Throwback Thursday: The Lorenzo de Zavala Building, Home of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

By Steven Kantner, Digital Asset Coordinator

Austin neighborhoods around the Texas State Capitol changed tremendously since the 1950s as homes and businesses made way for various state office buildings and parking garages. Here are some before-and-after views of the areas surrounding TSLAC’s Lorenzo De Zavala building. These 1950s photographs were found in the Department of Public Safety Photograph collection, an ongoing digitization project at TSLAC.

View of the Lorenzo de Zavala Building from Brazos Street

View from the Corner of 13th Street and Brazos Street

View from the Corner of 13th Street and San Jacinto

View from San Jacinto Street

View from San Jacinto Street and 14th Street

View from San Jacinto and 12th Streets

View from San Jacinto and 14th Streets, Looking South

View from 13th and San Jacinto Streets

These and other photographs from the Department of Public Safety Photograph collection can be seen at:


Featured Collection: Celebrating African-American History in Texas and Beyond

By Caroline Jones, Reference Archivist

Our newest featured collection is now on display in the Reference Reading Room. Celebrating African-American History features publications from our Main, United States Documents, and Texas Documents collections highlighting the lives and creative works of African-Americans in history. From genealogical resources, military history, theater productions, and various other topics, we hope you enjoy this collection in honor of Black History Month.

To search for these books and more, check out our catalog at If you are interested in checking out a title on our Featured Collection shelf, please visit the Reference Desk in room 109. Below is the complete list of titles you’ll find on our Featured Collection shelf this month.

1. Black Texans: a history of African Americans in Texas, 1528-1995
301.45196 B27 1996

2. African American women confront the West, 1600-2000
305.48 AF83

3. Brave Black women: from slavery to the space shuttle
305.48 W725

4. The Garden of Eden: the story of a freedmen’s community in Texas
305.896 SA564g

5. Tomlinson Hill: the remarkable story of two families who share the Tomlinson name– one white, one black
305.896 T597t

6. The Black infantry in the West, 1869-1891
356.189 F829b

7. The shootout at Cedar Creek, June 1889: Ike Wilson and the legacy of Black Texas lawmen
363.2 N367s

8. A history of African-American families and slaveholders in Cass County, East Texas, from the colonial days and slavery to the 21st century
976.4195 W255h

9. Austin’s Rosewood neighborhood
976.431 R524au

10. Nothing but praise: a history of the 1321st Engineer General Service Regiment
D 103.43:870-1-69

11. Freedom by the sword: the U.S. Colored Troops, 1862-1867
D 114.19:SW 7

12. Black soldier, white army: the 24th Infantry Regiment in Korea
D 114.2:B 56

13. Path breakers: U.S. Marine African American officers in their own words
D 214.13:AF 8/13

14. Patriots of color: “a peculiar beauty and merit”: African Americans and Native Americans at Battle Road & Bunker Hill
I 29.2:P 27

15. A history of Fort Worth in black & white: 165 years of African-American life
Z N745.8 SE48hi

16. Walls that speak: the murals of John Thomas Biggers
Z N745.8 T341wa

17. Black Dixie: Afro-Texan history and culture in Houston
Z TA475.8 B393B

18. Black women in Texas history
Z TA475.8 B561WO

19. The ground on which I stand: Tamina, a freedmen’s town
Z TA475.8 C814gr

20. In struggle against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957
Z TA475.8 P685in

21. The African American experience in Texas: an anthology
Z TT422.8 AF83AM

22. Free radical: Ernest Chambers, Black Power, and the politics of race
Z TT422.8 AL41fr

23. Becoming iron men: the story of the 1963 Loyola Ramblers
Z TT422.8 F875be

24. And grace will lead me home: African American freedmen communities of Austin, Texas, 1865-1928
Z TT422.8 M463AN

25. Thursday night lights: the story of Black high school football in Texas
Z UA380.8 H934th

26. Stages of struggle and celebration: a production history of Black theatre in Texas
Z UA380.8 M454st

27. Frankie and Johnny: race, gender, and the work of African American folklore in 1930s America
Z UA380.8 M823fr

28. The Jemima code: two centuries of African American cookbooks
Z UA380.8 T499je

Featured Collection: Architecture of Texas and Beyond

By Maria Barker, Library Assistant

The current Featured Collection in the Reference Reading Room, Architecture of Texas and Beyond, covers the stories and history of significant spaces across the US and Mexico. From cabins to sky scrapers, churches to highway visitor centers, the selection gives the interested reader a sense of the qualities that make a structure significant, and how buildings manage to go up and come down over time.

To search for these books and more, check out our catalog at If you are interested in checking out a title on our Featured Collection shelf, please visit the Reference Desk in room 109. Below is the complete list of titles you’ll find on our Featured Collection shelf this month.

Want to learn more about the Featured and New Book Collections at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission? Check out Maria’s previous post about these displays in the Reference Reading Room.

