Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas Office of the Governor, Administrative Services Division:

An Inventory of Records at the Texas State Archives, 1987-1990


Creator: Texas. Office of the Governor. Administrative Services Division.
Title: Records
Dates: 1987-1990
Abstract: Records consist of copies of appointment letters in which Texas Governor William P. Clements, Jr. names individuals to various state government posts and correspondence between Governor Clements, his staff, and state and federal agencies and other government officials including foreign dignitaries. The records are from Governor Clements' second administration and date from 1987 to 1990. Topics covered include appointments to offices, agency budget and appropriations, grants, public school funding, and prison overcrowding.
Quantity: 7 cubic ft.
Language English.

Agency History

Records are from the Administrative Services Division of the Texas Office of the Governor and range in date from 1987-1990. Administrative Services manages multiple functions in the Office of the Governor including accounting, computer support, equal employment opportunity and personnel services, governor's mansion operations, runaway hotline, women's commission, community leadership, constituent services, job bank, management development center, scheduling office, support services, and special projects. Mary Jane Manford was head of Administrative Services at the time of these records.

Scope and Contents

These records consist of copies of appointment letters in which Governor Clements names individuals to various state government posts and correspondence among Governor Clements, his staff, and state and federal agencies and other government officials including foreign dignitaries. The records are from the second administration (1987-1991) of Governor William P. Clements, Jr. Topics covered include appointments to offices, agency budget and appropriations, grants, public school funding, and prison overcrowding.

To prepare this inventory, the described materials were cursorily reviewed to delineate series, to provide an estimate of dates covered, and to determine record types.


Organization of the Records

These records are organized into two series:
Letters of appointment, 1987-1990, 2 cubic ft.
Government agency correspondence, 1987-1990, 5 cubic ft.


Restrictions on Access


Restrictions on Use

Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted and may be freely used in any way. 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


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:
Clements, William P., 1917-
Corporate Names:
Texas. Governor (1987-1991: Clements)
Texas State Capitol (Austin, Tex.)
Management audit.
Texas--Politics and government--1951-
Texas--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
Document Types:

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 Office of the Governor, Division of Budget and Planning, Governor's correspondence, 1983, 1987-1990, 3 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Division of Budget and Planning, Records, 1973-1980, 5.5 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Division of Budget and Planning, Records relating to HUD and FmHA programs, 1972-1981, 4 cubic ft.
Texas Office of the Governor, Division of Budget and Planning, Records, 1918, 1953-1982, 39 cubic ft.
University Archives and Manuscripts Collections, Cushing Memorial Library, A&M University, College Station, Texas.
Records from the administrations of Governor William P. Clements, Jr.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

(Identify the item and cite the series), Records, Administrative Services Division, Texas Office of the Governor. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Accession Information

Accession number: 1991/063

These records were transferred to the Archives and Information Services Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission by the Texas Office of the Governor on January 15, 1991.

Processing Information

Paul B. Beck, March 1991

Detailed Description of the Collection


Letters of appointment, 1987-1990,
2 cubic ft.

