Established in 1837, the Archives consist of land grant records and maps dating to the 18th century that detail the passage of Texas public lands to private ownership. Many of these documents continue to be used even today by surveyors, land men and others researching land ownership. The rich primary source material also makes the Archives a haven for genealogists, historians, archaeologists and students.
Because of the unique nature and the historical value of the Archives, the Texas General Land Office is dedicated to preserving these materials and improving access for all Texans. Through stewardship, innovation, and commitment to quality customer service, the goal of the Texas General Land Office is to make these archival holdings available to the broadest audience at the lowest cost and to advance a greater understanding and appreciation of Texas history.