Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records, 1950-1953 and undated

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Texas Crime Investigating Committee

Title: Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records

Dates: 1950-1953

Abstract: The Texas Crime Investigating Committee records, dated from 1950-1953, contain correspondence, legal material, recordings, reports, a photograph (Framed), and audio material.

Collection # S 1038.1

Quantity: 1 box (0.5 linear feet), 1 framed item, and 1 box of audio material

Language: English

Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

The Texas Crime Investigating Committee was formed by the Texas House of Representatives, 52nd legislature, to investigate organized crime activities including bootlegging and bribery in Texas during the early 1950s. Waggoner Carr, who was at the time the Lubbock County Attorney (1951) and a member of the Texas House of Representatives (1951-1980), served on this committee.

Scope and Content

The Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records contains correspondence, legal documents, testimonies, reports, and photographs relating to the Committee's investigations throughout the state of Texas, including West Texas, Galveston and Houston, and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. It bulks with testimony of witnesses (1951-1952). Of special interest are a report on Mickey Cohen and his associates containing photographs, news clippings, police reports, and a history of the Mafia containing a list of its prominent members. The final report of the committee deals with financial matters, findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the committee. Lastly, there are audio recordings of Committee proceedings as well as testimonies and interviews with investigators and suspects on both Soundscriber discs and other audio media.


The Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records are organized by the following series: Correspondence, Legal Material, Recordings, Reports, Photograph (Framed), and Audio Material.


Access Restrictions

Open for research.

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or developed.

Subjects (Persons)

  • Brook, Harry
  • Cohen, Mickey (Michael), 1913-1976
  • Ferrantello, Louis

Subjects (Organizations)

  • Maceo and Company (Galveston, Tex.)
  • Texas Crime Investigating Committee
  • Texas Liquor Control Board

Subjects (Places)

  • Dallas (Tex.)--History
  • Electra (Tex.)--History
  • Odessa (Tex.)--History
  • Potter County (Tex.)--History
  • Wichita Falls (Tex.)--History


  • Crime--Texas
  • Criminals--Texas
  • Mafia
  • Organized crime investigation--Texas
  • Prohibition

Related Material

Waggoner Carr oral history interview [sound recording], 1992

Waggoner Carr oral history interview [sound recording], 1998

Waggoner Carr, Mrs. George Bean and Mrs. C. J. Wagner oral history interview [sound recording], 1953

Waggoner Carr Papers, 1945-1985 and undated

Note that many of the Southwest Collection's oral history abstracts and recordings may be found at http://collections.swco.ttu.edu/handle/10605/234 and http://www.digital.swco.ttu.edu/Oral_History/oralhistory.asp

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records, 1950-1953, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gift, 1962

Processed by

n/a, 1962; Robert Weaver, 2014

This collection was recently selected for duplicate file deletion. Original item level metadata for these records can still be found here.

Collection Inventory


Box 1

Legal Material



Photograph, Framed

Box 2

  • Folder 1, General Investigating Committee [Crime] of Texas House of Representatives meeting, Dallas County, 1952

Audio Material

Box 3

  • Folder 1, "Crime Investigating Committee, Waggoner Carr, acting Chr." 14 1/4-inch reel-to-reel audio tapes, November 6-8, 1952
  • Folder 2, "Potter County Grand Jury," cassette tapes #1-4, August 1952
  • Folder 3, "Texas Crime Investigating Committee," cassette tapes #1-12, November 1952