Historical Texas Statutes

In 1854, the Texas Legislature authorized a commission to codify existing laws. The Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure were completed first in 1856, and the civil statutes followed in 1879. Subsequent revisions and recodifications followed in 1895 and 1911. In 1925, there was a reorganization of the statutes, which still serves as the basis for our current statutes.

After 1925, the evolution of the Texas statutes is more complicated. The statutes are not reprinted in their entirety after each legislative session. Instead, the few complete reprintings of the statutes are updated with supplemental volumes after regular legislative sessions, which occur every 2 years. And so to see how a statute read on a particular date, you may need to consult both a base volume from one of the complete reprintings of the statutes as well as a supplemental volume. For details about the evolution of the Texas statutes and the ongoing revision project, see section 8.09 of the Texas Legislative Council's Drafting Manual.

For a more comprehensive guide to historical versions of Texas statutes (both official and unofficial) as well as information on how to locate historical session laws, see our research guide that lists the various sources of historical Texas statutes. The research guide outlines library resources, print materials, and online resources that may help you in your research. You may also want to look at the information on our Texas Statutes page as it also lists various online sources for historical versions of statutes, bills, session laws, and legislative histories.

If you have questions about the historical Texas statutes, please contact the library.


Note: to print or perform advanced full-text searching of the historical statutes, we recommend you download the PDF versions and use PDF software (such as the free Adobe Reader) to print or perform your advanced search.

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    1879 Revised Statutes of Texas
    Published by State Printing Office. Austin. 1887.
    Digitization funded in part by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

    Contains the statutes adopted by the Regular Session of the 16th Legislature in 1879.

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    The 1879 statutes consist of several individual volumes available for download in PDF format below.

    U.S. Constitution (345 KB) Texas Constitution (1.79 MB) Revised Civil Statutes (24.8 MB) Penal Code (3.63 MB) Code of Criminal Procedure (4.56 MB)

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    1895 Revised Statutes of Texas
    Published by Eugene Von Boeckmann. Austin. 1895.
    Digitization funded in part by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

    Contains the statutes adopted at the Regular Session of the 24th Legislature in 1895.

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    The 1895 statutes consist of several individual volumes available for download in PDF format below.

    U.S. and Texas Constitutions (12.7 MB) Civil Statutes (32 MB) Penal Code (5.11 MB) Code of Criminal Procedure (4.91 MB)

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    1911 Revised Civil Statutes and Revised Criminal Statutes of Texas
    Published by Austin Printing Company. Austin. 1912.
    Digitization funded in part by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

    Contains the statutes adopted at the Regular Session of the 32nd Legislature in 1911.

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    The 1911 statutes consist of several individual volumes available for download in PDF format below.

    U.S. and Texas Constitutions (2.43 MB) Civil Statutes (53.3 MB) Penal Code (12.1 MB) Code of Criminal Procedure (9.76 MB)

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    1925 Revised Civil Statutes and Revised Criminal Statutes of Texas
    Published by A. C. Baldwin & Sons. Austin. 1925.
    Digitization funded in part by the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Texas.

    Contains the statutes adopted at the Regular Session of the 39th Legislature in 1925.

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    The 1925 statutes consist of several individual volumes available for download in PDF format below.

    U.S. and Texas Constitutions (1.21 MB) Civil Statutes (45.1 MB) Penal Code (9.07 MB) Code of Criminal Procedure (4.26 MB)

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    1928 Complete Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1928.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters. Digitization funded by the Austin Bar Foundation.

    Contains the Revised Civil and Criminal Statutes of 1925 together with the statutes adopted at the Regular and Special Sessions of the 38th, 39th, and 40th Legislatures.

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    The 1928 statutes consist of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1928 Complete Texas Statutes (215 MB)

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    1931 Supplement to the 1928 Complete Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1931.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters. Digitization funded by the Austin Bar Foundation.

    This supplement to the 1928 statutes covers the general laws enacted at the 41st Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st through the 5th Called Sessions) and the 42nd Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st and 2nd Called Sessions).

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    The 1931 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1931 Supplement to the 1928 Complete Texas Statutes (56.5 MB)

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    1934 Supplement to the 1928 Complete Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1934.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters. Digitization funded by the Austin Bar Foundation.

    This supplement to the 1928 statutes covers the general laws enacted at the 42nd Legislature (3rd and 4th Called Sessions) and the 43rd Legislature (Regular Session and 1st Called Session).

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    The 1934 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1934 Supplement to the 1928 Complete Texas Statutes (37 MB)

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    1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1936.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters. Digitization funded by the Austin Bar Foundation.

    Contains the Revised Civil and Criminal Statutes of 1925 and all subsequent session laws up to the 2nd Called Session of the 44th Legislature.

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    The 1936 statutes consist of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (305 MB)

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    1938 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1937.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1936 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 44th Legislature (3rd Called Session) and the 45th Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st and 2nd Called Sessions).

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    The 1938 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1938 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (49.6 MB)

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    1939 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1940.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1936 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 44th Legislature (3rd Called Session), the 45th Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st and 2nd Called Sessions), and the 46th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1939 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1939 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (91.9 MB)

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    1942 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1942.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1936 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 47th Legislature (Regular Session and 1st Called Session).

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    The 1942 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1942 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (51.9 MB)

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    1943 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1943.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1936 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 48th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1943 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1943 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (39.8 MB)

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    1945 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1945.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1936 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 49th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1945 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1945 Supplement to the 1936 Vernon's Texas Statutes (26 MB)

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    1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1948.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    Volume 1 contains the Revised Civil Statutes and Rules of Civil Procedure to the end of the 50th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    Volume 2 contains the Penal Code, Code of Criminal Procedure, Index, and Tables to the end of the 50th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1948 statutes consist of two individual volumes available for download in PDF format below.

    1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes, Volume 1 (309 MB) 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes, Volume 2 (139 MB)

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    1950 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1950.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 51st Legislature (Regular Session and 1st Called Session).

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    The 1950 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1950 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (52.5 MB)

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    1952 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1952.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 52nd Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1952 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1952 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (65.9 MB)

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    1954 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1954.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 53rd Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1954 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1954 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (30.1 MB)

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    1956 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1956.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 53rd Legislature (1st Called Session) and 54th Legislature (Regular Session).

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    The 1956 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1956 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (62.9 MB)

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    1958 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1958.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 55th Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st and 2nd Called Sessions).

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    The 1958 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1958 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (51.3 MB)

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    1960 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes
    Published by Vernon Law Book Company. Kansas City, MO. 1960.
    Digitized with permission from Thomson Reuters.

    This supplement to the 1948 statutes covers the general laws enacted by the 56th Legislature (Regular Session and the 1st through the 3rd Called Sessions).

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    The 1960 supplement consists of one volume available for download in PDF format below.

    1960 Supplement to the 1948 Vernon's Texas Statutes (59.8 MB)

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Thanks to Thomson Reuters, current copyright holders of the printed Texas statutes, for allowing us to provide access to the statutes from 1928 onward.

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