December 3, 2016

State Government: Texas Digital Archive Launches Online

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission:

The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) announces the launch of the Texas Digital Archive (TDA), a searchable online repository designed to manage, preserve, and provide access to the electronic records collections held at the Texas State Archives.

Virtual visitors are invited to explore our shared heritage through digitized prints, photographs, documents and manuscripts made available through a $706,593 appropriation for the 2016-2017 biennium from the 84th legislative session.

The launch of the TDA comes as the result of the transfer of over six terabytes of electronic records from the administration of former Texas governor Rick Perry in early 2015. These records, along with select images from TSLAC’s historic prints and photographs collections, make up the foundation of an ever-growing digital research resource for all ages and for generations to come.

In the coming months, TSLAC archivists will add more than 150,000 files created during its decade-long digitization program, including over 18 terabytes of digital audio files from the Texas Senate that date from 1972 to 2006.

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The Texas Digital Archive is built on the Preservica preservation system and uses Amazon Web Services for offsite cloud-based storage of digital materials.

TSLAC is the first state archives to use the system in the Amazon Government cloud, which offers heightened back-end security for sensitive and restricted records while providing access to both archival staff and researchers.

Direct to Texas Digital Archive

Browse the Archive

As Noted on the Archive Homepage:

“All records visible in this portal are unrestricted and available for public use.”

 

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Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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