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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Organization of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Allison Mayfield records, 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1922,

Ernest O. Thompson records, 1920-1966, bulk about 1930-about 1960,

James C. Langdon speeches, 1963-1967,

John H. Poerner speeches, 1978-1980,

Charles R. Matthews records, 1997-2005, bulk 2003-2005,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Railroad Commission of Texas:

An Inventory of Railroad Commission Commissioners Records at the Texas State Archives, 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1920-1967, 1978-1980, 1997-2005, undated, bulk about 1930-about 1960



Overview

Creator: Railroad Commission of Texas.
Title: Railroad Commission commissioners records
Dates: 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1920-1967, 1978-1980, 1997-2005, undated
Dates (Bulk): bulk about 1930-about 1960
Abstract: The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves and express companies. Since the early 20th century, the RRC has regulated the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas as well as surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel. Its statutory role is to prevent waste of the state's natural resources, to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners, to prevent pollution, and to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide. Additionally, the RRC oversees surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel and conducts a program for reclaiming lands that were mined and abandoned before 1975. Records include correspondence, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and reprints, pamphlets, briefs, maps, blueprints, photographs, and daily schedules and calendars of five commissioners of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Commissioners represented in the records include Allison Mayfield (1897-1923), Ernest O. Thompson (1932-1965), James C. Langdon (1963-1977), John H. Poerner (1978-1981) and Charles R. Matthews (1995-2005). The records date 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1920-1967, 1978-1980, 1997-2005, undated, bulk about 1930-about 1960.
Quantity: 12.3 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in part with funds provided by the Texas Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund Board for the Texas Archival Resources Online project.

Agency History

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. Its statutory role is to prevent waste of the state's natural resources, to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners, to prevent pollution, and to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide. It oversees hazardous materials pipelines and natural gas pipelines and distribution systems as well as propane, butane, compressed natural gas, and liquefied natural gas. It works to make sure a continuous, safe supply of natural gas is available to Texas consumers at the lowest reasonable price. Additionally, the RRC oversees surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel and conducts a program for reclaiming lands that were mined and abandoned before 1975.

The RRC had its origin in the demands of the shipping public in the late 1880s that insisted that railroads be subject to regulation based on public interest. An advocate for governmental regulation, Attorney General James Stephen Hogg ran for governor in 1890 with the issue of railroad regulation as the focal point of the campaign. Hogg was elected governor in the general election and the voters also approved an amendment to Article X, Section 2 of the Texas Constitution that empowered the legislature to enact statutes creating regulatory agencies. These elections paved the way for the legislature to enact on April 3, 1891 "An Act to Establish a Railroad Commission of the State of Texas," that later was placed in the Texas Revised Civil Statutes under article 6444 et seq. (House Bills 1, 3, and 58, 22nd Texas Legislature, Regular Session).

The RRC originally consisted of three members appointed by the governor for three-year terms. Governor Hogg appointed the first three commissioners in 1891 including John H. Reagan, who resigned as U.S. senator from Texas to serve as the first chairman. The Texas Constitution, Article XIX, Section 30 was amended in 1894 to provide for elective six-year overlapping terms for the commissioners. That same year John H. Reagan was elected and served until his retirement in 1903.

The RRC was the first regulatory agency created in the state of Texas and originally had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves and express companies. The legal focus was on intrastate passenger and freight activities. Interstate jurisdiction fell under the U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission. For the first 25 years of its existence, the RRC was largely concerned with regulating railroads, setting rates, receiving complaints, and making investigations. As other controversies arose where the legislature deemed that the public interest could best be served by regulation, additional duties were assigned to the RRC.

The RRC's authority was broadened beginning in 1917 with the passage of the Pipeline Petroleum Law (Senate Bill 68, 35th Legislature, Regular Session) that declared pipelines to be common carriers like railroads and placed them under the RRC's jurisdiction. This was the first act to designate the RRC as the agency to administer conservation laws relating to oil and gas. The RRC's regulatory and enforcement powers in oil and gas were increased by the Oil and Gas Conservation Law (Senate Bill 350, 36th Legislature, Regular Session), effective June 18, 1919. This act gave the RRC jurisdiction to regulate the production of oil and gas. Acting upon this legislation, the RRC adopted in 1919 the first statewide rules regulating the oil and gas industry to promote conservation and safety, including Rule 37. This rule requires minimum distances between wells at drilling sites in order to protect field pressure and correlative rights.

The Gas Utilities Act of 1920 (House Bill 11, 36th Legislature, 3rd Called Session) gave the RRC regulatory and rate authority over individuals and businesses producing, transporting, or distributing natural gas in Texas. In 1937, following a large natural gas explosion in a school in New London, Texas, the legislature passed legislation giving the RRC the authority to adopt rules and regulations pertaining to the odorization of natural gas or liquefied petroleum gases (House Bill 1017, 45th Legislature, Regular Session).

The passage of the Public Regulatory Act of 1975 (PURA) (House Bill 819, 64th Legislature, Regular Session) required certain state regulatory agencies, including the RRC, to set the overall revenues of a utility based on its "cost of service." Regulation of liquefied petroleum was added to the RRC's responsibilities in 1939 by the 46th Legislature (House Bill 792, Regular Session). The legislation authorized the RRC to adopt and enforce safety rules and standards in the storage, handling, transportation, and odorization of butane or liquefied petroleum gases. Regulation of compressed natural gas was added to the RRC's responsibilities in 1983 (Senate Bill 617, 68th Legislature, Regular Session).

The Motor Bus Law of 1927 (House Bill 50, 40th Legislature, Regular Session) and the Motor Carrier Law of 1929 (House Bill 654, 41st Legislature, Regular Session) extended the RRC's regulatory powers to commercial transportation of persons and property on state highways. In 1995, following federal deregulation of motor carriers, the 74th Legislature eliminated the agency's authority to regulate commercial carriers involved in intrastate transport and transferred the remaining responsibilities related to commercial carriers (motor carrier registration, insurance verification, and safety) to the Texas Department of Transportation (Senate Bill 971, Regular Session), and the Texas Department of Public Safety (Senate Bill 3, Regular Session).

