A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.

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Collection Highlights

This section provides a sampling of some of our collections.

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News and Announcements

Horse Photos Featured in New Book

The UNT Libraries recently published Through the Lenses of Ray Bankston and Don Shugart, a captivating sample of the extensive collection of prints and negatives held in the Libraries’ Special Collections.

Ray Bankston and Don Shugart were two of the most prolific photographers of American Quarter Horses and horse show events in the South and Southwest during the last four decades of the twentieth century.

Their work is also featured in The Portal to Texas History’s Ray and Joyce Bankston Dalco Photography and Don Shugart Photography Collections.

This section provides ways for you to get periodic updates about the site, and links to share it on popular social media networks.

What we do: Educate, Preserve, Build

Hundreds of years of Texas' cultural heritage exist in the physical holdings of communities across the state. The Portal seeks to digitize originals, preserving and presenting online copies for the long-term. Doing so highlights hidden collections, builds statewide connections, and provides access to you, regardless of the time or your location.

Resources4 Educators

We offer teaching materials that connect K-12 students with primary source historical documents to dramatically enrich their learning.

"We are very excited about the outstanding lessons on your site and plan to use it as one of the cornerstones of implementing a long needed overhaul on the method of instruction for Texas history."

Daniel M. Reyes, San Antonio ISD
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Texas Digital Newspaper Program

Learners of all ages can use TDNP to stand in the shoes of people from over 180 years ago to the present. Through our newspaper collection, we provide an understanding of the lives of Texans across history and miles.

"The newspaper digitization project places our library in position to reach out toward the future. By taking a piece of the past and bringing it with us, we are sure to grow and learn, appreciate and respect what was, what is and what will be."

Leslie Whitaker, Claude Public Library
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Rescuing Texas History

The Portal to Texas History periodically offers mini-grants for its Rescuing Texas History series. Each grant provides up to $1,000 of digitization services to libraries, museums, historical societies, and other groups that house historical materials. All of the materials are scanned at UNT Libraries and hosted on the Portal.

"I collect old Texas photographs. Thanks to the Portal, they can now be viewed by the world."

Brad Willis — T. B. Willis Photograph Collection
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Help Us Save Texas History!

Last month, we counted 537,595 uses of items on the Portal by people all over the world. Many were provided by small communities and funded by the generosity of donors like you.

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Information for libraries, museums, schools, historical societies, civic groups, and individuals interested in the digital preservation and sharing of cultural heritage materials on this site.

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You can support the preservation of small, disappearing, and at-risk communities and provide free access to them for students, educators, and researchers of all ages and abilities.

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