Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center

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Physical Address: 650 FM 1011, Liberty, TX 77575
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 310, Liberty, TX 77575

Telephone: (936) 336-8821
Email: SamHoustonCenter@tsl.texas.gov

 


About SHC

The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center is a component of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission's (TSLAC) Archives and Information Services Division (ARIS) and serves as the official regional historical resource depository for the 10 southeast Texas counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler.

The Center's primary mission is to collect, preserve, and provide access to historically significant state and local government records and publications of the designated region and secondarily to serve as a library of Texana and genealogical resources.

Through its collections, historic buildings, and educational exhibits and initiatives, it also honors the distinguished public service of former governors, organizations, and citizens of the Atacosito District.

History

The Sam Houston Center is a direct result of the people of southeast Texas and their desire to preserve their regional history and provide a centralized place for its study.  On September 27, 1973 former Governor Price and Jean Daniel donated 117 acres of land to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for the construction of a regional historical resource depository.  An additional 10 acres was donated in 1985, creating a 127 acre complex.

This beautiful and historic site was part of the riginal B.W. Hardin League, immediately South of the Hardin Cemetery and north of the site of Atascosito.  Atascosito was a 1756 Spanish outpost, which became the seat of government for the area.  In 1826, the name of the town and district changed to Liberty in 1831.  All or portions of the ten counties served by the Center were carved from the Atascosito-Liberty District.

Local sponsorship and fund raising was organized by the Atascosito Historical Society with Charles W. Fisher, Jr. as president and by the building committee, cochaired by Ambassador Edward Clark and Mrs. Camilla Davis Blaffer Trammel from 1973 to 1976. The Lamar University Board of Regents voted on November 7, 1973 to join as regional sponsors. In 1975 the Center's construction was named as a Texas State Library American Bicentennial Project.

By the fall of 1975 when construction began, over $700,000 was raised from private donations. The majority of the funds were given by the following: The M.D. Anderson Foundation; The Family of E.W. Boyt; the Cullen Foundation; Governor and Mrs. Price Daniel; Will Daniel, Ann Daniel Rogers, Sue Daniel Parker and Dani Daniel Haberle; Mrs. Wirt Davis; The Mary Gay Trust; Mr. Fred Hartman; The Houston Endowment; The Humphreys Foundation; Mrs. Triphene Middleton and John Middleton; The Moody Foundation; Mr. & Mrs. Allen Neyland; Miss Miriam Partlow; the Family of Governor Ross Sterling; Thomas A. Wheat, Jr. and John Nixon Wheat.

The Center takes its name from one of the region's most significant historical figures, and Jean Daniel's great-great grandfather, Sam Houston.  The building was dedicated and opened on May 14, 1977, the modern archival facility has 17,600 square feet divided into exhibit areas, the archives and library, a meeting room, and offices.

Special thanks to the Atacosito Historical Society.  The society serves as a support group for the Sam Houston Center, maintaining all of the historic buildings and contributing funds for special events and acquisitions which otherwise would not be possible.


Collections

The Sam Houston Center houses local government records, rare books, manuscripts, archival materials, photographs and other media format covering a wide range of Southeastern Texas history.  Our holdings do not circulate, but may be used in our reading room.

The Reading Room is open Tuesday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm.

To look at descriptive guides for our collections, please select from the list below.

Please note: This list contains a small sample of our larger collection.


Services

In addition to research support, the Sam Houston Center offers tours, exhibitions, and meeting space for educational programming.

Tours

Located on the Center's grounds are four historic buildings and the Jean Price Daniel Home and Archives.  These buildings document 19th and 20th century Southeast Texas history.

Tours of the Center and its historic buildigns are available by appointment and must be arranged two weeks in advance.

The 1848 Gillard-Duncan House
Built in 1848 by Dr. Edward J. and Emma DeBlanc Gillard, this restored home with original furnishings is open to the public for tours.

The 1883 Norman House
The Norman House features exhibits in an historical house setting. Current exhibits in the house are the "Victorian Parlor," with a display featuring housekeeping and food processing artifacts, and a Depression-era exhibit featuring glassware, furnishings, and games.

The Hull Rotary building is undergoing renovations.

The Jean and Price Daniel House
Officially known as the "Jean and Price Daniel Home and Archives," the structure houses, preserves, and displays the library, archives, furniture and mementos that document their life and years of public service.

Exhibitions

In its museum capacity, the Center features exhibits on a variety of Southeast Texas topics.

 


Donations

Interested in donating to the Sam Houston Center?  The Center collects materials in eight areas:

  • State government records
  • Local government records
  • Manuscripts
  • Newspapers
  • Photographs
  • Maps
  • Artifacts
  • Library materials

Please note: Only items related to Southeast Texas, as defined as the counties of Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto and Tyler, are accepted, with the exception of a limited number of published library materials on the state as a whole.

For more information, please review the Sam Houston Center's Acquisition Policy.


Contact SHC

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Physical Address: 650 FM 1011, Liberty, TX 77575
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 310, Liberty, TX 77575

Telephone: (936) 336-8821
Email: SamHoustonCenter@tsl.texas.gov

Located three miles north of Liberty, Texas, at 650 FM 1011, approximately 200 miles east of Austin or just 41 northeast of Houston. The Center is located between Houston and Beaumont off of State Highway 146.

From Houston

Travel US Highway 90 east to State Highway 146 north, then exit on FM 1011. Road signs direct to the Center.

From Beaumont

Travel US Highway 90 west to State Highway 146 norht, then turn left onto FM1011.  Road signs direct to the Center.

From Dallas

Take Interstate 45 south to TX-150 east, take exit 103 to continue on TX-150 east, take FM1725 to State Highway 105/TX-105 east, take State Highway 146 south/TX-146 south, and take a right onto FM1011. Road signs direct to the Center.

For more help finding us, call (936) 336-8821.

 

 

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