Thursday, December 15, 2011 • • News Release

Senior Research Assistant, Donaly Brice (left) helps University of Texas Student, Ellie Dickson, find “it”, historical photos, in the Texas State Archives.

I Found It In The Archives


What have you found in the Texas Archives?

Your story could win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card and even an all-expense paid trip to San Diego!

We are excited to announce that the Texas State Library and Archives Commission is launching an SAA-sponsored I Found It In The Archives! contest. This contest is an opportunity for all TSLAC researchers to share their tales of discovery and research finds. Should your story win the national competition, you’ll win an all-expense paid trip to San Diego for SAA’s Annual Meeting in August 2012. All the details you need to know are listed below!

Contest Basics:
The goal of this contest is to collect stories of what TSLAC researchers have found in the archives. From December 2011 to February 15, 2012 TSLAC will accept entries from anyone who has utilized the Texas State Archives and would like to participate in the contest. Your entry should be a 400-word written essay (which can include pictures) or a two-minute video recording and would tell your tale of discovery and show the result of your search. You can submit only one entry in total and entries must be individual; unfortunately, we cannot accept group entries.

How to enter: Participants should send their stories to Again, your entry should be a 400-word essay or a two-minute video. You can submit your story as an attachment in a Word document or in the body of the email. If you want to send a video we recommend that you deliver the video to our Webmaster, Piper , or submit a YouTube video. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have questions about how to submit a video. Entries will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the end of the contest and entries will be posted on the TSLAC website throughout the contest. Research should be original papers and manuscripts, not published materials. Please be aware that your story may be published online by TSLAC and the Society of American Archivists. Anyone who has done research at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission and Sam Houston Library and Research Center is eligible to participate.

Judging: At the end of the contest, a panel will judge all submissions and select the finalists. The finalists will be announced on February 15, 2012.

The finalists: The TSLAC online community will vote for their favorite entries among the finalists for one week.

The TSLAC winner: Once the vote is counted the winner(s) will be announced on March 1, 2012 and will win a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

The national competition: The winner(s) entries will be submitted into the national competition sponsored by SAA. The winners of SAA’s competition will be announced at SAA’s Annual Meetings Award Ceremony in 2012. You can learn more about SAA’s I Found It In The Archives! contest at

This contest is a way for us to highlight the wonderful TSLAC collections and the wonderful researchers and patrons who utilize our services. If you have any questions about our contest or the national competition, please contact Stacey Million, or 512-463-5514. We look forward to learning what you have discovered!

TSLAC IFIITA Contest Basics:

·         Submit either a 400-word essay or 2 minute video recording to or fax to 512-463-5436

·         Contest Schedule:

o   Accept Entries – Dec. 2011 thru Feb. 15, 2012

o   TSLAC Judging & Online Voting – Feb. 15 – Feb. 27, 2012

o   Announce TSLAC Winner & Submit to National Society of American Archivists Competition -  March 1, 2012