickinson, September 1926
Correspondence: A. C. Love, State Highway Engineer, to C. C. Washington, Galveston County Engineer, advising about construction right-of-way needs for Highway #6, December 1926
1919 map of Galveston Co. showing tracts needed for Highway #6 right of way, 1919
Documents related to construction of Highway #6 - North La Marque Crossing to Dickinson, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Documents related to construction of Highway #6 - north La Marque crossing to south La Marque crossing, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Documents related to construction of Highway #6 - 48th Street to causeway, 1926-1927
[wallet]
Tax receipts: right-of-way Highway #6 near League City, 1924-1925
[wallet]
Documents related to construction of Highway #6A - Texas City Cut-off Road, 1929-1930
[envelope]
Resolution by commissioners court placing county highway funds in escrow, September 1927
Bids for Highway #6 - League City to Dickinson, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Bids for Highway #6 - through Dickinson, 1927
[wallet]
Bids for Highway #6 - in Dickinson, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Bids for Highway #6 - 1.38 miles southwest of Webster to League City, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Bids for Highway #6 - north La Marque crossing to south La Marque crossing, 1927-1928
[wallet]
Bids for Highway #6 - Virginia Point end of causeway to south La Marque crossing, 1926-1927
[wallet]
Bids for widening Highway #6 from Virginia Point to Texas City forks, 1924
[trifold]
Bids for lighting Highway #6 from city limits to mainland end of causeway, May 1928
[trifold]
Bids for lighting Highway #6 from city limits to mainland end of causeway, May 1928
[envelope]
Bids for motor grader for mainland, November 1950
[envelope]
Bids for 2 light motor graders, November 1950
[envelope]
Bids for road machinery - one sheeps foot roller, one material spreader, one pneumatic tamping roller, May 1950
[envelope]
Bids for dump body truck to be used at Port Bolivar, December 1950
[envelope]
Bids for mowing machine to be used at Bolivar Peninsula, December 1950
[envelope]
Bids for pickup truck for Precinct #3, March 1951
[envelope]
Bids for automobile for county engineer's deptartment, April 1951
[envelope]
Bids for pickup truck, November 1951
[envelope]
Bids for automobiles for Precinct #4 and pickup truck, February 1951
[envelope]
Bids for sale of three draglines, October 1951
[envelope]
Volume
2011/438-764 Volume 1, Contract ledger, November 1905-March 1916
Volume
2011/438-765 Volume 2, Contract ledger, December 1915-April 1930
Volume
2011/438-766 Index to Volume 2, Contract ledger, December 1915-April 1930
Volume
2011/438-767 Volume 3, Contract ledger, March 1925-June 1945
Volume
2011/438-768 Index to Volume 3, Contract ledger, March 1925-June 1945
Volume
2011/438-769 Volume 4, Contract ledger, July 1945-December 1958
Volume
2011/438-770 Index to Volume 4, Contract ledger, July 1945-December 1958
Volume
2011/438-771 Record of bids and proposals, January 1907-June 1910
Volume
2011/438-772 Record of bids and proposals, July 1910-November 1912
Volume
2011/438-773 Record of bids and proposals, November 1912-October 1917
Volume
2011/438-774 Record of bids and proposals, November 1917-October 1920
Volume
2011/438-775 Record of bids and proposals, October 1920-March 1924
Volume
2011/438-776 Record of bids and proposals, March 1924-April 1927
Volume
2011/438-777 Record of bids and proposals, June 1927-June 1932
Volume
2011/438-828 Record of bids and proposals, January 1931-May 1952
Volume
2011/438-778 Register of forms, 1916



 

Bond records, 1893-1959, undated, bulk 1905-1959,
3.41 cubic ft. (including 24 volumes)

