Visit TSLAC's Texas Digital Archive to View All of Our Born Digital and Digitized Archival Collections.
In 1918, Texas state representative José T. Canales of Brownsville launched an investigation into the conduct of the Texas Rangers during the border wars and filed nineteen charges of misconduct against the Rangers. The following year, the Texas legislature formed a joint House-Senate committee to look into Canales’s charges. They heard testimony for two weeks. As a result of the investigation, the Loyalty Rangers were abolished, and the Texas Rangers were reduced in force. The transcript for the investigation is available in three digitized volumes:
Free access to TSLAC records that have been digitized by Ancestry is made available to Texas residents. TSLAC materials available through Ancestry are Memorials and Petitions (1834-1929), Voter Registration Lists (1867-1869), Confederate Pensions (1884-1958) and more.
Searchable index to approximately 4,800 items containing correspondence, reports, resolutions, proclamations, and depositions dated, primarily, between 1835 and 1859.
In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to create the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the “New Deal.” The program provided jobs to young people with families in need, while allowing Texas to preserve land and establish its state parks system. Between 1933 and 1942, the government invested more than 20 million dollars into developing 41 Texas state parks, of which 29 still exist. This online collection is a searchable database of over 3,900 drawings documenting parks development and construction activities by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas from 1933 to 1958.
Searchable database of fire insurance maps and/or Sanborn maps listed by the location mapped. The maps date from the mid-1920s to the 1970s.
The Texas State Archives Map Collection contains original, photoreproduced, and compiled maps covering the period from the early seventeenth century through to the late twentieth century. This database allows searching by place, subject, title, type of map, cartographer, year, publisher, and specific map number. In addition to detailed information about each map, if it is available, a digitized copy of the map is provided.
Searchable index of Comptroller's records submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 -1846, including claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution. It also includes records relating to Republic pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846.
Alphabetical listing with images of records relating to individual passport files in the Republic of Texas, including requests for passports, orders to issue passports, and one proclamation granting entrance to the Republic.
The Service Records series of the Texas Adjutant General records (now the Texas Military Department) combines both official service record files from the Adjutant General’s Office and alphabetical files created by other agencies that contain records related to an individual’s service in a military unit. Information in individual files can vary considerably. This index includes digital images of the original records as well as the name of the organization they served under and a call number. If an individual is not found in the index, they may have served but no records are represented in this specific series.
The Texas Senate began to systematically record committee hearings and floor debates during the 4th Called Session (C.S.) of the 62nd Legislature (1972), and has continued to do so to the present day. Recordings in the Senate records collection range from the 62nd Legislature, 4th Called Session, through the 79th Legislature. This searchable database includes digitized audio of approximately 25,000 original cassette tapes.