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We are proud to announce awardees for the 2017 Rescuing Texas History Program, offered to provide new and existing partner institutions with $1,000 worth of in-kind materials digitization.  We never know what’s hiding in a storage building or library, and we’re proud to offer digital access to materials from these 2017 awardees:

  • Beth-El Congregation Archives
  • Fort Worth Museum of Science and History
  • Dallas Genealogical Society
  • Private Collection of TB Willis
  • University of Texas, Dallas
  • Fannin County Historical Commission
  • Kerr County Historical Commission
  • Fort Bend History Association
  • Private Collection of Jane Henry
  • University of Dallas
  • Permian Basin Petroleum Museum
  • Westbank Community Library
  • Birdville Historical Society
  • Abilene Library Consortium
  • Castroville Library
  • Sinton Texas Historical Museum
  • Denton Public Library
  • Round Rock Public Library
  • Boy Scout Troop 65 – 1918 Foundation
  • Cattle Raisers Museum
  • Dallas Firefighters Museum
  • Jennie Trent Dew Library
  • Girls Scouts Cross Timbers Council
  • Smithville Heritage Society
  • Lean Armstrong Public Library
  • The Thanks-Giving Foundation
  • Mexic-Arte Museum
  • Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum
  • Texas State Parks and Wildlife – Battleship Texas
  • Mount Pleasant Public Library
  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Duval County Historical Commission
  • Denton Public Library
  • Denison Public Library
  • Archives of the Big Bend
  • Saint Edwards University Library
  • Mt. Pleasant Public Library
  • Parker County Genealogical/Historical Society
  • San Jacinto College
  • St. Mary’s University Blume Library
  • Private Collection of Vickie Ballow
  • Weatherford High School
  • Tarrant County Archives
  • Carrollton Public Library

 

In this cycle, you can expect to see things like photographs of the founding families of Quaker community of Friendswood, Texas; family histories of the founding families of Castroville, Texas; Seniority lists from MKT Railroad employees; Texas Steer newsletter from USS TEXAS; Kodachrome slides of plants, wildlife, and people from Mills County.

 

 

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September 6th, 2017
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News from the Portal

UNT releases more than 100 free e-books on Texas and Oklahoma history
The University of North Texas Libraries has released more than 100 free e-books for those wanting to learn more about Texas and Oklahoma history.
A $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Humanities Open Book Program made the release of the e-books possible. The e-books, relating to the history of Texas and… (more).

 

 

New Borderland Newspapers Available in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program


We are pleased to announce the completion of a grant whose goal was to build newspaper content for counties that previously had little or no newspaper content in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. As a result of this award, we have digitized 25,300 newspaper pages from 13 border and near-border counties, including titles published in Spanish and French as well as English.  The bulk of the newspaper collection spans from 1860-1869, with the decades from 1900-1920 prominently featured, as well…. (more).

 

New Collections on the Portal
Spanish Archives of LaredoThe Spanish Archives of Laredo, informally called the Laredo Archives, cover a period from 1749 to 1872 and consist of 3,452 handwritten official documents totaling 13,343 pages. Although the first document is dated 1749, the bulk of the collection begins in 1768, with… (more).

 

Texas Human Rights Foundation Collection (The Dallas Way)The Texas Human Rights Foundation, Inc. (THRF), formerly known as the Houston Human Rights Defense Foundation, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation established on June 6, 1978. THRF’s purpose is to end discrimination based… (more).

 

Lampasas Area Newspaper CollectionLampasas is located on the Sulphur Creek, at the junction of U.S. highways 183, 281, and 190, in south central Lampasas County. Charles A. Woolridge published the first county newspaper, the Chronicle, beginning on June 1, 1859… (more).

 

New from the UNT Press
Legends and Life in Texas: Folklore from the Lone Star State, in Stories and Song
There is sometimes a fine line between history and folklore. This Publication of the Texas Folklore Society tells stories about real-life characters from Texas’s history, as well as personal reflections about life from diverse perspectives throughout the last century. The first section covers legendary characters like Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, and people who were bigger or bolder… (more).

A number of items published by the UNT Press can be found in The Portal to Texas History– find them here!

 

From the UNT Digital Library
[Portrait of Hazel Harvey Peace]


Photograph of Hazel Harvey Peace, an African-American educator and long-time Fort Worth resident. She is seated in a wooden chair, with her hands folded over a closed children’s book in her lap. Other books are visibly displayed on library shelves behind her. Read more here!

 

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August 23rd, 2017
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New from the UNT Press

Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy
Authors Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice grappled with several issues when deciding how to relate a general history of the Texas Rangers. Should emphasis be placed on their frontier defense against Indians, or focus more on their role as guardians of the peace and statewide law enforcers? What about the tumultuous Mexican Revolution period, 1910-1920? And how to deal with myths and legends such as One Riot, One Ranger?… (more).

A number of items published by the UNT Press can be found in The Portal to Texas History– find them here!

 

New Collections on the Portal
Portland NewsA winner of four 2017 Texas Press Association awards, The Portland News represents the citizens of Nueces and San Patricio Counties, in addition to the coastal city of Portland. Originally the dream of land developer John G. Willacy and named after Portland, Maine, building on the… (more).

 

Lesbian Gay Political Coalition Papers (The Dallas Way)The Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas was a political organization created out of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus during the 1980s. The Lesbian/Gay Political Coalition of Dallas and the Dallas Gay Alliance were the two groups which… (more).

