Cesar Garza

Communications Officer

Texas Library Users Can Now Access Rare Historical Materials via Statewide E-Content Program

Friday, November 15, 2013 • Austin, TX • News Release

Texans can now access rare primary source materials related to the history of Native Americans and the West, including Texas. Two new databases of digital resources, American Indian Histories and Cultures and The American West, have been added to the statewide resource sharing program known as TexShare by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Both new electronic resources expand the core menu of TexShare e-content available to Texans via their local libraries.

Administered by TSLAC, TexShare provides e-content resources to over 700 public, academic, and libraries of clinical medicine throughout the state. These databases are powerful research tools available 24 hours a day for registered patrons of participating Texas libraries. TexShare provides full-text articles from journals, newspapers, magazines, and many other sources.

Purchased from Adam Matthew, a subsidiary of the international publisher SAGE, the new databases focus on the history of American Indians and the American West.

“Both resources are unique. There is nothing like them in TexShare,” said Deborah Littrell, director of TSLAC’s Library Development and Networking Division. “We purchased the databases after identifying them as high-quality resources that could provide all Texas libraries with valuable information regarding Texas history in context. As far as we know, Texas is the only state library to offer such resources.”

Throughout November, TSLAC will be featuring sample images from these databases on its social media pages at and

American Indian Histories and Cultures provides users with a wide range of rare and original documents, from treaties, speeches and diaries to historic maps and travel journals. The American West offers a mixture of original manuscripts, maps, ephemeral material and rare printed sources. Materials for both databases are sourced from the Newberry Library, Chicago.

“At the heart of the publishing programs of both Adam Matthew and SAGE is a commitment to helping libraries to serve their communities by delivering access to quality content,” remarked Stephen Barr, President, SAGE International. “The content included in these collections provides a rich understanding of a significant portion of American history. We are delighted to be partnering with TexShare to enable broader access to two of Adam Matthew’s unique primary-resource products.”

To gain access to The American West and American Indian Histories and Cultures, Texans should contact their local libraries to inquire about the availability of TexShare. For a complete overview of the program, visit

TexShare is made possible in part by grants from the Institute for Museum and Library Services.

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Caption: Map of Texas in Glimpses of Texas: its divisions, resources, development and prospects (1871) by William Brady. Texans can now access rare primary source materials such as this map at local libraries that participate in the the statewide resource sharing program known as TexShare. Image is courtesy of the Newberry Library, Chicago.

About Adam Matthew

Adam Matthew, an imprint of SAGE, is an award winning publisher of digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. Sourced from leading libraries and archives around the world, their unique research and teaching collections cover a wide range of subject areas from medieval family life to 20th century history, literature and culture.

About SAGE

SAGE is a leading international publisher of journals, books, and electronic media for academic, educational, and professional markets. Since 1965, SAGE has helped inform and educate a global community of scholars, practitioners, researchers, and students spanning a wide range of subject areas including business, humanities, social sciences, and science, technology, and medicine. An independent company, SAGE has principal offices in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore and Washington DC.