TexTreasures Grant Program - FY2017

Grants will be awarded in August 2016.

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 2017 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

  • FY2017 Program Guidelines: Download here
  • Deadline: Friday, March 11, 2016
  • Award Dates: TexTreasures grants for fiscal year 2017 (Sept. 1, 2016 - Aug. 31, 2017) will be awarded in August 2016.
  • 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: emccormick@tsl.texas.gov

Other Resources


FY2016 TexTreasures Grants Approved

Abilene Library ConsortiumDavid Castle Architectural Drawings, $35,000
The Abilene Library Consortium (ALC), in cooperation with the Tittle Luther Partnership of Abilene, Texas, seeks to preserve valuable pieces of Texas history through digitization of the David S. Castle Architectural Drawings. The Davis S. Castle Company dominated architecture in Abilene and the western region of the state during the first half of the 20th century. The collection includes over 600 sets of drawings and plans.

Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin — Cataloging and Creating Digital Access to the Banquet Negatives in the E. O. (Eugene Omar) Goldbeck Papers and Photography Collection, $22,675
The Harry Ransom Center would like to create digital access to the 900+ banquet negatives from the extensive papers and photography collection of the San Antonio-based commercial photographer E. O. (Eugene Omar) Goldbeck (1892-1986). The project would provide the first searchable resources to promote discovery of the images, and it would offer new opportunities for research into the early part of Goldbeck's career and the history of panoramic photography in Texas. It would also provide a glimpse of San Antonio during the 1910s, '20s, and early '30s when it was the largest city in Texas.

Southern Methodist UniversityGeorge W. Cook Dallas/ Texas Image Collection Digitization Project (Dallas), $24,990
SMU proposes to digitize and annotate 1,317 photographs, documents, and ephemera from the George W. Cook Dallas/ Texas Image Collection (Cook Collection) at the DeGolyer Library collection (Cook Digitization Project). The Cook Collection can be used for many purposes, including the study of Dallas and Texas history, culture, business, and architecture, ca. 1829-1950s.

University of North TexasDigitizing the Texas Jewish Post, 1947-1965 (Denton), $24,662
The UNT Libraries propose a project to digitize 19,417 pages of the Texas Jewish Post, which has served the North Texas Jewish community weekly since 1947.

University of Texas at Arlington — Digitizing for Accessibility: The Texas Disability History Collection Project, $25,000
The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) requests funding to digitize and make accessible the Texas Disability History Collection, housed in the Libraries’ Special Collections. As a whole, the collection documents UTA’s preeminent role in making higher education accessible to students with disabilities, driving the development of adapted (or disability) sports nationwide, and spurring disability rights activism in the north Texas region. It also documents how the disability rights movement has reshaped the lives of the roughly 20 percent of Texans with disabilities.

Weatherford Public LibraryDigitizing the Doss (DtD), $34,955
The Weatherford Public Library (WPL) and the James & Dorothy Doss Heritage and Culture Center of Parker County (the Doss) seek to digitize four collections in the Doss’s holdings of particular local interest and historical value and make them accessible through WPL’s Preserving and Expanding Access to Culture and History (PEACH) service. The collections include correspondence, photographs, etc. from the lives of Douglas Chandor, Mary Martin, Larry and Maj Hagman, and Grace Cartwright


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