A Guide to the Texas Organization for Endangered Species Records, 1971-1999
The Texas Organization for Endangered Species (TOES) was a non-profit organization founded in 1973. The main goals of the organization at its inception were to gather and organize information pertaining to endangered fauna, flora, and communities within the state of Texas; to work towards state legislation and the Federal Endangered Species Act; to make information on rare species accessible to the academic community as well as to environmental regulators and the general public; and to assemble information from all available sources on imperiled species and publish that information in concise listings. These listings were intended to promote measures to preserve and protect the species therein.
The membership of TOES was at its highest, at 425 members, in 1975, the same year that Dr. Charles Ramsey put together the first TOES newsletter. The organization was successful in many ventures, including lobbying for the passing of the State Endangered Species Act, the Native Plant Protection Act, and the Special Nongame and Endangered Species Act. TOES prevailed for 25 years before being absorbed by the Texas Academy of Science as a section of their activities. Raymond C. Mathews, Jr., was president of TOES and the Chair of the TOES History Project, 1995-1997.
The Texas Organization for Endangered Species Records, 1971-1999, consist of species files, special issues files, annual meeting and committee files, correspondence, reports, newsletters, awards, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department lists, audiocassettes, and videotapes. The records pertain to the administration of the organization, endangered species documentation, and the distribution of information regarding rare and imperiled species and other environmental issues. Additionally, the records contain audiocassettes and videotapes of Ecological Society of America meetings at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas; information on a variety of plants and animals; files of two presidents of TOES, Raymond Mathews and Gena Jansen; and policies, programs, reports, and publications of various environmental associations, including TOES.
The collection is open for research use.
A portion of these records is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.
Texas Organization for Endangered Species Records, 1971-1999, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Stephanie Malmros, 2000. Subsequent revisions were made by Laurel Rozema, January 2010.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s "History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light" project, 2009-2011.
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