We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to fostering the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history.
Founded as a private, nonprofit educational organization on March 2, 1897-the 61st anniversary of the Texas Declaration of Independence - the Texas State Historical Association has long been regarded as the nation's most dynamic regional history organization. Reinforced by more than one hundred years of scholarship and educational programs, its mission is to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of the rich and unique history of Texas and, by example and through programs and activities, encourage and promote research, preservation, and publication of historical material affecting the state of Texas.
History like that of Texas is rare. In its color, its dramatic movement, and its instructiveness when viewed from the standpoint of political and social science, it has few parallels. These characteristics make it well worth preservation and study. To the genuine Texan … one of the strongest motives to the cultivation of the subject will be found in his patriotism.— George P. Garrison, 1897
In June of 1897, the Association inaugurated publication of the Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, and fifteen years later the title was changed to the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, reflecting a need for additional content and recognizing the broader scope of Texas history. Appearing in 1918, Ephraim D. Adams’s British Diplomatic Correspondence concerning the Republic of Texas, 1838-1846 was the first book published under the TSHA imprint. In addition to publishing, the Association served as an instrumental force in the University of Texas’s acquisition of valuable historical materials such as the Bexar Archives (the records of Spanish and Mexican Texas) and the Austin Family Papers, both of which now reside in the Center for American History on campus. In 1912, the Association donated its book collection to the University of Texas, representing a cornerstone of the Texas Collection Library.
Today the Texas State Historical Association continues to pursue—in the words of Walter Muir Whitehill—the “actual doing of history,” from research, writing, and publications, to the strong programs that support teaching Texas history in the public school system. Founding TSHA president Oran M. Roberts, in his inaugural address, asserted that “any and everything that the people do or think, that tends to form habits of life, or to build up prevailing institutions affecting society, constitutes material for history.” It is under such principles of progressive integrity that the TSHA operates today, ensuring the vitality of Texas history for generations to come.