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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

Texas Historical Commission meeting records, 1953-2017,

Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Historical Commission:

An Inventory of Historical Commission Meeting Records at the Texas State Archives, 1953-2017



Overview

Creator: Texas Historical Commission.
Title: Historical Commission meeting records
Dates: 1953-2017
Abstract: The Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, from 1953 to 1973; and of the Texas Historical Commission meetings, dating 1973-2017. Materials present include agenda, minutes, committee reports, resolutions, correspondence, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, historic preservation and antiquities laws and/or changes to the laws, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or landmark status, historical marker dedication calendars, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, and newsletters, reports and other publications of the agency.
Quantity: 19.75 cubic ft.
Language: These materials are written 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 Texas State Historical Survey Committee (TSHSC) was created on a temporary basis in 1953 (Senate Concurrent Resolution 44, 53rd Texas Legislature, Regular Session) to administer a comprehensive state program for historical preservation; it was given more permanent status in 1957 (Senate Bill 426, 55th Legislature, Regular Session). In 1962 the TSHSC formed the Official Texas Historical Marker Program to record Texas historic sites in all 254 counties. The TSHSC became the Texas Historical Commission (THC) in 1973 (House Bill 1512, 63rd Legislature, Regular Session). In the 1980s and 1990s the commission continued to work on the identification and preservation of historic sites. It administered a number of grant programs, including the Texas Historic Preservation Grant Program, Texas Preservation Trust Fund, and museum grants. It also administered special projects such as the Old San Antonio Road project and Women's History Month. The commission worked to conduct extensive surveys of historic properties across the state, along with reviews of the impact of construction and other building projects on historic and archeological sites.

The THC administers programs to preserve the architectural, archeological, historical, and cultural resources of Texas. The mission of the THC is to protect and preserve the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Duties of the agency include preservation consultation with the public; providing leadership to heritage organizations and county historical commissions; working with communities to protect Texas' architectural heritage, including operation of the Texas Main Street Program; administering the state's historical marker program; working with property owners to save archeological sites on private land; ensuring archeological sites are protected as land is developed for public construction projects; consulting with citizens and groups to nominate properties for historical and archeological landmark status and for the National Register of Historic Places; and making historical attractions a cornerstone of the Texas travel industry. The THC also maintains the , a database of more than 300,000 historic site records; was involved with the La Salle excavations; and was involved with the development of the Bob Bullock State History Museum that opened in Austin in 2001.

The Texas Historical Commission is composed of 11 members appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate, serving overlapping six-year terms. Members must be citizens of Texas who have demonstrated an interest in the preservation of the state's historical heritage and represent all geographical areas of Texas. Beginning in 1995, the membership must include a professional archeologist, a professional historian, and a licensed architect, and two of the members must be from counties with populations of less than 50,000. The governor names the chairperson. The members appoint an executive director to administer the agency.

In the late 1990s, the Texas Historical Commission went through an agency restructuring in which several divisions were combined. As of 2017, the agency consists of eight divisions that carry out the responsibilities of the agency. The Administration Division oversees budgetary, planning, and other executive functions. The Community Heritage Division acts in partnership with communities and regions to revitalize historic areas, stimulate tourism, and encourage economic development. This division operates the Main Street Program, the Heritage Tourism Program, and the Certified Local Government Program. The Archeology Division works to identify, investigate, record and preserve Texas' archeological heritage and engages in a number of programs to educate and assist the public in accordance with the National Historic Preservation Act and the Antiquities Code of Texas. The Architecture Division is dedicated to protecting Texas' diverse historic architecture by administering architectural grants, monitoring the state's National Historical Landmarks, and reviewing proposed changes to Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. The History Programs Division provides preservation assistance to county historical commissions, museums, nonprofit preservation organizations, state and federal agencies, local governments, students, educators, and the general public. This division operates the National Register Program and the Local History Program. The Historic Sites Division is responsible for overseeing the agency's 21 historic attractions located throughout the state. Staff members in this division welcome visitors, provide educational opportunities and exhibits, preserve historic structures and artifacts, and work with partner organizations in their communities. The Marketing Communications Division is responsible for developing outreach programs and increasing awareness of the agency's projects and initiatives. This division issues a monthly newsletter, The Medallion, provides production services for other departments, assists with public outreach, and helps coordinate the agency's annual museum conference. Staff Services handles personnel, accounting, and other staff functions.