 

News from the Portal
Ennis Historical Society and Ennis Public Library


“Something important is underway for all of us who care about our local history. The Ennis Historical Society is at the center of this good news, and with the help of that group, preservation and research will be substantially aided. Society President Dennis Zembala recently announced the following: “We hope you can come to the Ennis Public Library to discuss an initiative to make the Ennis Historical Society’s archival collections more accessible to the public on the internet. This past year we received a grant from the Hancher Foundation to digitize the library’s past issues of the Ennis Daily News and make them available on the Portal to Texas History…” (more).

 

The Virtual Race Across Texas
Texas State Historical Association – The Virtual Race Across Texas is your opportunity to test your knowledge of Texas history and win some awesome prizes courtesy of TSHA and our sponsors. During the race, you will compete against your friends and fellow Texas history enthusiasts as you answer multiple-choice questions on Texas history. Think carefully when you answer, because… (more).

 

From the UNT Digital Library
3D Printing Book History: Extending bibliographical pedagogy through additive manufacturing


Presented at the 2017 Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Conference. This seminar focuses on work extending bibliographical pedagogy through additive manufacturing. Read more here!

 

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Masthead for an issue of Revista del Valle

 

We are pleased to announce the completion of a grant whose goal was to build newspaper content for counties that previously had little or no newspaper content in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. As a result of this award, we have digitized 25,300 newspaper pages from 13 border and near-border counties, including titles published in Spanish and French as well as English.  The bulk of the newspaper collection spans from 1860-1869, with the decades from 1900-1920 prominently featured, as well.

The largest number of issues are represented by The Daily Ranchero from Brownsville, started by Henry Maltby in 1859 as the Corpus Christi Daily Ranchero. The Ranchero publishing office moved through a variety of South Texas and border cities during the Civil War, after which it settled in Brownsville.

Arguably one of the most unique titles, “The Oklasodak was the official newspaper of Bullard’s Brigade on the Mexican Border” (Ramsay, p. 314, 1920) and the issues from this title are from 1916-1917.  Bullard’s Brigade was the South Dakota Infantry Regiment, which served along the Rio Grande from June of 1916 to March of 1917 (South Dakota National Guard Museum).

South Texas can boast nationally-famous products that had their beginnings in the early 20th-century.  From Falfurrias, Texas, we have added early issues of the Falfurrias Facts, a newspaper title representing the city that has also given the world Falfurrias Butter.  If you have ever eaten Falfurrias Butter, you should know that butter production in May 1913 for Falfurrias was 800lbs per day.

From Uvalde, the Uvalde News of November 17, 1898, provides an account of the recent history of area elections from Uvalde County to its neighboring border county of Maverick, with the argument that never before have elections been as hotly contested as they were in 1898 between the Democratic Party and the Independent Party.  This history touches on past elections of similar acrimony, and the people discussed as running for office are citizens who helped build and settle the area, after whom various area cities, landmarks, and neighboring counties have been named.

A few hours researching this collection will lead you to many more treasures, and the Texas Digital Newspaper Program is proud to be able to host these issues and more in the Texas Borderlands Newspaper Collection.  Teachers, students, and researchers of all ages can use these newspapers to better understand how Texas became the state it is now by researching the voices and viewpoints of people who built the counties represented by this collection.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services to the State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act.

 

 

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August 2nd, 2017
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News from the Portal

Fellowship Lecture Series: Matthew Carr
Please join us on Friday, August 4 when Fellow Matthew Carr speaks on his project Origins of the Culture War: Social Issues in State Party Platforms, 1960-2016​ from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Willis Library, Room 250H… (more).

 

The Virtual Race Across Texas
Texas State Historical Association – The Virtual Race Across Texas is your opportunity to test your knowledge of Texas history and win some awesome prizes courtesy of TSHA and our sponsors. During the race, you will compete against your friends and fellow Texas history enthusiasts as you answer multiple-choice questions on Texas history. Think carefully when you answer, because… (more).

 

New Collections on the Portal
St. Edward’s University Newspaper CollectionThe St. Edward’s University newspaper fills a gap about Austin-based Catholic schools and the Catholic community in Central Texas from 1881 through the early 1920s, when very few papers provided Catholic news from across the state and country… (more).

 

William H. “Bill” Nelson, Jr. and Jean Nelson Collection (The Dallas Way)William H. Nelson, Jr. (1949-1990), or Bill Nelson, as he was commonly addressed, was a prominent leader in the LGBT rights movement in Dallas during the pivotal years of the AIDS epidemic. Bill was affiliated with the Dallas Gay Alliance, the Dallas Gay Political Caucus, the Foundation for Human Understanding, and various other groups. Nelson was also president of the Dallas Gay Alliance during 1984-1987… (more).

 

Donald F. Baker Collection (The Dallas Way)Donald F. Baker (1947-2000) was a teacher who lost his job for coming out as a gay man during a television interview in 1977. Baker was a founder of the Dallas Gay Political Caucus along with… (more).

 

From the UNT Digital Library
[TXSSAR Members at a Booth]


Photograph of William Coffey, Ronald Carter, and John Anderson running a TXSSAR booth at the Arlington History Fair. Black and white historical photographs can be seen on the background wall. Read more here!

 

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