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Overview

Administrative History

Scope and Contents note

Arrangement note

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Missing Reports

Description of Series

Commissioner's Reports 1837-2012


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Commissioner's Reports, 1837-2013:

A Collection of Annual Reports and Biennial Reports



Overview

Creator: Texas. General Land Office.
Title: Commissioner's Reports
Inclusive Dates: 1837-2013
Abstract: The Commissioner's Reports are a collection of annual and biennial reports summarizing the activities of the General Land Office (1837-2012).
Identification: ADM.CR
Quantity: 8.21 Linear feet, (10 document boxes, 4 oversized boxes)
Location: OVR
Language: Materials are mostly written in English. One item is written in Spanish.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Administrative History

The Commissioner's Reports are a collection of annual and biennial reports summarizing the activities of the General Land Office (1837-2012). As with all government agencies, as the population of the State grew, so did the size and complexity of the Commissioner's Report. Early reports were handwritten correspondence addressed to the President, Senate and House of Representatives of the Republic of Texas. The correspondence style of reporting lasted until 1932, though even to the present the Commissioner writes a brief letter of introduction at the beginning of the Report.

These reports were delivered annually until 1849 when they became biennial. In 1962, the Commissioner's Report reverted back to annual reporting tied to the State's fiscal year (September-August).

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Scope and Contents note

The Commissioner's Reports contain printed documents, photocopied documents and photographic reproductions of handwritten documents. The early reports, 1837-1878, are copies taken from the original Commissioner's correspondence and from volumes held by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Two bound volumes contain original printed reports for the years 1880-1956. Thereafter to the present consists of original printed reports.

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Arrangement note

The Commissioner's Reports are arranged chronologically.

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Restrictions

Conditions Governing Access note

Unrestricted access.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Allcorn, Bill, Land Commissioner, 1923-1962
Armstrong, Bob, Land Commissioner, 1932-
Baker, Andrew J. (Andrew Jackson), Land Commissioner, 1842-1912
Borden, John P., Land Commissioner, 1812-1890
Crosby, Stephen, Land Commissioner, 1808-1869
Dewhurst, David, Land Commissioner, 1945-
Giles, Bascom, Land Commissioner, 1900-1993
Groos, Johann Jacob, Land Commissioner, -1878
Hall, Richard M., Land Commissioner, 1851-1917
Kuechler, Jacob, Land Commissioner, 1823-1893
Mauro, Garry, Land Commissioner, 1948-
Patterson, Jerry, Land Commissioner, 1946-
Robison, James Thomas, Land Commissioner, 1861-1929
Rogan, Charles, Land Commissioner, 1858-1932
Rudder, James Earl, Land Commissioner, 1910-1970
Sadler, Jerry , Land Commissioner, 1907-1982
Smyth, George Washington, Land Commissioner, 1803-1866
Spence, Joseph, Land Commissioner, -1894
Walker, James Hemphill, Land Commissioner, 1860-1947
Walsh, W. C. (William C.), Land Commissioner, 1836-1924
Ward, Thomas William, Land Commissioner, 1807-1872
Financial records
Legislative Documents
Permanent School Fund (Texas)
Public Lands--Texas.
Reports
Republic and State Land Grant Programs
School lands
Texas General Land Office
Texas. Available School Fund
Texas. Veteran's Land Board
Volumes (documents by form)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation note

Commissioner's Reports (ADM.CR). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Digital Copies

Texas General Land Office employees can access Commissioner's Reports 1972-2008 on the Docushare server: http://docushare.glo.state.tx.us/docushare/dsweb/View/Collection-34954

External customers must visit the GLO Archives & Records Reading Room at 1700 N. Congress Ave. Suite 935 Austin, Texas.

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 Missing Reports 

1845, 1846, 1847, 1896 (Biennial), 1971.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Commissioner's Reports 1837-2012

