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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Legal Material

Recordings

Reports

Photograph, Framed

Audio Material

Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Texas Crime Investigating Committee:

An Inventory Its Records, 1950-1953, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library



Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Crime Investigating Committee
Title: Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records,
Dates: 1950-1953
Abstract: The Texas Crime Investigating Committee records, dated from 1950-1953, contain correspondence, legal material, recordings, reports, a photograph (Framed), and audio material.
Collection # S 1038.1
Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet), 1 framed item, and 1 box of audio material
Language English
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Texas Crime Investigating Committee was formed by the Texas House of Representatives, 52nd legislature, to investigate organized crime activities including bootlegging and bribery in Texas during the early 1950s. Waggoner Carr, who was at the time the Lubbock County Attorney (1951) and a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1951-1960), served on this committee.

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Scope and Content

The Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records contains correspondence, legal documents, testimonies, reports, and photographs relating to the Committee’s investigations throughout the state of Texas, including West Texas, Galveston and Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It bulks with testimony of witnesses (1951-1952). Of special interest are a report on Mickey Cohen and his associates containing photographs, news clippings, police records, and a history of the Mafia containing a list of its prominent members. The final report of the committee deals with financial matters, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the committee. Lastly, there are audio recordings of Committee proceedings as well as testimonies and interviews with investigators and suspects on both Soundscriber discs and other audio media.

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Organization

The Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records are organized by the following series: Correspondence, Legal Material, Recordings, Reports, Photograph (Framed), and Audio Material

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open for research

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Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Brook, Harry
Cohen, Mickey (Michael), 1913-1976
Ferrantello, Louis
Subjects (Organizations)
Maceo and Company (Galveston, Tex.)
Texas Crime Investigating Committee
Texas Liquor Control Board
Subjects (Places)
Dallas (Tex.)--History
Electra (Tex.)--History
Odessa (Tex.)--History
Potter County (Tex.)--History
Wichita Falls (Tex.)--History
Subjects
Crime--Texas
Criminals--Texas
Mafia
Organized crime investigation--Texas
Prohibition

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Related Material

Waggoner Carr oral history interview [sound recording], 1992

Waggoner Carr oral history interview [sound recording], 1998

Waggoner Carr, Mrs. George Bean and Mrs. C. J. Wagner oral history interview [sound recording], 1953

Waggoner Carr Papers, 1945-1985 and undated

Note that many of the Southwest Collection's oral history abstracts and recordings may be found at: http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/handle/10605/234 and http://www.digital.swco.ttu.edu/Oral_History/oralhistory.asp

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records, 1950-1953, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas

Acquisition

Gift, 1962

Processed by

n/a, 1962; Robert Weaver, 2014

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Collection Inventory

 

Correspondence

box folder
1 1 1951

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Legal Material

box folder
1 2 Amarillo, TX hearing transcripts, August-November, 1952
3 Subpoenas, 1951
4 Transcriptions of Testimony, 1951

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Recordings

box folder
1 5 Soundscriber recording discs, 1950s

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Reports

box folder
1 6 “Crime Investigating Committee Final Report” and House Supplement, 1953
7 History of the Mafia, June 1950
8 “Investigation into the Activities of Mickey Cohen in Texas”, 1950-1951

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Photograph, Framed

box folder
2 1 General Investigating Committee [Crime] of Texas House of Representatives meeting, Dallas County, 1952

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Audio Material

box folder
3 1 “Crime Investigating Committee, Waggoner Carr, acting Chr.” 14 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes, November 6-8, 1952
2 “Potter County Grand Jury,” cassette tapes #1-4, August 1952
3 “Texas Crime Investigating Committee,” cassette tapes #1-12, November 1952

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