Frequently Asked Questions


From where is the material found in TSHA’s history eBook’s sourced?
Most material found in the Texas State Historical Association’s eBooks is sourced from the Handbook of Texas, the go-to encyclopedic resource on Texas history. The Handbook is currently comprised of nearly 27,000 entries on the important people, places, and events from Texas history. These entries are written by top Texas history scholars and are vetted by full-time staff editors at TSHA. The Handbook is constantly expanding, with hundreds of new and revised articles published each year. Each eBook features curated content selected by the Handbook editors.

How many eBooks am I allowed to download for free?
Each user is able to download two eBooks for free. Members of TSHA have access to the full catalog of eBooks and do not have a download limit.

How can I download all of TSHA’s eBooks?
You are able to download all of TSHA’s eBooks when you become a member of the Texas State Historical Association. Members have access to our Digital Library of online content, which includes all current and future eBooks, more than sixty online editions of the Texas Almanac, more than 100 volumes of the Southwestern Historical Quarterly, and the full archive of our Texas Talks webinar series.

TSHA members also play a crucial role in the success of TSHA through their support of our educational programs, publications, and events. You can learn more about how you can support TSHA and our mission to foster the appreciation, understanding, and teaching of Texas history by clicking here.

I downloaded an eBook, but have not yet received it. When will I get my eBook?
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I still haven’t received my eBook. Who can I contact for help?
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