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Collection Summary

Historical Background

Contents of the Collection

Restrictions

Administrative Information

Description of Series

University of Texas, Tarlton Law Library

Guide to the Texas v. Hidalgo County Water Control Case Files, 1963-1966



Collection Summary

Creator: Tarlton Law Library
Title: Texas v. Hidalgo County Water Control Case Files
Dates: 1963-1966
Abstract: This collection contains State of Texas v. Hidalgo County Water Control & Improvement District No. 18 et al. case files.
Identification: 00019
Size: 9.5 linear ft. (23 boxes)
Language: English
Repository: Special Collections, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin,
727 E. Dean Keeton St., Austin, TX 78705-3224, (512) 471-7263

Historical Background

State of Texas v. Hidalgo County Water Control & Improvement District No. 18 et al. (443 S.W.2d 728, Court of Civil Appeals--Corpus Christi 1969) was originally filed in the 93rd District Court, Hidalgo County (Case no. B-20,576) in 1956 by the Texas Attorney General on behalf of the state's Board of Water Engineers and several cities in the Lower Rio Grande Valley to stop 40 water districts and 650 private corporations and individuals from diverting water from the lower Rio Grande River to ensure sufficient water supply for domestic use. Lengthy and complex litigation ensued. In a split-off case, Valmont Plantations v. State (355 S.W. 2d 502 (1962)), the Texas Supreme Court upheld an appeals court ruling that landowners along the Rio Grande did not have riparian water rights under the applicable Spanish and Mexican laws. As a result, the main case finally came to trial before Judge J. H. Starley in 1963, who ruled in 1966 that the river waters would be divided according to a set of weighted priorities. The Texas Supreme Court substantially upheld Starley's rulings in 1970, and shortly thereafter the Water Rights Adjudication Act gave a state watermaster the power to supervise water distribution.

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Contents of the Collection

Volumes I-IV are indexes to 54 volumes of "Statement of Facts" which include oral testimony and exhibits for the district court phase of the litigation. Volumes 1-2, 4-5, and 50-51 of the "Statement of Facts" are lacking.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

None.

Use Restrictions

The collection and any reproductions of the collection are made available for the purposes of private study, scholarship, and research only.

Tarlton Law Library does not hold the copyright to the materials, unless it has been transferred to the library by the creator. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine the copyright status and to obtain permission from the copyright holder before publishing any materials from the collection.

Some collections may contain sensitive or confidential information protected under federal and state privacy laws. The researchers are encouraged to report any such information to staff.

The University of Texas at Austin is not responsible for violations of intellectual property rights and any other laws or for liability to any person for defamation or invasion of privacy that result from unauthorized use of the collection by the researcher.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas v. Hidalgo County Water Control Case Files, Tarlton Law Library, The University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

Information of acquisition method not available.

Processing Information

Processing information not available.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

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K152 Index I
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K153 Index II
Index III
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K154 Index IV
Statement of Facts, Vol. 3
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K155 Statement of Facts, Vol. 6
Statement of Facts, Vol. 7
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K156 Statement of Facts, Vol. 8
Statement of Facts, Vol. 9
Statement of Facts, Vol. 10
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K157 Statement of Facts, Vol. 11
Statement of Facts, Vol. 12
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K158 Statement of Facts, Vol. 13
Statement of Facts, Vol. 14
Statement of Facts, Vol. 15
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K159 Statement of Facts, Vol. 16
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K160 Statement of Facts, Vol. 16
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K161 Statement of Facts, Vol. 17
Statement of Facts, Vol. 18
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K162 Statement of Facts, Vol. 19
Statement of Facts, Vol. 20
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K163 Statement of Facts, Vol. 21
Statement of Facts, Vol. 22
Statement of Facts, Vol. 23
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K164 Statement of Facts, Vol. 24
Statement of Facts, Vol. 25
Statement of Facts, Vol. 26
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K165 Statement of Facts, Vol. 27
Statement of Facts, Vol. 28
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K166 Statement of Facts, Vol. 29
Statement of Facts, Vol. 30
Statement of Facts, Vol. 31
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K167 Statement of Facts, Vol. 32
Statement of Facts, Vol. 33
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K168 Statement of Facts, Vol. 34
Statement of Facts, Vol. 35
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K169 Statement of Facts, Vol. 36
Statement of Facts, Vol. 37
Statement of Facts, Vol. 38
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K170 Statement of Facts, Vol. 39
Statement of Facts, Vol. 40
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K171 Statement of Facts, Vol. 41
Statement of Facts, Vol. 42
Statement of Facts, Vol. 43
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K172 Statement of Facts, Vol. 44
Statement of Facts, Vol. 45
Statement of Facts, Vol. 46
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K173 Statement of Facts, Vol. 47
Statement of Facts, Vol. 48
Statement of Facts, Vol. 49
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K174 Statement of Facts, Vol. 52
Statement of Facts, Vol. 53
Statement of Facts, Vol. 54

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