Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Libraries and the Cultural Record :: The State Library and Archives of Texas

The State Library and
Archives of Texas

by David B. Gracy II
Buy It Now
review of The State Library and Archives of Texas: A History, 1835-1962
by David B. Gracy II
which appeared in Libraries & the Cultural Record

We owe a debt of thanks to David Gracy for his history of the Texas State Library and Archives. This was one of the early state archival agencies that emerged in Southern states around the turn of the twentieth century, providing a focus for improving programs for government records and manuscripts. The publication of Gracy’s book is important in itself. The scholarly literature about American archives includes too few works on the profession’s history. We need more studies on U.S. archives’ social, intellectual, and institutional foundations, and the developments in all these aspects, to help us understand today’s archival conditions.

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