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March 8, 2017
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Texas Gulf Coast Register/South Texas Catholic Newspapers
Bishop Thomas J. Drury established the Texas Gulf Coast Register, predecessor to the South Texas Catholic, in May 1966 as the official organ for the Diocese of Corpus Christi, which at that time covered the area south of a line running from Corpus Christi to Laredo. The newspaper’s name was changed to the Texas Gulf Coast Catholic in 1970 and eventually… (more).

 

Hopkins County Area Newspapers
The Hopkins County Area Newspaper Collection serves as the digital repository for The Cumby Rustler, The Daily News Telegram, Hopkins County Echo, and The Sulphur Springs Gazette. The Hopkins County Genealogical Society holds the physical editions for the majority of the… (more).

 

Bell Helicopter RecordsThe Bell Helicopter Records Collection contains a selection of images from a much larger collection of Bell Helicopter materials available in tangible form in the UNT Libraries’ Special Collections. The Bell Helicopter Records document seventy-one years of Bell Helicopter Textron’s corporate history. The collection includes manuscript materials such as corporate memos… (more)

 

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Three Questions with Tom Phillips
1. How important is the Portal in your teaching, learning or research?

Very: I am researching the late 1881 court martial of Lieutenant Henry O. Flipper held at Fort Davis, Texas. He was the first African American graduate of West Point (1877) and… (more).

 

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Office of Technology Assessment

The Office of Technology Assessment Collection includes quarterly and annual reports, catalogs, and internal OTA documents such as orientation materials. The items in this collection were produced between 1979 and 1998. For the many interesting topical publications produced by OTA, please see the OTA Legacy collection available via the CyberCemetery… (more).

 

 

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February 23, 2017
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Bell Helicopter RecordsThe Bell Helicopter Records Collection contains a selection of images from a much larger collection of Bell Helicopter materials available in tangible form in the UNT Libraries’ Special Collections. (more)

 

Hopkins County Area Newspapers
The Hopkins County Area Newspaper Collection serves as the digital repository for The Cumby Rustler, The Daily News Telegram, Hopkins County Echo, and The Sulphur Springs Gazette. The Hopkins County Genealogical Society holds the physical editions for the majority of the… (more).

 

McMurry University Oral Histories
The McMurry Oral History Collection consists of video interviews of alumni and professors of McMurry University about their experiences during the time they were associated with the university. These oral history videos are a part of a larger collection of oral histories, many of them in audio format… (more).

 

 

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My Grandmother, The Sheriff –
Gutsy Broad

“My maternal grandmother, Mantie Merritt McReynolds, was sheriff of Gaines County in far West Texas in the 1950s. I’ve loved telling the story to anyone who’d listen: Gutsy woman alert! My grandmother was a midcentury woman sheriff! It’s a story that has given me a lot of pride. But one detail has also caused…” (more).

 

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UNT Research Symposium on African Studies

This collection contains papers and presentations from the symposium, “Thinking and Re-Thinking Africa,” held April 11, 2015, in Denton, Texas. Organized by the UNT Africa Task Force and supported by UNT-International, this symposium aims to bring together students and faculty from all disciplines to present their research, contribute to dialog, and… (more).

 

 

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On February 15, 2017, the Texas Digital Newspaper Program reached five million pages of Texas newspapers. This collection spans from 1829 up to the present, and this work has involved partnerships between University of North Texas Libraries (UNT) and almost 130 partners, including local public libraries, academic libraries, genealogical and historical societies, granting agencies, and in some cases, personal contributors.

Through this digital preservation effort, the role of TDNP in community preservation of newspaper history has grown to reach all corners of Texas, as well as to branch into newspaper preservation for diverse communities, with such titles as El Regidor, The Jewish Post, The Jewish Herald, The Southwest Chinese Journal, Svoboda, Vestnik, and The San Antonio Express.  

Fun Facts

TDNP began with the Ferris Wheel collection in 2005.  As the digital newspaper collection crosses the 5 million page line, I’m excited to offer a few interesting facts and figures to illustrate the program.  

Oldest Issue September 25, 1829 Texas Gazette
Westernmost Title El Paso Morning Times* We also have the El Paso Herald available in TDNP, but based on the historical addresses in a Google Maps search, the Times is the farthest west publication.
Southernmost Title Matamoros Reveille June 24, 1846
Northernmost Title  Lipscomb Limelight
Easternmost Title  Newton County News
Languages 10 English, Chinese, Czech, French, German,  Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Spanish, Swedish
Largest Contributing Partner Abilene Library Consortium 44,599 newspapers
Most Unique Name for a Newspaper (Not the Jimplecute, although we do love that title, too.) The Texas Mesquiter
Number of Partner Institutions 128
Number of Newspaper Titles 1102

 

TDNP also contains a handful of issues from unique titles that enhance the diversity of the collection. These include:

