University of Texas at San Antonio: ITC virtual exhibit explores history, role of Texas sharecropping

University of Texas at San Antonio: ITC virtual exhibit explores history, role of Texas sharecropping. “A new digital exhibit from the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures allows users to experience an interactive 360-degree walkthrough of one of the museum’s most treasured artifacts: the 100-year-old sharecropper cabin housed in the institute’s African American Texans section.”

The News: New website covers iconic Jack Brooks’ life and career

The News: New website covers iconic Jack Brooks’ life and career. “The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at The University of Texas is pleased to announce the launch of the Jack Brooks Digital Legacy Project. The project website explores the life and public service of Congressman Jack Brooks through a digital repository of newly digitized primary source materials from the Jack Brooks Papers. Brooks represented the Beaumont—Port Arthur—Galveston region for 42 years, a period that spanned ten presidential administrations, from Dwight Eisenhower to Bill Clinton.”

Ayala: Mexican American Civil Rights Institute deserves continued local government support (San Antonio Express-News)

San Antonio Express-News: Ayala: Mexican American Civil Rights Institute deserves continued local government support. “The Mexican American Civil Rights Institute has driven home one idea in its short history: San Antonio is to Mexican American civil rights history what Atlanta is to Black civil rights history. While the latter is roundly recognized, San Antonio’s role as an activism mecca has not.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces $3.75 Million “Texans Need Strong Libraries” Initiative

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas State Library and Archives Commission Announces $3.75 Million “Texans Need Strong Libraries” Initiative. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is pleased to announce the Texans Need Strong Libraries initiative. This $3,750,000 appropriation from the 87th Regular Texas Legislature was signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott. These funds will be used to support the development of quality library services across Texas, with special attention to job seeker initiatives, digital inclusion, affordable e-resources and increased digital access to primary historical sources.”

‘Find Those Bodies’: Behind One Man’s Push to Restore a North Texas Freedman’s Cemetery (Dallas Observer)

Dallas Observer: ‘Find Those Bodies’: Behind One Man’s Push to Restore a North Texas Freedman’s Cemetery. “Willie Hudspeth drove past the burial site the first time he went looking for the bodies. The longtime activist was trekking down a country road in search of a freedman’s cemetery in Pilot Point, a small town north of Denton. But over time, nature had run its course. Grass and weeds blanketed some 400 graves of St. John’s Cemetery, the final resting place for a community composed of freed slaves. Before a fence was installed, cattle would occasionally roam through the wooded grounds.”

Texas Film Commission: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Online Exhibit ‘Parks Under the Lone Star’

Texas Film Commission: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Online Exhibit ‘Parks Under the Lone Star’. “The Texas Film Commission and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) today announced the launch of Parks Under the Lone Star, the newest online exhibit from TAMI. Parks Under the Lone Star features more than 60 videos collected as a part of the Texas Film Round-Up and takes users on a visual journey through the state and national parks of Texas.”

San Antonio Express-News: Black history preserved in collection donated to San Antonio African American Community Archive

San Antonio Express-News: Black history preserved in collection donated to San Antonio African American Community Archive. “The largest known San Antonio African American history collection now resides with the San Antonio African American Community Archive Museum. Laura Thompson, CEO and creator of The African American Network, has donated her collection of biographies to the museum, located in La Villita. The collection, called 300 Voices in 300 Days, was part of the city’s tricentennial celebration.”

New Online: Recent Updates to Finding Aids and Digital Images Available Online (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

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 spotlight new additions to the website in a regular feature from Out of the Stacks. The quarterly column lists new and revised finding aids recently made available online. We close out the piece highlighting fresh uploads to the Texas Digital Archive, our repository of electronic items.”

‘Increasing Visibility Is A Must’: New Digital Archive Shows Dallas’ History Of Environmental Racism (KERA News)

KERA News: ‘Increasing Visibility Is A Must’: New Digital Archive Shows Dallas’ History Of Environmental Racism. “Story by story, Dallas residents can now scroll through the county’s long list of environmental injustice fights that dateback to the 1920s. The new digital tool, ‘Dallas Environmental Injustice Archive’ was developed by Paul Quinn College and the advocacy group Downwinders At Risk. It’s the first part of a year-long partnership with the Clinton Global Initiative University, a program designed to develop leaders around the word. The groups will record and share oral histories from Dallas residents who have been impacted by environmental injustices.”

Texas State Library: On Texas Independence Day, History Continues to Be Made at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: On Texas Independence Day, History Continues to Be Made at the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. “The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is offering the public access to more than 57 unique films and 74 audio tapes featuring former U.S. Senator and Governor of Texas Price Daniel, totaling more than 11 hours of video footage and 44 hours of tapes. TSLAC provides in-person access to archival records at its facilities and is constantly adding to its online collections. These newly-digitized audiovisual records are now accessible online in the Texas Digital Archive (TDA) along with millions of other state records documenting the work of Texas government.”

Plano Magazine: Girl Scout Gives New Life to Plano African American Museum

Plano Magazine: Girl Scout Gives New Life to Plano African American Museum. “Zara Jones, a senior at Plano West Senior High, has been a Girl Scout since she was a Daisy Scout in Kindergarten. She is now working toward earning her Gold Award with a project that spotlights the history and contributions of African Americans in Plano and around the United States. The Gold Award is Girl Scouts’ highest honor, earned by less than six percent of Girl Scouts. On Feb. 20 Zara launched the digital Plano African American Museum.”

San Antonio Magazine: San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum Opens this Month at La Villita

San Antonio Magazine: San Antonio African American Community Archive and Museum Opens this Month at La Villita. “After sharing a building with Hope House Ministries for nearly three years, SAAACAM decided to relocate the museum’s educational galleries to a more centralized location. The archives, which include collected photographs and oral histories, also are being processed so they can be available for public access at Texas A&M University San Antonio.”

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives

Longview News-Journal: East Texas Oil Museum announces launch of digital photograph archives. “The East Texas Oil Museum in Kilgore has been preserving city, local and regional history for more than 40 years. And now, the museum has announced a new, more modern step in its mission to collect and share items, photographs and more from the East Texas Oil Boom. In addition to viewing historical photos inside the museum, visitors can now view digital copies — carefully cataloged and researched — online.”

State of Texas: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Texas Film Round-Up Online Exhibit

State of Texas: Texas Film Commission, Texas Archive of the Moving Image Launch Texas Film Round-Up Online Exhibit. “The Texas Film Commission and the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) today announced the launch of Wave to the Camera, the newest online exhibit from TAMI. Wave to the Camera features edited compilations of more than 100 home movies digitized via the Texas Film Round-Up, an award-winning program that discovers, preserves, and shares the stories of Texans by digitizing and providing access to their obsolete media. Wave to the Camera is TAMI’s first exhibit for Google Arts & Culture, an immersive educational platform, and can be accessed online.”