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Textbook Collection Details

The Textbook Collection primarily consists of textbooks that have been approved by the Texas Education Agency to use in elementary and secondary education classes. These textbooks are called state-adopted textbooks. UT also houses a large historic textbook collection, founded in 1938 by Joseph Lindsey Henderson. This collection includes rare textbooks dating from the 1750s through the 1800s, textbooks used in Texas since 1898, and a large collection of American textbooks from the 1800s to the 1960s.

The purpose of the Textbook Collection is to support present and anticipated training of teachers in all school subjects (grades k-12); to support research at graduate and post-graduate levels in the field of education; to support specific research projects in history, social sciences, and the humanities; and to provide resource materials to assist in the preparation, selection, and comparison of textbooks and curriculum plans.

Most textbooks published after 1975 are kept on the 5th floor of PCL and textbooke published before 1975 are generally housed in the Library Storage Facility (LSF). The Library Storage Facility is not open to the pubic. These textbooks may be requested for delivery to campus by clicking on the "request" button next to the title in the Library Catalog, or you may complete a request form at a library circulation desk.

Texas State Adopted Textbooks

The Texas Education Agency (TEA) approves textbooks to be used in elementary and secondary education classes. These are called state-adopted textbooks. In any one year, only certain subjects have new adoptions. They are usually adopted for 5 to 8 years and then replaced by a new adoption list for that subject.

In 1922, the Texas State Department of Education began publishing lists of state-adopted textbooks. The name of the publication has changed several times (as shown below). The State Department of Education became the Texas Education Agency, who began publishing the lists in 1952, and continues to do so today.

YEARS TITLE LOCATION
1922 Text Book Regulations 370.6 T31B NO.136-144 PCL Stacks
1924 Text Book Regulations 370.6 T31B NO.180-190 PCL Stacks
1926 Text Book Regulations 370.6 T31B NO.211-212,213 PCL Stacks
1927 Text Book Regulations 370.6 T31B NO. 214-220 PCL Stacks
1929-1934 Text Book Regulations LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1934-1940 Textbook Regulations LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1942-1954 List of Current Adoption Textbooks LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1954-1961 Current-Adoption Textbooks LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1961-1968 Catalogue of Current-Adoption Textbooks LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1968-1993 Current-Adoption Textbooks LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
1994-2002 Instructional Materials Current-Adoption LB 3047.5 T4 L578 PCL Stacks
2002-present Instructional Materials Bulletin Texas Education Agency website