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In late December of 2003, an agreement was signed which made Special Collections the official repository of the archives of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution.
With this agreement, two very important things happened: The archives of the Society found a permanent home where they will be preserved, organized, and made available to researchers, scholars, and visitors; and the Rare Book & Texana Collections fulfilled an important part of its mission—to preserve and make available important historic and cultural materials for current and future generations.
The TXSSAR Archives includes more than 105 linear feet of materials, both processed and unprocessed. As the collection is processed and cataloged, more complete lists will be made of the contents and of the “gaps” that are discovered. Our primary goal is to organize the TXSSAR Archives in order to document the history of the Society in Texas; its activities, projects, and accomplishments. We hope that members and chapters will be able to fill the gaps by providing missing newsletters, sending in scrapbooks, and by providing any type of materials or artifacts to help make the TXSSAR Archives a truly complete record of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution. Additionally, other materials relating to the American Revolution are being added to the collection.
The collection contains various published books by and about the Sons of the American Revolution, including histories of chapters and societies, rosters, annuals, books on various aspects of the Revolutionary War, and other patriotic subjects.
Additionally, the collection contains many individual issues of chapter, state, and national newsletters, but no complete run of any title. Most, if not all, of these newsletters are not recorded in other collections, and no copies are preserved in other libraries or archives to be available to future researchers. We are actively seeking missing issues, and will gratefully accept donations for the TXSSAR Archives.
The collection holds over 50 scrapbooks assembled by the State Historian and by members from various chapters and groups. Scrapbooks contain original photographs of members and events, letters, artwork, newsletters, clippings, documents, etc. Each is a unique item recording the activities of TXSSAR and its chapters and groups.
Correspondence, e-mails, reports, minutes of meetings, and the files of a number of officers and chapters are preserved in the TXSSAR Archives. Examples of specific holdings include the files of the Hill Country Chapter, the files of Frank A. Gibson, files from the Plano Chapter, and files from the Liberty Chapter.
The Archives holds microfilm copies of the early membership applications, as well as the 1st bound volume of original applications.
Signed proclamations, original charters for closed chapters, research on chapter histories and on TXSSAR founding member Ira Hobart Evans, and materials from the collection of Past President General Clovis Brakebill are also part of the holdings of the TXSSAR Archives.
Albums of photographs, as well as groups of photos of events are included in the collection. The bulk of the photographs date from between 1985 and 2001.
Plaques, trophies, medals, badges, flags, flag streamers, and other objects relating to the history and activities of the Texas Society Sons of the American Revolution and to the Sons of the American Revolution are an important part of the TXSSAR Archives.
The TXSSAR Archives is available to all researchers.
All materials in the TXSSAR Archives are available, within the boundaries of current privacy laws. These laws prohibit certain types of information from being made public, including medical information, grades, Social Security numbers, and some financial records.
Items must be used within the Rare Book Room. Photocopies and scans may be made, depending on copyright and the condition of the items. A small fee is charged for this service.
The TXSSAR Archives is available whenever the Rare Book Room is open. Walk-in visitors are always welcome, but researchers doing in-depth searching are advised to call ahead to make sure that there will be adequate time to retrieve materials and to avoid conflicts with previously scheduled classes, tours, etc. that are being held in the Rare Book Room. Unprocessed materials can be viewed, but there may be a delay in locating specific materials within the boxes.
The TXSSAR Archives is composed of materials donated by:
- TXSSAR State Organization.
- TXSSAR Local Chapters.
- Members of TXSSAR and their families.
To make a donation to the TXSSAR Archives or the Rare Book & Texana Collections, of materials or of funds to purchase other items, please contact:
The Rare Book & Texana Collections
P.O. Box 305190
Denton, TX 76203
Shipping address for heavy items, or through carriers who will not deliver to a post office box:
Rare Book & Texana Collections, Willis Library
1506 W. Highland
Denton, TX 76203