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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Special Act Certificates, December 15, 1858-March 29, 1862


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Special Act Certificates, 1858-1862



Overview

Creator: Texas. Legislature.
Title: Special Act Certificates
Inclusive Dates: December 15, 1858-March 29, 1862
Abstract: Special Acts are legislation approved by the Texas Legislature granting land to individuals or their heirs. The records include handwritten copies of the Acts and an index. However, neither the records nor the index are comprehensive.
Identification: AR.89
Quantity: 6.6 Linear feet, (10 oversized boxes, 1 bound volume)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

In legislation generally, special acts are private laws or acts which are made for particular persons or private concerns, rather than for the public generally. In regards to this collection specifically, special acts are legislation approved by the Texas Legislature granting land to individuals or their heirs. They are also referred to as "Relief Acts" as the legislation is entitled, "An Act for the Relief of ...". The legislation does not specify why these individuals received land through a special act. However, some of their petitions to the Texas Legislature are available in the Memorials and Petitions, 1836-1937 Records at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

Special Act Certificates contains certified copies of legislation, drafts of legislation, petitions, and affidavits in support of granting land to individuals or their heirs. The records include an index that lists certificate number, name of grantee, quantity (acreage), when issued. The Special Act Certificates records are not comprehensive and neither is the index.

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Arrangement

The files are physically arranged in alphabetical order by surname. The index is organized by surname in two index lists: certificates issued by the Commissioner of Claims and an index of certificates issued by the Land Commissioner. Date is date of issuance of certificates.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

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Index Terms

Texas Court of Claims.
Texas. General Land Office.
Indexes
Land Certificates
Special Acts
Volumes (documents by form)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Special Act Certificates (AR.89). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Existence and Location of Copies note

The Special Act Certificates have been digitized and are searchable. See the: Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database Input: Class: Special Acts

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Special Act Certificates, December 15, 1858-March 29, 1862

Oversized Box
OS 1 Index to Special Act Certificates, December 15, 1858-March 29, 1862
Oversized Box
OS 1 - OS 10 Special Act Certificates, 1840-1862

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