TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2015

This Application Schedule is Now Closed.
Grants will be awarded in August 2014.

Increase accessibility to library treasures with these grants from TexShare. TexTreasures is an annual competitive grant program designed to help member libraries make their special collections more accessible to researchers across Texas and beyond. Projects may include such activities as cataloging, indexing, and digitizing materials. The Texas Collections working group is the peer review panel for the grant.

Funding is available for projects that involve cataloging, indexing, and digitizing local materials with statewide significance. The TexTreasures grant program helps Texas public and academic libraries provide access to their special or unique local collection holdings by making information about these holdings available to library users across the state.

Grant Information

  • FY2015 Program Guidelines: Download here
  • Deadline: Monday, March 10, 2014
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2015 (Sept. 1, 2014 - Aug. 31, 2015) will be awarded in August 2014.
  • Awards: $20,000 for a single institution; $25,000 for a collaborative project.
  • Fundable activities: Projects designed to increase accessibility through a wide range of activities such as cataloging, indexing, and digitizing local materials with statewide significance.
  • Criteria for award: A peer review panel will score proposals on five criteria:

    1. Significance of the collection
    2. Project design
    3. Availability
    4. Cost effectiveness
    5. Evaluation
  • How to Apply:

Prospective grantees must register online through the TSLAC Grant Management System (GMS) to access grant applications once applications are made available.

In addition to managing the competitive grant application process, GMS allows grantees to manage all aspects of their grant programs, including:

  • submitting performance and financial reports
  • submitting program and budget revisions
  • requesting payments.

To learn more about GMS, please refer to the Grant Management System Manual.

  • For more information, contact:

Erica McCormick, Grants Administrator
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927 Austin, TX 78711-2927
Phone: 512-463-5527
e-mail: emccormick@tsl.texas.gov
Consortia Program Administrator
Texas State Library & Archives Commission
PO Box 12927 Austin, TX 78711-2927
Phone: 512-463-5433
e-mail: texshare@tsl.texas.gov

Other Resources


FY2014 TexTreasures Grants Approved!

Abilene Library Consortium — West Texas Digital Archives: Nail Archives Newspaper Collection: $25,000
The Abilene Library Consortium (ALC) seeks funding to join with the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, to preserve content from the Robert E. Nail Jr. Archives Newspaper Collection through digitization of the Center’s existing microfilm. The collection will be added to the ALC’s West Texas Digital Archives (WTDA).

Austin Film Festival — The Austin Film Festival On Story Archive: Digitally Preserving and Presenting Austin Film Festival & Conference Recordings: $25,000
Austin Film Festival, Inc. (AFF) will preserve a five-year portion (2003-2007) of its extensive 20-year video and audio collection by digitizing it and making it publicly accessible. The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library (Texas State University) will physically and digitally house the collection.

Bertha Voyer Memorial Library – Digitizing Honey Grove History: $5,000
The Bertha Voyer Memorial Library will continue digitizing copies of the Honey Grove Gazette and Example Tattler newspapers dating back to the early 1900s and make them available through the Portal to Texas History.

Blanco County South — Digitizing to Preserve Blanco County: $1,725
This library district will digitize and make available online 23 rolls of microfilm of local county and city newspapers, dated 1898-1981. The collection includes the Blanco County News (1898-1967), the Blanco County Courier (1919-1924), and the Johnson City Record Courier (1924-1981).

Carrollton Public Library — Digitizing the Records of Union Baptist Church: $1,279
Carrollton Public Library will continue digitizing and making available online the records of the Union Baptist Church of Carrollton, Texas. The church’s history parallels the founding of Carrollton-Farmers Branch and neighboring towns in the mid-1840s.

Lamar University — Lamar University Press Digitization Project: $11,636
Lamar University Archives and Special Collections, a department in the Mary and John Gray Library at Lamar University, with the cooperation of the university’s school newspaper, University Press, will digitize and publish 72 years of the school’s newspapers to be accessed via the Portal to Texas History and the university’s catalog.

Mesquite Public Library — The Texas Mesquiter Digitization Project: $11,060
The Mesquite Public Library System, in partnership with the University of North Texas Libraries Digital Projects Unit, will digitize approximately 12,000 newspaper pages from The Texas Mesquiter (1904 to 1940) to make them available online through the Portal to Texas History.

Southern Methodist University — Robert Yarnall Richie Texas Industry Prints and Negatives: $20,000
Southern Methodist University seeks to digitize and annotate 1,000 prints and negatives depicting non-oil-related Texas companies from the Robert Yarnall Richie Photograph Collection. This project complements a TexTreasures FY2013 grant to digitize 1,000 Texas oil-related images by Richie.

Texas Southern University — The Mickey Leland Archives & Collection: The Leland Legacy Digitization Project: $20,000
The Leland Center will process and digitize selected materials from the Mickey Leland Archives. Grant funds will support staff to rehouse, arrange, catalog, digitize, and provide online access to manuscripts, photographs, and multimedia recordings from Leland’s political career in Texas.

University of North Texas — Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks Research Online: $25,000
The UNT Libraries and the Texas Historical Commission propose a partnership to digitize and provide broad public access to 1,775 files related to buildings designated as Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks.

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas — Texas Physicians, 1905-1966: Enriching the Biographical Database: $15,064
UT Southwestern Library would like to enrich and extend its Texas Physicians Biographical Database to add more location information, link to other online material, and add digitized material contributed by others into a statewide, subject-specific repository. The database contains information on over 10,000 Texas physicians practicing from 1870-1966.

University of Texas-Pan American — Digitizing Curanderismo: $17,796
The Border Studies Archive (BSA) at the University of Texas-Pan American (UTPA) Library seeks funding to digitize, catalogue, and make accessible on the Internet original source material on curanderismo, the practice of folk healing prominent in the Mexican and Mexican American cultures.


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