Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records, 1950-1953 and undated
Creator: Texas Crime Investigating Committee
Title: Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records
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
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University
The Texas Crime Investigating Committee was formed by the Texas House of Representatives, 52nd legislature, to investigate organized crime activaties 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.
Open for research.
The subject headings used by the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or developed.
- Brook, Harry
- Cohen, Mickey (Michael), 1913-1976
- Ferrantello, Louis
- Maceo and Company (Galveston, Tex.)
- Texas Crime Investigating Committee
- Texas Liquor Control Board
- Dallas (Tex.)--History
- Electra (Tex.)--History
- Odessa (Tex.)--History
- Potter County (Tex.)--History
- Wichita Falls (Tex.)--History
- Organized crime investigation--Texas
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
Texas Crime Investigating Committee Records, 1950-1953, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas
n/a, 1962; Robert Weaver, 2014
- Folder 2, Amarillo, TX hearing transcripts, August-November, 1952
- Folder 3, Subpoenas, 1951
- Folder 4, Transcriptions of Testimony, 1951
- Folder 6, "Crime Investigating Committee Final Report" and House Supplement, 1953
- Folder 7, History of the Mafia, June 1950
- Folder 8, "Investigation into the Activities of Mickey Cohen in Texas," 1950-1951
- Folder 1, General Investigating Committee [Crime] of Texas House of Representatives meeting, Dallas County, 1952
- 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