Title Author Call No. Collection
Alfred Giles : an English architect in Texas and Mexico George, Mary Carolyn Hollers 720.924 G391j MAIN
Architecture in Texas, 1895-1945 Henry, Jay C. 720.9764 H396A MAIN
Building the Lone Star: an illustrated guide to historic sites Baker, T. Lindsay. 917.64 B177B MAIN
Cowtown Moderne : art deco architecture of Fort Worth, Texas Cohen, Judith Singer 725.09764 C66C MAIN
Dallas Architecture, 1936-1986 Tomlinson, Doug 720.9764 T597D MAIN
Dog Trots & Mud Cats : the Texas Log House Lavender, Linda 720.9764 L386D MAIN
Pioneer Texas Buildings; a geometry lesson Heimsath, Clovis 720.9764 H364 MAIN
Presidio, Mission, and Pueblo : Spanish architecture and urbanism in the United States Early, James 720.976 Ea764p MAIN
Restoring Texas : Raiford Stripling’s Life and Architecture McCullar, Michael 720.924 M139R MAIN
Texas Public Buildings of the Nineteenth Century Robinson, Willard Bethurem 720.9764 R568 MAIN
The Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles : Selected Restorations George, Mary Carolyn Hollers 720.92 G293a MAIN
The People’s Architecture : Texas courthouses, jails, and municipal buildings Robinson, Willard Bethurem 725.15 R568P MAIN
The See-Through Years : creation and destruction in Texas architecture and real estate, 1981-1991 Barna, Joel Warren 720.9764 B252S MAIN
The Texas Courthouse Welch, June Rayfield 725.15 W444 MAIN
Architecture as Revolution : episodes in the history of modern Mexico Carranza, Luis E. Z UA380.8 C231AR Texas Documents
Lone Star steeples : historic places of worship in Texas Christensen, Carl J. Z TA475.8 C462lo Texas Documents
Lost architecture of the Rio Grande Borderlands George, Eugene. Z TA475.8 G293Lo Texas Documents
Master Builder of the Lower Rio Grande : Heinrich Portscheller George, W. Eugene Z TA475.8 G293ma Texas Documents
Modern Architecture in Latin America : art, technology, and utopia Carranza, Luis E. Z UA380.8 C231mo Texas Documents
Sanctioning Modernism : architecture and the making of postwar identities Kulić, Vladimir Z UA380.8 SA559mo Texas Documents
The Alleys and Back Buildings of Galveston : an architectural and social history Beasley, Ellen Z TA475.8 B38AL Texas Documents
The American Idea of Home : conversations about architecture and design Friedman, Bernard Z UA380.8 F914am Texas Documents
The Architecture and Cities of Northern Mexico from Independence to the Present : Tamaulipas, Nuevo León, Coahuila, Chihuahua, Durango, Sonora, Sinaloa, and Baja California Norte and Sur Burian, Edward R. Z UA380.8 B916ar Texas Documents
The Moodys of Galveston and their mansion Wiencek, Henry Z TA475.8 W636mo Texas Documents
Aesthetics in transportation : guidelines for incorporating design, art and architecture into transportation facilities Héder, Lajos TD 1.8:AE 8 U.S. Documents
Examples and ideas to stimulate and improve the design, art & architecture of airports Bowman, Donald P. TD 4.2:AI 7/36 U.S. Documents
Historic America: Buildings, Structures, and Sites LC 1.2:H 62/5 U.S. Documents
Mission 66 visitor centers : the history of a building type. Allaback, Sarah I 29.2:M 69/5 U.S. Documents
Architecture that speaks : S.C.P. Vosper and ten remarkable buildings at Texas A & M McCoy, Nancy T. Z TA475.8 M137ar Texas Documents


Monday Mystery – Terry’s Texas Rangers

We’re back with another Monday Mystery post. All of the images from this feature are available on the Texas Digital Archive (TDA), and we welcome folks to browse through all of the images available on this site. We’re looking to our community of patrons, which includes academic researchers, genealogists, photography historians, and Texas enthusiasts, to help us identify some of our photographic treasures.

This Monday Mystery is aided by the research of Dr. David Gracy II, former State Archivist here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Dr. Gracy has helped staff identify and confirm the identities of many of the veterans in this image as a part of his research on George W. Littlefield. Archives staff are grateful for his perseverance and meticulous citations.

Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion panorama photograph, 1908.

Terry’s Texas Rangers reunion panorama. 1961/053-1, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

View or download this photograph on the TDA at:

Question: Can you help further identify some of the veterans in this image? Review the list of men already identified, get more information about this panorama, and read a brief history of the Terry’s Texas Rangers at the online finding aid:

And, as always, if you find an image on the TDA that you’d like to submit for a future Monday Mystery post please email and include “Monday Mystery” in the subject line.

Meet the Staff – Caroline Jones

Meet the Staff is a Q&A series on Out of the Stacks that highlights the Archives and Information Services staff of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

In 50 words or less, describe what you do.

I assist patrons in the Reference, Genealogy, and Archives Reading Rooms in conjunction with the Reference Librarians and Reference Archivists. This includes helping patrons with searching our catalog or using our microfilm readers, and other tasks like pulling and refiling materials and processing both US and Texas documents.

Why did you choose your profession?

When I was a sophomore in college, I went to a presentation my history professors were hosting concerning professions you could pursue with a BA in history. One speaker was an archivist (who I realized when I started at TSLAC was Jelain Chubb, the current State Archivist). Prior to her talk I didn’t know much about archives and wasn’t sure what I’d do after graduation, but the possibility of handling historic documents and making them accessible for research sounded like the perfect way to use my history degree in a hands on way. I loved the idea of being able to handle historical artifacts and not just read about them second hand. After volunteering in my high school’s archive back in Dallas and working in the St. Edward’s University Munday Library, I was determined to get into this field.

What is your favorite document, photo, or artifact in TSLAC’s collection? 

I don’t think I could ever choose just one! At the moment, one of my favorites is this photograph from the Graham (R. Niles) collection. I really enjoy this image because of the humor this woman has in posing with her dog. I enjoy finding these more candid images of people where they are clearly having a good time and not taking themselves too seriously. I also love animals, so I feel this woman is a kindred spirit.

1964/306-1675, Photographs, Graham (R. Niles) collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

When you’re not busy what do you like to do for fun?

I’m big into adult coloring books, Pilates and Barre classes, learning calligraphy, reading and writing, and binge watching shows on Netflix.