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Electronic Course Reserves, Copyright Law, and Cambridge University Press v. Becker

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. This section revisit the current e-course reserves policy, which allows faculty members to make some readings available for electronic reserve. It uses the case from the 11th Circuit which may clarify how schools can use electronic course reserves.
Date: January 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Oral History Collection

Description: Text regarding the Oral History Collection at North Texas State University. It describes the committee behind the collection and the oral history subcollections. An index of the collection begins on page 11.
Date: April 1980
Creator: North Texas State University
Partner: UNT Libraries

Everything Less Vast Than Love—Let Go Of

Description: Haj Ross is an almost completely unpublished poet, and a completely amateur artist. However, since around 1970, when he discovered blending colors with artist markers, he has done more painting than poeming. In this book, he has tried to let these two of his art forms talk to, and look like, each other.
Date: May 2018
Creator: Ross,Haj
Partner: UNT Libraries

Music Copyright: Unraveling the Weirdness

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. A copyright license is a contract to use a work in certain limited ways. Because copyright grants authors a “bundle of rights” over their works, rights holders can choose how other people can use any or all of those 11 rights without giving away their entire copyrights. They use licenses to do this. This section will address several ways that licensing is unique for music copyright and introduce four licenses that are common in this space.
Date: March 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Accidental Activists: Mark Phariss, Vic Holmes, and Their Fight for Marriage Equality in Texas

Description: In early 2013 same-sex marriage was legal in only ten states and the District of Columbia. That year the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor appeared to open the door to marriage equality. In Texas, Mark Phariss and Vic Holmes, together for sixteen years and deeply in love, wondered why no one had stepped across the threshold to challenge their state’s 2005 constitutional amendment prohibiting same-sex marriage. They agreed to join a lawsuit being put together by Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLD. Two years later—after tense battles in the Federal District Court for the Western District of Texas and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, after sitting through oral arguments at the Supreme Court of the United States in Obergefell v. Hodges—they won the right to marry deep in the heart of Texas. But the road they traveled was never easy. Accidental Activists is the deeply moving story of two men who struggled to achieve the dignity of which Justice Anthony Kennedy spoke in a series of Supreme Court decisions that recognized the “personhood,” the essential humanity of gays and lesbians. Author David Collins tells Mark and Vic’s story in the context of legal and social history and explains the complex legal issues and developments surrounding same-sex marriage in layman’s terms.
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Date: August 2017
Creator: Collins, David
Partner: UNT Libraries

Death on the Lonely Llano Estacado: The Assassination of J. W. Jarrott, a Forgotten Hero

Description: In the winter of 1901, James W. Jarrott led a band of twenty-five homesteader families toward the Llano Estacado in far West Texas, newly opened for settlement by a populist Texas legislature. But frontier cattlemen who had been pasturing their herds on the unfenced prairie land were enraged by the encroachment of these “nesters.” In August 1902 a famous hired assassin, Jim Miller, ambushed and murdered J. W. Jarrott. Who hired Miller? This crime has never been solved, until now. Award-winning author Bill Neal investigates this cold case and successfully pieces together all the threads of circumstantial evidence to fit the noose snugly around the neck of Jim Miller’s employer. What emerges from these pages is the strength of intriguing characters in an engrossing narrative: Jim Jarrott, the diminutive advocate who fearlessly champions the cause of the little guy. The ruthless and slippery assassin, Deacon Jim Miller. And finally Jarrott’s young widow Mollie, who perseveres and prospers against great odds and tells the settlers to “Stay put!”
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Date: July 2017
Creator: Neal, Bill
Partner: UNT Libraries

On the Jury Trial: Principles and Practices for Effective Advocacy

Description: Two outstanding Texas trial lawyers—one now an equally respected district judge—have written On the Jury Trial, a “must have” reference for any trial lawyer aspiring to excellence or seeking to maintain it. Chapter topics include voir dire, opening statement, preparing witnesses, cross examination, using exhibits, closing argument, jury research, and more, with excellent examples and “do’s and don’ts” provided throughout. Think of this book as the senior law partner’s memo to associates on how to really try a case. Looking for fly-on-the-wall insight into world-class trial preparation and strategy? Here it is. A behind-the-scenes tour of the inner workings of the judicial process? This book has you covered. Its combination of advice, illustration, and commentary is every bit as valuable as it is unique. Every litigator should have this book on the shelf, no matter the state in which they practice.
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Date: October 2017
Creator: Melsheimer, Thomas M. & Smith, Judge Craig
Partner: UNT Libraries

