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Texas Department of Agriculture:
An Inventory of Department of Agriculture Records at the Texas State Archives

Organization History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials
Texas Department of Agriculture

Texas Department of Agriculture


Creator: Texas. Department of Agriculture.
Title: Department of Agriculture records
Dates: 1924-2001, undated
Dates: bulk 1960-1997
Abstract: The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) promotes production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living. These records document the terms of various TDA commissioners, as well as the activities of related boards and committees from 1924 to 2001, undated, bulk 1960 to 1997. Types of records include meeting files, correspondence, memoranda, notes, manuals, transcripts, rules, clippings, drafts, notices, witness logs, registration cards, organization charts, reports, contracts, complaint and request forms, financial statements, bonds, oaths, election results, legal documents, press releases, speeches, pamphlets, computer tapes and disks, database printouts, photographs, contact sheets, negatives, slides, printed materials, audiotapes, videotapes, and motion picture film. Major topics covered include the administration of programs that provide loans and grants to agriculture-related businesses, the promotion of agricultural diversification in Texas, the establishment of environmental rules and regulations, the management of seed quality and development, pesticides and pest eradication, herbicides, and ground and surface water.
Quantity: 260.33 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into multiple series. The following series are available in the Texas Digital Archive:

Please see the finding aid on TARO for details on how to access processed paper-based materials. Unprocessed materials may not be reflected in the TARO finding aid. Contact the archives for details on unprocessed materials.

Agency History

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Scope and Content of the Records

Click here to view the Texas Department of Agriculture general scope and content note (unprocessed material, including material in the TDA, may not be represented in the description).

Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Physical materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Physical materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: trade secrets (Texas Government Code, Section 552.110); home addresses, phone numbers, and social security numbers of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117); credit card numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); medical information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101 (information confidential by law, Texas Occupations Code, Section 159.002(b)); and attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda or attorney work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research.

The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552). The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (, or see our web page ( Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Several records series described in this finding aid have access restrictions specific to each of them. The terms of access are found following the relevant series descriptions.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State Archives when reviewing photographic materials. Researchers wishing to access content on the audiotapes and/or video cassettes must contact State Archives staff. The Archives may not have the appropriate equipment to play back all formats.Researcher wishing to access electronic records must do so through the Texas Digital Archive.

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Texas Department of Agriculture, Insurance, Statistics, and History, Records, 1856, (1880?)-1908, bulk 1888-1898, 32.77 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture and Livestock, Records, 1973-1984, 5 cubic ft. (Restricted)
Texas Department of Agriculture, Assistant Commissioner of Marketing records, 2000-2011, undated, bulk 2003-2009, 5 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Agriculture Slide collection, 1966-1998, undated, bulk 1980-1989, 19.25 cubic ft.
Texas Governor’s Task Force on Agricultural Development, Meeting Materials, 1988-1989, bulk 1988, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Department of Agriculture, Litigation files, 1993-1998, 115 cubic ft. (unprocessed, AC 2001/010, stored at the State Records Center)
Texas Legislature, Senate, Agricultural Land Assessment Committee, Records, 1970-1971, size unknown, (Restricted)
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Livestock and Stock Raising, Minutes and witness affirmations, 1955-1971, size unknown, (Restricted).
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Committee on Agriculture, Minutes and witness affirmations, 1953-1971, size unknown, (Restricted).
Texas Legislature, House of Representatives, Records of the committees investigating J.E. McDonald, Commissioner of Agriculture, 1935, 0.1 cubic ft.
Texas Legislature, Joint Committee Investigating the Pink Bollworm Infestation in Texas, Stenographic report, 1920, 0.47 cubic ft.
Texas Planning Board, Records, 1914-1939, bulk 1934-1939, 19.43 cubic feet, 3 scrapbooks, 366 maps, 48 photographs
Texas Department of Agriculture, Texas Gazette, 1987- (periodical)
Texas Department of Agriculture, TDA Quarterly, 1975-1983 (periodical)
Texas Department of Agriculture, Grassroots, 1986- (periodical)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Department of Agriculture records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 1992/295, 1993/167, 1994/099, 1997/048, 1997/049, 1998/020, 1998/021, 1998/022, 1998/033, 1999/109, 2000/023, 2000/024, 2000/025, 2000/026, 2000/112, 2000/113, 2000/114, 2000/173, 2001/061, 2001/062, 2001/063, 2001/064, 2001/065, 2001/078, 2002/084, 2002/085, 2012/124

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Department of Agriculture on July 23, 1992; May 14, 1993; May 20, 1994; December 6 and December 9, 1996; October 10, 1997; November 10, 1997; February 12, 1999; September 29, 1999; February 17, 2000; July 18, 2000; November 15, 2000; December 19, 2000; December 13, 2001; December 17, 2001; and March 27, 2002 (reaccessioned on February 3, 2012).

Processing Information
Processed by Paul B. Beck, June 1993
Updates to finding aid and accruals added by Paul B. Beck, May 1994
Updates to finding aid and accruals added by Lisa M. Hendricks, December 1996, March 1997
Updates to finding aid and accruals added by Tony Black, October 1997, November 1997, June 1998, September 1999, February 2000, November 2000, December 2001
Updates to finding aid and accruals added by Matt De Waelsche, August 2000
Multiple finding aids incorporated and additional accessions of multiple series added by Nancy Enneking, May 1999, January 2001, April 2002
Update to accession information by Rebecca Romanchuk, February 2012
Updates to finding aid and DACS compliance by Aditi Worcester, February 2015

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