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A 21st Century Building for the People of Texas

Championed by Governor Price Daniel the construction of the TSLAC headquarters, the Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building, just east of the Texas Capitol began in 1960 and opened in 1962. It is currently undergoing a $15.5 million legislative-appropriated renovation project. Upon completion of the renovations in early 2010, the building will not only have updated infrastructure but will have state-of-the art public service areas for researchers and visitors. Combined public service areas will provide researchers and genealogists more efficient service. Visitors will be able to view historic preservation in action in a state-of-the art Conservation Lab.

Renovation plans also include preservation of the famous lobby mural depicting Texas history.

To augment the state funds and provide much of the state-of-the art equipment and furnishings, the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, a non-profit support organization of TSLAC, is spearheading a $10 million campaign.

The campaign's most pressing need is for compact movable shelving and furniture for the public service areas, equipment not covered by the legislative appropriation.. To donate to the Friends campaign and/or to join the Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas, contact Charlotte McCann, director of development, at (512) 936-2505 or by email at More information can be found at

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