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The Archives and Information Services Division includes the Texas State Archives, the State Library's Reference/Documents Collection, the Genealogy Collection, and Cataloging department. This division is responsible for acquiring, evaluating, organizing, and preserving permanently valuable government records in addition to providing expert reference services to the public from the following four collections:

Texas State Archives

The Texas State Archives preserves and documents the heritage and culture of Texas by identifying, collecting, and making available for research the permanently valuable official records of Texas government, as well as other significant historical resources. Maintaining the official history of Texas government, the State Archives includes archival government records dating back to the 18th century, as well as newspapers, journals, books, manuscripts, photographs, historical maps, and other historical resources.

e-mail - archinfo@tsl.texas.gov
telephone - 512-463-5480

Reference/Documents Collection

The Reference and Documents Collection offers expert reference services to state government and to the public. The collection also houses the most complete library of state and federal government publications in Texas, including the full text of federal and Texas state laws and statistical data from all federal censuses. Resources range from traditional print material to databases and full public access to the Internet.

Ask a Reference Question by e-mail - reference.desk@tsl.texas.gov
telephone - 512-463-5455

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Genealogy Collection

The Genealogy Collection houses materials of interest to patrons engaged in family history research. Onsite resources include census records; historic voter registration and tax rolls; and indexes to births, deaths, marriages, and divorces (though not the certificates themselves).

e-mail - geninfo@tsl.texas.gov
telephone - 512-463-5463

Cataloging

Cataloging and Materials Processing is responsible for creating bibliographic records for materials added to the collections of the Texas State Library and for preparing materials for use in the collections. The cataloging standards are those established in the Anglo American Cataloging Rules, Second Edition (Revised) and the Bibliographic Standards for USMARC Formats. The Texas State Library uses Library of Congress subject headings, and Dewey, Texas documents and federal documents classification schemes.

telephone - 512-463-7102

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is located 200 miles east of Austin and serves as both a research facility and a museum. In addition to housing the local government records of the Atascosito region of Texas, the Center is home to several historic buildings, as well as manuscripts, books, maps, photographs, oral history tapes, and newspapers. New exhibits are displayed regularly.

e-mail - samhoustoncenter@tsl.texas.gov
telephone - 936-336-8821

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