Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Twichell Survey Records, 1832-1984



Overview

Creator: Humble Oil & Refining Company.
Creator: Twichell Survey Records Committee.
Title: Twichell Survey Records
Inclusive Dates: 1832-1984
Abstract: In attempts to verify and prove land ownership and boundaries, Humble Oil acquired surveying records related to lands primarily in West Texas. The Twichell Survey Records Committee was created to manage the Twichell Records, and all surveying records held by Humble and the Committee became known as the Twichell Survey Records. The Twichell Survey Records Committee was created in 1959 by a legal agreement between six oil companies for the purpose of managing the Twichell Survey Records. Surveying sketches, cadastral maps, town and neighborhood plats, field books, field notes, correspondence, and photographic materials comprise the Twichell Survey Records, 1832-1984.
Identification: AR.16
Quantity: 120.22 Linear feet, (122 document boxes, 34 flat files, 4 photograph boxes, 24 slide boxes, 2 oversized boxes)
Location: Map Vault, OVR
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Administrative History - Twichell Survey Records Committee

Humble Oil & Refining Company was chartered in 1911 in Humble, Texas. In attempts to verify and prove land ownership and boundaries, Humble Oil acquired surveying records related to lands primarily in West Texas. The Twichell Survey Records Committee was created to manage the Twichell Records, and all surveying records held by Humble and the Committee became known as the Twichell Survey Records.

In attempts to verify and prove land ownership and boundaries, Humble Oil acquired surveying records related to lands primarily in West Texas. The Twichell Survey Records Committee was created to manage the Twichell Records, and all surveying records held by Humble and the Committee became known as the Twichell Survey Records.

The Twichell Survey Records Committee was created in 1959 by a legal agreement between six oil companies for the purpose of using and managing the Twichell Survey Records, jointly acquired by these companies.

The agreement determined joint ownership, stewardship, and access to the records. Humble Oil was designated custodian, and was responsible for storing and making the records available to the rest of the Committee. Records were declared confidential and access limited to those on the Committee or to those with stated permission from a Committee member. C. C. Cool, licensed land surveyor in Midland, Texas, was not a Committee member, but was given access to the records in return for his role in the acquisition of the records.

The six companies that made up the Committee were The Atlantic Refining Company; Continental Oil Company; Gulf Oil Corporation; Humble Oil & Refining Company; Mobil Oil Company; and Sinclair Oil & Gas Company.


Biographical Note - Twichell, W. D. (Willis Day), 1864-1959

W. D. (Willis Day) Twichell, 1864-1959, influential surveyor in West Texas and the Texas high plains area, is credited with platting 50 Texas towns and surveying 15 million acres of Texas land. He is famous for introducing cadastral surveying to Texas and for correcting many earlier faulty survey lines.

Twichell surveyed lands in over half of Texas counties, including the XIT ranch and other Panhandle and West Texas ranch lands, oil vacancies, the 103rd meridian which marks the boundary between Texas and New Mexico, numerous city plats and boundaries for organizing counties. He surveyed lands for the Capitol Freehold Land and Investment Company, Texas and Pacific Railroad, George Littlefield; and worked as a state surveyor surveying public school lands, and as a county surveyor.

Twichell was born in Minnesota and earned a master’s degree in civil engineering at the National Normal Institue in Ohio. He came to West Texas in 1885 under the employ of an immigration company to plat a county seat. Twichell then worked for William S. Mabry, a surveyor employed by the Capitol Syndicate to re-survey the XIT Ranch lands. Twichell surveyed the Yellow House Division and Spring Lakes Division of the XIT in 1886, locating fence lines and divisional headquarters, and supervising improvements such as water reservoirs. Twichell and Mabry then conducted right of way surveys for Fort Worth & Denver City Railroad in 1887, and Southern Pacific Railroad in 1888, significantly changing the Southern Pacific route.

Chronology


  1. 1885-Came to Texas, staked out proposed county seat of Garden City, Glasscock County
  2. 1887-With William S. Mabry, conducted right of way surveys for Fort Worth & Denver City
  3. 1887-Located corner of Amarillo; Potter County organizes
  4. 1888-Opens an office in Tascosa with parter W.S. Mabry (Oldham Land District)
  5. 1889-Dissolves partnership with Mabry
  6. 1899-1891- City engineer for Amarillo
  7. 1890- Moves office to Amarillo
  8. 1892-1893- County surveyor in Potter County
  9. 1893- Helps plat Enid, OK
  10. 1898-Surveys LIT ranch for Littlefield, graded Polk Street in the town of Littlefield
  11. 1900-1914- Resurveys Capitol Lands
  12. 1901-State surveyor
  13. 1918-Moves to Austin
  14. 1901-Works for TPRR
  15. 1905-Works for C.W. Post
  16. 1907-Works for Kokernot Ranch
  17. 1914-State survyor for Potter and other counties
  18. 1939-1959 Retires, does consulting work from San Angelo

Biographical Note - Sanders, Sylvan, 1894-1984

Sylvan Sanders, 1894-1984, was a Licensed State Surveyor in Lubbock County. He was an apprentice to and good friend of W.D. Twichell. Sanders first worked for Twichell in 1912 platting the town of Littlefield, and then on the re-survey of the XIT Ranch in 1914-1916. He went on to become a respected surveyor in his own right. Sanders served in the American Expeditionary Force, 23rd Highway Engineers Regiment in France during World War I.


