The Bookshelf, Young Texas Reader, Blog Notes, & Texana Youtube Channel

The Texas Bookshelf is for single, specific books' reviews and author interviews . The Texas Parlor ranges more broadly than my other websites. The Young Texas Reader focuses on the youngest through teenagers. Texas Blog Notes surveys blogs of historical and literary interest. I've started a Will's Texana Youtube collecting channel where 1,000 videos are collected in 100 playlists . Find Will in Houston or at willstexana {at} yahoodotcom

Friday, October 30, 2009

University of North Texas Press

A thumbnail history of the University of North Texas Press, now with over 250 titles to its experience, being founded by Frank Vick and James Lee.

Collin County Farm Museum Website

Cultivate some Texas history at the Collin County Farm Museum now managed by the North Texas History Center


Protesting SAPL Texana Room Cuts

New leaked out that folks in the San Antonio Public Library are considering cutting staff in their Texana Room, a heavily used resource of quite productive service.  Some protests have been noted in the My San Antonio website.  Read on .........

Best Texas Movie?

Best of Texas started a string on what's your favorite Texas movie.  They start with "Giant" and "Last Picture Show."

Favorite Texas Book - Dallas News

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last June kicked off a "Favorite Books about Texas"  in the Sounding Off column
Find it at

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Saving Our History - GLO

Saving Our History is an e-newsletter published by the the Texas General Land Office's Historic Preservation Program.  Its 6th volume, fall issue is available online at 
Subscription is free.  The contents include









Leslie Johnson

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Virtual Landscapes of Texas - UT

Virtual Landscapes of Texas
The University of Texas various geological type departments, schools, etc. have published for about a hundred years about a thousand publications about our earthen basis which have been captured here in full text with searching capacity.  The UT Library has been a partner in this process and has them on its website.  If you want the real dirt on Texas and have it diluted by water reports as well, it's merely available at the snap of a finger or a click at least.

Repositories of Primary Resources - UI

The University of Idaho has a long list of repositories across the nation at
The list of Texas repositories is about 100 institutions long.

Documenting the American South - UNC

Documenting the American South
Self-described:  "Documenting the American South (DocSouth), a digital publishing initiative sponsored by the University Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, provides access to digitized primary materials that offer Southern perspectives on American history and culture. It supplies teachers, students, and researchers at every educational level with a wide array of titles they can use for reference, studying, teaching, and research.
The texts, images, and other materials come primarily from the premier Southern collections in the libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. These original Southern materials can be found in several library locations, including the Southern Historical Collection, one of the largest collections of Southern manuscripts in the country; the North Carolina Collection, the most complete printed documentation of a single state anywhere; the Rare Book Collection, which holds an extensive Southern pamphlet collection; and Davis Library, which offers rich holdings of printed materials on the Southeast. "
A search for "Texas" brought over 4,000 hits.
At you can find a map of the US with states delineated.  Click on Texas and you'll find the 100 or so LC subject headings under which Texas documents are files, including the almost 30 subject headings for Texas African Americans.  Rather nice option.

LC American Memory Collections

American Memories is a section of webpage by the Library of Congress.
Searching for "Texas" one finds 250 pages of items, each page with 15 items, and 250 is the maximum number of pages retrievable.  So Texas likely has far in excess of 5,000 items.  Can so be useful for schools.
What items?  Photographs, maps, sheet music, architecture, books, laws, just all sorts of things - graphically depicted !!!
The items are mostly from the LC, but other institutions contribute, e.g., UT-Austin.
In all probability your town has material there, maybe dozens, maybe hundreds.
Topics are broad.  American Memories has bluebonnets, armadillos, longhorns, etc.
You can search by place - lotsa hits for Dallas, Galveston, Houston, and of course my hometown of Marshall, and my places of education Jacksonville, Nacogodoches, Kingsville, and Austin.  You can browse by time period..
You can also browse by topic

Friday, October 23, 2009

Texas Slavery Project

Texas Slavery Project Logo
What is it?  Self-description:  "The Texas Slavery Project takes a deep look at the expansion of slavery in the borderlands between the United States and Mexico in the years between 1837 and 1845. Based at the Virginia Center for Digital History, the project offers a number of digital tools that allow users to explore the changing face of slavery in early Texas ...."
Need a some statistics, by area within early Texas, need direction to some primary sources (letters, laws, documents, etc.),  need some maps that show distribution of slaves and slave-holders across the years?  This is a notable place to come.
Torget's self-description: "Andrew J. Torget is the project's founder and director. Andrew is Assistant Professor of History at the University of North Texas, where he is completing a book titled Cotton Empire: Slavery, the Texas Borderlands, and the Origins of the Mexican-American War. Andrew received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia while serving as the founding director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond. He is also the co-editor of two books, Crucible of the Civil War: Virginia from Secession to Commemoration (University of Virginia Press, 2006) and Two Communities in the Civil War (W. W. Norton, 2007)."
An excellent website substantially derived from the work at the University of Virginia.
Does not address slavery among Native Texas tribes or the previous military system or peonage systems among the Spanish and Mexican elite, or the slavery in post-annexation Texas, or the prison labor system conducted by the state in subsequent years..

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Anti-Ku Klux Klan in Marshall, Texas

Lead Image   Historical anti-Klan activities from Marshall, Texas are  posted on the Marshall News Messenger websites in a series of articles.  The information is good, but another thing that's good is that the articles' umbrella projects the articles as the Ku Klux Klan against Marshall, not just against Afrrican Marshallites - a good step ahead.
The articles (now in the archives, not as hotlinks) include

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

West Texas History Fellowships

San Angelo State University offers 2 fellowships ($40K each) in their EXCELLENCE IN WEST TEXAS HISTORY FELLOWSHIPS program with the application deadline of January 31, 2010.  The fellowships come though the the West Texas Collection at Angelo State University.  Awards will be announced in April 2010.