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 column lists new and revised finding aids recently made available online.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Search Texas Supreme Court Records Online

Texas State Library And Archives Commission: Search Texas Supreme Court Records Online. “In an earlier post, we wrote about the recovery and preservation of Supreme Court case files removed from state custody. Today, we highlight recent efforts by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) to improve public access to early Texas Supreme Court case files.”

KTRE: Texas Film Commission announces statewide Texas Film Round-Up

KTRE: Texas Film Commission announces statewide Texas Film Round-Up. “The Texas Film Commission (TFC) today announced that the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) is offering a statewide Texas Film Round-Up mail-in event for the entire month of October. Individuals, businesses, and institutions are invited to submit their Texas-related films and videotapes to TAMI for free digitization in exchange for contributing a digital copy of their materials for possible inclusion in TAMI’s online archive.”

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas Digital Archive Makes More Than Five Million Records Accessible Online

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: Texas Digital Archive Makes More Than Five Million Records Accessible Online. “In January 2015, TSLAC received approximately 7 terabytes of electronic records, along with 4,000 cubic feet of paper records, from the administration of outgoing Governor Rick Perry (2000-2015). Many thousands of state government records have been added in the past five years. At the same time, TSLAC has had a robust digitization program for the last decade, generating more than 150,000 digital files, including historical photographs, audio recordings, reformatted film from Texas agencies, along with the thousands of paper documents now accessible online.”

Race against time: Saving Texas’ film memories (Houston Chronicle)

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.”

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 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.”

From “Unplayable” to Searchable Online: the House Recordings Recovery Project (Texas State Library and Archives Commission)

Texas State Library and Archives Commission: From “Unplayable” to Searchable Online: the House Recordings Recovery Project. “In 2007, Texas House of Representatives’ Media Services transferred to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) about 350 reels of audiotape. Most of the recordings dated between 1975 and 1984 and covered the House floor debates from the entire 63rd through 68th Legislative sessions. Many House committee recordings were included as well. At the time the tapes were transferred to TSLAC, the majority of the reels were described by House media staff as ‘unplayable.’ Having been marked as damaged and unplayable, the audiotapes were stored in TSLAC’s climate-controlled stacks awaiting deaccessioning.” A new resource and a discussion about restoring endangered media!

Houston Chronicle: Texas outlaws, giant crocodiles and Houston’s Astrodome in historical photos database

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.”

Hit rewind and go back in time: The Dallas Morning News Archives launches never-before-seen 1985 (Dallas Morning News)

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.”

Texas Observer: Two Houston Archives Gather Harvey Memories for Historians of the Future

New-to-me, from Texas Observer: Two Houston Archives Gather Harvey Memories for Historians of the Future. “The Houston Flood Museum and the Harvey Memories Project. Both are online-only, open-access archives, and they’re still growing. Together, they provide a compelling snapshot of the destruction wrought by the deadliest storm to hit Texas since 1919. They’re also meant to endure for decades as a resource to future scholars and community members.”

TARO Today: Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Receives NEH Grant

TARO Today: Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) Receives NEH Grant. “The Texas Archival Resources Online (TARO) consortium and the University of Texas Libraries have received a grant of $348,359 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to enhance their efforts to provide researchers worldwide with access to collection descriptions of archival primary sources in libraries, archives and museums across Texas.”

Chron [Texas]: Advocate, Dayton News archive project nearing completion

Chron: Advocate, Dayton News archive project nearing completion. “A two-year-long project to digitize the Cleveland Advocate’s archives is gradually coming online with records being added to the Portal of Texas History website… The Advocate’s archives, previously available only in microfilm and newsprint, include the Cleveland Advocate’s sister publications – Dayton News and Eastex Advocate, and two other defunct newspapers – Illustrated Paperboy and Cleveland Journal.”