The single most valuable resource for Texas history is at your fingertips, er, mouse click. The Handbook of Texas Online is online (hence the name). It is no longer a bajillion volume set that is ready for updates as soon as it hits your library. Assuming your library even carried it.
“… a multidisciplinary encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 25,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories.”
The Handbook does have an article about the Texas State Historical Association. Check it out, enter a place, a phrase, a name and see what they have. Don’t have any known Texas connections (besides yours truly)? Check out the article on the Runaway Scrape and then I’ll tell you more about how my family was involved in a future Surname Saturday post!
While you’re on the home page of either TSHA or the Handbook, check out the Lone Star History Links link/button (first, however, mouse over the button and notice the spell check version becomes Long Start History Links, hee) or just connect here. Dr. Roger A. Griffin started this compilation when he taught Texas history at a local college. It is a huge collection of links to primary source documents. Go to The Texas Revolution (item #4) and select March 8-May, 1836 (item d). Do a quick find for “runaway scrape” and read some first hand accounts (my ancestors account, published in a newspaper, is not referenced, but that’s ok because I can hook you up with it later).
Such great stuff!
Since we’re talking about TSHA, let’s go ahead and chat about their publication, the Southwestern Historical Quarterly. They have archived online their first 100 (it’s actually 107 but who’s complaining about lack of attention to detail when we are otherwise consumed with the wealth of information here?) volumes with searchable tables of content. This will eventually be a members only perk so take a peek now. Or better yet, join TSHA!