The State Library and Archives of Texas: A History, 1835-1962
The Texas State Library and Archives Commission celebrated its centennial in 2009. To honor that milestone, former State Archivist David Gracy has taken a retrospective look at the agency's colorful and sometimes contentious history as Texas's official information provider and record keeper. In this book, he chronicles more than a century of efforts by dedicated librarians...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published June 1st 2010 by University of Texas Press
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It's an old story in libraries and archives: there's never enough space, funding or staff. Consider that longstanding problem in the context of a hybrid institution (obliged to serve as an archives, a general loan library, a legislative reference library, a records management department, and an extension services unit) attempting to operate in Texas. For decades, because it wouldn't morally or financially support the Texas Library and Historical Commission, the chintzy legislature refused almost...more