UNT digitizes Dallas Voice

Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 11:49pm

More than 79,000 pages of Dallas Voice, dating back to the first issue on May 11, 1984, have been digitized by the University of North Texas Library as part of its Portal to Texas History.

The issues are in searchable PDF format — not only the articles, but photo captions and ads as well.A grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission funded most of the project. The school received some additional funds and is still fundraising to make up the difference.

Dreanna Belden, UNT libraries’ assistant dean for external relations, said they underestimated the number of pages and are still trying raise about $7,...

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Burgess drives home point on air bag recall

Sun, Jul 12, 2015 - 11:42pm

U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, R-Lewisville, wants you to check your car.

Burgess, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing and Trade, recently held a hearing about the recall of 34 million vehicles to correct faulty Takata air bags.

The public response to the recalls has “been very, very slow,” Burgess said.

The notice covers a variety of carmakers, including BMW, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, Mazda and Mitsubishi.

Consumers need to check their vehicle identification numbers at...

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Indian couple’s letters, photos reflect immigration story

Thu, Jul 9, 2015 - 1:06pm

Samip Mallick, a digital archivist, handles the 100-year-old brittle pages with care as he passes them through a scanner.

He understands that he’s working with not just any old documents. In this case, he’s holding the heirlooms and untold stories of an Indian family that immigrated to the U.S. and eventually settled in Texas.

Mallick, co-founder and executive director of the South Asian American Digital Archive, or SAADA, scanned hundreds of the 1,000 letters and photographs that were recently donated to the archive by Roshan and Raj Sharma, both 87, of Richardson.

The materials originally belonged to Raj...

Dallas attorney digs for answers on unanswered questions

Wed, Jul 1, 2015 - 12:19pm

It was a question that seemed straightforward enough for historians to answer - who were the first African-American lawyers in Texas? Yet before long, following the trail that would lead to the answers would also lead to the Piney Woods of East Texas and a story of racial injustice with its roots here in Mineola.

As this historical mystery unraveled, it would reveal that one of the first blacks to try to become a lawyer in the Lone Star State was J.H. Williams, a former slave in Wood County with aspirations of a better life in post- Civil War Texas.

What set me, a Dallas lawyer and amateur legal historian, on the...

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32 years of Dallas Voice now available online

Tue, Jun 23, 2015 - 11:51am

University of North Texas digitized and put online 32 years of Dallas Voice from Volume 1, Issue 1 as part of its North Texas LGBT history archives. UNT also has been working on the project in conjunction with The Dallas Way and Resource Center, which donated its Phil Johnson Archives.

Thousands of pages of Dallas Voice articles and ads are searchable. The UNT library began the project with Dallas Voice about three years ago. Money for digitizing was finally raised last summer and the school has been working on the project since then.

So when we were looking for Senior Editor Tammye Nash’s first story, we came up...

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