Yesterday There Was Glory: With the 4th Division, A.E.F., in World War I

Description: In 1946, World War I veteran and self-described “buck private in the rear rank” Gerald Andrew Howell finished a memoir of the experiences of his squad from the 39th Infantry Regiment, 4th Division, and their “moments of horror, tragedy, humor, amour, [and] promiscuity” in Europe. This was “the old Army as it used to be,” Howell explains—the saga of the “down-trodden doughboy.” A few months later Howell was dead, his manuscript unpublished. Jeffrey Patrick discovered the memoir and the author’s correspondence with publishers and took on the task of bringing it to publication at last. Yesterday There Was Glory is an unpretentious account of men at war, from training camp to the occupation of Germany. It includes graphic descriptions of the battlefield, of shell fire, gas attacks, and lice. “Between the attacks the men would lay in their wet holes and pray for relief. But no relief came,” Howell remembers. He recalls much more than the horrors of combat, however, chronicling the diverse collection of heroes, professional warriors, shirkers, and braggarts that made up the American Expeditionary Forces. Howell and his comrades longed for wounds that would allow them to escape the war, but resolutely engaged the Germans in hand-to-hand combat. They poked fun at their comrades, but were willing to share their last can of food. They endured difficult marches, pursued “mademoiselles” and “frauleins,” and even staged a “strike” to protest mistreatment by their officers. They were as “ribald as any soldiery in any army,” Howell admits, but “underneath this veneer, they were really patriotic, steadfast and sincere.” Patrick provides an editor’s introduction and annotations to explain terms and sources in the memoir. Howell’s account preserves the flavor of army life with conversations and banter in soldier language, including the uncensored doughboy profanity often heard but seldom recorded. His ...
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Date: September 2017
Creator: Howell, Gerald Andrew & Patrick, Jeffrey L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

We Were Going to Win, or Die There: with the Marines at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and Saipan

Description: In 1940, native West Texan Roy H. Elrod joined the Marine Corps. A few years later his unit, the 8th Marine Regiment, went into the fight at Guadalcanal, where he commanded a platoon of 37 mm gunners. They endured Japanese attacks, malarial tropical weather, and starvation rations. His combat leadership earned him a Silver Star and a battlefield promotion. On D-Day at Tarawa his platoon waded their 37 mm cannons ashore, each weighing nearly 1,000 pounds, through half a mile of bullet-laced surf to get to an island where the killing never stopped. His was the only platoon to get its guns ashore and into action that first day. At Saipan, Elrod commanded a platoon of 75 mm half tracks, but he was riddled with shrapnel from an enemy artillery shell that took him out of the war. Fred H. Allison interviewed Elrod, drew upon wartime letters home, and provided annotations to the narrative of this young Marine infantry officer, a job that had an extremely low survival potential.
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Date: September 2017
Creator: Elrod, Roy H. & Allison, Fred H.
Partner: UNT Libraries

ActivAmerica

Description: Drawing from fairy tales, ghost stories, and science-fiction, the stories in ActivAmerica explore how we confront (and exert) power and re-imagine ourselves through sports and athletic activities. A group of girls starts an illicit hockey league in a conservative suburb. A recently separated woman must run a mile a day in order to maintain her new corporate health insurance. Children impacted by environmental disaster create a “mutant soccer team.” Two sisters are visited by an Olympic gymnast who demands increasingly dangerous moves from them. Sports allow the characters to form communities on soccer fields and hidden lakes, in overgrown backyards and across Ping-Pong tables. Throughout the collection, however, athletic risk also comes with unexpected, often unsettling results.
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Date: November 2017
Creator: Cass, Meagan
Partner: UNT Libraries

Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy

Description: Authors Bob Alexander and Donaly E. Brice grappled with several issues when deciding how to relate a general history of the Texas Rangers. Should emphasis be placed on their frontier defense against Indians, or focus more on their role as guardians of the peace and statewide law enforcers? What about the tumultuous Mexican Revolution period, 1910-1920? And how to deal with myths and legends such as One Riot, One Ranger? Texas Rangers: Lives, Legend, and Legacy is the authors’ answer to these questions, a one-volume history of the Texas Rangers. The authors begin with the earliest Rangers in the pre-Republic years in 1823 and take the story up through the Republic, Mexican War, and Civil War. Then, with the advent of the Frontier Battalion, the authors focus in detail on each company A through F, relating what was happening within each company concurrently. Thereafter, Alexander and Brice tell the famous episodes of the Rangers that forged their legend, and bring the story up through the twentieth century to the present day in the final chapters.
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Date: July 2017
Creator: Alexander, Bob & Brice, Donaly E.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Ranger Ideal

