Texas Register in The Portal to Texas History

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The entire run of the Texas Register is now available in The Portal to Texas History. The Texas Register, published weekly by the Texas Secretary of State, records state agency rule making and review actions, governor’s appointments, attorney general opinions, requests for proposals, and other miscellaneous documents.

In 2000, the Office of the Texas Secretary of State – Texas Register and the University of North Texas Libraries entered into a partnership agreement to ensure permanent storage and public access to the electronic back files (issues published since September 1991) of the Texas Register. Accordingly, more than 24,000 files were transferred from the Texas Register Office to the UNT Libraries. They were organized and authenticated for public use via a dedicated website maintained by our Government Documents Department.

In 2010 we began working to migrate the Texas Register Archive to The Portal to Texas History in order to provide long-term access and preservation and to make use of the search and reading functionalities built into the Portal. In 2011, we began to digitize the pre-1991 print issues of the Texas Register to provide a complete run of the publication to users.

As of September 2012, all issues of the Texas Register are available in digital format. New issues appear first at the Texas Secretary of State’s Texas Register website and then are incorporated into UNT’s Texas Register Collection in the Portal. You can read the Texas Register online in our integrated page-turning interface which provides highlighted search terms and other features such as rotation and image magnification. In addition, you can download the Texas Register as PDF, text, and/or HTML files. Help with navigating and searching the collection is available in our guide, “Using the Texas Register Collection.”

–submitted by Nancy Reis, Publications Specialist, Digital Libraries Division; Daniel Alemneh, Supervisor, Digital Curation Unit; and Jesse Silva, Head, Government Documents