The Texas Surface Mining and Reclamation Act of 1975 (Senate Bill 55, 64th Legislature, Regular Session) authorized the RRC to regulate the exploration for and surface mining of coal, lignite, and uranium within the state and to oversee the reclamation of lands disturbed by surface mining operations. In 1991, the 72nd Legislature passed the Texas Aggregate Quarry and Pit Safety Act (House Bill 451, Regular Session), that authorized the RRC to regulate quarry and pit operations.

Railroad regulation was initially overseen by the Main Office, later the Main and Transportation Division, then the Transportation Division and finally the Rail Division. This division was responsible for checking equipment and track, railroad, and signal operations; hazardous material handling; conducting investigations of accidents and complaints concerning railroads; and securing federal funds to improve branch lines and preserve rail service to rural areas. The Division enforced rules aimed at removing obstructions on railroad rights-of-way and operated a crossing safety education program. In 2005, the Rail Division and its remaining function, rail safety regulation, were transferred to the Texas Department of Transportation (House Bill 2702, 79th Legislature, Regular Session). The Railroad Commission no longer has any railroad-related functions.

(Sources: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; general laws and statutes; the Railroad Commission of Texas website accessed on November 29, 2017; and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves, and express companies. Since the early 20th century, the RRC has regulated the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas as well as surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel. Its statutory role is to prevent waste of the state's natural resources, to protect the correlative rights of different interest owners, to prevent pollution, and to provide safety in matters such as hydrogen sulfide. Additionally, the RRC oversees surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel and conducts a program for reclaiming lands that were mined and abandoned before 1975. Records include correspondence, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and reprints, pamphlets, briefs, maps, blueprints, photographs, and daily schedules and calendars of five commissioners of the Railroad Commission of Texas. Commissioners represented in the records include Allison Mayfield (1897-1923), Ernest O. Thompson (1932-1965), James C. Langdon (1963-1977), John H. Poerner (1978-1981) and Charles R. Matthews (1995-2005). The records date 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1920-1967, 1978-1980, 1997-2005, undated, bulk about 1930-about 1960.

The records of Allison Mayfield consists of four letterpress copybooks of outgoing personal and business correspondence, dating 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1922. The records of Ernest O. Thompson include correspondence, speeches, press releases, newspaper clippings, magazine articles and reprints, pamphlets, briefs, maps, blueprints, and photographs. The records of James C. Langdon include speeches given by Langdon while commissioner from 1963-1967. Records of John H. Poerner include speeches given by Poerner while commissioner from 1978-1980. The records of Charles R. Matthews include daily schedules, calendars, and administrative correspondence, dating 1997-2005.

This series is part of the overall finding aid, Railroad Commission of Texas: An Overview of Records.

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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Organization of the Records

These records are organized into five series:
Allison Mayfield records, 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1922, 0.5 cubic ft.
Ernest O. Thompson records, 1920-1966, bulk about 1930-about 1960, 9.8 cubic ft.
James C. Langdon speeches, 1963-1967, 0.5 cubic ft.
John H. Poerner speeches, 1978-1980, 0.5 cubic ft.
Charles R. Matthews records, 1997-2005, bulk 2003-2005, 1 cubic ft.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Materials do not circulate, but may be used in the State Archives search room. Materials will be retrieved from and returned to storage areas by staff members.

Restrictions on Use

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.).

Technical Requirements

Letter press volumes are extremely fragile and must be handled with care.

Some maps and blueprints are too large to photocopy.

Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.

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Index Terms

The terms listed here were used to catalog the records. The terms can be used to find similar or related records.
Personal Names:
Langdon, Jim C., 1914-1979.
Matthews, Charles R., 1939-
Mayfield, Allison, 1860-1923.
Poerner, John H., 1932-
Thompson, Ernest O. (Ernest Othmer), 1892-1966.
Subjects:
Conservation of natural resources--Texas.
Gas industry--Texas.
Natural gas--Conservation--Texas.
Petroleum conservation--Texas.
Petroleum industry and trade--Texas.
Railroads and state--Texas.
Document Types:
Blueprints--Texas.
Clippings (information artifacts)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Legal briefs--Texas.
Letterpress copybooks--Texas.
Maps--Texas.
Photographs--Texas.
Press releases--Texas.
Speeches--Texas.
Functions:
Regulating railroads.
Regulating the gas industry.
Regulating the petroleum industry.

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Related Material

The following materials are offered as possible sources of further information on the agencies and subjects covered by the records. The listing is not exhaustive.

Texas State Archives
Railroad Commission of Texas minutes, 1891-2004, 21.35 cubic ft. and 150 microfilm reels.
John H. Reagan papers, 1846-1904, 12.5 linear in. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call numbers are 2-23/19 thru 21.]
James C. Langdon papers, 1944-1979, 19.5 linear in.
Railroad Commission of Texas docket book, 1891-1898, 0.22 cubic ft.
Interstate Oil Compact Commission transcript of proceedings, 1936-1941, 1 cubic ft. [There is no finding aid for these unprocessed records. Call number is 2008/008.]
Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
Ernest Othmer Thompson Papers, 1907-1967, 41 ft. cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1970/025, 2007/073, 2008/135, and unknown

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas, Central Records on October 7, 1969, and at an unknown date; and by the Railroad Commission of Texas on December 15, 2006, and April 28, 2008.

Processing Information

Inventoried by Archives staff in the 1970s

Described by Paul B. Beck, May and August 1986

Finding aid converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by TARO using the conversion stylesheet v1to02.xsl, July 2003

DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, February 2009

Three new accessions and biographical sketches added by Halley Grogan, September 2017

Appraisal Information

These records were appraised by Archives staff as archival on March 16, 2001, as part of an agency-wide appraisal of the Railroad Commission. For more information about the appraisal of the Railroad Commission's records, see the appraisal report by Archives staff on file in the search room of the Archives and Information Services Division. It is also available online at http://www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/appraisal/index.html

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Detailed Description of the Records

