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…

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…

David Gracy

Nor Is This All

In late September, we lost an iconic figure in the library and archives field. TSLAC Director Mark Smith shared his thoughts on the Director’s Report blog, but we wanted to add a little more context on how Dr. David Gracy impacted our work in the records management unit. Andrew’s Thoughts: The legacy that Dr. Gracy…

eRecords 2019: Strategic Allies: Archiving at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Learning about working together to create a streamlined database was illustrated beautifully by Catherine Bell and Liz O’Brien in their talk, “Strategic Allies: Archiving at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department“, using Portfolio.  Portfolio is a management software designed to streamline data.  Bell and O’Brien used this database to streamline access of data between divisions within…

October is Archives Month

Each October, Texas joins archival repositories across the nation to celebrate Archives Month and promote the preservation of our country’s documentary heritage. Archives Month in Texas aims to celebrate the value of Texas’ historical records, to publicize the many ways these records enrich our lives, to recognize those who maintain our communities’ historical records, and…