Margaret Lea Houston’s Summer Spread

Summer spread, by Margaret Lea Houston, ca. mid-19th century [Cotton textile, 98 x 80 1/4. 1983.125.0007, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, TSLAC].

Margaret Lea Houston, the wife of famed Texas politician and war hero Sam Houston, is thought to have sewn this lightweight “summer spread” decorated with imagery from the   Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Similar to a quilt but without the batting, the spread consists of 45 hexagonal blocks and measures 80 1/4 x 98 inches long. Art historian Lynne Adele analyzed the imagery and determined that, since some of the symbols were removed from the Fraternal Order in 1880, the spread was made before that year.

Imagery included on the spread are a lamb, symbolizing innocence; three links of chain, indicating friendship, love, and truth; and the sun, representing God and the soul. The heart on the palm of the hand symbolizes sincerity and the cornucopia, abundance.

Close-up of  imagery used on the summer spread. Here we see the lamb, the chain links of truth, love, and friendship, and a bow and quiver. Edges of the hexagonal blocks are visible.

The interest in the Odd Fellows symbolism is unclear, as Sam Houston was a member of another fraternal organization, the Freemasons. The provenance of the spread has been attributed to Margaret through family history and now belongs to TSLAC’s Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center in Liberty, TX. Visitors to the Center may view the spread on display as part of a new museum exhibit through December 2018.

For more information on fraternal symbols in art, see the book As Above, So Below: Art of the American Fraternal Society 1850/1930 (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2015) by Lynn Adele.

Governor Abbott Reappoints Malinda Cowen to the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board (THRAB)

Governor Abbott has reappointed Malinda Cowen to serve on the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board. Cowen will serve as one of two public members appointed by the governor. The other public member, Bob Glenn, was appointed in 2017. Cowen is the director of Special Education at St. Mary’s Academy Charter School in Beeville and has served in several leadership positions, including chairman of the South Texas Library System Advisory Council, and president of the Bee County Library Board, Soroptimist Club, and the Rosetta Club.

The nine-member board includes the State Archivist, Jelain Chubb, and six members appointed by the Director and State Librarian Mark Smith. Smith recently appointed Melissa Gonzales, Director of Records Management at the Houston Community College System, to serve a three-year term beginning in 2018.

Visit the Texas Historical Records Advisory Board webpage for more information.

Celebrate Women Veterans Day with Books from Archives & Reference Services

By Stephanie Andrews, Library Assistant, with contributions from ARIS staff

books related to women veterans

Selection of books in honor of Women Veterans Day from the collection at the Texas State Library & Archives. The books are available for use in the Reading Room. See the list below for call numbers.

In honor of Women Veterans Day, ARIS has created a booklist for our readers. Our list features books about women in many service areas and over various periods of military history. In addition to representing women veterans, these titles also reflect the many ways women assisted military efforts in history before they could serve in an official capacity.

On June 12th, 1948 President Truman signed into federal law the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act, making it possible for women to serve as regular, permanent members of the armed forces. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of that signing. During the last Texas legislative session, Senate Bill 805 established Women Veterans Day as June 12th and was signed into law in June of 2017. This summer will mark the first observance of this day.

For more information about Women Veterans Day, visit https://womenveteransday.com. To learn more about the Texas Veterans Commission’s official opening ceremony events visit https://www.tvc.texas.gov/women-veterans/womenvetsday.

If you’d like to search for these books and more, check out our catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog. If you are interested in checking out a title from this booklist, please visit the Reference Desk in room 109. Below is the complete list of titles you’ll find in our Women Veterans Day booklist.

