Special Collections Funded with TexTreasures Grants

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2013 Awards

Arlington Public Library System ($8,344) This project will allow the Arlington Public Library to oversee the digitization of a significant WWII collection of artifacts, text, and photos at the Arlington Historical Society and make it available online.

Fort Worth Library ($20,000) The Fort Worth Library's Local History, Archives, and Genealogy unit will convert microfilm and microfiche collections to digital formats in order to provide access to those materials through the Fort Worth Library Digital Archives website. Collections to be digitized include, but are not limited to, a collection from the United Confederate Veterans Robert E. Lee Camp; a Texas Centennial Scrapbook; and local African American newspapers.

Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin ($19,050) The Center will help preserve, catalog, and improve access to an extensive collection of works by the Dallas artist, Frank Reaugh (1860-1945).

Lamar State College-Orange ($20,000) In its goal to digitize and publish close to a century’s worth of valuable historical newspapers, from 1886 to 12/1984, Lamar State College-Orange, with cooperation from The Orange Leader and The Orange Public Library, will digitize old microfilm of the Orange Leader to which there is no electronic access.

Rita & Truett Smith Public Library ($24,999) The public libraries in Wylie and Sachse are partnering to digitize "The Sachse Sentinel" and the sister papers the “Wylie News” and the “Sachse News.” These papers are the only resource for historical information for this community from 1948 to present. They seek to digitize 30 years of the collection from 1948-1978 with this grant.

Southern Methodist University ($20,000) Southern Methodist University will digitize and annotate 1,000 prints and negatives depicting Texas oil-related companies from the Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection (ca. 1936-1970).

Texas Southern University, ($20,000) The Barbara C. Jordan Archives will process and digitize 100 cubic feet (50 boxes) of the legislative papers of Rep. Barbara Jordan.

University of North Texas ($21,945) The partners for this project will digitize and place online over 11,000 pages from the Dallas Municipal Archives and Sixth Floor Museum  that will augment existing materials already being prepared for the 50th anniversary remembrance of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

2012 Awards

University of North Texas

The University of North Texas Libraries and the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin will digitize and provide public access to the earliest Texas newspapers.

National Museum of the Pacific War

The National Museum of the Pacific War will digitize oral histories from Texas veterans of World War II's Pacific Theater and homefront.

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin

The Briscoe Center will continue online development of the Bexar Archives.

Southern Methodist University

SMU will digitize and annotate postcards depicting Texas buildings, people, events and industries.

Texas Archive of the Moving Image

The Texas Archive of the Moving Image, in partnership with the Houston Public Library and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center, will digitize and make accessible a group of historically important, previously unavailable Texas films.

2011 Awards

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin “The Bexar Archives”

Houston Public Library

To digitize and transcribe Houston Metropolitan Research Center oral histories.

University of North Texas

To digitize and provide free public access to the earliest Texas newspapers held by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin.

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

For the “Making Cancer History® Voices” oral history project.

Southern Methodist University

To digitize 19th century photographs that depict Texans from a variety of cultural groups: Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, and American Indian, as well as locations from all regions of the state.

University of Texas at El Paso

To make materials documenting the history of the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) on the U.S.-Mexico border and the military buildup that occurred on the U.S. side of the border during those years available.

University of Houston

To digitize filmed programming from KUHT, Houston’s Public television station.

Helen Hall Library, League City
Tto digitize photographs documenting the history of League City, North Galveston County and the surrounding Bay Area.

Victoria College

To digitize and provide access to the exhibit, Ranching in the Coastal Bend, 1845 – 1920.

Sam Houston State University

To document the lives of Texas military veterans through video oral histories.

2010 Awards

Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin “The Bexar Archives”

Given the magnitude and importance of the Bexar Archives and the need for greater availability, the Briscoe Center project will create a research tool, called the Bexar Archives Online, which joins digital images of the original Spanish documents with the corresponding English-language translations. With this project, the Briscoe Center will do the following: digitize eight rolls of master negative microfilm containing images of Bexar Archives originals; scan 125 volumes of typescript translations; link the images of the original documents with the translations; make the translations searchable; and develop a Web interface that allows researchers anywhere to access these important documents.

