Featured Collection: Textiles and Apparel

Information Services staff invite you to enjoy our updated Featured Collection display, on view through January 2019 at the Lorenzo de Zavala building, room 109.  To coincide with the colder winter months, the selection celebrates the textiles and apparel industry for producing the fabrics and garments which warm us.  Below is a summary of materials featured in the display.

Call No. Title Author Collection
391.04 R424 $10 horse, $40 saddle : cowboy clothing, arms, tools, and horse gear of the 1880’s Rickey, Don Main
Z TT422.8 P416fi A perfect fit : the garment industry and American Jewry (1860-1960) Goldstein, Gabriel M. TXD
Z TT422.8 AM65SE 2003 A separate sphere : dressmakers in Cincinnati’s golden age, 1877-1922 Amnéus, Cynthia TXD
Z TT422.8 H551AM American menswear : from the Civil War to the twenty-first century Hill, Daniel Delis TXD
Z TT422.8 H551AS As seen in Vogue : a century of American fashion in advertising Hill, Daniel Delis TXD
746.43 H839a AwareKnits : knit & crochet projects for the eco-conscious stitcher Howell, Vickie Main
Z TT422.8 C623 Clothing and textile collections in the United States : a CSA guide Queen, Sally TXD
I 29.2:C 62 Clothing for ladies and gentlemen of higher and lower standing : a working pamphlet to aid the imitators of New England citizens of the eighteenth century Hicks, Marjorie USD
SI 1.28:42 Cutting a fashionable fit : dressmakers’ drafting systems in the United States Kidwell, Claudia Brush USD
391 K811D Dress clothing of the Plains Indians Koch, Ronald P. Main
Z TT422.8 B431EM Embroiderers of Ninhue : stitching Chilean rural life Benavente, Carmen TXD
Z TT422.8 C150fo Forbidden fashions : invisible luxuries in early Venetian convents Campagnol, Isabella TXD
Z TT422.8 G195AR M. de Garsault’s 1767 Art of the shoemaker : an annotated translation Garsault, François A. de (François Alexandre) TXD
Z TT422.8 C654ma Managing costume collections : an essential primer Coffey-Webb, Louise TXD
D 101.11:10-3530-203-20 P Organizational maintenance repair parts and special tools lists : textile repair shop, trailer mounted (York Astro model D8700477, FSN 3530-819-2008; Army model SPV 35) (York Astro model D8700540, FSN 3530-900-8352) … clothing repair shop, trailer mounted (York Astro model D8700337, FSN 3530-819-2007, Army model SPV 34) United States. Department of the Army USD
SI 1.28:49 Technology in miniature : American textile patent models, 1819-1840 Janssen, Barbara Suit USD
745.5 M381 1946B The book of Indian-crafts and costumes Mason, Bernard Sterling Main
391.2 T768 The First Ladies in fashion Truett, Randle Bond Main
Z TT422.8 M421SU The sunbonnet : an American icon in Texas Matheson, Rebecca Jumper TXD
Z UA380.8 R79WE Weaving and dyeing in highland Ecuador Rowe, Ann P. TXD
Z TT422.8 M421yo Young Originals : Emily Wilkens and the teen sophisticate Matheson, Rebecca Jumper, TXD

Please see a librarian in room 109 if you are interested in checking out any of the circulating materials.

NASA Turns 60 – Featured Collection in the Reference Reading Room

By Stephanie Andrews, Library Assistant

ARIS invites you to check out the newest featured book display now up in the Reference Reading Room. NASA Turns 60 features publications from our MAIN, Texas Documents, and U.S. Documents collections. From its humble beginnings as the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, explore our out-of-this-world resources that examine the founding and history of this exciting federal agency.

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 a complete list of titles you’ll find on our Featured Collection shelf for October and November.

522 EV15B
Big and bright : a history of the McDonald Observatory
Evans, David Stanley

522.2919 Sc83a
Adventure in space : the flight to fix the Hubble
Scott, Elaine

523 Sc83c
Close encounters : exploring the universe with the Hubble Space Telescope
Scott, Elaine

629.4 B743o
Our Space Program
Bredeson, Carmen

629.40973 N1
NASA factbook; guide to National Aeronautics and Space Administration programs and activities
Renetzky, Alvin

629.45 K863f
Failure is not an option : mission control from Mercury to Apollo 13 and beyond
Kranz, Gene

Z UA380.8 P281we
We could not fail : the first African Americans in the space program
Paul, Richard

Z UA380.8 W736La OVER-T
Last launch : Discovery, Endeavor, Atlantis
Winters, Dan

Z TA475.8 H883DE
The Development of Propulsion Technology for U.S. Space-Launch Vehicles, 1926-1991
Hunley, J. D.

