Public Presentations (Speakers Bureau)
Texas General Land Office Archives and Records staff provides offsite presentations about a wide variety of topics concerning Texas history and the role of the GLO. Presentations range from "Genealogical Resources at the Texas General Land Office" to "Pioneer Land Surveying Across Texas" to "Landed Interest: Using Primary Resources in the Classroom." Speaker topics also focus on various aspects of the archival collections of the GLO, including the Spanish Collection, Confederate Scrip Vouchers, German Immigration Contracts, and other intriguing documents. Please request speakers at least one month in advance. If your group is interested in a specific topic, let our staff know so that a presentation can be tailored to your group. Request a Speaker for your event.
The Texas General Land Office Archives and Records staff offers group tours highlighting some of the most interesting documents and maps found at the GLO. These include Stephen F. Austin's Registro (Register of Land Titles of the Old Three Hundred Settlers), land certificates given to the heirs of David Crockett, the Last Will and Testament of Sam Houston and personal letters from soldiers on the front lines of the Texas Revolution. Tour groups can also see the first draft of the Texas Constitution of 1836, as well as the 1839 Muster Roll for the Army of the Republic of Texas. A viewing of the GLO archival vault is included to see where thousands of maps and documents are cared for and stored. Tours are free and generally take about 90 minutes, but should be scheduled at least one week in advance. Accommodations can be made for larger groups, but tours are generally limited to 20 people.
Educator & Classroom Resources
The Texas General Land Office Archives and Records is an important resource in a student's journey to understanding Texas history. The ability to analyze and interpret primary source material continues to be an important skill in state-mandated curriculum and there's no better place to find useful resources than at the Archives and Records of the Land Office. Learn More