Records consist of copies of letters of appointment by Governor William P. Clements, Jr. retained by the Administrative Services Division of the Texas Governors Office. The letters are addressed to the Secretary of State or the Texas Senate and notifies them of the governor's appointment of individuals to positions on State of Texas boards, councils, commissions, task forces, and other state governmental bodies. The appointments range from judges and regents of universities to ship pilots and district attorneys. The letters of appointment are brief, usually giving just the name of the appointee, the position, and the length of the term of appointment. Along with a letter, there is a separate vita sheet for each nominee listing biographical information. All of the letters are electrostatic copies.
The governor has varied powers of appointment. The only constitutional officer appointed by the governor is the Secretary of State. By statute the governor is given power to appoint the Adjutant General, executive directors of several agencies, and members of numerous state boards and commissions. The legislature has also authorized the governor to appoint some local officers, such as branch pilots and pilot boards at various ports, and health officers when necessary to enforce quarantines proclaimed under executive authority. With the advice and consent of two-thirds of the Senate, the governor fills vacancies in state and district offices, except for those in the legislature. The governor issues writs of election to fill vacancies in the legislature, U.S. House of Representatives, and U.S. Senate. In the case of the U. S. Senate, the governor has the power to name an appointee to serve until the election. According to the Guide to Texas State Agencies, 6th Edition, in a four year period, the governor may make around 4,000 appointments.
The letters are divided into chronological groupings and are in alphabetical order within each grouping. There is an appointments index in Box 1991/063-1 that lists some of the appointees for 1987 in alphabetical order, the board appointed to, and their state representative.
Box folder
1991/063-1 1. Appointments Index, n.d.
2. Branch Pilots, 1987
3. Task Forces, 1987
4. Chairmen, 1987
5. A-L, 1987
6. M-Z, 1987
7. A-L, April - June 2, 1988
8. M-Z, April - June 2, 1988
9. A-L, June 8 - September 30, 1988
10. M-Z, June 8 - September 30, 1988
11. A-Z, October - December 1988
12. A-L, January - February 1989
13. M-Z, January - February 1989
14. A-L, March - May 1989
15. M-Z, March - May 1989
Box folder
1991/063-2 1. A-L, June - August 1989
2. M-Z, June - August 1989
3. A-L, September - December 1989
4. M-Z, September - December 1989
5. A-L, January - March 1990
6. M-Z, January - March 1990
7. A-L, April - June 1990
8. M-Z, April - June 1990
9. A-L, July - October 1990
10. M-Z, July - October 1990


Government agency correspondence, 1987-1990,
5 cubic ft.