Bond records recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to the issuance of public debt by Galveston County for various purposes. The records date 1893-1959, bulk 1905-1959, and consist of 1.10 cubic ft. of loose records and 24 volumes. Types of records include the auditor's bond files and registers of specific bond issues.
The auditor's bond files are documents created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to county bond issues. The loose records date 1910, 1925-1939, 1947-1948, and undated, and total 1.10 cubic ft. The files include such documents as correspondence and information relating to the issuance of bonds, commissioners court orders and resolutions approving bond sales, comptroller approvals, information on the refunding bond process, and questionnaires from the Texas Board of County and District Road Indebtedness.
Bond registers reflect the issuance of public debt by Galveston County for the named purposes, including building and renovating the courthouse and jail, bridges, county roads, the inter-coastal canal, and hospitals; refinancing debt issued for the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad; refinancing previously issued debt; refunding voting machine time warrants; and refunding debt issued to make permanent improvements. The records date overall 1893-1959, bulk 1905-1959, and total 24 volumes. Information includes a description of the issue (purpose of the bond issue, total value of bond issue, number of bonds issued, length of term, face value of each bond, bond issue date, interest rate, and payment terms), original purchaser(s), numbered bond coupons redeemed by purchasers, date of issue, date of coupon payments, date of transfer, name and address of person to whom bond was transferred, and date of redemption. In 1899, legislation passed requiring a county to submit bond propositions to the voters for approval before issuing the bonds (Acts 1899, 26th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 149; codified at Art. 605-607, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911). Registers of bonds issued after 1899 reflect the date of the election in which the bond issue passed. Information in the registers of refunding bonds also generally includes the identity and date(s) of the original bond issues being refunded and the date(s) of the commissioners' court order(s) authorizing the issuance of the refunding bonds. Refunding bonds did not require voter approval. The volumes are not indexed. The bonds were issued under specific authority to issue public debt granted to Texas counties by the Texas Constitution and authorized by the legislature in various statutes. Statutes set the bond term and maximum interest rate.
A municipal bond is a promise by a governmental entity to repay a specified amount of money on a particular date with periodic payments of interest. Bonds issued by county governments are used primarily to finance capital projects. Types of municipal bonds generally fall into two categories: general obligation bonds for which repayment is backed by the full faith and credit of the county government based on its taxing authority; and revenue bonds, which are backed by the revenues from a specific enterprise or project, such as a hospital. Governmental entities are also given the authority to redeem existing bonds and issue new debt in place of the previous bonds (usually because of more favorable terms or to extend the length of time in which the debt may be repaid). These types of bonds are referred to as refunding bonds.
The Galveston County Auditor maintained a set of bond registers that duplicated registers kept by the Galveston County Treasurer. Many, but not all, of the volumes in this series are duplicates of registers found in the Galveston County Treasurer's Office records. (Galveston County Treasurer's Office Records, 1870-1963, bulk 1901-1963, 12.41 cubic ft. (including 67 volumes). In particular, see the series Bond records, 1882-1963, bulk 1901-1963, 3.42 cubic ft. (including 27 volumes). Part of accessions 2011/438 and 2015/074; see Reference staff for access.)
Registers of courthouse and jail bonds issued for the purpose of constructing or repairing the Galveston County courthouse and jail date 1897-1925 and 1928-1949 and total two volumes. Courthouse bonds were first authorized by the legislature in 1881 for any county having no courthouse at the county seat (Acts 1881, 17th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 9). In 1884, the legislature amended the statute to permit the issuance of bonds to build jails and bridges (Acts 1884, 18th Legislature, Special Session, Ch. 17 and 18). The legislature repealed those laws in 1893 when it consolidated into one statute the authority to issue bonds for building a courthouse and/or jail and for purchasing or building bridges for public purposes (Acts 1893, 23rd Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 84; codified at Art. 877, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1895; recodified at Art. 610, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 718, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
A register of Santa Fe refunding bonds dates 1901-1913. The volume is not indexed. In 1871, counties were given the authority to issue bonds to aid in the construction of railroads and other works of internal improvements (Acts 1871, 12th Legislature, 1st Session, General Laws, Ch. 37). That act was repealed in April of 1874; however, a subsequent amendment to the repealed act provided that Galveston County was exempted from the repeal and allowed to hold an election to determine if the county would "take and subscribe for" stock in the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad (Acts 1874, 14th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 158). Galveston County subsequently issued bonds to pay for the stock. In 1879, the legislature authorized Galveston County to sell its shares in the railroad provided that all proceeds were used to purchase and redeem the Galveston County Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe railway stock bonds (Acts 1879, 16th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 3). Apparently, the sale did not result in sufficient funds to redeem all of the shares because following adoption of the 1881 statute authorizing counties to issue six percent bonds for the purpose of repaying debt issued prior to April 18, 1876 (Acts 1881, 17th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 104), Galveston County authorized the issuance of six percent bonds funding the previously issued ten percent Santa Fe bonds. In 1901, the Galveston County Commissioners Court refinanced part of the debt by issuing refunding bonds under its general authority to refinance bonded indebtedness.
Registers of scrip bonds issued for the purpose of refinancing debt previously issued by Galveston County date 1901-1916 and total four volumes. Two volumes include a general funding scrip bond issue, with one volume consisting of bonds #1-500 and the second volume consisting of bonds #501-600. Two volumes include a road and bridge scrip funding bond issue, with one volume consisting of bonds #1-500 and the second volume consisting of bonds #501-600. In response to the 1900 hurricane, the legislature granted cities and counties "in which there has been, or may be hereafter, great destruction or damage of property or depreciation of the value of taxable property by reason of storms, floods or other great disasters" the power to fund or refund its outstanding bonded indebtedness and to exchange outstanding bonds for new bonds, warrants or scrip (Acts 1901, 27th Legislature, 1st Called Session, Ch. 9). The legislature exempted county officials from submitting the bonds for voter approval.
