March 20, 2015
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recently added Collections …
The 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum Photograph Collection
Housed at the 12th Armored Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas, this collection of photographs chronicles the everyday life of the 12th Armored Division during WWII.Having trained outside of Abilene at Camp Barkeley, the division was sent to Europe where it fought… (more)

Texas Week Newsmagazine 
Texas Week was the first weekly magazine to be devoted entirely to the State of Texas. Founded right after WWII, its focus was on capturing the post-War normalization of the State – culturally, politically and structurally. Much of the population had been places and seen things they never imagined, and their experiences would have a significant impact on the State going forward.The publisher and editor, Raymond Holbrook, worked… (more)
Il Messaggiero Italiano
In the late 19th and early 20th century immigration from Italy to Texas increased as economic conditions worsened in Italy.  Galveston, Houston, and San Antonio each had growing communities of Italians who had arrived seeking a better life.  The communities were held together with help from the Church, benevolent-fraternal organizations, and Italian language newspapers like Il Messaggiero Italiano, a weekly Italian language newspaper… (more)
helping Historians …
“I have written three books on the history of the city of Austin.  It’s not a stretch to say that I couldn’t have accomplished this without access to The Portal to Texas History.  Newspaper articles, photographs, books; it’s all there!  I am grateful to the University of North Texas for providing this invaluable resource.” – Jeff Kerr

Jeff Kerr entered Rice University in 1975 with plans of becoming a writer and historian, but practical considerations prevailed, and in 1984 Kerr took his medical  degree from Texas A&M University.  After a residency at Wake Forest University, he moved back to Texas… (more)

and we are happy to welcome …
Please join us in welcoming our new Project Development Librarian, Jake Mangum. Jake started in the position at the beginning of February.

For inquiries and new digital projects, please contact him at

from the Digital Library…
Gordon Knox Film Collection
The Gordon Knox Film Collection contains over 100 films created by Texas-born filmmaker Gordon Knox (1906-1992) or Mr. Knox’s production company, The Princeton Film Archives. The collection contains short and feature-length documentaries produced between 1937 and 1964 for… (more)




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