Records consist of correspondence of government agencies and officials with Governor William P. Clements, Jr. or his staff during his second administration. Materials range in date from 1987 to 1990. The correspondence contains original incoming correspondence addressed to Governor Clements, copies of outgoing replies, staff correspondence, and internal memos. Most of this correspondence is with government agencies and officials on the state and federal levels. There is also a small amount of correspondence with ambassadors and foreign dignitaries.
The correspondence reflects on the governor's activities as the chief executive of state government. Much of the correspondence seeks the governor's reaction to the effects of current or proposed legislation on both the state and federal levels. Another area of widespread concern to the agencies is the level of their funding and budget appropriations. Correspondence also concerns a large number of special interest topics including pollution, disaster aid, community development block grants, restoration of the Capitol, prison overcrowding, and school finance reform.
Correspondence on administrative issues includes discussion of appointments to boards and commissions, designations of special task forces, energy and management audits of state agencies, grant applications and awards, budget appropriations, and special agency reports. There is a larger than normal amount of correspondence with the newly created Texas Department of Commerce.
The correspondence is divided into three groups - international/national, state agency, and federal agency. There is a separate file for every Texas state agency and for many federal agencies. The state and federal correspondence are each arranged alphabetically by agency name. Some of this correspondence is duplicated in the Texas Office of the Governor, Office of Budget and Planning records, where it is filed chronologically.
International and National Correspondence
Box folder
1991/063-3 1. “Ambassadors, U.S. Embassy, National Governors Association, International Governors, Spain, 1987-1990”
2. Consul Generals, 1988-1989
3. “Public Documents” - Trade Agreements, 1988-1989
4. State Governors, 1987-1990
5. State Governors, 1987-1990
6. State Governors, 1987-1990
7. State Governors, 1987-1990
Texas State Agency Correspondence
Box folder
1991/063-3 8. Adjutant General, 1987-1990
9. Adult Probation Commission, 1988-1989
10. Aeronautics Commission, 1987, 1989
11. Aging, Department on, 1989-1990
12. Agriculture, Department on, 1987-1990
13. Air Control Board, 1987-1990
14. Aircraft Pooling Board, 1989-1990
15. Alcohol and Drug Abuse, Texas Commission on, 1989-1990
16. Alcoholic Beverage Commission, 1988-1990
17. Animal Health Commission, 1990
18. Architect of the Capitol, 1989
19. Arts, Commission on the, 1990
20. Attorney General's Office, 1987-1990
21. Auditor, Office of the State, 1990
22. Automated Information and Telecommunications Council, 1988
23. Banking, Department of, 1987, 1989
24. Bar, State of Texas, 1987, 1990
25. Blind, Commission for the, 1989
26. Blind, School for the, 1987-1990
27. Bond Review Board, 1989-1990
28. Chambers of Commerce, 1987, 1989
29. Chiropractic Examiners, Board of, 1988
30. Community Affairs, Department of, 1987-1990
Box folder
1991/063-4 1. Department of Commerce, 1988
2. Department of Commerce, 1989
3. Department of Commerce, 1990
4. Comptroller of Public Accounts, 1987-1990
5. Consumer Credit Commissioner, Office of, 1988
6. Coordinating Board, Texas Higher Education, 1987-1990
7. Corrections, Department of, 1988-1990
8. Cosmetology Commission, 1987-1989
9. Credit Union Department, 1990
10. Criminal Justice Policy Council, 1989-1990
11. Deaf, Commission for the, 1988-1989
12. Deaf, School for the, 1988-1990
13. Dental Examiners, State Board of, 1987, 1989
14. Disabled Persons, Governor's Committee for, 1988-1989
15. Economic Development Commission, 1987-1989
16. Education Agency, Texas, 1988-1990
17. Education, State Board of, 1990
18. Emergency Communication, Advisory Commission on State, 1989
19. Employees Retirement System, 1989-1990
20. Employment Commission, 1987-1990
21. Firemen's Pension Commissioner, 1989
22. Fire Protection Personnel Standards and Education, Commission on, 1987-1990
23. Forest Service, Texas, 1987-1990
24. Intergovernmental Relations, Advisory Commission on, 1987
25. General Land Office, 1987-1990
26. General Services Administration, U.S., 1987, 1989
Box folder
1991/063-5 1. Health and Human Services Coordinating Council, 1989-1990
2. Health, Texas Department of, 1987-1990
3. Hearing Aids, Board of Examiners, 1988
4. Heroes Monument Commission, 1990
5. Historical Commission, Texas, 1988-1989
6. Highways and Public Transportation, State Department of, 1987-1990
7. Housing Agency, Texas, 1988-1990
8. Human Rights, Texas Commission on, 1987-1990
9. Human Services, Department of, 1989-1990
10. Incentive and Productivity Commission, 1990
