Beyond the Bytes, Volume 2, Issue 3, Summer 2008 The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| Content: IMLS Grant – IOGENE; Texas Reports; Museum of the American Railroad; Stirpes; Heritage House Museum in Orange, Texas; Amon Carter Foundation and “Where the West Begins: Capturing Fort Worth’s Historic Treasures” … Read more »
Excursion Party at Sharyland, 1920, University of Texas-Pan American
Fantastic images from Heritage House Museum in Orange
This collection included photos of the many historic homes,churches, businesses, and people from the area including the Stark mansion, the Link home, First Presbyterian Church (also known as Lutcher Memorial), and Pinehurst Ranch. Also included are current attractions such as the Stark Museum and the Lutcher Theater. In this image we see the ferryboat “John F. Kennedy” under construction in 1965.
The Sabine River, along with the bayous and forests that provide natural beauty and attract wildlife to the area can also be seen in thecollection. Many thanks to the Summerlee Foundation, the Stark Foundation, and private contributors who sponsored this project.
The Texas Reports
Read court decisions about cases of theft, forgery, counterfeiting, murder, divorce, deception, adultery, arson, and even patent infringement! Materials in this and all collections can be browsed by subject, by contributor, by location, and by historical era.
Museum of the American Railroad
Those of you who enjoy and remember traveling America’s railways will enjoy browsing through this collection.
Stirpes includes wonderful information for genealogists, such as extracts of vital statistics from The Telegraph and Texas Register, and information on early Austin county families. Search Stirpes.
What’s in the Lab now?
Fort Worth Jewish Archives
Log Cabin Village
University of Texas at Arlington
Making a difference with students …
Meet Jerrell Jones, an undergraduate student who has been working with us in the digital projects lab since spring of ’07. Jerrell is majoring in Photography and will be graduating in December of this year.
Jerrell says, “While working at the DPU Lab, I have learned a lot of exciting methods in digital imaging technology on top of the knowledge I have gained on my own and in school. I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to gain this knowledge while preserving the past. I have gained a better understanding of why the Portal to Texas History is special and why what we do as student assistants is so important. To scan one book in the lab is almost like a needle in a haystack, but saving a book before it falls apart could make a difference in someone’s life.”
“When I am correcting my photographs for printing, I often use knowledge that I have learned from Digital Projects. It’s also nice when I can share what I have learned while working at the lab with fellow photographers and other artists.”
Jerrell calls Houston home, and says, ” What I miss most about Houston is the Arts District. I attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston which was very close to the Museum of Fine Arts, Contemporary Arts Museum and other smaller museums and multiple galleries. Art was always there growing up. There are so many individuals there that contribute so much of their time to young artists, and being one of those artists makes me thankful to come from a place like Houston.” Jerrell chose UNT because of the strong programs at the College of Visual Arts, and specifically the Photography program.
“The Photography program has provided me with a series of challenges that have taught me about my craft, myself, those who have challenged me and why they did. With Denton being near both Dallas and Fort Worth, there are so many opportunities for artists of all kinds to come together and share with each other. This is something that I really enjoy about going to UNT and living in this area. What I have loved most about going to UNT is seeing how students support each other in their areas of study. UNT has a large student body, but I have never felt like a number. Through the faculty, campus employees, and students there is a wonderful energy that makes this place home. I am proud to say that I am a North Texan.”
Jerrell continues to do a fantastic job working for us while he is earning his degree. UNT is a student-centered public research university, and the Digital Projects Unit is proud to offer rewarding work experiences to so many of our wonderful students.
Working with Private Collectors
The Portal team has worked with many private collectors over the years to provide free online access to historic treasures that would otherwise never be available to most people.
Private Collection of Caroline R. Scrivner Richards
Grants update: the IOGENE project
While developing and writing the grant for the IOGENE Project, the Portal team uncovered some revealing facts. Almost all of the user-needs research done in the digital library field focused on academic use by scholars, faculty, or students; or K-12 use by teachers and students. One large segment of avid digital library users remained virtually unexamined — genealogists.
Genealogy has emerged as one of the most popular forms of life-long learning, but almost no research has explored genealogists’ information seeking behavior, or how that behavior might inform the design of a digital library interface. This is amazing when you consider that the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that nearly a quarter of all Internet users seek genealogy information on the Internet. This represents a group of over 50 million Americans.
This winter, the UNT Libraries began work on the grant, the IOGENE Project, a.k.a., Interface Optimization for Genealogists. This $448,000 grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services will identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Portal to Texas History. The IOGENE project will identify a model for digital library interface development using a user-centered design approach. Visit the IOGENE website to learn more about the latest news about this exciting project.
Announcing the Texas Digital Newspaper Program!
Texas Digital Newspaper Program. We have been approached by many, many libraries interested in providing online access to their local historic newspapers. With all the historic news events that have happened in our great state we are convinced that this is an important area to include on the Portal to Texas History. So we are moving forward with a plan to do just that.
After becoming familiar with newspaper digitization through our work with the National Digital Newspaper Program, we are happy to announce the Texas Digital Newspaper Program as a means to digitize and provide access to many more Texas newspaper titles than we are able to do in the national program alone.
We are actively seeking partnerships with others to digitize Texas’s historic newspapers. Our goal is to create a digitized newspaper resource that covers a broad geographical area, and this will only be possible through cooperation and multiple funding sources. This program will follow the same high standards set forth by the Library of Congress for the national program. For more information about the process, standards, funding opportunities, and other FAQs, please visit our Texas Digital Newspaper Program website.
Highlights from the UNT Digital Collections
The A to Z Project
The first documents digitized come from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. These vintage pamphlets provide advice on raising livestock, pest control, food preparation, and a wide variety of other topics.
Some of the over 350 documents already online include: Rabbit Recipes, Porcupine Control in Western States, Soybeans for the Table, Dairy Cattle Judging, Christmas Trees as a Cash Crop for the Farm, Farm Poultry Raising, Mule Production, Home Tanning of Leather, Chinchilla Raising, Ginning Cotton. Peanut Growing, Rammed Earth Walls for Buildings, Breeds of Dogs, Blueberries, Culture of Orchids, Eliminating Bats from Buildings, and the ironic Kudzu: a Forage Crop for the Southeast.
In 2008, the focus will be on the War Department Technical Manuals from the early twentieth century, since there is a high volume of requests for these.
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Beyond the Bytes, Volume 2, Issue 2, Summer 2007 The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| Content: Exciting news – three new grant projects; A new way to browse materials … a clickable county map of Texas!; My Texas History Notebook – twenty new lesson plans available … Read more »
Beyond the Bytes, Volume 2, Issue 1, Winter 2007 The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| Content: Announcing the New Portal Search Interface … faster, meaner, and leaner; A new collection from The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Gammel’s Laws of Texas: Mission Accomplished!; Update on … Read more »
Beyond the Bytes, Volume 1, Issue 3, Fall 2006 The e-newsletter of UNT’s Portal to Texas History| Fall 2006 Content: The Historic Texas Soil Surveys; The Ferris Wheel Newspaper, 1896-1897; Texas History Trading Cards: Texans that kids need to know!; Extra! Extra! Announcing the UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections … Read more »