February 22, 2018

About the Collection

DAUGHTERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF TEXAS LIBRARY COLLECTION

MISSION STATEMENT

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Collection is dedicated to advancing the understanding of the unique history of Texas and of the lives of those who experienced it.

In order to accomplish this mission, the Library Committee supports:

  • the selection and acquisition of materials about Texas focusing on the period of the Republic of Texas, 1836-1846.
  • the conservation and restoration of the library’s holdings.
  • educational initiatives that promote the study of Texas history at all levels.
  • the accessibility of the collections to the general public.
  • research by lay and professional historians.
  • the publication of current research.

HOURS OF OPERATION

The Daughters of The Republic of Texas Library Collection is on Loan to Texas A & M University-San Antonio’s Archives and Special Collections.

The Collection is located at 126 East Nueva St., San Antonio, Texas 78204.

Hours of Operation are Monday – Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Research is by appointment only. Appointments may be scheduled by calling    210-784-1512  or by emailing Leslie Stapleton at    leslie.stapleton@tamusa.edu.

The Library is closed for the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Fourth of July
  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day

LOCATION & PARKING

The DRT Library Collection is located  in the Bexar County Archive Building at 126 East Nueva St., San Antonio, Texas.

Best parking is in the County Garage located on the corner of West Nueva St. and South Flores St.

STAFF

Susan Riedesel
Library Collection Chairman

Susan Riedesel serves as the Chairman of the 2017-2019 DRT Collection Committee. Contact Mrs. Riedesel at drtlibrarychair@drtinfo.org for information about the Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Collection.

Leslie Stapleton
Library Director

Leslie Stapleton has been at the DRT Library since May 2000 and became its director in July 2008. Contact Leslie at leslie.stapleton@tamusa.org about donations and special events.

For general questions please contact the DRT Library at drtlibrary@drtinfo.org.

LIBRARY HISTORY

The Daughters of the Republic of Texas Library Collection is on Loan to Texas A & M University-San Antonio’s Archives and Special Collection. This collection has been developed and is supported and maintained by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas for the use of all researchers.

The need to encourage the study of Texas history and to preserve its documents was important to the founders of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas, who stipulated that purpose in their charter in 1893. When Dr. William Eager Howard donated his private library of Texana in 1943, this purpose began to be fully realized.

The necessary funds for a building to house the Howard gift were provided by Mrs. John King Beretta as a memorial to her husband, a close friend of Dr. Howard’s. In 1950 the DRT Library building was opened on the grounds of the Alamo Complex, and further acquisitions for it were sought. The growth of the collections was rapid, requiring building expansions and improvements over the years.

In 2015 the Collection was removed from the Alamo Complex grounds and was stored until an agreement with Texas A & M-San Antonio was completed. In 2017 the Collection was placed in the Bexar County Archive Building in downtown San Antonio and in cooperation with Texas A & M–San Antonio, was reopened to scholars, students and Texas history researchers.

The library collection continues to collect and serve increasing numbers of patrons who become acquainted with its unique and extensive  resources.

LIBRARY TOURS

Library staff conduct small group tours of the collection and facility. If you are interested in scheduling a small group tour of the DRT Library, please email Leslie Stapleton at  leslie.stapleton@tamusa.edu.

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