With Digital Library, Houston’s History A Mouse Click Away

Behind us spans more than 150 years of Houston history. A new resource at the University of Houston makes those years more accessible.

The new UH Digital Library will "open its doors" in a reception from 2 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 at M.D. Anderson Library's Rockwell Pavilion, second floor.

"The Digital Library extends the walls of the physical library by making these objects discoverable and deliverable to computer users around the world," said Michele Reilly, digital projects librarian. "Part of our mission is to provide an opportunity to encourage discovery of our rich digital resources."

The resource can be accessed at http://digital.lib.uh.edu.

The scope of the Digital Library spans from the late 1800s to the present. Visitors can view historical photographs of the city of Houston, images from the Galveston 1915 hurricane, the Texas City Disaster of 1947 and the birth of the University of Houston.

"One of the most unique items we have is the 1949 Houstonian yearbook that shows how the university has changed over the last 60 years," Reilly said."Soon we'll have a scrapbook related to the suffrage movement in Houston around 1913."

As the Digital Library grows, Reilly says it also will house historical video and audio files. Additionally, visitors to the Digital Library will have information about existing and upcoming collections at the six other libraries on campus.

WHAT: "Opening" of the UH Digital Library

WHEN:2 - 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16

WHERE: M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd floor

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