Biographical Note - Estes, Robert E., d. 1952

Licensed State Surveyor in Midland County, surveyed areas in West Texas in the first half of the 20th century. He began his career in 1900 as an assistant to Col. D. S. Woods who was then surveying public school lands for the state. Towards the end of his career, Robert E. Estes had a consulting firm called Estes and Rankin which operated out of Midland, Texas.


Biographical Note - Estes, Robert A., 1910-2003

R. A. Estes, 1910-2003, son of Robert E. Estes, was an engineer for Humble Oil & Refining Company. He began his career as a chain carrier on surveying crews as early as 1928. In 1969 he was a Senior Supervising Engineer at Humble Oil. He served on the Twichell Records Committee.


Biographical Note - Saunders, Edgar C.

Edgar C. Saunders, Licensed Land Surveyor and County Surveyor of Sutton County, was an active surveyor in West Texas.


Scope and Contents of the Records

Surveying sketches, cadastral maps, town and neighborhood plats, field books, field notes, correspondence, and photographic materials comprise the Twichell Survey Records. The Records document surveys of public and private land, land use and development, and the business of land surveying in West Texas from the frontier era through the settlement and oil period. Dates of recordkeeping activities are approximately 1900-1960, however, there are copies of maps, sketches, and field books from as early as 1832. Administrative records are dated as late as 1984.

Geographic coverage includes West Texas and the Texas High Plains, including 132 counties, and limited coverage of Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Arizona.

Significant documentation includes surveys of state-owned University Land and Public School Lands, Texas and Pacific Railway reservation lands, Texas and Pacific Railway lands, various town plats of Lubbock, and lands formerly part of the XIT Ranch. Records also include surveys of Littlefield lands, copies of Jacob Kuechler field books, correspondence between surveyors and clients, between surveyors and the Texas General Land Office, and photographic evidence of surveying monuments.

Maps vary widely in their coverage, style, purpose, and degree of completeness. Many maps may be more accurately called sketches or surveying sketches, as they appear to be made in the field or as short annotations used for reference when later creating maps to accompany official field notes.

Materials are not complete archives of individual surveyors, but rather business records created or compiled by the surveyors. Personal papers are not part of this collection.


 

Arrangement

Records are arranged in 7 series:
I: W.D. Twichell Records
II: Sylvan Sanders Records
III: Robert E. Estes Records
IV: Edgar C. Saunders Records
V: Robert A. Estes Humble Research Files
VI: Photographic Materials
VII: Administrative Records
Materials are arranged as they were received from the donors. This arrangement reflects the use by the donors, and ensures access via donor indexes.
Individual maps and folders within the sub-series Maps, Correspondence, and Field Books are either arranged by county and block or area, or are indexed by county and block or area. Photographic Materials are arranged by state, county, and block or area.

Restrictions

Access Restriction

Unrestricted access

Use Restriction

Materials may be under copyright protection. US copyright law does allow for reproduction of materials under copyright for uses such as critique, criticism, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electronic form.


Index Terms

Estes, R. A., 1910-2003
Estes, Robert E. , d. 1952
Sanders, Sylvan, 1894-1984
Saunders, Edgar C.
Twichell, W.D., (Willis Day), 1864-1959
103rd Meridian
Cadastral maps
Cadastral surveys
Correspondence
Maps
New Mexico Maps
Oklahoma Maps
Photographic materials
Surveying--Texas
Texas
Texas High Plains
Texas Panhandle
Texas, West
Texas, West--History
Texas--Boundaries--Maps
Texas--Boundaries--New Mexico
Trans-Pecos

Related Material

The Texas General Land Office Archives and Records holds land grant documents, maps, and sketches related to land now known as Texas as it passed from the sovereign, including Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and the State of Texas, into private hands. Please visit the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records in person or on the web at http://www.glo.texas.gov/what-we-do/history-and-archives/index.html

The Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum holds the records of the XIT Ranch.


Separated Material

One photo album labeled W.D. Twichell with dups and negs and IDs taken from Twichell Field Book #10. Now located in Box 133.


Administrative Information

Custodial History

A consortium of oil companies headed by Humble Oil & Refining Company collected the Twichell and Sanders Records under the auspices of the Twichell Survey Records Committee. The Robert E. Estes papers were acquired by Humble Oil. All other materials were held by Humble Oil.

The collection materials changed location several times, which is documented in the Administrative Records. The records were always owned and managed by Humble Oil and the Twichell Survey Records Committee, until they were acquired by the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records.

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Twichell Survey Records (AR.16). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ownership of records was transferred to the Texas General Land Office Archives and Records on August 25, 2010 by Humble Oil & Refining Company and the Twichell Survey Records Committee.

Processing Information

Processed by Lauren Goodley, Alex Chiba, Ileana Gutierrez, and Jan Root in 2010-2011.

Appraisal

During processing, maps created by the General Land Office were identified and compared with GLO holdings. If found to be duplicates, with no added notations, these maps were documented and deaccessioned.

Digital Copies

Digital copies of Maps in Series I: Twichell Records and Series II: Sylvan Sanders Records are available for search and viewing at the Archives web site, however there is no way to search within the collection of Twichell Survey Records maps. You can, however, download and search the Twichell Survey Records map index.