Allison Mayfield records, 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1922,
0.5 cubic ft.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves, and express companies. Since the early 20th century, the Railroad Commission of Texas has regulated the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas and surface mining for coal, uranium, and iron ore gravel. This series consists of four letterpress copybooks of outgoing correspondence from Allison Mayfield, dating 1898-1901, 1906-1908, 1916, 1922.
The majority of the letters in the first two volumes consist of personal business, family and political correspondence, dating 1898-1901, 1906-1908. The correspondence includes letters to friends; family; political supporters and advisors; newspapers; city, county, state, and federal officials; judges; and railroad agents and officers. Correspondents of note include Edward M. House and Texas Governors Charles A. Culberson, Joseph D. Sayers and Oscar B. Colquitt. In some of these personal letters, Mayfield writes about RRC matters including the role of the agency and its relationships with the railroads. The majority of the correspondence deals with more personal subjects such as his personal finances, family trips, invitations to speak, or requests for endorsements, many of which are on behalf of friends and acquaintances running for elected office or seeking employment with the state.
The third and fourth volumes concern Mayfield's re-election campaigns of 1898, 1916, and 1922. The correspondence consists of letters announcing his re-election bid, acknowledging offers of support, and payments to place his name on the ballot. Also present are lists of people who were sent re-election letters. The lists include judges, district attorneys, newspapers, organizations, companies, and "representative citizens" of towns and cities throughout Texas.
Biographical Sketch
Allison Mayfield was born in Rusk County, Texas in 1860 and attended Henderson College and Sam Houston Normal School. After teaching school, he studied law with Horace Chilton in Tyler and was admitted to the bar in 1883. The following year he moved to Sherman, Texas, and was the city attorney. Beginning in 1882 he served annually as a delegate to the Democratic state convention. In December 1893, he became assistant attorney general to Charles A. Culberson. The next year Culberson became governor and appointed Mayfield secretary of state, an office he held for only one term (1895-1897) before resigning in order to qualify for the Railroad Commission. Mayfield was nominated by L.L. Foster and succeeded Foster as a Railroad Commissioner on January 5, 1897. He served as commissioner for 26 years from 1897 to 1923 and was chairman in 1907. Mayfield's service was the second-longest tenure in the commission's history. Allison Mayfield died in Sherman, Texas, in 1923.
(Sources: Childs, William R., The Texas Railroad Commission: Understanding Regulation in America to the Mid-Twentieth Century. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005; Minor, David, "Allison Mayfield," Handbook of Texas Online; and History of the Railroad Commission, 1866-1939, Railroad Commission website, accessed on November 29, 2017.)
Arrangement
These volumes are arranged in chronological order within two groups: personal and campaign.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Allison Mayfield records, Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: unknown
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas at an unknown date.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Letterpress copybooks are extremely fragile and need to be handled with care.
Processing Information
Described by Paul B. Beck, August 1986
DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, February 2009
Biographical sketch by Halley Grogan, November 2017
Personal:
Volume
4-2/1208 October 10, 1898-August 15, 1901
Volume
4-2/1210 June 1, 1906-October 9, 1908
Campaign:
Volume
2-23/671 February 1-May 20, 1898
Volume
4-2/1209 February 10, 1916-July 25, 1916; May 3, 1922-July 19, 1922

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Ernest O. Thompson records, 1920-1966, bulk about 1930-about 1960,
9.8 cubic ft.

