Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Orange County, no. 181 Page: III
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The Inventory of the County Archives of Texas is one of a number of
guides to historical materials prepared throughout the United States by
workers on Historical Records Survey projects of the Work Projects Administration.
The publication herewith presented, an inventory of the archives
of Orange County, is number 181 of the Texas series.
The Historical Records Survey program was undertaken in the winter
of 1935-36 for the purpose of providing useful employment to needy unemployed
historians, lawyers, teachers, and research and clerical workers.
In carrying out this objective, the project was organized to compile inventories
of historical materials, particularly the unpublished government
documents and records which are basic in the administration of local
governments, and which provide invaluable data for students of political,
economic, and social history. The archival guide herewith presented is
intended to meet the requirements of day-to-day administration by the officials
of the county, and also the needs of lawyers, businessmen, and
other citizens who require facts from the public records for the proper
conduct of their affairs. The volume is so designed that it can be used
by the historian in his research in unprinted sources in the same way he
uses the library card catalog for printed sources.
The inventories produced by the Historical Records Survey projects
attempt to do more than give merely a list of records
they attempt further
to sketch in the historical background of the county or other unit
of government, and to describe precisely and in detail the organization
and functions of the government agencies whose records they list. The
county, town, and other local inventories for the entire country will,
when completed, constitute an encyclopedia of local government as well
as a bibliography of local archives. Up to the present time approximately
1,400 publications have been issued by the Survey in the country
as a whole.
The successful conclusion of the work of the Historical Records
Survey projects, even in a single county, would not be possible without
the support of public officials, historical and legal specialists, and
many other groups in the community. Their cooperation is gratefully
The Survey program was organized by Luther H. Evans, who served as
Director until March 1, 1940, when he was succeeded by Sargent B. Child.
The Survey operates as a Nation-wide series of locally sponsored projects
in the Division of Community Service Programs, of which Mrs. Florence
Kerr, Assistant Commissioner, is in charge.
HOWARD 0. HUNTER
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Historical Records Survey. Texas. Inventory of the county archives of Texas : Orange County, no. 181, book, December 1941; San Antonio, Tex.. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth25261/m1/4/: accessed July 14, 2020), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .