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- Main Title The Handbook of Texas: Past and Future
Author: Calder, J. KentCreator Type: PersonalCreator Info: Texas State Historical Association
Organizer of meeting: University of North Texas. Libraries.Contributor Type: Organization
Organizer of meeting: University of North Texas. Digital Scholarship Co-Operative.Contributor Type: Organization
- Creation: 2012-09-21
- Content Description: Presentation for the 2012 Digital Frontiers Conference. The central challenge before the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) is to seize the unprecedented opportunities of the 'Handbook of Texas' in the digital age in order to reshape how history will be accessed, disseminated, understood, and preserved in the twenty-first century. This presentation describes how the TSHA is facing the challenges along with its plans to realize the opportunities.
- Physical Description: 19 p.
- Keyword: books
- Keyword: scholarly publishing
- Keyword: The Handbook of Texas
- Keyword: digital resources
- Conference: Digital Frontiers Conference, 2012, Denton, Texas, United States
Name: Digital FrontiersCode: DIGIF
Name: Texas State Historical AssociationCode: TSHA
- Rights Access: public
- Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc111284
- Display Note: Annotated PowerPoint (ppt) version of this presentation is available for download.
- Display Note: Abstract: A program of the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), the 'Handbook of Texas Online' is a multidisciplinary digital encyclopedia of Texas history, geography, and culture. It comprises more than 27,000 articles on people, places, events, historical themes, institutions, and a host of other topic categories. It began with TSHA Director Eugene C. Barker, who had proposed a biographical dictionary project in 1932. Historian Walter Prescott Webb became director in 1936 and enhanced Barker's idea to encompass "a combination dictionary, biography and encyclopedia." The first edition of the 'Handbook of Texas' appeared in 1952. A third volume supplement was published in 1977. Not long after the publication of the supplement, the board and staff undertook an even more ambitious idea, a new completely revised edition. In the July 1996 the 'New Handbook of Texas' was published in six volumes. Less than three years later, the Association officially released 'The Handbook of Texas Online' on February 15, 1999, offering it free to the public. Today 3 million individuals come to the TSHA website for a total of around 4 million visits and 10 million page views in the course of the year. The central challenge before the TSHA is to seize the unprecedented opportunities of the 'Handbook' in the digital age in order to reshape how history will be accessed, disseminated, understood, and preserved in the twenty-first century. This presentation describes how the TSHA is facing the challenges along with its plans to realize the opportunities.