TSLAC to Open for Research on Second Saturdays

Additional Hours Begin January 11, 2014

Austin, TX | October 30, 2013

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Entryway to our Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building, east of the Capitol.



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The agency’s three public service areas – the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center – will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.

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Family historians, scholars, students and others interested in what is behind the ornate brass doors of the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building just east of the Capitol will soon have more opportunities for discovery.

Beginning January 11, 2014, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) will expand its hours of operation to better accommodate researchers. The agency’s three public service areas – the Texas State Archives, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and the Reference and Information Center – will be open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of each month.

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.

In addition to published resources in the Texas Family Heritage Research Center, users have full access to the popular genealogical web resources including Ancestry, Fold3 and Heritage Quest.

The Reference and Information Center houses almost 2 million federal and Texas state agency publications. 

“Many people want to access our unique collections but are unable to visit during our regular business hours,” said State Archivist Jelain Chubb. “We believe these additional hours on the second Saturday of each month, along with our quarterly Genealogy After Dark programs, will make our materials more accessible to a larger audience.”

Regular business hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The library is closed on most federal holidays.

Researchers using original documents in the State Archives for the first time will be required to register and must present valid photo identification and proof of current address.

To learn more about TSLAC’s collections and agency operations, please visit www.tsl.texas.gov. Questions concerning Second Saturdays may be addressed to reference.desk@tsl.texas.gov. All are invited to follow TSLAC at www.facebook.com/tslac and www.twitter.com/tslac for posts highlighting photos, maps, documents and more from the agency's collections.

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Flyer with information about Second Saturdays in 2014.


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