    • The Old Flag, published in Camp Ford during the Civil War, was created by Union POWs who hand-wrote each issue.  UNT’s Special Collections houses lithograph copies created by the original newspaper publisher, of which there are three total, published on February 17, March 1, and March 15, 1864.
    • The Representative began publication in late 1872, according to the volume and issue numbers available in TDNP, and was the first newspaper owned, edited, and published by an African American man, Richard Nelson. This is contrary to what the TSHA Handbook Online states, which says that Nelson’s second title, The Galveston Spectator, was the first title.  Primary source evidence shows that The Representative actually claims this distinction. Twenty-four issues of The Representative are available on the Portal.
    • The Pine Needlecontributed by Lamar University, was a weekly newspaper published in Hardin County between 1964-1968 by attorney Houston Thompson and his silent partner, William Thomas Bean. This paper served as a vehicle to protest what Thompson believed was widespread political corruption in Hardin County. He also utilized the newspaper to promote the establishment of a national park in the Big Thicket, believing that this would increase tourism in the region and lessen what he believed was the economic monopoly of the large lumber companies in the area. The Pine Needle documented the opposition to a national park and the compromises which eventually led to the creation of a national preserve.
    • The El Paso Morning Times was the only Texas title of its period to internationally report on the progress of the Mexican Revolution in both Spanish and English.  Access to this coverage was made possible through a collaborative project with the University of Texas at El Paso and the University of Arizona.

As TDNP matures into five million pages, UNT Libraries will host a celebration to thank all of the contributors who have made this collection so expansive and successful.  Exciting new projects are on the horizon, ones intended to further increase the diversity of the collection to support all Texans and to reveal to the world Texas’ well-rounded identity.

What does five million pages mean?  

As a reference number to understand what this 5 million pages means, let’s look at the National Digital Newspaper Program. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Chronicling America hosts newspapers digitized through the National Digital Newspaper Program, which at this time amounts to 11,647,857 pages.  These pages were digitized by 44 participating U.S. states, including Texas contributions from UNT. We are very proud to have participated in the National Digital Newspaper Program because it gave UNT and TDNP many tools for standards-based preservation.  

 

 

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February 8, 2017
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2017 Library Research Fellowships – Apply Now 
The University of North Texas Libraries invite applications for the 2017 Research Fellowships in UNT Special Collections and The Portal to Texas History. Research in our collections is relevant to studies in a variety of disciplines including… (more).

 

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Dr. Walter M. Woodward Texas History CollectionThese historic books, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera relate to two prominent Coleman families, the Woodwards and McClellans. Originally collected and organized by Dr. Walter McClellan, they include a receipt signed by Stephen F. Austin, two letters dating to the 1830s dealing with… (more).

 

Art Forum Scrapbooks
These scrapbooks detail art events in Abilene focusing on the activities of the Art Unit of the Abilene Women’s Forum, from its inception in 1922 through the following decades…. (more).

 

Jesse P. Sewell Photograph Collection
This photo collection is believed to have started with Jesse P. Sewell’s private photo collection. Many of the photos deal with the early history of Abilene Christian College, including photos of Jesse P. Sewell, faculty, students, sports, and facilities. It appears that as other photos were donated to the school over the years, they were added to this collection, including some gathered for the college yearbook… (more).

 

From the web
UNT Libraries’ Digital Collections 2016 in Review: Items
“I’m quite impressed with the amount of content that we added in 2016. Adding 295,077 to the Digital Collections brought us to 1,751,015 items and 26,326,187 files (pages) of content in the systems.  I’m looking forward to 2017 and what it has in store for us.  At the rate we added content in 2016 I have a strong feeling that we will be passing the 2 million item mark…” (more).

 

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End of Term Publications

The End of Term (EOT) Publications collection consists of reports, presentations, and documents collected during one of the End of Term Presidential Web Archive projects either in 2008, 2012, or 2016. Items were either explicitly nominated for inclusion in the EOT archive or have been extracted from the EOT Archive for inclusion in this collection.

For more information about the End of Term Web Archive see the homepage at http://eotarchive.cdlib.org … (more).

 

 

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January 11th, 2017
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Aubrey Area PhotographsThese items come from the private collection of Bouncer Goin. He, his mother, and grandmother collected local history materials from their hometown of Aubrey, Texas. They include a 1918 Aubrey High School Yearbook; family photos; and images of local churches, businesses, and the tornado of April 1918. (more)

 

Heritage Magazine Collection
Heritage Magazine documents the history and culture of Texas. It contains articles related to preservation and restoration of historical sites in Texas as well as museums and collections in the state… (more)

 

Charles and Catherine Schulze Collection
The images in this collection consist mainly of photos of a Rock Island Railroad survey crew that traveled through Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Texas during 1902. In the fall of 1902, while surveying a ten-mile stretch of land between… (more)

 

From the web
Three Questions with Liz Carmack
1. How important are Unique Collections in your teaching, learning or research?

During the early phase of writing my book, Rodeo Austin: Blue Ribbons, Buckin’ Broncs and Big Dreams, the Portal was one of the first places I turned as I began researching… (more).

 

Lone Star Adventure: Log Cabin Village Fort Worth – Fox 4


“This week’s Lone Star Adventure takes us to a Living History Museum that is recreating pioneer life. And recently made national news as part of a project that puts Texas history at the world’s fingertips. With the discovery of a little known picture of Alamo hero Davy Crockett.” (more)

 

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Women With Words

The Women With Words collection features short biographies and oral histories of female journalists in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area. Students in the UNT Mayborn School of Journalism conducted the interviews and wrote summary articles as part of a qualitative research class…. (more)

 

 

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