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March 24, 2015

Alamo Nonprofit Sues for Control of Artifacts at Texas Site

The nonprofit group that managed the Alamo for 110 years before the state of Texas announced plans to take over operations is suing to retain ownership of more than 30,000 books and artifacts at the historic San Antonio site’s library, the Associated Press reports. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas contends the items were given to the organization, which has cared for the Alamo since 1905, and that the donors intended for the Daughters to maintain them, not the state.

The Texas General Land Office said this month that it would assume day-to-day control of the former mission that witnessed a key 1836 battle in Texas’s war for independence from Mexico. The Daughters’ suit says the state agency “unilaterally declared” itself the owner of the private collection in the library, which was established in 1945 and includes books, maps, flags, and other material used by researchers.