University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records, 1936-1994



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Electric Cooperatives
Title: Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records
Dates: 1936-1994
Abstract: 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.
Accession No.: 92-085; 94-075; 94-236; 94-287; 94-327; 95-165; 96-318; 2000-004; 2000-005; 2006-197
Extent: ca. 36 ft., 5 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

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.

Sources:

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).


Scope and Contents

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.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Use Restrictions

A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Texas Electric Cooperatives -- Archives.
Subjects
Electric utilities -- Texas.
Telephone -- Texas.
Cooperative societies -- Texas.
Rural electrification -- Texas.

Separated Material

Some material has been separated to the Artifact Collection and Library.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Electric Cooperatives Association Records, 1936-1994, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

Collection contains unprocessed accessions: 96-318, 2000-004, and 2006-197.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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