A register of bridge bonds issued for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and renovating bridges within Galveston County dates 1893-1912. In 1893, the legislature granted authority to counties to issue bonds to purchase or build bridges for public purposes (Acts 1893, 23rd Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 84; codified at Art. 877, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1895; recodified at Art. 610, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911).
Registers of road bonds issued for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and renovating Galveston County roads date 1913-1959 and total eleven volumes. The types of bonds issued include special road bonds, road bonds, special road refunding bonds, road improvement refunding bonds and right-of-way refunding bonds. Although counties had been required to provide for the construction and maintenance of roads since the beginning of the republic, authority for the issuance of bonds to improve and maintain the public roads of a county was not granted by the legislature until 1903 (Acts 1903, 28th Legislature, 1st Called Session, Ch. 4). Specific authority for counties to issue bonds for the purpose of "constructing, maintaining, and operating macadamized, graveled, or paved roads or turnpikes" was added in 1907 (Acts 1907, 30th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 104, as amended by Acts 1909, 31st Legislature, 1st Called Session, Ch.7; codified at Art. 627, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified at Art. 726, et seq., Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
A register of inter-coastal canal bonds issued for the purpose of acquiring the right-of-way through Galveston County for the inter-coastal canal dates 1927-1938. In 1927, the legislature authorized coastal counties to issue bonds to secure "right-of-way and necessary dumping privileges for any canal or waterway authorized to be constructed under any Act of the United States Congress" (Acts 1927, 40th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 41).
Registers of bonds related to the construction of hospitals in Galveston County date 1930-1939 and 1950-1959 and total two volumes. The volume dated 1930-1939 consists of bonds issued on May 15, 1930 which were authorized by Galveston County voters "to purchase a site for the State Psychopathic Hospital" (Galveston Daily News, April 26, 1930, p. 7, Newspapers.com : accessed: May 14, 2015). The volume dated 1950-1959 reflects bonds issued on April 1, 1950, which were authorized by Galveston County voters to establish and equip a county hospital on the mainland of Galveston County (Galveston Daily News, August 24, 1947, p. 1, Newspapers.com : May 14, 2015).
A register of voting machine refunding bonds issued by Galveston County dates 1952-1959. The register reflects bonds refunding voting machine time warrants issued by Galveston County.
A register of permanent improvement refunding bonds issued by Galveston County dates 1958-1959. The register reflects bonds issued for the purpose of refunding and cancelling $325,000 in branch office building certificates of indebtedness dated January 1, 1958.
Arrangement
The files are arranged chronologically. Volumes are arranged by type of bond issue and then chronologically by date of issue.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bond records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Box
2015/074-2 Correspondence and statements: bond issues, 1951
Box
2015/074-4 Bond correspondence, 1932
Bond correspondence, 1933-1936
Board of County and District Road Indebtedness: Road Bond Questionnaire - blank forms, 1932
Board of County and District Road Indebtedness: Road Bond Questionnaire, original response, 1932, 1939
Board of County and District Road Indebtedness: correspondence, 1930, 1933-1938
Board of County and District Road Indebtedness: statements showing state and county pro-rata of interest and principal, 1933-1938
Board of County and District Road Indebtedness: act authorizing state bid on county road indebtedness and other information, 1934-1935
Bond issues: examples of bond forms and payment forms, undated
Box
2015/074-16 Correspondence, commissioners court orders and comptroller approval: 1910 special road bonds, 1910
Approval by Attorney General of road bonds, 1910
Special road bonds of 1925: Transcript of actions taken, 1925
Bond order, correspondence: special road bonds of 1926, 1927
Special road bonds of 1926; court house and jail bonds of 1928, 1928-1929
Hospital site bonds of 1930, No. 2b, 1930
Information on refunding bond process: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Correspondence: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds [1 of 2], 1935-1936
Correspondence: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds [2 of 2], 1935-1936
Statements of maturities, etc: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Opinion of Clay, Dillon and Vandewater, certificates of Attorney General and Comptroller: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1936
Commissioners court orders, bond form, resolutions, etc.: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Refunding bonds - correspondence, etc.: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935-1936
Information relating to bond election - August 23, 1947, including road bonds; courthouse and jail bonds; and hospital bonds, 1947
City of Galveston Board of Commisioners order: multiple bonds issues, 1948
Mainland hospital bonds, 1950
Road bonds of 1948 - blank bonds, 1948
Volume
2011/438-724 Register of courthouse and jail bonds, 1897-1925
Volume
2011/438-725 Register of courthouse and jail bonds of 1928, 1928-1949
Volume
2011/438-726 Register of Santa Fe refunding bonds, 1901-1913
Volume
2011/438-727 Register of general funding scrip bonds, bonds #1-500, 1901-1915
Volume
2011/438-728 Register of general funding scrip bonds, bonds #501-600, 1901-1915
Volume
2011/438-729 Register of road and bridge scrip funding bonds, bonds #1-500, 1901-1916
Volume
2011/438-730 Register of road and bridge scrip funding bonds, bonds #501-600, 1901-1916
Volume
2011/438-740 Register of five percent twenty-year bridge bonds, 1893-1912
Volume
2011/438-749 Register of special road bonds Year 1910, coupons #1-18, 1910-1919
Volume
2011/438-750 Register of special road bonds Year 1910, coupons #19-34, 1919-1935
Volume
2011/438-751 Register of special road bonds of 1913, 1913-1935
Volume
2011/438-752 Register of special road bonds of 1925, 1925-1955
Volume
2011/438-753 Register of special road bonds of 1926, 1926-1942
Volume
2011/438-754 Register of road bonds of 1928, 1928-1934
Volume
2011/438-755 Register of special road 1910 and 1913 refunding bonds, series 1935, 1935-1953
Volume
2011/438-756 Register of road bonds of 1948, 1948-1959
Volume
2011/438-757 Register of road refunding bonds, series 1948, 1948-1959
Volume
2011/438-758 Register of road improvement refunding bonds, series 1954, 1954-1959
Volume
2011/438-827 Register of right of way refunding bonds, series 1956, 1956-1959
Volume
2011/438-759 Register of inter-coastal canal bonds of 1927, 1927-1938
Volume
2011/438-760 Register of hospital site bonds of 1930, 1930-1938
Volume
2011/438-761 Register of mainland hospital bonds of 1950, 1950-1959
Volume
2011/438-762 Register of voting machine refunding bonds, 1952-1959
Volume
2011/438-763 Register of permanent improvement refunding bonds, series 1958, 1958-1959



