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Overview

Agency History

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement of the Records

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, 1877-1916, undated,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds:

An Inventory of Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds Records at the Texas State Archives, 1877-1916, undated



Overview

Creator: Texas. Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds.
Title: Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds records
Dates: 1877-1916, undated
Abstract: The 14th Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 335, Regular Session) created the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds in 1874 to take charge of the public halls of the Capitol and State Library as well as the safekeeping and preservation of the Capitol grounds and State Cemetery. This office also briefly worked with the Governor’s Mansion, Treasury Building, and Comptroller Building. In 1879, the office came under the supervision of the Commissioner of Insurance, Statistics, and History (Revised Civil Statutes, Chapter 2, Title 76). The office was abolished in 1919 and its duties absorbed by the Texas State Board of Control (Senate Bill 147, 36th Legislature, Regular Session). Records date 1877-1916, undated, and include financial records, reports, various inventories, payroll records, bids, specifications, blueprints, drawings, and prints. These records have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive.
TSLAC Control No.: TX001458
Quantity: 0.23 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written predominately in English.
Repository: Texas State Archives
Sponsor: This EAD finding aid was created in cooperation with Texas Archival Resources Online.

Agency History

The 14th Texas Legislature (Senate Bill 335, Regular Session) created the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds in 1874 to take charge of the public halls of the Capitol and State Library as well as the safekeeping and preservation of the Capitol grounds and State Cemetery. The superintendent was appointed by the governor for a term of four years and was to be a practical horticulturist. Additional buildings were soon added to the superintendent’s purview, as the 2nd Regular Session of the 14th Legislature tasked the superintendent with contracting for gas lighting for the Capitol and the Governor’s Mansion (Joint Resolution 2). In 1877, the superintendent contracted with the architectural firm of Preston and Ruffini to examine the condition of the Treasury and Comptroller’s buildings. In 1879, the position of superintendent became a two-year term appointed by the governor and under the supervision of the Commissioner of Insurance, Statistics, and History. Duties reverted to the public halls of the Capitol, the Capitol grounds, and State Cemetery (Revised Civil Statutes, Chapter 2, Title 76). The Governor’s Mansion came under charge of the governor, the Treasury Building under the charge of the treasurer and comptroller, and other buildings on the capitol square under the charge of heads of the department. The office of Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds was abolished in 1919 and its duties absorbed by the Texas State Board of Control, created by the 36th Legislature (Senate Bill 147, Regular Session).

(Sources include: the enabling legislation and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Legislature created the Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds to take charge of the public halls of the Capitol and State Library as well as the safekeeping and preservation of the Capitol grounds and State Cemetery. Records date 1877-1916, undated, and include financial records, reports, various inventories, payroll records, bids, specifications, blueprints, drawings and prints.

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Arrangement of the Records

These records are arranged in chronological order.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

None.

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

The blueprints and drawings are large and fragile and may not be photocopied.

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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.
Subjects (Organizations):
Texas Governor's Mansion (Austin, Tex.)
Texas State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)
Subjects:
Public buildings--Texas--Austin.
Places:
Austin (Tex.)
Document Types:
Financial records--Texas.
Inventories--Texas.
Reports--Texas.
Payroll records--Texas.
Blueprints (reprographic copies)--Texas.
Specifications--Texas.
Black-and-white prints (prints on paper).
Mechanical drawings (building systems drawings).
Functions:
Building maintenance.

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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
Texas Governor's Mansion collection, 1836-1984, 14.43 cubic ft.
Texas Capitol Building Commission administrative records and architectural drawings, 1879-1890, 1980, 1994-1998, undated, 33.53 cubic ft. (includes 150 drawings)
Texas Board of Commissioners of Public Grounds and Buildings records, 1860-1876, undated, 0.68 cubic ft.
Texas State Board of Control Building records and contracts, 1854, 1885, 1909-1949, 1967, undated, bulk 1920-1928, 6.44 cubic ft.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 2019/118

Provenance unknown. These records were likely transferred to the Archives Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas State Board of Control or Texas State Purchasing and General Services Commission. These records were accessioned for control on May 24, 2019.

Processing Information

Original processing by Archives staff, date unknown

Additional processing and EAD finding aid by Angela Swift, October 2019

Other Formats for the Records

These records have been digitized and are part of the Texas Digital Archive, available online at https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-state-government/texas-state-agencies-homepage/tspbg/#records.

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Detailed Description of the Records

Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, 1877-1916, undated,
0.23 cubic ft.

Box
2020/014-2 Reports regarding Treasury and Comptroller buildings, October 1877
Payroll, 1893-1894
Appropriations for labor and materials, 1893-1894
Documentation regarding sale of temporary Capitol debris, 1900
Inventory of public property at Governor's Mansion, February 1, 1901
Inventory of Texas State Capitol, January 26, 1903
Blueprints and documentation for Capitol elevators, 1913-1916
[5 blueprints (reprographic copies)]
[Originals and revisions.]
Bids, proposals, and specifications for Capitol elevators, 1913-1916
[includes 10 black-and-white prints (prints on paper)]
Oversize
OS Box 46 (2019/118) Drawings of Capitol elevators, about 1916
[2 mechanical drawings (building systems drawings)]

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