The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves and express companies. Since the early 20th century the RRC regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. The series consists of correspondence concerning oil and gas industry and presidential correspondence; speeches; press releases; reelection material; newspaper clippings; magazine articles and reprints; briefs; hearings, including the Federal Power Commission hearing; maps of Texas oil fields, Europe and the Middle East; blueprints, including University of Texas oil lands; House and Senate bills and resolutions; Texas Attorney General opinions; photographs; and pamphlets for the period 1920-1966, bulk about 1930-about 1960. These records document Commissioner Ernest O. Thompson's 32 years on the commission as the spokesperson on oil and gas conservation, and include materials of his participation in the Interstate Oil Compact Commission, the World Petroleum Congress, and his Middle East oil field surveys. Topics discussed include
Thompson was in contact with many government officials and members of their staff, both federal and state, but the actual amount of correspondence is small. Correspondents include President Franklin Roosevelt, Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes, Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson, Speaker of the House Sam Rayburn, Senator Tom Connally, and other elected Texas officials.
Biographical Sketch
Ernest O. Thompson was born in Alvord, Texas, in 1892. He was living in Amarillo by 1902 and was a successful entrepreneur as a teenager. After earning an LL.B. degree at the University of Texas in 1917, Thompson served in World War I and became an expert in machine-gun tactics, attaining the rank of lieutenant colonel. He practiced law after the war, bought and managed the Amarillo Hotel, and was elected mayor of Amarillo. In 1932 Governor Ross S. Sterling appointed Thompson to succeed Pat M. Neff on the Railroad Commission at a time of chaos and overproduction in the vast East Texas oilfield.
Thompson was immediately involved in the RRC's efforts to control production in the East Texas oil field. As an authority on oil and gas matters, especially conservation, and a spokesperson for the RRC, Thompson made many speeches promoting conservation, preventing waste, and defending the use of prorationing - the limiting of oil production to market demand. He testified before both state and federal governmental committee hearings, was a witness at trials, and led the opposition to federal control of oil and gas production. He also served on the Interstate Oil Compact Commission in the 1930s, was several times a representative to the World Petroleum Congress, and made surveys of Middle East oil fields for the United States Department of Defense in 1945 and 1955.
Thompson ran for governor in 1938 but was defeated by flour magnate W. Lee O'Daniel in the Democratic primary. Thompson tried again in 1940, with the proposals of aid to labor, a public utility commission, and a nickel-a-barrel oil tax to pay for the state's social security pensions. He noted that Texas oil would not last forever and that it was taxed far less than that of some other states, but despite these appeals, Thompson finished second again.
During his tenure on the Railroad Commission, Thompson tried to reconcile the conflicting demands of the major oil companies with those of the smaller, independent producers. Many of the policies he advocated were attempts to keep the state's oil-based wealth within the state whenever possible. He resigned from the commission in January 1965 and died on June 28, 1966. He is buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
(Sources: Childs, William R., The Texas Railroad Commission: Understanding Regulation in America to the Mid-Twentieth Century. College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2005; Green, George N., "Ernest Othmer Thompson," Handbook of Texas Online; and History of the Railroad Commission, 1866-1939, Railroad Commission website, both accessed on November 29, 2017.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Ernest O. Thompson records, Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 1970/025
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas, Central Records, on October 7, 1969.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Technical Requirements
Researchers are required to wear gloves provided by the Archives when reviewing photographic materials.
Processing Information
Inventoried by Archives staff in the 1970s
Described by Paul B. Beck, May 1986
DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, February 2009
Biographical sketch by Halley Grogan, November 2017
Box
4-3/318 Danciger case, 1933
Miscellaneous political, 1942
An address to International Petroleum Exposition, Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 14, 1959
An address to Corsicana Pipe Line Oil celebration, May 5, 1959
Interstate Compact Commission, 1936-1940
An address introducing Ralph O. Rhoades, A.P.I. district meeting, Amarillo, Texas, April 24, 1959
An address at A.P.I. meeting, Amarillo, Texas, April 24, 1959
Press release, April 24, 1959
"Oil and the Law" address before University of Oklahoma School of Law, April 30, 1959
Political, speeches, news releases, radio, etc., 1942
AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) Convention, about 1940s-1950s
[loose]
"Flare Gas Wastage in Texas Steps Taken to Utilize," at the American Gas Association, Chicago, Illinois, May 1, 1947
[loose]
Address of Russell B. Brown, General Counsel of the Independent Petroleum Association of America, at the Conference on the Law of Oil and Gas, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado, May 4, 1951
[loose]
"Western Hemisphere Petroleum" by Russell B. Brown, General Counsel, Independent Petroleum Association of America before the West Central Texas Oil and Gas Association, Abilene, Texas, December 15, 1951
[loose]
Address, Corpus Christi, Texas, October 29, 1959
Address, Midland, Texas, October 28, 1959
Address, Rice Hotel, Houston, Texas, October 21, 1959
Address, Texas Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas, October 4, 1959
Address to Chamber of Commerce oil meeting, San Antonio, Texas, September 30, 1959
"An Appraisal of Our Times," Rotary Club of West Austin, June 18, 1959
Address to Centennial Celebration commemorating Drake's discovery of oil, Titusville, Pennsylvania, August 27, 1959
"100 Years of Oil Celebrated This Year by the Industry" for the Dallas Times Herald, July 23, 1959
AAPG (American Association of Petroleum Geologists) materials, May 17, 1959
[loose]
"The Emergency Oil Lift to Europe in the Suez Crisis," draft by Charles L. Robertson, June 1961
[envelope]
The War We Are In, publication, 1960
Press release, July 16, 1959
Box
4-3/319 "Conservation of Oil and Gas in Texas" speech before Fifth World Petroleum Congress, June 1, 1959
Testimony on Suez Crisis before House Commerce Committee of U.S. Congress, February 15, 1957
"History of the Connally Act" before Interstate Oil Compact Commission meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, June 15, 1959
"The Case for Oil and Gas Depletion,"April 1957
Speeches and articles:
"Oil in Superabundance," for the press, January 13, 1958
What of 1958 Oilwise
Press release, on Cut in Texas Allowable for March, February 20, 1958
"An Administrator's Views on Conservation in the Production of Oil and Gas," Louisiana State University Mineral Law Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 14, 1958
Press release to Houston papers in connection with "Power for Peace" speech delivered to Military Group, April 14, 1958
Press release, Comparison of Domestic and Foreign Production, February 21, 1958
Press release, Recommending 20 Percent Oil Import Reduction, February 21, 1958
Press release, Texas Crude Position, April 8, 1958
"Comparison of Domestic and Foreign Production and Texas Oil Prospects,"March 5, 1958
Telegram from Lee Daniel, Caracas, Venezuela, March 28, 1958
Joint Statement Regarding Voluntary Oil Import Program of U.S. After Conference Between U.S. and Venezuela Representatives, Caracas, Venezuela, March 14, 1958
"Conservation of Natural Gasoline in Texas,"April 17, 1958
"Texas Crude Oil Production," used in connection with Power for Peace delegation at Governor's Economic Study Committee on Oil Imports), April 25, 1958
"Power For Peace," an address before Military Forces Group, Houston, April 14, 1958
"Power For Peace" before Governor's Economic Study Committee on Oil Imports, April 25, 1958
Introduction of Congressman Oren Harris before Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, May 1, 1958
"Timely Comments on the Oil Situation before Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association,"May 1, 1958
Press releases, June 10, 1958
Press releases, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 21, 1958
Press statement, July 3, 1958
"The 27½% Oil and Gas Depletion Recognition in the Tax Law,"September 9, 1958
Response of Thompson, occasion of John Franklin Carll Award by Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME, October 7, 1958
Oil Imports Control, October 28, 1958
Copies of bound books indexes, 1955-1958
Press release, December 29, 1959
Press release, announcement for reelection, December 17, 1959
Address, appreciation dinner, Dallas,December 16, 1959
Survey of Spacing and Proration Rules Adopted by the RRC during 7 months of 1961,December 12, 1961
Press statement, regarding appointment of Lieutenant Governor Ben Ramsey as Railroad Commissioner,August 17, 1961
Correspondence with President Kennedy regarding oil reserves,August 1961
"26 Years of Operation Under the IOCC," Houston,June 2, 1961
Resolution by Commission memorializing services of Olin Culberson,June 22, 1961
Olin Culberson, eulogy and tribute,1961
Address before Panhandle Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Amarillo, May 10, 1961
"Prod. in 16 States Exceeds Reserves Ratio," reprint from Petroleum Week), March 31, 1961
Press release, February 15, 1961
Letters regarding T.C.U. award dinner, 1951
Speeches, perfect copies, 1960-1961
Bound book indexes, 1947-1953
Box
4-3/320 Articles and speeches, 1958-1959
[3 folders]
Amending Natural Gas Act before Interstate and Foreign Commerce Commission, April 14, 1947
Articles and speeches, etc., 1947
[2 folders]
Conservation of Oil and Gas: A Legal History, reviews by Thompson, 1948
Box
4-3/321 Speeches and articles, 1948
Speeches and articles, 1949
Speeches and articles, 1947
Speeches and articles, 1948
Speeches and articles, 1950
Clippings, 1947
[one black-and-white photograph]
Box
4-3/322 Article, speeches, etc., 1945-1946
[2 folders]
Testimony to be given by Colonel Thompson before Federal Power Commission hearing, Houston, Texas, January 28, 1946
Article, speeches, etc., 1946
The Railroad Commission of Texas was created by Jim Hogg, undated
"The Importance of the Petroleum Industry to Houston" address by John R. Suman, 1935