 

Correspondence and information files, 1922-1953, undated,
1.15 cubic ft. (including 2 volumes)

Correspondence and information files recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to correspondence sent or received by the auditor and information gathered by the auditor for various purposes. The records date 1922-1953 and undated, and total two volumes and 0.91 cubic ft. of loose records. The records consist of correspondence and information on various topics not included in other record series and include volumes of letterpress copies of correspondence drafted by the auditor and files of correspondence and information.
Registers of correspondence consist of compilations of the correspondence of the Galveston County auditor dating 1922-1925 and totaling two volumes. Information includes letterpress copies of letters, bid specifications, and other communications. The volumes are indexed.
The auditor's correspondence and information files are documents created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to a variety of subjects. The loose records date 1923-1953, and undated, and total 0.91 cubic ft. The files include such documents as correspondence about pending legislation and establishing a county employees retirement system; reports on county jail conditions, food purchased by the county sheriff, and the Texas Defense Guard; and information about the appointment of deputy auditors. A Sanborn Fire Insurance map showing the damage to Texas City resulting from the Texas City Disaster in 1947 is included in the files. Three wood block metal printing negatives are included in the files; the identity of the two persons and the building in the negatives are not known.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by topic. The registers of correspondence are arranged chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Correspondence and information files, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Volume
2011/438-844 Correspondence, June 1922-October 1923
Volume
2011/438-845 Correspondence, October 1923-October 1925
Box
2015/074-1 Postcards from John Murch to I. Predecki, 1923, 1924, 1927
Block printing image - negative (unidentified person), undated
[wood block metal negative]
Block printing image - negative (unidentified person), undated
[wood block metal negative]
Block printing image - negative (unidentified building), undated
[wood block metal negative]
Box
2015/074-2 Soil Conservation Act of 1939 - House Bill 20, 1939
Sanborn map, Texas City Disaster, April 1947
County officer bond: Isidore Predecki, 1951
Correspondence: pending legislation, 1950-1951
County jail: report on jail conditions, 1946-1947
Sheriff - county jail: food, 1946-1950
Appointment of assistants in County Auditor's Office, 1951-1953
Application to commissioners court for appointment of auditor deputies, 1950
J. R. Platt Trust Fund-correspondence and receipts, 1948-1949
Texas Defense Guard - Texas State Guard: Annual reports, 1942-1947
Box
2015/074-3 Correspondence: pending legislation, 1941
Texas Highway Department right-of-way manuals revisions, 1958
Box
2015/074-4 General information, 1930-1938
Information on courts, courthouses, and jails, undated



 

Financial records of Drainage Districts #1-3, 1909-1950,
0.40 cubic ft.

