UNT Special Collections will be hosting Revealing Hidden Collections: A Joint Symposium with Texas A&M and UNT Libraries on February 19th in the Willis Library Forum at 10:30am. The symposium is free to attend and no registration is necessary.
Presentations will be made by Anton duPlessis, Curator of the Colonial Mexican Collection at Texas A&M, and Jaime Janda, Project Archivist for UNT, discussing their experiences, challenges faced, and types of public outreach used in working with hidden collections.
The presenters were part of the Council of Library and Information Resources’ Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program which focused on processing archival collections and items that were “hidden” in unprocessed backlogs. These collections had little to no information pertaining to them other than donor or accession records. The program helped fund the needs necessary to fully process these collections, create online finding aids, and generate public outreach through events/conferences, blogs, and other social media outlets.
Anton duPlessis will be presenting “The Process of Discovery: Training, Template, and Technology to Inventory Hidden Colonial Mexican Materials.”
Jaime Janda will be presenting on UNT’s Hidden Collection project: Post-War Industry and Development of the Southwest Metroplex. This project included eight previously hidden archival collections encompassing topics such as politics, housing, industry, urban planning, economics, major infrastructure projects and industrial education throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex.
Also presenting, Morgan Gieringer, Head of Special Collections at UNT. She will be discussing a pilot project performed on the KXAS/NBC 5 Television News Station collection, in which a small sample of the collection has been completed for digital access online, as well as future goals and necessities needed in order to complete the digitization of the whole collection. The KXAS/NBC 5 Television News Station collection contains historic broadcast footage, still photographs, news scripts and research files dating from 1950 to 2012 from around the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
UNT Libraries will be completing their CLIR funded hidden collections project in April 2016. Collections identified as part of this project relate to urban planning, politics, industry, industrial education and major infrastructure projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metropolitan area of North Texas. Topics included in these collections are especially relevant today– affordable housing, urban design, transportation (highway expansion, mass transit), crime, education and employment. To learn more about the collections included in this project please visit the project blog: http://blogs.library.unt.edu/southwest-metroplex/
Librarians from Texas A&M will also tour UNT Library facilities and meet with library staff during their visit to UNT. Funding for this site visit and symposium is provided by a micro-grant from the Council of Library and Information Resources. A second site visit and symposium will be held at Texas A&M in March 2016.