February 1, 2013

Texan history

Did you know the state of Texas seceded from the Union on this day in 1861, only 16 years after it had joined the United States? Or that the Great Hurricane of 1900 killed more than 8,000 people in the coastal city of Galveston, Texas, becoming the deadliest, and the second most costly in the history of our nation? Texan history is very rich, even in modern times when we continue to appear in national news.

It's useful to keep up with the history of Texas, and our collections at the UH Digital Library are always a great resource. The Historic Texas Postcards collection features over 243 postcards that present unique views of the state in the early 1900s. Some postcards record events, such as battles or parades and festivals, while others depict prominent buildings in the growing cities. The postcards vary in technique as well, since some are printed, some painted and some are photographic postcards.

Battalion Drill
Troops during a drill, in San Antonio, Texas.
Greenville, Texas
A view of  the town of Greenville, Texas, dated 1908.
Hotel Galvez
The Galveston coastline and a view of the Hotel Galvez, which today is said to be haunted
by the victims of the 1900 Great Hurricane. 
Other useful and entertaining collections are the Galveston 1915 Hurricane Photographs, which record the disasters that another storm would bring to the city only 15 years later; the Harry Walker Photographs and the Historic Houston Photographs, that offer an insight into Houstonian life and society in the 1800 and 1900s; the Historic Maps collection, providing a visual reference for understanding the geopolitical developments of our State and city; and the Texas City 1947 Disaster Photographs, that document the aftermath of the deadliest industrial accident in US history.

Be sure to check out these collections and others at the UH Digital Library!

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