October is Texas Archives Month

Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Austin, TX

An image of the Texas Archives Month 2022 Poster – Analyzing Primary Sources in the Classroom. Map: Galveston storm, 1900. Rosenberg Library. Map of Galveston, Texas after the storm of September 8, 1900. The map is a grid with indicators of water encroachment and partial and total destruction. A list enumerates the damages with correlated numbers on the grid. The map is stamped “Denver Resurvey” and is oriented with Galveston Bay at the top and the Gulf of Mexico at the bottom.  Document: William Barret Travis's Letter from the Alamo, February 24, 1836. Texas State Library and Archives Commission.  Handwritten document written by William Barret Travis on February 24,1836. Travis writes about the situation at the Alamo and signs the letter, Victory or Death.  Photograph: San Antonio, undated. Texas A&M San Antonio. ALT-TEXT: Black and white photograph of a street and parking lot with vehicles from the middle of the twentieth century. A black pickup truck pulling a trailer is in the foreground. There is a two-story building in the background and power lines running down the length of the street on their poles. 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 2022 is Analyzing Primary Sources in the Classroom. Texas archives offer a wealth of freely available primary sources for use in schools and libraries. From K-12 to the university level, educators and students have access to significant collections to support research projects and classroom instruction. Teaching students how to identify primary sources and analyze the historical maps, documents, artifacts, and photographs they discover in archives presents its own challenges. For Texas Archives Month 2022, we focus on this process and offer tools, tips and resources on identifying primary sources and how to approach various formats of archival materials. 

Archives, libraries, historical museums and members of the public are invited to learn more, download the free 2022 Texas Archives Month poster, browse Texas 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 thrab@tsl.texas.gov.


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.

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Peggy Price
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