William Barret Travis "Victory or Death Letter" on Display 2/23/15 - 3/6/15

William Barret Travis "Victory or Death Letter" on Display 2/23/15 - 3/6/15
Austin, Texas

One day into the bombardment of the Alamo, the 26-year-old commander of the makeshift fortress, William Barret Travis, addressed a letter “To the People of Texas and All Americans in the world.” Dated February 24th 1836, “The Travis Letter” has become the single most revered and studied document in Texas history. The iconic letter will be on display for 12 days, symbolically representing the lengthy siege fought by the defenders of the Alamo, from Feb 23rd - March 6, 2015.

A photograph of the hand written Travis letter
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While on exhibition the document is kept within a specially designed case which limits harmful light while providing the unique opportunity to come face to face with one of the most important pieces of our state’s shared heritage.
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2015
No

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Debuts New Exhibit: Texans' Struggle for Freedom and Equality

Texans' Struggle for Freedom and Equality
Texans' Struggle for Freedom and Equality
Austin, Texas

In less than 200 years Texas has evolved from a fledging republic to one of the most powerful states in the Union. Texans have witnessed and fought in the struggle for independence and peace on the frontier and continue to make strides in the contest toward racial and gender equality.

A graphic of a waving Texas flag
A graphic of a waving Texas flag
Texans' Struggle for Freedom and Equality
Through letters, photographs, and personal effects, TSLAC seeks to shed light on the obstacles to freedom that have been overcome through the dedication of individuals to the noble cause of equality for all Texans.
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2015
No

Sam Houston Center Re-Opens Following Renovations

Sam Houston Center Re-Opens Following Renovations
Liberty, TX

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center has re-opened following a series of renovations made to address critical safety and security issues at the historical resource depository in Liberty, TX. Repairs and upgrades were made possible in part by funds awarded from a $1 million appropriation by the 83rd Texas Legislature to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC).

Sam Houston Center
The improvements to our facility not only mean an enhanced experience for our patrons, but the technological and safety improvements also allow our staff to better serve our clientele
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2015
No

Texas State Archives to Receive Records of Outgoing Governor Rick Perry

Texas State Archives to Receive Records of Outgoing Governor Rick Perry
Austin, Texas

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announced today that it will acquire the records of outgoing Governor Rick Perry. The records held within this collection document the administration of the longest-serving governor in Texas history. Included in Governor Perry’s archives are policy files, appointments, correspondence, press releases, speeches, executive orders and memoranda documenting key policy issues pertaining to the Governor’s initiatives on economic development, education, workforce investment and improved quality of life for the people of Texas.

The logo of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission
We are delighted to receive these materials into the state archives. The records of Governor Perry's historic tenure represent a rich body of resources for researchers as well as the general public.
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2015
No

Texas State Archives to Provide Online Access to Texas Senate Recordings

Texas State Archives to Provide Online Access to Texas Senate Recordings
AUSTIN, TX

The Texas State Library and Archives announces the culmination of a digitization project that expands access to the Texas Senate audio recordings dating from 1972 to 2006. The project was made possible in part by funds awarded to TSLAC through the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in February of 2013. Under guidelines set by IMLS, financial resources were applied to expand services for learning and public access to information and educational resources.

The logo of the Texas State Library and Archvies Commission
The Texas Senate Recordings are among the most heavily used records in our collection and are essential resources for legislators, staff and citizens who want to research the intent behind bills and other legislative actions
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2015
No

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center to Close Temporarily for Renovations

Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center to Close Temporarily for Renovations
Liberty, Texas

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center will be closed for renovations from November 3, 2014 through January 1, 2015 as part of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s (TSLAC) multi-year plan to address critical safety and security needs at the 127-acre museum complex in Liberty, TX.

Photograph of construction plans and a hard hat
Photograph of construction plans and a hard hat
The critical repairs being made to the Center are key to the preservation of the rich history of the ten counties that we serve,” said Manager Alana Inman, “This will not only improve safety and security, but also provide improved access.
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2014
Yes

TSLAC Pairs with Lego and ALSC to Create Junior Maker Spaces

TSLAC Pairs with Lego and ALSC to Create Junior Maker Spaces
Austin, Texas

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission is partnering with the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and LEGO Systems, Inc. to bring Junior Maker Spaces to local libraries. This initiative aims to provide children ages 4 to 6 with stimulating environments within their communities to promote motor skills and foster creative curiosity.

Austin area librarians get a hands on look at 10,000 Legos to be distributed to nine area libraries.
Austin area librarians get a hands on look at 10,000 Legos to be distributed to Nine area libraries.
Libraries have always served as a springboard to creativity and curiosity for countless children across the state of Texas,” said Mark Smith TSLAC Director and Librarian, “Through our partnership with LEGO and ALSC we are literally providing young people
Stephen Siwinski
Communications Officer
512-463-5514
ssiwinski@tsl.texas.gov
2014
No

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