About Us

Our Mission

The Texas Institute for the Preservation of History & Culture (TIPHC) was created in 1999 by 76th Texas Legislature under House Bill 889. In tandem with House Bill 889, the primary mission of TIPHC is to collect, preserve, study, publish and make available research information, records, documents, artifacts, and other items relating to Texas history and culture and to the history and culture of the United States and the Americas as that history relates to Texas. TIPHC shall give special emphasis to collecting and preserving, and studying information and items relating to the role and contributions of African Americans to Texas history and culture including:

  1. The history of African-American education in Texas
  2. The contributions of African Americans to military history, and
  3. The role and contributions of African Americans in the settlement, development, and culture of Texas, including in the areas of government, agriculture, science and industry, labor and demography, business, nursing and medicine, public health, architecture and engineering, sports, and the arts.

The Institute sponsors and produces programs that stimulate lifelong learning and promote historical and cultural literacy among the citizens of Texas, the United States and beyond. The Institute employs a variety of methods and media including lectures, cultural exhibits, video production, publications (The Journal of History & Culture) and the World Wide Web to disseminate information to the academic community and the general public by engaging resources in a renewed commitment to education cultural literacy.

TIPHC Support of PVAMU Mission (Institutional Effectiveness Report dated. IE. 2010)

TIPHC supports the University’s commitment to higher education by the alignment of several goals and imperatives as outlined in the Institutional Effectiveness Report 2010. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Goal III. A.: Enhance the research environment and expertise of faculty and staff
  • Goal 3.3.1: The institution identifies expected outcomes, assesses the extent to which it achieves these outcomes, and provides evidence of improvement based on analysis of the results.
  • Imperative IX.: Increase and Enhance the Visibility and Awareness of the University to the Community at Large / all Stakeholders.-
  • Goal IX: Expand its service to the community by promoting Secondary school Education

Two of the university six-core values that provide the foundation of TIPHC’s mission and vision are:

  1. Excellence & Relevance:
    TIPHC is committed to the educational excellence and relevance of scholarship. For example the Journal of History & Culture, (ISSN 1941-9082/JHC) a refereed publication that is widely read among academics in Texas and in American institutions of higher education. The primary goal of JHC is to promote excellence and historical relevance through scholarship.
  2. Academic & Cultural Diversity:
    TIPHC is committed to promoting academic and intellectual diversity in secondary and higher education. As an example the dissemination of TIPHC’s documentary programs in Texas support promotion of academic and cultural diversity.


  • Texas Sacred Places Project
  • Rice University
  • City of Prairie View, Texas
  • Texas A&M University


  • Office of Civil Rights
  • The Brown Foundation Inc of Houston
  • Additional funding is sought  to continue the work of  TIPHC ‘s education program such as new exhibits and to develop public programs that serve the campus and alumni; teachers and students in local communities; and, a broader public beyond the university.