Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center

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SAM HOUSTON REGIONAL LIBRARY AND RESEARCH CENTER. The Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, a part of the Regional Historical Resources Depository and Local Records Division of the Texas State Library, dedicated on May 14, 1977, is located on Farm Road 1011 three miles north of Liberty. It is governed by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The center's purpose is to serve as a public research and archival facility for Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, Polk, San Jacinto, and Tyler counties. This geographical area was based on the original boundary of the Atascosito District of the Republic of Mexico. In its museum capacity, the Center features exhibits on a variety of Southeast Texas topics. Special collections include the papers of Governor Price Daniel; the Julia Duncan Welder Collection of private letters and artifacts; and the Jean Houston Baldwin Collection of Sam Houston images, the largest known collection of photographs and illustrations of the Texas hero. Texas State Historical Association

In addition, four historic structures have been relocated onto the Center's grounds. Three of them, the restored 1848 Gillard-Duncan House, 1883 Norman House, and 1898 St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, are open to the public. The fourth, the 1930 Hull Rotary Building, is undergoing renovation. Please contact the Center for tour information. Tours are available by appointment and must be arranged two weeks in advance. Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center