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Grant Funds Digitization of Amon Carter Materials
TCU Library Special Collections received a grant of $50,000 from the NHPRC (National Historical Publications and Records Commission) for the project “The Emperor of West Texas – Digitizing the Amon G. Carter Papers.” The project, in collaboration with UT Arlington Library Special Collections, will digitize materials related to the publisher, entrepreneur and Fort Worth promoter Amon G. Carter. TCU will scan and provide metadata for 34.5 linear feet of documents, while UTA will scan 5,000 negatives from the archives of Carter’s newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which document Carter’s local and national activities.
The digitized materials will be useful to researchers across a spectrum of specialties, including biographers and urban planners, as well as social, military, aviation, and business historians. Carter maintained connections with U.S. presidents, military leaders, entertainers, business leaders, and European leaders and nobility. Social and military historians will be interested in the World War II era letters written between Carter and his son, a prisoner of war from 1943-1945.
As the project progresses, TCU and UTA Library staff will work together to create a research portal drawing from both collections. Digitizing items from TCU and UTA for this project increases their scholarly value by connecting materials from related collections and amplifying their visibility to a global audience. To keep up with TCU’s digitization progress, visit the Amon Carter Papers page in the digital repository.
The Love Family Letters have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.
The Tom B. Saunders Family Papers have been digitized and are available in our digital repository.
By an agreement concluded in 1991, the Van Cliburn Foundation transferred to Texas Christian University materials relating to the activities of the Foundation, together with the archives of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The professional Competition, first held in 1962, was created to commemorate Van Cliburn's sensational 1958 victory at the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. Held at four-year intervals, the Competition offers a means by which the finest young concert pianists can perform before a global audience. The International Competition for Outstanding Amateurs now offers other accomplished pianists a worldwide stage.