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As the Texas Digital Newspaper Program prepares to celebrate 2.5 million pages on November 6, 2014, we welcome multiple new grant awardees and newspaper titles!

  • The Polk County Enterprise: The county seat, Livingston, Texas, has received a grant to digitize its newspaper, beginning in 1892 and moving up to 1965.  This span of years will represent such famous historic figures from Polk County, including former governor of Texas, William P. Hobby, after whom the Houston Hobby International Airport was named. 
  • The Carl and Mary Welhausen Public Library has received a grant to digitize multiple newspaper titles representing Yoakum, Texas, and DeWitt and Lavaca Counties.  Yoakum is also known as the Leather Capital of Texas and the Hub City of South Texas!
  • The Cleveland Journal & Illustrated Paper Boy emerge from Cleveland, Texas, and are being digitized by the Austin Memorial Library.  Cleveland’s first structure was a church built in 1854, around which later settlement began in the 1870s.  In addition, the Illustrated Paper Boy is one of the more unique titles we’ve run across in Texas newspapers.
  • Refugio, Texas, is the home of the Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library, which has received a grant to digitize many of its county newspaper titles.  Refugio, Texas, is near the coast, and it is the birthplace of famed Texas Rangers pitcher, Nolan Ryan. 
  • The Mercedes New Tribune and the Mercedes Enterprise will be digitized through a grant received by the Dr. Hector P. Garcia Memorial Library.  Located in the Rio Grande Valley, Mercedes is the home town of Tejano music singer Elida Reyna, whose family moved to the community when she was eight years old, and who won the Latin Grammy Award in 2010. 

We wish to thank all of the libraries who have contributed to historical preservation in Texas through their hard work in preserving and making these newspapers accessible to the public via the Texas Digital Newspaper Program.

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September 24, 2014
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Recently added collections …
The Hallettsville Rebel
“The great appear great to us only because we are on our knees, LET US ARISE!” shouts the slogan of the Hallettsville Rebel, once the state paper of the Socialist Party in Texas.  Edward Otto Meitzen, a German immigrant who left that country and the repression which followed the failed revolutions of 1848 first published the Rebel with his sons in 1911.  The paper’s boisterous attacks on corrupt politicians, corporate farms, and greedy landlords proved popular among the poor tenant farmers but infuriated those it targeted. During his tenure Meitzen survived several assaults in addition to a being shot by a sheriff accused of corruption.  (more)

 

LGBT Collections
The LGBT Collections include photographs, newspapers and other publications, letters, posters, and more from over 40 years of gay rights activism in Texas, many from the Resource Center LGBT Collection.  This growing collection features photographs of the Texas participants of the October 14, 1979 March on Washington and Gay Pride parades in Dallas as well as issues of the Dallas Voice, a newspaper for the gay community in Dallas that was first published in 1984.

 

Hardin-Simmons Photography Collection
When Hardin-Simmons University opened in 1892 sixty students enrolled at the small college in the fledgling town of Abilene.  At that time it was called Abilene Baptist College as it had been founded by the Sweetwater Baptist Association and a group of cattlemen and pastors who wanted to bring Christian higher education to the west.  Renamed Simmons College for the New York preacher whose financial support allowed the first campus building to be completed the college grew and expanded.

The college’s name changed again when it became a University in 1925, but struggled financially during the Great Depression.  With help from John and Mary Hardin the university attained long-term financial stability and its current name in 1934.  The Hardin-Simmons Photography Collectionspans the history of the university with images of the buildings, students, faculty, and campus life captured over the last 122 years.

 

Fraternity
The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History presents Fraternity, a publication of the United Benevolent Society of Fort Worth.  The Society was a non-profit organization organized through a lodge system that was dedicated to cooperation for mutual benefit and carrying out social, intellectual, charitable, and patriotic activities.

 

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Save the Date! On November 6, 2014, the UNT Libraries and The Portal to Texas History will be celebrating a major milestone with 2.5 million newspaper pagesavailable online through the Portal. Please plan on joining our celebration in Denton:When:       November 6, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
Where:      The Forum in Willis Library
1506 Highland St, Denton, Texas

 

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September 10, 2014
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Texas Digital Newspaper Program: Two Million Pages Preserved
Recently, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP) reached two million pages of Texas newspapers on The Portal to Texas History.  Made digitally available from microfilm, physical pages, and PDF e-print editions (more)
featured Collections …
The Canyon City News
The city of Canyon was founded by rancher Lincoln Guy Conner in 1889.  He had previously surveyed and settled the area, building a dugout for his home in 1887.  When the town was founded two years later the dugout became the general store and post office as well.  Randall County was organized later that year with Canyon as the county seat.The Stayer was one of severalnewspapers that served the town in its early years.  When R. W. Morgan began publishing it in 1896 the paper was primarily focused on stock-raising.  It was renamed the Canyon City News by George A. Brandon in 1903 and began to shift its focus to local, state, and national news.  It was sold to Charles Keiser and renamed the Randall County News in 1908.  That paper continued until 1926.

 

C.F. McCann CCC Collection
During the Great Depression Connie Ford McCann worked as a company clerk with the Civilian Conservation Corps in Pineland, Texas.  While he served two six-month tours with the Corps as they worked developing what would become Texas’ National Forests, Connie documented life in the camp with photography and his own personal diary. View collection.

