A Guide to the Texas General Land Office Employee Payroll Records, 1870-1954
Appropriations for staff salaries are set by the Legislature during the biennial session. Through the biennial report, the Commissioner can make appeals for the Legislature to increase appropriations when more staff are needed. There have been times throughout the history of the GLO that the Commissioner has asked for less money for staff and that can be seen through these volumes.
7 bound volumes and one folder document how the General Land Office used the money appropriated by the Legislature. For the period 1870-1926, the volumes list the names and titles of employees, how much they were paid and supply costs for the Agency. There are also entries for repair and upkeep of the furniture and machines used by the draftsmen. The brief records for 1949-1954 list the employees by name and how much they were paid, leaving out supply costs.
The titles listed below are what appear on the spines of the volumes. The spine titles and (sometimes erroneous) date are used by staff to locate the volume in the Patent Room. The loose leaf file from 1954 is located in the File Vault in the Oversized section.
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.).
[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Texas General Land Office Employee Payroll Records (LGR.PAY). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.
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