Address to Austin Labor Temple Association, December 18, 1939
Address by Judge Joseph C. Hutcherson Jr., On Constitution, undated
"The Llano Cemetery Association," radio talk by J.O. Guleke, undated
Speech by Wright Patman, M.C., to House of Representatives on amendment to the Federal Home Loan Bank bill, July 12, 1932
Senator Joe Bailey's speech on bimetallism in Dallas, 1907
Article, speeches, etc., 1945
Box
4-3/323 Old material on gas conservation collected from years back,1943-1946
Maps of West Europe and the Middle East,1943-1946
[envelope]
[Regarding Thompson's Middle East trip.]
Box
4-3/324 Miscellaneous articles, speeches and data received by Thompson, 1937-1960, undated
Oil and gas conservation statement before the Federal Power Commission, Dallas, Texas, November 27, 1945
Speeches and articles, 1943
Speeches and articles, 1944
Speeches and articles, about 1945
Box
4-3/325 Political speeches, 1940
Articles and speeches, 1941
Articles and speeches, 1942
[Including oil maps.]
Administrative hearings procedures, 1959
Rodessa Controversy, facts and opinions, undated
Port Acres field, 1962-1963, undated
Briefs, Oil and Gas Division, 1956-1957, undated
Box
4-3/326 Articles and speeches, 1939
[3 folders]
Articles and speeches, 1940
[4 folders]
Box
4-3/327 An introduction of Thompson by John O'Connor, on the occasion of a visit to Dallas by Pascual Gutierres Roland, April 17, 1959
An address on the occasion of the visit to Dallas by Director Pascual Gutierres Roland, April 17, 1959
"A Great Year for Oil," for The Oil Daily, April 7, 1959
"Best Ever" statement, appearing in The Oil Daily, March 23, 1959
Press release, March 10, 1959
News release, March 6, 1959
Press release, February 26, 1959
An article written for Mr. Taylor of Wall Street Journal, February 20, 1959
Press statement, February 10, 1959
An address before Gulf Coast Section of the Society of Petroleum Engineers of AIME, January 20, 1959
Press release to Dallas Morning News, January 2, 1959
Miscellaneous writings, undated
Speeches, 1936
Articles and speeches, May 25-December 18, 1936
Articles and speeches, January-July 1937
Articles and speeches, August-December 1937
Articles and speeches, January-March 1938
Articles and speeches, April-October 1938
Articles and speeches, November-December 1938
Political speeches and news releases, 1938
Box
4-3/328 "Octane vs. Conservation," before the Natural Gasoline Association of America, Dallas, Texas, April 24, 1947
Biography of Ernest O. Thompson, 1959
Articles and speeches, 1920, 1959-1961, undated
[2 folders]
Biography of Ernest O. Thompson, 1960
The Law of Capture, August 10, 1960
Miscellaneous writings, 1960
[2 folders]
Press statement, December 20, 1960
Statement, December 15, 1960
Address at groundbreaking ceremonies for Houston Petroleum Center, October 6, 1960
Energy resources, national policy, August 9, 1960
Press release, July 12, 1960
Press statement, Figures on Texas oil, June 9, 1960
Press release, May 25, 1960
The "Incremental Barrel" written for The Oil Daily and press release, August 1 and 6, 1960
Press release, April 12, 1960
Press release, appointed Chairman Compact Legal Committee, February 25, 1960
For Dallas News, December 3, 1959
"Liquefied Petroleum Gas," Texas Butane Dealers Association, July 1, 1960
Press release, June 9, 1960
Letter to Hon. Wright Patman, August 9, 1960
"General Statistical Report and Maps to Accompany covering the Dean and Slaughter Fields Cochran, Hockley and Terry Counties, Texas," prepared by North Basin Pools Engineering Committee, Midland, Texas, June 1, 1942
[2 reports]
Speeches index, 1934-1939, 1942-1948
"The Oil and Gas Market Demand Law," before IOCC Legal Committee, June 13, 1960
"Independent Oil Operators Understand Market Demand," Wichita Falls, Texas, March 26, 1960
"The Texas Market Demand Statute on Oil and Gas and its Application," written for Texas Law Review, September 22, 1960
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Miscellaneous writings, press stories, etc., undated
Articles and speeches, 1934
Articles, about 1930s
Miscellaneous writings, press stories, etc., about 1930s, undated
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4-3/330 Miscellaneous suits, 1932-1933, undated
[2 folders]
H.A. Miles violation reports, 1932-1935
[folder, envelope]
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4-3/331 Ickes Oil Control bill, April 26, 1934
Resolutions and numerous House and Senate bills, about 1930s
[envelope]
Bills affecting Railroad Commission, about 1930s
Congressional file on bills dealing with oil introduced in Congress, about 1930s
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4-3/332 Speeches and articles, 1954
Speeches and articles, 1955
Testimony before House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee, United States Congress, relative to oil lift to Europe and Suez Canal Crisis, February 15, 1957
Speeches and articles, 1956
History of the Texas Railroad Commission, 1948-1957
Speeches and articles, 1957
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4-3/333 Speeches and articles, 1951
"Freedom's Oil," address for American Petroleum Institute Gold Medal Award, Chicago, Illinois, November 7, 1951
[two black-and-white photographs]
"The Railroad Commission of Texas, history, development and scope," for Barron's business magazine, April 1952
Speeches and articles, 1952
Speeches and articles, 1953
"History in the Making," talk before a history class in Amarillo, April 9, 1953
"Conservation of Oil and Gas, a Hemispheric Defense Problem," Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, June 18, 1953
Statement on depletion before Ways and Means Committee, United States House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., August 14, 1953
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4-3/334 Sub-Committee of Committee on Public Lands and Texhoma Natural Gas O. and Cities Service vs. E.O. Thompson, 1939, 1942
Heyser decisions, February 16, 1949
Carpenter case - Federal Court, 1940
Briefs, motions for rehearing, etc., Oil and Gas matters, 1951
Attorney General, 1951, 1963
Intervention, Memphis National Gas Company, September 12, 1944
Testimony on oil and gas depletion allowance before Ways and Means Committee, February 8, 1950
An address before Lubbock school children, March 29, 1950
"The Application of the Market Demand Statute to Oil Production in Texas," before AIME, New York City, February 14, 1950
Address before Tyler Rotary Club, February 2, 1950
Tables used for Congressional Committee meeting at Amarillo, April 30, 1950
"The Development of the Market Demand Law in Texas as Applied to the Conservation of Oil and Gas," before State Bar Annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas, July 7, 1950
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4-3/335 Washington oil legislation, 1933-1935
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Correspondence, 1933-1935, 1956
[Concerning the oil and gas industry and presidential correspondence.]
Publications, 1933-1937, 1942, 1948-1959
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4-3/336 Texas Panhandle Gas Company v. Thompson, et al., brief by C.C. Small, undated
C.H. Brown, et al. v. Humble Oil & Refining argument for rehearing by R.J. Boyle, undated
C.H. Brown, et al. v. Humble Oil & Refining rehearing argument by Elwood Fouts, undated
C.H. Brown, et al. v. Humble Oil & Refining brief for rehearing by Myron G. Blalock, 1935
Method of setting allowables of the state, Gordon Griffin, 1935
Grain case, February 9, 1934
Van field proration schedule effective, April 1, 1935
Van field proration schedules, 1935
Panhandle gas situation, 1935
Telegrams, 1935
HSR (House Simple Resolution) 126 and HSR 35, Committee to Investigate "Hot Oil Situation,"1935
Press releases by Department of Interior, 1936
Fuel Oil Refinery, forged telegram matter, 1935
Booklet "The Oil Industry" by E.W. Oliver, 1935
Letters and wires, pro and con, oil and state rights to Senator Connally and Senator Sheppard, 1934
Bulletin on Economic Spacing of Oil Wells by M.G. Cheney, June 1935
Statement of activities in East Texas oil field, April 5, 1935
Bulletin on Geology of Texas Panhandle Oil and Gas Field by Henry Rogatz, 1935
"An Operating Schedule for Crude Oil Production in 1933" by Joseph E. Pogue, consulting engineer, 1935
Bennett pipe line maps, undated
Map of oil fields in Hutchinson County, undated
API pamphlet "A Review of the Petroleum Situation,"August 1935
Texoma Natural Gas Company Case No. 550 in equity, undated
Financial and statistical report to the Federal Power Commission - blank form, undated
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4-3/337 Hearing on South Texas Development Company #1 well, R.E. Smith, Conroe field, 1934
[Including blueprints.]
Department of the Interior, purchasing and marketing agreements stabilizing oil industry, 1933-1934
Texas production for market demand or consumptive demand set by Bur Mines, undated
Proven Oil Reserves, AIME bulletin, 1936-1937
Oil and gas laws passed, 1937
Charts on tanker and barge listings, Texas ports, crude oil and products, 1940-1941
Opinion by Elbert Hooper on case of State v. Champlin and Bass and State v. Skipper-Bivins Oil Company, 1940-1941
Lists of districts in state with number of oil fields in each, undated
Case of Gus Pierce, et al. v. Railroad Commission of Texas, 1935
Recapitulation reports on East Texas oil field for November and December, 1934
Report on East Texas, Conroe, Yates, and Van, increases and decreases, 1933-1935
Van field reports, 1935
Over and under allowable production reports, August 1934
Press reports on oil, 1945
Oil weeklies, listed by counties in Texas, undated
Commission letter to Petroleum Administrator for war, use of sweet gas by United Carbon Company, Inc., 1943
Petroleum Industry for Defense materials, 1941-1942
Information compiled from Railroad Commission and Comptroller reports, 1940
Petroleum refineries in United States, list from Bureau of Mines, 1934
Report of Crude Oil and pipeline and refinery operations, February 1935
Reports of refinery operations and tank car shipments, March 1936
Report on Greta Field, April 15, 1935
List of producers in pipeline production, January 1935
Rodessa hearing, Marshall, Texas, September 27, 1935
Address of Hon. Leon H. Gavin of Pennsylvania, Grace Crude Oil Association, June 25, 1943
Reports on "Oil Production in Texas from 1931 to 1939" and "Gasoline Tax Per Gallon by States,"1931-1939
Reply to Sir Henry Deterding, regarding Texas' "Hot Oil" affecting world oil prices, undated
Pressure and production summary, East Texas field, 1934
Investigating committee report of oil industry in Texas, October 28, 1936
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4-3/338 Normanna field briefs, 1961
Briefs, Oil and Gas Division, 1959-1961
Articles and speeches, January 1936-May, 1936
I.O.C.C. (Interstate Oil Compact Commission) legal committee, 1939, 1957-1961
Articles and speeches, 1935
Oil and Gas Division, briefs and opinions, 1957, undated

