A Guide to the Mineral Leases Records, 1944-2004
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.
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.
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.).
[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.
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