To view a listing of all 3,256 digitized maps associated with the Records, click here to open a session, then click here to view the Twichell Survey Records maps.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

W. D. Twichell Records 1832-1953
(25 flat files, 54 document boxes, 3 oversized boxes)

Scope and Content of the Series
Maps very widely in their coverage, style, purpose, and degree of completeness. Many maps may be more accurately called sketches or surveying sketches, as they appear to be made in the field or as short annotations used for reference when later creating maps to accompany official field notes.
Correspondence Series contains correspondence between Twichell and his clients, his surveyors, and the GLO. Folders also contain maps and sketches of particular land blocks or areas. Folders are labeled by Index Number range, i. e. A 1-90. Because folders contain multiple non-consecutive dates, the Box/Folder list will not contain dates.
Maps and correspondence regarding particular land blocks or areas can be found using the printed Twichell Correspondence Index in box 130. The Index is arranged by primarily by County.
Field Books Series contains field books created by Twichell and other surveyors from 1874 to 1941. Box 54 is labeled and indexed as Twichell Field Books 219-251; however it contains Texas & Pacific Railroad strip maps, 1851.
Box
136 & 129-131 Twichell Indexes 1960
(3 document boxes, 1 card index box)
Box
129 Map Index 1960
(4 bound volumes, 4 copies)
Box
130-131 Correspondence Index 1960
(4 bound volumes, 4 copies)
Box
131 & 136 Field Book Indexes 1938; 1960
(4 bound volumes in Box 131, 3 typed copies, 1 handwritten orginal), (Index cards in alpha order in Box 136)
Map-case
1, 70-71, 93-94 Twichell Maps, See Administrative Information - Digital Copies, 1837-1950
(25 flat files (2718 maps))
Twichell Correspondence, A-Z, 1832-1953
(20 document boxes)
Box Folder
1 1-3 Twichell Correspondence, A 1-293
4-6 Twichell Correspondence, B 1-355
Box Folder
2 1-3 Twichell Correspondence, C 1-525
4-6 Twichell Correspondence, D 1-598
Box Folder
3 1 Twichell Correspondence, D 599-789
3-7 Twichell Correspondence, E 1-607
2 Twichell Correspondence, F 1-62
Box Folder
4 1-2 Twichell Correspondence, F 63-165
3-6 Twichell Correspondence, G 1-262
Box Folder
5 1-5 Twichell Correspondence, H 1-171
6-8 Twichell Correspondence, I 1-140
Box Folder
6 1-2 Twichell Correspondence, I 141-169
3-8 Twichell Correspondence, J 1-146
Box Folder
7 1 Twichell Correspondence, J 147, 1901
2-5 Twichell Correspondence, K 1-70
6-13 Twichell Correspondence, L 1-20
Box Folder
8 1-3 Twichell Correspondence, L 21-52
4-11 Twichell Correspondence, M 1-79
Box Folder
9 1-11 Twichell Correspondence, N 1-45
Box Folder
10 1-17 Twichell Correspondence, O 1-20
Box Folder
11 1-31 Twichell Correspondence, P 1-50
Box Folder
12 1-21 Twichell Correspondence, Q 1-44
Box Folder
13 1-14 Twichell Correspondence, R 1-14
Box Folder
14 1-10 Twichell Correspondence, S 1-11
11 Twichell Correspondence, S 12
Box Folder
15 1-2 Twichell Correspondence, S 12
3-8 Twichell Correspondence, T 1-6
Box Folder
16 1-7 Twichell Correspondence, T 7-13
8-22 Twichell Correspondence, U 1-15
Box Folder
17 1-6 Twichell Correspondence, U 16-21
7-9 Twichell Correspondence, V 1-459
Box Folder
18 1-3 Twichell Correspondence, W 1-344
4-6 Twichell Correspondence, X 1-343
Box Folder
19 1-2 Twichell Correspondence, X 344-464
3-12 Twichell Correspondence, Y 1-77
Box Folder
20 1-10 Twichell Correspondence, Z 1-87
Twichell Correspondence, AA-ZZ, 1832-1953
(20 document boxes)
Box Folder
21 1-5 Twichell Correspondence, AA 1-55
Box Folder
22 1-14 Twichell Correspondence, BB 1-345
Box Folder
23 1-5 Twichell Correspondence, CC 1-500
Box Folder
24 1-7 Twichell Correspondence, DD 1-349
Box Folder
25 1-11 Twichell Correspondence, EE 1-620
Box Folder
26 1-7 Twichell Correspondence, FF 1-440
Box Folder
27 1-6 Twichell Correspondence, GG 1-282
Box Folder
28 1-5 Twichell Correspondence, HH 1-159
Twichell Correspondence, HH 160-161, Bound Volumes
Box Folder
29 Twichell Correspondence, II 1-3, Bound Volumes
1-2 Twichell Correspondence, II 4-5
Box Folder
30 1-5 Twichell Correspondence, JJ 2-341
6 Twichell Correspondence, JJ 94-294, Folded Maps
Box Folder
31 1-8 Twichell Correspondence, KK 1-98
Box Folder
32 1-6 Twichell Correspondence, LL 1-68
Box Folder
33 1-4 Twichell Correspondence, MM 1-47
5-12 Twichell Correspondence, NN 1-34
Box Folder
34 1-18 Twichell Correspondence, OO 1-249
Box Folder
35 1-19 Twichell Correspondence, PP 1-235
Box Folder
36 1-9 Twichell Correspondence, QQ 1-59
Box Folder
37 Twichell Correspondence, RR 1-804, Bound Volumes
Box Folder
38 Twichell Correspondence, SS 1-744, Bound Volume
Box Folder
39 Twichell Correspondence, TT 1-614, Bound Volumes
1-2 Twichell Correspondence, TT 615-616
Box Folder
40 1-12 Twichell Correspondence, UU 1-236
13 Twichell Correspondence, Numerical Index
14-16 Twichell Correspondence, Un-indexed
Twichell Correspondence, by County
(2 document boxes)
Box Folder
41 1-3 Gaines County - Copies of field notes 1915
4-7 Pecos County - Yates Area Papers 1933-1949
Box Folder
42 1-5 Pecos County - Yates Area Papers
Field books 1874-1941
(11 document boxes, 1 oversized box)
Box
43 Field Books, 1-16
Box
44 Field Books, 17-45
Box
45 Field Books, 46-72
Box
46 Field Books, 73-95
Box
47 Field Books, 96-136
Box
48 Field Books, 137-158
Box
49 Field Books, 159-176
Box
50 Field Books, 177-200
Box
51 Field Books, 201-218
Oversized Box
OS 134 Field Books, 219-251
Box
51 Field Books, 252-269
Box
52 Field Books, 270-338
Box
53 Field Books, 339-382
Box Folder
137 7 W. R. Standifer Field Books (5), 1901-1912



