Bill Kroger 0000-00-00 00:00:00
The Texas Supreme Court’s Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force recognized that it needed to find a compelling way to demonstrate the importance of preserving Texas court records. Task Force members embarked on a quest to find 21 historical state court records that tell a big part of the history of the state. The Task Force picked records from every era of Texas history, beginning with the Republic of Texas. The most recent records date from the 1950s. Some of the records concern famous Texans; others shed light on historical events such as the Civil War or the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, or tragic circumstances like slavery. Many of the volumes are minute books, which are like diaries of the court, but also serve as indices to case files. The cost of preserving these 21 records was funded by the State Bar of Texas and Baker Botts, L.L.P., and the records will be on display at the State Bar Annual Meeting in June. Several Task Force members, as well as Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Wallace B. Jefferson, Justice David Medina, and retired Chief Justice Thomas Phillips, have provided essays highlighting the rich and diverse history contained in these records. The essays are included on the following pages, along with images from the document files and other historical photos. We thank the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for its assistance in providing images of these documents. —Bill Kroger, Chair, Texas Court Records Preservation Task Force
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