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James C. Langdon speeches, 1963-1967,
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The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves and express companies. Since the early 20th century the RRC regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. This series includes speeches, addresses, and press releases given by Langdon while commissioner from 1963-1967. Subjects discussed in speeches include the history of the oil industry and the Railroad Commission; regulation and the federal government; and conservation of resources. The small number of press releases include issue regarding oil imports and the Middle East crisis.
Biographical Sketch
James Calhoun Langdon was born in Stephenville, Texas, in 1914 and graduated from Cleburne High School in 1933 before attending John Tarleton College and the University of Texas School of Law. He worked as a special agent with the FBI in the United States and South America before practicing law in McCamey, Texas. During World War II, Langdon served in the Naval Air Corps in both the Atlantic and Pacific theatres. In 1954, he was appointed judge of the 112th Judicial District of Texas in McCamey and five years later resigned that post to accept an appointment as Chief Justice of the El Paso Court of Civil Appeals.
Langdon served on the bench until Governor John Connally appointed him to succeed William J. Murray Jr., on the Railroad Commission in 1963. Langdon was then elected to the unexpired term on the commission in 1964 and won two full six-year terms in 1968 and 1974. He served as commission chairman in 1967, 1968, and again in 1973. Langdon frequently used his position on the commission to attack the federal government for its energy policies and both Democratic and Republican administrations drew his displeasure. An outspoken advocate of the free market system, he believed that the best regulation of the oil and gas industry was the least regulation. Langdon was the commission chairman in 1973 when it took up the lengthy and controversial Lo-Vaca Gathering Co. rate case, which sent energy costs in Texas spiraling. He was a frequent target of harsh criticism from those who charged the commission was granting Lo-Vaca unfair rate increases at the expense of consumers. Langdon retired from the commission in 1977 after 14 years of service. Following Langdon's retirement from public life, he entered the Austin law firm of Akin, Gump, Hauer, and Feld and worked there until his death in 1979. He is buried in the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.
(Sources: James C. Langdon Papers, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; "James Calhoun Langdon," Texas State Cemetery website; and History of the Railroad Commission, 1960-1979, Railroad Commission website, all accessed on November 29, 2017.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Jim Langdon speeches, Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2008/135
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas on April 28, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Halley Grogan, September 2017
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2008/135 Speeches, 1963-1965:
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Table of Contents
#1 - "Stand on the Liquor Problem," 1963
#2 - "History of the Oil Industry," 1963
#3 - "The Christ of Faith and the Reality of Jesus as a Man," 1963
#4 - "Humor in the Courtroom and the Reorganization of the Texas Railroad Commission," 1963
#5 - "Problems Incident to the Production and Marketing of Natural Gas and Natural Gas Liquids," 1963
#6 - "The Reorganization of the Texas Railroad Commission as Recommended by the Texas Research League," 1963
#7 - "Bridging the Gaps," 1963
#8 - "The Reorganization of the Oil and Gas Division of the Texas Railroad Commission," 1963
#9 - "The Influence of Court Decisions Upon Railroad Commission Policy in Rule 37 Cases and the Allocation of Allowables to the Small Tract Well," 1963
#10 - "Statement before the Natural Resources and Power Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations," 1963
#11 - "Current Engineering Problems Facing the Railroad Commission of Texas," 1964
#12 - "Statement to AFL-CIO and PASO during 1964 campaign," 1964
#13 - "Our Greatest Resource and Our Greatest Challenge," 1964
#14 - "From Spindletop to Space Age," 1964
#15 - "Comments on Women, Bosses, Transportation and Other Important Things," 1964
#16 - "Our Greatest Resource and Our Greatest Challenge," 1964
#17 - Carthage Chamber of Commerce speech, 1964
#18 - "Current Engineering Problems Facing the Railroad Commission of Texas," 1964
#19 - "Comments on Women, Bosses, Transportation and Other Important Things," 1964
#20 - AIME-Bay City speech, 1964
#21 - "Neither With Nor Alarm," 1964
#22 - West Texas Chamber of Commerce speech, 1964
#23 - "The Care and Feeding of Oil Men," 1964
#24 - "Do Oil and Water Mix?," 1964
#25 - Houston Traffic Club speech, 1964
#26 - "Public Rights and Duties," 1964
#27 - "Market Demand: Fact and Fiction," 1964
#28 - "A Lesson in Industrial Development," 1964
#29 - "People, Petroleum and Progress," 1964
#30 - Statement, TIPRO Conservation Panel, 1964
#31 - "Conservation, A Product of Petroleum Engineering," 1964
#32 - "The Role of State Government in the Conservation of Oil and Gas," 1964
#33 - "Problems Can Be Keys to Success," 1964
#34 - "Resources and the State-Government," 1965
#35 - Statement to Federal Power Commission, 1965
#36 - "The Role of the Petroleum Engineer as an Expert Witness," 1965
#37 - "On the Grow in the Permian Basin," 1965
#38 - "Conservation of Human Resources," 1965
#39 - "Changing Technology Challenges the Regulator," 1965
#40 - "The Texas Interest in Regional Transportational Matters," 1965
Speeches, 1965-1967:
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#41 - Lecture before Eighth Annual Petroleum Institute for Educators, 1965
#42 - "Government's Challenge in Space Age Transportation," 1965
#43 - "Rules of the Railroad Commission of Texas," 1965
#44 - "The Marvelous Past," 1965
#45 - "The Responsibilities of Citizenship," 1965
#46 - "Prospects for 1966," 1966
#47 - An article for the Midland Reporter-Telegram, 1966
#48 - "We Cannot Stand on the Record," 1966
#48a - "Comments on Women, Bosses, Transportation and Other Important Things," 1966
#49 - "Transportation Problems in the Furniture Industry," 1966
#50 - An address before East Texas Chapter, American Petroleum Institute, 1966
#51 - Article for Kilgore News Herald, 1966
#52 - "Conservation of Human Resources," 1966
#53 - "A Salute to Industry and Texas Transportation," 1966
#54 - Lecture before Austin College Social Studies workshop, 1966
#55 - "The Railroad Commission Looks at Pollution," 1966
#56 - "A 'Dutch Treat' in Transportation," 1966
#57 - "Transportation as a Function of Public Administration," 1966
#58 - General Ernest O. Thompson - A Man Who Could Say 'No,' 1966
#59 - Article for the Dallas Times Herald, 1967
#60 - "The Future of Market Demand Proration in Texas," 1967
#61 - "A Quiet Boom - A Gentle Splash!," 1967
#62 - "U.S. Oil, Now and Later," 1967
#63 - Statement regarding oil imports, 1967
#64 - Statement at the Oil Import Administration Hearings, 1967
#65 - Press release regarding Middle East Crisis, 1967
#66 - Press release regarding Texas Allowable Production, 1967
#67 - Press release regarding meeting of oil company executives, 1967
#68 - Preliminary statement to oil company executives, 1967
#69 - "The Current Oil Crisis and the Point of No Return," 1967
#70 - "The Natural Gas Industry 615 B.C. to 1967 A.D. and Beyond," 1967
#71 - Press release regarding Secretary Udall's decision on important licenses, 1967
#72 - Article for San Angelo Standard Times, 1967
#73 - "Prologue to A Crisis," 1967
#74 - "The Outlook for Oil and Gas in 1968," 1967
#75 - "The Public Interest in the LP-Gas Industry," 1967

