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Overview

Historical Note

Scope and Contents of the Records

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series


Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

A Guide to the Superconducting Super Collider Land Transactions Collection, 1996-2012



Overview

Creator: Texas. General Land Office. Asset Management Division.
Title: Superconducting Super Collider Land Transactions Collection
Dates: 1996-2012
Abstract: The ill-fated Superconducting Super Collider was going to be the largest particle accelerator ever built. It's physical imprint on the land of Texas necessitated a role for the General Land Office. After the project was defunded in 1993, the Texas National Research Laboratory Commissioner was dissolved. The surface land and sub-surface land leases acquired by the Commission and the voluminous records documenting that activity becameme the property of the Texas General Land Office. The GLO was then tasked with selling the abandoned SSC land and facilities. The Collection is composed of records documenting the land purchases and later the land sales on behalf of the SSC project.
Identification: AR.174
Quantity: 175.9 Linear feet
Location: File Vault; OVR
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Texas General Land Office, Archives & Records

Historical Note

There have been thousands of publications written about the ill-fated Superconducting Super Collider. Below are three publications available on the internet that broadly describe the SSC from its beginnings to the myriad reasons why the project was abandoned.

The first, The Superconducting Super Collider's frontier outpost, 1983-1988 is a history of the SSC project's beginning up to its cancellation in 1993. Written from the perspective of the lead physicists, the article explores the evolving circumstances that eventually led to the demise of the SSC project.

The second publication, The Demise of the Superconducting Super Collider focuses solely on the political reasons for defunding the SSC project in 1993.

The third, How Texas Lost the World's Largest Super Colliderarticle is a contemporary commentary looking back at the project from the present (2013). The article is less about the SSC and more about the history and politics surrounding the project, it's location in Waxahatchie, Texas, and the disposition of SSC lands and buildings.

After the project was defunded in 1993, the Texas National Research Laboratory Commissioner was dissolved. The surface land and sub-surface land leases acquired by the Commission and the voluminous records documenting that activity becameme the property of the Texas General Land Office. The GLO was then tasked with selling the abandoned SSC land and facilities.

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Scope and Contents of the Records

The Collection consists of 154.6 linear feet of Land Purchase Transactions that document the acquisition of surface land and sub-surface land leases for the construction of the SSC project buildings and tunnels, 1988-1992. The transaction documents include photographs of lands purchased.

An spreadsheet containing the following metadata is attached in lieu of a traditional container list:

-Parcel No.

-Seller

-Legal Description

-Purchase Price

-Date of Deed

-Land Type

In addition, the collection contains 21.3 linear feet of Land Sales Transactions documenting the liquidation of SSC property and land, 1996-2012 and includes 31 3.5" inch floppy diskettes containing word processing documents and GIS drawings related to the site restoration (deconstruction) of the main SSC buildings and tunnels, 1996-1997. The word processing files are in Word Perfect format and the drawings are in ArcView by ESRI (now called ArcGIS) format.

An spreadsheet containing the following metadata is attached in lieu of a traditional container list:

-File Number

-Acreage

-Legal Description

-Purchaser

-Date Paid in Full

-Purchase Price

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Arrangement

The SSC Collection contains two series:
1. Land Purchase Transactions, 1988-1992: These records are arranged by parcel number.
2. Land Sales Transactions, 1996-2012: These records are arranged by File Number.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Access to the land transaction files is contingent upon review by the Archivist for personal information such as Social Security numbers within the documents.

If found, personal information will be redacted by the Archivist before access is granted.

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.).

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Index Terms

Texas. National Research Laboratory Commission.
United States. Department of Energy.
Ellis County (Tex.)
Eminent domain
Field Notes
Land ownership--Texas
Maps
Right of way
Superconducting Super Collider

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Related Archival Materials note

There is a great deal of related material, some of it archival. A search on WorldCat using the term " Superconducting Super Collider" yields a significant number of results from publications to archival documents to official congressional transcripts, etc. However, there appears to be only one other finding aid related to SSC and it is from the Archives Center of the National Museum of American History.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Short title of Document], [Date: Day-Month-Year]. Box [#], Folder [#], p. [#]. Superconducting Super Collider Collection (AR.174). Archives and Records Program, Texas General Land Office, Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Land Purchase Transactions, 1988-1992

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Land Sales Transactions, 1996-2012

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