Title Author Call No. Collection
A History of the Women Marines, 1946-1977 U.S. Marine Corps D 214.13:W 84/2 USD
Air Force Women: A Heritage of Excellence Air Force History and Museums Program D 301.76/5:W 84 USD
American’s Youngest Women Warriors Brandt, Dorothy Hinson 355.0082 A512 MAIN
Beyond the Latino World War II Hero Rivas-Rodriguez, Maggie and Zamora, Emilio ZUA 380.8 B468LA c.2 TXD
Breaking Codes Breaking Barriers U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command D 101.2:C 64 USD
Department of Defense Celebrates: March 1997, Women’s History Month Department of Defense D 2.9:D 36/2/No.110 USD
Finding Dorothy Scott Rickman, Sarah Byrn ZTT 422.8 R425fi c.2 TXD
Kate: The Journal of a Confederate Nurse Cumming, Kate and Harwell, Richard Barksdale 973.776 C912k 1959 MAIN
More than a Uniform: A Navy Woman in a Navy Man’s World Collins, Captain Winifred Quick ZN 745.8 M813 1997 TXD
Nancy Love and the WASP Ferry Pilots of World War II Rickman, Sarah Byrn ZN 745.8 R425NA TXD
Oveta Culp Hobby: Colonel, Cabinet Member, Philanthropist Winegarten, Debra L. ZUA 380.8 W725ov c.2 TXD
She Rode with Generals Dannett, Sylvia G.L. 973.781 D233 MAIN
Survey of Female Veterans Veterans Administration VA 1.2:F 34/5 USD
Texans and War: New Interpretations of the State’s Military History Mendoza, Alexander and Grear, Charles David ZTA 475.8 M522te c.2 TXD
The Women’s Army Corps, 1945-1978 Morden, Bettie J. D 114.19:W 84 USD
United States Women in Aviation: 1940-1985 Douglas, Deborah G. SI 1.42:7 USD
WASP of the Ferry Command: Women Pilots, Uncommon Deeds Rickman, Sarah Byrn ZN 745.8 R425wa c.2 TXD
Women are Veterans, too! Department of Veterans Affairs VA 1.19:10-109/990 USD
Women Doctors in War Bellafaire, Judith and Graf, Mercedes Herrera ZTA 475.8 B414wo c.2 TXD
Women in Civil War Texas Liles, Deborah M. and Boswell, Angela ZN 745.8 W842 c.2 TXD
Women in Defense – DoD Leading the Way Department of Defense D 1.2:W 84/6 USD
Women in the Military: A Proud Heritage Department of Defense D 2.9:D 36/2/No.63 USD
Women Marines in the 1980’s U.S. Marine Corps D 214.2:W 84/5 USD
Women Pilots of World War II Cole, Jean Hascall 940.54 C675W MAIN
Women who Spied for the Blue and the Gray Kinchen, Oscar A. 973.785 K574 MAIN

2018 Archival Award of Excellence Nominations Are Open

The Texas Historical Records Advisory Board’s Archival Award of Excellence recognizes significant achievements in preserving and improving access to historical records in any format by a Texas archival institution and individual achievements.

For institutions:

All Texas institutions responsible for archival records that provide public access to at least a portion of their collection are eligible. Achievements include recent projects and/or on-going programs that build collections, enhance access to archives, develop effective digitization programs, or implement preservation strategies.

For individual:

An archivist or individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the areas of management, preservation, access, advocacy, or use of historical records in Texas. Nominees must have accomplished the work within the state of Texas during the five-year preceding the year in which the award is presented. Current THRAB members are not eligible.

Nomination Process:

Submit an Archival Award of Excellence Nomination form, a Statement of Work Accomplished, 3 Letters of Support and any supporting materials.  For more information, visit https://www.tsl.texas.gov/archivalaward.

Send nominations via email or U.S. mail to:

                Jelain Chubb

                ATTN: THRAB Archival Award of Excellence

                Texas State Library and Archives Commission

                P.O. Box 12927

                Austin, TX 78701

                Email: thrab@tsl.texas.gov

 

Nominations must be received by July 31, 2018.

Featured Collection: Gardening and Agriculture

By Maria Barker, Access Librarian

The warm days and greenery outside have made it clear that Spring is here. If you are like me, the onset of this season gets you wondering about what it takes to turn a plot of dirt into more than just mud. Whether you are looking for tips to improve your gardening game or need fundamentals on keeping a plant alive, the latest Featured Collection on Gardening and Agriculture holds some inspiration and information to help you and your plants grow. Our selection includes publications from the Texas document, US document, and Main collections. In case you are looking for a quick read, we also selected several pamphlets from the US and Texas Document collections that introduce a subject or provide a brief overview of some gardening basics.

