UNT Cybercemetery is the new home of Texas laws

Tuesday, October 2, 2001

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Hans Gammel rescued the remains of most of Texas' 19th century legal documents from the state capitol fire of 1881. His restoration of those legal documents into the book, The Laws of Texas, created a key state history resource for historians.Now the University of North Texas is preserving Gammel's work by digitizing these documents and keeping them in its unique Cybercemetery - an online morgue for government web sites and documents.The UNT library digitized volumes 1-10 of these records, from 1822-1897. These laws cover Texas history from colonization to statehood during some of the state's most tumultuous times. Within the The Laws of Texas are documents from each congressional and legislative session, constitutions, constitutional convention journals and early colonization laws.The Nineteenth Century Texas Law Online: Gammel's The Laws of Texas (Volumes 1-10) project was sponsored by a grant from the TexTreasures Program and by the University of North Texas Libraries.Since, these volumes have never been reprinted, despite their importance to researchers, Web access provides legal historians and Texas historians a unique opportunity. All of the pages are available in pdf format. Users can browse Gammel's work by volume or perform a keyword search.To view the web site go to http://texinfo.library.unt.edu/lawsoftexas/. For more information contact Cathy Hartman, UNT librarian and manager of the Cybercemetery, at (940) 565-3269.

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