TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2019

Grants will be awarded in August 2018.

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 2019 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

  • FY2019 Program Guidelines: Download here (.pdf)
  • Deadline: Thursday, March 8, 2018
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2019 (Sept. 1, 2018 - Aug. 31, 2019) will be awarded in August 2018.
  • 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


FY2018 TexTreasures Grants Approved

Abilene Library Consortium — Flying High in the Texas Sky — Preserving the WASP Legacy, TexTreasures Original, $32,055
In partnership with the National WASP WWII Museum, the Abilene Library Consortium seeks funding to continue the preservation and digitization project for the Women Airforce 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 1942-44 depict a new age of American women entering the male-dominated world of aeronautics.  The project will provide open access to the digital content on the West Texas Digital Archives and the Portal to Texas History.

Austin Film Festival — Austin Film Festival Archive, TexTreasures Original, $33,000
Austin Film Festival’s (AFF) archive, housed in the Wittliff Collections (TWC) at Texas State University, is unique in collecting oral histories from television and film creators that detail the process of taking a story to the screen. The goal for this grant is to digitize material from 1997-2002 of the Austin Film Festival On Story Archive, which will close the gap between previous digitization initiatives, yielding 13 consecutive years of archived and available online content.

Brownwood Public Library — Digitization of Brownwood Bulletin, TexTreasures Original, $24,820
The Brownwood Library seeks to preserve The Brownwood Bulletin newspaper, through digitization of existing microfilm. This collection consists of 389 microfilm reels and represents the most complete runs of their issues available. Upon completion of digitization, the collection will be added to University of North Texas’ Portal to Texas History. To accomplish this, the Brownwood Library requests funding to digitize, index, and upload 25 reels from The Brownwood Bulletin microfilm holdings.

El Paso Public Library — Historical Maps Digitization Project, TexTreasures Original, $20,181
The Border Heritage Center of the El Paso Public Library would like to digitize 67 maps from the Historical Map Collection using a large format scanner and storage servers that they will purchase with the grant. Purchasing the scanner and servers would create a foundation on which the whole archive can be digitized and made available online. As part of the grant, they will also create an exhibit that showcases the history of Texas and El Paso through maps. They plan on working with the El Paso Independent School District to integrate maps into the Hometown Historian project, as well as several other outreach activities.

Houston Community College — HCC Historical Fashion Collection, TexTreasures Original, $24,971
Houston Community College seeks funding to digitize 220 costumes from its Historical Fashion Collection and make them accessible through an in-house fashion database created by Houston Community College Library. The costumes in the collection date back to 1790 with a large segment of the collection having Texas provenance.

Lee College — Lee College Baytown Veteran/Local Oral History Project - ADA Transcript Continuation Grant, TexTreasures Original, $11,182
Lee College seeks a second year of funding to continue a project to make a collection of oral histories accessible via the web to the visually and hearing impaired.  Last year, the library digitized 192 oral histories making them available at the Portal to Texas History.  All but 64 of these oral histories were accompanied with pdf transcripts, making them accessible to the visually impaired.   The Library wants to create transcripts for the remaining oral histories which document veteran histories, Humble Oil & Refinery Co. history, the Great Depression, and other topics of state and national interest.

Southern Methodist University — Promotional Texas Literature Project, TexTreasures Original, $25,000
The DeGolyer Library at Southern Methodist University (SMU) holds a substantial body of historic, promotional literature, 1866-1936, that was designed to attract people to move to all areas within the state of Texas. The DeGolyer Library and Norwick Center for Digital Solutions (nCDS), both units of SMU’s Central University Libraries (CUL), seek to digitize and make available on the Internet 337 of these documents, including guidebooks, pamphlets, broadsides, and more, comprising 8,008 pages, under the “Promotional Texas Literature Project.” The freely accessible files may be used for many purposes, including the study of Texas history, culture, business, and railroads.

Southwestern Adventist University — Adventism in Texas Digitization Project, TexTreasures Basic, $7,500
The library at Southwestern Adventist University seeks to improve access to and enhance the preservation of unique items in its archival collection, which documents the history of Adventism in Texas. The project will focus mainly on letters, manuscripts and print items from family papers, local newspaper collections, and yearbooks.

University of Houston — This Is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale 16mm Film Preservation Digitization and Access Project, TexTreasures Original $24,750
The University of Houston Libraries (UHL) proposes to digitize, describe, and make freely accessible online 112 16mm filmed interviews from the documentary collection This Is Our Home, It Is Not for Sale. The collection documents histories of segregation, gentrification, and urban development focused on the Houston neighborhood of Riverside Terrace. The UH Libraries will preserve master files, catalog and index the recordings, and publish them to the UHL Digital Library.

University of North Texas — Borderland Newspaper Digitization Project - Part II, TexTreasures Original, $24,777
The University of North Texas seeks to continue the Borderlands Newspaper Digitization Project awarded in FY2017 by the Texas State Library and Archive Commission.  This project will digitize an additional 25,000 pages of newspapers from 18 counties near the Texas border.  These counties stretch along southeastern Texas, near the Mexican border, including Jim Hogg, Zapata, and Brooks counties near the Rio Grande Valley; span south Texas and border counties, including Duval County, Maverick and Terrell; and stretch up to Reeves County in western Texas.

University of Texas at Arlington — Through the Lens of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Pt. 2: A Photographic View of World War II, TexTreasures Original, $25,000
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) Photograph Collection at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) Libraries Special Collections contains an estimated 4 million negatives documenting Fort Worth, North Texas, and much of West Texas from the mid-1920s to 1991. In this second-year grant, UTA seeks to digitize 15,000 more World War II-era images taken between 1940-1943. Scanned images will be available through the UTA Libraries Digital Gallery. The first year grant allowed UTA Libraries to digitize and capture metadata for 15,000 FWST negatives from 1943–1946.

University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley — Digitizing Contaminación, TexTreasures Original, $24,376
The Border Studies Archive (BSA) at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) Library will digitize, catalogue and make accessible unique and invaluable original source material, particularly VHS tapes, collected for the McAllen Toxic Plume case. The material tells the complicated and tragic story of a Mexican American neighborhood contaminated by benzene.

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston — Digitizing the Charles A. Berry, M.D. History of Space Medicine Collections, TexTreasures Original, $25,000
The Moody Medical Library at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) seeks $25,000 to digitize selected archival materials from the Charles A. Berry, M.D. History of Space Medicine Collections. Items selected for digitization include: documents regarding astronaut training and selection, the Apollo 1 disaster, and cabin atmosphere and waste management during the Apollo program from the Charles A. Berry, M.D. Papers; a journal and photographs from NASA’s Skylab Medical Experiment Altitude Test program in Houston and materials regarding the treadmill used for in-flight exercise from the William E. Thornton, M.D. Papers; and oversized drawings of the proposed first house on the moon and papers and speeches of Dr. Hubertus Strughold from the James Gaume, M.D. Papers. The end product will be digital images, described with content and format metadata, which can be accessed and used by a variety of researchers with an interest.


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