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DRT library collection soon to be on display downtown

Collection will be housed in former Federal Reserve building

SAN ANTONIO – The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Texas A&M University San Antonio and Bexar County have teamed up to move the Daughters' historic library collection of Texas history for public display.

Under the new lease approved Tuesday by Bexar County Commissioners Court, the Daughters on Sept. 1 plan to move their massive collection into the former Federal Reserve building.

"It's a tremendous facility and it doubly, if not triply, expands on our space," said DRT state president Betty Edwards.

She said 38,000 original documents will be on display.

"If you're a student, or if you're a citizen who really wants to see and read about the history of our community, or a researcher, you'll have some valuable resources right here," Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff said.

Because it will be shared space, the county will pay rent on the 10,000-square-foot space and the university will be responsible for utilities.

The library collection that details stories throughout Texas history will be carefully preserved. The documents will be displayed in a room where the temperature and humidity is kept low. Each case containing documents is lined with LED lights to ensure that harsh lights aren't shining on the documents.

"We have letters from soldiers who fought at the Alamo and from soldiers (who) did not live. We have different documents from families, the Maverick family. We have some documents from Tejanos in the early days of the Republic of Texas," Edwards said.

By putting the documents on display, the Daughters hope Texans will better understand the cost of freedom and liberty for generations to come.