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Committee on Saving Taxes (56th Legislature)

House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes (56th Legislature) public hearing audiotapes and transcript, 1959-1960, 0.35 cubic ft. (audio, digital audio)

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Restrictions on Access
Due to the fragility of the audiotapes, the digital copies must be used instead of the original tapes. Researchers wishing to access the original audiotapes must contact Archives staff. Access may be granted if the researcher wants to view the physical tape and its container.


Scope and Content
The Texas House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes created in 1959 by House Simple Resolution 152 (56th Texas Legislature, 1st Called Session) had five members appointed by the Speaker of the House. The committee was charged with investigating ways to reduce costs and waste in state government and with devising operational plans for all state departments, agencies, and institutions to provide economical and efficient services to the public. Records of the committee are audiotape recordings of public hearings that according to the labeling on the tape boxes were held on October 2 and 3, 1959, and on February 19, March 4, 12, and 18, and April 7, 1960; dates are not announced in the recordings. Testimony was heard from staff of the Texas State Board of Control, Texas Prison System, Texas Highway Department, Texas State Department of Public Welfare, Texas Game and Fish Commission, Texas State Building Commission, Texas Commission on Higher Education, Texas Comptroller’s Office, and Texas State Treasury Department. The chairman of the board of regents of Sam Houston State Teachers College (renamed as Sam Houston State University in 1967) and the architect of the college president’s home also presented testimony to the committee. Archives staff have not listened to the entirety of the recordings to determine or verify all who testified as witnesses to the committee. It is not known whether the committee held additional public hearings that are not documented in these recordings. The committee began its work upon the members’ appointment on October 1, 1959, and was to continue until the convening of the 57th Legislature on January 10, 1961. The committee was to report to the House of Representatives before the beginning of the next legislative session on the matters charged to it, though it is not known where the report may exist. Committee members were Representatives Wesley Roberts (chair), Robert E. Johnson (vice chair), Charles Lee Ballman, George Cook, and James Cotton. The audio recordings were originally made on seven-inch open reels of ¼-inch tape.


Arrangement
These audio recordings are arranged in chronological order. Tape reels were numbered according to their original physical order, which in most cases does not reflect chronological order.

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Texas House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes (56th Legislature) public hearing audiotapes and transcript. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession Number:  1987/071, 1987/076

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Publications Clearinghouse of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on January 8, 1987 and by the Texas House of Representatives Committee Coordinator on January 13, 1987.

Technical Requirements
Due to the fragility of the audiotapes, the digital copies must be used instead of the original tapes. Researchers wishing to access the original audiotapes must contact Archives staff. Access may be granted if the researcher wants to view the physical tape and its container.


Inventory of House of Representatives Committee on Saving Taxes (56th Legislature) public hearing audiotapes and transcript.

