UNT Libraries asks for public's help to win $500,000 NEH challenge grant

Ruth Scantlin Roach Salmon Collection
Postcard with an image of a row of cowgirls posing out-of-doors, holding their hats in the air. From left to right: Fox Hastings, Bea Kirnan, Ruth Roach, unknown, Lorena Trickey (possibly), and Prairie Rose Henderson. The postcard comes from the Ruth Scantlin Roach Salmon Collection, which showcases the life of the world champion rodeo performer, and it is one of millions of documents available on UNT's Portal to Texas History. Photo courtesy of UNT Special Collections.
Friday, February 26, 2016 - 11:35
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DENTON, Texas (UNT) -- The University of North Texas Libraries is asking for the public's help to receive a $500,000 challenge grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Over the next five years, the university is tasked with raising $1.5 million – funds that would expand an endowment for the library's most popular resource: the Portal to Texas History website. To donate, visit the NEH Challenge Grant website.

The portal provides free public access and acts as digital storage space for millions of the state's historical materials. The site makes it easy to access materials -- from war photos and government documents to rare maps and old newspapers -- that would otherwise be tucked away in libraries and museums, and thereby would only be accessible to teachers, schoolchildren, historians and community members who lived nearby or could travel to the libraries and museums.

Each year, more than 6 million users from around the world tap into the site's 7.5 million files, which include:

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