Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Register of Royalty Awards, 1940-1983


Creator: Texas. General Land Office. Energy Resources.
Title: Royalty Awards
Dates: 1940-1983
Abstract: This brief volume lists the recipients of royalty payments from the State of Texas, 1940-1983.
Identification: AR.152.RAR
Quantity: 1.6 Linear feet, (1 oversized box)
Location: File Vault
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

Legislation clarifying Land Vacancies in "Sale, Lease and other handling of Public School Lands" gave the State the authority to award "1/16th of all oil, gas, sulphur, and other minerals which may be produced from such land, which royalty shall be awarded by the State" to the first person to apply to purchase or lease what they believed to be a Land Vacancy.

A Land Vacancy is "an area of unsurveyed school land not in conflict on the ground with lands previously titled, awarded, or sold, which has not been listed on the records of the Land Office as school lands."

Claiming a land vacancy is a drawn out and costly process for what is usually a small amount of land. The applicant has very little chance of being able to purchase or lease the vacancy. The legislation compels the General Land Office to notify and give purchase preference to the person or corporation using the land at the time the vacancy is discovered. Preference is given because the vacancy is usually being occupied or used in the belief that the land is already owned. 1/16th interest in the mineral rights is the award for the effort put forth by the applicant.

The Register refers to a volume entitled "Royalty Awards" kept in OVR that contains copies of the actual award contracts. That volume is also accessible to the public.

Land Vacancies - Acts 1939, 46th R.S., p.465,ch. 3, General Laws of Texas

Sale, Lease and other handling of Public School Lands - Acts 1931, 42nd R.S.,ch. 271, General Laws of Texas

Scope and Contents of the Records

The unbound volume contains handwritten entries in a spreadsheet format. The spreadsheet has the following information:

  1. Date
  2. County
  3. Royalty Awardee
  4. Royalty Award Number
  5. Volume Number
  6. Original File
  7. File Number
  8. Acreage


The unbound volume is arranged chronologically.


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
Mineral Rights-Texas
Oil and Gas Leases-Texas
Registers (lists)
Surface Leases
Volumes (documents by form)

Related Materials

A volume entitled "Royalty Awards" contains copies of the award contracts referenced in the Register. The volume is located in OVR and accessible to the public on-site in the Research Room of the Texas General Land Office.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Royalty Awards Register (AR.152.RAR). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

Detailed Description of the Collection

Royalty Awards, 1940-1983

OS 88 Royalty Awards Register, 1940-1983