To search for these books and more, check out our catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog. 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.

Title Author Call No. Collection
Gardening in south Texas Renton, Paul A. 635.9 R298 1971 MAIN
Grasses, pods, vines, weeds : decorating with Texas plants Steitz, Quentin 747.98 ST37G OVER-T MAIN
Harder than hardscrabble : oral recollections of the farming life from the edge of the Texas Hill Country Sitton, Thad, 1941- 976.4287 H218s MAIN
Herb gardening in Texas Meltzer, Sol 635.7 M496H MAIN
How to grow native plants of Texas and the southwest Nokes, Jill 635.9 N699H MAIN
Landscapes and gardens for historic buildings : a handbook for reproducing and creating authentic landscape settings Favretti, Rudy J. and Favretti, Joy Putman 712.6 F279L MAIN
Landscaping with native Texas plants Wasowski, Sally 635.951764 W282L MAIN
Neil Sperry’s Complete guide to Texas gardening Sperry, Neil 635.09764 SP37N MAIN
Perennial gardens for Texas Ryan, Julie 635.9 R955 MAIN
Adventures in Texas gardening Scheick, William J. Z TA475.8 SCH25ad TXD
Beautiful, tough, and Texan : let your landscape shine with Texas superstars Texas Department of Agriculture A900.8 B385 TXD
Blood oranges : colonialism and agriculture in the South Texas borderlands  Bowman, Timothy Paul Z TA475.8 B684BL TXD
Butterflies and how to attract them to your garden Damude, Noreen. P400.5 B982 94/06 TXD
Butterfly gardening for Texas Ajilvsgi, Geyata Z TA475.8 AJ51bu TXD
Cheryl Hazeltine’s central Texas gardener Hazeltine, Cheryl Z TA475.8 H338ch TXD
Designing a wildscape Foss, Diana P400.5 D46 1997 TXD
Doug Welsh’s Texas garden almanac Welsh, Douglas F. Z TA475.8 D744we 2011 TXD
Easy edibles : how to grow and enjoy fresh food Barrett, Judy Z TA475.8 B275ea TXD
Easy gardening, planning McCraw, Dean Z TA245.7 L47 NO.1576 TXD
Farm workers and the churches : the movement in California and Texas Watt, Alan J. Z TA475.8 W34fa TXD
Go Texan spotlights Texas superstars : scene-stealing landscape plants born to thrive in Texas  Texas. Department of Agriculture A900.8 G534 TXD
Growing good things to eat in Texas : profiles of organic farmers and ranchers across the state Walker, Pamela Z TA475.8 W153gr TXD
Heirloom gardening in the South : yesterday’s plants for today’s gardens Welch, William C. Z TA475.8 W446he TXD
Landscaping with edible plants in Texas : design and cultivation Beesley, Cheryl Z TA475.8 B392La TXD
Perennial garden color Welch, William C. Z TA475.8 W446pe 2013 TXD
Texas gardening the natural way : the complete handbook Garrett, Howard Z UA380.8 G192te 2016 TXD
Texas roots : agriculture and rural life before the Civil War Jones, C. Allan. Z TA475.8 J712TE TXD
Texas wildscapes : gardening for wildlife : the Texas A&M nature guides edition Bender, Kelly Conrad Z TA475.8 B432wi TXD
What makes heirloom plants so great? : old-fashioned treasures to grow, eat, and admire Barrett, Judy Z TA475.8 B275wh TXD
Yes, you can grow roses Barrett, Judy Z TA475.8 B275ye TXD
Your vegetable garden : it’s only as good as the seed that you plant Texas. Department of Agriculture A900.8 Y88 1987 TXD
Attracting hummingbirds to your garden using native plants  – United States. Forest Service A 13.2:H 88/4 USD
Growing vegetables in the home garden  United States. Science and Education Administration A 1.77:202/3 USD
Indoor gardening : artificial lighting, terrariums, hanging baskets, and plant selection Cathey, Henry M A 1.77:220 USD
Minigardens for vegetables United States. Science and Education Administration. A 1.77:163/5 USD
Xeriscape landscaping : preventing pollution and using resources efficiently  United States. Environmental Protection Agency. Office of Water. EP 1.2:L 23/6 USD
Yearbook of agriculture: Gardening for Food and Fun United States. Department of Agriculture. A 1.10:977 USD
Yearbook of agriculture: The Face of Rural America United States. Department of Agriculture. A 1.10:976 USD

Meet the Staff: Brianna Cochran

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.

