Call for Submissions: The Portal to Texas History


Rescuing Texas History Mini-Grants 2023

The Portal to Texas History is a digital gateway to Texas historical and cultural heritage materials belonging to over 476 partners that include museums, libraries, historical societies, government agencies, and colleges throughout Texas. It is largely due to the contributions of our partners, that the Portal has more than 1,900,000 items consisting of 36 types of materials including photographs, maps, books, letters, manuscripts, artifacts, and newspapers. These materials date from the fifteenth century to the present. The Portal’s mission is to provide free online access to Texas history materials to be used by researchers, educators, students, and the public.

Important Dates

  • May 23, 2023: Call for submissions
  • August 7, 2023: Applications due
  • August 25, 2023: Notification of project acceptance
  • September 1, 2023: Digitization begins


All applicants must complete the General Application as well as the appropriate appendix and rights agreement(s):

Archival/Cultural Heritage Materials (non-newspapers)

In an effort to expand our understanding of the diverse voices that make up Texas’ history, special consideration will be given to materials that illustrate the cultural, political, social, geographic, and/or economic diversity of the state. A select number of projects will be considered this year, with an emphasis give to non-text based Rescuing Texas History projects. This includes any type of print photographs, photo negatives, print or, in some instances, handwritten documents.

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Audio/Video Materials

While The Portal to Texas History is not currently accepting audio/video material for the Rescuing Texas History program, we do want to know about your potential digitization projects of these materials. Please take a moment to complete the survey here.


This year, we will not accept Rescuing Texas History newspaper applications. However, if you do have a newspaper collection you’d like us to work with, Ana Krahmer will help you investigate other options for placing your newspaper collection on the Portal. Please feel free to email her at (



Ana Krahmer
(940) 565-3367

Non-newspaper archival materials

Jake Mangum
(940) 565-3023