Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Planning a trip to the TSLAC

For those of you who have been unable to get to some of the records you need for the past 2 years due to the closing of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for renovations, get ready to make that trip. They are scheduled to reopen in June with renovations completed.
Keep in mind some of the guidelines we discussed in planning a research trip. Go to the web site and review their research guidelines. http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/guidelines.html .This is one of those repositories that doesn't let you take your computer and your briefcase full of your research papers into the research room with you. This same web site will let you make a list of exactly which sources you want to review before you get there so you don't waste valuable time. Also take a look at the "missing archives" page http://www.tsl.state.tx.us/arc/missingintro.html so you know not to search for something that won't be found. While you're in Austin you also might plan a visit to the Texas General Land Office. It has land grant records and maps dating to the 18th century. Here's their web site. http://www.glo.state.tx.us/archives/archives.html Remember that visiting our library is a great way to plan ahead for your research trip to Austin using the books discussed in my blog of March 30.

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