Texas History

Use this guide to find primary and secondary sources for the study of Texas history.

The John Peace Collection of Texana

Texas history is a central focus of UTSA Special Collections, with particular concentration in the areas of South Texas, the Texas-Mexico border region, and the history of Texas immigrants.

The John Peace Collection of Texana includes approximately 1,500 books collected by Mr. John Peace of San Antonio, covering the Spanish Colonial (1519-1821), Mexican Republic (1821-1836) and Republic of Texas (1836-1845) periods.

Among the rare works from the Spanish Colonial period is the 1792 Chronica of Fray Juan Domingo Arricivita, which describes the Franciscan operations in Texas, as well as the topography, hydrology, natural resources and Indian tribes of Texas during the late 1700s. The collection also includes many 19th century imprints, including Raines' 1898 edition of Enduring Laws of the Republic of Texas, several travelogues and guides for immigrants; and an 1830 government circular from Nuevo Leon promulgating the April 6 Ley de Colonización, which restricted further colonization of Texas by settlers from the United States.

View a complete list of of holdings in UCAT by doing a keyword search for "John Peace Collection" in quotation marks.  

A taste of the collection:

Related Manuscript Collection: John Peace Collection, 1800-1973

Featured Items

Bibliographies

Geographic Search Terms

Try one of these geographic terms in a UCAT advanced search in subject and "Texas" in subject, while limiting the location to "special collections."

Austin
Big Bend
Big Thicket
Coahuila and Texas
Dallas
Edwards Plateau
El Paso
Fort Worth
Galveston
Gulf Coast
Hill Country
Houston
Rio Grande
San Antonio
Texas, East
Texas, South
Texas, West

Subject Search Terms

Though by no means comprehensive, these subject terms give an idea of our rare book holdings.  Try one in a UCAT advanced search in subject, and "Texas" in subject, while limiting the location to "special collections."

Remember to search for related terms.  For example, in addition to ranch life, try ranchers, ranches, or ranching.  As well as outlaws, try law enforcement.

Subject Terms:

African Americans
Agriculture
Archaeology
Architecture

Baptists
Bibliography
Biography
Businessmen

Catholic Church
Cattle
Civil War
Commerce
city planning
civil rights
Comanche
Cowboys

Education
Episcopal Church
Ethnic relations

Farmers
Festivals
Floods
Folklore
Football
Franciscans

Geology
German Americans
Germans
Governors

Hispanic Americans
Historiography
Hurricanes

Immigration
Indian captivities
Indians of North America
Irrigation

Jews

Karankawa

Land grants

Medicine
Methodist Church
Mexican Americans
Mexicans
Military
Missions
Music

Natural history
Newspapers

Oral history
Outlaws

Petroleum
pioneer life
Politicians
Presbyterian church
Printing
Public lands

Railroads
Ranch life
Revolution
Rivers
Roads

Schools
Shipwrecks
Slavery
Sources
Spanish Texas

Teachers
Transportation

Water
Women