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Donated by fire departments from across Texas, these items include uniform patches from city and volunteer groups.
Bruce Roberts began publishing the weekly The Smithville Times in 1894, one year prior to Smithville’s incorporation. Roberts had ...
Henry Harold Brooks established this paper in a tent in Panhandle on July 22, 1887. It's the oldest continuously ...
These historic books, photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera related to two prominent Coleman families, the Woodwards and McClellans.
Built in 1854, the Homestead was home to one of the founding families of Dripping Springs near Austin. Occupied by the Pound family until 1983, it was the first school house, church, and medical office. The reconstructed home and its decorative artifacts represent life in Central Texas around the year 1910.
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.
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We offer teaching materials that connect K-12 students with primary source historical documents to dramatically enrich their learning.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.
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"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
Last month, we counted 1,340,879 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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