To preserve historic and cultural resources, we must first know they exist. Architectural and archeological surveys identify significant properties in neighborhoods, communities, and entire counties. Published inventories of such sites can be indispensable in raising a community's awareness of its cultural heritage and in its planning efforts. The most important resources identified through surveys have potential for state and national landmark designation. Moreover, the information and photographs generated by a survey create an irreplaceable record of the present state of that heritage.
THC’s target survey and inventory increase
THC Survey Photo Files
The Texas Historical Commission partnered with the University of North Texas to scan the black-and-white photographs in the THC Survey Library that were taken by THC staff in the 1970-80s. These are now available through the Portal to Texas History website at THC Historic Resources Survey Collection and include over 25,000 images.
Other THC photograph collections available through the Portal to Texas History:
African-American Travel Guide Survey Project
Back in the day of the modern Jim Crow era, African Americans endured discriminatory hazards while traveling around the country. To circumnavigate these unwelcome situations, they used various travel guides to locate places where they could purchase gas, get their hair cut, buy a meal, sleep for the night, or enjoy some entertainment. These travel guides were published from the early 1930s up to the late 1960s. Probably the most well-known one is The Negro Motorist Green Book, or more commonly known as the Green Book. This guide was first published by New York postal worker Victor Hugo Green in 1936, initially just listing places in the New York area, but eventually expanding to cover the United States and overseas.
The Texas Historical Commission's Survey Program is currently researching and documenting these resources across the state. Many of these resources no longer exist, but their stories are waiting to be told. If you are interested in this project and would like to assist in the research, please contact Leslie Wolfenden at firstname.lastname@example.org.