Texas Office of the Lieutenant Governor:
An Inventory of Preservation Board Files at the Texas State Archives, 1983-1991
The Texas Lieutenant Governor serves on various committees and boards, including the State Preservation Board. The State Preservation Board was created by the 68th Legislature, Regular Session, in 1983 with the passage of Senate Bill 147. The State Preservation Board was established to "preserve, maintain and restore the State Capitol, the General Land Office Building and their contents and grounds." The six member board consists of the governor, lieutenant governor, speaker of the house of representatives, one senator appointed by the lieutenant governor, one representative appointed by the speaker, and one citizen member appointed by the governor. The governor functions as the chairman. The appointed members serve staggered two year terms.
The board's functions include hiring an Architect of the Capitol. The board reviews and approves the architect's budget, annual work plan, and long-range master plan for the buildings, grounds and building contents. Other duties of the board include the development of plans and programs to solicit gifts, money, and items of value; the definition and identification of all significant aspects and contents of the buildings and grounds; and the approval of all changes to the buildings and grounds. The board also appoints a permanent advisory committee to assist in developing the architect's annual work programs and the master plan.
Types of records present include correspondence, minutes of Preservation Board meetings, meeting files, memoranda, Annual Reports of the Board, House Committee Reports, copies of bills, drafts of resolutions, newsclippings, press releases, brochures, contracts, and architectural drawings. Records range in date from 1983 to 1991 and are files of Lieutenant Governor William P. Hobby Jr., primarily, and his staff in regards to his work as a member of the State Preservation Board. Records document, in particular, activities surrounding and problems generated by the restoration of the Texas State Capitol and the Goddess of Liberty sculpture. Also present are a first annual fire inspection report of the Capitol by the Fire Marshal, fund-raising policies, and records documenting the administration of the General Land Office Museum. Also evident in the records are problems with the position of Architect of the Capitol during the critical restoration time period as well as applications for the position of Architect of the Capitol when that position became vacant.
To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to confirm the accuracy of contents lists, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.
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(Identify the item), Preservation Board files, Texas Office of the Lieutenant Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession number: 1995/131
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Secretary of the Senate on June 7, 1995.
Lisa M. Hendricks, September 1995
Detailed Description of the Records