The Texas Antiquities Committee was affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission until it was abolished in 1995. The Texas Antiquities Committee was created by Senate Bill 58, 61st Legislature, 2nd Called Session (1969). This committee was the legal custodian of all state archeological resources and it adopted rules to protect and preserve these resources. It designated state archeological landmarks, issued permits for activities that impacted archeological sites, oversaw staff efforts to ensure compliance with the Texas Antiquities Code, maintained an inventory of items recovered and retained by the State of Texas, and contracted or otherwise provided for discovery operations and scientific investigations of sunken or abandoned ships and their contents. In 1995, the committee was abolished (Senate Bill 365, 74th Legislature, Regular Session). Its duties were absorbed by the Texas Historical Commission and are carried out through its Archeology Division. The legislation that abolished the Antiquities Committee allowed for an advisory body to be created to assist the Texas Historical Commission on issues relating to the Antiquities Code of Texas. In 1995, the THC created the Texas Antiquities Advisory Board. The board provides recommendations on proposed State Archeological Landmarks designations and assists in resolving disputes regarding issuance of Texas Antiquities permits.

Also affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission between 1971 and 1983 was the Texas Historical Resources Development Council. The council promoted communication among its member agencies in their coordinated efforts to develop and publicize the historical resources of Texas.

(Sources include: Guide to Texas State Agencies, various editions; General and Special Laws, various years; the Texas Historical Commission website; and Latimer, Truett, and Laurie E. Jasinski, Texas Historical Commission, Handbook of Texas Online, both accessed on February 2, 2018; and the records themselves.)

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Texas Historical Commission protects and preserves the state's historic and prehistoric resources for the use, education, economic benefit, and enjoyment of present and future generations. Records are minutes, agenda, and exhibits of the Texas State Historical Survey Committee meetings, from 1953 to 1973; and of the Texas Historical Commission, dating 1973-2017. Materials present include agenda; minutes; exhibits presented at meetings; correspondence and memoranda, generally between the executive director and the TSHSC/THC members or staff; and materials sent to the committee/commission members for discussion or review prior to meetings, including committee reports, resolutions, lists of appointees to associated boards, quarterly reports from programs, rules and regulations, historic preservation and antiquities laws and/or changes to the laws, copies of agreements, press releases, lists of sites nominated for historical markers or landmark status, historical marker dedication calendars, lists of gifts and donations, lists of grants approved, attendance sheets for guests at the meetings, and newsletters, reports, and other publications of the agency. Minutes, agenda, and/or exhibits are not present in all meeting files.

Topics discussed at the meetings include division activities, changes in or addition to historic preservation or antiquities laws, significant archeological discoveries, preservation and/or outreach activities underway by the agency, actions of associated boards, grant programs including Texas Preservation Trust Fund, historical markers to be awarded, and sites receiving landmark status.

This finding aid describes meeting files of the Texas Historical Commission records. See Texas Historical Commission: An Introduction to Records for more records series.

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Organization of the Records

The records are arranged chronologically within two subgroups, Texas State Historical Survey Committee meeting records and Texas Historical Committee meeting records.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Because of the possibility that portions of these records fall under Public Information Act exceptions including, but not limited to, certain email addresses (Texas Government Code, Section 552.117) and home addresses and phone numbers of government employees and officials (Texas Government Code, Section 552.137); an archivist must review these records before they can be accessed for research. The records may be requested for research under the provisions of the Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552).

The researcher may request an interview with an archivist or submit a request by mail (Texas State Library and Archives Commission, P.O. Box 12927, Austin, TX 78711), fax (512-463-5436), email (director.librarian@tsl.texas.gov), or see our web page (https://www.tsl.texas.gov/agency/customer/pia.html). Include enough description and detail about the information requested to enable the archivist to accurately identify and locate the information. If our review reveals information that may be excepted by the Public Information Act, we are obligated to seek an open records decision from the Attorney General on whether the records can be released. The Public Information Act allows the Archives ten working days after receiving a request to make this determination. The Attorney General has 45 working days to render a decision. Alternately, the Archives can inform you of the nature of the potentially excepted information and if you agree, that information can be redacted or removed and you can access the remainder of the records.

