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Descriptive Summary

Historical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Inventory

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Texas Railroad Commission Records, 1903, 1935



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Railroad Commission of Texas
Title: Texas Railroad Commission Records
Dates: 1903, 1935
Abstract: Comprising reports, the Texas Railroad Commission Records, 1903, 1935, document the agency’s plans for development.
Accession No.: 93-470
Extent: 1 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Historical Note

Established by the legislature in 1891, the Railroad Commission of Texas originally managed the rates and operations of intrastate railroads, express companies, wharves, and terminals. By 1917, the agency also oversaw the transportation of petroleum pipelines and obtained jurisdiction over gas utilities three years later. During the 1930s, it became involved in political and economic issues, such as prorating the amount of oil wells could generate, thus conserving resources and managing the price of oil. Because of its role in petroleum production, the commission wielded a great deal of influence in both national and international industries until the decline of the Texas oil enterprise in the 1970s. Nonetheless, it still oversees a variety of operations that supervise and examine oil and gas production, while also regulating surface mining, among other activities.

Sources:

"About the Agency." Railroad Commission of Texas. Accessed April 11, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mdr01.

Prindle, David F. "Railroad Commission."Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed April 11, 2011. http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/mdr01.

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Scope and Contents

Comprising reports, the Texas Railroad Commission Records, 1903, 1935, document the agency’s plans for development. An excerpt from a 1903 report discusses reducing passenger rates for merchants’ conventions in response to petitions filed by various merchant organizations, while four copies of a 1935 report concern the extension of the railways and the creation of different track lines throughout Texas. Additionally, another 1935 report pertains to the Fort Smith and Western Railway Company’s finances.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Organizations)
Railroad Commission of Texas -- Archives.
Subjects
Railroad companies -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Railroads -- Texas -- History - 20th century.
Railroads -- Design and construction -- Texas -- History -- 20th century.
Places
Texas -- History -- 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Railroad Commission Records, 1903, 1935, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

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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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Inventory

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2J168 Reports, 1903, 1935

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