Unwrapping the Archives

When most people think of archives, the first thing that comes to mind is Indiana Jones swinging on vines and storing artifacts in giant rooms. While that is an interesting popular image, the archives and archivists here at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) are the protectors of documented history. The State Archives…

New Webinar: Interstate Correspondence

Hit the road with analysts Andrew and Erica as they go beyond Texas to explore how different states categorize their correspondence. File this in the “fun” category. Premiered originally at NAGARA’S 2020 Summer Forum, this webinar presents research on how correspondence is managed in government records management programs across the country. Real-world examples of correspondence-related…

Remote Training for Local Governments!

We are excited to announce that we will be conducting free introductory records management classes via Zoom for local governments on: Local Governments: Records Management Basics Tuesday, December 15, 2020 – 9:00a.m.-12:00 p.m. (Central) – Register here! Register for classes by clicking on the links above! These classes will be free for local government employees…

Records Managers vs. Archivists – What’s the Difference?

To say goodbye to October, Archives Month, we think it’s time to explore the differences between the Records Management and Archives disciplines. Is it an unceasing rivalry, a harmonious friendship, or perhaps a little of both? Do records managers know anything about archival science? Do archivists even think about records managers? In 1971, records manager…

Off the Record: Dirty Deeds

Tune in monthly for a curated collection of articles we found interesting on a broad range of topics; some which are directly related to records management and others which might share common themes. No, we didn’t write these articles—hence the name of this series, “Off the Record”— but, fortunately, we didn’t need to in order…

historical map of Travis County

Interview with an Archivist

As part of our ongoing celebration of Archives Month, we reached out to the Travis County Archives for a chat with Christy Costlow, CA about topics inspired by questions we’ve received over the years from local governments dealing with ongoing digital preservation efforts. TSLAC: Christy, tell us about your ongoing digitization project that was a…