UTA’s Digital Gallery Surpasses 40,000 Images
Earlier this month, Digital Creation Department staff loaded the 40,000th image into the UTA Libraries’ Digital Gallery. Made from a black and white negative, the photograph shows Second Lieutenant Hugh E. Munnell of Dallas, Texas, climbing into his bomber at the Marine Air Base, Eagle Mountain Lake, on April 19, 1944.
The image is included in the collection: Through the Lens of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram: A Photographic View of World War II in Fort Worth. Through the Lens is supported by a $25,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and administrated by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. The project entails scanning materials from Special Collections’ holdings and providing rich metadata for approximately 15,000 images taken by Star-Telegram photographers during the World War II years.
Although the war dominated all aspects of life, the Star Telegram continued to cover everyday life on the Home Front. Photographs show Girl Scouts learning to knit and Boy Scouts delivering packages at Christmas, and there was the usual local news of fires, floods, crime, government, social affairs, and civic undertakings. Sports have always been a favorite topic in Texas and are featured heavily in the Star Telegram negatives. There are images of major figures such as golfers Babe Didrikson Zaharias and Ben Hogan, and teams like baseball’s Fort Worth Cats.