Battleship Texas Foundation Collections
Most of our artifact collections have been photographed or scanned and made available digitally through CatalogIt HUB. We are constantly collecting new artifacts and will continue digitizing as many as possible.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) retains the ship’s collections and archives donated prior to 2020. TPWD has been working to digitize much of their collections. This includes photos, blueprints, and shipboard newsletters, which have been made available online through University of North Texas’s Portal to Texas History.
Battleship Texas Newsletter Collection
Until early 1942, Battleship Texas had a full printshop onboard and the crew produced a weekly newsletter almost continuously in this time. The ship’s newsletters typically focused on shipboard news and often included illustrations by crewmembers. After the printshop was scaled down in early 1942, the newsletter became a simpler production and focused almost exclusively on US & world news. The newsletter collection contains almost 300 issues of the ship’s newsletter, most of them from the 1920s and 1930s.
Battleship Texas Photo Collection
This collection contains over 600 historic photos of Battleship Texas, her crew, captains, admirals, visitors, and more.
Battleship Texas Blueprint Collection
This collection contains over 3,000 blueprints and other documents relating to technical and engineering aspects of Battleship Texas.
These collections are a small fraction of the historic photos and documents relating to Battleship Texas that exist. Most official Navy documents related to the ship are in the National Archives and not digitized. Battleship Texas Foundation is currently working with a researcher to obtain scans of all of the ship’s deck logs, muster rolls, marine rosters, and officer rosters from 1914-1948.