The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959 Page: 242
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
reproductions illustrate locations of islands, bays, state farms,
and early Austin and early Texas. Also present are many miscel-
4. Public Free School Land and University Land Records. In-
cluded here is a vast amount of material, including-among other
items-lists by counties of all school land sold, with descriptions
of land and names of recipients, indexes to this land, and old
minutes of the School Land Board.
5. Records of Peters' Colony. The General Land Office also
has contracts and state documents pertaining to this and other
6. Current Files. These include Veterans' Land Board and min-
eral lease files.
7. Miscellaneous. The General Land Office has several docu-
ments of historical interest which are not directly connected
with the operation of the office. Among these are a working copy
of the Texas Constitution of March 17, 1836, a book including
payroll information about William S. Porter (O. Henry) while
employed in the General Land Office, a picture of Porter, a power
of attorney signed by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1855 while
American consul in Liverpool, England, and a picture of the
old General Land Office Building.
The General Land Office is now indexing material in its
archives, recording information about each document on an
IBM card. In addition, the Land Office is microfilming all of its
records. A laminating machine has been installed and the General
Land Office has begun laminating each document within a thin,
protective, flexible layer of invisible acetate film. Both of these
processes will protect the aging records which thus will enjoy
longer life and be of greater help to students of history.
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Texas State Historical Association. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 62, July 1958 - April, 1959, periodical, 1959; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101173/m1/285/: accessed June 19, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.