11. Indian Commission, Texas, 1988-1989
12. Industrial Accident Board, 1988-1989
13. Insurance, State Board of, 1988-1990
14. Intergovernmental Relations, Advisory Commission on, 1988
15. Jail Standards, Commission on, 1987-1990
16. Job Training Coordinating, Governor's State, 1988
17. Judicial Conduct, State Commission on, 1987-1990
18. Juvenile Probation Commission, 1989
19. Labor and Standards, Department of, 1988-1989
20. Library and Archives Commission, 1987-1990
21. Legislative Budget Board, 1987-1988
22. Legislative Council, 1987
23. Law Library, State, 1989
24. Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Authority, Texas, 1987
25. Medical Examiners, Board of, 1988
26. Mental Health and Mental Retardation, Department of, 1987-1990
27. Motor Vehicle Commission, 1990
28. Municipal Retirement System, Texas, 1989
29. National Guard Armory Board, Texas, 1988
30. Nursing Administrators, Board of Licensure for, 1988
31. Pardons and Paroles, Board of, 1987-1990
32. Parks and Wildlife, Department of, 1988-1990
33. Pension Review Board, 1989
34. Structural Pest Control Board, 1988-1989
35. Pharmacy, State Board of, 1988
36. Physical Therapy Examiners, Board of, 1987-1989
37. Preservation Board, State, 1987-1990
38. Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies, Board of, 1989
40. Property Tax Board, State, 1988-1990
41. Public Safety, Department of, 1988-1990
42. Public Utility Commission, 1987-1990
43. Purchasing and General Services Commission, 1987-1990
44. Racing Commission, Texas, 1988-1989
45. Railroad Commission, Texas, 1987-1990
46. Real Estate Commission, Texas, 1989
47. Rehabilitation Commission, 1987-1990
48. Rural Medical Education Board, 1988
49. Secretary of State, 1987-1990
50. Soil and Water Conservation Board, 1989
51. State-Federal Relations, Office of, 1989
52. Supreme Court of Texas, 1990
53. Surplus Property Commission, Texas, 1990
54. Tax Professional Examiners, Board of, 1988
55. Teacher Retirement System of Texas, 1987-1990
56. Technical Vocation Education, Advisory Council for, 1988-1989
57. Treasurer, State, 1987-1989
58. Turnpike Authority, Texas, 1987
Box folder
1991/063-6 1. University of Texas System, Board of Regents, 1988
2. Veterans Commission, Texas, 1987-1990
3. Vocational Nurse Examiners, Board of, 1987-1990
4. Water Commission, Texas, 1987-1990
5. Water Development Board, 1987-1990
6. Workers' Compensation Commission, 1990
7. Youth Commission, Texas, 1987-1990
Federal Correspondence
Box folder
1991/063-6 8. Secretary of Agriculture, Richard Lyng, 1988
9. Secretary of Agriculture, Clayton Yeutter, 1989-1990
10. C. William Verity, Secretary of Commerce, 1988
11. Letters to Members of Congress, 1987-1990
12. The White House, 1987
13. The White House, 1988
Federal Agency Correspondence
Box folder
1991/063-6 14. General, 1987
15. General, 1987
16. General, 1987
17. Agriculture, Department of, 1988-1989
18. Agriculture, Department of, 1990
19. Air Force, Department of the, 1988-1990
20. Army, Department of the, 1988-1990
Box folder
1991/063-7 1. Attorney General, Office of, 1989-1990
2. Aviation Administration, 1988-1989
3. Boundary and Water Commission, International, 1987-1990
4. Commerce, Department of, 1987-1990
5. Communications Commission, Federal, 1990
6. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 1988
7. Defense, Department of, 1988-1990
8. Disabilities, President's Committee on Employment of People with, 1990
9. District Court, U.S. - Probation Office, 1987, 1990
10. Education Commission of the States, 1988-1990
11. Education, Department of, 1988-1990
12. Emergency Management Agency, 1988-1990
13. Energy, Department of, 1988-1990
14. Energy Regulatory Commission, 1987-1990
15-16. Environmental Protection Agency,
15. 1987-1989
16. 1990
17. General Accounting Office, 1990
18. General Services Administration, 1990
19. Health and Human Services, Department of, 1988-1990
20. Housing and Urban Development, Department of, 1988-1990
21. Humanities, National Endowment for the, 1990
22. Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1987
23. Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 1987-1989
24. Interior, Department of the, 1987
25. Interior, Department of the, 1988-1990
26. Internal Revenue Service, 1987
27. Justice, Department of, 1987
28. Labor, Department of, 1988-1990
29. Navy, Department of the, 1990
30. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, 1989
31. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1989
32. Park Service, National, 1990
33. Peace Corps, 1990
34. Postmaster General, 1988-1990
35. Railroad Administration, Federal, 1990
36. Small Business Administration, 1988-1990
37. Social Security Administration, 1990
38. State, U.S. Department of, 1988-1990
39. Supreme Court, 1988
40. Surface Mining, Office of, 1989
41. Trade Commission, Federal, 1989
42. Transportation, Department of, 1989-1990
43. Treasury, Department of, 1990
44. Veteran's Administration, 1988-1990