By Angela Ossar, Government Information Analyst
TSLAC’s Gilberto Herrera and Andy Puente recently returned from delivering the archive of the Carrizo Springs Javelin to their offices in Carrizo Springs, Texas, a town 117 miles southwest of San Antonio and roughly 45 miles from the Texas-Mexico border. The Javelin employed TSLAC’s Imaging Services department to create microfilm and digital copies of the newspaper’s archive.
The archive, spanning almost one hundred years (1914-2010), required delicate handling — newspaper that’s made from wood pulp is designed for cheap production, not long-term preservation. Early in the project, I was consulted by Imaging Services about some particularly brittle newspaper. I was able to take some pictures to send to TSLAC’s conservator, Sarah Norris, for advice on how to safely flatten the materials.
Four reels of microfilm, containing the most fragile of the newspapers (1914-1925), were produced at TSLAC; the remaining papers were then transferred to Precision Micrographics. The project produced 54 reels of microfilm (original and duplicates) and 66 CDs.
Gilbert and Andy delivered the hardbound archive, microfilm, and digital copies to the Javelin in late May. The Javelin announced on its Facebook page that its digital archive will soon be available for research at the Dimmit County Library, and thanked Gilbert and Andy for the safe return of this invaluable record of life in Carrizo Springs. Nice work, Gilbert and Andy!