Houston Public Library “Houston Oral History Project - Mayor Bill White Collection”

The Houston Oral History Project is a partnership of Mayor Bill White’s Cultural Affairs Office and the Houston Public Library (HPL). The goals of this partnership are to collect and preserve 100 videotaped interviews of prominent Texans and make them broadly available in digital form, through multiple access points. During 2008, HPL designed and built the infrastructure to support the project. The first oral histories are now available via the Web at http://digital.houstonlibrary.org, and the library plans to have 75 more videos mounted on the Web with transcripts by the end of FY09. The FY10 grant funds will convert an additional 288 hours of audiotapes from cassette or reel-to-reel tape formats to digital format. In addition, HPL will dedicate a portion of the funds to accelerate the creation of transcripts for the collection.

Dallas Public Library “Marion Butts Photography Negatives Project”

Marion Butts’ photographs are a unique chronicle of Dallas and Texas history during the segregation and the civil rightseras. As an African-American photographer and editor of the Dallas Express, his photographs provide not only a visual but also a first-hand account of community life, race relations, and the civil rights movement. This project will use the unique photographic record produced by Marion Butts, as well as other primary source materials (maps, Negro City Directories, oral histories) in the Texas/Dallas History & Archives collections to develop a series of online Texas-focused, TEKS-based lesson plans and a resource bank or “image gallery” targeting 7th grade students. We will scan 1,500 photographs and other primary source materials previously available only in negative or paper form. The core of the project will be the digitization of a group of photographic negatives selected by Mr. Butts as his most significant work.

University of Texas at Arlington “Tejano Voices Project”

The University of Texas at Arlington Library houses 176 oral history interviews with 173 notable Tejanos and Tejanas from across Texas conducted in 1992-2003 by Dr. José Angel Gutiérrez, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington. This project requests funding assistance to describe and digitize 13 of the interviews during fiscal year 2010. The interviews emphasize the personal stories and struggles of those interviewed, many of whom are the first individuals of Mexican descent in their communities elected or appointed to government office. The interviews were placed in Special Collections at the UT Arlington Library, where they are accessible to students, scholars, and the general public. The interviews are unique, and reflect the history of the Tejano community as it pressed for an end to racial segregation in the state and access to political power in the post-WWII period, and its growing influence in the cultural community of Texas.

Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin “Itinerant Photographer Collection”

The Ransom Center has some unique and significant Texas holdings that deserve wider exposure and accessibility. The TexTreasures grant would help to preserve, describe, and provide access to a hidden Texas treasure - the Itinerant Photographer Collection. This collection is a part of the Center’s Photography Collection holdings and contains 475 glass plate negatives depicting numerous local businesses, owners, and employees in Corpus Christi, Texas, all made by an unidentified photographer working in February 1934 during the Depression. The Ransom Center proposes to preserve the glass plate negatives in this collection (fragile items now in danger of emulsion loss) through digitization and to promote their availability and accessibility via descriptions in an online finding aid, an online catalog record, and an online exhibition.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at UT Austin “Lady Bird Johnson Photo Collection”

Lady Bird Johnson’s legacy is one of Texas’ most significant treasures exemplifying the great events, ideas, and individuals that contributed to Texas conservation history and culture. Lady Bird’s legacy includes her work to transform the way Americans think about the natural environment as well as documents, records, and artifacts from a life devoted to preserving, conserving and restoring our natural heritage. This project proposes to preserve and provide access to the legacy of a small girl from Karnac, TX who grew up to become America’s environmental first lady.

2009 Awards

University of North Texas “Early Texas Newspapers: 1829-1861”

The University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries and the Center for American History (CAH) at the University of Texas at Austin will partner to microfilm, digitize, and provide free public access to the earliest Texas newspapers held by CAH. Master microfilm copies created by the project will be stored in the CAH climate-controlled vaults, and UNT will provide freely available Internet access to 12,280 early Texas newspaper pages through the Portal to Texas History (http://texashistory.unt.edu).

