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This is a primary document of James Bowie's Mexican Land Grant Application from 1830. James "Jim" Bowie is considered one of the legendary figures in Texas history. Although not a native Texan, Bowie has become a folk hero known for both a large-bladed knife and the even larger fame gained at the battle of the Alamo. Before he came to Texas, the Kentucky-born Bowie was already well known in Louisiana— not as a...
This is a primary document of the letter that imprisoned Stephen Austin. It is featured at the Bullock Museum on the 182nd anniversary of Austin's imprisonment. After becoming an empresario in 1823, Stephen Austin worked diligently with the Mexican government to protect his colonists’ rights. Ten years after his arrival in present-day Texas, and 182 years ago today, this letter ordering his arrest signaled an end to...
This is a primary document of the Testimonio (Certified Copy) of Stephen F. Austin's Second Empresario Contract, the contract that allowed Stephen F. AUstin to bring 500 families to Mexican Texas. Often called "The Father of Texas," Stephen F. Austin carved out his place in history by bringing thousands of settlers to Mexican Texas from the United States. In the 1820s, Austin and his father, Moses, became land...
This is a primary document of John Mitchell's oath of office. John Mitchell was one one of the first African American to be elected to the Texas House of Representatives. African Americans in Texas experienced the right to vote for the first time between February 10–14, 1868. After the 11th Texas Legislature met in 1866 and refused to pass the amendments abolishing slavery and granting citizenship to African...
This is a primary document. It is the Oath of Office document of Richard Allen, one of Texas' first African American Legislator. Richard Allen (1830–1909) was born enslaved in Richmond, Virginia, and arrived in Harris County with slave owner J. J. Cain in 1837. As a young man, Allen gained a solid reputation for construction and engineering work, and designed and helped to build the impressive Houston mansion of...
The Bullock Museum features the Texas Story Project - where you can experience the diverse stories of Texas. Through this website you can share your Texas story, or read stories from people across Texas. Visit the website to join the experience.
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.
This interactive timeline explores the like of Felix Tijerina. Mr. Tijerina was a businessman and entrepreneur who also promoted education within Houston's Hispanic communities throughout his life.
This interactive timeline details the creation and history of the Houston Astrodome through primary resources and oral histories.
This interactive timeline details the events of the night that President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Lady Bird Johnson visited Houston on the occasion of a League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) banquet. President Kennedy was assassinated the following day in Dallas, and the timeline also includes the reactions and reflections of John J. Herrera, a...
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