Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The State of Texas has given the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) the responsibility for the management and conservation of the state’s wildlife and fish resources; provision of outdoor recreational opportunities to the public; acquisition, development, and operation of wildlife management areas, fish hatcheries, state parks, historic sites, and other public lands; conservation education and outreach; cultural and historical interpretation; and the regulation of fishing, hunting, and boating activities. The department is composed of ten major divisions which carry out the functions and duties of the agency: Wildlife, State Parks, Coastal Fisheries, Inland Fisheries, Communications, Law Enforcement, Infrastructure, Administrative Resources, Legal, Information Technology, and Human Resources. The Parks and Wildlife Commission selects an executive director to administer the department. In 2014 the agency employed the full-time equivalent of 3,109 people.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Infrastructure Division: Infrastructure Division Records, 1983-2016
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department. Infrastructure Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Infrastructure Division records
Abstract: The Infrastructure Division administers the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Capital Program, which includes all new construction, restoration, renovation, maintenance, and repair projects. It is responsible for all design and construction contracts for the department, and it provides professional design, construction, and project management services to state parks, wildlife management areas, hatcheries, and other department facilities. Records include manuals, project files, correspondence, office memorandum, contracts and invoices, research notes, topographical plans, maps, and photographs. The records cover the division’s administrative, financial, and operational activities, topographical research and land surveys, and special projects.
These records are organized into six series. Only the Civilian Conservation Corps project files, 1983-1985, 1991-2016, undated, bulk 1997-2006, are available in the Texas Digital Archive.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department: Battleship Texas Records, 1947-1990s
Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Battleship Texas records
Dates: 1947-1948, 1971, 1984-1990s, undated, bulk 1980s-1990s
Abstract: The USS battleship Texas has become both a National Historic Landmark and a National Mechanical Engineering Landmark. The records consist of prints, ships plans, and a poster reproduction of a painting of the USS Texas from both the U.S. Navy and the TPWD; six audiocassettes containing recordings of Battleship Texas Commission meetings, the campaign to save the Battleship Texas, and the decommissioning ceremony; one 7-inch reel-to-reel audio tape containing a recording of the decommissioning ceremony; one VHS videocassette from the TPWD depicting a condition report and the retirement of the battleship; and meeting minutes of the Battleship Texas Advisory Board. Records are dated 1947-1948, 1971, 1984-1990s, undated, bulk 1980s-1990s. The majority of the materials serve as documentation for the restoration and creation of a historic monument by the TPWD at the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site. The materials also document the campaign to save the battleship Texas and its decommissioning in 1948.