A gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas.About the Portal
Collection HighlightsThis section provides a sampling of some of our collections.
Dating from the 1890's to the 1980's, this collection from the UNT Archives features commencement programs and other ...
Southwestern University presents part of its considerable Texas history collection. The collection will include photographs and documents related to Thomas ...
The Bell County Democrat, presented by the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, represents late-19th and early-20th century life in ...
The General and Special Laws of Texas are often referred to as the "session laws". They constitute a complete set ...
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Frontier Texas is a history museum, heritage center and visitor information center located in downtown Abilene. The facility, opened in 2004, showcases the history of the Texas frontier and promotes the historical attractions in the Texas Forts Trail region. The museum allows visitors to relive the Old West through of state-of-the-art technology and brings the frontier to life to let visitors meet people who played out their lives on the Texas frontier. Frontier Texas is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
News and Announcements
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.
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.
We offer teaching materials that connect K-12 students with primary source historical documents to dramatically enrich their learning.
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"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
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.
About the Program
"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
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.
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"I collect old Texas photographs. Thanks to the Portal, they can now be viewed by the world."Brad Willis — T. B. Willis Photograph Collection
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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