Not Just Books
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is a treasure chest for visitors to the state of Texas and to the region. Located adjacent to the historic Texas Capitol, the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building is not just a place for books. It includes the history of Texas in many different forms.
The Texas State Library and Archives is the home of thousands of government records and private papers that document the state's history and cultural heritage and includes precious documents such as William B. Travis' desperate plea for help from the Alamo to the architectural plans for the Texas State Capitol. The diversity of Texas history is in its care. Manuscripts, government records, documentary art, photographs, audiovisual materials, maps, architectural holdings, philatelic records and a collection of materials from historical caricatures, wars and events that shaped Texas and American history are all in the Texas State Archives
If you want to trace your family's roots, the Texas Family Research Center (Genealogy) is the place to discover and research your family history. TSLAC houses the Vital Statistics Index (Texas births, deaths, marriages and divorces), Confederate Pension Applications and Indigent Families lists, Republic Claims and state, county, city and convict records.