Austin, TX – Each October, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) joins archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country's documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas' historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities' historical records and to increase public awareness of the importance of preserving historical treasures and making them available for use by present and future generations.
Sponsored by the TSLAC, the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB), and the
National Historical Publications and Records Commission, the theme of Texas Archives Month 2021 is Texas Archives Document Disability History. Texas historical collections reflect the spectrum of roles those with disabilities have played in American society. Archives also capture the ways in which governments, organizations, and institutions have identified, responded to, and provided resources for disabled individuals and groups. Of special note is the Texas Disability History Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington, where members of the university community were instrumental in advancing disability rights on college campuses.
Archives, libraries, historical museums, and members of the public are invited to learn more, download the free 2021 Texas Archives Month poster, browse Texas disability history collections, and plan their own celebrations by visiting the Texas Archives Month website at www.tsl.texas.gov/arc/thrab/archivesmonth.
Repositories are also invited to submit their Texas Archives Month events to TSLAC’s calendar. Please provide the sponsoring institution, date and time, place, details of what will happen at your event and, if available, any associated website addresses. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In 1976, Governor Dolph Briscoe established THRAB, the State Historical Records Advisory Board for Texas. THRAB is a nine-member board that supports public access to records; serves as a catalyst for improving storage conditions within the state; supports the preservation and access efforts of historical and genealogical societies, archives, museums, libraries, colleges, local governments and other institutions; and reviews grant requests submitted to the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). THRAB initiatives are funded by the NHPRC. Provide links to THRAB here.
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission provides Texans access to the information they need to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.