Texas Manuscript Cultures won 2nd runner-up in the 2014 international Digital Humanities Awards.
Our category: Best DH Project for Public Audiences!
A Social History of Texas and Texans...
The Texas Manuscript Cultures archive is dedicated to preserving and promoting the culturally diverse hand-written social history of the peoples of Texas through digital access. We focus on documents that reveal the shape and nature of life in the land that is Texas. Our scope includes documents from all aspects of Texas lives, cultures, commerce, and history:
- literary, political, and religious manuscripts
- personal letters and journals
- drafts of essays and speeches
- commonplace books
- ranch records, household inventories, and receipts
Our goals include
- preserving the rich, multicultural heritage of Texas as it is expressed in manuscript form
- providing a resource for teachers of history, social studies, and English in schools across Texas and beyond
- giving students and the general public the opportunity literally to help make history by transcribing manuscripts online
- allowing Texas archives, libraries, museums, and the public the opportunity to contribute images of manuscripts they own for digital preservation
Our partners are Texas historical societies, cultural preservation institutes, ranches, museums, scholars, and private and institutional collections. Through this collaboration, we will strengthen academic and public awareness of Texas manuscript cultures and build a strong foundation for digital humanities in Texas that protects the state’s social and literary past for future generations.