March 22, 2017
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Chicken Baseball at the State Fair of Texas Was a Thing – D Magazine

“I’m not entirely sure how I ended up down the chicken baseball rabbit hole. I was on UNT’s Portal to Texas History, a cool site with more than 800,000 rare and historical items that have been digitized, looking up something Dallas-related. Somehow my search yielded the following result: a news script from WBAP-TV in Fort Worth for an “educated chicken baseball game” that was being unveiled at the State Fair of Texas in 1953. Here is how the “game” was described:…” (more).


Want to help The Portal to Texas History out? Interested in giving a bit of your time to meet with some researchers?
The Portal to Texas History is currently recruiting participants from the Dallas / Fort Worth area for a usability study to examine the new design interface.  Your participation in this study will help to improve access to digital primary source objects by giving us information about navigation and function of the Portal. Your participation will benefit all researchers who utilize this website. This will require approximately 30 minutes of your time and a visit to Willis Library at the University of North Texas.

If you are interested in participating, please email Dianne Jansing. Your input is greatly valued!


From the Web

Three Questions with Linzee Kull McCray
1. How important are Unique Collections your teaching, learning or research?

The Portal enabled me to search by subject and gave me a window into rural life in Texas—the number of small-town newspapers was … (more).


New to the Portal
Portrait of Dr. May Owen
Dr. May Owen was a medical pioneer in Texas. She is most well known for discovering that the talcum powder used on surgical gloves caused infections and scarring in patients. She is also a prominent figure, as the first female president of the Texas Society of Pathologists, the Tarrant County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association. You can find more about her and her contributions in the Texas Medical Association collection in the Portal!


Cat’s Claw (Archer City, Tex.), Vol. 20, No. 12, Ed. 1 Tuesday, May 1, 1962Bi-weekly student newspaper from Archer City High School in Archer City, Texas that includes news and information of interest to students along with advertising. Plenty of other records from Archer County, Texas can be found in the Archer County Newspaper Collection in the Portal!


Vote for new background banners for the Portal
You know those nifty background images we use at the top of the Portal to Texas History? Now’s your chance to help us select the next round of banners that we use. Take the survey!

from the UNT Digital Library






The ReSource collection contains magazines covering research, scholarship, and the arts at the University of North Texas. Included are issues of ReSource, published from 1984-2004, and UNT Research, published from 2006–. Highlights include features, news briefs, alumni spotlight, faculty books and portraits. (more)



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