Preserving the real places and the real stories of Texas.

Real Places 2019: Archival Research And Practical Strategies For Preservation

Day/Time: Wednesday, January 16, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Location: Texas General Land Office and Texas State Library and Archives Commission Facilities
Speakers: Jelain Chubb and Sarah Norris, Texas State Library and Archives Commission; James Harkins, Texas General Land Office

Registration Information
$55 with conference registration
$100 for the workshop only
Lunch and bus transportation included
Limited to 20 attendees

In this workshop, participants will learn about the resources available for historical research at the General Land Office (GLO) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), and practical methods for preserving documents in their own collections. GLO staff will introduce you to its extensive map collections and records that are often used in genealogical research, and we’ll explore how to access collections both online and at the facility.  A visit to TSLAC will include a tour of the archives and conservation lab. You’ll learn practical strategies for the preservation of materials on budgets large and small, including environmental management, preparation of fragile documents for scanning, improving storage conditions, and simple, effective techniques for public display. Be prepared to stand for extended periods while in the archives of both agencies.


Jelain Chubb joined the Texas State Library and Archives Commission in June 2010 as director of the Archives and Information Services Division and Texas State Archivist. She oversees the commission’s public service areas: the Texas State Archives, Reference and Information Center, Texas Family Heritage Research Center, and Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center. As state archivist, she is responsible for ensuring that permanent records documenting Texas’ history as a colony, province, republic, and state are preserved and available for future generations. Chubb previously served as state archivist of Ohio and administrative archivist for the Missouri State Archives, as well as holding positions with the Kansas and South Carolina historical societies. She is a Certified Archivist and Certified Records Manager. In 2015, she was named a fellow of the Society of American Archivists.


Sarah Norris is the conservator at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC). A graduate of the University of Texas Kilgarlin Center, she established TSLAC’s conservation lab in 2009. Long-standing projects include treatment of Civil War muster rolls and state and federal-bound publications. Norris is a Professional Associate in the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), where she has served on the boards of the Electronic Media Group and the Book and Paper Group, as well as on the Connecting to Collections Care Webinar Committee (Chair) and the AIC Publications Committee. Her published research appears in the Journal of the American Institute for Conservation and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections Journal. 


James Harkins is the director of public services for the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) Archives and Records Program and manages the GLO’s Save Texas History program. He is a certified archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists (ACA). Harkins has a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Texas State University–San Marcos. He received the 2010–11 James W. McGrew Research Award for his graduate thesis from the American Society for Professional Administrators.