Materials housed in the State Archives 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

None.

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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.
Corporate Names:
Texas State Historical Survey Committee.
Subjects:
Archaeology and state--Texas.
Historic buildings--Texas.
Historic buildings--Conservation and restoration--Texas.
Historic preservation--Texas.
Historic sites--Texas.
Historical markers--Texas.
Places:
Texas--Antiquities.
Texas--Cultural policy.
Document Types:
Agendas (administrative records)--Texas.
Correspondence--Texas.
Minutes (administrative records)--Texas.
Reports--Texas.
Functions:
Documentation of historic sites.
Historic preservation.
Protection of historic sites.

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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 Antiquities Committee records, 1969-1995, 10.47 cubic ft.
Texas Historical Foundation records, 1966-1981, undated, bulk 1972-1980, about 1966-1981, 6 cubic ft.
Texas Historical Commission History Programs Division records, about 1880-2016, undated, bulk 1960-1975, 2007-2016, 51.87 cubic ft. and 3.05 GB (2,639 files)
Texas Historical Commission Architecture Division records, 1981-2017, 102.57 cubic ft. and 73.06 GB (45,157 files)

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item), Texas Historical Commission meeting records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession numbers: 1998/066, 1999/088, 1999/174, 2000/020, 2000/079, 2001/056, 2002/122, 2003/071, 2007/075, 2007/100, 2007/108, 2008/045, 2009/047, 2010/041, 2010/101, 2011/126, 2011/134, 2012/089, 2013/020, 2014/065, 2015/052, 2016/069, 2016/148, 2017/044, 2017/092, 2017/137, 2018/065, 2018/088

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Historical Commission on December 7, 1997; January 11, June 24, September 28, and December 20, 1999; March 7 and November 6, 2000; April 4 and October 25, 2002; December 18, 2006; February 23, March 7, and October 23, 2007; October 27, 2008; November 17, 2009; April 5 and November 17, 2010; December 15, 2011; September 25, 2012; January 23 and October 30, 2014; June 23 and November 12, 2015; November 9, 2016; March 8 and August 14, 2017; and January 23, 2018; and from the Texas Legislative Reference Library on September 14, 2010 and December 13, 2012.

Processing Information

Laura K. Saegert, April 1999

Additional accessions added by Laura K. Saegert, November 1999, May 2002, February 2004

Additional accessions added and DACS compliance by Laura K. Saegert, September 2008

New accessions added and arrangement in a single series by Halley Grogan, February 2018

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Detailed Description of the Records

Texas Historical Commission meeting records, 1953-2017,
19.75 cubic ft.

