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Texas State Archives

About Texas

Facts and information about the Lone Star State, as well as links to various entities of Texas State Government.

Archives and Manuscripts

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.

Archival Records of Governor Rick Perry

Researchers can now consult our answers to FAQs concerning records and photographs of Governor Rick Perry that are available at the Texas State Archives.

Conservation and Preservation

The State Archives provides preservation advice for book and paper-based collections held by smaller institutions and for personal treasures in the care of individuals. Our professional conservator chronicles events in the TSLAC conservation lab with a focus on the treatment of book and paper items, as well as broader challenges within library and archives collections.

Federal Documents Depository

As a federal depository library, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission receives all documents and publications distributed by the Depository Library Program of the U.S. Government Printing Office. This collection contains more than 1.5 million items.

Fire Insurance Maps

Fire Insurance Maps is an index of fire insurance maps and/or Sanborn maps listed by the location mapped. The maps date from the mid-1920s to the 1970s.


Overview of genealogy resources available for use at our facility, as well as useful government links and other helpful online resources.

Online Exhibits

Dynamic displays of rare and unique items, with historical narratives, transcriptions, and links for further research.

Reference Services

To assist in locating or receiving needed information as quickly as possible, we've listed some of our most frequently asked questions. If your question is not included, instructions are provided for contacting our staff of information professionals.

Regional Historical Records Depositories

The Regional Historical Resource Depositories program collects, preserves, and makes available for public use the historical records of the local governments of Texas. The 25 depositories are located in academic libraries and other institutions that meet criteria adopted by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Sam Houston Center

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, located in Liberty, Texas, collects materials documenting the history of Southeast Texas, serves as the regional historical resource depository for the area, and operates a museum division that oversees public exhibits, four relocated historic structures, and the Jean and Price Daniel House.

Texas Government Website Archive (TRAIL)

TRAIL searches and locates information collected in an archive of more than 180 Texas state agency web servers.

Texas Historical Records Advisory Board

Enables the state to receive monies from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission in support of archival and records management programs, and serves as a catalyst for improving archival and records storage conditions within the state.

Texas State Publications Depository

Providing public access to information published by or for the Texas state government, within the parameters established by the Texas Legislature.

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