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April 19, 2017
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Rescuing Texas History 2016The 2016 edition of Rescuing Texas History is a compilation of newspapers, photographs, and other materials that give a glimpse into the diverse people and fascinating places that have contributed to the growth of Texas over the past two centuries. Materials in this collection come from a wide variety of partners… (more).

 

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1. How important are Unique Collections in your teaching, learning or research?

The Unique Collections play a vital role in my research by opening up a new dimension of nineteenth-century culture. I’m currently completing a book that is tentatively entitled Worlds Beyond: Miniatures in the Victorian… (more).

 

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The Rattler (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 6, No. 1, Ed. 1 Wednesday, October 15, 1924


One of the morerecent collection in the Portal is The Rattler, the semi-monthly student newspaper from St. Mary’s College in San Antonio, Texas that includes campus news along with advertising. This edition, from 1924, features stories about the paper, the new school year, and the tennis courts. Read more here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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[50th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association Photograph 26]

This is a digital photograph taken at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Oral History Association in Long Beach, California, held in conjunction with the 35th Annual Meeting of the Southwest Oral History Association. The theme of the conference was “OHA@50: Traditions, Transitions and Technologies From The Field.” Find more here.

 

 

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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 grant for the National Endowment for the Humanities-sponsored, National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), to digitize 100,000 pages of Texas newspapers in Chronicling America. She has prepared this guest blog post in preparation for essays she will create for the NDNP grant award.

 

In September of 2016, the UNT Libraries’ Digital Newspaper Unit received a TexTreasures grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to digitize historic newspapers from Texas counties located along and near the border with Mexico. The TexTreasures competitive grant program aims to help member libraries increase the accessibility of their collections. The Texas Borderlands Newspapers Digitization Project grant supports The Portal to Texas History’s goal of including the histories of communities from the entire state of Texas. Newspapers from many of the counties and communities in this region were previously not represented in the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP).

Since the start of this grant award, TDNP staff have been busily locating and digitizing newspapers for the Texas Borderlands Newspaper Collection on the Portal. New newspaper titles now available in the Texas Borderlands Newspaper Collection represent Kimble, Pecos, Kleberg, and Reeves Counties in south-central and southwest Texas from the years 1908 to 1924. News reporting in these issues include discussions of the unique agricultural, geographical, and social challenges encountered by residents in these Texas regions.

When completed, digitization of The Fort Stockton Pioneer, published in the Pecos County seat of Fort Stockton, will include nearly two decades of issues from this former army camp along the Pecos River. From 1858 to 1886, U.S. Army fort_stockton_mastheadInfantries were stationed at Camp Stockton, later Fort Stockton, to protect travelers heading west to Mexico and California who stopped in this area to access natural springs, as Tour Texas explains. As Fort Stockton transitioned from army post to ranching community, the theme of protection continued to be represented in issues of the newspapers. In this article from the May 19, 1916, issue, Dr. Homer Powers describes his capture and escape from “bandits” who raided a store and mines nearby Glenn Springs and Boquillas, taking several captives along the way, Dr. Powers among them. As the bandits headed with their “loot” across the Rio Grande into Mexico, Dr. Powers and his fellow captives were able to disarm their captors and return to Texas where they received “a touchingly hearty welcome from the Sheriff’s posse, river guards and soldiers.” The Fort Stockton Pioneer has been published continuously since 1908. The Portal will include issues published from 1908 to 1922.

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Another Borderlands newspaper title currently available on the Portal is The Junction Eagle, published in Junction, the county seat of Kimble County. The Junction Eagle is not the town’s first newspaper (that honor goes to the West Texas), but it has been published continuously since 1882, according to the Junction Eagle website. Issues currently on the Portal begin in 1919. The Junction city history tells us that its city name refers to the town’s geographic location at the intersection of the North and South Llano Rivers. Junction was a small community with only a few hundred residents until the “Four Mile Dam” was constructed on the South Llano River. The dam’s infrastructure enabled the growth of the town, providing water for the town’s residents, irrigation for farming, and as well as generating power for mills and mining . The dam provided entertainment for residents as well. The August 13, 1920 “Telegraph Tellings” column notes,
Mrs. Conde Hardeman entertained the Henderson house party last Tuesday afternoon at the dam with supper and bathing and quite an enjoyable time was spent by all.

These brief glimpses into the lives of rural community residents may sometimes only be found in the town’s newspapers, a fact that underscores the importance of TDNP’s newspaper preservation efforts. TDNP will continue to add newspapers to this collection throughout 2017. Upcoming titles include The Daily Ranchero from Brownsville in Cameron County, the southernmost county in Texas.

 

 

 

 

 

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April 5, 2017
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Texas & Pacific Railway Collection
The Texas and Pacific Railroad Collection is comprised of historic photographs of Abilene, clippings from the WWII era “Camp Barkeley News”, and archives (including photographs, maps, timetables, and correspondence) from privately donated Texas and Pacific Railway archives… (more).

 

Denton Municipal CollectionFeatures documents, newsletters, clippings, and photographs from the early 1900s to present day, depicting people, places, and activities about the various Departments of the City of Denton. (more)

 

Evelyn Fiedler Streng Slide CollectionProfessor Evelyn Streng, a native Texan and the daughter of a pioneer Fredericksburg family, was an educator in the state of Texas for over 40 years. When she passed away in 2014 she left a legacy in the collections of the Fiedler Memorial Museum and… (more).

 

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[Bell employees working on parts for the XH-40]

This is  a photograph of three Bell Helicopter employees working on parts for the XH-40 helicopter. This photograph is part of the collection entitled: Bell Helicopter Records and was provided by UNT Libraries Special Collections to Digital Library, a digital repository hosted by the UNT Libraries. More information about this photograph can be viewed here.

 

 

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On March 28, we updated the Portal with a number of incremental changes and improvements based on the feedback of our users and observations of how the site was both performing and being used. Many of the changes are cosmetic, but we’ve introduced a couple of requested features worth noting. Here’s what we did and why:

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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!

 

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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).

 

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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!

 

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ReSource

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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