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Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Infrastructure Division:
An Inventory of Parks and Wildlife Department Infrastructure Division Records at the Texas State Archives, 1916, 1918, 1927, 1935-1944, 1950-2016, undated, bulk 1968-1997, undated

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Overview

Creator: Texas. Parks and Wildlife Department. Infrastructure Division.
Title: Parks and Wildlife Department Infrastructure Division records
Dates: 1916, 1918, 1927, 1935-1944, 1950-2016, undated
Dates: bulk 1968-1997,  undated
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. Records date 1916, 1918, 1927, 1935-1944, 1950-2016, undated, bulk 1968-1997, undated.
Quantity: 49.54 cubic ft. and 51.57 GB (951 files)
Language: English
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

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Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records referenced in this finding aid are available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/20158/tsl-20158.html .

 


Organization of the Records

These records are organized into six series and two subseries:


Agency History

 

The Infrastructure Division administers TPWD’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. In particular, the Construction Design Management (CDM) Branch’s mission is “to manage the planning, design, and construction of TPWD facilities in a creative manner that complements and preserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas for the education and enjoyment of present and future generations.” The division is also TPWD’s liaison with the Texas Department of Transportation, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

(Sources include: Enabling legislation, numerous years; Texas Parks and Wildlife Code, Title 2; Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; Texas Parks and Wildlife website; Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Self-Evaluation Report (2007), both accessed June 28, 2018; and the records themselves.)

(Click here to access the full Texas Parks & Wildlife Agency History)


Scope and Contents of the Records

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. The records cover the division’s administrative, financial, and operational activities, topographical research and land surveys, and special projects. The materials derive from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as well as its predecessor agency, the Texas State Parks Board. Records date 1916, 1918, 1927, 1935-1944, 1950-2016, undated, bulk 1968-1997, undated.

The materials primarily document the selection and project planning for potential park sites, the methods and designs used to construct park facilities, and in the case of the San Jacinto Battleground State Historic Site, the examination of an existing facility’s structural and architectural condition. A majority of the records are aerial photographs, both single shots and composite images in which two or more negatives are printed as one unified image. These photographs are commonly used for analysis of an area’s topograpical features, either individually or via the creation of a topographical plan or map. Other types of records present include manuals, project files, correspondence, office memorandum, contracts and invoices, research notes, topographical plans, maps, and a historical structure report. Also included are project files that document oral history interviews with former Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) members, created by TPWD staff; CCC reunions hosted at TPWD parks; and research and publications promoting awareness of the history of the CCC.

Electronic records described in this series were removed from physical media. Formats of the original electronic files include word processing or plain text files, photographs and graphic images, and video files. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents, .jpg for photographic or graphic images, and .mp4 for video files. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

This series is part of the overall Texas Parks and Wildlife Department records finding aid.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Because of the possibility that portions of these records, Civilian Conservation Corps project files, fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to: certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137), 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).

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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
The blueprints and drawings may be too large to photocopy.

Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.


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
Blueprints and drawings collection, 1854-1984, undated, bulk 1936-1938, 41.21 cubic ft.
Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission water rights application files, 1824, 1910, 1913-2001, undated, bulk 1921-1997, 221.25 cubic ft.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting files, 1963-2004, 22 cubic ft., 32 reels of microfilm
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Texas State Parks Division records, 1905-2001, bulk 1927-1996, 70.13 cubic ft.
Texas State Parks Board Civilian Conservation Corps drawings, 1905-1974, undated, bulk 1933-1945, 28.17 cubic ft. (about 4023 items)
Texas State Parks Board records, 1901-1902, 1905, 1908, 1917, 1925-1963, bulk 1933-1949, 28.35 cubic ft.
Texas Water Commission water rights application plans, maps, and drawings, 1913-1990, undated, 45.94 cubic ft. (about 5000 drawings)
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
The Look of Nature: Designing Texas State Parks During the Great Depression
Civilian Conservation Corps: Legacy Parks for Texans

Administrative Information

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

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2002/131, 2003/027, 2003/086, 2004/090, 2006/019, 2010/088, 2014/111, 2017/109

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on April 22 and December 10, 2002; October 10, 2003; February 17, 2004; September 20, 2005; March 16, 2010; May 21, 2014; and April 7, 2017.

Processing Information
Processed by Abbie Weiser, November 2006
Revised by Laura K. Saegert, January 2007
Three accessions added and description revised by Jonathan King, January 2017
New accession added by Halley Grogan, June 2018

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