House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee
Title: House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee audio recordings and transcripts
Description: In response to controversy over the content of public school textbooks and assigned student reading in Texas in the 1950s and 1960s, the Texas House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee was created (House Simple Resolution 736, 57th Texas Legislature, Regular Session) in 1962 to study the contents of public school American history textbooks that had been approved for use in Texas schools and report its findings to the House of Representatives before the end of the regular session of the 58th Legislature. Economics and home economics textbooks, in addition to literary works used as assigned reading, also came under the committee's consideration. Audiotapes, dating from 1962, document all of the committee's public hearings in Austin, Amarillo, and San Antonio, and its two meetings held after the hearings. These audiotapes have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
Citation information: (Identify the item), Texas House of Representatives Textbook Investigating Committee audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: These records are arranged in chronological order.
Copyright information: The use of legislatively produced audio or visual materials in political advertising is prohibited (Texas Government Code, Section 306.005). In addition, commercial use of legislatively produced audio or visual material is limited (Texas Government Code, Section 306.006).
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.).
Copyright information: Due to the fragility of the audiotapes, the digital copies must be used instead of the original tapes. Researchers wishing to access the original audiotapes must contact Archives staff. Access may be granted if the researcher wants to view the physical tape and its container.