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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.


Contains entries for many of the holdings of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, the State Law Library, and the library of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Disability Information

The Disability Information and Referral Center of the Talking Book Program houses information and materials on types of disabilities and health conditions, as well as related organizations, publications, products, and technology. This is a free reference service provided for anyone with a disability-related question.

Disability Services

In order to facilitate access, the Archives and Information Services division provides services to those members of the public with disabilities.

Finding Aids

Finding aids guide researchers in the use of archival holdings that have been prepared for research. Many of the finding aids to the holdings of the State Archives are available on the Web at TARO (Texas Archival Resources Online), and others are separate online databases.


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

Interlibrary loan

Interlibrary Loan services are available for registered customers of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Reading Programs

Public libraries around Texas offer summer programs to encourage children and teens to read for pleasure, and to promote literacy by engaging families and people of all ages with books and programs. See the current themes many libraries are using and contact your local library for more information.

Read to Your Bunny

Wouldn't it be nice if someone would just give you a list -- when your child is two, read these books; when your child is three, read these . . .? If you've been looking for the perfect literacy development recipe, stop searching!

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.

Talking Book Program

The Talking Book Program is a free service that loans books and magazines to people who cannot read standard print publications because of visual, physical or reading disabilities.

Texas Government Website Archive (TRAIL)

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

Texas Heritage Online

Texas Heritage Online (THO) is a cooperative project to identify, describe, digitize, preserve, and make broadly accessible special collections of history and culture held by libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other institutions in Texas.

Texas History Reading List

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission created this list of books to help children and young adults explore Texas history and heritage. Within these pages, you can inhabit the lives of hardy settlers, travel to the Alamo, find out why six flags fly over Texas, why our forefathers fought for independence and how we became part of the United States.

Page last modified: July 17, 2015