A Guide to the Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records, 1936-1994
Although electricity had been in highly populated cities for decades, the electric companies in the 1930s were still not providing their services to rural areas. Local cooperatives developed to address this issue, and the first one in the U.S. was established in Bartlett, Texas, in 1935. It remains one of 74 co-ops in Texas (930 in the nation) to provide electricity to rural areas.
In Austin in 1941, these co-ops established the Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., to represent the interests of the Texas co-ops and their members. As of 2010, the 74 co-ops are members, the TEC is headquartered in Austin, and the TEC's president and CEO is Mike Williams.
Texas Electric Cooperatives. "About TEC." Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., http://www.texas-ec.org/about_tec/ (accessed May 4, 2010).
Texas Electric Cooperatives. "History of Electric Cooperatives." Texas Electric Cooperatives, Inc., http://www.texas-ec.org/about_tec/history/ (accessed May 4, 2010).
The Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records, 1936-1994, contains publications, reports, meeting and task force materials, program and workshop materials, correspondence, financial and legal documents, photographs, and audiovisual material. These include information about the electrical utility industry, rural electrification, energy conservation, utility employee training, utility customer relations, electrical household appliances, history of individual Texas cooperatives, and the development and production of the Texas Co-Op Power magazine.
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A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records, 1936-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
Collection contains unprocessed accessions: 96-318, 2000-004, and 2006-197.
Detailed Description of the Papers