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Capitol Building Commission, Texas
Title: Capitol Building Commission administrative records and architectural drawings
Description: The 16th Texas Legislature, Regular Session, 1879, created both the Texas Capitol Building Commission (CBC) and Texas State Capitol Board (SCB) to oversee the construction of the Texas State Capitol. The CBC and SCB worked together to manage the construction of the Capitol. The SCB managed the survey and sale of public domain lands used to fund construction and took care of legislative matters while the CBC managed day-to-day construction activities and reported progress and problems to the SCB. After the 1853 Limestone Capitol burned in 1881, these entities also oversaw the building of the temporary Capitol. Records date 1879-1890 and document the planning and construction of the temporary Capitol (completed 1883) and the Texas State Capitol (completed 1888). Drawings include the winning competition drawings, dated 1881, used to select an architect for the Texas Capitol Building and the original architechtural drawings used in the construction of the Texas State Capitol, dated 1882-1888. Also included are derivative images of the drawings, dating 1980-1997. A portion of the architectural drawings, color slides, and color transparencies have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Texas Capitol Building Commission administrative records and architectural drawings. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: The records are organized into three series: Capitol Building Commission administrative records, 1879-1890; Competition drawings and derivatives, 1881, 1980, 1997-1998; Architectural drawings and derivatives, 1882-1889, 1980, 1994, 1997-1998
Copyright information: 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.).
Size or duration: 33.53 cubic ft. (includes 150 architectural drawings)