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Historic Documents Report

Historic Documents Report

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Published by Jeff Bair
Some of Texas' oldest historic documents are at risk of being stolen, lost or destroyed by bugs, rats and humidity, a task force appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas reported today.

Some of Texas' oldest historic documents are at risk of being stolen, lost or destroyed by bugs, rats and humidity, a task force appointed by the Supreme Court of Texas reported today.

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Report on the Preservation of Historical Texas State Court Records
By:
The Texas Court RecordsPreservation Task Force
August31, 2011
 
Members of the Task Force2011 - 2012
Chair: Bill Kroger, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P., HoustonVice Chair: Mark Lambert, Deputy Commissioner, Archives and Records,Texas General Land Office, AustinBob Brinkman, Texas Historical Commission, AustinCheryl Carrabba, Conservator, Carrabba Conservation, AustinHon. Mark Davidson, Judge, Multi-District Litigation Asbestos Court, HoustonHon. Sarah Davis, Texas House of Representatives, District 134, HoustonHon. Craig Eiland, Texas House of Representatives, District 23, Texas CityJan Ferrari, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, AustinDeana Galloway Uhl, Marathon Oil Company, HoustonJim Grace, Partner, Baker Botts L.L.P., AustinDaniel Guajardo, Office of the Attorney General of Texas, AustinMary Hayes, Archivist, Fort WorthHon. Laura Hinojosa, District Clerk, Hidalgo County, EdinburgJames Holmes, Owner, Law Offices of James Holmes P.C., HendersonHon. Joan Huffman, Texas Senate, District 17, HoustonHon. Donna Kay McKinney, District Clerk, Bexar County, San AntonioHon. Jason Murray, District Clerk, Galveston County, GalvestonAlexandra Myers, Director of Archives, State Bar of Texas, AustinEric J.R. Nichols, Partner, Beck Redden & Secrest L.L.P., AustinHon. Shelia Norman, District Clerk, Bell County, BeltonJames W. Paulsen, Professor, South Texas College of Law, HoustonCarl Reynolds, Executive Director, Office of Court Administration, AustinHon. Amalia Rodriguez-Mendoza, District Clerk, Travis County, AustinLaura Saegert, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, AustinTiffany Shropshire, Archivist, Supreme Court of Texas, AustinDr. Andrew J. Torget, Department of History, University of North Texas, DentonHon. Olen Underwood, Presiding Judge, Second Administrative Judicial District, ConroeHon. Ken Wise, Judge, 334th Judicial District Court, Harris County, HoustonHon. James T. Worthen, Chief Justice, Twelfth Court of Appeals, Tyler 
 
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Table of Contents.............................................................................................................................iExecutive Summary.........................................................................................................................1Overview.........................................................................................................................................3I.Background..........................................................................................................................5II.The Importance of Historical Texas State Court Records...................................................8A.Overview..................................................................................................................8B.Historic Texans........................................................................................................9C.Historic Events.......................................................................................................12D.Historic Information About Ordinary Texans.......................................................13E.Records Hard to Access.........................................................................................16F.Importance of Texas Judicial System....................................................................17G.Photographs of Examples of Historical Records...................................................19III.The History of Texas, as Told Through Twenty Records..................................................27IV.The Deterioration of Historical Texas State Court Records..............................................28A.Overview................................................................................................................28B.Many Old Records Are Deteriorating....................................................................30C.Causes of Deterioration.........................................................................................31D.Photographs of Examples of Damaged Records....................................................34V.Conditions that Contribute to the Destruction and Deterioration of Records....................50A.Poor Storage Facilities...........................................................................................50B.Loss of Records by Acts of Individuals, Including Theft......................................53C.Lack of Appropriate Policies, Procedures, and Practices......................................57D.Lack of Preservation Training and Education.......................................................58

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