Grants Received in 2005

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Thanks to the following granting agencies for their generous support of our digital projects:

Forrest C. Lattner Foundation
Grant to the UNT Libraries and its partners the Courthouse-on-the-Square Museum, the Denton Public Library, and Texas Woman’s University for “From Plowshares to Diplomas: Digitizing Early Denton History,” which will focus on local Denton history. See the Denton materials.

Humanities Texas
Grant to the UNT Libraries and the Deaf Smith County Public Library to digitize 3900 large format negatives of historic photographs of Deaf Smith County. This collection represents a wealth of primary source images that document the people, places, and culture of Hereford and the surrounding county. By presenting resources that are not widely available, the “Deaf Smith County: Frontier Communities of the Llano Estacado” project will benefit all Texans by highlighting an under-represented area that richly illustrates Texas’s cattle and farming tradition. This project is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. See the Deaf Smith County Library collection.

Humanities Texas
Grant to the UNT Libraries and nine partner institutions to digitize items illuminating the life and career of Lorenzo de Zavala, empresario, statesman and Texas revolutionary. Participants are University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, the Texas State Archives, the San Jacinto Museum of History, the Dallas Historical Society, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Library, the Texas General Land Office and the Sam Houston Regional Library. This project is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. See the Lorenzo de Zavala Online project.

Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
As a partner in the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative (THDI), the UNT Libraries’ Portal to Texas History will play an important role in supporting a statewide digital gateway through the Library of Texas at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. THDI is a cooperative project to identify, describe, digitize, preserve, and make broadly accessible special collections of Texas history and culture held by libraries, archives, museums, and historical societies in Texas. For this grant initiative, The Portal to Texas History team will develop and integrate an Open Archives Initiative (OAI) harvester into its existing architecture, to support another means of providing access to materials from diverse institutions. In addition, new content will be added to The Portal to Texas History, and in turn to the Library of Texas, from partners at the Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum, the Boyce Ditto Public Library, the Marshall Public Library, the Weatherford College Library, the Weslaco Bicultural Museum Society, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Summerlee Foundation
Grant to the UNT Libraries, “Rescuing Texas History through the Digitization of At-risk Photographs and Maps.” Through funds provided by the Summerlee Foundation of Dallas, The Portal to Texas History offers digitization mini-grants for at-risk local history materials. Awardees include the Clay County Historical Society, the Genevieve Miller Public Library, the Palestine Public Library, the Laredo Public Library, the Archives of the Big Bend at Sul Ross State University, the Moore Memorial Public Library, the University of Texas Pan-American, the Clark Hotel Museum, the Austin Public Library, the Killeen Public Library, and Concordia University at Austin. See the collection Rescuing Texas History 2006.