TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2020

Deadline for TexTreasures Grants for FY 2020 is March 8, 2019.

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.

Applications for FY 2020 may be submitted in one of two TexTreasures programs: TexTreasures Basic; or 2) TexTreasures Original.

TexTreasures Basic will award grants of up to $7,500 to small libraries (serving a population of up to 25,000) with little or no experience with digitization. Funding will support vendor contract services to increase access to collections with local or regional significance.

The TexTreasures Original program will continue to support libraries seeking to provide access to special or unique collections of statewide interest and greater complexity. The maximum award is $25,000 for applications from single institutions and $35,000 for collaborative grant projects.

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

  • FY2020 Program Guidelines:

    FY2020 TexTreasures Grant Notice of Funding Opportunity Guidelines (.pdf)

    FY2020 TexTreasures Grant draft template (MS Word)

  • Deadline: Friday, March 8, 2019
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2020 (Sept. 1, 2019 - Aug. 31, 2020) will be awarded in August 2019.
  • Awards: TexTreasures Basic: up to $7,500; TexTreasures Original: up to $25,000 for a single institution; $35,000 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:

The application cycle is now closed.

  • 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: grants@tsl.texas.gov

Other Resources


FY2019 TexTreasures Grants Approved

Austin Film Festival — Austin Film Festival Archive (Austin), $33,000
Austin Film Festival’s (AFF) Archive, housed at The Wittliff Collections (TWC) at Texas State University collects, preserves, and shares oral histories from film, television, and media creators that detail the process of bringing their stories to the screen. Unique from other collections, this curation provides intimate access to the process behind the finished product, compiled from over 24 years of digitized and recorded panels and master-classes captured during AFF’s renowned Writers Conference and year-round events. Funding from this grant would go toward digitizing material from 2003-2006, subsequently closing the gap between prior digitization initiatives, yielding 12 consecutive years of archived and available content.

County-City Library — Flying High in the Texas Sky - Preserving the WASP Legacy (Sweetwater), $34,908
In partnership with The National WASP WWII Museum, the Sweetwater County-City Library seeks funding of $34,908 to continue the preservation and digitization project for the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) archives. Located in Nolan County, the WASP museum collects and preserves the contributions made by American women pilots to victory during WWII. WASP documents, correspondence, photographs and journals during 1942-1944 depict a new age of American women entering the male dominated world of aviation. As a continuation to previous TexTreasures grants, this collaboration project will safe guard the museum's valuable materials and provide open access to their digital content on the West Texas Digital Archives and the Portal to Texas History.

Houston Community College — HCC Historical Fashion Collection, $24,988
Houston Community College (HCC) seeks funding to continue the digitization of 280 costumes from its Historical Fashion Collection and make them accessible through an in-house fashion database created by the HCC Library.  The costumes in the collection date back to 1750 with a large segment of the collection having Texas provenance.  Creating and improving digital access will provide the opportunity for people in Texas and throughout the word to see vintage costumes that were part of the state’s history and assist with the preservation of the collection.  The collection will also be available through the SharedShelf database. The initial report on the program may be accessed at: http://fashionarchive.hccs.edu/

Houston Public Library — Texas Films Revealed- Take Three, $34,975
The Houston Public Library and the Houston Metropolitan Research Center (HPL/HMRC), in partnership with The Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI), will continue to digitize and make widely accessible historically important and previously unavailable Texas films. Staff from HPL and HMRC will work with contractors to describe the films using standard metadata practices that make them more findable for the public. The films, currently in the HMRC collection and recording significant events in Texas from 1940’s to 1970’s, are in fragile and deteriorating condition. Digitization will preserve their content and make them accessible state-wide through the TAMI online library, the Houston Area Digital Archives, and multiple HMRC programs. A representative selection of the films will be available for streaming from the TAMI library and as a gateway link to the HMRC website.

Southern Methodist University — Texas Banknotes: The National Period, 1865-1935 (Dallas, $25,000
The DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University (SMU), holds an exceptional collection of National Bank Notes, 1865-1935, representing 349 Texas towns and hundreds of individual Texas banks. The DeGolyer Library and Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS), both units of SMU Libraries, are requesting a TexTreasures 2019 grant of $25,000 to digitize and make available on the Internet 556 Texas National Bank Notes comprising 1,668 files. The freely accessible files may be used for many purposes, including the study of Texas history, banking, commerce, numismatics, and genealogy.

Texas A&M University Kingsville — George O. Coalson Annotated Bibliography of South Texas Historical Resources, $24,861
South Texas Archives, (STA) at the Jernigan Library, Texas A&M University-Kingsville seeks funding to create catalog records, digitize, and physically preserve the George O. Coalson Annotated Bibliography of South Texas Historical Resources collection. Coalson’s collection consists of 46,000 notecards containing evaluations, and citations to primary and secondary sources, from pre-Columbian times to 1995, focused on South Texas history. The funding would allow STA to hire graduate students to catalog and digitize records, and to rehouse the collection ensuring preservation. To make the collection accessible STA will upload the finding aid and access to the collection to 4 portals.

University of North Texas — Borderland Newspaper Digitization Project - Part III (Denton), $24,998
This proposed grant project is the third and final installment of the Borderlands Newspaper Digitization Project awarded to the UNT Libraries by TSLAC in FY 2017 and FY 2018. This project will digitize an additional 25,000 pages of newspapers for a collection total of over 75,000 pages from eighteen counties near the Texas border. These counties stretch along southeastern Texas, near the Mexican border, including counties near the Rio Grande Valley of Jim Hogg, Zapata, and Brooks, spanning through south Texas and border counties, including Duval County, Maverick and Terrell, up to Reeves County in western Texas.

University of Texas at Arlington — Expanding the Texas Disability History Collection, $25,000
UTA Libraries requests $25,000 to support the digitization of additional materials for the Texas Disability History Collection (TDHC). The TDHC website, initially funded by a TexTreasures grant in FY 2016, showcases Texas’s central role in the disability rights movement and reveals the impact of disability rights on ordinary people’s lives. Additional funding would support the digitization of newly acquired collections and in-depth coverage of legacy collections, making many more materials available online, as well as enabling UTA to add audio description to digitized videos, significantly expanding accessibility for users with visual impairments.

University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley — Contaminación II, $16,993
The Border Studies Archive (BSA) at UTRGV’s Library collects and preserves documentation of the lives, culture and history of borderlanders and emphasizes acquiring high quality, in-depth narratives composed of aural, material and visual documentation. This proposal seeks funding to continue transferring and making accessible VHS tapes that record a significant event, contaminación, in the lives of a Mexican American community in the Rio Grande Valley. In McAllen, a toxic plume seeped under a neighborhood that effected approximately 180 Mexican American families. The BSA requests $16,993 to finalize the process of digitizing, cataloging and making accessible unique materials related to the event.

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