SFA re-organizing East Texas history

By Donna McCollum - email

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - There's a lot going on in the East Texas Research Center as students are away.

History buffs who work there are meeting each other coming and going. They're close to completing a full inventory and reorganization of its archive. It's kind of like cleaning out a huge closet.

"It's in situations like these that I keep my closet clean," director Linda Reynolds said.

"As you can see, a lot of these ledgers are hanging over which is not good for the books," Reynolds said. "They start to bend."

For Reynolds, the emptying of dusty shelves reacquaints her with forgotten discoveries.

The person who liked to raid her grandma's attic and ask a million questions could look at the finds all day. But there's no time for that.

"We've touched just about everything back there we have," she said.

That's saying a lot. There are thousands of collections, scrapbooks, ledgers, and photographs, dating as far back as the 1600s.

"Eventually we'll have more material ready for researchers to use quicker than we have in the past," Reynolds said.

Space is at a premium, but Reynolds is advice is still.

"Think about things before you throw them away," Reynolds said. "History is not just Sam Houston and Stephen F. It's just everyday people."

The East Texas Research Center is open from Monday to Saturday, beginning next week. You can also see a vast array of digital material through an online program called "Tides" found on the SFA Web site.

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