The University Archives housed in the Briscoe Library’s P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library received a Rescuing Texas History mini-grant in September from the University of North Texas. The $1000 grant will pay for digitization services provided by staff members in the UNT Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit to scan 182 membership applications with pictures for physicians born 1910 or earlier. These membership records are part of the Bexar County Medical Society Records housed in the University Archives. Master quality images or digital files will be created for preservation purposes with derivative versions and metadata describing the materials created for online viewing. The scanned images will be viewable through the Portal to Texas History website. They are a valuable source of information for genealogists and medical historians as they list education and training, family members, birth place, previous practice locations, and other information.
The Portal to Texas History was created in 2002 to provide online access to books, photographs, artifacts, maps, newspapers, letters, and other historic materials from archives, historical societies, small and large libraries, museums and private collections from all areas of Texas. With more than 4 million pages of materials, the Portal includes many primary source historical materials, such as diaries and personal accounts of events and daily life.
For more information about the Archives, contact Mellisa DeThorne, Special Collections Assistant, at 210-567-2470 or email@example.com.