Texas State Historical Survey Committee
Box
2000/020-1 November 1953
January 1954
March 1954
June 1954
October 1954
August 1955
October 1955
December 1955
March 1956
August 1956
October 1956
January 1957
October 1957
January 1958
April 1958
July 1958
October 1958
January 1959
April 1959
July 1959
October 1959
January 1960
April 1960
July 1960
October 1960
January 1961
April 1961
July 1961
October 1961
January 1962
March 1962
April 1962
April 1962
May 1962
June 1962
July 1962
August 1962
September 1962
October 1962
December 1962
January 1963
February 1963
July 1963
October 1963
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-2 January 1964
April 1964
May 1964
June 1964
October 1964
February 1965
March 1965
April 1965
May 1965
August 1965
October 1965
April 1966
May 1966
November 1966
February 1967
August 1967
October 1967
January 1968
April 1968
September 1968
October 1968
February 1969
June 1969
Box
2000/020-5 February 29, 1969
June 9, 1969
October 24, 1969
Box
2000/020-2 October 1969
Box
2000/020-5 January 9, 1970
Box
2000/020-2 January 1970
Box
2000/020-5 April 29-30, 1970
Box
2000/020-2 April 1970
Box
2000/020-5 July 17, 1970
Box
2000/020-2 July 1970
Box
2000/020-5 October 23-24, 1970
Box
2000/020-2 October 1970
Box
2000/020-5 January 25, 1971
Box
2000/020-2 January 1971
Box
2000/020-5 April 23, 1971
Box
2000/020-2 April 1971
Box
2000/020-5 June 25, 1971
Box
2000/020-2 June 1971
Box
2000/020-5 October 29, 1971
Box
2000/020-2 October 1971
Box
2000/020-5 February 11, 1972
Box
2000/020-3 February 1972
Box
2000/020-5 April 14, 1972
Box
2000/020-3 April 1972
Box
2000/020-6 July 12, 1972
Box
2000/020-3 July 1972
Box
2000/020-6 October 27, 1972
Box
2000/020-3 October 1972
Box
2000/020-6 January 26, 1973
Box
2000/020-3 January 1973
Box
2000/020-6 April 13, 1973
Box
2000/020-3 April 1973
Box
2000/020-6 July 13, 1973
Box
2000/020-3 July 1973
Texas Historical Commission
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2000/020-6 October 26, 1973
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2000/020-3 October 1973
Box
2000/020-6 January 24-25, 1974
Box
2000/020-3 January 1974
Box
2000/020-6 April 18-19, 1974
Box
2000/020-3 April 1974
Box
2000/020-6 July 18-19, 1974
Box
2000/020-3 July 1974
October 1974
January 1975
April 1975
July 1975
October 1975
January 1976
March 1976
July 1976
October 1976
Box
2000/020-6 January 14, 1977
Box
2000/020-4 January 1977
Box
2000/020-6 March 31, 1977
Box
2000/020-4 April 1977
Box
2000/020-6 July 1, 1977
Box
2000/020-4 July 1977
Box
2000/020-6 November 10, 1977
Box
2000/020-4 November 1977
Box
2000/020-6 January 13, 1978
Box
2000/020-4 January 1978
Box
2000/020-6 April 27, 1978
Box
2000/020-4 April 1978
Box
2000/020-6 June 23, 1978
Box
2000/020-4 June 1978
Box
2000/020-7 October 27, 1978
Box
2000/020-4 October 1978
Box
2000/020-7 November 17, 1978
Box
2000/020-4 November 1978
Box
2000/020-7 January 26, 1979
Box
2000/020-4 January 1979
Box
2000/020-7 April 20, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 April 1979
Box
2000/020-7 July 13, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 July 1979
October 1979
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2000/020-8 October 19, 1979
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 January 1980
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2000/020-8 January 18, 1980
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 April 1980
Box
2000/020-8 April 25, 1980
[2 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 July 1980
October 1980
January 1981
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2000/020-9 January 29-30, 1981
[4 folders]
Box
2000/020-4 March 1981
Box
2000/020-9 March 6, 1981
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2000/020-4 April 1981
July 1981
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2000/020-9 July 16-17, 1981
[2 folders]
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1998/066-1 October 1981
Box
2000/020-9 October 2, 1981
[2 folders]
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1998/066-1 January 1982
April 1982
July 1982
October 1982
January 1983
April 1983
July 1983
October 1983
January 1984
May 1984
July 1984
October 1984
January 1985
May 1985
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1998/066-2 July 1985
October 1985
January 1986
April 1986
July 1986
October 1986
January 1987
April 1987
July 1987
October 1987
January 1988
April 1988
July 1988
October 1988
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1998/066-3 January 1989
April 1989
July 1989
October 1989
January 1990
April 1990
July 1990
October 1990
January 1991
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1998/066-4 April 1991
July 1991
October 1991
February 1992
April 1992
July 1992
October 1992
January 1993
April 1993
July 1993
October 1993
January 1994
April 1994
July 1994
October 1994
January 1995
April 1995
October 1995
January 1996
May 1996
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1998/066-5 July 1996
October 1996
January 1997
May 1997
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1998/066-6 July 1997
October 1997
Box
1999/174 Texas Preservation Trust Fund (TPTF):
[Includes TPTF Committee, Advisory Board and Guardians meeting.]
1989-1990
1991
September 1991
October 1991
January 1992
February and April 1992
April and July 1992
August 1992
September 1992
January 1993
February 1993
April 1993
[2 folders]
October 1993
April 1994
October 1994
January 1995
July 1996
October 1996
January and May 1997
September 1997
October 1997
[2 folders]
May 1998
July 1998
October 1998
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1998/066-6 January 1998
April 1998
July 1998
Box
1999/088-1 October 1998
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1999/174 Architecture Committee, October 1998 and April 1999
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2010/101-1 January - April 1999
[wallet]
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1999/088-1 January 1999
April 1999