Box Folder
1 1 Annual Report - Commissioner John P. Borden, October 7, 1837
1 Annual Report - Commissioner John P. Borden, November 6, 1837
2 Annual Report - Commissioner John P. Borden, April 10, 1838
3 Annual Report - Commissioner John P. Borden, January 26, 1839
4 Annual Report - Commissioner John P. Borden, October 21, 1840
5 Annual Report - Commissioner Thomas W. Ward, October 7, 1841
6 Annual Report - Commissioner Thomas W. Ward, November 16, 1843
7 Annual Report - Commissioner Thomas W. Ward, October 2, 1844
8 Biennial Report - Commissioner George W. Smyth, November 1, 1849
8 Biennial Report - Commissioner George W. Smyth, November 1, 1851
Oversized Box Folder
13 1 Biennial Report (Draft) - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, 1853
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1 9 Biennial Report - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, November 1, 1853
Oversized Box Folder
13 2 Biennial Report (Draft) - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, 1855
Box Folder
1 10 Biennial Report - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, November 1, 1855
Oversized Box
13 Biennial Report (Spanish) - Commssioner Stephen Crosby, November 9, 1855
3 Biennial Report (Draft) - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, 1857
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1 11 Biennial Report - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, November 1, 1857
12 Biennial Report - Commissioner Francis M. White, September 1, 1859
Oversized Box Folder
13 4 Biennial Report (Draft) - Commissioner Francis M. White, 1861
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1 13 Biennial Report - Commissioner Francis M. White, September 1, 1861
Oversized Box Folder
13 5 Biennial Report (Draft) - Commissioner Francis M. White, 1863
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1 14 Biennial Report - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, September 1, 1863
15 Biennial Report - Commissioner Francis M. White, August 6, 1866
16 Biennial Report - Commissioner Stephen Crosby, July 31, 1867
17 Biennial Report - Commissioner Joseph Spence, January 1, 1870
18 Annual Report - Commissioner Jacob Kuechler, September 1, 1870
20 Supplemental Report - Commissioner Jacob Kuechler, January 1, 1871
19 Annual Report - Commissioner Jacob Kuechler, September 1, 1871
21 Annual Report - Commissioner Jacob Kuechler, September 1, 1872
22 Annual Report - Commissioner Jacob Kuechler, September 1, 1873
23 End of Term Report - Commissioner Johann Jacob Groos, February 23, 1874
24 Annual Report - Commissioner Johann Jacob Groos, September 16, 1874
25 Annual Report - Commissioner Johann Jacob Groos, September 6, 1875
26 Annual Report - Commissioner Johann Jacob Groos, September 4, 1877
27 Annual Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, November 1, 1878
Oversized Box
11 Commissioner's Reports [bound volume], 1880-1922
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1 28 Biennial Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, September 1, 1880
29 Special Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, March 1, 1882
29 Biennial Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, September 1, 1882
30 Biennial Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, August 31, 1884
31 Biennial Report - Commissioner William C. Walsh, September 1, 1886
32 Biennial Report - Commissioner Richard M. Hall, September 1, 1888
33 Biennial Report - Commissioner Richard M. Hall, September 1, 1890
34 Biennial Report - Commissioner W. L. McGaughey, September 1, 1892
35 Biennial Report - Commissioner Andrew Jackson Baker, September 3, 1898
Oversized Box
10 Finding of Special Commission - Act of March 2, 1899 - Commissioner Charles Rogan, November 1, 1899
Biennial Report - Commissioner Charles Rogan [2 copies], September 1, 1902
Land Law of 1905, with amendments to 1907, 1907
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2 1 Biennial Report - Commissioner James Thomas Robison, September 1, 1920
Oversized Box
12 Commissioner's Reports [bound volume], 1922-1956
Box Folder
2 2 Biennial Report - Commissioner James Hemphill Walker, September 1, 1932
3 Biennial Report - Commissioner James Hemphill Walker, September 1, 1934
4 Biennial Report - Commissioner James Hemphill Walker, December 15, 1936
5 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1940
6 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1942
7 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1944
8 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1946
9 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1948
10 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1950
11 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1952
12 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bascom Giles, September 1, 1954
13-14 Biennial Report - Commissioner James Earl Rudder, August 31, 1956
15 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bill Allcorn, August 31, 1958
16 Biennial Report - Commissioner Bill Allcorn, August 31, 1960
17 Annual Report (1962) - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, February 12, 1963
18 Annual Report - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, 1963
19 Biennial Report - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, 1965
20 Annual Report - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, 1966
21 Biennial Report - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, 1968
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3 1 Biennial Report - Commissioner Jerry Sadler, 1970
2 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, November 28, 1972
3 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1973
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9 7 Audit Report (1973) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, December 20, 1974
Box Folder
3 4 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1974
5 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1975
Box Folder
9 8 Audit Report (1975) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, July 16, 1976
Box Folder
3 6 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1976
Box Folder
9 9 Audit Report (1976) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, December 28, 1977
Box Folder
3 7 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1977
Box Folder
9 10 Audit Report (1977) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, November 30, 1978
Box Folder
3 8 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, 1978
Box Folder
9 11 Audit Report (1978) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, December 31, 1979
Box Folder
3 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, December 3, 1979
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9 12 Audit Report (1979) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, December 1, 1980
Box Folder
3 10 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, December 5, 1980
Box Folder
9 13 Audit Report (1980) - State Auditor George W. McNiel, February 17, 1981
Box Folder
3 11 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, December 8, 1981
Box Folder
9 1 Audited Annual Financial Report (1981) - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, February 22, 1982
Box Folder
4 1 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, December 7, 1982
Box Folder
9 2 Audited Annual Financial Report (1982) - Commissioner Garry Mauro, January 18, 1983
Box Folder
4 2 Annual Report - Commissioner Bob Armstrong, December 7, 1983
Box Folder
9 3 Audited Annual Financial Report (1983) - Commissioner Garry Mauro, February 24, 1984
Box Folder
4 3 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 4, 1984
Box Folder
14 1 Annual Report to Budget Authorities - Office of the State Auditor, 1984
Box Folder
9 4 Audited Annual Financial Report (1984) - Commissioner Garry Mauro, February 25, 1985
Box Folder
4 4 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 6, 1985
Box Folder
9 5 Audited Annual Financial Report (1985) - Commissioner Garry Mauro, February 21, 1986
Oversized Box
13 Unaudited Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, August 31, 1986
Box Folder
9 6 Audited Annual Financial Report (1986) - Commissioner Garry Mauro, February 27, 1987
Box Folder
4 5-6 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1987
Box Folder
5 1 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1988
2 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 8, 1989
3 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 7, 1990
4 Annual Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1991
5 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1992
6 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1993
7 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, December 9, 1994
8 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, November 29, 1995
9 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, November 27, 1996
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6 1 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, November 28, 1997
2 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Garry Mauro, November 30, 1998
3 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner David Dewhurst, November 20, 1999
4 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner David Dewhurst, November 20, 2000
5 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner David Dewhurst, November 20, 2001
6 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner David Dewhurst, November 20, 2002
7 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2003
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7 1 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2004
2 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 18, 2005
3-4 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2006
5 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2007
6 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2008
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8 1 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2009
2 Unaudited Quarterly Financial Report, July 15, 2010
3-4 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2010
5-6 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2011
7 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2012
8 Annual Financial Report - Commissioner Jerry Patterson, November 20, 2013

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