The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 14, July 1910 - April, 1911 Page: 295
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Activities of Texas Library and Historical Commission 295
the legislature in 1903. The proposed commission was to consist
of five members appointed by the Governor. The Commission had
charge of library extension only; there was to be no connection be-
tween it and the State Library. The bill failed to pass. Two
years later the same bill was again introduced. However, it had
been changed so as to extend the Commission's control over the
State Library. This bill also failed to pass. In 1907, a bill
much more carefully drawn but along the lines of that of 1905,
was introduced. To the provisions of this bill was added the leg-
islative reference section, and to the five appointive members were
added two ex officio members-the superintendent of public in-
struction and the president of the University of Texas. Owing to
peculiar conditions in the legislature, this bill failed to pass. The
bill introduced in 1909 resembled that of 1907 in all its provisions,
but changed the title to Texas Library and Historical Commis-
sion, reduced the appointive members to three, and substituted the
professor of history in the University of Texas for the president
of that institution. This readjustment in the name and member-
ship of the commission was in thorough accord with the provi-
sions already embodied in the bill, and in the opinion of some
helped the passage of the measure in no small degree. The law
went into effect March 19, 1909.
II. DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION
The duties of the Texas Library and Historical Commission
may be briefly summarized as follows:
1. To control and administer the State Library and to main-
tain therein a legislative reference section "for the use and infor-
mation of the members of the legislature, the heads of the several
state departments, and such other citizens as may desire to consult
2. To conduct library extension work. "The commission shall
give advice to such persons as contemplate the establishment of
public libraries in regard to such matters as the maintenance of
public libraries, selection of books, cataloguing and library man-
agement. The commission shall have conducted library institutes,
and encourage library associations."
3. To perform the functions of a department of archives and
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