Denton Public Library Awarded $24,820 Grant to Digitize Archived Collections

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Library will Digitize 24,000 Pages of the Denton Record-Chronicle from 1939 to 1954

DENTON, TX, Sept. 3, 2020 –The Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) awarded a $24,820 grant to the Denton Public Library (DPL) through the TexTreasures grant program, which awards annual grants supported by Library Services & Technology Act funds, through the Institute of Museum & Library Services. The funds will allow DPL to digitize 24,000 pages from archived issues of the Denton Record-Chronicle (DRC) from 1939 to 1954.

The TexTreasures program is designed to help libraries make their special collections more accessible for the people of Texas and beyond. DPL holds an archival collection of local newspapers, mainly the DRC, on 752 rolls of microfilm containing issues from 1908 to 2018. In 2019, DPL received their first grant through the TexTreasures program. The 2019 grant funds were used to digitize and make freely available on the Portal to Texas History 24,000 pages of the DRC, from 1908 through 1924, representing the earliest years of microfilm available in the collection. This year’s grant will allow DPL to continue the digitization of DRC issues through 1954.

To facilitate the digitization process, DPL partnered with the Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP), available through University of North Texas’s (UNT) Portal to Texas History. TDNP is the largest single-state, open access, digital newspaper preservation repository in the U.S., hosting just under 8 million newspaper pages.

TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2021 fiscal year, which runs from Sept. 1, 2020, to Aug. 31, 2021, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.04 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures grant program will provide assistance and encouragement to 15 libraries to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to library users across the state.

The Denton County Newspaper Collection can be viewed at, https://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/DRC/, on the Portal to Texas History.

Contact: Laura Douglas, (940) 349-8749, Laura.Douglas@cityofdenton.com

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About the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Formed in 1909, TSLAC is committed to giving Texans access to information and programs to improve their lives and communities. TSLAC provides historical and genealogical search assistance, federal and state government documents, electronic research and library services to all Texans, including those who are unable to read standard print material because of physical or reading disabilities. For more information, visit www.tsl.texas.gov.

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