A Guide to the Federal Archives Report, 1937
In 1936, the Works Progress Administration and the National Archives organized the Survey of Federal Archives (Federal Project No. 4). The intent of the survey was to provide employment for white-collar workers and to ascertain the contents, location, condition, and volume of federal records throughout the country. In Texas, D. Roy Parker served as the regional director of the survey, until the program became part of the Historical Records Survey in 1937. The program was terminated in 1942.
In Texas, the survey renovated and rearranged over ten million documents and 362,452 volumes; transcribed 217,323 pages of records; prepared new name or subject indices to 1,169,762 property records and name indices to over four million birth, death, and marriage records; prepared new name indices to supplement 928,000 district and county court records; and inventoried probate case papers for 392,450 estates. Moreover, the survey compiled and published inventories of all federal archives in the state.
Nance, Joseph Milton. "Texas Historical Records Survey." Handbook of Texas Online. Accessed May 31, 2011.
The Federal Archives Report, 1937, contains “A Partial Preliminary Report on the Federal Archives Survey in Texas” and the “Final Report of the National Survey of Federal Archives in Texas,” both written by the regional director, D. Roy Parker. The reports discuss the purpose, methodology, and scope of the project, and the physical storage of records. The final report contains greater detail about the administration, personnel, financing, and findings of the study as well as numerous tables not found in the preliminary report. Each document contains several photographs to highlight the condition of archival materials.
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Federal Archives Report, 1937, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
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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