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Recent Events 2013

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Archivist John Slate Presents the History and Contents of the John F. Kennedy Collection

Photograph of John Slate, city archivist for the City of DallasOctober 18, 2013

Fifty years after the events in Dallas, the Kennedy assassination holds an enduring place in our country’s history and still intrigues the nation to this day. Transferred to the Dallas Municipal Archives in 1989, the Kennedy collection contains more than 11,400 documents and photographs, including homicide reports, affidavits, witness statements, fingerprint cards, mug shots, newspaper clippings and correspondence.

On October 18, 2013, City of Dallas Archivist, John Slate presented an illustrated lecture on the history and contents of the materials contained in the John F. Kennedy collection, including homicide reports, affidavits, and witness statements, fingerprint cards, and mug shots. See the presentation on YouTube (coming soon).


Genealogy After Dark Ongoing Programs - October 18th 2013 - Orientation and Three Guest Speakers

October 18, 2013

A graphic of the moon silhouetted by a tree alonig with the words "Genealogy After Dark"

Genealogy After Dark is an ongoing TSLAC genealogy program put on with support of the Friends.

On October 18, 2013, TSLAC opened the Genealogy and Reference rooms after hours from 6:00 p.m. to 12 midnight for guests. The following three topics were presented:

  • Accessing Texas County Records through the Regional Historical Resources Depositories Program by Laura Saegert, Assistant Director for Archives, Texas State Library and Archives Commission

  • Unusual Genealogy Resources by Susan Kaufman, Manager, Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, Houston Public Library

  • Genealogical resources of the Texas General Land Office by Kevin Klaus, Information Specialist, Archives & Records, Texas General Land Office
On June 28, 2013, TSLAC opened the Genealogy and Reference rooms after hours from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for patrons to request and use materials in the Texas State Archives.

On January 25, 2013, TSLAC hosted the program “Civil War Records at the Texas State Archives,” presented by archivist Donaly Brice. Thirty participants gained access to research materials between 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. as they listened to Mr. Brice speak on the information available at TSLAC.

Texas Library Association Annual Conference Program - Maximizing Social Media for Marketing

April 25, 2013

The Friends partnered with the Texas Library Association for the Maximizing Social Media for Marketing program at the 2013 Texas Library Association Annual Conference, the largest state library conference in the country. Attendees saw how to use social media as an effective, personalized, and free marketing and advocacy tool. The program focused on marketing as a means for communication and relationships, and social media is a tool that capitalizes on communication to build relationships.

Texas Legation Records Return to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

January 2013

“Gen’l Houston” engraving opposite page 354, from John M. Niles, History of South America and Mexico, with a Complete View of Texas, Hartford, Connecticut, 1838.The Texas Legation Records are a collection of some 250 documents created and received by the officials who maintained the official Texas Legation at Washington, D. C., from Dec. 1836 until Dec. 1845, when Texas was annexed into the United States. The records comprising the collection cover primarily the years 1836 to 1839 and consist mainly of the dispatches that passed between the Texan Government and its commissioners and chargés d’affaires at Washington, and of the notes exchanged by that Government and the United States chargés in Texas. See the 'Legation Papers' online exhibit.

Through the efforts of a number of state entities, organizations and individuals, this collection, which had been in private hands since 1845, came home to the Texas State Archives in 2006.

Under the terms of their return, the Legation papers have been on loan to Texas Christian University since their return to state custody. The Legation papers will return to their permanent home, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, in January 2013.


Dr. Donald S. Frazier - "Two Georgians and a Bundle of Herbs: One Texan's Civil War Odyssey"

January 15, 2013

A photograph of a row of books on the welcome desk of the Lorenzo de Zavala Library Building. The cover is of the book, "Love & War. The Civil War letters and Medicinal Book of Augustus V. Ball".

Donald S. Frazier spoke about letters written by a Texan to his wife during the Civil War to reveal the life and struggles of a common soldier. This fascinating account of Augustus V. Ball's wartime correspondence to his wife Argent, and also to and from friends and family, captivated the audience in attendance. Dr. Frazier paralled Ball's life with the life of fellow Thomsonian medicine student James Madison Beal Reddick, contrasting the paths of the two men as they lived and died.

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