Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

June 20, 2013

The Portal to Texas History: Your Threshold to the Past

— When: Tuesday, June 25th at 1 p.m.

Where: Boyce Ditto Public Library Meeting Room

Are your town’s early photographs fading?

Are your historical documents crumbling?

Communities and individuals from across Texas, representing historical societies, museums, libraries, colleges and universities and private collectors, have contributed more than 300,000 Texas history materials to The Portal to Texas History.

With over 500,000 visitors accessing the portal, conducting research or browsing through its many collections, it has become the “place to go” for genealogical societies, educators and individual researchers.

Full record description of letters, photographs, handwritten manuscripts, and maps, along with full-text searchability of books, newspapers and other printed materials, offer high research value at the click of a mouse.

On Tuesday, Tara Carlisle and Ana Krahmer will provide a presentation on the many benefits of contributing historical materials from your collection to The Portal to Texas History, including how the University of North Texas Libraries, which administers The Portal to Texas History, provides preservation, digitization and potential funding opportunities for partner groups wanting to preserve their delicate historical and cultural content.

The Boyce Ditto Public Library Archival and Digitization Committee has been in collaboration with UNT for the past seven years, working on the preservation of written and photographic material. The group has recently starting working on a newspaper and school annual digitization/preservation project.

According to a committee spokesperson, newspapers, newsletter, magazines, annuals and the like are more important for their written information than as an artifact. She said the paper used for these items is typically not of a quality that lends itself to preservation.

However, digitizing is a medium that will allow for preservation of the historical information for generations to come.