University of Texas at Arlington “Tejano Voices Project”

The UT Arlington Library houses 174 oral history interviews with notable Tejanos and Tejanas from across Texas conducted in 1992-2003 by Dr. Jose Angel Gutierrez, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington. Funding will assist to describe and digitize 60 of the interviews during grant period. The interviews emphasize the personal stories and struggles of political figures, many of which are the first individuals of Mexican descent in their communities elected or appointed to government office. The interviews were placed in Special Collections at UT Arlington Library, where they are accessible to students, scholars, and the general public. The interviews are unique and reflect the history of the Tejano community as it pressed for an end to racial segregation in the state and access to political power in the post-WWII period and its growing influence in the cultural community of Texas

Austin Public Library “The Hubert Jones Glass Plate Negative Collection”

The Austin History Center (AHC), a division of the Austin Public Library, collects, preserves, and makes available to the public materials related to the history and current events of the City of Austin and Travis County. In the 1950’s, Hubert Jones, and Austin resident, donated a collection of 471 glass plate negatives containing subjects local to Austin and Texas. The AHC proposes to digitize the complete collection, research the collection and create a finding aid to include linkages to other collections, and catalog the collection in the AHC’s Digital Assets Management System. The images will be made available via the AHC’s website, the Austin Public Library’s online catalog, THDI, and TARO. This project serves to create digital preservation and access copies of these fragile items that will provide wider access to the intellectual content.

Texas State University – San Marcos “The Wittliff Collections - Dick J. Reavis Papers”

Texas State University created an academic, professional, online exhibit accessing primary source materials held by the Southwestern Writers Collection (SWWC) at the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University about the siege of the Branch Davidians at Mount Carmel outside of Waco in 1993. The source of materials for this online exhibit is the Dick J. Reavis Papers, donated to the collections in 1997, and 2001-2006. Reavis is the author of one of the definitive books on the subject, titled “The Ashes of Waco,” published in 1995 by Simon & Schuster.

Houston Public Library “Houston Oral History Project – Mayor Bill White Collection”

This project has the goal of collecting 100 videotaped interviews of significant Houstonians. 33 of the videos have been completed to date, and another 27 subjects have been scheduled for interviews. The Houston Public Library is partnering with Mayor Bill White’s Office to preserve and make the video-recordings available on the Web. To enhance the project, the library will digitize a large collection of oral histories stored in the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HMRC), the library’s archival division. The library will use the grant funds to convert a major portion of HMRC’s audiotapes from cassette or reel-to-reel tape formats to digital format. This collaborative project will ensure Houston’s oral history is preserved, promulgated, and promoted into the future.

2003 Awards

CORPUS CHRISTI PUBLIC LIBRARIES "Preserving the collections of the Woman's Monday Club and the American Gold Star Mothers Inc."

Corpus Christi Public Libraries will organize, inventory, index, and re-house the materials of the Woman's Monday Club, a member of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, and the local chapter of the American Gold Star Mothers Inc. Minutes and other selected materials will be digitized to allow access through the library's web site. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the women's club movement was a vital part of the women's Progressive Era movement. The Woman's Monday Club, still in existence, was involved in community initiatives in Corpus Christi dating back to the 1890's. The national organization of the American Gold Stars Mothers Inc. pays tribute to mothers of sons and daughters killed while serving their country.

DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY "Dallas County Real Estate Maps"

The Dallas Public library will digitize and preserve six Block Books containing detailed maps of each block in the City of Dallas and surrounding communities from 1880-1920. The Block Books contain layouts for communities that are on the National Register as well as sites of early school houses, street car lines, businesses and parks, and other details. Important early surveys such as the John Neely Bryan survey in what is now downtown Dallas are included.

Biography Online" http://mcgovern.library.tmc.edu/sitemap.htm

Three-thousand, two hundred licensure records obtained from the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners, dating from approximately 1907 to the 1950's, will be converted from a database index to a Web-based, keyword-searchable product. Additionally, an index to the Texas portions of Polk's Medical Register and Directory for 1886, 1896, 1902 and 1906 will be developed. The information in the licensure records provides important biographical data (full name, sex, race, birth and death dates, birth place) about deceased Texas physicians, including those of non-white races in a time period in which mainstream society marginalized the accomplishments of non-whites.

HUNTSVILLE PUBLIC LIBRARY "Huntsville and Walker County, Texas, Historical Images"

Photographs ranging in date from the mid-1800's to the mid-1900's and are unique resources found nowhere else related to the history of Huntsville and Walker County. The source materials trace both Anglo- and African-American communities, with a wide diversity of subject matter and study interests, including genealogical data from various sources such as family bible records, birth certificates, death certificates and marriage licenses. One notable figure documented in the collection is Sam Houston. The content of these materials traces early Texas history (include the days of the Republic), the legacy of African Americans in Texas, and both textual and photographic data about early pioneers, settlers, early Texas architecture and some of the state's first educational institutions.

