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Texas Arts and Culture Documentaries Added to UH Special Collections

University of Houston Libraries is pleased to announce receipt of a unique collection of materials from Texas Foundation for the Arts.

Archival footage from documentaries written, filmed, and produced by Texas Foundation for the Arts that aired on Houston Public Media (KUHT-TV, Houston PBS) will be added to the Houston and Texas History Research Collection in UH Special Collections. Materials include videotapes and transcripts, research materials, and photos and 35mm slides of Texas historic county courthouses. 

Founded in 2001 by Jim Bailey and Kim Bjork Lykins, Texas Foundation for the Arts’ mission is to capture the uniqueness of Texas arts and culture through the creation of documentary films and other television programming. 

“It is an honor to have our work reside in the UH archives,” said Bailey. “Our programs over the past 20 years include so many interviews and raw footage that never made it into the half-hour and one-hour programs due to television time constraints. We are happy that the b-roll footage and photos and all interviews will be available for everyone to use in perpetuity.”

Award-winning documentaries in the collection include:

Building Bridges of Understanding: Asia Society Texas Center
This film documents the design and construction of the Asia Society Texas Center, designed by Japanese architect Yoshio Taniguchi, and examines the Asian community in Texas. The film features on-camera interviews with University of Houston System chancellor and University of Houston president Renu Khator, Nancy Allen, Y. Ping Sun (Rice University), Stephen Klineberg, Charles Foster, and other eyewitnesses and experts on Houston’s Asian community, as well as b-roll scenes of the grand opening activities of the Center and the classic Tiger Ball.

Galveston Island
This documentary about the history and culture of Galveston, once the largest city in Texas and the Wall Street of the Southwest, includes the story of immigration through Galveston. It features rare footage of the destruction of Galveston streets, homes and businesses immediately after Hurricane Ike, as well as modern-day footage of Galveston beaches, the Strand, Bolivar ferry, Mardi Gras, historic homes, Grand 1894 Opera House, the port, cruise ships, churches, Bishop’s Palace, restaurants, and other landmarks. The documentary includes interviews with Joe Jaworski and Barbara Crews (former mayors of Galveston), residents, authors, and historians.

Houston Arts Television
This 30-minute television program features various cultural institutions in Houston including the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and Houston Children’s Chorus, as well as behind-the-scenes visuals at the Menil Collection, Houston’s civic art, Discovery Green, and profiles of individual artists. It includes iconic postcard-type scenes of Houston’s Hermann Park and other locations and interviews with Houston cultural leaders and artists such as Bert Long, Jr.

The Art of Architecture: Houston
This program profiles leading architects and architectural experts and explores modern office towers, public buildings, historic buildings, Houston homes, and quirky sites, all of which combine to create Houston’s unique architectural landscape. Included are  interviews with UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design dean Patricia Oliver, UH and Rice University architectural students, Houston architects, and architectural historian Stephen Fox.

1910 Harris County Courthouse
This documentary features the history and recent restoration of the historic 1910 Harris County Courthouse, including rare video scenes of the building before and during restoration, the completed building showcasing the atrium and dome, and interviews with Harris County archivist Sarah Jackson, author Jim Parsons, architects, attorneys, eyewitnesses, and historians.

“We are so pleased to have these documentaries and other programs produced by Texas Foundation for the Arts to add to our collection,” said Vince Lee, UH Special Collections archivist. “These films are an important record of Houston and Texas history.”

The collection is currently being processed. For questions about materials in this collection or to request access, contact Vince Lee.

By on November 27th, 2019 in Announcements

UH Libraries Receives $100,000 Gift for OER

University of Houston Libraries has received an anonymous gift of $100,000 to support the expansion of open educational resources (OER).

OER are teaching and learning tools, either in the public domain or released with an open license, that anyone can freely use and re-purpose. As universities across the U.S. have embraced OER, academic libraries have become central to the adoption of open educational materials in the classroom.

