The Tarlton Law Library is open at this time with access limited to current UT Law students, faculty, and staff. Members of the UT Austin community unaffiliated with the law school may contact the Circulation Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org, 512-471-7726) for assistance with accessing library resources. Online reference services are also available. Please see the Tarlton Reopening FAQs and the Texas Law Fall 2020 Reopening Plan for additional details
The Texas Constitutions Digitization Project was originally made possible by two $20,000 TexTreasures grants from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The first grant in 1999 enabled the Library to digitize and publish the historical Texas Constitutions. The second grant in 2002 funded the digitization and publication of Constitutional convention materials, as well as the creation of indices that facilitate better access to the Constitutions themselves.
Launched in May 2018, the current Constitutions of Texas 1824-1876 is a collaborative work involving many members of the Tarlton Law Library. Dana DeFebbo, Emerging Technologies Librarian, developed the new website with assistance from Alisa Holahan, Tarlton Fellow. Jane O’Connell, Deputy Director, coordinated the redesign and provided extensive knowledge of the Texas Constitutions. Elizabeth Hilkin, Head of Special Collections, provided editorial support. Dr. Elizabeth Haluska-Rausch, former Curator of Rare Books, compiled bibliographic information and transcribed foreign language materials. Lastly, none of this would have been possible without the ongoing support of the Tarlton Law Library’s Director, Professor Barbara Bintliff.
The Tarlton Law Library gratefully acknowledges the assistance and cooperation of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas at Austin, its Director, Dr. Don E. Carleton, and its staff for assisting us in our scanning project, and allowing items from their collections to be scanned for inclusion in the Texas Constitutions Digitization Project.