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Texas History: Getting started ...

This guide provides options to start the research process of finding materials on Texas history


"The recorded history of Texas begins with the arrival of the first Spanish conquistadors in the region now known as Texas in 1519, who found the region populated by numerous Native American tribes. All or parts of Texas were claimed by France, Spain, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the United States of America - as well as the Confederate States of America in 1861-1865." -

Reference sources

Texas Constitution
For public use through the Texas State Publications Depository Program. Includes amendments through November 7, 2017.

Texas Statutes
The statutes available on this website are current through the 1st Called Session of the 85th Legislature, August 2017. The Texas Constitution is current through the amendments approved by voters in November 2017.
(In 2018 the section headings to the constitution, which are not officially part of the text of the constitution, have been revised to reflect amendments and to modernize the language).

State Online Legal Information
Online primary resources provided by Digital Access to Legal Information committee of American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), where you can browse government sources of opinions, session laws, statutes, administrative registers, and administrative codes.  

Handbook of Texas
A digital state encyclopedia of Texas developed by Texas State Historical Association.

Library of Congress - Texas Collections
Digital collection maintained by Library of Congress

Texas History
Interesting facts about Texas from

Texas History Timeline
Master Timeline of Texas history

Videos of Texas history
Videos of Texas history by

The Portal of Texas History
A gateway to rare, historical and primary source materials from or about Texas, provided by University of North Texas.

Shelf browsing

The library at LSC-Tomball is a joint library that has materials owned by LSC-Tomball and Harris County Public Library. So its materials are cataloged by both Library of Congress (LC) and Dewey Decimal (DD) System classification numbers. 

Texas History books can be found on the 2nd floor shelves with these call numbers from both systems:

LC #                           DD #

F381 - F395               976.4



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