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John H. Poerner speeches, 1978-1980,
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The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves and express companies. Since the early 20th century the RRC regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. This series includes speeches and addresses given by Poerner while commissioner, dating from 1978-1980. The majority of the speeches are denoted by engagement including gas industry meetings and events around the state of Texas.
Biographical Sketch
John H. Poerner was born in 1932. He served as a member of the Texas House of Representatives from Medina County from 1969 to 1975. In 1978 he succeeded James C. Langdon as commissioner on the Railroad Commission. Poerner served from January 2, 1978, to January 1, 1981, and was chairman in 1979.
(Sources: John H. Poerner, Texas Legislature: Past and Present website; and History of the Railroad Commission, 1960-1979, Railroad Commission website, both accessed on November 29, 2017.)
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), John H. Poerner speeches, Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2008/135
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas on April 28, 2008.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Halley Grogan, September 2017
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2008/135 Speeches, 1978-1979:
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Texas USDA Rural Development Committee, January 9, 1979
East Texas State Chamber of Commerce, January 23, 1979
San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, January 30, 1979
Oil and Gas Seminar, San Antonio, February 1, 1979
West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, March 16, 1979
Statement on the application of United Parcel Service for a new common carrier certificate, March 26, 1979
Corpus Christi Society of Petroleum Engineers, April 5, 1979
Houston Oil and Gas Forms Seminar, April 11, 1979
Rotary Club of Kilgore, Texas, April 26, 1979
Texas Transportation Institute, May 10, 1979
Texas Gas Association, June 4, 1979
Tipro Annual Meeting, June 10, 1979
Gas Utilities Dockets 1701 and 1702, June 18, 1979
4th Annual Public Utilities Commission Conference, July 18, 1979
Statewide Oil Hearing, August 16, 1979
San Angelo Standard Times Special Oil Edition, September 11, 1979
Rotary Club of Beaumont, September 12, 1979
Forms Seminar, Dallas, October 3, 1979
San Angelo Desk and Derrick, October 9, 1979
Texas Wholesale Grocers Association, October 11, 1979
Dow Chemical, Chemical Lakes, October 11, 1979
Texas Midcontinent Oil and Gas Association, October 11, 1979
Oil, Agricultural and Businessman Appreciation Day, October 20, 1979
Texas Association of County Auditors, October 26, 1979
San Angelo Rotary, November 2, 1979
Docket ERA-R-79-44 on Oil Import Quotas, November 7, 1979
Statewide, November 20, 1979
Midland-Odessa Bar, December 7, 1979
Dallas Petroleum Engineers Club, December 14, 1979
January 3, 1978
American Institute of Petroleum Geologists, Houston, January 26, 1978
Texas Renderers Association Annual Membership meeting, San Antonio, January 28, 1978
American Petroleum Institute, Division of Production - Houston Chapter, February 7, 1978
San Marcos, March 1, 1978
Victoria, March 9, 1978
Tyler, March 16, 1978
April 5, 1978
April 24, 1978
Annual meeting of the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, Houston, June 6, 1978
South Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, Del Rio, June 29, 1978
Midland, August 4, 1978
Corpus Christi, September 11, 1978
Rockdale, September 19, 1978
Before the Interim Subcommittee on Energy Issues of the Texas House of Representatives, San Antonio, September 29, 1978
Texas Surveyor's Convention, Houston, October 6, 1978
Texas Hot Mix Association, San Antonio, October 14, 1978
Downtown Lion's Club, Austin, October 19, 1978
Texas Vegetable Association Annual Meeting, McAllen, October 20, 1978
Gas Proration Seminar, Austin, October 27, 1978
Speeches, 1980:
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API meeting, Houston, January 8, 1980
Park Cities Rotary, January 11, 1980
Rotary Club of Abilene, January 18, 1980
Highland Rotary, San Antonio, January 22, 1980
Corpus Christi Oil and Gas Forms Seminar, January 31, 1980
Laundry and Dry Cleaning Association, Dallas, February 8, 1980
I.C.C., Dallas, February 12, 1980
Rotary Club of Victoria, February 14, 1980
Texas Association of Rural Water Corporations, February 14, 1980
Statewide, February 20, 1980
API meeting, Fort Worth Basin Chapter, February 27, 1980
Weatherford College, Weatherford, February 27, 1980
Young Americans for Freedom, Austin, March 1, 1980
West Central Oil and Gas Association, Abilene, March 10, 1980
West Texas County Judges and Commissioners Association, San Angelo, March 14, 1980
Rotary Club of Del Rio, March 25, 1980
Port Lavaca Joint Lions Club, March 27, 1980
Rotary Club of Pasadena, March 28, 1980
ETSU Seminar, April 7, 1980
Natural Gas Men of the Permian Basin, Midland, April 8, 1980
Perryton Desks and Derricks, April 10, 1980
International Association of Drilling Contractors, Houston Chapter, April 15, 1980
Society of Petroleum Engineers, Gulf Coast Section, April 15, 1980
Permian Basin Petroleum Association, April 17, 1980
Southern Gas Association, Dallas, April 22, 1980
Statement to the Office of Surface Mining, April 28, 1980
Mariner's Club of Dallas, May 2, 1980
Natural Resources Section, State Bar Association, Dallas, June 11, 1980
Public Utilities Conference, Dallas, July 17, 1980

