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information on the paper form we also
make it possible for the data in the Atlas to
mirror what's in the physical files. When
the Atlas is complete, you'll be able to
look at the exact (or a reasonably close
facsimile of) information contained on a
form in an archive across the state. We've
currently created more than 100 separate
computer forms (and data tables) and collected
information on more than 90,000
Data collection won't stop, though,
when the project is complete in January
1998. Potential National Register properties
and districts will continue to be surveyed,
archaeological sites will continue
to be recorded, and universities, museums,
and county historical societies will continue
to catalog their local historic and
cultural resources. To insure that this information
makes its way into the Atlas
database as quickly and efficiently as possible,
we're developing a data standard and
set of data collections programs to be distributed
to anyone who has a need to
collect and manage this kind of information.
TexSite, the computerized state of
Texas Archaeological Record Form, was
completed last April. This program allows
archaeologists to complete official state of
Texas archaeological site record forms on
the computer, rather than with pen and
paper, and submit that data to the state
repository at the Texas Archaeological
The Atlas will be online
for a wide-scale beta
test in June 1997. The
target date for the fullscale
launch of the
Texas Historic Sites
Atlas is January 5, 1998.
Research Laboratory. Over time,
archaeologist's will build personal databases
of sites they've recorded, which they
can use in future research or reports. We're
creating a similar program for National
Register surveys, one that reproduces the
Residential Property, Commercial Prop
erty, and General Property survey cards
currently used by the Historical
Commission's National Register department.
The National Register survey pro
Historical data sources for the Texas
Historical Commission's Atlas On-line
history project include the following:
* THC's Historical Markers 2000
Project survey team began an inventory
of the state's most visible form of historical
record. In the next three years, field
historians will locate, photograph, and
repair more than 11,5000 historical markers.
The collected data, such as marker
titles, inscriptions, locations, and topics
will be accessible through the Atlas.
* The National Register of Historic
Places office in Washington, D.C., provided
the Atlas with data on the 2,557
sites listed in Texas. Other NR information,
such as data included on more than
150,000 nomination and survey forms,
will be part of the Atlas record.
* Texas Main Street cities will also be
featured, and Main Street city managers
will be able to further promote and publicize
their cities' revitalization projects
and historic districts. The Texas Main
Street Program, which helps communities
rehabilitate and preserve their historic
commercial centers, will be able to
use the Atlas database to promote proven
preservation strategies and techniques.
* The THC's Local History Programs
list of the state's historical museums
has been converted into a searchable
database, which includes the addresses
and exhibit descriptions of more than
750 historical museums.
* The THC's Department of Architecture
maintains a county courthouse
database documenting the locations, descriptions,
construction dates, and archi
tects of 360 Texas courthouses, both past
and present. This database will be enhanced
with information gathered by
the Commission's Texas Courthouse
Alliance Project, which will catalog 56
of the most architecturally significant
historical courthouses in Texas. The survey
team will take computer-assisted measurements,
photograph building features,
record field notes, locate historic drawings
and records, and assess the condition
of each designated courthouse.
* The Atlas will also incorporate the
work of the Texas Forestry Museum in
Lufkin, which maintains the Texas Historic
Sawmills database. When complete,
this database will contain information
on more than 4,800 historic sawmills in
Texas and on the 250 tram roads that
once serviced the timber industry. (This
project received a grant from the Texas
Historical Foundation in 1993.)
* Information continues to be gathered
for the Historic Bridges of Texas
database. So far, there is data on more
than 12,000 bridges built in Texas prior
to 1949. More than 3,000 Depressionera
properties such as bridges, culverts,
and centennial markers constructed by
workers once employed through various
work-relief agencies are also included.
* The Atlas database will also include
a list of historic Texas cemeteries, containing
the names and dates of those
interred. For protection of the sites,
locational information will not be included
in the publicly accessible data set.
Information taken from The Texas Historic
Sites Atlas Update, produced by the Texas
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