 

Sylvan Sanders Records 1845-1980
(9 flat files, 22 document boxes, 1 oversized box)

Scope and Contents of the Series
Maps very widely in their coverage, style, purpose, and degree of completeness. Many maps may be more accurately called sketches or surveying sketches, as they appear to be made in the field or as short annotations used for reference when later creating maps to accompany official field notes.
The Correspondence, Field Notes, Working Sketches Series intellectually places all document types together organized by County. The exceptions are Correspondence in New Mexico and records relating to T&P Railroad.
The Correspondence follows the Committee's Index stored in Box 131. Folders contain correspondence between Sylvan Sanders and his clients, his surveyors, and the General Land Office. Folders also contain maps and sketches of particular land blocks or areas. Folders are labeled and organized by county and block or area.
Sylvan Sanders Field Notes contains field notes for Texas and Pacific Railway lands and Andrew-Yoakum counties. Field Notes are indexed by county and block or area in the Sylvan Sanders Field Book Index stored in Box 131.
Sylvan Sanders Working Sketches contains working sketches for Andrews-Lynn counties and Texas and Pacific Railway lands. Working Sketches are indexed by county and block or area in the Sylvan Sanders Field Book Index stored in Box 131.
Box
131 Sylvan Sanders Indexes
Map Index
(1 folder, 2 copies)
Correspondence Index
(1 folder, 2 copies)
Field Book Index
(1 folder, 2 copies)
Map-case
1, 70-71, 93-94 Sanders Maps, See Administrative Information - Digital Copies, 1846-1956
9 flat files (971 maps)
Box
56-73 Correspondence, Field Notes, Working Sketches, by County, 1845-1959, undated
(18 document boxes)
Andrews County
Box Folder
56 1 Andrews County
Box Folder
74 2 Field Notes, Andrews County
Box Folder
76 1 Working Sketches, Andrews County, 901-1100, 1943-1953
Box Folder
56 2 Armstrong County
Bailey County
Box Folder
56 3 Lge 212
4 Blum Lands
5 Crosby County School Land
6 Capitol Lands
7 Fisher County School Land
8 Floyd County School Land
9 Hale-Hansford, Irion County School Land
10 Maloy Strip Maps
11 Lubbock County School Land, Motley County School Land
12 Ochiltree--Blk O
13 Roberts-Swisher
14 Blk 5-2, Blk 5-3, JH Stephens
15 Sutton County School Land
16 Lubbock Water District
17 Blk R
18 Blk X, Blk Z
19 Blk Y
Box Folder
76 2 Working Sketches, Bailey County, 1501-1700, 1929
Box Folder
56 20 Baylor County
Borden County
Box Folder
56 21 Clayton and Johnson, Block 32 - T4N
22 W.D. Johnson
23 Borden County
Box Folder
74 3 Field Notes, Borden County
Box Folder
57 1 Callahan and Carson Counties
Castro County
Box Folder
57 2 Kelly Subdivision plat
3 Castro County
Cochran County
Box Folder
57 4 Brewster County School Land
5 Childress County School Land
6 Coke County School Land
7 Carrie Dean Mills--Martin Lipscomb
8 Nelle DeLoache, Potter County School Land
9 Garza County School Land
10 Greer County School Land
11 Hall County School Land
12 Harrison & Brown
13 Hemphill County School Land
14 Texas Highway Dept Right of Way Map 1956
15 Jeff Davis County School Land 1938
16 Block JRM 1938
17 Block L tracings
18 Lipscomb County School Land tracing
19 Martin County School Land field notes
20 Morton townsite plats
21 Oldham County School Land field notes
22 Block P field notes
23 Potter County School Land tract tracings
Box Folder
58 1 Randall County School Land 1949
2 Block Q S2,3
3 Refugio County School Land field notes
4 Slaughter Ranch plat 774
5 C.A. Slaughter tracings of tracts
6 C.C. Slaughter
7 Dick Slaughter tracings of tracts
8 G.M. Slaughter
9 Sherman County School Land tracings
10 Stonewall County School Land
11 Triangulation
12 Block U
13 Block V field book and official field notes, 1923
14 Veal--Minnie Slaughter tracings
15 Wright, Dela Slaughter tracings
16 Block W field notes
17 White Face townsite
18 Block Y field notes
19 R.C. Burns SF field notes
20 Block Z field notes
Box Folder
74 4 Field Notes, Cochran County
Box Folder
76 3 Working Sketches, Cochran County, 1923-1956
Coke County
Box Folder
58 21 Coke County Official field notes
Box Folder
74 5 Field Notes, Coke County
Box Folder
58 22 Concho County Official field notes
23 Crane County Official field notes
Box Folder
59 1 Crockett County Official field notes, tracings
