Portal to Texas History to celebrate milestone
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The UNT Libraries cordially invite you and your guests

to join UNT President V. Lane Rawlins and Dean of Libraries, Martin Halbert

at a reception and tour to celebrate a major milestone …

free public access to a million fully-searchable newspaper pages on

The Portal to Texas History

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Willis Library

1506 Highland Avenue

Denton, Texas


Please R.S.V.P. to kristin.boyett@unt.edu

Parking for a fee is available at the Highland Street Garage, approximately one block from the Library on campus. Questions about the event? Please contact kristin.boyett@unt.edu. Questions about The Portal to Texas History? Please contact dreanna.belden@unt.edu.

Is your community’s history in the Portal? Click on your county to see your local history.


About The Portal to Texas History. In 2002, the Portal to Texas History began with a mission to provide three services: to provide a digital gateway to the rich collections held in Texas libraries, museums, archives, historical societies, and private collections; to build tools to enable collaborative partners to share their collections online; and to create learning materials and resources for students and educators.  The online materials are freely available to the public, and encompass books, photographs, artifacts, posters, artwork, maps, newspapers, letters, manuscripts, audio recordings, video, and other historic materials from over two hundred collaborative partners.  400,000 visitors a month come from all fifty states and over a hundred and thirty different countries. The Portal Services for Educators section of the Portal provides a variety of educational materials for teachers to use.


Materials include a fascinating array of rare and invaluable items that document Texas's history, such as handwritten correspondence between Santa Anna and Lorenzo de Zavala from the early 19th century and photograph collections covering seminal events, including the Dallas Police Department's investigation of the 1963 John F. Kennedy assassination and the Texas City Disaster of 1947. Historic newspapers represent a large segment of the materials, with nearly a million searchable pages dating from 1829 to the present.  The Portal provides free public access to over 3 million digital files that date from 1550 to the present. Primary sources in the Portal come from all 254 Texas counties, all 50 states, and over 80 foreign countries.


Until the recent past, many treasures of Texas history have been tucked into small, out-of-the-way libraries and museums - some in remote areas of the state - where access is limited to those historians who could travel to view these documents, and those schoolchildren and teachers who lived nearby. The Portal to Texas History now provides an unprecedented opportunity to research the state's magnificent historical and cultural heritage online. All of the materials in the Portal are discoverable through Google and other search engines even down to the page and word level. This incredible sea change in access has opened up these unique resources to the world. http://texashistory.unt.edu/.  


Portal to Texas History Video

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