Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Mineral Leases Records, 1944-2004


Creator: Texas. General Land Office. Energy Resources.
Title: Mineral Leases Records
Dates: September 5, 1944 - January 20, 2004
Abstract: The Mineral Leases Records record lease information for State lands open to mineral prospecting for the years 1944-2004. Entries include price paid per lease, upfront bonus payment, and individual or corporate lessee.
Identification: AR.132.155
Quantity: 10.5 Linear feet, (6 oversized boxes)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

On March 16, 1917 the Texas Legislature passed SB 357 (Acts 1917, 35th R.S.,ch. 83, General Laws of Texas) allowing for the prospecting for and the development of the minerals in the public lands of Texas.

Each volume records price paid per lease, upfront bonus payment, and individual or corporate lessee. The mineral number referenced in the ledger references the mineral files held by the Texas General Land Office. For mineral leases on University land, the ledger entries are the only record of the lease held at the General Land Office because those records were transferred to the University of Texas at Austin.

Scope and Contents of the Records

The Mineral Lease Records contain two series:

Register of Mineral Leases for September 5, 1944 - January 20, 2004. Covers Mineral Files 29035-103530. Dates given are date filed at the General Land Office. Organized by Mineral File number, entries show Mineral Number (Mineral File number), remarks, sections, block, township, acreage, grantee, county, lease date, lease term, date filed, bonus, rental rate, and lessee. The mineral number is the Mineral File number. The date is the date filed. Remarks include RL, ML, PP, Sp, MA, FL, AL, Split, UL.

Submerged Lease Data volumes reflects data for outstanding leases on rivers and areas within tidewater limits current to June 30, 1957 and January 1, 1960. Organized by area, entries show lessee, area, status code, part, tract number, land office file number, lease dated, acreage, county code, bonus in even dollars.


The Mineral Lease Records volumes are arranged by mineral file number, which are loosely chronological by nature.


Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

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.).

Index Terms

Mineral lands--Texas.
Mineral leases.
Mineral resources in submerged lands
Natural gas in submerged lands
Petroleum in submerged lands
Registers (lists)
School lands
Submerged lands--Texas.
University land
Volumes (documents by form)

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Mineral Leases Records (AR.132.155). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Digital Copies

Catalog records of the mineral files are searchable at the Texas General Land Office Land Grant Database. The files themselves have not yet been digitized and have to be viewed onsite in the Research Room of the Texas General Land Office. However, the catalog records list the county of lease, the lessee and mineral number.

Input: Class: Mineral

For lessee, input: Grantee

Detailed Description of the Collection

Mineral Leases, 1944-2004

OS 76 Mineral Leases 29035-41019, September 5, 1944 - November 9, 1953
OS 77 Mineral Leases 41020-48715, October 31, 1953 - January 28, 1958
Mineral Leases 48716-51014, January 28, 1958 - December 15, 1959
OS 80 Mineral Leases 51015-54971, December 15, 1959 - March 1, 1963
Mineral Leases 54971-65860, March 2, 1963 - May 17, 1971
OS 131 Mineral Leases 65861-83031, May 17, 1971 - September 17, 1980
OS 132 Mineral Leases 83032-103530, October 17, 1980 - January 20, 2004

Submerged Lease Data, 1956-1960

OS 88 Submerged Lease Data, November 30, 1956 - June 30, 1957
Submerged Lease Data, January 1, 1960