The library catalogue has 7,000 pages and lists an estimated 62,000 items, including about 450 collections of personal and family papers, such as those of Samuel Maverick, a signer of the Texas declaration. The collection includes 17,000 book titles, primarily history, but including genealogy, politics and government, art, natural history and science, religion, folklore, and fiction, all associated with Texas.
The Library has reduced its staff from 10 full-time employees in the 1980s to five currently and one part-time staffer, according to DRT meeting minutes. The DRT is asking its 109 chapters to each donate at least $100 to hire temporary workers to complete the inventory.
You can read more by Scott Huddleston in the My San Antonio web site at http://goo.gl/CYY54. You can read a description of the library's collections at http://www.drtl.org/AboutTheLibrary/OverviewCollection.asp.
You can also watch for an announcement of the library's re-opening on the Daughters of the Republic of Texas web site at http://www.drtl.org/.
My thanks to newsletter reader Daryl Johanson for telling me about this article.