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Now Online: Institute of Texan Cultures Publications

August 6, 2012

Special Collections is excited to announce that the publications of the Institute of Texan Cultures have recently been scanned and are now available online.  The collection includes over 320 books, curriculum guides, newsletters, brochures, annual reports, Texas Folklife Festival programs, and catalogs created by the Institute of Texan Cultures since it was established in 1965.

The digital collection includes all of the publications in the Institute’s Ethnic Texans series, which began with the publication of The Indian Texans in 1970, and included 28 works that document the experiences of different ethnic groups in Texas.  Also included are four publications that formed part of the Institute’s Stories for Young Readers Series, a group of publications written for middle school students that told the stories of ethnic groups in Texas from a young adult’s perspective.

There are also 18 curriculum guides included in the digital collection created by the Institute’s Education Programs Department. The curriculum guides were written on a range of subjects related to Texas history and culture, such as Mexican American folk remedies, Texas artists, and African American cowboys and ranchers, and were designed to be used by Texas social studies and history teachers.

Figure 1. Brochure for the Texas Folklife Festival, 1976.

The digital collection also includes program guides of the Texas Folklife Festival between 1972-1987. The program guides include photographs and interviews with festival performers, event schedules, and commercial sponsors of the festival.

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