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Special Collections staff recently completed a project to digitize the George T. Abell Map Collection and make them available in its online repository. This cartographic collection was the gift of the estate of the late Midland oilman, George T. Abell. Mr Abell was interested travel, geography, the geology of the petroleum industry, and the history of the Southwest and the maps reflect these as well as other subjects. The collection contains over a hundred maps which range in date from the sixteenth to the twentieth centuries. The collection includes maps of the world, the British Isles, Pacific Ocean, North and South America, The Western Hemisphere, and the United States. The collection includes works by cartographers Abraham Ortelius, Willem Blaeu, Vincenzo Coronelli, Frederik de Wit, Gerhard Mercator, Herman Moll, Guillaume Delisle, and many others.
Special Collections recently completed a project to digitize the TCU Horned Frog yearbooks dating from 1905 through 1999 and make them available in its online repository. Special Collections and Library staff worked with Lyrasis Digitization Collaborative to scan the yearbooks. Each volume can be downloaded or viewed online by users.
The TCU Horned Frog yearbook was first published in 1895 and has been published annually since 1905 with a few exceptions. No yearbook was published in 1910, the year of the Waco fire. In 1974, the Horned Frog folded due to lack of student support and funding. Image magazine was created in the 1973-1974 school year as a magazine to replace the yearbook and continues as a magazine today. The yearbook came back briefly in 1978 and 1979. From 1983 through 1985 TCU published The Feature, a magazine-like volume that covered the major events and organizations of the university, but did not include individual pictures of students. The Horned Frog resumed regular publication in 1986.
Yearbooks published earlier than 1905 will be digitized in-house and added to the repository. A complete collection of TCU yearbooks from 1895 through 2015 can be viewed in our reading room.
Special Collections is pleased to announce we are now using ArchivesSpace, an open source archives information management program. Over the past several months, staff has converted our finding aids into EAD (Encoded Archival Description) a markup language used for archival collections. Staff then imported these EAD finding aids into the ArchivesSpace system. We are now creating finding aids exclusively using ArchivesSpace.
This new tool allows researchers to search across our archival holdings or browse our collections, subjects, and names. Finding aids contain information about the size of the collection, the provenance, the scope and contents, and a biographical or historical note.
The contents of the boxes and folders are listed under “Components.” These lists can be expanded, or users can search within the collection. When viewing a particular file, users can see the box number and request it from Special Collections staff. Users can also download a PDF version of finding aids. Our finding aids created with MS Word and converted to PDF will remain on our website for now.
Using this tools will make searching across all our archival collections much easier for our researchers, and hopefully will result in more productive research trips! Special Collections staff are always adding and updating this database, making it a “work in progress.” If you have any questions or problems using this system, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about ArchivesSpace, visit their site here.
Special Collections is pleased to announce that Texas Missions is now available online through the TCU Digital Repository. The Texas Christian Mission Board in Dallas published this “monthly magazine devoted to the interests of Texas Christian Missions” from 1904 to 1907, then quarterly until 1914. At the time, Texas Missions had the largest circulation of any publication produced by the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) denomination. The newsletter provided regular updates on TCU and mentions many familiar names in TCU history. We are very excited to make these available to researchers and the TCU community.