Financial records of Drainage Districts #1-3 compiled and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to the responsibility of the auditor to control and supervise the finances of the county's improvement districts. The records date 1909-1950 and total 0.40 cubic ft. They consist of the auditor's files relating to each of the county's drainage districts. The files include such documents as bonds issued by the county for each drainage district and redeemed bond coupons for each bond issue, drainage district correspondence, bills paid, and drainage district commissioners' official bonds.
In 1915, the Texas legislature gave counties with a population greater than 110,000 the authority to create "any improvement, navigation, drainage, road, or irrigation district" and directed the county auditor to exercise control over the finances of the districts (Acts 1915, 34th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 11; codified at Art. 1667-1672, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
Files are arranged by drainage district and type of record.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Financial records of Drainage Districts #1-3, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
None.
Box
2015/074-17 Drainage District #1 Bond Coupons, 1909-1910
Drainage District #1 Bonds and Bond Coupons - Bond Issue April 10, 1910, 1910-1930
Drainage District #1 Bonds and Bond Coupons - Bond Issue April 10, 1911, 1911-1929
Drainage District #2 Bonds and Bond Coupons - Bond Issue July 10, 1911, 1912-1928
Drainage District #3 Bonds and Bond Coupons - Bond Issue January 10, 1913, 1913-1924
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1912-1914
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1915-1919
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1921, 1930-1939
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1940-1942
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1943-1946
Drainage District #3 Correspondence, 1947-1950



 

Common school district financial records, 1910-1960,
2.78 cubic ft. (including 49 volumes)

Common school district financial records were recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor for specific purposes and pursuant to specific statutes and date 1910-1960. The records total 49 volumes and a fractional amount of loose records. They consist of financial ledgers and journals relating to the financial activities of the Galveston County common school districts, registers of bonds issued by various common school districts in Galveston County, and redeemed schoolhouse bonds.
In 1917, the Texas legislature assigned the county auditor the responsibility of overseeing and examining the financial activities of the county's common school districts. In particular, the county auditor was directed to create and maintain a school ledger in which he kept an accurate accounting of all funds received and disbursed by the county's common school districts and a bond ledger showing all school bonds issued by the common school districts (Acts 1917, 35th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 134, Secs. 5 and 6 amending Art. 1467a and 1468, Texas Rev. Civil Statutes, 1911; codified at Arts. 1652 and 1653, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Organization
The records are organized into two subseries:
Ledgers and journals, 1917-1960, 1.99 cubic ft. (14 volumes)
Bond registers, 1910-1948, 0.79 cubic ft. (including 35 volumes)
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and subseries), Common school district financial records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Ledgers and journals, 1917-1960,
1.99 cubic ft. (14 volumes)
Ledgers and journals, reflecting the financial accounts and transactions of each of the Galveston County common school districts recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor, date 1917-1960 and total 14 volumes.
The ledgers are master accounting records aggregating all common school district financial transactions recorded in the journals by district, fund and account; they are the principal accounting record of final entry. The records date 1917-1960 and total seven volumes. Information includes the account, school district, or fund; date; source of receipt or disbursement, amount, and corresponding journal page. The data are arranged by district, account, or fund and then chronologically. Each volume includes an index.
The journals are accounting registers of each of the common school district's financial transactions recorded by date. Journals are the principal accounting record of original entry. The records date 1917-1959 and total seven volumes. Information includes date, school district, account, or fund; amount; source of amount received; voucher number; and corresponding page number in ledger. The data are arranged by date. The volumes are not indexed.
Arrangement
The volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Ledgers and journals, Common school district financial records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Volume
2011/438-779 Volume 1, Common school district ledger, September 1917-May 1921
Volume
2011/438-780 Volume 2, Common school district ledger, September 1921-August 1929
Volume
2011/438-781 Volume 3, Common school district ledger, September 1929-August 1936
Volume
2011/438-782 Volume 4, Common school district ledger, September 1936-August 1940
Volume
2011/438-783 Volume 5, Common school district ledger, September 1940-September 1945
Volume
2011/438-784 Volume 6, Common school district ledger, September 1945-December 1951
Volume
2011/438-829 Volume 7, Common school district ledger, January 1952-January 1960
Volume
2011/438-785 Volume 1, Common school district journal, June 1917-May 1922
Volume
2011/438-786 Volume 2, Common school district journal, June 1922-May 1930
Volume
2011/438-787 Volume 3, Common school district journal, June 1930-October 1937
Volume
2011/438-788 Volume 4, Common school district journal, November 1937-May 1942
Volume
2011/438-789 Volume 5, Common school district journal, June 1942-April 1947
Volume
2011/438-790 Volume 6, Common school district journal, May 1947-December 1954
Volume
2011/438-830 Volume 7, Common school district journal, January 1955-November 1959
Bond records, 1910-1948,
0.79 cubic ft. (including 35 volumes)
Bond records compiled and maintained by the Galveston County auditor consist of registers of bonds for capital improvements issued by the common school districts of Galveston County and redeemed schoolhouse bonds. The records date 1910-1948 and total a fractional amount of loose records and 35 volumes. Information includes a description of the issue (purpose of the bond issue, election date, total value of bond issue, number of bonds issued, length of term, face value of each bond, bond issue date, interest rate, and payment terms), original purchaser(s), date of issue, date and amount of periodic coupon payments, date of transfer, name and address of person to whom bond was transferred, and date of redemption. Information in the registers of refunding bonds also includes the identity and date(s) of the original bond issues being refunded and the date(s) of the commissioners court order(s) authorizing the issuance of the refunding bonds. Refunding bonds did not require voter approval. The volumes are not indexed.
The bonds were issued under specific authority to issue public debt granted to Texas common school districts by the legislature. Statutes set the bond term and maximum interest rate. In 1905, the legislature first authorized county common school districts to issue bonds to build school buildings. Before bonds could be issued, however, qualified taxpayers had to petition the county judge for a bond election, and the voters in the district had to approve the bond issue (Acts 1905, 29th Legislature, Ch. 124, Sec. 76, as amended by Acts 1909, 31st Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 12, Sec. 1; codified at Art. 2837, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1911; recodified as amended at Art. 2787, Tex. Rev. Civ. Stat., 1925).
Arrangement
The volumes are arranged by school district and then chronologically by date of issue. The file is arranged by bond issue.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Bond records, Common school district financial records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Volume
2011/438-791 Register of Common School District #1 bonds of 1914, 1914-1935
Volume
2011/438-831 Register of Common School District #2 bonds of 1928, 1928-1938
Volume
2011/438-792 Register of Santa Fe Consolidated Common School District #2 1911, 1912, and 1928 refunding bonds, Series 1938, 1938-1944
Volume
2011/438-793 Register of Santa Fe Consolidated Common School District #2 1938 refunding bonds, Series 1940, 1940-1948
Volume
2011/438-832 Register of Santa Fe Consolidated Common School District #2 Schoolhouse bonds of 1945, 1945-1948
Volume
2011/438-833 Register of Common School District #6 bonds of 1914, 1914-1946
Volume
2011/438-834 Register of Common School District #6 bonds of 1928, 1928-1940
Volume
2011/438-835 Register of Hitchcock Common School District #6 bonds of 1941, 1941-1947
Volume
2011/438-836 Register of Hitchcock Common School District #6 bonds of 1946, 1946-1948
Volume
2011/438-837 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1913, 1913-1934
Volume
2011/438-794 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1920, 1920-1923
Volume
2011/438-838 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1925, 1925-1938
Volume
2011/438-839 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1927, 1927-1929
Volume
2011/438-840 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1929, 1929-1940
Volume
2011/438-841 Register of Common School District #7 bonds of 1938, 1938-1940
Volume
2011/438-842 Register of Dickinson Common School District #7 bonds of 1940, 1940
Volume
2011/438-843 Register of Common School District #8 bonds of 1910, 1910-1919
Volume
2011/438-795 Register of Common School District #11 bonds of 1911, 1911-1922
Volume
2011/438-796 Register of Common School District #11 bonds of 1911, 1930-1946
Volume
2011/438-797 Register of High Island Common School District #11 bonds of 1934, 1934-1939
Volume
2011/438-798 Register of High Island Common School District #11 refunding bonds of 1938, 1938-1947
Volume
2011/438-799 Register of High Island Common school district #11 refunding bonds of 1939, 1939-1947
Volume
2011/438-800 Register of Common School District #12 bonds of 1911, 1911-1928
Volume
2011/438-801 Register of Common School District #12 bonds of 1938, 1938-1948
Volume
2011/438-802 Register of Common School District #15 bonds of 1914, 1914-1925
Volume
2011/438-803 Register of Common School District #17 bonds of 1914, 1914-1929
Volume
2011/438-804 Register of Common School District #17 bonds of 1928, 1928-1941
Volume
2011/438-805 Register of Common School District #17 bonds of 1936, 1936-1943
Volume
2011/438-806 Register of LaMarque Common School District #17 bonds of 1941, 1941-1943
Volume
2011/438-807 Register of LaMarque Common School District #17 refunding bonds of 1941, 1941-1943
Volume
2011/438-808 Register of Common School District #18 bonds of 1910, 1910-1930
Volume
2011/438-809 Register of Common School District #18 bonds of 1927, 1927-1938
Volume
2011/438-810 Register of Common School District #19 bonds of 1912, 1912-1938
Volume
2011/438-811 Register of Common School District #20 bonds of 1911, 1911-1938
Volume
2011/438-812 Register of Common School District #21 bonds of 1912, 1912-1927
Box
2015/074-16 School House Bonds (redeemed) - Common School Districts #6, 7, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 1910-1914



