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McMurry University Professors Drs. Robert Maberry and Stephen Hardin took their historiography class on a field trip to two of the most important archives in the state capital:  The Texas State Library and Archives and the General Land Office on Monday, Jan. 27.  Arriving in Austin on Sunday, the group’s first stop was the Texas State Cemetery, where Dr. Hardin highlighted the graves of some of Texas’s greatest heroes, politicians and sports figures.  Later at the state capital, the two professors pointed out and explained some of the state’s most significant art work and architecture.

On Monday morning, at the Texas State Library and Archives, the McMurry group was honored to have Archivist of the State of Texas JeLain Chubb, and Curator of the state’s photography collection John Anderson, personally conduct their tour of the facility.

Students learned how the archives function and how do conduct research using the vast collections.

The McMurry group received special access to several important areas including the paper preservation laboratory and the usually off-limits storage facilities.

While in this vast climate controlled and disaster-proof storage vault, McMurry students had the rare experience of viewing several dozen of the states’ most important historical flags.  Dr. Maberry, who was instrumental in the project that conserved the flags, pointed out the most important and related their histories.

The group spent the afternoon at the General Land Office, another facility with which the McMurry professors enjoy a close relationship.  Here students viewed rare historical maps and learned how to extract historical information from otherwise mundane documents like deeds and land patents.