Governor’s Commission for Women

Texas Governor Rick Perry:

An Inventory of Governor’s Commission for Women Records at the Texas State Archives, 1988-1990, 1993-2014, bulk 2001-2013

Organization History Scope and Contents Restrictions Related Materials

Overview

Governor's Commission on WomenCreator: Texas. Governor (2000-2015 : Perry)
Title: Governor’s Commission for Women records
Dates: 1988-1990, 1993-2014
Dates:  bulk 2001-2013
Abstract:  The Governor’s Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women’s needs. A division of the Office of the Governor, the commission specializes in outreach, education, research and referral services. These records primarily document the activities of the GCW during the term of Governor Rick Perry. Dates include 1988-1990, 1993-2014, with the bulk dating 2001-2013. While the electronic records are entirely from Governor Perry’s term in office, a significant portion of the paper records are from the terms of governors Ann Richards and George W. Bush. The records document the focus areas and projects that the commission was involved with, including health and wellness, military family assistance, teen dating violence prevention, women in business, and local women’s commissions in Texas.
Quantity:  3 cubic ft. and 69 MB (529 files)
Language:  These materials are written predominately in English, with one electronic file in Spanish.
Repository:  Texas State Archives
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Other Finding Aids

A description of non-electronic records described in this finding aid is available at http://www.lib.utexas.edu/taro/tslac/10289/tsl-10289.html.


Organization of the Records

Records are typically organized in the order as received from the agency, chronologically and by subject for the most part. Some electronic records have been reorganized and/or renamed for the purpose of clarity and this action is noted in the series where applicable. The records are organized into eight series:


 Agency History

The Governor’s Commission for Women serves as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women’s needs. The commission was created following President John F. Kennedy’s establishment of the United States Commission on the Status of Women in 1961. In 1967, Governor John Connally established the Texas Commission on the Status of Women, a group charged with exploring ways for women to continue participating in the domestic sphere while also contributing to the world around them. Its primary legacy was the preparation of a report on the status of women in Texas based on research in such areas as education, home and community, employment practices, and legal treatment. The commission operated without permanent staffing or funding and disbanded when Connally left office in early 1969.  (Click here to read more of the agency history.)


Scope and Contents of the Records

The Governor’s Commission for Women (GCW) was created in 1967 to serve as a liaison between Texas women and government agencies, as well as private entities addressing women’s needs. A division of the Office of the Governor, the commission specializes in outreach, education, research, and referral services. These records primarily document GCW’s activities during the term of Governor Rick Perry but also include a small portion of records from when Ann Richards and George W. Bush were governors. Dates include 1988-1990, 1993-2014, with the bulk dating 2001-2013. The paper records are almost exclusively from the terms of Richards and Bush. The electronic records are entirely from Perry’s term.

During Ann Richards’ term as governor, the commission worked toward the mental, physical and emotional health of Texas women. When George W. Bush was governor, the commission focused on the support and promotion of volunteer efforts in Texas by housing an Office of Volunteerism. The commission created a permanent Texas Women’s Hall of Fame exhibit and launched a statewide education initiative promoting healthy teen dating when Rick Perry was governor.

Records include incoming and outgoing correspondence (letters and emails), informational fliers and handouts, programs, brochures, ephemera, copies of newspaper articles, training material, meeting agenda and minutes, budgets, strategic planning documents, executive orders, by-laws, reports and summaries, surveys, evaluation forms, administrative materials, electronic newsletters, reports, project ideas and proposals, and speech transcripts. A substantial portion of the paper records are related to the planning, execution and evaluation of the 10th and 11th annual Professional Development Conference (with a new theme each year).

Subjects include state agency volunteer training, effectively utilizing volunteers, GCW conferences, state agency council (SAC), legislation for GCW, Women’s Chamber of Commerce, Women’s Business Exchange, Women 50+, violence against women, healthy teen dating, women in American politics, and the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame.

The extent of the electronic records is provided by the file size and the number of files and folders. The inventory does not list single electronic file or folder. Folder dates are not always accurate and may contain additional years than what is stated.

Formats of the original electronic files include word processing files (.doc, .docx), spreadsheets (.xls, .xlsx), PDFs, and PowerPoint. Digital files presented for public use will generally be PDF for text documents or spreadsheets. Files in their original format are available on request; restrictions may apply.

Electronic records described in the finding aid that are part of the Texas Digital Archive are indicated as such in the inventory. Restrictions on access to the content of records are applicable to physical and electronic records.

Correspondence for this division of the Governor’s Office may exist that is not represented in this finding aid. Beginning in 2009, most correspondence generated or received by the Governor’s Office is in electronic form only. In addition, all correspondence not already in electronic form has been scanned without attachments by the Governor’s Office. The original correspondence in paper form may no longer be present. A searchable electronic database of this correspondence is available. To access this database, please contact Archives staff.


Restrictions and Requirements

Restrictions on Access
Physical materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. 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, home address and phone numbers of government employees or officials and personal family information (Texas Government Code, Sections 552.117 and 552.1175); email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); account numbers (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); financial information (Texas Government Code, Section 552.136); attorney-client privilege, agency memoranda or attorney work product (Texas Government Code, Section 552.107 or 111); and information protected under common law privacy (Texas Government Code, Section 552.101), 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 (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). 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.

Types of restricted information as listed above apply to paper and electronic records. Some electronic records will not be available through our portal due to such restrictions. Please see Archives staff for further information.

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 Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).

Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to use gloves provided by the State 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 Library and Archives Commission
Governor Mark White records, 1947, 1962-1987, undated , bulk 1983-1986, 424.75 cubic ft. [Note: See the Commission for Women files, 1984-1987, undated series.]
Texas Governor’s Office of Community Leadership/Volunteer Services records, 1975-1991, bulk 1987-1990, 2.67 cubic ft.
George W. Bush Presidental Library, Dallas
Governor George W. Bush Executive Assistant’s Office subject files, 1944, 1947, 1960, 1962, 1977-1978, 1980-1981, 1983-1999, undated, bulk 1995-1999, 21.65 cubic ft. housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commision.
Governor George W. Bush Press Office web site development files, 1890-2000, undated, bulk 1995-2000, 5.4 cubic ft. housed at the George W. Bush Presidential Library for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Briscoe Center for American History
Ruthe Winegarten Papers, 1912-2004, 108 ft. 2 in.
Austin History Center
Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza Papers, 1969-2000, 3.8 linear ft. [Note: See the Texas Women’s Commission Foundation series.]
Ann W. Richards papers, 1933-2000, about 1500 ft.
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University
Betty Anderson Papers, 1961-1996 and undated, 5 linear ft. [Note: See the Texas Women’s Commission Foundation series.]

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation
(Identify the item and cite the series), Governor’s Commission for Women records, Texas Governor Rick Perry records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information
Accession numbers: 2015/067, E2015/117

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commissionby the Texas Office of the Governor in paper format between December 2014 and March 2015 and in electronic format on January 29, 2015.

Processing Information
Processed by Aditi Worcester, June 2015