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Documents in the Spotlight

September 2016

George S. Patton Papers: Diaries, 1910 to 1945

Get to know both the personal and professional side of George S. Patton. The Diaries of U.S. Army officer George S. Patton provide insight on Patton’s daily activities and observations during the Mexican Punitive Expedition, World War I, and World War II. Look here for more information about this collection. These diaries are part of the larger George S. Patton papers collection.

Digitizing Historical Newspapers: Chronicling America Project

The Library of Congress announced the addition of the Gazette of the U.S. National Gazette, and the National Intelligencer to its national digital newspaper program. The announcement, with information about the project can be found here.

This link goes directly to the Library of Congress site for its Chronicling America project which offers both basic and advanced search features. The All Digitized Newspapers 1789-1922 tab provides access to approximately 2,100 titles and can be searched by state, ethnicity, and language. Also available is the U.S. Newspaper Directory, 1690-Present of approximately 153,900  newspapers published in the U.S. This directory can be searched by an alphabetical listing, or using keywords with limiters for location and time frame.

 Archive of entries in “Documents in the Spotlight”

Government Documents and Maps are part of the Reference Department of the Porter Henderson Library. The Collections are housed in a newly-remodeled corner of the Basement. The Library has been a selective depository for the Federal Depository Library Program since 1964 and a member of the Texas State Publications Depository Program since 1963. Budget cuts to the Texas State Library & Archives during the 2011 Legislative session, however, effectively ended the state publication program in July, 2011.

If you have questions regarding government publications or other government information, please contact Kim Wirth, Coordinator of Information Literacy/Research Librarian, at 325-486-6527, or