Texas State Archives

I recently visited the Texas State Archives and Library, located to the east of the State Capitol. I was curious to visit this building since learning that the archives had been moved here from what is now the Texas Capitol Visitors Center. This newer Archives building was completed in 1961 and is named for Lorenzo de Zavala, the first vice-president of the interim government of the Republic of Texas. Like most state buildings, Texas Lone Stars and statues of famous Texans are everywhere, including Sam Houston who stands guard outside the front door.

Unless you are a researcher, there’s not much to do inside. You can browse the display cases in the lobby or admire the large mural on the wall behind the reception desk. You can talk to the friendly receptionist. Or you can ponder what Texas archival materials are stored behind the glass walls on either side of the lobby…

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