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Charles R. Matthews records, 1997-2005, bulk 2003-2005,
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Scope and Content Note
The Railroad Commission of Texas (RRC) initially had jurisdiction over the rates and operations of railroads, terminals, wharves, and express companies. Since the early 20th century the RRC regulates the exploration, production, and transportation of oil and natural gas in Texas. This series includes administrative correspondence, daily schedules and calendars for the period 1997-2005, bulk 2003-2005. Schedules and calendars detail Matthews' meetings and events during his time as commissioner. Matthews corresponded with oil company representatives, members of the Texas legislature, the Governor's staff, and the public.
Biographical Sketch
Charles R. Matthews was born in Waco, Texas, in 1939. He served as mayor of Garland, Texas, from 1984 to 1986. Matthews earned his B.A. at the University of Texas at Dallas in 1994. In 1995 he succeeded James E. Nugent as commissioner on the Railroad Commission of Texas. In 2000, Matthews won re-election to the commission. Matthews served from January 3, 1995 to February 9, 2005, and was chairman in 1997. Matthews stepped down from the Railroad Commission in 2005 to become chancellor of the Texas State University System, where he served from 2005 to 2010.
(Sources: Biography of Charles R. Matthews, U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory website, both accessed on November 29, 2017.
Arrangement
These records are arranged as received from the agency.
Preferred Citation
(Identify the item), Charles R. Matthews records, Railroad Commission of Texas commissioners records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Accession Information
Accession number: 2007/073
These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Railroad Commission of Texas on December 15, 2006.
Restrictions on Access
None.
Processing Information
Processed by Halley Grogan, September 2017
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2007/073 Schedule and calendars, 1997-2005
Day calendar, 1997
Schedules, January-May 1997
Schedules, June-December 1997
Schedules, January-June 1998
Schedules, July-December 1998
Day calendar, 1999
Schedules and correspondence found in 1999 day calendar, 1999
Schedules, July 2000-December 2001
Calendar, 2002
Calendar, 2003
Calendar, 2004
Calendar, 2005
Administrative correspondence, 2003-2005
January-December 2003
January-May 2004
June-September 2004
October-December 2004
January 2005

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