Y 4.SCI 2:115-04
NASA: past, present, and future : hearing before the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, House of Representatives, One Hundred Fifteenth Congress, first session, February 16, 2017
United States. Congress. House. Committee on Science, Space, and Technology

NAS 1.2:K 38
Kennedy Space Center Story
Harris, Gordon L.
Some items have been held behind the desk due to fragility or rareness of the item. The following items can be requested from the Information Services staff at the Reference Desk in room 109.

NAS 1.86:ST 2/DVD
Journey to the Stars
Emmart, Carter

NAS 1.86:IM 1/CD
The First Forty Years: A Collection of Selected Images
Goddard Space Flight Center. Office of Public Affairs.

NAS 1.86:AP 4/2/2004/CD
Remembering Apollo 11: The 35th Anniversary Data Archive CD-ROM
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration. History Office.

NAS 1.86:SU 7/5/DVD
Mysteries of the Sun
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NAS 1.86:P 23/DVD
NASA’s Earth Observatory presents: National Parks–from Space
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NAS 1.2:T 69/2/KIT
Space Travel Hazards [game]: How Safely Can You Travel Through Space?
United States. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


Featured Collection: Secret Societies in Texas

By Taylor Fox, Reference Librarian

Our newest featured collection is now on display in the Reference Reading Room. Secret Societies in Texas features publications from our Main and Texas Documents collections on the history of these organizations in Texas and the south. From Freemasons to the Woodmen to the Oddfellows, and more, we hope you find this collection intriguing.

Our mascot, Lorenzo the Gargoyle, has also gotten into the spirit and will be dressed up for the duration of the display:

Call No. Title Author Collection
366 D297h History of the Improved Order of Red Men and Degree of Pocahontas, 1765-1988 Davis, Robert E. MAIN
366.1 C245 1958 Masonry in Texas : background, history, and influence to 1846 Carter, James David MAIN
366.1 C245e 1846-61 Education and Masonry in Texas, 1846 to 1861 Carter, James David MAIN
366.1 C245h History of the Supreme Council, 33° : mother council of the world, ancient and accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Southern Jurisdiction, U.S.A., 1861-1891 Harris, Ray Baker MAIN
366.1 H55h History of Austin Lodge Number 12, Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons Hill, C. L. MAIN
366.1 M199 1946 V.1-3 Encyclopedia of freemasonry Mackey, Albert Gallatin MAIN
366.1 W119m Masonic dictionary, Republic of Texas : [with identifying record of those master Masons who participated in the Texas revolution or rendered worthwhile service towards the success of the Republic of Texas Wade, Houston MAIN
366.1 Z85s A short history Grand Commandery Knights Templar of Texas Zumwalt, J. Lee MAIN
366.3 W154o Odd fellowship in America and in Texas Walker, William Henry MAIN
366.3 W832a Album of Odd Fellows homes Wolfe, Joseph M. MAIN
366.4 L586 1941 Rosicrucian questions and answers : with complete history of the Rosicrucian Order Lewis, H. Spencer MAIN
366.973 W553 Handbook of secret organizations Whalen, William Joseph MAIN
366.9764 C245 The first century of Scottish Rite masonry in Texas, 1867-1967 Scottish Rite (Masonic order) MAIN
368 L329W The Woodmen story : our first 100 years


Larson, Leland A. MAIN


370.9764 C245 Education and Masonry in Texas to 1846 Carter, James David MAIN
973.7 K675D Dark lanterns : secret political societies, conspiracies, and treason trials in the Civil War Klement, Frank L. MAIN
973.713 K243kn Knights of the Golden Circle : secret empire, southern secession, Civil War Keehn, David C. MAIN
Z UA380.8 AD32as c.2 As above, so below : art of the American fraternal society, 1850/1930 Adele, Lynne TXD


Featured Collection: Western Landscapes and Beyond

By Caroline Jones, Reference Archivist

Display of books on Western art.

Selection of titles on the subject of Western art available in the Texas State Library and Archives collections. The display is currently on view in the Reference Reading Room.

Our newest featured collection is now on display in the Reference Reading Room. “Western Artists: Texas Landscapes and Beyond” features the works of Tom Lea, Frank Reaugh, Charles M. Russell, and many other Southwestern artists who captured the sights of the Wild West. Browse through tranquil images of longhorns in their pastures and bluebonnets in bloom. Study the images of Native American hunters and horse- wrangling cowboys. Whichever book you choose, you’ll be sure to enjoy this sampling of artistic publications from our collections.

John Canfield Ewers’ “Plains Indian Painting,” Stanford University Press, 1939.

To search for these books and more, check out our catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog. You may search for subjects like “Texas in art” or “West (U.S.) –In art” or for the names of specific artists. If you are interested in 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 for June and July. Download the list of the featured collection. .