Description: Established in Waco in 1968, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum honors the iconic Texas Rangers, a service which has existed, in one form or another, since 1823. They have become legendary symbols of Texas and the American West. Thirty-one Rangers, with lives spanning more than two centuries, have been enshrined in the Hall of Fame. In The Ranger Ideal Volume 1: Texas Rangers in the Hall of Fame, 1823-1861, Darren L. Ivey presents capsule biographies of the seven inductees who served Texas before the Civil War. He begins with Stephen F. Austin, “the Father of Texas,” who laid the foundations of the Ranger service, and then covers John C. Hays, Ben McCulloch, Samuel H. Walker, William A. A. “Bigfoot” Wallace, John S. Ford, and Lawrence Sul Ross. Using primary records and reliable secondary sources, and rejecting apocryphal tales, The Ranger Ideal presents the true stories of these intrepid men who fought to tame a land with gallantry, grit, and guns. This Volume 1 is the first of a planned three-volume series covering all of the Texas Rangers inducted into the Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas.
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Date: October 2017
Creator: Ivey, Darren L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

17 USC 108(h): The “Last Twenty Years” Exception

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 108, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper specifically addresses one of 108’s lesser-used provisions and the value it may hold for libraries and archives: 108(h).
Date: December 2017
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

17 USC 109: The First Sale Doctrine

Description: This document is part of a series of white papers on various copyright issues. One statute, 17 USC § 109, provides a number of exceptions specifically for libraries. In addition to fair use, there are a variety of other exceptions built into the copyright law that don’t get as much attention.This paper argues that as there is no digital first sale, libraries can continue to use 17 USC ​§ ​109 for physical collections and are safe to lend the books they own without worrying about copyright problems.
Date: January 2018
Creator: Wolfson, Stephen M.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Bureaucracy: A Love Story

Description: Bureaucracy usually only becomes visible when it stops working—when a system fails, when an event gets off schedule, when someone points to a problem or glitch in a carefully calibrated workflow. But Bureaucracy: A Love Story draws together research done by scholars and students in the Special Collections at the University of North Texas to illuminate how bureaucracy structures our contemporary lives across a range of domains. People have navigated bureaucracy for centuries, by creating and utilizing various literary and rhetorical forms—from indexes to alphabetization to diagrams to blanks—that made it possible to efficiently process large amounts of information. Contemporary bureaucracy is likewise concerned with how to collect and store information, to circulate it efficiently, and to allow for easy access. We are interested both in the conventional definition of bureaucracy as a form of ordering and control connected to institutions and the state, but we also want to uncover how people interacted—often in creative ways—with the material forms of bureaucracy.
Date: 2017
Creator: Cervantes, Gabriel; Porter, Dahlia; Skinnell, Ryan & Wisecup, Kelly
Partner: UNT Libraries

Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas [2010-2018]

Description: Website for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, which provides information and services to ensure freedom of speech and open government. It includes information about the organization as well as relevant court cases and legal documentation, news, and other resources. This archive includes multiple captures of the domain starting in 2010.
Date: 2009/..
Creator: Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries Digital Projects Unit

Liberia Executive Mansion

Description: Website for the government leaders of Liberia, including biographical information about the president and vice president, as well as speeches, major issues, and links to news and relevant resources.
Date: 2017~
Creator: Liberia
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

Recovery.gov [2009-2015]

Description: Website for the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board, a non-partisan, non-political agency established by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) intended to provide information and oversight related to the distribution and spending of Hurricane Sandy funds. It contains information about the board's activities, as well as funding data and information for funding recipients. This archive includes multiple captures of the Recovery.gov domain over the course of six years.
Date: 2009/2015
Creator: United States. Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.
Partner: UNT Libraries Digital Projects Unit

GlobalChange.gov [2009-2010]

Description: Website for the U.S. Global Change Research Program, a multi-agency initiative to research, predict, and respond to human-induced and natural climate changes. It includes information about the program's activities and related resources. This archive includes multiple captures of the domain during 2009 and 2010.
Date: 2009/2010
Creator: U.S. Global Change Research Program
Partner: UNT Libraries Digital Projects Unit

[Deepwater Horizon Response and Trial Websites]

Description: Websites related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, recovery efforts, and trial. It includes sites established to document corporate and governmental actions to clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the oil spill in 2010, and ongoing efforts to restore ecosystems in the region as well as documentation related to the civil action filed against BP and the subsequent trial.
Date: 2010/2017
Creator: Deepwater Horizon Unified Command
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[Official Portal of Texas and TRAIL Service]

Description: Series of websites created by Texas state government agencies (within the .state.tx.us domain) including the "Portal of Texas" list of resources and information. It also includes an interactive Texas Records and Information Locator (TRAIL) search service compiled by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC), providing access to state government information available digitally.
Date: 2015~
Creator: Texas
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department