September 18, 2014

Attention UH Students -- We're Hiring!

Are you a little low on cash? Looking for a career that will prepare you for the future? Or, maybe you want to work in a semi-secret underground lair? Well, look no further. The Digitization Unit for the MD Anderson library is hiring a student worker.

We are looking for applicants that are available to work 20 hours per week. Applicants should be punctual and reliable. We are looking for someone who is a quick learner, is able to work independently, and is detail oriented.

 If that sounds like you, then we strongly encourage you to apply.

We are a fun group and we work on exciting projects that make a difference for the library, the University, and the Houston community.

Check out the UH Digital Library to get a feel for some of the work we do! Notable collections include Early Texas Documents, DJ Screw Photographs and Memorabilia, and University of Houston Barbara Karkabi Living Archives Recordings.

Job Description: The Digitization Unit in the M. D Anderson Library seeks a student to work part-time as a photo technician. The student will be responsible for handling and reformatting archival materials such as manuscripts, photographs, and negatives. The student will also perform scanning, photographic capture, image quality control and basic data entry. There is also the possibility the student will have the opportunity to work with a limited range of audio/visual projects.

Desired Qualifications
*Close attention to detail required.
*Oral and written communication skills required.
*Demonstrated interest/experience with photography, digital media and/or graphic design preferred.
*Experience with Adobe Photoshop not required but preferred. 

Desired Major(s): Photography, Liberal Studies, Art, Studio Art, Architecture, Digital Media

Approximate Hours: 20 P/W

Salary Level: $8.75 P/H


We apologize, but due to the volume of applications we receive we will only be able to contact those candidates invited to interview. Please do not call about this position.                             

September 4, 2014

USS Houston (CA-30) Photographs Now Available in UHDL

We are pleased to announce USS Houston (CA-30) Photographs is now available in the UH Digital Library!

The heavy cruiser USS Houston (CA-30) traveled the world during peacetime, served as flagship of the Asiatic Fleet during World War II, and was tragically sunk by the Imperial Japanese Navy during the Battle of Sunda Strait. More than 350 black and white photographs from the 1920s to the 1940s tell the incredible story of the Houston and her crew.

Named for the city of Houston, the USS Houston (CA-30) was launched in 1929 in Newport News, Virginia, a celebratory occasion well-represented in the collection. Many photographs depict the new Northampton class cruiser in various ports or at sea during early cruises, including visits to the Houston Ship Channel. Other photographs capture individual officers and crew members and depict life aboard the ship.

The ship’s most famous passenger was President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who took four cruises on the Houston during his presidency to relax and enjoy deep sea fishing. Photographs in the collection show Roosevelt fishing from a smaller vessel, even catching a shark. In 1942, following the United States’ entry into World War II, the Houston became part of the multi-national American-British-Dutch-Australian (ABDA) force in the Pacific. Led by the able Captain Albert H. Rooks, Houston participated in the Battle of Makassar Strait and the Battle of the Java Sea before being sunk. Due to the wartime need for secrecy, only a few photographs exist from this period.

Of the 1068 crew members on the Houston when it was sunk, 368 survived and became prisoners of the Japanese. Many were forced to work building the Burma-Thai Railway, 79 more dying in the process. Photographs document the POW camps, the deplorable conditions endured by the POWs, and the evacuation of POWs at the end of the war in August 1945.

The original materials are available in UH Libraries Special Collections in the Cruiser Houston Collection. Many thanks to all those who helped make this digital collection possible. You can find this and our many other collections here at the UH Digital Library!

August 7, 2014

Early Texas Documents Now Available in UHDL

We are pleased to announce Early Texas Documents is now available in the UH Digital Library!

This digital collection chronicles the history of Texas from the Spanish Colonial Era through the turn of the 20th century. The bulk of the collection is from the Colonial, Republic, and Early Statehood eras, and in addition to materials broadly documenting the history of Texas, the activities of several prominent Texans and Americans are also documented. The digital collection contains nearly 1300 items.

Included in the collection are papers pertaining to the establishment of Austin’s Colony, including land and legal documents signed by Stephen F. Austin. Sam Houston’s role as President of Texas is extensively documented through correspondence and legal, financial, and land papers. The roles of Anson Jones and Mirabeau Lamar as President of Texas are seen in legal and land paper, and James Morgan’s role as Colonel in the Texas Army is documented through correspondence, legal, and military papers. Finally, Andrew Jackson’s role as President of the United States of America is documented in a letter detailing his decision to not send troops to Texas during the state’s revolution.

Also of interest are slave documents within the collection documenting the sale of slaves as property as well as financial and scrip documents that detail a listing of goods and services purchased by individuals. Other items include illustrations of currency and warrants paid to soldiers for their service.


The original materials are available in UH Libraries’ Special Collections in the Early Texas Documents CollectionMany thanks to all those who helped make this digital collection possible. You can find more of our fascinating collections here at the UH Digital Library!

August 6, 2014

Check Out Our New Map View Feature!

We here at the UH Digital Library would like to show you the new and exciting Map View feature in both our Civil War Letters and Lucian Hood Architectural Drawings collections!

Both Civil War Letters and Lucian Hood Architectural Drawings are rooted in geography. Civil War Letters is a collection of more than 150 Civil War-era letters contains correspondence from  M.L. Calk, W.D. Lowther, and William W. Edgerton letters. Calk and Lowther were Confederate soldiers from Alabama and Texas, respectively, while Edgerton was a Union soldier from New York. 

 Utilizing Google Maps, Map View locates the origin of these Civil War letters, tracking Calk, Lowther, And Edgerton through their journeys across America. By zooming in, you will find that each letter has a pinpoint on the map which you can click to direct you to that very letter in our collection!

Utilize Google Maps Street View to see the 150-year change in time!

You can enjoy the same experience with Lucian Hood as well! Lucian Hood Architectural Drawings is a collection of 116 hand-drawn architectural sketches by architect Lucian Hood which include floor plans, interior and exterior elevations, foundations, and plots for various buildings throughout Houston.

Here's a sketch of Memorial Creole Apartments from 1966...

...and using Google Street View you can see that Memorial Creole Apartments are still here!

We are very proud of our latest addition to the UHDL experience, and we hope you enjoy. Make sure to check out our other wonderful collections here at the UH Digital Library!