Brian Thomas


Brian Thomas is Electronic Records Specialist (digital preservationist) at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), running the state electronic records repository platform and public access website, the Texas Digital Archive (TDA). He has been running the TDA since on-boarding with TSLAC in late 2015. Prior to that he was Electronic Records Archivist at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (SCDAH, 2014-2015), and established the South Carolina Electronic Records Archive (SCERA).

Before getting into digital preservation Brian graduated from CSU with a degree in History and Asian studies. This was followed by some years of being an auto accident injury claims adjuster for a couple of major auto carriers before he decided to pursue graduate school for archives in lieu of pursuing a history phd. He found his niche with digital preservation and is passionate about programming in python and all things digital preservation. He speaks at digital preservation focused sections of conferences and is moderately proficient at a few programming languages.


Master of Science in Information Studies, University of Texas at Austin 2013
Bachelor of Arts in History and Asian Studies, Colorado State University, 2004

Areas Of Specialization

Digital Preservation
Python Programming

Recent Courses

YearSemesterCourse NumberCourseSyllabus
2022SpringINF 392KDigital Archiving and Preservation