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General Ramey with Roswell debris
New website on Roswell UFO incident of 1947

New website on Roswell UFO incident of 1947

The UTA Libraries Special Collections Division has partnered with researchers Kevin Randle, David Rudiak, Simon Schollum, and Jerry Morelock to document and disseminate photographic assets held by the Libraries related to the Roswell UFO incident of 1947. At the time, the object in question, said to be a weather balloon, was flown to the Fort Worth Army Air Field where reporters saw and photographed the material.

The UTA Libraries currently holds photographs and negatives from the incident as part of the large Fort Worth Star-Telegram collection that chronicles the history of Fort Worth and West Texas.

Visit the website: library.uta.edu/roswell

 

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Special Collections
Portrait of UTA Business GRA Jonathan Le
FabLab student worker gains valuable real-world experience

FabLab student worker gains valuable real-world experience

by Jonathon Le, FabLab GRA

I started coming to the UTA Library to learn how to use Photoshop, at the time it was only available in the DMS. It was great to have access to both the software and knowledgeable staff to expand what I could accomplish in Photoshop. I was able to apply what I had learned at the DMS into making t-shirts for various organizations around UTA.

When DMS went, and FabLab arrived I found a lot of the new equipment quite alluring. As someone that loves to work with wood and really anything around arts & crafts, the laser cutter was my new favorite toy. With a lot of practice, I was able to create complex objects with joints that required little to no glue.

After hanging around there long enough, I became a student staff member in the fall of 2015. One of the things that I hated doing as a patron of the FabLab was filling out those pesky use forms, as a student staff member I vowed to change all of that. In the Spring of 2016, we rolled out the first version of FabApp with the help of Michael Doran, UTA Systems Librarian. FabApp is our system to track equipment usage, organize 3D printing, and thereby eliminating the pain point of the use forms. Over the following year we made modifications to print receipts, track inventory, and add a waiting queue.

This year, I am in the process of releasing a new version of this software that will add five new functions to aid the day to day management of our space. These new functions will be developed by three CSE teams that I will be mentoring this semester. I have received a tremendous amount of professional and personal work experience both as a patron and a staff member of the Library. I look forward to being able to give back to this community that has done so much for me.

Over the summer of 2016, I spent time designing in CAD software, rapid prototyping, and building the one of the first projects in the Aquarium of the FabLab. That project, Screeny McScreen Press, now sits waiting for any patron of the FabLab to print their very own poster or t-shirt, look out for workshops!

Over the next year, I hope to be able to deploy FabApp at schools and maker-spaces across the country. In addition to that, I'll be crafting many new additions to the FabLab (screen cabinet, light exposure unit, display cabinet, acetone vapor chamber, a stand for a sheet metal brake press, a rock feature that doubles as a water filtration system, and a Master in Business Analytics).

Nominated 2016 Outstanding Library Student
14 Years to Complete Bachelor (never give, up never surrender)

Torn paper with the word "Copyright" printed on it
LISTSERV for copyright or fair use questions

LISTSERV for copyright or fair use questions

If you have questions regarding copyright and fair use, contact our listserv at LIBRARY-SC@LISTSSERV.UTA.EDU.

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UTA Libraries, Scholarly Communications Department
Second Lieutenant Hugh E. Munnell of Dallas, Texas, climbing into his bomber at the Marine Air Base, Eagle Mountain Lake, on Apr
UTA’s Digital Gallery Surpasses 40,000 Images

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.

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Jeff Downing
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Samantha Dodd
Roses of Picardy sheet music cover
New digital collection highlights sheet music of the 1900s

New digital collection highlights sheet music of the 1900s

Over the years, the UT Arlington Fine Arts Library had accumulated a sizable collection of print sheet music scores. Thanks to an internal library grant, it was possible over a three month period in 2016 to digitize a small sampling of this collection. By making this collection available to a global audience, researchers worldwide will have the ability to study the history of the United States from a unique perspective since sheet music from this era can reveal much about public opinion and the social and political issues of pre-1923 America.

View the collection