THC – History Programs Division

Texas Historical Commission, History Programs Division:

An Inventory of History Programs Division Records at the Texas State Archives, about 1880-2016, undated, bulk 1960-1975, 2007-2016

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Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Commission. History Programs Division
Title: History Programs Division records
Dates: about 1880-2016, undated, bulk 1960-1975, 2007-2016
Abstract: The Texas Historical Commission (THC) administers programs to preserve the architectural, archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas. The History Programs Division of the THC provides preservation assistance to county historical commissions, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, state and federal agencies, local governments, students, educators, and the general public. Records in these files include correspondence, memos, minutes, surveys, inscriptions, lists and project files of historical markers, membership lists and activity reports of county historical commissions, clippings, county historical commission newsletters and other publications, programs of local events, photographs, slides, negatives, maps, lists of donors to the Texas Historical Foundation, contracts, bids, and specifications for building historical markers, and electronic records. Dates covered are about 1880-2016, undated, with the bulk dating 1960-1975, 2007-2016. The files document the application for and erection of historical markers throughout the state in the early to mid-1960s (and some Confederate markers out of state), a survey undertaken by the Texas State Historical Survey Committee to gather information about historical markers and other historical and cultural resources in Texas counties, the interaction of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee/Texas Historical Commission with county historical committees, documentation of county historic projects, actions of the State Board of Review in regard to nomination of sites to be added to the National Register of Historic Places, and historic resource images of historic locations throughout Texas.
Quantity: 51.87 cubic ft. and 1.5 GB (1,538 files)
Language: English
Repository:  Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in part with funds provided by the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for the Texas Archival Resources Online project.

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Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/20113/tsl-20113.html.


Organization of the Records

These records are organized into eight series. Only the following series are available in the Texas Digital Archive (see the TARO finding aid for the paper records):


Agency History

The Texas State Historical Survey Committee (TSHSC) was created on a temporary basis in 1953 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 44, 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to administer a comprehensive state program for historical preservation; it was given more permanent status in 1957 (Senate Bill 426, 55th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1962 the TSHSC formed the Official Texas Historical Marker Program to record Texas historic sites in all 254 counties. The TSHSC became the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in 1973 (House Bill 1512, 63rd Legislature, Regular Session). In the 1980s and 1990s the commission continued to work on the identification and preservation of historic sites. It administered a number of grant programs, including the Texas Historic Preservation Grant Program, Texas Preservation Trust Fund, and museum grants. It also administered special projects such as the Old San Antonio Road project and Women’s History Month. The commission worked to conduct extensive surveys of historic properties across the state, along with reviews of the impact of construction and other building projects on historic and archeological sites.

The THC administers programs to preserve the architectural, archeological, historical, and cultural resources of Texas. The mission of the THC is to protect and preserve the state’s historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Duties of the agency include preservation consultation with the public; providing leadership to heritage organizations and county historical commissions; working with communities to protect Texas’ architectural heritage, including operation of the Texas Main Street Program; administering the state’s historical marker program; working with property owners to save archeological sites on private land; ensuring archeological sites are protected as land is developed for public construction projects; consulting with citizens and groups to nominate properties for historical and archeological landmark status and for the National Register of Historic Places; and making historical attractions a cornerstone of the Texas travel industry. The THC also maintains the Historic Sites Atlas, a database of more than 300,000 historic site records; was involved with the La Salle excavations; and was involved with the development of the Bob Bullock State History Museum that opened in Austin in 2001.

The Texas Historical Commission is composed of 11 members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, serving overlapping six-year terms. Members must be citizens of Texas who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of the state’s historical heritage, and represent all geographical areas of Texas. Beginning in 1995, the membership must include a professional archeologist, a professional historian, and a licensed architect; and two of the members must be from counties with populations of less than 50,000. The governor names the chairperson. The members appoint an executive director to administer the agency.

