The Texas General Land Office Archives is home to the original register of settlers in Stephen F. Austin’s first colony in Texas.
The priceless manuscript contains field notes and sketches by Austin’s secretary Samuel May Williams along with Austin’s own signature as Empresario.
Thank you to the Texas Society, Daughters of the American Revolution for their generous donation to conserve the Registro in 2011.
With approximately 35 million records dating back to 1720, including
approximately 80,000 maps, sketches and plat maps, the present-day
Archives collection continues to serve as the repository for the history
of Texas land. Forming the foundation of all private land ownership in
Texas, the maps and documents of the Archives are still used today by
researchers, surveyors, genealogists and students of Texas history.
Highlights of the Collection: