Photograph of Dr. Gracy delivering his speech at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission on the evening of January 27, 2011.Dr. David B. Gracy II, Former Texas State Archivist Delivers Lively History of Texas Archives

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s new Speaker Series launched Thursday, Jan. 27, with a resoundingly successful talk and book signing by author, educator and former state archivist Dr. David B. Gracy II. Gracy regaled an audience of more than 50 with the story of how the state archives went from the basement of the Texas Capitol to a cow barn, a leaky Quonset hut and finally, to the stately Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building in which they’re housed today. The 126-year odyssey is detailed in his new book, “The State Library and Archives of Texas: A History, 1835-1962.”