A Home for Texas History commemorates the 60th anniversary of the dedication of the Texas State Archives and Library building, renamed in 1973 for the first vice president of the Republic of Texas, Lorenzo de Zavala. The new facility provided a secure, climate-controlled, and spacious environment to preserve the foundational and priceless documents entrusted to the Archives Division. Key also was the opportunity for the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to better serve the public.
In the spirit of the dedication 60 years ago, this exhibit presents the opportunity for visitors to view iconic “Texas Treasures” alongside other significant historical records fundamental to statecraft preserved in the State Archives.
Artifacts held in a government archive document significant acts of state business, such as the signing of treaties and the construction of a new state capitol. In addition to the selection of objects on view, images of TSLAC’s entire artifact collection are available through the Texas Digital Archive.
TSLAC regularly exhibits treasures from its collections in the lobby of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building. We encourage you to visit to see these pieces of history with your own eyes. Of course we understand that not everyone is able to stop by 1201 Brazos Street in Austin, so we’ve digitized most of what we display for you to view here online. Please feel free to browse our current and previous exhibits linked to from this page.