Description: The Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TSDHPT) was responsible for the building and maintenance of Texas roads and highways and for developing public mass transportation in state from 1975 to 1991. The agency was formed in 1975 when the Texas legislature merged the Texas Highway Department and the Texas Mass Transportation Commission into this single agency. Both TSDHPT and the Texas Highway Department operated a Travel and Information Division that also promoted highway safety and funding; a number of films and other promotional media were produced on these subjects. These records consist of 12 film projects, dating 1966-1970, 1973-1974, 1977, 1979-1982, 1986-1990 and are comprised of 16mm motion pictures and motion picture components, including work prints, camera original footage, and internegatives, as well as magnetic and optical sound tracks. Included is a short piece, Name Change, that addresses the reorganization in 1975 that saw the Texas Highway Department merge with the Texas Mass Transportation Commission and become the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
Citation information: (Identify the item), Highway safety and funding films, Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: These records are arranged by film project and then by reel number within each project.
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.).
Access restrictions: To view the films or listen to the sound tracks not currently available through the Texas Digital Archive, please contact State Archives staff. Researcher access to 16mm film and audio is dependent upon first arranging to transfer that outdated media to more contemporary media, at the researcher's expense.
Size or duration: 2.51 cubic ft. (48 motion picture components and 10 motion pictures)