Brianna Cochran

In 50 words or less, describe what you do.

As a new Library Assistant, my day is split between orientations and training, staffing reading rooms, and working on stacks maintenance projects. Eventually, I will be trained to assist patrons with locating research resources, and I will take on more complex stacks maintenance projects.

Why did you choose your profession?

I have always felt at home in libraries. When my single mother could not find a babysitter, she used to take me to the library with her while she studied for her associate’s degree. She studied in the adult reading room while I entertained myself in the children’s reading room. There, the children’s librarian taught me how to use an out marker and I enjoyed the satisfaction of placing a book on the shelf in its correct location. My childhood enthusiasm for libraries carried over to my home life. Enthusiastically, I created library check out cards on scraps of colored construction paper, for my personal collection of books and VHS tapes.

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

At this point, I have a limited exposure to our vast collection, so I will probably discover new favorites as I work with more materials. However, my current favorite is our collection of newspapers on microfilm. I have selected the Houston Post from November 1, 1919, as an example.

Before working at TSLAC, I needed access to the Houston Post for personal research. The only places I could find that provided access to the out-of-print the Houston Post were Rice University in Houston and paid newspaper subscription sites, so I was not able to access the materials I needed for my project. I was excited to find out the Houston Post is at TSLAC, and I have enjoyed learning how to use microfilm.

The Houston Post. (1919, November 1)

The Houston Post. (1919, November 1)

[TSLAC also maintains institutional memberships to the Newspaper Archive and Newspapers.com Texas Collection, both available for free on-site in our Reference Reading Room located in the Lorenzo de Zavala State Library and Archives Building in Austin.]

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

I like to be in nature. Beaches are my favorite, but in Austin I like to hike nature trails. I am learning to practice mindfulness, which is accepting and noticing the present moment without judgment. Therefore, my hikes look more like walking slowly and marveling at water droplets sparkling in the sun, rather than hiking quickly for exercise. I find mindfulness helps manage stress, because it gives me a sense of power. Instead of dwelling on the past or worrying about the future, I can make decisions about what to do in the present.

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: https://tsl.access.preservica.com/tda/texas-state-agencies/dps/photographs/

 

Archives à la Carte: Staff Picks Exhibit Opening

Archives à la Carte: Staff Picks

Join us for an informal evening of music, archives, discussion, and networking at our Archives à la Carte exhibit open house. Free and open to the public. RSVP on our Eventbrite event page or send your RSVP via email at rsvp@tsl.texas.gov.

The evening will include

  • Exhibit: Let archivists be your guide as you examine some of the state’s most fascinating historical records. Archives à la Carte: Staff Picks looks at how the Texan identity is captured and perpetuated through items selected by state archivists and librarians. This “behind-the-scenes” tour of the State Archives features surprising historical finds–including items for music lovers and nature buffs. See a letter from Samuel Morse offering Texas exclusive rights to his telegraph machine, Clyde Barrow’s convict record, Sam Houston’s passport, and much more!
  • Performance: Musician Billy Traylor and the Austin Baroque Orchestra will perform the historic Texian Grand March and other selections from the State Archives historic sheet music collection.
  • Tours: Visitors will be able to tour the lobby, see our famous Texas mural, and visit the recording studio of the Talking Book Program. The volunteer recording studio celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.
  • Q&A with Archivists & Librarians: Hear it from the experts, as members of our professional team share insights and the back story of some of the items you will see on exhibit.

Light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP if you are planning to attend.