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2010/101-1 July - November 1999
[wallet]
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1999/088-1 July 1999
Box
2000/079-1 October 1999
November 1999
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2010/101-1 February - May 2000
[wallet]
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2000/079-1 February 2000
[2 folders]
May 2000
[3 folders]
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2001/056 August 2000
[2 folders]
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2010/101-1 August - October 2000
[wallet]
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2001/056 October 2000
[2 folders]
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2010/101-1 January - April 2001
[wallet]
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2001/056 July 2001
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2010/101-1 July - October 2001
[wallet]
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2002/122 January 2002
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2010/101-2 January - February 2002
[wallet]
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2002/122 April 2002
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2010/101-2 April 2002
[wallet]
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2002/122 July 2002
[3 folders]
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2010/101-2 July 2002
[wallet]
October 2002
[wallet]
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2003/071 October 2002
[3 folders]
January 2003
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2007/075 January 2003
[2 folders]
Box
2010/101-2 January 2003
[wallet]
Box
2003/071 May 2003
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2007/075 May 2003
[2 folders]
Box
2010/101-2 May 2003
[wallet]
Box
2007/075 July 2003
[2 folders]
October 2003
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 October 16-17, 2003
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 February 2004
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 February 4, 2004
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 May 2004
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 May 5-6, 2004
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 July 2004
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 July 15-16, 2004
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 October 2004
[2 folders]
October 2004
[Corrected.]
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2018/088-3 October 14-15, 2004
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 February 2005
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 February 10, 2005
[wallet]
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2007/108-1 April 2005
[2 folders]
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2018/088-3 April 13-14, 2005
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 July 2005
[3 folders]
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2018/088-3 July 28-29, 2005
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 October 2005
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 October 26-28, 2005
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 January 2006
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 January 25-25, 2006
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 April 2006
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 April 19-20, 2006
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 July 2006
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 July 27-28, 2006
[wallet]
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2007/108-2 October 2006
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 October 25-26, 2006
[wallet]
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2007/100 January 2007
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 January 25-26, 2007
[wallet]
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2007/100 April 2007
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 April 11-12, 2007
[wallet]
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2007/100 July 2007
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 July 18-20, 2007
[wallet]
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2008/045 October 2007
[2 folders]
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2018/088-2 October 26, 2007
[wallet]
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2008/045 January 2008
[2 folders]
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2018/088-1 January 24-25, 2008
[wallet]
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2008/045 April-May 2008
[2 folders]
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2018/088-1 April 30 - May 1, 2008
[wallet]
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2008/045 July 2008
[2 folders]
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2018/088-1 July 24-25, 2008
[wallet]
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2009/047 October 2008
[2 folders]
Box
2018/088-1 October 30-31, 2008
[wallet]
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2009/047 January 2009
[2 folders]
April 2009
[2 folders]
July 2009
[2 folders]
Box
2010/041 October 2009
January 2010
[2 folders]
April 2010
July 2010
[2 folders]
Box
2011/126 October 2010
January 2011
March 2011
July 2011
Box
2012/089-1 October 2011
January 2012
April 2012
July 2012
October 2012
[2 folders]
Box
2012/089-2 January 2013
[3 folders]
April 2013
[2 folders]
July 2013
[2 folders]
October 2013
[3 folders]
Box
2012/089-3 January 2014
[2 folders]
April 2014
[2 folders]
Box
2015/052 July 2014
[2 folders]
October 2014
[2 folders]
January 2015
[2 folders]
April 2015
[2 folders]
Box
2016/069-1 August 2015
[2 folders]
October 2015
[2 folders]
January 2016
[2 folders]
April 2016
[2 folders]
Box
2016/069-2 July 2016
[2 folders]
Box
2017/044 October 2016
January 2017
Box
2017/137 April 2017
July 2017
[2 folders]
December 2017
[wallet]

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