New Borderland Newspapers Available in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program

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Masthead image of the Daily Ranchero from Brownsville

  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… Read more »

New Texas Borderland Newspapers Added to TDNP

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The Junction Eagle Masthead

This TDNP post was written by our own Project Coordinator, Sarah Lynn Fisher. Having just celebrated her ninth year working in the UNT Digital Libraries Division, she has served in the Digital Newspaper Unit for seven of her nine years as a coordinator for multiple newspaper grant projects. Currently, Sarah Lynn is working on a… Read more »

Libraries Receive Grant Awards to Digitize Historic Newspapers

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Image of a man and woman in a newspaper office. Image courtesy of the UNT Special Collections.

We would like to congratulate libraries in Texas who have received Fall 2016 grant awards to digitize their historic newspapers. The Tocker Foundation supports newspaper digitization for communities with populations below 12,000. This autumn, the Tocker Foundation has awarded the following public libraries with funding to make their newspapers freely available on The Portal to… Read more »

UNT Libraries’ Digital Newspaper Unit Receives a 2016-2017 TexTreasures Grant

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TexTreasures Grant Award

The UNT Libraries’ Digital Newspaper Unit has another very exciting announcement about a new grant award to add more titles to the Texas Digital Newspaper Program. The “Texas Borderland Newspaper Digitization Project” is funded through a September 2016-August 2017 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Texas State Library and… Read more »

The National Endowment for the Humanities has Selected UNT Libraries for Another Round of the National Digital Newspaper Program

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UNT Libraries are pleased to announce that the National Endowment for the Humanities and Library of Congress have selected us for a fourth, two-year cycle of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), to digitize Texas newspapers on the Library of Congress’ Chronicling America.

This award is for $200,000 and will build access to an additional 100,000 pages of Texas newspapers on Chronicling America, to spotlight community identity in Texas. This time, the news is even more exciting because these additional newspapers will be in Spanish and German. Access to these additional issues and languages in a national context will represent and support the large populations in Texas whose ancestors settled here in the 19th-century and documented their experiences in these very newspapers. In addition to adding the newspapers to Chronicling America, where Texas identity can be preserved alongside other state awardees’ newspapers, we will include these newspapers in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP). These will serve as a jewel in the TDNP collection because they serve the descendants of Spanish- and German-speaking Texas pioneers as they explored what was then a mysterious frontier. These descendants comprise a large percentage of the Texas population, and we are proud to be able to represent them in NDNP. All of the newspapers available in Chronicling America and visible in the TDNP collection are freely accessible for research and education. As a result, we try continually to inform teachers and students about the importance of newspapers in understanding history.