Archives à la Carte: Staff Picks logoWhen: March 6, 2018 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Where: The Lorenzo De Zavala State Archives and Library Building, 1201 Brazos Street, Austin, 78701

Parking: Capitol Visitor’s Parking Garage, 1201 San Jacinto Boulevard. Free 2-hour parking.

More information: www.tsl.texas.gov

 

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 www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog. 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
MAIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
MAIN

9. Austin’s Rosewood neighborhood
976.431 R524au
MAIN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Archival Animals

By Caroline Jones, Reference Archivist

Enjoy watching cat videos? Follow any cute pugs on Instagram? It feels like every day we see friends posting selfies with their pets or videos of their pets, and even creating social media accounts for their pets. It is clear we love our animal friends, and based on some finds in our archival collections, it appears that we have always loved them. Here are a few highlights from our collections that are cute, funny, and simply adorable images of some pets in the archives:

Before they ruled the internet, cats stole our hearts in these family albums:

Robert Jasper Hunnicutt, Elizabeth H. Stroud (center), and sitting on a porch holding kittens

Robert Jasper Hunnicutt, Elizabeth H. Stroud (center), and sitting on a porch holding kittens. Citation: 1968/029-75, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Doris Ruth Hunnicutt, crouching holding a cat. Citation: 1968/029-340, J.R. Hunnicutt collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Mary Lowry with cat, Black Bess

Mary Lowry with cat, Black Bess. Citation: 1946/1-38, Reynolds Lowry – Thomas F. McKinney Collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Man seated on porch in rocking chair with cat.

Man seated on porch in rocking chair with cat. Citation: 1995.112-60, Clyde and Thelma See glass plate negatives collection. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.]

Man’s best friend has always been like a member of the family:

Unidentified young child with bulldog

Unidentified young child with bulldog. Citation: 73.2222.122, Samuel Bell Maxey photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Woman posing with dog

Woman posing with dog. Citation: 1964/306-1675, Photographs, Graham (R. Niles) collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Dog sleeping on porch

Dog sleeping on porch. Citation: 1964/306-1676, Photographs, Graham (R. Niles) collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

A couple of children with a couple of dogs

A couple of children with a couple of dogs. Citation: 1976/031-10, William Deming Hornaday photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

A little girl and a dog

A little girl and a dog. Citation: 1976/031-16, William Deming Hornaday photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Child with dog

Child with dog. Citation: 2011/348-20.95, Miscellaneous photographs, Photographs, Richard Bachman collection. Archives and Information Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

3 puppies in front of the J.T. Young Home

Three puppies in front of the J.T. Young Home. Citation: 1970/101-156, Fannie Ratchford photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Couple with small dog

Couple with small dog. Citation: 2001078_005_70_080_023ac, Fields, Farms, and Landscapes, Texas Department of Agriculture photograph collection. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Even these unlikely animal friends have gotten into the spirit:

Governor O'Daniel and Cuero turkey

Governor O’Daniel and Cuero turkey. Citation: 1976/008-593, Photographic and film media, Texas Department of Public Safety records. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Cowboy with parrot

Cowboy with parrot. Citation: 1991077_704_084ac, Attractions, Activities, and Events, Audiovisual material, Texas Tourist Development Agency. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Couple with peacock outside Mission San Jose

Couple with peacock outside Mission San Jose. Citation: 1991077_105_041ac, Forts, Parks, and Historic Sites, Audiovisual material, Texas Tourist Development Agency. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Our photograph collections include original photographs, born digital images, and digitized versions of original photographs. Many of the images included in this post are digitized and accessible through the Texas Digital Archives, the Texas State Archives Flickr, and our online exhibits page. For more information on accessing images currently unavailable through the web, please contact the Reference Desk by phone or email at 512-463-5455 or ref@tsl.texas.gov.

As a bonus, here are some more recent images of a familiar face with some unusual guests at the Texas Capitol!

Governor Perry with penguin

Governor Perry with penguin. Citation: Penguin2, Photographs, Texas Governor Rick Perry Press Office media files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.]

Governor Perry with snake

Governor Perry with snake. Citation: Snake, Photographs, Texas Governor Rick Perry Press Office media files. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.