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The following is a list of collections whose contents have been digitized, in whole or in part, but which are not available directly in the archive portion of the Texas Digital Archive (TDA). Most of these collections were made accessible online prior to the establishment of the TDA. Each collection has a separate set of web pages dedicated to the materials, and many of them can be searched using customized databases that will provide a link to an associated image if one is available. Not all items found in the searchable databases will have digitized content. If the content of a collection becomes available directly through the TDA, links to images may change to reflect their current location. Search functions may also be altered to maximize interoperability with the TDA.

1919 Texas Rangers (Canales investigation) transcript page

1919 Texas Rangers (Canales investigation)

1919 Texas Rangers Investigation (Canales investigation)

In 1918, Texas state representative José T. Canales of Brownsville launched an investigation into the conduct of the Texas Rangers during the border wars and filed nineteen charges of misconduct against the Rangers. The following year, the Texas legislature formed a joint House-Senate committee to look into Canales’s charges. They heard testimony for two weeks. As a result of the investigation, the Loyalty Rangers were abolished, and the Texas Rangers were reduced in force. The transcript for the investigation is available in three digitized volumes:
Longhorn Cavern

Longhorn Cavern

Texas Parks Civilian Conservation Corps Drawings

In 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt asked Congress to create the Civilian Conservation Corps as part of the “New Deal.” The program provided jobs to young people with families in need, while allowing Texas to preserve land and establish its state parks system. Between 1933 and 1942, the government invested more than 20 million dollars into developing 41 Texas state parks, of which 29 still exist. This online collection is a searchable database of over 3,900 drawings documenting parks development and construction activities by the Civilian Conservation Corps in Texas from 1933 to 1958.

Index Map for Albany, Texas

Index Map for Albany, Texas

Fire Insurance Maps

The Fire Insurance Map collection consists of commercially printed and hand-drawn fire insurance maps used by the State Fire Marshal’s office of the Texas State Board of Insurance to determine fire insurance rates for Texas cities and towns from the 1920s through the 1970s.

Originally, these records were available through a searchable database (with images) that existed prior to the establishment of the TDA. These maps have since been added to the TDA within the Department of Insurance agency records and information about them is available here. Clicking on the link above will take you to a customized search specifically tailored to these records in the TDA.

map0409aMap Collection

The Texas State Archives Map Collection contains original, photoreproduced, and compiled maps covering the period from the early seventeenth century through to the late twentieth century. This database allows searching by place, subject, title, type of map, cartographer, year, publisher, and specific map number. In addition to detailed information about each map, if it is available, a digitized copy of the map is provided.

Republic Claims imageRepublic Claims

This is a searchable index, with digitized images when available, of the Republic Claims series of the Texas Comptroller’s Office records. The Republic Claims series of the Comptroller’s records includes claims for payment, reimbursement, or restitution submitted by citizens to the Republic of Texas government from 1835 through 1846. It also includes records relating to Republic pensions and claims against the Republic submitted as public debt claims after 1846.

Republic of Texas Passports

Republic of Texas Passports

Republic of Texas Passports

The Republic of Texas passports collection contains 55 documents, which include requests for passports, orders to issue passports, and one proclamation granting entrance into the Republic. This collection provides images of records relating to individual passport files.

Adjutant General Service Records seriesTexas Adjutant General Service Records, 1836-1945

The Service Records series of the Texas Adjutant General records (now the Texas Military Department) combines both official service record files from the Adjutant General’s Office and alphabetical files created by other agencies that contain records related to an individual’s service in a military unit. Information in individual files can vary considerably. This index includes digital images of the original records as well as the name of the organization they served under and a call number. If an individual is not found in the index, they may have served but no records are represented in this specific series.

Texas Senate

Texas Senate

Texas Senate Recordings

The Texas Senate began to systematically record committee hearings and floor debates during the 4th Called Session (C.S.) of the 62nd Legislature (1972), and has continued to do so to the present day. Recordings in the Senate records collection range from the 62nd Legislature, 4th Called Session, through the 79th Legislature. This searchable database includes digitized audio of approximately 25,000 original cassette tapes.

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