Commercial textbook costs have risen more than four times the rate of inflation over the past few decades, which have both financial and academic impact on many University of Houston students. A survey conducted by the UH Student Government Association found that over 37% of UH students reported not purchasing a required textbook due to cost.

While expensive textbooks prevent students from accessing course materials, OER provide free and immediate access to course materials, allowing students to be prepared on the first day of class, earn better grades, and stay enrolled in the course.

To help eliminate this barrier to student success, UH Libraries has created the Alternative Textbook Incentive Program (ATIP) for faculty to adopt OER for their curricula. Co-sponsored by the UH Office of the Provost, ATIP provides awards to faculty who take steps to implement an open or alternative textbook. In the 1st year of ATIP, 16 projects were awarded, resulting in student cost savings of over $203,000 for the 2018-19 academic year. In the 2nd year, 23 projects were awarded, with projected student cost savings of over $757,000 for the 2019-20 academic year.

ATIP is part of the burgeoning OER initiatives at UH. Ariana Santiago, open educational resources coordinator at UH Libraries, facilitates outreach and education for faculty on OER-related topics, and coordinates a growing community of practice on OER.

“This significant gift will allow UH Libraries to expand the OER program to improve the academic experience of our students,” said dean of UH Libraries Lisa German. “With this donation, we’ll be able to increase incentives for faculty who implement OER and increase the opportunity for students to academically succeed.”

By on November 26th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, OER, Student Success

Paws and Relax Fall 2019

Local organization Faithful Paws will bring certified therapy dogs to the MD Anderson Library for three sessions of end-of-semester stress relief. Drop in for petting, snuggling and treat-feeding with these gentle and friendly canines.

Paws and Relax

Paws and Relax

  • Monday, December 2: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (concurrent with Finals Mania) 106-T and Liaison Services, behind Red Elevators
  • Tuesday, December 3: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
  • Wednesday, December 4: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. 106-T and 2nd floor
By on November 19th, 2019 in Announcements, Featured, Student Success

New Exhibit: TX Women, Music, and Feminism

Celebrating the independent spirit and expression of Texas women, musicians, and feminists, the archives in the exhibit complement the November 18 TX Women in Rock panel, which is part of the Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Series.

TX Women, Music, and Feminism

TX Women, Music, and Feminism

One case features items donated to UH Special Collections from Mydolls (1978-present), a women-led, post-punk band from Houston, Texas. Other materials include second-wave and anarcha-feminist publications from the 1970s, originally exhibited at UH Libraries by collection donor Nancy Agin Dunnahoe of Wild Dog Archive.

The exhibit will be on display for a limited time on the second floor of MD Anderson Library near Special Collections.

“I AM A MAN” Exhibit Extended

An exhibit featuring the work of eminent photojournalist Ernest C. Withers (1922-2007), “I AM A MAN,” now on display at the University of Houston M.D. Anderson Library, has been extended through November 15.

"I AM A MAN" exhibit

“I AM A MAN” exhibit

Withers was a freelance photojournalist based in Memphis, Tennessee who documented six decades of American culture. His photos appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Tri-State Defender, the Pittsburgh Courier, Jet, Ebony, and others, and have been exhibited globally.

While his body of work, estimated at 1.8 million photos, spans musicians, athletes, and US presidents to scenes of everyday life, “I AM A MAN” focuses on Withers’ collection of images from the Civil Rights Movement. The exhibit presents powerful depictions of the NAACP Main Street protests, Tent City, March Against Fear, and the Poor People’s March on Washington, as well as memorials for Martin Luther King Jr.

Related: Exhibition of Civil Rights-Era Photographs Comes to UH

“I AM A MAN” was originally planned to end on November 3, and in continuing the exhibit for two additional weeks, UH Libraries dean Lisa German hopes more of the UH community will have an opportunity to view the images, located on the second floor of M.D. Anderson Library.

“I am very grateful that Dean Tillis from CLASS and the Links, Incorporated Houston Chapter brought this exhibit to our university,” German said. “I encourage all UH students to visit the M.D. Anderson Library and experience the work of Ernest C. Withers. His photographs are incredibly powerful and very moving.”