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Digital Scholarship/Digital Humanities

This guide includes information & resources for digital scholarship and digital humanities projects at UNT and beyond.

The Portal to Texas History

The Portal to Texas History is a gateway to rare, historical, and primary source materials from or about Texas. Created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries, the Portal leverages the power of hundreds of content partners across the state to provide a vibrant, growing collection of resources.

Digital Austin Papers

Digital Austin Papers

The Digital Austin Papers project seeks to recreate the turbulent world of the Texas borderlands during the 1820s and 1830s, as seen through the correspondence of Stephen F. Austin. Collecting thousands of letters by both Mexicans and Americans, the project offers unprecedented access to the movement of people and ideas between the United States and Mexico during the early nineteenth century.

Providing new digital tools for visualizing and analyzing nineteenth-century correspondence, the Digital Austin Papers offers new ways to discover patterns hidden in the writings of hundreds of men and women living along the shared edges of the United States and Mexico.


3Dhotbed: Extending Bibliographic Pedagogy through Additive Manufacturing 

An acronym for “3D Printed History of the Book Education,” 3Dhotbed is a collaboration providing affordable access to the tools used in book history instruction. 3Dhotbed seeks to extend bibliographical pedagogy through allied 3D technologies and related multi-media resources.

The 3Dhotbed project is a collaborative effort between Kevin O'Sullivan (Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives), Marcia McIntosh (Digital Projects Librarian at the University of North Texas Libraries), and Courtney Jacobs (Head of Public Services, Outreach, and Community Engagement for UCLA Library Special Collections). The project harnesses the collective strengths of each institution to further book history pedagogy. The project provides data to 3D print replica models of tools purpose-built for the Book History Workshop at Texas A&M University. These tools were digitized and the data made available through the University of North Texas Digital Library. The team is actively partnering with other institutions and scholars to expand available resources in the 3Dhotbed repository. 

Medieval Digital Humanities


Saints Paul, John Chrysostom, and Basil by Carlo Crivelli, c. 1493. Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France. © Public Domain

Saints Paul, John Chrysostom, and Basil by Carlo Crivelli, c. 1493. Musée Jacquemart-André, Paris, France. © Public Domain

Kathryne Beebe’s research in History and the Digital Humanities on the nature of religious devotion in late-medieval Europe comprises three major research projects: Mapping Observance, The Digital Observance Network, and Imagined Pilgrimage. She was also a co-investigator on the Spatial History Research Collaborative.

Together, these projects seek answers to three fundamental questions: 1) How can we use new technologies to gather, analyze, and interpret data from historical sources? 2) How can we use history to create sustainable communities? and 3) How can we use history in conjunction with other disciplines to understand the human condition and contribute to our collective well-being?

Uncovering St. John's

Students at St. John's School, ca. 1910s or 1920s

Students at St. John's School, ca. 1910s or 1920s

The St. John's Community ProjectUncovering St. John's

Built by a team of undergraduate and graduate students at the University of North Texas, the SJCP is an online museum that tells the story of the St. John's community and offers new windows into the lives of African Americans in North Texas during the decades between Reconstruction and the Great Depression.  Centered on the men, women, and children buried in the St. John’s cemetery, the project seeks to rebuild the world these people knew -- offering exhibits on the place of church life, education, farming, politics, and freedmen’s communities in Texas during the 1870s-1930s, as well as the history of Denton County and Pilot Point during that period.  The project also features a section on how St. John’s has been remembered since the 1930s and an online archive of more than  650 historical items related to the history of St. John's.

xREZ Art Science Lab

UNT Associate Professor Ruth West builds resonant connections between art and science. 

Institute for Advanced Research in Technology and the Arts

Technology and the arts come together in this innovative research cluster. Faculty across the arts, engineering and sciences explore new media applications based on shared expertise and evolving technologies. iARTA's affiliate journal, Moebius, gives critical insight to these emerging interdisciplinary practices in an international context.

Mapping Texts

UNT History Professor Andrew Torget's "Mapping Texts" is a collaborative venture between the University of North Texas and Stanford University exploring new methods for finding and analyzing meaningful patterns embedded in large collections of digital newspapers.

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