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October 27, 2016
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The Texas HistorianThis picture depicts the Hambrick Plantation, which is considered haunted by residents of the Tyler area. The Texas Historian, one of the few historical journals in the nation dedicated to publishing the work of secondary students, features plenty of stories about local haunts like this that you can’t find anywhere else. (more)

 

KXAS-NBC 5 News Collection
KXAS was the first television station in Texas and the Southwest when it signed on as WBAP-TV on September 27, 1948. This collection features photographs, video, and over 12,000 scripts from news broadcasts just like this one, covering a news story about four youths spending the night in a supposedly haunted abandoned house in Dallas on a bet, discovering $2,500 in cash and securities in a stack of old newspapers, and being arrested after… (more).

 

University Photography Collection
Drawn from the UNT Archives, this collection of photographs features images of the changing and growing University of North Texas campus.This picture depicts Bruce Hall, a UNT dorm that is known as one of a few haunted buildings on campus. (more)

 

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Tarleton, Stephenville libraries partner to digitize historic local newspapersBy digitizing the back issues of the local newspapers, researchers, students and everyday citizens will have quick, easy access to a wealth of historical data, including genealogical records such as marriage, birth and death notices, as well as advertisements, property transactions and editorials.

Once digitized, the 1882-1992 newspapers will be housed online in the Portal to Texas History digital library, maintained by the University of North Texas. The database provides an excellent digital home for researchers, historians and… (more).

 

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[The Texas Folklore Society Collection]

You won’t have to look very far in this collection to find ghosts or ghouls.This collection of Texas Folklore Society publications contains a miscellany of Texas and Mexican folklore, including stories about folk… (more).

 

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October 12, 2016
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The David S. Castle Collection
The David S. Castle Collection contains over 6,500 pages of architectural drawings and blue prints created primarily during the 1st half of the 20th century. Established in Abilene, Texas in 1915, the David S. Castle Company became an extremely successful architecture firm and was responsible for designing many building landmarks in West Texas during the… (more)

 

Spotlight on North Texas
“Spotlight on North Texas” was a community history project conducted by the University of North Texas Media Library and theTexas Archive of the Moving Image. In April and June of 2016, residents of Denton County were invited to participate in the preservation of North Texas’ motion picture history by bringing materials to the library for free digitization. The digitized materials contained in this collection include home movies, television news footage, and photographs. This project was… (more)

 

University Photography Collection
Drawn from the UNT Archives, this collection of photographs features University of North Texas football, UNT alumni and alumni events, and images of the changing and growing University of North Texas campus. (more)

 

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Three Questions with Tyler Thompson, doctoral candidate1. How important are Unique Collections in your teaching, learning or research?

The UNT Portal to Texas History has been a crucial aspect of research throughout my academic career. I am incredibly grateful for its wealth of resources including historical newspapers, almanacs, and photographs. The website is simple to navigate and easily accessible for researchers.  As an undergraduate student, I utilized the Portal… (more)

 

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[Music Library 75th Anniversary Symposium Collection]

This stimulating array of papers and presentations was delivered at a 2016 symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the University of North Texas Music Library, as well as… (more)

 

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TexTreasures Grant Award

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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 Archives Commission (TSLAC), as part of TSLAC’s TexTreasures competitive grants program. Through this $25,000 award, the Newspaper Unit will digitize newspapers from eighteen counties near the Texas border, comprising at least 23,000 pages and beginning in 1887.  At present, these counties either have few or no newspapers freely available on The Portal to Texas History or elsewhere. These counties stretch along southeastern Texas, near the Mexican border, and include the counties of Jim Hogg, Zapata, and Brooks, and span through border counties, including Maverick and Terrell, up to Reeves County in western Texas.  At present, the materials representing these counties on the Portal are primarily maps, with a small scattering of other, non-newspaper items. This project will allow voices to be heard from these areas that have otherwise not been represented in the context of the Portal or other freely available online newspaper resources.

It is difficult to overestimate the role a newspaper plays in representing a community’s identity. The newspapers digitized through this project span urban and rural populations who originated from many different cultural backgrounds in Mexico and Europe. Many of these newspapers will highlight the Mexican Revolution, which so many of the border communities saw first-hand and discussed within their newspapers. New inventions for settling the frontier are highlighted in the German newspapers, foreshadowing for their descendants a long-term agrarian existence in the Texas Hill Country. All of these newspapers educated early Texas settlers about how to survive in the new frontier, how the political system worked, and how the society functioned and survived. The theme within this project is to open digital access to new voices from early Texas history, and we look forward to what we may learn from them.

TexTreasures is an annual competitive grant program designed to help member libraries make their special collections more accessible to researchers across Texas and beyond.

 

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August 23, 2016
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Refugio County Newspaper Collection
Situated on the coast of Texas and on the north bank of the Mission River, Refugio, Texas, has been home to multiple newspaper titles since 1895. The Dennis M. O’Connor Public Library has made a selection of these newspapers available on The Portal to Texas History. Situated near Corpus Christi, the Refugio area has sheltered many groups of settlers, and in 1836 it was the site of the Battle of Refugio during the Texas Revolution. The population of Refugio County today is around … (more)

 

Niles-Graham-Pease Papers
The Pease, Graham, and Niles Families Papers consist of materials related to multiple generations of the families of Elisha Marshall Pease, who was governor of Texas from 1853 to 1857 and from 1867 to 1869, and his wife, Lucadia Christiana (Niles) Pease. The collection is composed of five different acquisitions and includes personal, professional, and political documents from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. E. M. Pease and his family were… (more)

 

Battleship Texas State Historic Site Photograph Collection
The Battleship TEXAS State Historic Site photograph collection documents the history of Battleship TEXAS when she was active in the U.S. Navy, and when she became the first permanent battleship memorial museum in the U.S. The body of photographs deals primarily with the ship’s interior and exterior appearance, guns, aviation on board the ship, and her commissioning and launching. The images help us tell our visitors about the evolution of… (more)

 

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Three Questions with Mylynka Kilgore Cardona, Map Curator
1. How important are Unique Collections in your teaching, learning or research?

I first learned of the Portal while working on my PhD at UT-Arlington and several maps from our Special Collections were in the process of digitization at UNT.  While an adjunct professor at UTA, I used the Portal to help round out my lecture notes and directed students to … (more)

 

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[Joses Dually at the 1996 Summer Spectacular]

Photograph of competitors in the 1996 National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular held at … (more)

 

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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.

 

Newspapers illustrate cultural mergings in many ways, from the very languages in which they were written, to the different groups of people who lived in and settled the areas where the issues were disseminated, to the governments that oversaw settlement of those areas.  At present, a search for Texas newspapers, and even into early Texas History, brings up a wealth of primary source information about Texas after it entered the United States and about Texas in the Civil War, most of which is available in English-language newspapers.  We are very excited about the opportunity to expand the representation of Texas cultures in Chronicling America with the addition of Spanish- and German-language titles.

For more information about the National Digital Newspaper Program, you can visit the NEH NDNP page.

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