Texas History Sites

Texas History Web Sites

“History is never a closed book or a final verdict. It is always in the making.
Arthur Schlesinger

ACC Texas History Research Guides
A good place to start your research. ACC librarians have built these pages with links to reference sources, websites, articles and useful information on the writing and documentation process. Also look at their Texas History and Culture Page which has links to Austin-American Statesman; Handbook of Texas; Texas Digital Sanborn Maps, 1867-1970; and the Texas Reference Center

Austin Archives and Museums
Austin has a wealth of interesting and useful archives and museums that you can visit or search online. The Austin History Center has a fascinating collection of local lore historical exhibits. The Briscoe Center for American History has a wide assortment of resources for studying American History, but also materials from the Barker Texas History Center for people interested in more local topics. The Texas Historical Commission Library has all the applications for state and national status plus help locating cemeteries and historical markers. The Texas State Library and Archives has Texas state government records and interesting exhibits. The Texas General Land Office was founded in 1836 and sorts out the original claims for public lands. The LBJ Presidential Library which is administered by the National Archives and Records Administration, the site includes primary documents, speeches, photographs, oral histories, and some of LBJ.’s fascinating telephone conversations. The TxDot Photo Library documents all of its activities with photographs and different publications. The very important activities of the LCRA can be found in the LCRA Corporate Archives. Since the LCRA is a public/private entity its archives are open only by appointment. The Bullock Texas State History Museum does not own its collections, but has fascinating exhibits. You might be able to find what you are looking for at Save Austin’s Cemeteries which is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving Austin’s historic cemeteries. The Texas Military Forces Museum at Camp Mabry has an online presence, but you are better served by visiting the museum and strolling through the exhibits. You might also want to look at the French Legation Museum, Jourdan-Bachman Pioneer Farms, Travis County Historical Commission, and the Austin Histories Page developed by the Austin American Statesman for stories about remembering Austin. Finally, a photographic look at back Austin.

The Portal to Texas History
A very useful site maintained by the University of North Texas. There are over 280,000 unique items including maps, photos, personal papers, books and newspapers from pre-history to the present. The newspaper collection, which has digitized Texas newspapers from 1829 to the present, may be especially useful.

The Handbook of Texas Online
Developed by the Texas State Historical Society, this online encyclopedia is a multidisciplinary guide to Texas history, geography, and culture. It is an interesting resource for browsing and research.

Refusing to Forget
A collaborative effort to commemorate the state sanctioned racial violence along the Texas-Mexico border from 1910-1920. The site includes a history of the vilence, bibliographies anbd links to other useful sites.

Baylor University Institute for Oral History
More than 3500 transcripts of interviews covering a wide range of topics.

Son of the South
A number of useful links. Categories include: Early Texas History, 1685-1810; Republican revolution in Mexico and Texas, 1812-1821; Colonization of Texas, 1820-1834. Other links provide information on the Civil War, Native Americans and more.

Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Another sited developed by the Texas State Historical Association. This search able archive includes every issue of the Quarterly from July 189. You may also browse the contents by author, title, date, or volume.

Gammel’s The Laws of Texas (Volumes 1-10)
The University of North Texas Libraries have digitized the first ten volumes of Gammel’s The Laws of Texas which cover the years 1822-1897. Included in these documents are “legislative sessions, constitutions, selected journals of the constitutional conventions, and early colonization laws.” The Library of Congress has a straight forward and useful page with links to Texas government sites, Law Schools, Court Opinions and Legislation

Texas Almanac
Published biennially by The Dallas Morning News, the site is a good source for information on Texas government, vital statistics and a variety of historical topics.

Texas Historic Sites Atlas
The Atlas includes almost 300,000 historic site records, including information on Texas Historical Markers courthouses, museums, and sawmills. You can search by Historic Designation, Keyword, County, Address, or Site Name.

Texas Observer
Articles and editorials covering Texas politics and issues. Searchable archives date back to 1999.

Texas Online
A wide variety of government information source, services and links created by the State of Texas.