TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2016

DEADLINE extended! Applications are now DUE Wednesday, March 11, 2015.
Grants will be awarded in August 2015.

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 2016 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

  • FY2016 Program Guidelines: Download here
  • Deadline: Extended to Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2016 (Sept. 1, 2015 - Aug. 31, 2016) will be awarded in August 2015.
  • 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:

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


FY2015 TexTreasures Grants Approved!

Abilene Library Consortium — 12th Armored Division Memorial Museum Historical Photographs Collection, $25,000
The Abilene Library Consortium (ALC) will partner with the 12th Armored Memorial Museum in Abilene, Texas, to digitize approximately 6,600 photographs from the Museum’s collection. The images will be digitize, cataloged and uploaded to the West Texas Digital Archives (WTDA) repository and the Portal to Texas History.

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 continue in its effort to preserve, digitize, and make publicly accessible a five-year portion (1994-2000) of its extensive 21-year video and audio collection. The Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library (Texas State University – San Marcos) will physically and digitally house the collection.

Austin Public Library — Processing the Pease-Graham-Niles Papers, Austin History Center, $20,000
The Austin History Center of the Austin Public Library will hire a project archivist to process and make widely discoverable and accessible the papers of former Texas Governor Elisha Marshall Pease and the Pease family. The project will include the creation of a finding aid and the digitization of 75-100 items based the usefulness to researchers and educators. The collection dates from the 1830s to the 1930s.

Beaumont Public Library System — Melody Maids Scrapbooks, $18,490
The Tyrrell Historical Library proposes to digitize and provide descriptive historical background information for 155-185 scrapbooks related to the Melody Maids Collection. The Melody Maids was a girls’ choir that traveled the United States and the world to perform for military personnel located at military installations from 1942 to 1972.

Concordia University — CTX Historical Collection Digitization (Austin), $8,600
The Concordia University Texas Library (CTXL), The Portal to Texas History, and the Texas German Dialect Project will partner to digitize, preserve, and provide online access to foundational documents and their finding aid(s) related to the establishment and development of Concordia University Texas (CTX), founded in 1926 as Lutheran Concordia College of Texas.

Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin — Creating Digital Access to the Papers of J. Frank Dobie, $19,564
The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin will provide digital access to manuscript writings, correspondence, and personal papers of the renowned Texas folklorist, writer, and educator J. Frank Dobie (1888-1964).

Houston Public Library — Mapping Houston's History, $25,000
Using the Internet and geographic information systems (GIS) technology, Houston Public Library will partner with the GIS Division of the City of Houston Planning Department to digitize 10 maps representing most decades in Houston’s history (1837-present) and encode them with 1000 geocoded points (locations) representing significant landmarks in Houston’s growth and history. In addition, the library will scan additional objects representing events, architectural monuments, and historical and cultural landmarks in the city’s history associated with the geocoded landmarks.

Panola College — Loblolly Digitization Project (Carthage), $3,248
Panola College seeks to digitize the historical interviews and stories as published in Loblolly Magazine by Gary High School students in Panola County, Texas. These items contain the stories of life in rural East Texas and personalities significant in Texas History and will be deposited at the East Texas Research Center, Ralph W. Steen Library of Stephen F. Austin State University, and the Portal to Texas History.

Southern Methodist University — Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. Collection of United States Railroad Photographs (Texas Railroad Negatives) Digitization Project (Dallas), $20,000
Southern Methodist University (SMU) proposes to digitize and annotate 1,000 negatives depicting seven major Texas railroads from the Everett L. DeGolyer Jr. Collection of United States Railroad Photographs (Texas Railroad Negatives). The freely accessible files can be used for many purposes, including the study of Texas railroads, economic development, and transportation history, as well as Texas history, in general.

Southwestern University — Digital Texas Heritage Resource Center (Georgetown), $20,000
Southwestern University will create the Digital Texas Heritage Resource Center to make accessible their considerable Texas history collection. They will purchase an overhead scanner that will be used in a multi-year project to digitize documents and books Southwestern holds that are unavailable elsewhere or have not been digitized by Google Books, HathiTrust, or another institution.

Texas State University — Texas State University Archives Digitization of Rare Local Newspapers, $1,275
The University Archives will digitize and microfilm approximately 1,000 pages of fragile and rare newspapers from Hays County dating from the late 1800s. All imaging will be completed by the University of North Texas Texas Digital Newspaper Program, and hosted on the Portal to Texas History, as well as on the Texas State University's Digital Collections Repository.

University of North Texas — Let it be Heard; The Dallas Voice Online, $19,915
The UNT Libraries will digitize pages of the Dallas Voice, which has been in publication since 1984 and is the premier media source for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual or Transgendered (LGBT) Texas. The project will encompass 19,420 newspaper pages covering 1984-1999.

Weatherford Public Library — Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH), $24,941
Weatherford’s Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH) program will continue its progress in preserving documents, recordings and artifacts relating to Parker County (TX) history by digitizing four collections that have statewide significance for students and researchers: Franco-Texan Land Company documents; Twin V Ranch documents, artifact photographs, and oral histories; Mount Pleasant Colored School oral histories; and a subset of Texas Christian University’s Jim Wright Collection.


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