Special Collections and Archives receives Texas State Library and Archives Commission grant

The Texas State Library & Archives Commission (TSLAC) recently awarded funding to Brown Library Special Collections and Archives under its TexTreasures Grant program.  The $25,000 grant will facilitate digitization of the full print run of the Christian Chroniclea major, global newspaper serving Churches of Christ since 1943.  This project will ensure back issues of Chronicle will be available digitally by the end of summer 2021.

This project is just one of 44 made possible this year by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services to the Texas State Library and Archives Commission under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act. “Communities in every corner of Texas will benefit from the resources that have been made available through this list of forward-thinking grant proposals,” said TSLAC Director and Librarian Mark Smith.

TSLAC awards competitive grants annually, as funding allows. For the 2020 fiscal year, which runs from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2020, TSLAC has awarded approximately $1.23 million in competitive grants. The TexTreasures Grant will provide assistance and encouragement to 12 libraries to provide access to their special or unique collections and to make information about those collections available to library users across the state, including ACU Library’s project to digitize Christian Chronicle.

“We are grateful to the Texas State Library & Archives Commission for their generous support of this digitization project,” said James Wiser, ACU Dean of Library Services & Educational Technology. “The Brown Library houses one of the preeminent archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement, a faith heritage that has contributed much to the religious tapestry of Texas history. Digitizing our tradition’s most influential newspaper allows us to preserve and disseminate this history for generations to come.”

“From the first issue, The Chronicle was globally aware,” said Mac Ice, ACU Director of Special Collections and Archives. “Each issue since has carried news and information about Churches of Christ from around the world. It is rich in information like no other source.  We will be able to write better history because this material is available.”

Front page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

Back page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

Back page, Christian Chronicle, October 14, 1960.

The Christian Chronicle digital archive will be available on the Portal to Texas History (www.texashistory.unt.edu) and the ACU online repository (www.digitalcommons.acu.edu).

This digital repository of The Christian Chronicle is the result of a partnership among Special Collections and Archives, Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX), The Christian Chronicle, Oklahoma Christian University (Edmond, OK), Oklahoma Historical Society (Oklahoma City, OK), and University of North Texas (Denton, TX).

New books added to online digital repository

Several books are now available for full-text browsing and download in our Stone-Campbell Books page.  These materials relate to the history of Churches of Christ and Christian Churches in the United States in the early nineteenth through mid twentieth century.  Here are five of our most recent additions, check back often for more.

Bales-Teller Debate on the Existence of God (1948)

Front cover, Bales-Teller Debate on the Existence of God, 1948. https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/574

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

R. H. Boll, Christ’s Teaching on Prayer [ca. 1960]

R. H. Boll, Christ’s teaching on Prayer [ca. 1960]. https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/575

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

David Lipscomb, Christian Unity: How Promoted, How Destroyed (1916)

David Lipscomb, Christian Unity: How Promoted, How Destroyed (1916). https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/576

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G. H. P. Showalter and Leslie G. Thomas, Church Directory and List of Preachers of Churches of Christ (1949)

G. H. P. Showalter and Leslie G. Thomas, Church Directory and List of Preachers of Churches of Christ (1949). https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/577

G. H. P. Showalter and Leslie G. Thomas, Church Directory and List of Preachers of Churches of Christ (1949). https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/577

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesse P. Sewell and George A. Klingman, Class Notes on the Shorter Epistles (1920).

Jesse P. Sewell and George A. Klingman, Class Notes on the Shorter Epistles (1920). https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/578

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isaac Errett, Our Position [ca. 1900].

Isaac Errett, Our Position [ca. 1900]. https://digitalcommons.acu.edu/crs_books/579

 

 

Digital Repository reaches milestone

In July we passed a milestone when our online digital repository saw its 500,000th download.  Sometime late last week someone somewhere located an item, whether by browsing or through a focused search, that interested them and they downloaded it.  I don’t know what they downloaded and we can’t know what use they might make of it.

The map below presents basic usage data in a compelling way.  The dots represent numbers of downloads.  The larger the dot the more downloads in that area.  I find it compelling because it demonstrates the world-wise reach, and therefore the global potential for impact of the materials we host.

Special Collections was involved very early in the development and population of the repository, and we are grateful that through it our materials have found a wide audience.  Yet what we have online is just a fraction of our holdings.  There are many more items in the pipeline.  Some are ready to be scanned, some have been scanned and are in post-processing and quality-control.  And new material comes in all the time which needs to be processed and cataloged.  Some of that material will make its way online in due time.

If you have downloaded (or viewed, or listened to or watched) our materials, thank you.  Please stay tuned to this blog for forthcoming announcements of additions to the repository.

Usage stat map, DigitalCommons.acu.edu, September 2014-July 2020