History of the State Records Center

The history of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission began in the 1830s when Texas was still a Republic. In 1909, the Texas Library and Historical Commission was created to direct the State Library, aid and encourage public libraries, and collect materials related to Texas history. In 1947, the Texas Legislature established a program…

Day in the Life: Andrew Glass

I knew when joining the RMA unit that there was the occasional workday at the State Records Center. (I read about it on this blog!) This was a feature not a bug for me. So, when Sarah put out a call for extra hands for a workday at the State Records Center, I jumped on…

State Records Center Featured on Local Radio

We were pleased to see our own State Records Center building on Shoal Creek featured on the local radio station KUT 90.5 this morning. We were also pleased to see the comparison to the final scenes in the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark. Manager Michael Shea was interviewed and provided a tour to the…

State Records Center Update – Achievements Unlocked

Howdy Blog Readers! It’s time for an SRC update, whether you want one or not. (OH, YOU WANT ONE) I am decidedly NOT a math guy, though I have to admit that my penchant for numbers has evolved in my position here.  One tool that has been fantastic for my use is our inventory system,…

We Don’t Retreat, We Attack!

“SNAP!” That was the crisp sound of tape being removed from the doughnut boxes as staff exchanged groggy good mornings inside Dock #1 on Friday morning before the sun even came up on March 24th. It might have a been a good day to stay in and reflect on our achievements and future plans, maybe…

FAQ: State Records Center

Frequently Asked Questions, and Some Questions that have never been asked about the State Records Center. Here are the answers to some of the FAQs I get from customers and some others that I just made up. How many records do you store there? This answer changes every time I hear the “Kerplunk” of the…

RM History: The Cow Barn

Before there was a State Records Center, there was… a cow barn! It was pretty much antithetical to our current Records Storage Standards (published as Bulletin F); a small building with a dirt floor on the grounds of the Austin State Hospital was where ‘out-of-date’ records were stored during that period of time. But the…

Congrats to Pat Williams and Chris Burton

Two of our team members at the State Records Center were honored at the last Employee Recognition Ceremony for their hard work and dedication. Patricia Williams, Darkroom Technician, was honored for her 40 years of service with the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and Chris Burton, Records Center Specialist, was recognized as Employee of…