Houston Chronicle: Race against time: Saving Texas’ film memories. “As the years play on, the decay of aging motion picture film accelerates, as does the quality of magnetic tape on which video is recorded. Video projectors and old-format tape machines break, are not repaired and discarded. The race to get these recordings into a digital format – also unlikely to survive forever – becomes more crucial with each passing year.”
Texas State Library and Archives Commission: New Online: Recent Updates to Finding Aids and Digital Images Available Online. “As our archives staff work on an ongoing basis to arrange, preserve, describe and make available to the public the materials under our care, we will spotlight new additions to the website in a regular feature from Out of the Stacks. The column will list new and revised finding aids recently made available online. We will close out the piece with a list of fresh uploads to the Texas Digital Archive, our repository of electronic items.”
New-to-me, from the Houston Chronicle: Texas outlaws, giant crocodiles and Houston’s Astrodome in historical photos database. “Traces of Texas is a historical database of sorts, which collects photos of the state’s people, places, roadways, stories and captures the culture of the Lone Star State. In one recent photo taken around 1925, readers can learn about the Mineola Black Spiders baseball team, which was an independent, all-black team based in Mineola, Texas. Another photo reveals the history of ‘infamous Newton Gang,’ a group of outlaws who robbed banks and trains in the early 1900s.”
Dallas Morning News: Hit rewind and go back in time: The Dallas Morning News Archives launches never-before-seen 1985. “The current year is 2019, but inside The Dallas Morning News Archives, we are living in the ’80s. To celebrate the launch of the new digital archive, every week through the end of 2019, we will release one year of the newly remastered, digitized print issues from 1985-2000. Now readers can explore the events and people that influenced our society shaped our region over the last 134 years.”
University of Texas Arlington: Music archive allows users to preserve and stream DFW bands. “A faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington is working to preserve North Texas’ independent music scene through an online audio archive and streaming platform. David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, has spent four years building the newly revamped MusicDetour: The DFW Local Music Archive, a digital depository for music created and performed in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.”
Dave Campbell’s Texas Football has announced a full archive for subscribers. (This link is to a Facebook post.) “Every summer for the last 59 years football fans in Texas eagerly anticipate their copy of Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. Until now, only the most savvy magazine collectors managed to hold on to their vintage copies. Early editions have sold for as much as $1,000. Now, thanks to a unique partnership with the nonPareil Institute of Plano, Texans will be able to find their names and their favorite team previews from 1960 to present day.” Subscriptions are $19.95 a year, I think.
New-to-me, from KWTX: First Texas Black Business Week observance begins. “The first observance of Texas Black Business Week got underway Monday, coinciding with Black History Month, and its creator hopes the event becomes just as widespread by offering minority business owners a chance in the spotlight. ‘This is the beginning of what is to come in the state of Texas,’ says Ronnie Russell. He is the creator of Texas Black Pages, an online database of black-owned businesses.” The Web site is available at http://www.texasblackpages.com/ , and I hope you appreciate me looking it up because now I’m hungry for Ava’s Caribbean Restaurant and it’s two in the morning.