Crosby County
Box Folder
59 2 Crosbyton townsite maps,
3 Lorenzo--Ralls tracings,
4 Crosby-Garza County Line plat, 1887
5 Crosby tracing, field notes, 1922, 1934
Culberson County
Box Folder
59 6 Field Book, 1948
7 Block 66, 94, 98, 99, 100 Field Notes, 1948
8 Tracings
9 USC & GS
10 Dallam County
Dawson County
Box Folder
59 11 Ackerly
12 Block CC-41 tracings
13 C Blocks field note copies, 1949, 1958
14 Lamesa townsite
Box Folder
60 1 T6N-B34,35 field notes, 1929-1941
2 Block M, Block 2, Taylor County School Land tracings
3 Godair, School File field notes, 1948
4 Poitevent 1 &2 TTRy No. 2 tracing
5 Texas Elect. Co. Lamesa to Denver City Power Line
Dawson Triangulation
7 T & P Blocks tracings, 1944-1947
Box Folder
74 6 Field Notes, Dawson County
Dickens County
Box Folder
60 8 Kent-Dickens County Line plat, 1892
9 Dickens County Field notes
10 Ector County Field Book, 1938
11 Floyd County 1940
Gaines County
Box Folder
61 1 A Blocks 1934-1955
2 Block A-19 sketches, 1943-1955
3 Dalmont Ranch sketch
4 C Blocks, 1942-1959
5 Dawson County School Land, 1950
6 Schleicher 284, Hutchinson 282, 1952
7 Block H, 1944-1950
8 Yoakum County to Seminole Highway
9 Highway Map Seminole to State Line
10 Seagraves RR survey, 1948
11 Gaines County, School File field notes, 1938-1940
12 Triangulation
13 ACH&B Block AX, 1950-1958
14 Block G, 1950-1955
15 Seminole, 1948
Box Folder
74 7 Field Notes, Gaines County
Box Folder
76 4 Working Sketches, Gaines County, 1938-1953
Garza County
Box Folder
62 1 Garza County, Working Sketch
2 George Williams, Block G-2, 7, 8
3 2 & Lee Davis School File, 1948
4 Carmichall, FL S7, 1948-1949
5 Blocks 5, 6, 1951
6 Block 97, 1928
7 County Line Judgement, 1925
8 Brooks, LN St., 1922
9 Llano Corners Description
10 Post Estate, 1954
11 Field notes and plats, various, 1906-1959
12 Post City, 1949
13 Scoggins Estate, 1927
14 Slaughter Estate, 1905-1926
Hale County
Box Folder
62 15 Abernathy, 1948
16 DT, 1920
17 Petersburg, 1927
18 Field notes and plats, various, 1926
19 Plainview, 1920
20 Hall County, 1925
20 Hansford County map, field notes, 1924
20 Hartley County, 1908
20 Haskell County field notes, 1894
Hockley County
Box Folder
63 1 Atascosa County School Land, 1912
2 Block A, 1920
3 Anton
4 Baylor County School Land, 1924
5 McCulloch County School Land, 1923
6 Capitol League, 1924-1949
7 Concho County School Land, 1912-1925
8 County Line
9 Block D, 1922
10 Ellwood Ranch, 1899
11 Donley County School Land, 1926-1949
12 Nell DeLoache, 1950
13 Edward County School Land, 1912-1925
14 Garza County School Land, 1912-1924
15 Goodman, G.W., 1903-1924
16 Hamilton Estate, Lamar-Wharton plat, 1922
17 Hardeman County School Land, 1912-1930
18 Haskell County School Land, 1932-1949
19 Hood County School Land, 1912-1954
20 Block I, 1934-1948
21 Jones County School Land, 1923-1953
22 Kaufman County School Land, 1912
23 Levelland, 1926
Box Folder
64 1 Maverick County School Land, 1912
2 Midland County School Land, 1955
3 Ropes, 1956
4 Block I field notes, 1912, 1922
5 Block O field notes, 1912-1943
6 Raines County School Land, 1927
7 Reeves County School Land, 1912
8 Rusk County School Land, 1900-1924
9 School FIles, 1924
10 Scurry County School Land, 1941
11 Shackelford County School Land, 1912
12 A. A. Slaughter, 1929
13 Bob Slaughter Block, 1925
14 Smyer, 1951
15 Sundown, Texas, 1938
16 Triangulation, 1956
17 William Tubbes Block A
18 Val Verde County School Land, 1912
19 Wichita County School Land, 1944-1948
20 Wilbargar, Howard, 1921
21 Block X-1900
22 Zavala County School Land, 1912
Box Folder
75 1 Field Notes, Hockley County
2 Field Notes, Hockley County
Box Folder
76 5 Working Sketches, Hockley County, 1928-1951
Oversized Box
OS 140 Hockley County Plat Book
Howard County
Box Folder
64 23 Howard County, 1905
24 Hutchingson, Roberts County Line plat
25 County Line Sherman Moore and Potter
26 Hudspeth County, 1910
26 Hutchinson County, 1881
Box Folder
65 1 Irion County, 1881, 1956
2 Jack County, 1926
3 Jeff Davis County, 1931
Kent County
Box Folder
65 4 Cogdell Ranch, 1950
5 A&K W.P. Wilson Field notes, 1947
6 Block L, 1946
7 Mays Ranch Block 4, G, 1942
8 Assorted Maps, 1929
9 Field notes--Preemptions 1947
10 2 & 4 Blocks 1894
11 Block 5 1925
12 97 & 98 Blocks 1947
13 O-O Ranch 1946
King County
Box Folder
66 1 Block 1, 1924-1953
2 King County, 1943
