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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...
Every year the Texas Library Association and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission announces the Little Maverick Graphic Novel Reading List, collecting and recognizing children's graphic novels appropriate for grades K-5.
This is an online exhibit featured by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. It highlights the Texas Presidency and all men who lead Texas to strengthen. On March 2, 1836, when a group of 59 men meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos declared Texas's independence from Mexico, they did so in an atmosphere of crisis. As they turned their attention to hastily draft a constitution for the new nation they called...
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....
This collection contains photographs and archival material related primarily to Mexican American families in Houston.
John J. Herrera was an attorney in Houston, Texas and president of the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC). He was very active in advocating for civil rights for Hispanic and Mexican Americans in Houston. Herrera's extensive archive of materials are primarily related to his activities with LULAC.
Edited by J. Frank Dobie, 1924. Includes legends people, places, and supernatural events of Texas.
By Rahcel Lofton, Susie Hendrix and Jane Kennedy, 1926. A stirring narrative of adventure, hardship and privation in the early days of Texas, depicting struggles with the Indians and other adventures.
By J.W. Wilbarger, 1890. Reliable accounts of battles, wars, adventures, forays, murders, massacres, etc., together with biographical sketches of many of the most noted Indian fighters and frontiersmen of Texas. Source: Houston Metropolitan Research Center, Houston Public Library
This featured collections page of the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore President John F. Kennedy's visit to Houston on November 21, 1963.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral history clips, timelines, and other materials that explore the history of baseball in Houston.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore the rich history of Hispanic Americans in Houston.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights film clips and other resources that explore the history of NASA's presence in Houston. The KHOU-TV films clips feature President John F. Kennedy and astronauts Gus Grissom, John Glenn, and Neil Armstrong.
This featured collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, film clips, oral histories, and other materials that explore the development and historial signicance of the Houston Ship Channel.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights documents and oral histories that explore the life of Gustavo "Gus" Garcia, a civil rights lawyer in Houston who represented Hispanic Americans in several landmark cases.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, film clips, and other materials that explore the impact of weather events such as hurricanes and floods in Houston.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, postcards, and other materials that explore the history of public park spaces in Houston.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials that explore the life of Houston's first librarian, Julia Ideson.
This Featured Collections page from the Houston Area Digital Archives highlights photographs, oral histories, timelines, and other materials relating to African American History month in Houston.
The Houston Public Library offers many online resources that include databases, e-books, and other educational websites that are useful to students and teachers. This guide provides links to some of the best resources across all subject areas. The guide is a downloadable and printable PDF.
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