 

Seawall construction records, 1902-1959,
2.12 cubic ft. (including 9 volumes)

Seawall construction records recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to the initial construction and subsequent renovations of the Galveston seawall. The records date 1902-1959 and consist of 1 cubic ft. of loose records and nine volumes. The records include the auditor's seawall construction files and registers of seawall and breakwater bonds.
The auditor's seawall construction files are documents and records created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor that relate to the initial construction and subsequent renovations of the Galveston seawall. The loose records date 1902-1908, 1918-1919, and 1925-1953, and total 1 cubic ft. The files include such documents as the seawall bond issue and tax levy orders; estimates and contracts for raising Galveston Island; correspondence about financial arrangements; bids, proposals, and contracts for construction work, material, and supplies; and claims for payment.
Registers of seawall and breakwater bonds issued for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and renovating the seawall and breakwaters on Galveston Island date 1902-1941 and 1951-1959 and total nine volumes. They include original bond issues and issues of refunding bonds. Information includes a description of the issue (purpose of the bond issue, total value of bond issue, number of bonds issued, length of term, face value of each bond, bond issue date, interest rate, and payment terms), original purchaser(s), date of issue, date and amount of periodic coupon payments, date of transfer, name and address of person to whom bond was transferred, and date of redemption. Information in the registers of refunding bonds also generally includes the identity and date(s) of the original bond issues being refunded and the date(s) of the commissioners' court order(s) authorizing the issuance of the refunding bonds. The volumes are not indexed. Internally, the volumes are arranged by coupon date.
In 1901, the legislature granted all counties and cities located on the Gulf coast authority to "establish, locate, erect, construct, maintain, and keep in repair sea walls and breakwaters and to incur indebtedness and issue bonds therefor" (Acts 1901, 27th Legislature, 1st Called Session, Ch. 12). This was in accordance with authority granted in the 1876 Texas Constitution: "All counties and cities bordering on the coast of the Gulf of Mexico are hereby authorized, upon a vote of two-thirds of the tax-payers therein, to levy and collect such tax for construction of sea walls, breakwaters, or sanitary purposes, and may create a debt for such works and issue bonds in evidence thereof" (Article XI, Section 7, Constitution of the State of Texas, 1876). In 1913, the law was amended to specifically allow counties and cities to extend, protect, strengthen, and otherwise improve any sea wall or breakwater and to improve, maintain, and beautify any boulevard erected in connection with a sea wall or breakwater (Acts 1913, 33rd Legislature, 1st Called Session, Ch. 4). The amendment was passed specifically to enable Galveston County to extend the seawall on Galveston Island (Sec. 3).
Arrangement
Files are arranged by subject. Volumes are arranged by bond issue and then chronologically by date of issue.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Seawall construction records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Box
2015/074-16 Information relating to bond election - Aug. 23, 1947, including seawall, breakwater, and levee bonds, 1947
Box
2015/074-18 Seawall bond issue, tax levy orders and memos, 1902
[wallet]
Goedarth and Bates contract for grade raising, 1904-1905
[wallet]
Goedarth and Bates estimates for raising island, 1904-1905
[wallet]
Commissioners court order: lights on Seawall Boulevard, 1908
Claims Approved - seawall improvement fund, 1918-1919, 1928
Correspondence: financial arrangements with banks for east end of seawall, 1918-1919
[wallet]
Patent infringement claim for using patented pilings without paying royalty, 1925
[envelope]
Claim #16836 by Walter Gresham for services as a lobbyist, 1925
[wallet]
Correspondence with Attorney General's Office about refinancing west end of seawall and issuing warrants for new debt, 1927
[envelope]
Bids for material for seawall lighting system between 1st and 6th Streets and 53rd and 61st Streets, March 1936
[envelope]
Bids for three solid cast bronze tablets for Texas City seawall, Galveston seawall - east end and west end, May 1936
[envelope]
Bids for painting wooden rails, platform, benches, and metal rails located between 14th and 39th Streets on Seawall Boulevard (all bids rejected), June 1936
[envelope]
Bids for surfacing Seawall Boulevard from 18th Street east to the ramp at the center of Broadway and from this ramp east to city limits or the west line of the U. S. government reservation, May 1938
[trifold]
Bids for surfacing Seawall Boulevard from 18th Street east to the ramp at the center of Broadway and from this ramp east to city limits or the west line of the U. S. government reservation, May 1938
[envelope]
Bids for permanent ramp, Seawall Boulevard to the beach, August 1938
[volume]
Bids for sidewalk and curb on Seawall Boulevard, March 1940
[envelope]
Bids for surfacing Seawall Boulevard from west end of Fort Crockett, west to ramp at 61st Street, June 1941
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for repair and extension of the fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico connecting with the Galveston seawall at 17th Street (rejected), February 1942
[trifold]
Bids for repair and extension of the fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico connecting with the Galveston seawall at 17th Street (rejected), February 1942
[envelope]
Bids for repair of public fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico connecting with the seawall at 17th Street (rejected), March 1942
[envelope]
Specifications and contract documents for repair of public fishing pier in the Gulf of Mexico connecting with the seawall at 17th Street (rejected), March 1942
[trifold]
Bids for painting wood structures, benches, etc., May 1942
[envelope]
Bids for 20 benches for sidewalk along Seawall Boulevard, May 1942
[envelope]
Bids for repair of public fishing pier (no bids received), March 1943
[envelope]
Bids for creosoted and untreated lumber for repairing fishing pier at foot of 17th Street, May 1943
[envelope]
Bids for painting wooden structures, lifeguard stand, steps, etc. in children's playground on beach, May 1944
[envelope]
Bids for painting rails, benches, steps, etc. on seawall (bids rejected), June 1946
[envelope]
Bids for repairs to ramp at 35th Street (rejected), June 1946
[envelope]
Bids for labor, material, etc. for 5,200 tons granite rip-rap to be placed in front of seawall from 30th Street west about 1,000 feet, September 1946
[envelope]
Bids for signs for fishing pier and seawall, February 1947
[envelope]
Bids for construction of new curb and sidewalk stripe and repairs to portions of sidewalk on Seawall Boulevard (all bids rejected), April 1947
[envelope]
Bids for signs in front of seawall, July 1947
[envelope]
Bids for seven "No Bathing" signs for groins, July 1947
[envelope]
Bids for ramp from seawall to beach near the children's playground between 7th and 8th Streets, April 1948
[envelope]
Bids for construction of seawall steps west of 25th Street and near 21st Street, June 1948
[envelope]
Bids for roadway through Fort Crockett - lumber, July 1948
[envelope]
Bids for six signs for Fort Crockett road, July 1948
[envelope]
Bids for twelve signs for beach in front of seawall, March 1949
[envelope]
Bids for material for steps outside of seawall between 53rd and 61st Streets, May 1949
[envelope]
Bids for traffic signal and controllers Fort Crockett Road, June 1949
[envelope]
Bids for resurfacing seawall blvd from 18th to 39th Streets, July 1949
[envelope]
Bids for resurfacing seawall blvd from 18th to 39th Streets, July 1949
[trifold]
Bids for sixteen units of concrete steps on Gulf side of seawall, January 1950
[envelope]
Bids for sixteen units of concrete steps on Gulf side of seawall, January 1950
[trifold]
Bids for constructing and placing fifty-seven concrete seats on seawall, January 1950
[envelope]
Bids for constructing and placing fifty-seven concrete seats on seawall, January 1950
[trifold]
Bids for plastic markers for center stripe on Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 39th Streets, March 1950
[envelope]
Bids for plastic markers for center stripe on Seawall Boulevard from 6th to 39th Streets, March 1950
[trifold]
Bids for painting rails, benches, and posts along or near seawall, April 1952
[envelope]
Bids for painting rails, benches, and posts along or near seawall, April 1952
[trifold]
Bids for two sets of concrete steps on Gulf side of seawall at children's playground, March 1952-April 1952
[envelope]
Bids for two sets of concrete steps on Gulf side of seawall at children's playground, March 1952-April 1952
[trifold]
Contract for construction and installation of eighteen concrete benches on Seawall Boulevard, March 1953
[trifold]
Bids for concrete steps on Gulf side of seawall near 54th and 55th Streets, April 1953
[trifold]
Contract: Galveston County and K. E. Crumpton to build to build rock groin in Gulf of Mexico between 29th and 30th Streets, May 1953
Volume
2011/438-731 Volume 1, Register of seawall and breakwater bonds 1902, coupons #1-12, 1902-1908
Volume
2011/438-732 Volume 2, Register of seawall and breakwater bonds 1902, coupons #13-24, 1908-1914
Volume
2011/438-733 Volume 3, Register of seawall and breakwater bonds 1902, coupons #25-36, 1914-1920
Volume
2011/438-734 Volume 4, Register of seawall and breakwater bonds 1902, coupons #37-80, 1920-1941
Volume
2011/438-735 Register of seawall bonds 1951, 1951-1959
Volume
2011/438-736 Register of seawall refunding bonds 1951, 1951-1959
Volume
2011/438-737 Register of seawall refunding bonds 1951-A, 1951-1959
Volume
2011/438-738 Register of seawall refunding bonds 1954, 1954-1959
Volume
2011/438-739 Register of breakwater 1955 and 1956 refunding bonds, Series 1957, 1957-1959