NORTH RICHLAND HILLS PUBLIC LIBRARY "NET Images : the Northeast Tarrant County Historical Photographs Collection"

North Richland Hills Public Library proposes to partner with Tarrant County College Northeast Campus (the owner of the collection) to digitize approximately 1,500 photographs related to the history of northeast Texas, and to catalog and make them available through the library's online catalog and web site. The photographs document early residents, businesses, organizations and institutions of northeast Tarrant County, tracing the change of the area from sparsely-populated agricultural land to more densely-populated industrial and urban property. Many significant businesses and construction projects (DFW Regional Airport, Bell Helicopter) are included as well.


The John B. Coleman Library will inventory, scan, and disseminate documents relating to the Prairie View Interscholastic League (PVIL). The PVIL served as the basis for African-American grade school and high school athletic and academic tournament competitions from 1920-1970. The PVIL collection is the central state repository for all documents relating to the PVIL and its history, from its inception in 1920 as a separate African American high school competition organization from the all-white University of Texas Interscholastic League until 1970 when it formally disbanded and rejoined the UTIL. Information is significant due to its documentation of the PVIL and its work during a time of segregation, as well as the time frame of the records to be preserved.

SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE UNIVERSITY "Cabeza de Vaca Relación Digitization Project"

Cabeza de Vaca's La Relación y Comentario survives intact in only 16 libraries worldwide and is the first written work on what is now the southwestern United States, as well as being considered the first book written about Texas. This project will digitize the Relación section of the rare 1555 edition. The digitized material will appear on a comprehensive web site that also includes English translations of the content of the digitized images, existing art works related to de Vaca or the Relación, and links to additional sources of information.

TARLETON STATE UNIVERSITY "Ralph and Dossie Rogers' Collection"

The Ralph and Dossie Rogers' Collection features more than 200 historic photographs, negatives, and prints of the people and places of Dublin, Texas. Taken from 1881-1970, the collection includes photographs of street scenes, businesses, boarding houses, historic buildings, and Dublin area school groups and families. The more than 200 photographs will be made accessible worldwide through the Dick Smith Library's online catalog. This is an enhancement to a larger Cross Timbers Historical Images project. Professional humanities scholars as well as genealogists will find the collection useful as a chronicle of the history and culture of a rural region in central Texas.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS "From Republic to State: Debates and Documents Relating to the Annexation of Texas, 1836-1856"

The annexation of the Republic of Texas by the United States of America represents a milestone in the history of Texas. The University of North Texas Libraries will digitize materials related to the annexation of Texas and make them available from their Web site. This includes transcripts of the annexation debates, maps, letters, engravings and sketches of important figures involved with the debates.


This project will build on and expand the scope of UT's existing digital collections related to the Virtual Landscapes of Texas project. Materials relating to geological and natural history explortions, primarily from nineteenth century publications, will be digitized. The materials to be processed are scarce, and in some cases rare. Among the items featured in the collection are events, vegetation, water and mineral resources; and a pre-Civil War document of a traverse route across Texas that showcases perspectives on the early Texas frontier.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, TARLTON LAW LIBRARY "Texas Constitutional Convention Materials Electronic Publication & Web Indexing Project"

The University of Texas at Austin Tarlton Law Library will digitize a total of 3,351 pages of officially published preliminary and support materials of the several Texas Constitutional Conventions convened between 1824 and 1876. Consisting mainly of journals and debates, the materials to be processed have a variety of conditions, but most are fragile due to age. In addition, an online subject index to the Texas Constitutions (previously digitized) will be developed, and links between the Constitutions and Convention materials will be created.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT HOUSTON - DENTAL BRANCH "A Century of Dental Instrumentation : the UTHSC-Dental Branch Dental Articulator Collection"

Approximately 50 dental articulators will be recorded into digital videos and made available for review on the school's Web site. These files will be cataloged and electronically accessible. The collection documents the development of dental articulators and the project would be a teaching tool in the history of dental science.

2002 Awards

AUSTIN PUBLIC LIBRARY "Austin Treasures: Online Exhibits from the Austin History Center"

The Austin History Center's extensive collection of manuscripts, photographs, and maps detail the many colorful eras of Austin, Texas. The online versions of their exhibits will make primary research materials and published works available to researchers from all around the world.

