More than 300 attend TSLAC's rededication of Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building on Nov. 12, 2010
Keynote speaker H.W. Brands, Texas State Library and Archives Commission chairman Sandra J. Pickett and TSLAC Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd cut the rededication ribbon using the same Republic of Texas-era scissors used for the building's original 1962 dedication.
More than 300 people, including legislative and philanthropic leaders, attended the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s rededication of the renovated Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building on Friday, Nov. 12, 2010. The clouds parted and the sun came out just in time for the McCallum High School Band Wind Ensemble to serenade the audience before opening remarks by agency Director and Librarian Peggy D. Rudd and commission Chairman Sandra J. Pickett.
Two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist H.W. Brands gave the keynote speech, discussing “The Secrets of Texas History.” The author and historian has spent many hours inside the archives doing research for his books, which include his latest, “American Colossus: The Triumph of Capitalism, 1896-1900” and his Texas tome, “Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of the Battle for Texas Independence.”
Refreshments and an open house followed, with patrons viewing treasures from the archives, the new Conservation Lab, the Texas Family Heritage Research Center, Talking Book Program recording studio and other areas.
The rededication was the culmination of a two-year, nearly $21 million renovation project overseen by Harvey-Cleary from a redesign by Bailey Architects Inc. The Texas Legislature appropriated $17.3 million for the project; Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas raised $3.6 million for furnishings and other elements.
"This happy event was the culmination of many years of planning and more than two years of construction," said Rudd. "But the result is a building designed to inspire, in which researchers, authors, illustrators and lovers of Texas and her incomparable history will mine valuable archival collections for years to come.
“I believe that if the Texas State Library and Archives did not exist, Texas would be poorer,” Rudd added. “We advocate for the essential place of libraries and archives in our society. We champion open government through effective records management. We meet the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. And we are a part of the great conversation about Texas history.”
Author and historian H.W. Brands, expounding on “The Secrets of Texas History.”
The Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building
Despite rain beforehand, the sun cooperated during the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building rededication.
Audience members wait for the rededication ceremony to begin.
More than 300 people, including legislative and philanthropic leaders, attended the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's rededication of the renovated Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building on Friday, Nov. 12.
Cupcakes bearing Lorenzo de Zavala’s likeness were served along with other finger foods during the post-rededication reception.
TSLAC, Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas
Darryl Tocker, president of Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas; Sandra J. Pickett, chairman of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission; and Marvin Rich, Friends board member and former TSLAC member. For more information about Friends of Libraries & Archives of Texas go to www.texaslibraryfriends.org.
Tours of the building
Visitors touring the building stopped in Archives to hear about storage and preservation of historical documents.
Then and now
Governor and Mrs. Daniel cutting ribbon for opening of the Library and Archives Building, April 10, 1962. Building was renamed the Lorenzo de Zavala State Archives and Library Building on June 14, 1973. (Photo 1989-/29-1, prints and photographs collection – Texas State Library and Archives Commission)
Renovated Lorenzo de Zavala building lobby. — Photo by Casey Dunn Professional Photography
More Information and Links
TSLAC rededication program
Press Release: More than 300 attend TSLAC's Nov. 12 rededication
Press Release: TSLAC building rededication to feature H.W. Brands, tours, displays
Lorenzo de Zavala