 

Causeway construction records, 1909-1952,
2.57 cubic ft. (including 12 volumes)

Causeway construction records recorded, compiled, and maintained by the Galveston County auditor relate to initial construction and subsequent renovations of the combination roadway and bridge between Galveston Island and the mainland, referred to as the "causeway." The records date 1909-1952 and total 1 cubic ft. of loose records and 12 volumes. The records include the auditor's causeway construction files, a causeway construction ledger and journal, a causeway reconstruction ledger, and register of causeway bridge bonds.
The auditor's causeway construction files are documents and records created, recorded, or maintained by the county auditor which relate to the initial construction and subsequent renovations of the Galveston causeway. The loose records date 1909-1912, 1917-1938, and 1948, and total 1 cubic ft. The files include bids, proposals, and contracts for construction work, supplies, and materials; claims for payment; and information and correspondence about the bonds issued by Galveston County to pay for the project.
The causeway construction ledger and journal relate to the original construction of the causeway. The records date 1909-1912 and total three volumes. The ledger is an accounting record of expenditures aggregated by account. Information includes the accounts, date, and amounts paid. The undated index to the ledger volume includes the names of accounts and page numbers. The journal is an accounting record of itemized expenditures by date. Information includes date, payee, amount, and expense item. The data in the volume are arranged chronologically. The journal is not indexed.
The causeway reconstruction ledger dates 1917-1925 and relates to the renovation of the causeway. The ledger is a register of expenditures aggregated by account. Information includes the payees and the total amounts paid. The volume is arranged by account and is not indexed.
Registers of causeway bridge bonds issued for the purpose of constructing, maintaining, and renovating the causeway date 1911-1952 and total eight volumes. They include original bond issues and issues of refunding bonds. Information includes a description of the issue (purpose of the bond issue, total value of bond issue, number of bonds issued, length of term, face value of each bond, bond issue date, interest rate, and payment terms), original purchaser(s), date of issue, date and amount of periodic coupon payments, date of transfer, name and address of person to whom bond was transferred, and date of redemption. Information in the registers of refunding bonds also generally includes the identity and date(s) of the original bond issues being refunded and the date(s) of the commissioners' court order(s) authorizing the issuance of the refunding bonds. The volumes are not indexed. Internally, the volumes are arranged by coupon date.
Because part of Galveston County was located on an island and thus was not connected to the mainland by a road, in 1907 county officials received specific authority from the legislature to build a causeway (a combination roadway and bridge) between the island and the mainland and to issue bonds to pay for the construction (Acts 1907, 30th Legislature, Regular Session, Ch. 26, as amended Acts 1910, 31st Legislature, 3rd Called Session, Ch. 1). Initial construction of the causeway, including a lift bridge to enable taller boat traffic to pass under the roadway, was completed between 1909 and 1912. Renovations of the causeway were completed in the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s.
Arrangement
Files are arranged by subject. Volumes are arranged by type and then chronologically.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Causeway construction records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Box
2015/074-19 Original causeway rejected bids and blueprints, April 1909
[trifold]
Commissioners court order issuing construction bonds for causeway, contract, etc., April 1911
[trifold]
Causeway and lift bridge five percent bonds, June 1911
[trifold]
Bids and contract for arch bridge and roadway for causeway, 1909-1912
[envelope]
Extension of time to complete work on arch bridge and roadway, July 1911
[wallet]
Bid for filling county's portion of mainland approach to causeway, June 1911
[trifold]
Bids for filling county's portion of mainland approach to causeway, June 1911
[envelope]
Agreement for filling county's portion of mainland approach to causeway, September 1911
[trifold]
Causeway payroll and claims for payment, 1910-1912
[wallet]
Paid notes, 1910
[wallet]
Causeway right-of-way claims: C. C. Pettit Dickinson, 1917
[wallet]
Receipts for causeway bond transactions, September 1917
[envelope]
Claims approved - causeway construction fund, 1918-1919, 1928
Correspondence: causeway bonds, February 1921
[envelope]
Correspondence: estimated costs for reconstruction, May 1921
Bids for testing brick on causeway paving, May 1921
[envelope]
Contract and bond and other documents: causeway paving, April 1921
[trifold]
Bids for removing temporary wooden bridge, June 1922
[wallet]
Correspondence: engineering problem, August 1923
Bids for work: island end of causeway, August 1923
[envelope]
Bids for work: Virginia Point end of causeway, August 1924
[envelope]
Bids for paving on lift bridge on causeway (rejected), April 1927
[envelope]
Bids for brick for lift bridge, causeway work (bids rejected), April 1927
[envelope]
Bids for paving approaches to lift bridge on causeway, May 1927
[envelope]
Bids for electric supplies for causeway lighting, October 1928
[envelope]
Bids for electric fixtures for causeway lighting system, August 1929
[envelope]
Bids for electrical fixtures for the standards on the causeway, February 1931
[envelope]
Bids for one dozen alabaster globes No. 118 and 1/3 dozen canopies No. 1118, February 1932
[envelope]
Bids for fixtures for causeway lamps, August 1932
[envelope]
Correspondence urging passage of constitutional amendment, November 1932
Bids for one dozen No. 1118 alabaster canopies and one dozen No. 118 Alabaster globes, November 1933
[envelope]
Bids for fixtures for the causeway bridge lighting system, January 1935
[envelope]
Bids for furnishing last record owner together with any lienholders of the property to be acquired for right-of-way for highway connecting proposed new causeway, April 1936
[envelope]
Bids for globes, canopies, and holders for causeway lighting system, May 1936
[envelope]
Bids for sale of one-story frame building located on Lot 520, Galveston Island, right-of-way for new road to causeway, July 1936
[envelope]
Bids for causeway lighting fixtures, February 1937
[envelope]
Bids for fixtures for causeway lighting system, February 1938
[envelope]
Bids for two solid cast bronze tablets for the new causeway, November 1938
[envelope]
Bids for removal and replacing of timber deck, hand rail, guard rail, on highway portion of lift bridge on causeway, February 1948
[envelope]
Bids for removal and replacing of timber deck, hand rail, guard rail, on highway portion of lift bridge on causeway, February 1948
[trifold]
Volume
2011/438-680 Ledger, causeway construction expenses, August 1909-October 1912
Volume
2011/438-681 Index to Ledger, causeway construction expenses, undated
Volume
2011/438-682 Journal to causeway construction ledger, December 1911-October 1912
Volume
2011/438-683 Ledger, causeway construction expenses, December 1917-February 1925
Box
2015/074-16 Information on refunding bond process: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Correspondence: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds [1 of 2], 1935-1936
Correspondence: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds [2 of 2], 1935-1936
Statements of maturities, etc: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Opinion of Clay, Dillon and Vandewater, certificates of Attorney General and Comptroller: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1936
Commissioners court orders, bond form, resolutions, etc.: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935
Correspondence, etc.: special road 1910 refunding bonds; special road 1913 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, 1935-1936
Commissioners court transcripts: causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds; causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1935, 1937
Bond issue, contract, commissioners court order: causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1937
Correspondence: causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1937
Correspondence: causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1937
Correspondence: causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1937
Letters, notices, orders, analysis of bids: causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, series 1937, 1937-1938
Causeway bridge 1919 refunding bonds, series 1939, 1939
Volume
2011/438-741 Register of causeway bridge bonds 1911, coupons #1-19, 1911-1920
Volume
2011/438-742 Register of causeway bridge bonds 1911, coupons #20-80, 1921-1935
Volume
2011/438-743 Register of causeway bridge bonds 1917, 1917-1937
Volume
2011/438-744 Register of causeway bridge bonds 1919, 1919-1939
Volume
2011/438-745 Register of special road bonds for causeway paving 1921, 1921-1931
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2011/438-746 Register of causeway bridge 1911 refunding bonds, Series 1935, 1935-1951
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2011/438-747 Register of causeway bridge 1917 refunding bonds, Series 1937, 1937-1952
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2011/438-748 Register of causeway bridge 1919 refunding bonds, Series 1939, 1939-1950



