Through preservation and conservation, the Texas General Land Office strives to make our collection available for viewing by the public via the internet.
More than two million of the 35 million documents in the Archives have been scanned and are available online via the Online Map Catalog.
Much of the story of Texas lands is told and reflected through the vast Map Collection of the Texas General Land Office Archives. The Collection consists of more than 80,000 manuscript and lithograph (printed) maps, sketches and documents dating from the early 1800s. Many of these maps and sketches were drawn by early Texas settlers, trailblazing surveyors and enterprising German immigrants who were especially skilled in the drafting arts of the mid- to late-19th century.
The Texas General Land Office Archives Map Collection represents over 170 years of creation, accumulation and dedicated stewardship. This stewardship continues today through the Texas General Land Office Save Texas HistoryTM program, which raises private dollars to preserve these maps for future generations. Through generous donations, thousands of maps and sketch files have been digitally scanned and made available on the agency website. Scanning also allows the printing of high-resolution, full-color map reproductions. Sale of these reproductions supports conservation of more original maps and documents.