 

The Abilene Reporter
The Abilene Reporter had only been printing for two months when a fire destroyed the office of its owner Charles Gilbert. Undeterred, Gilbert rode the train twenty miles to a neighboring town to borrow their printing press and produce an edition on the fire.  The year was 1881 and the city of Abilene had been founded only a few months earlier.  The paper is the oldest continuous business in Abilene, and this collection includes over 7,000 issues of the paper.
in the News …
UNT receives grant to digitize 16 years of Dallas Voice
University of North Texas announced it has received a $19,915 grant to digitize all copies of Dallas Voice from its inception in 1984 through 1999. Copies of the paper from March 2004 (more)
Dallas Voice, August 27, 2014.
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Congressional Research Service Reports

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) does not provide direct public access to its reports, requiring citizens to request them from their Members of Congress. Some Members, as well as several non-profit groups, have posted the reports on their web sites. UNT collects and provides access to 15,000 of these reports, and they have been used nearly a million times by the public. You can find research on Changes in the Arctic, Airline Passenger Screening, Net Neutrality, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.

 

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August 27, 2014
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Bellaire Area Newspapers
The city of Bellaire, inside the Houston metropolitan area, was founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin, the vice president of Burlington Railroad.  It was begun as a residential neighborhood and continues to be dominated by residences today, which is why it is known as the “City of Homes”.  TheSouthwestern Times was founded in 1944 as a weekly newspaper serving Bellaire and the surrounding communities of West University, Southside Place, Braeswood, Southampton, and Southgate.

 

Horse Country USA Archive
Featuring the work of Don Shugart and Ray and Joyce Bankston, the Horse Country USA Archive highlights the beauty and athleticism of the horse in images from 4-H fairs, cutting competitions, and portraits of horses with their riders.  The photographers’ intimate knowledge of horse breeds and standards allowed them to capture their subject’s best qualities.

 

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 that was published in San Antonio and Galveston between 1907 and 1913.

 

and a sad departure …
Please join us in a fond farewell and best wishes for our Portal Projects Librarian, Tara Carlisle. Next month, Tara will start a position as the Digital Humanities Librarian at the University of Oklahoma. Whether you’re an educator or a Portal Partner, if you’ve had an opportunity to work with Tara, you know what a joy she is and what a tremendous job she has done for UNT. She will be very missed.

Until her position is filled, for inquiries and new digital projects, please contact Dreanna Belden (dreanna.belden@unt.edu) and for newspaper projects, please continue to work with Ana Krahmer (Ana.Krahmer@unt.edu).

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World War Poster Collection from the UNT Digital Library

From World War I French victory figures to grim views of the Nazi regime, these posters demonstrate the power of words and images. The collection is particularly strong in World War I French and American posters, and World War II American “home front” posters. War bonds, rationing, enlistment, security, and morale are all topics treated by these artworks. The collection includes posters by such famous artists as Norman Rockwell, Theodore Geisel (better known as Dr. Seuss), and Boris Artzybasheff.
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August 1, 2014
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The Jasper News-Boy
The Jasper News-Boy was founded by Captain Edward Irwin Kellie who had come to Texas after working as a news boy in New Orleans.  Kellie worked for a newspaper in Galveston and then for the Sabine Times until 1860.  After the Civil War he set up shop in Jasper with the old hand press from the East Texas Clarion and the East Texian.  Working under the slogan, “We bend our knee to none but God”, Kellie ran the News-Boy until 1880.  The paper remains in publication to this day. … (more)

 

J. William Blewitt Collection
The J. William Blewitt Collectionfeatures photographs from the 1950’s contributed by the Bosque County Historical Commission.  They include photographs of the Texas National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division.  The 36th was known by their shoulder sleeve insignia bearing an arrowhead with a letter “T” in it which they called the “T-Patch”.  Other photographs in the collection include reunions, weddings, and other events. 
Danish Heritage Preservation Society
Ten miles south of the city of El Campo in Wharton County is a small community called Danevang. The town was first settled by eleven families of Danish immigrants who arrived from the Midwest in 1894.  As the year progressed about seventy families had settled, some directly from Denmark.  After initial success, many families began to struggle to prosper and numerous people left Danevang for what they hoped would be a better life in California. However, the community survived and its Danish heritage is preserved due to the efforts of theDanish Heritage Preservation Society. Their collection includes over 300 photographs that document the history, culture, and people of Danevang. 
Byrd Williams Family Photography Collection
Four generations of photographers – all named Byrd Williams – documented more than 100 years of North Texas history with their work. Now, UNT Libraries has acquired their collection, consisting of over 10,000 prints and 300,000 negatives. The materials include commercial and studio photography, western landscapes, documentary studies, and fine art photography. …(more
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Save the Date! On November 6, 2014, the UNT Libraries and The Portal to Texas History will be celebrating a major milestone with 2.5 million newspaper pages available online through the Portal. Please plan on joining our celebration in Denton:When:       November 6, 2014, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.
Where:      The Forum in Willis Library
1506 Highland St, Denton, Texas
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