 

Texas City dike construction records, 1935-1948,
0.75 cubic ft.

The Texas City dike construction records are comprised of documents created or maintained by the Galveston County auditor related to Galveston County's involvement in the construction of the Texas City seawall and levee protective work, known as the Texas City dike. The records date 1935-1948 and total 0.75 cubic ft. The files include bids and specifications, blueprints and plans, contracts, and claims for payment for construction of the dike, flood gates, improvement of ramps over the levee, and repair and removal of roadways contiguous to the seawall.
The Texas City dike is a levee and seawall located in Texas City, Texas. It projects 5.34 miles into the mouth of Galveston Bay from the easternmost end of Texas City. The northeastern tip of Galveston Island and the southwestern tip of Bolivar Peninsula flank it. Construction of the dike originally was authorized by the federal River and Harbor Act of 1913 for the purpose of reducing sediment accumulation along the lower part of Galveston Bay. It was originally built by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Galveston District in 1915. However, the construction did not include permanent bulkheads that would prevent washouts. Also, the original construction did not allow for the establishment of a beach along the dike. In 1931, Representative Helen Moore of Texas City, passed legislation that patented a 1,000-foot-wide strip of land, including all submerged lands and tidal flats located within the strip, to the city of Texas City (Chap. 54, 42nd Legislature, Regular Session, Special Laws, 1931). The goal of the legislation was to allow Texas City to build a recreational area along the dike.
In the 1930s, Galveston County, under the auspices of the Works Progress Administration, solicited proposals for and contracted to make improvements to the dike, including a seawall and levee. In 1945, the county solicited proposals and contracted for improvements to the dike, including flood gates and a new retaining wall. Later improvements by Texas City finally established the recreational value of the dike. Although its initial purpose was to reduce sediment accumulation, the dike also reduced the impact from storm surges resulting from hurricanes (Source: "Texas City Dike,"Texas City History, accessed April 21, 2015).
Arrangement
The records are arranged chronologically by subject.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas City dike construction records, Galveston County Auditor's Office records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Many of the large bound volumes are in fragile condition; bindings are either broken or ready to break, and pages may be loose. Therefore, most of the volumes may not be photocopied and must be treated with care. Check with State Archives staff to determine if a volume can be copied or scanned.
Box
2015/074-20 Bids and specifications for Texas City seawall and levee, January 1935
[trifold]
Blueprints and plans for Texas City protective work, 1937
[trifold]
Specifications and contract documents for Texas City protective work - seawall and levee, November 1937
[volume]
Claims for payment/invoices by contractor for Texas City Protective Work, 1938
Bids for improvement of ramps over levee at Texas City (no bids), November 1943
[envelope]
Bids for improvement of ramps over levee at Texas City, December 1943
[envelope]
Bids for closure gates - Texas City seawall and levee (all bids rejected), October 1944
[wallet]
Bids for Texas City flood gates, October 1945
[envelope]
Contract, plans and specifications flood gates for Texas City levee, October 1945
[envelope]
Bids for repair and removal of roadways at Texas City contiguous to seawall, May 1948
[envelope]
Bids for repair and removal of roadways at Texas City contiguous to seawall, May 1948
[trifold]