TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2018

Grants will be awarded in August 2017.

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 2018 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

  • FY2018 Program Guidelines: Download here
  • Deadline: Monday, March 6, 2017
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2018 (Sept. 1, 2017 - Aug. 31, 2018) will be awarded in August 2017.
  • 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


FY2017 TexTreasures Grants Approved

Abilene Library Consortium — Flying High in the Texas Sky: Legacy of the WASP, $29,410
In partnership with the National WASP WWII Museum, the Abilene Library Consortium seeks to digitize and preserve the archives (documents, correspondence, photographs, and journals) of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas. The proposed collection will increase worldwide knowledge of the WASP and share accounts of their skills and heroism during 1942-44 that illustrate the WASP’s impact on WWII victory.

Austin Public Library — Dewey Mears Photography Collection Negative Cataloging and Digitization Project, $25,000
The Austin History Center of the  Austin Public Library (AHC) will process and make available the negatives of the Dewey Mears Photography Collection.The collection consists of the entire body of work of photographer Dewey G. Mears who was well known for documenting mid-century modern architecture in Central Texas. The collection contains approximately 100,000 negatives, contact proof prints, and some finished enlargements. A finding aid will be made available through Texas Archival Resources Online, a selection of images will be digitized by the Portal to Texas History, and an exhibit will be mounted at the AHC.

Houston Public Library — Texas Films Revealed, Take Two, $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. The films record significant events in Texas from the 1940s to 1970s. A representative selection of the films will be available for streaming from the TAMI library and as a gateway link to the HMRC website.

Lee College — Lee College Baytown Veteran/Local Oral History Project (Baytown), $7,490
Lee College will digitize 104 recorded veteran oral histories (61.2 hours) and approximately 22 oral histories on the history of Baytown (35 hours). These files will be sent to the Portal to Texas History at the University of North Texas for preservation storage, metadata creation, and Internet access.

Southern Methodist University — George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection Digitization Project (Part 2) (Dallas), $25,000
Southern Methodist University (SMU) seeks second-year funding to digitize and annotate 908 additional photographs, documents, and ephemera from the George W. Cook Dallas/Texas Image Collection (Cook Collection) at the DeGolyer Library. The collection contains a rich overview of Texas history in the form of photographs, documents, and ephemera related to the city of Dallas and the state of Texas overall, ca. 1829-1950s. Year one (2016) of the project allowed SMU to digitize and annotate 1,317 items from the collection.

St. Mary's University of San Antonio — Digitizing and rehousing the Spanish Archives of Laredo, $24,972
St. Mary’s seeks to have 13,343 pages of 3,452 original, handwritten, documents of the Spanish Archives of Laredo digitized by the University of North Texas Digital Lab and uploaded to The Portal of Texas History. Digitizing the originals of the Laredo Archives will greatly increase access to these documents that are important to Texas history. The project will also provide appropriate long-term storage of the original documents.

Stephen F. Austin State University — Loblolly Oral History Project (Nacogdoches), $`12,674
Stephen F. Austin State University proposes to digitize 384 audio interviews and stories as published in Loblolly Magazine by Gary High School students in Panola County, Texas, from 1973-2003, and make them available online through the East Texas Digital Archives & Collections (ETxDAC) with links to the Portal to Texas History. These audiocassettes contain stories of life in rural East Texas and personalities significant in Texas history.

Texas Lutheran University — A Geographer's Journey: Digitizing Slides from the Evelyn Streng Collection (Seguin), $10,075
Texas Lutheran University (TLU) seeks funding for the digitization and metadata creation for portions of the Streng Slide Collection by the University of North Texas. Professor Evelyn Streng, a native Texan and the daughter of a pioneer Fredericksburg family, was an educator in the state of Texas for over 40 years. The slides document her travels throughout Texas and the southwestern United States.

Texas State University — Digitization of At-Risk San Marcos Daily Record Negatives (San Marcos), $25,000
Texas State University proposes to digitize and provide access to approximately 6,000 film negatives, dating from the 1930s through the early 1960s, from the San Marcos Daily Record, the local newspaper. Funding will support the development of a custom-built film negative capture station and workflows that can be scaled up to digitize the estimated 1.5 million film negatives within the University Archives.

Texas Wesleyan University — Mason Johnson Theatre Collection (Fort Worth), $6,570
Texas Wesleyan University seeks funding to digitize items from the Mason Johnson Theatre Collection consisting of large poster advertisements, reel-to-reel and cassette audio performance recordings, playbills, photographs and other memorabilia of the university’s celebrated musical theatre productions during the era of Mr. Mason Johnson, associate professor of theatre arts & speech at Texas Wesleyan University from 1958 to 1985. The digitized files will be made available on the West Library’s Academic Archive for university community access, and access through the Portal to Texas History in the future.

University of Houston — Digitizing Historical News Programs from KUHT, $24,305
The University of Houston’s project will preserve and provide open public access to over 200 hours of original news programs from the nation’s first non-commercial educational television station, KUHT, giving Texas students, teachers, and citizens a unique, online documentary record of their state’s pre-digital history. Tape master copies of the news programs will be digitized, made discoverable through catalog records and finding aids, and made accessible through the University of Houston Libraries’ Digital Library and an online exhibit.

University of North Texas — Borderland Newspapers Digitization Project (Denton), $24,961
UNT Libraries propose to digitize newspapers from 18 counties near the Texas–Mexico border, comprising at least 23,000 pages, beginning in 1887. At present, these counties have few resources freely available on The Portal to Texas History or elsewhere. 

University of Texas at Arlington — Through the Lens of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: A Photographic View of World War II in Fort Worth, $25,000
UTA Libraries requests funding to support digitization and metadata creation for 15,000 negatives of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram dating from 1943-1946, the majority of which were never published. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) captured the transformation of Fort Worth from a slow-paced city whose economy depended on cotton, cattle, and oil to a fast-growing city generating tens of thousands of jobs related to World War II. The collection documents the war effort, industrial expansion, and everyday life on the home front. Scanned images will be available through the UTA Libraries Digital Gallery.


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