Projects

The staff at The Portal to Texas History is involved in projects to enhance the usability of the Portal and add to our collections. We are participating in:

Interface Optimization for Genealogists (IOGENE)

Funded by a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the project team at UNT has embarked on a two-year study to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with The Portal to Texas History. The results of this study will provide the library community with information about the needs and interface requirements of a little-studied group of lifelong learners who comprise a significant proportion of digital library users.

The National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)

Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and advised by the Library of Congress, the UNT Libraries are digitizing selected historical Texas newspapers from 1836 to 1922 and making them available on the Chronicling America web site and The Portal to Texas History. Our partners in this project are the Center for American History at the University of Texas, and Texas Tech University.

The Texas Digital Newspaper Program

Because of the staggeringly high number of newspaper titles published in Texas, we are actively seeking to form partnerships with others to digitize newspaper titles beyond those selected for Chronicling America. Our goal for the Texas Digital Newspaper Program is to create a digitized newspaper resource that covers a broad geographical area, and this will only be possible through cooperation and multiple funding sources. Current partners include the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), the Center for American History at the University of Texas, and the Texas Heritage Digitization Initiative.