BAYLOR UNIVERSITY "Frances G. Spencer Collection of American Sheet Music. American Melting Pot Collection" (sheet music) http://contentdm.baylor.edu/

Frances G. Collection of American Printed Music: The American Melting Pot Collection offers a unique window to America's cultural and social history by reflecting the rich diversity of cultures melding together in the United States at the turn of the last century. In addition to offering a survey of the popular music of the time, this collection affords a unique view of the cultural and social implications of the various ethnic groups immigrating to America from all corners of the globe. The lyrics and cover art offer first-hand commentary on the infusion of various peoples from a popular, though not always flattering, viewpoint. To obtain a listing of all the sheet music available thus far, log in to BearCat, the library online catalog, and use "American Melting Pot" in the AUTHOR field. Or search the title you are interested in under the TITLE search.

DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY"Murphy and Bolanz Maps"

The Dallas Public Library owns nine volumes of the Murphy and Bolanz addition and block books containing detailed maps of every neighborhood addition in Dallas and its surrounding suburbs from 1880-1920. Every street, every creek, and every railroad crossing is shown. This project will preserve these rare maps by disbinding, de-acidifying, and encapsulating them so they can be scanned and made available over the Internet. This project will be especially valuable to the historians and genealogists of Texas

ROSENBERG LIBRARY "Galveston: A City Transformed, 1890-1915"

The Rosenberg Library has a web page of documents that depict the rebirth of Galveston after the 1900 Storm, including the building of the Seawall, the grade rising, and the opening of the causeway to the mainland. Among these documents are original manuscripts, photographs, and other materials. This project makes this unique collection readily accessible to researchers statewide.

STERLING MUNICIPAL LIBRARY "Automated Baytown Sun Index"

The Sterling Municipal Library, with the cooperation of the Lee College Library, will implement the retrospective conversion of the manual Baytown Sun Index to a Web-based database. The database supplies both historical and genealogical information from the onset of Texas Independence to the development of the oil industry, to today's location for major installations of ExxonMobil, Chevron, and Bayer plants. It is a rich source of information to historians and genealogists alike.

UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS "Introducing...Nineteenth-Century Texas Law Online: Gammel's The Laws of Texas (Volumes 1-10, 1822-1897)" http://texinfo.library.unt.edu/lawsoftexas

H.P.N. Gammel's The Laws of Texas, 1822-1897 is one of the most important primary resources for the study of Texas' complex history during the Nineteenth Century. His monumental compilation charts Texas from the time of colonization through to statehood and reveals Texas' legal history during crucial times in its development. A table of contents and a search engine is included on the page for quick retrieval of specific information.


The Web page contains audio files, text files, and bibliographic records of interviews, conducted by Dr. Jose Ang?l Gutierrez, of seventy-seven Tejanos and Tejanas in Texas. These interviews emphasize the personal stories of the interviewees, many of whom are the first individuals of Mexican descent, in their communities to be elected or appointed to government office. These records will help Texas' students understand the experience of Tejanos at a time when the social and ethnic composition of the state is shifting.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN "Texas Constitutions Digitization Project" http://tarlton.law.utexas.edu/constitutions/

The Texas Constitutions Project digitizes the various versions of the Texas Constitution and makes the digital versions of the documents available online together with explanatory text and images. Searching capability of the Constitutions is included, as well as a bibliography of items related to the Historic Texas Constitutions and links to related sites.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO "Gertrude Fitzgerald Photograph Collection" http://libraryweb.utep.edu/special/photocollections.php

The Gertrude Fitzgerald Photograph Collection contains over 300 images which document early 20th Century life in Mexico City, Chihuahua, Mexico, and El Paso, Texas area. A historical/biographical sketch of Gertrude Fitzgerald and a series description is also included.


Cyndi Krier Taylor is distinguished by being the first woman and the first Republican to represent Bexar County in the Texas Senate. The processing of Krier's papers will help researchers document the role and impact of San Antonio politics in Texas and in national politics, analyze gender differences in local politics, and assess the roles of women in the Republican party.

VICTORIA COLLEGE/ UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON "Victoria, Crossroads of Immigration, 1824-1944"

The grant will allow the library to digitize 3,500 negatives that will provide a pictorial record of the arrival and assimilation of European immigrants through Victoria, Texas, and settled along with the Mexican population to form a new, unique collection. These photographs, along with text documents will be transcribed into a searchable file on the World Wide Web. The full-text, keyword searchable file will allow Internet access to scholars and researchers across Texas.


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