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Scope and Content of the Records

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) administers programs to preserve the architectural, archeological, historical and cultural resources of Texas. The History Programs Division of the THC provides preservation assistance to county historical commissions, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, state and federal agencies, local governments, students, educators and the general public. Records in these files include correspondence, memos, minutes, surveys, inscriptions, lists and project files of historical markers, membership lists and activity reports of county historical commissions, clippings, county historical commission newsletters and other publications, programs of local events, photographs, slides, negatives, maps, lists of donors to the Texas Historical Foundation, contracts, bids, and specifications for building historical markers, and electronic records. Dates covered are about 1880-2016, undated, with the bulk dating 1960-1975, 2007-2016.

Historical marker program administrative files include correspondence, logs, maps, notes, drawings, photographs, purchase orders, contracts, bids, and specifications, dating 1955-1984, with the bulk dating 1961-1966. These are administrative files of the State Historical Marker Program operated by the History Programs Division of the THC and its predecessor, the TSHSC. This program includes the erection of markers documenting the Confederacy (both in Texas and at national battlegrounds outside of the state), the Texas War for Independence, and other historical events. Historical marker files include official sponsorship application forms, narrative history, and documentation describing the significance of the location up for consideration by the State Historical Marker Program. All records are in electronic format dating 2007-2016. Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files (.doc, .docx, .txt, .pdf, .rtf), spreadsheets (.xls., xlsx), and photographs and graphic images (.jpg, .tif, .gif). Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets and .jpg for photographic or graphic images. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

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Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
None.

Restrictions on Use
Most records created by 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
None


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
Civil War Centennial Historical Marker scrapbook, 1 volume [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-7/1293.]
F. Lee Lawrence papers, about 1955-about 1962, 1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed papers. Call numbers are 2-23/649 thru 2-23/652.]
John Thomas Duncan collection, 1958-1967, 1.2 cubic ft. [Civil War Centennial Commission] [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed papers. Call numbers are 2-23/649 thru 652.]
Texas Civil War Centennial Commission records, about 1961-1965, 4 inches [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-23/1112.]
Texas Civil War Centennial Commission report, about 1961, fractional [There is no finding aid for this unprocessed report. Call number is 2-23/1101.]
Texas Historical Commission, Executive director files, about 1961-1986, approximately 22 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid available for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 2000/020, 2011/425, 2011/428, 2012/149, 2014/067.]
Texas Historical Foundation records, about 1966-1981, undated, bulk 1972-1980, 3.5 cubic ft.
Texas Historical Foundation records, undated, 2.5 inches, (inventory of all historical markers in Texas) [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-23/889.]
Texas Historical Markers list, about 1936, 25 items [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-23/990.]
Texas Historical Records Survey inventory of files, undated, fractional, (inventory of WPA records at the University of Texas) [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2-22/211.]
Texas Historical Survey literary productions, 1933-1935, about 2 cubic ft., (indexes to newspapers, transcript of colonization papers, calendar to papers at the University of Texas, etc.) [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 2-23/789, 790, 797, 837, 840, thru 843.]
Texas Historical Commission records, 1829, 1847, 1852-1853, 1866, 1870, about 1880-2003, undated, bulk 1955-2002, 60.15 cubic ft. (processed), about 27 cubic ft. (unprocessed)
Texas State Building Commission records on monuments, 1955-1963, 1 cubic ft.
Texas State Historical Survey Committee records, 1861-1865, 1902-1911, 1955-1971, bulk 1961-1967, 16.53 cubic ft.
Walter E. Long collection, 1928-1971, bulk 1950-1971, 4.59 cubic ft. [see scrapbooks within series Civil War Centennial Commission files.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), History Programs Division records, Texas Historical Commission. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2017/021, 2017/024

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on January 2016 and October 14, 2016.

Processing Information
Finding aid reformatted and additional series added by Laura K. Saegert, April 1999, November 1999, May 2002, October 2002, March 2004

DACS compliance and two new accessions added by Halley Grogan, February 2017