Over the years, I have had the opportunity and good forutne to do a fair amount of research in the National Archives, and have gone through a large amount of Department of Texas and Trans-Mississippi records. Records which were copied into the OR's have a blue "copied" stamp on them. that is how I made my estimate that less than ten percent [maybe five] was included in the OR's. Additionally, there does not seem to be any logical pattern for selection. I was working on an article on political prisoners and the conflict between Magruder and the Texas Supreme Court. Some items were in the OR but an equal amount were not.
I have often thought about promoting a grant to copy all of the TM and Texas material. It would take four or five people a summer to image them and then would be a major effort to organize and categorize them. the simplest way would be to merely do them volume by volume in the order that they are listed in the Beers guide.
The bound letter books would fit this model easy. The loose material in boxes is very poorly organized and would be more difficult. Copying this material would require a tremendous amount of organization work after the fact to make it manageable.
Any thoughts on how this could be done?