Lamb County
Box Folder
66 3 Capitol Leagues, 1912-1954
4 Castro, Cottle, Crockett County School Lands, 1910-1954
5 Dallam County School Land, 1910-1947
6 Deaf Smith County School Land
7 Fieldton plats, 1928
8 Garza County, 1916-1925
9 Halsell Cattle Co., 1907-1955
10 King County 1926-1957
11 Lamb-Castro County Boundary, 1916-1935
12 LIttlefield, 1920-1945
13 Block 2 Sketches 1953
14 Olton
15 Springlake School District boundary descriptions, 1950
16 Stephens, Johnathan H. Pinkney Strip, 1912-1950
17 Sterling County, 1858-1924
18 Sudan
19 Warren Subdivision I, Block W, 1954-1955
20 Block T
21 Lipscomb County, Llano County boundary descriptions 1845-1882
Box Folder
67 18 Loving County
Lubbock County
City of Lubbock
Box Folder
66 22 Section 1 Block A, 1921-1955
23 Section 3 Block A, 1945
25 Section 15 Block A, 1922-1946
24 Section 19 Block A, 1909-1949
26 Section 20 Block A, 1948-1955
27 Section 79 Block A, 1906-1949
Box Folder
67 1 Section 80 Block A, 1910-1950
2 Section 3 Block B
3 Section 4 Block B, 1907-1945
4 Section 5 Block B, 1926-1952
5 Section 6 Block B, 1929
6 Section 7 Block B, 1907-1956
7 Section 8 Block B, 1953
8 Section 9 Block B, 1928-1948
9 Section 10 Block B, 1953
10 Section 13 Block B, 1953
11 Section 14 Block B, 1928-1948
12 Section 15 Block B, 1924-1957
13 Section 17 Block B, 1929
14 Section 18 Block B, 1941-1950
15 Original Lubbock, 1891-1955
16 Overton Addition, 1909-1956
17 Section 3 Block O, 1909-1945
Box Folder
68 1 Section 4 Block O, 1927-1955
2 Block A, 1922-1959
Brown County School Land 1921-1953
Box Folder
68 4 Baer Estate, 1949
5 County Line, 1921-1931
6 Block D, 1928-1953
7 D2, D5, D6, D7, 1927-1948
8 E--E2, 1879-1956
9 Blocks S-X
10 J.R. Robinson
11 San Augustine County School Land
12 Shallowater, 1913
13 Slaton
14 I 20- I 24, 1920-1942
15 Triangulation, 1954
Box Folder
69 1 Wolfforth 1940
2 Block I,J,S,O,P,R-G 1917-1957
Box Folder
75 3 Field Notes, Lubbock County
4 Field Notes, Lubbock County
Box Folder
76 6 Working Sketches, Lubbock County, 1101-1300, 1935-1952
Lynn County
Box Folder
69 4 Block 1
5 Blocks 2-8
6 Blocks 9-12, 18, 21, 32
7 Blocks A1, CB, C-O, C40, C41, C42
8 Blocks, D20, D23, E
9 Block H
10 Blocks D23, I, J and Ketner School File
11 Newhome
12 O'Donnell
13 Blocks L, MH, O, P, Z, Y and Wilson School Land
Box Folder
70 1 Railroads: AB&M, B&B, D&SE, EL&RR, GRR, HE&WT, H&OB, LS&V, Rusk Transportation, TTRR
2 Tahoka
3 Triangulation
4 Wilson
5 T Ranch
6 Working Sketch
Box Folder
75 5 Field Notes, Lynn County
Box Folder
76 7 Working Sketches, Lynn County, 301-500
Martin County
Box Folder
70 7 Agreements T&P RR
8 Cole-Stroud
9 C. C. Slaughter
10 J. D. Slaughter
11 T&P Field Book
12 T&P Railroad
13 Mills County, Survey Notes
Mitchell County
Box Folder
70 14 Mitchell County, folded maps
Box Folder
74 5 Field Notes, Michell County
Box Folder
76 8 Working Sketches, Mitchell County, 1001-1500 1932-1940
Box Folder
71 1 Moore County
3 Oldham County
Pecos County
Box Folder
71 4 Railroad field notes
5 R. S. Dod
6 Field notes
Box Folder
77 1 Working Sketches, Pecos County, 1927-1937
Box Folder
75 6 Field Notes, Pecos County
Reagan County
Box Folder
71 7 Field notes
8 Plats
9 T&P University Land
Box Folder
72 1 Reeves County
2 Roberts County
3 Schliecher County
4 Scurry County
Sterling County
Box Folder
72 5 Sterling County
Box Folder
74 5 Field Notes, Sterling County
Stonewall County
Box Folder
72 3 Stonewall County
6 Stonewall - Haskell County Line
7 Stonewall - King County Line
8 Stonewall County
9 Swisher County
10 Terrell County
Terry County
Box Folder
72 11 Brownfield
12 Blocks C36-C39
13 Blocks D8, D11, D12, D14
14 Block DD
15 Block E
16 Triangulation
17 Block T
18 Grantee AB&M, Whitley, Blocks CB, CO, 4X, I, M, O, Y
Box Folder
75 1 Field Notes, Terry County
Box Folder
77 2 Working Sketches, Terry County, 1926-1952
Box Folder
73 1 Tom Green County
2 Upton County
3 Val Verde County
4 Ward County
5 Winkler County
Yoakum County
Box Folder
73 6 Twichell's 103rd Meridian
7 Block D, 1-249
8 Block D, 250-499
9 Block D, 500-906
10 Denver City
11 Triangulation
12 Block K
Box Folder
75 7 Field Notes, Yoakum County
Box Folder
77 3 Working Sketches, Yoakum County, 1929-1954
Box Folder
71 2 Correspondence, New Mexico 1951
Box Folder
74 1 Field Notes, T&P Railroad
Box Folder
77 4 Working Sketches, T&P Railroad, 1940
Bin Folder

