TSHA’s Handbook of Texas Surpasses 27,000 Total Entries The 27,000th entry chronicles the life of women’s rights activist Eva Goldsmith


June 23rd, 2019 (updated 1 year ago)

AUSTIN, Texas— The Handbook of Texas, the free and authoritative online encyclopedia on Texas history, recently reached a major milestone by publishing its 27,000th entry on the Lone Star State’s past.

The Handbook of Texas is the largest digital state encyclopedia in the country. Published by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) since its initial two-volume release in 1952, the Handbook is a resource on the important people, places, institutions, and events from Texas history. Now exclusively published online and always expanding, users from around the globe can learn about every period of Texas history, from prehistoric times to the modern era.

The 27,000th entry to the Handbook was released as a part of the Handbook of Texas Women project, a spinoff of the main Handbook devoted to recognizing the important contributions of Texas women in shaping the state’s history. The spinoff, led by Project Director Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky of Texas A&M University-Commerce, has led to the publication of nearly 100 new entries and dozens of revisions to the already expansive Handbook.

“We are extremely proud of this accomplishment.  It would not be possible without the efforts of devoted historians and authors across the state and country,” said Dr. Brett J. Derbes, Director of Research and Managing Editor of the Handbook of Texas

The 27,000th entry is a biographical profile written by Leah LaGrone Ochoa on Eva Goldsmith, a garment worker, women’s rights and labor union activist, and suffragist from Grimes County, Texas. During Goldsmith’s time in the garment industry, she advocated for a variety of labor rights for women, including the nine-hour workday and minimum wage legislation.

“I turn to the Handbook of Texas anytime I want information on events or people that appear in the historical record of my research. The Handbook provides clear context from our best scholars,” said Ochoa.

The Eva Goldsmith entry, as well as the entire Handbook of Texas, can be viewed on TSHA’s website at TSHAonline.org/handbook. More information on TSHA’s Handbook of Texas Women project can be found on https://texaswomen.tshaonline.org.

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