The Texas Historical Records Survey is a unit of the Texas Statewide
Records Project sponsored by the Bureau of Research in the Social
Sciences, of The University of Texas, and operates under the Research and
Records Section of the Division of Professional and Service Projects of
the Work Projects Administration. It was organized on November 1, 1939,
to carry on the work of the Texas unit of the Historical Records Survey,
which operated as part of a Federal Project through August 31, 1939, and
as a separate state-wide project from September 1 through October 31.
Early in 1936, following the establishment of the Survey in November
1935 by executive letter of President Roosevelt, Luther H. Evans, National
Director, organized the Survey and extended it to every state in the
Union. In Texas, it was initiated on March 14, 1336, with J. Frank Davis,
State Supervisor of the Federal Writers' Project, as State Supervisor,
and Ike Moore as assistant, The Survey became an independent part of
Federal Project No. 1 in November, and Mr. Moore was made State Supervisor,
with Charles W. Hodges as assistant; Mr. Davis continued as State
Supervisor of the Writers' Project. When Mr. Moore resigned on February
1, 1939, to accept the directorship of the San Jacinto Museum of History,
Mr. Hodges became State Supervisor. Mr. Hodges resigned on October 31,
1939, to become State Field Supervisor of the Texas State-wide Records
Project. Paul E. Fidler has been State Supervisor of the Texas Statewide
Records Project since its organization on October 16, 1939, and John
W. B. Foringer became Assistant State Supervisor in charge of the Texas
Historical Records Survey editorial unit on November 1, 1939.
The objective of the Survey in Texas has been the preparation of
complete inventories of each county, municipality, and other lbcal governmental
unit. A complete inventory of county records includes, in
addition to descriptive entries for all extant county records, a historical
sketch of the county, and a map of its past and present boundaries;
an essay on the governmental organization and records system, with
structural charts; a discussion of the conditions under which the records
are preserved, accompanied by floorplans of the courthouse; and
essays detailing the legal status and functions of each county official
and agency, accompanied by lists of records required by law. Three such
inventories have been published--Denton, Sabine, and Guadalupe. Preparation
of additional complete inventories is in progress.
The present publication, an entry draft inventory of the records of
De Witt County, contains a historical sketch and a map of the county,
entries describing each extant series of records and a discussion of
their housing, and a list of laws specifically applicable to the county.
Separate sections are devoted to the various officials and agencies of
county goverr ment. Within sections, records are arranged by subject.
A coridensed form of entry is used, giving information as to titles,
limiting dates, labeling, and location of the record. Brief descriptions
of coritefits have also been included; no attempt has been made to
give a full report on contents. Two other entry draft inventories have
been published--Wilsonr and Hays. Other county inventories of this type
Historical Records Survey. Texas. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : De Witt County, no. 62. San Antonio, Tex.. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25252/. Accessed July 28, 2014.