Books 137
1 Field Books, 1929-1930



 

Robert E. Estes Records
(15 document boxes)

Maps, Sketches and Field Notes 1924-1950
Box Folder
79 1-2 Map Exhibits, A-Z
1-11 Map Exhibits, AA-AZ
Box Folder
80 1-13 Map Exhibits, BA-BZ
Box Folder
81 1 Map Exhibits, Unidentified Duval County
2-15 Map Exhibits, CA-CN
Box Folder
82 1-10 Map Exhibits, CO-CZ
Box Folder
83 1-23 Map Exhibits, DA-DZ
24-29 Map Exhibits, EA-EE
Map Exhibits, EF
Box Folder
84 1-2 Andrews County, Correspondence, A24-A81
3 Crane County Correspondence
4 Crockett County Correspondence
5 Ector County Correspondence
6 Glasscock County Correspondence
7 Martin County Correspondence
8 Duval County Correspondence
9 Culberson County Correspondence
Box Folder
85 1 Gaines County Correspondence
2 Howard County Correspondence
3 Reagan County Correspondence
4 Pecos County Correspondence
5 Midland County Correspondence, 1933-1948
Map Exhibits, EG
Box Folder
85 6 Scurry County Correspondence
6 Sterling County Correspondence
6 Tom Green County Correspondence
6 Upton County Correspondence
6 Ward County Correspondence
6 Unamed County Correspondence
7 Winkler County Correspondence
7 Personal Correspondence
7 Incomplete Correspondence
Map Exhibits, EH
Box Folder
86 1 Andrews County, Unorganized surveys
2 Andrews County, Field Notes, A19-A55
3 Andrews County, Public School Land, Field Notes
4 Andrews County, Strips, Field Notes
6 Andrews County, University Blocks, Field Notes
7 Andrews County, Original Blocks, Field Notes
8 Andrews County, Block C45, Field Notes
9 Andrews County, Blocks 40, 44, Field Notes
Box
87 Map Exhibits, EI, PSL Field Notes
Map Exhibits, EJ
Box Folder
88 1 Crane Co., Blocks B2-4, B17-28, B32
2 Crane Co., Blocks X, University, Crane-Ward Line, PSL, Strips
3 Crockett Co.
Map Exhibits, EK
Box Folder
88 4 Culberson Co.
5 Dawson Co.
6 Duval Co.
7 Ector Co., Blocks A, B7-B15, 41-45
8 Ector Co., Original F/N, Strips, Lines, Assorted
9 Gaines Co., Blocks A8-A12, A20-A34, C43-C45, G, North Line Gaines Co & ties to all adjoining blocks
10 Gaines Co., Gaines to Fisher Co lines, Strips, Assorted
11 Glasscock Co.
12 Howard Co.
13 Pecos Co. F/N
Map Exhibits, EL
Box Folder
89 1 Reagan Co., Blocks B, C, D, 35-37
2 Reeves Co., Original F/N
3 Scurry Co.
4 Sterling Co., Blocks 18, 23, 31, J. A. Soulard
5 Tom Green Co.
6 Upton Co., Lines, Blocks A-E, Grants, blocks 37-42
7 Upton Co., Original F/N, Bocks N-Y, block 35 H&TC
8 Ward Co., Blocks 34, B29, Strips, Oringal F/N, University blocks, Blocks A-F, N, Assorted
9 Map Exhibits, EM, Winkler Co., Blocks 3, 26-46, A56-57, B2-B5, C23, Original F/N
Box Folder
90 1-8 Martin Co., Field Notes
9-17 Midland Co., Field Notes
18 Mitchell Co., Field Notes
Field books
Box Folder
91 Field Books, 1-18
Box Folder
92 1 Field Books, 19-21
Box
93 Field Books, 22-42
Box Folder
137 1-4 Paper Index and Index to Microfilm
Box Folder
92 2 Weather Notes 1891-1917



