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Texas: State Resource Guide

This guide provides access to digital materials related to the state of Texas at the Library of Congress, as well as links to external websites and a selected print bibliography.


Texas was the 28th state to join the Union on December 29, 1845. Having established itself as a sovereign nation upon independence from Mexico in 1836, the ceremonial transfer of governance from the last president of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones, to the first U.S. governor of the state of Texas, James Pinckney Henderson, occurred on February 19, 1846.

This guide compiles links to digital materials related to Texas such as books, government documents, manuscripts, maps, motion pictures, photographs, sheet music, and sound recordings that are available throughout the Library of Congress website. In addition, it provides links to external websites focusing on Texas and a bibliography containing selected works for both general and younger readers.