Prior to the United States' annexation in 1845, Texas was ruled by:
With the exception of France, all left traces on Texas's legal landscape.
This guide highlights some selected versions of key legal documents from the different eras. For additional research assistance with Texas legal history, please contact Tarlton's Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.
Whether seeking print or online materials, here are some tips for using TALLONS, the online catalog:
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While part of Mexico, Texas was governed by federal and state law (most notably, the state of Coahuila and Texas).
Stephen F. Austin's Instructions and Regulations of 1824:
Federal Constitution of 1824:
Constitution of the State of Coahuila and Texas (1827):
Constitution or Form of Government of the State of Texas (1833): Tarlton's digital version
Laws and Decrees of the State of Coahuila and Texas (1824-1835):
Gammel's Laws of Texas 1822-1897:
Tarlton's digital collection on Texas Constitutions includes:
Gammel's Laws of Texas 1822-1897: see above
Laws of the Republic of Texas: 1836-1845
University of North Texas digital collection of session laws from the Republic of Texas
N.B. Full text of all session laws from 1836-present can be found on HeinOnline.
House and Senate Journals: Texas Legislative Reference Library digital collecton
Dallam's Digest of the Laws of Texas:
65 Tex. L. Rev. 372 (1986): contains previously missing decisions