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Resources for Identifying Graphic Materials

by Samantha Dodd May 18 2018 - 12:51pm

The Image Permanence Institute (IPI) is a nonprofit, university-based laboratory devoted to preservation research. IPI provides many resources and tools for cultural institutions such as libraries, archives, and museums to enable the preservation of image collections and material culture.

One of the tools offered by the IPI is the Graphics Atlas. The atlas “is a sophisticated resource that presents a unique, object-based approach for the identification and characterization of prints and photographs”. Those interested in identifying materials found in their collections can use the...

HerStory Edit-a-thon

by Samantha Dodd Feb 21 2018 - 10:19am
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Wikipedia is the fifth most visited website in the world. Its fundamental principles include free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute, neutrality, and collective engagement. According to Wikipedia’s study of its user community, less than 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are women. Other studies have also found that new female editors are more likely than male editors to have their edits reverted. Wikipedia has fewer and less extensive articles about women or topics important to women.

Because Wikipedia is open access and open source, there are tools to make changes and to...

Drawn to Politics

by Samantha Dodd Jan 16 2018 - 11:22am
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Newly added to the vast holdings of the Special Collections at the University of Texas at Arlington is the work of long-time Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial cartoonist Etta Hulme. Gifted to the University from the Hulme family, this collection consists of over ten thousand original cartoons, sketches, and other artwork.

Etta Hulme (1923 -2014) grew up in Sommerville, Texas, and went on to major in Fine Arts at the University of Texas. After graduation, Etta headed west to California to begin her cartooning career in the animation department at Walt Disney Studios. Etta traveled...

UTA Libraries Awarded $25,000 TexTreasures Grant to Digitize World War II Photo Negatives

by Jody Bailey Aug 17 2017 - 3:30pm
Mother-Daughter banquet, 1944 (detail)

UTA Libraries will scan 15,000 negatives from its Fort Worth Star-Telegram Photographic Collection thanks to a $25,000 TexTreasures grant awarded by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. The project continues an effort started last year to digitize negatives documenting the transformation of Fort Worth during World War II. The images, most of which were never published, show young men crowding military recruiting stations, women selling war bonds, and the construction of Liberator Village which housed workers building B-24 “Liberator” bomber planes.

Soldiers from Camp...

Largest release of digital catalog records in history

by Samantha Dodd Aug 16 2017 - 12:00pm
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Before computers and Google, if you wanted to find a book about the Alamo, or search for materials related to the Texas Revolution, you found yourself digging into a card catalog. In this early system an individual could find resources by title, author, publication date, subject headings and genre. Catalog records can be traced back to just after the French Revolution when the revolutionary government used playing cards to document property seized from the church. Before the widespread use of typewritten cards, cards for the catalogs were handwritten, the objective being to create...

UTA Libraries Documents World War II Life in Fort Worth, Texas

by Jody Bailey Jul 21 2017 - 11:15am

by guest contributor Jeff Downing, Digital Projects Librarian, UTA Libraries Digital Creation Department

In 1940, Fort Worth was a slow-paced city whose economy depended on cotton, cattle, and oil. By 1945, it was a fast-growing economic dynamo generating tens of thousands of jobs related to World War II. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram (FWST) captured this transformative time in photographs, documenting the war effort, industrial expansion, and everyday life on the home front.

Fort Worth determinedly sought connections to the defense industry in the 1940s. The city became home...

MayDay!

by Samantha Dodd May 1 2017 - 11:16am
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Mayday! Mayday! Mayday! What happens when a hurricane wipes out the records of an entire city? What if a fire burns up a family’s ancestry or a local business’ records? Disasters happen every day, some a result of accidents, are natural. Preparation and planning are essential to help prevent damage and destruction that may result from a disaster. On May 1st each year archivists and heritage professionals around the world participate in MayDay. This day is a grassroots effort to raise awareness of archives and the potential disasters and dangers they face. Protecting our heritage is...