Box Audio
1987/076-2 31 Public hearing, October 2, 1959 [running time: 1:03:57]
[Note: Music can be heard faintly in parts of this recording, probably as a result of the tape not being fully erased before reuse. Original box labeling lists an organizational meeting and the dates November 13 and 14, but the recording does not include that content.]
[First witness: Texas State Board of Control Executive Director William J. Burke. Second witness: Texas Prison System General Manager O.B. Ellis (beginning at 51:10).]
32 Public hearing, October 2, 1959 [running time: 50:06]
[Note: Music can be heard faintly in parts of this recording, probably as a result of the tape not being fully erased before reuse. Original box labeling lists an organizational meeting and the dates November 13 and 14, but the recording does not include that content.]
[Witness: Texas Highway Department State Highway Engineer Dewitt C. Greer.]
33B Public hearing, October 3, 1959 [running time: 1:04:06]
[Note: Side B. Music can be heard faintly in parts of this recording, probably as a result of the tape not being fully erased before reuse. Original box labeling lists an organizational meeting and the dates November 13 and 14, but the recording does not include that content.]
[Witness: Texas State Department of Public Welfare Commissioner John Winters. This testimony was recorded before the testimony that appears on Side A.]
33A Public hearing, October 3, 1959 [running time: 49:39]
[Note: Side A. Music can be heard faintly in parts of this recording, probably as a result of the tape not being fully erased before reuse. Original box labeling lists an organizational meeting and the dates November 13 and 14, but the recording does not include that content.]
[Witness: Texas State Department of Public Welfare Commissioner John Winters. This testimony was recorded after the testimony that appears on Side B.]
15A Public hearing, February 19, 1960 [running time: 3:10:42]
[Note: Side A.]
[Witness: Texas Game and Fish Commission Assistant Executive Secretary W.J. Cutbirth Jr.]
15B Public hearing, February 19, 1960 [running time: 2:18:40]
[Note: Side B.]
[Witness: Texas Game and Fish Commission Assistant Executive Secretary W.J. Cutbirth Jr.]
18A Public hearing, March 4, 1960 [running time: 1:35:50]
[Note: Side A.]
[Witnesses: Texas Game and Fish Commission Executive Secretary Howard D. Dodgen, Fiscal Director C.L. Friou, and commission member Frank M. Wood. Recording matches transcript up to p. 52, “… Mr. Friou: It would be about thirty-three hundred dollars ($3,300), if there is a difference.”]
18B Public hearing, March 4, 1960 [running time: 1:36:03]
[Note: Side B.]
[Witnesses: Texas Game and Fish Commission Executive Secretary Howard D. Dodgen, Fiscal Director C.L. Friou, Assistant Executive Secretary W.J. Cutbirth Jr., and commission member Frank M. Wood. Recording matches transcript from p. 52, “… Chairman Roberts: Mr. Johnson.” to p. 98 “A: Thirty-three hundred this morning.”]
Box
1987/071 Public hearing transcript, March 4, 1960
[Witnesses: Texas Game and Fish Commission Executive Secretary Howard D. Dodgen, Fiscal Director C.L. Friou, Assistant Executive Secretary W.J. Cutbirth Jr., and commission member Frank M. Wood.]
Box Audio
1987/076-2 11 Public hearing, March 12, 1960 [running time: 57:05]
[Witnesses: Texas State Building Commission Executive Director Admiral H.R. Nieman Jr. and Architect Phil Bible.]
12A Public hearing, March 18, 1960 [running time: 1:03:53]
[Note: Side A. From 7:50 to 8:40 the volume increases and the recording is indistinct.]
[Witnesses: Sam Houston State Teachers College president’s home architect Paul Toungate and Board of Regents Chairman J.H. Sears.]
12B Public hearing, March 18, 1960 [running time: 1:02:07]
[Note: Side B.]
[Witnesses: Sam Houston State Teachers College president’s home architect Paul Toungate and Board of Regents Chairman J.H. Sears.]
13A Public hearing, March 18, 1960 [running time: 1:01:54]
[Note: Side A.]
[First witness: Sam Houston State Teachers College Board of Regents Chairman J.H. Sears (ends at 27:59). Second witness: Texas Commission on Higher Education Director Dr. Ralph Green (begins at 28:11).]
13B Public hearing, March 18, 1960 [running time: 1:03:10]
[Note: Side B.]
[Witness: Texas Commission on Higher Education Director Dr. Ralph Green.]
9A Public hearing, April 7, 1960 [running time: 1:03:56]
[Note: Side A.]
[First witnesses: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Robert S. Calvert and Comptroller’s Office Chief Clerk Kenneth Kimbro (ends at 15:00). Second witnesses: Texas State Treasurer Jesse James and Treasury Department Chief Clerk Morris Stevens (begins at 15:31).]
9B Public hearing, April 7, 1960 [running time: 3:17]
[Note: Side B.]
[First witnesses: Texas State Treasurer Jesse James and Treasury Department Chief Clerk Morris Stevens.]
10A Public hearing, April 7, 1960 [running time: 1:03:52]
[Note: Side A.]
[Witnesses: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Robert S. Calvert, Comptroller’s Office Chief Clerk Kenneth Kimbro, and staff member Gus Farrar.]
10B Public hearing, April 7, 1960 [running time: 1:03:36]
[Note: Side B.]
[Witnesses: Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Robert S. Calvert, Comptroller’s Office Chief Clerk Kenneth Kimbro, and staff member Gus Farrar.]
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