 
Box Box
137 138 Edgar C. Saunders Records 1882-1960
(17 document boxes, 1 oversize box)
Scope and Contents of the Series
Deteriorating maps, sketches, field notes, field books, and correspondence comprise the Edgar C. Saunders Records. Geographic areas covered include Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Edwards, Irion, Kimble, Menard, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Real, Sutton, Schleicher, Terrell, Tom Green, and Val Verde counties.
Survey Records, by County
Box Folder
94 1 Brewster County Map
2 Crane County Working Sketch
3-14 Crockett County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
95 1-21 Crockett County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
22-35 Edwards County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
96 1-30 Edwards County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
97 1-4 Irion County Sketches
5-11 Kimble County: Field Notes and Working Sketches
Box Folder
138 1-4 Menard County Survey Map
5-11 Pecos County: Working Sketches and Field Notes
12 Presidio County Field Notes
13 Reagan County: City of Best Working Sketch
14 Real County Working Sketch
Box Folder
98 1-30 Schleicher County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
99 1-24 Schleicher County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
100 1-25 Sutton County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
101 1-21 Sutton County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
102 1-21 Sutton County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
103 1-11 Sutton County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
Box Folder
104 1-21 Sutton County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, County Map and Correspondence
22-27 Terrell County: Working Sketches, Field Notes, and Correspondence
28-32 Tom Green County: Working Sketches and Field Notes
Box Folder
105 1-37 Val Verde County: Working Sketches and Field Notes
Survey Records, unorganized
Box Folder
106 1-4 Sol Mayer: Working Sketches and Field Notes
5 W. L. Miers: Tax Valuation of property
Box Folder
108 2 Field Notes (unorganized) 1898-1940
3 University Land in Crockett, Reagan, Upton Counties
5-14 Various blank survey forms
Box Folder
138 15 Dobson Heirs Field Notes
16-18 Roy Hudspeth and Giles Hill Field Notes
Correspondence
Box Folder
106 6 Correspondence (unorganized)
Box Folder
107 1 Parker and Mund Survey Correspondence
2 Assorted Correspondence
3 Saunders, John McNichol and others
4 John McNichol
5 Organized by Company Name or Last Name
Field Books
Box Folder
137 5 Field Books 3-8; 22; undated (3), 1914-1920, undated
Box Folder
108 1 Field Book 70 with index, 1923-1924
Box Folder
137 6 Field Book Index (3 copies)
Box
140 Field Books 1-27; 65
Box Folder
106 7-8 Printed Material: Legal and Reference publications
Box Folder
108 4 2nd and 3rd Annual Texas Surveyors Association Short Course 1953-1954



 

Robert A. Estes Humble Research Files 1846-1972
(12 document boxes)

Box
109-115 Texas and Pacific Railway 1851-1972
Box
115 Crockett County 1893-1934
Box
116 Land District and Colony Sketch Files 1846-1882
Box
117 Capitol Lands Maps and Reports 1880-1919, 1956
Box
118 University Lands
Box
119-120 R. A. Estes Files 1876-1944



 

Photographic Materials 1948-1964, undated
(4 photograph boxes, 24 slide boxes)

Scope and Contents of the Series
Slides prepared for presentation at the 1958 Exploration Conference. These presentation slides generally show geological maps and data on West Texas.
Box
121-123 Photographic Prints
(3 photograph boxes)
Arizona and New Mexico
Apache County, AZ
Boundary Butte Area 1948, 1955
Eddy County, NM
Seven Rivers Block
Huapache Area 1954, undated
Guadalupe County, NM
N. Newkirk Area 1963
Lea County, NM
Candill Devonian Area 1955
Rio Arriba County, NM
Jicarilla Area 1951, 1955, undated
Sandoval County, NM
McKeller Ranch Block Nov. 13, 1953
San Juan County, NM
Beautiful Mountain Area/Block 1954, 1956
Chimney Rock Area 1949
SW Farmington Area/Block
Navajo Boundary Survey 1958
Preliminary Investigation of San Juan River 1956
Ute Mountain
Valencia County, NM
Evans Ranch
Los Lunas Block 1952
Texas
Andrews County
Freund Block 1947
Means Field
Coke County
N. Bronte Area
S. Bronte Area
Colorado River State Lease 1958
Johnson Area 1953, undated
McCabe Area 1961
Pioneer Area 1961
NW Robert Lee 1958, undated
S. Robert Lee 1952, 1953
Weaver Block 1955
Crane County
E. Cordova Lake Area 1954
Crockett County
Baggett Area 1958
Bailey Block
Bean Area 1963
Noelke Block 1953
Ranch Strawn Area 1961
Shannon Area 1963
Culberson County
Foster Area Jan. 1953-Mar. 1954
Hunter Ranch 1961
Pratt Vacancy 1958
PSL Blocks 113 & 114 1958
T&P Blocks 53-61 1958
Gaines County
SE Gaines Area 1960
Justiceberg
Slaughter Area/Estate 1957, 1960, undated
Southland Area 1964
Glasscock County
Unidentified
Wilson Vacancy
Howard County
Edwards Lease 1964
SE Howard Glasscock (formerly Seven Rivers) 1957
Snyder Area 1962
Suggs Area
NW Suggs Area 1952, undated
Williams Block/Area
Irion County
Mertzon Block
Box
133 Photo Album 1928-12
Box
124 Photographic Negatives
Box
134 Photographic Negatives
Slides
20.0 Linear feet(24 slide boxes)
Box
135 Field Slides
Box
125-128 Conference Slides 1958



 

Administrative Records 1952-1984
(1 document box)
Creator: Twichell Survey Records Committee.

Box
132 Robert E. Estes Inventory and Purchase Agreement ca 1952
Twichell Survey Records Committee Correspondence 1959-1984



 

Ephemera, 1935-1966; undated
(1 document box)

Box
55 Book. Mitchell, Hugh C. First-order Triangulation in Texas (1927 Datum). Washington, D.C: Govt. print. off, 1935
Book plates (8)
Microfilm. Humble Oil Co., GLO (Federal) Plats, Illinois, So. Dakota, 1966
Box Folder
137 8 Material check-out forms, 1960-1984
Oversized Box
OS 105 Empty Ledger Book, undated