Help with Homework is Just A Click Away!

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Yesterday, a person stopped by my office to ask if there are copies of the NT Daily at the Willis Library because she had a homework assignment to study information in newspapers.  She got very excited when I showed her the North Texas Daily/Campus Chat Newspaper Collection, which is freely available on The Portal to… Read more »

Celebrating the End of the Year

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Newspapers provide windows into daily life throughout history.  Digital newspapers allow us to easily track how people celebrated the end of the year, across many years and many miles. The Denison Press article, “Winter Solstice Period of Many Ancient Rituals,” explains, “The Winter Solstice, when the sun swings toward the earth once more, has been… Read more »

The Claude News: Our Newest Historic Newspaper Collection!

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“The Oldest and Best Read County Seat Weekly in the Panhandle,” the Claude News, is now accessible on The Portal to Texas History.  Through the hard work of the Richard S. and Leah Morris Memorial Library, and through the generous support of the Tocker Foundation, newspapers from Armstrong County’s seat, Claude, are available from across… Read more »

Our First Full-Color Newspapers from the New Scanner!

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All issues of The Meridian Tribune from 1935 have been uploaded as the Texas Digital Newspaper Program’s first newspaper title digitized on our new scanner.  Master images are 24-bit, full-color TIFFs, from which OCR has been generated and derivatives are viewable as full newspapers, such as this issue from April 5, 1935, on The Portal… Read more »

The National Endowment for the Humanities Announces Newest NDNP Grant Recipients

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The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) is: “. . . a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC), is a long-term effort to develop an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages. Supported by NEH, this rich digital resource… Read more »

The Digital Newspaper Team Welcomes its Newest Member

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 The Digital Newspaper Team welcomed its newest member this week when the A0 planetary scanner went online.  Last week, the newspaper team attended a one-day training workshop to learn how to scan newspapers on the scanner.  This week, we are scheduling the first projects to be scanned on it.  The planetary scanner can digitize newspapers… Read more »

Lipscomb County, Texas

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Minutes from Oklahoma, in the corner of the Texas Panhandle, lies the unassuming Lipscomb County, Texas, housing around 3300 people spread across 932 square miles.  The Higgins Public Library in Lipscomb County collaborated with the Wolf Creek Heritage Museum in Lipscomb and UNT Libraries in Denton to apply for a Tocker grant in January of… Read more »

Tocker Foundation Grants Awarded in April 2013

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Good news from the Digital Newspaper Team! The Tocker Foundation has announced their Spring 2012 newspaper digitization grant recipients, and five Texas libraries were awarded. Through the Tocker Foundation awards, communities from across Texas can build new collections–or add more issues to existing collections–on The Portal to Texas History. By digitizing on the Portal, these… Read more »

Coming Soon: More El Paso Herald Newspapers

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I am pleased to announce that we will soon be adding more historic issues of the El Paso Herald, from 1898-1901.  Very soon, you will be able to read the dramatic account of the  joint execution of Antonio Flores and Geronimo Parra, on January 5, 1900.  Each man concealed sharpened daggars within their jail cells,… Read more »