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Texans Take to the Trenches: WWI The Lone Star State and the Great War is an online exhibit from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to mark the 100th anniversary of the "Great War." More than 198,000 Texans joined the United States military, and even more contributed to the war effort on the home front. This exhibit featuring primary documents, includes both documents and images. There is a companion...
This article provides an overview of the History of Public Education in Texas from the Texas Education Agency.
This is primary document part of the online exhibit Texas 175: A Dozen Documents That Made a Difference featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This is an online copy of the original letter written by William Barrett Travis from the Alamo on February 24, 1836. At the Alamo in San Antonio, then called Bejar, 150 Texas rebels led by William Barret Travis made their stand against Santa Anna's...
This primary source is part of the exhibit Texas 175: A Dozen Documents that Made a Difference featured online by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This original color design sketch by Peter Krag shows the flag and seal for the Republic of Texas. It was approved on January 25, 1839, and signed on the top by Mirabeau Lamar, President of the Republic of Texas; John M. Hansford, Speaker of the Texas...
This is a primary source that is part of the online exhibit of Texas 175: A Dozen Documents that Made a Difference. This is a letter written by Sam Houston and is held at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Historians still debate Sam Houston's strategy in taking the Texan army on a retreat eastward towards Louisiana rather than engaging immediately with Santa Anna's troops after the Battle of the Alamo...
This primary source is a map and part of the Texas 175: A Dozen Documents That Made a Difference, an online exhibition featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This map of Texas from 1836 shows not only the geography of the new nation, but the location of Indian tribes and villages and herds of of wild horses, cattle, and buffalo. News of the Texas Revolution caused a sensation among people back...
This is a primary online source held by the Texas State library and archives commission. It Features historical records that highlight the history of Texas during the Civil War and under the Rebel Flag. From 2011-2015, the United States commemorates the Sequiscentennial of the American Civil War. Texas was among those states voting to secede from the Union and join the Confederacy in 1861. From the embattled cotton...
This is a primary source found at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. In this exhibit, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission presents its collection of historic flags -- forty in all -- for the first time. Information on each flag includes a high-resolution image and the documentation held by this institution. Many of these flags are too large and too endangered to be exhibited or handled....
DECLARATION OF CAUSES: February 2, 1861A declaration of the causes which impel the State of Texas to secede from the Federal Union.
Searchable index to large-format drawings documenting park development and construction activities by the Civilian Conservation Corps that took place in Texas from 1933-1958.
Searchable database to original, photoreproduced, and compiled maps of Texas covering the period from the 17th-20th centuries.
This exhibition highlights the greatest treasures of the Texas State Library and Archives, from Travis' Letter from the Alamo to the original Ordinance of Secession, from historic flags to wanted posters from Sam Bass and Clyde Barrow.  New treasures and topics will be added on a periodic basis. 
2011 marks the 175th anniversary of the Texas Revolution.  To commemorate the 175th anniversary of Texas independene, the Texas State Library and Archives is proud to present a dozen selected documents that showcase the people and events of the Texas Revolution. 
Fear, Force, and Leather:The Texas Prison System's First Hundred Years, 1848 - 1948From humble beginnings with little money or public support, the Texas prison system eventually transformed into a self-supporting network of sugar and cotton farms.  But hellish conditions and brutal punishments led to one of the greatest scandals in Texas history, and began a cycle of reform that brought Texas to a new era...
Diaries and letters of Texas women, political cartoons, government documents, and photographs and postcards tell the little-known story of thw women activists who fought to overcome societal attitudes and entrenched power and won the rights of full citizenship. 
At the time of the Texas Revolution, most Texans and Americans assumed that the Republic of Texas would be swiftly annexed to the United States.  Instead, the process of annexation took nine long and brusing years.  In hindsight, Texas annexation seems inevitable.  But it all could have been so different.
The sailors of Texas were vital to the survival of the Republic; they defended the coastline, ensured Texas supply lines, and brought in much-needed revenue from prizes and captures.  In this exhibit, adventue in the Gulf is paired with a political blood feud which brought the Navy crashing down amidst charges of piracy, mutiny, and murder.
For ten years, four very different men led the Republic of Texas down a difficult and unknown path as an independent nation.  Although these men were different - sawmill operator, soldier, poet, doctor - they were also much alike.  To a man they had known crushing failure.  Each had the heart and nerve to take the helm of a penniless, lawless land and dream of the mighty Texas it might one day become...
For more than three centuries, relations between whites and Indians occupied a central place in Texas life. The Texas State Library and Archives is home to a massive collection called the Texas Indian Papers. These and other documents and photographs from collections tell the story of an epic clash of cultures.
From Pioneer Paths to Superhighways:The Texas Highway Department Blazes Texas Trails 1917 - 1968Historians have called the construction of the Texas highway system one of the greatest building projects in world history.  Dozens of vintage photographs and documents from TSLAC's collection of Texas Highway Department prject files tell the story of Texas's journey from frontier backwater to transportation power...
This is an eye witness to history article about the death of Captain Henry T. Waskow during World War II.  Captain Waskow was from Belton, Texas.
This is an eye witness to history article about the battle at the Alamo in  1836.
This is an eye witness to history account of the Galveston, Texas Hurricane of 1900.
This is an eye witness to history article about the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas in 1963.
This is an eyewitness to history article that tells of an encounter with the Texas Rangers in the year 1876.
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