Description: The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is the state police agency, charged with enforcing laws, preserving order, and protecting the rights, privileges, property, and well-being of Texas citizens. Photographs were made by Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) photographers to document or promote the activities of the various divisions, personnel, training, equipment, and facilities. These records consist of photographs created by the DPS photo lab. Dated photographs span the period 1937-1965. Undated, original photographs may have been made as early as 1935. Others are known to be copies of even earlier images. The images consist primarily of black-and-white photographic prints and negatives, most in 4-by-5, 5-by-7, and 8-by-10 format. Some color negatives and transparencies are present for later years.
Citation information: (Identify the item), Texas Department of Public Safety photographs, 1937-1965, undated. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: The photographs are arranged by DPS division or department designated by code letters: D – Driver’s License; E- Education; H – Headquarters; I – Identification (or Intelligence); ISS – Internal Security; M – Miscellaneous (or Main); MVI – Motor Vehicle; C or Comm – Communications; I and P – Inspection and Planning; N- Narcotics; P- Patrol (or THP – Texas Highway Patrol); P and S – Personnel and Staff Services; R- Ranger; S – Safety; and ST – Statistical. There are also codes for commissioners – COMM and field offices – FO. Within each division the photographs are in approximately chronological order. Files (actually envelopes) are numbered sequentially as created, e.g., E-5, E-6, E-7.
Copyright information: Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. 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.).