The Art of Tom Lea Lea, Tom 700.924 AR75 OVER-L MAIN
The West of the imagination Goetzmann, William H. 700.978 G555w MAIN
Plains Indian painting : a description of an aboriginal American art Ewers, John C. (John Canfield) 759.011 EW38 MAIN
Painting in Texas : the nineteenth century Pinckney, Pauline A. 759.1 P651 OVER-T MAIN
Gallery of Western Paintings Carlson, Raymond 759.13 C197 OVER-T MAIN
H.W. Caylor, frontier artist Caylor, H. W. (Harvey Wallace) 759.13 C318H OVER-L MAIN
Bluebonnets and cactus; an album of southwestern paintings Salinas, Porfirio 759.164 SA33 MAIN
Artists who painted Texas Von Rosenberg, Marjorie 759.164 V897A MAIN
Artists of the Old West Ewers, John C. (John Canfield) 759.18 EW38 MAIN
Frank Reaugh, painter to the longhorns Reaugh, Frank 920.71 R236F OVER-L MAIN
The Charles M. Russell book; the life and work of the cowboy artist  

McCracken, Harold

927.5 R912m OVER-T MAIN
Hecho en Tejas : Texas-Mexican folk arts and crafts Graham, Joe Stanley Z N745.7 T312f NO.50 TXD
Walls that speak : the murals of John Thomas Biggers  

Theisen, Ollie Jensen

Z N745.8 T341wa TXD
Of Texas rivers & Texas art Sansom, Andrew Z TA475.8 SA58of TXD
Art of West Texas women : a celebration Hopper, Kippra D. Z TT422.8 H778AR TXD
Thomas Moran : watercolors of the American West : text and catalogue raisonné Clark, Carol Z UA380.8 T365 TXD
Windows on the West : the art of Frank Reaugh Mears, Peter Z UA380.8 W724we TXD
Treasured landscapes : National Park Service art collections tell America’s stories National Center for Cultural Resource Stewardship and Partnerships (U.S.) I 29.2: AR 7/5 USD
An Eye for History: The Paintings of William Henry Jackson Knudsen, Dean I 29.2: P 16 USD
Picturing America Hindley, Meredith NF 3.2: AM 3/8 USD
American Art in the Making: Preparatory Studies for Masterpieces of American Painting, 1800-1900 Sellin, David SI 1.2: Am 1/3/800-900 USD
Cast and recast : the sculpture of Frederic Remington Shapiro, Michael Edward SI 6.2: R 28 USD

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

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

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 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.

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


Out of the Stacks and into the Catalog: Featured Collections and New Book Displays

By Maria Barker, Library Assistant

Although the Texas State Library and Archives Commission has “closed stacks” — meaning certain materials are pulled by staff and brought to researchers in the reading rooms rather than allowing patrons to publicly browse — there are tools to help unlock the information held within. Over years of processing materials and roving the stacks, staff members have identified a number of themes that go beyond their classification on the shelf. To highlight these hidden collections and to showcase the stream of titles coming into the library, about every six weeks staff create book displays in the Reference and Genealogy reading rooms for patrons to enjoy.

An aisle in one of the seven floors of closed stacks at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The New Books displays feature books that are new to our collections.  In addition to regularly reviewing and acquiring titles through our collection development efforts and depository commitments, the library also receives donations and suggested titles from the public. If you’re interested in the library’s donation policy or have suggested titles, please email ref@tsl.texas.gov.

The Genealogy New Books display is located in our Texas Family Heritage Research Center.

The Featured Collection contains books selected and arranged by library staff around a particular theme or event. The current display showcases the variety of Texas Children’s Books in our collection.  Previous displays include “Oh the Places You’ll Go- Texas Style”, an exploration of Texas’ vacation spots, a WWI centennial display, and a display focusing on Texas Music and Film.

In our reference reading room, located on the 1st floor of the Lorenzo De Zavala building, the Featured Collection display and New Books display sit side by side near the reference desk.

If you can’t visit our book displays in person you can find updates on the latest Featured Collection here, through the Out of the Stacks blog.

To see a list of new titles, visit the library catalog and click on “New Materials”.

The “New Materials” link is on the gray menu bar near the top of the webpage on the library catalog at www.tsl.texas.gov/catalog.

Click on a collection name to see a list of recently acquired material for that collection.

Click on a collection name to see a list of new material.

Click on a collection name to see a list of new material.

When you click on “TSLAC Genealogy” from the New Material Lists page, you are directed to a list of titles. Click on a title to see further details about our holdings and the catalog record.

Stay tuned for more library catalog features, tips and tricks, and walkthroughs in our upcoming posts!

To learn more about searching the catalog, check out our previous post, Out of the Stacks and into the Catalog: The Basics.