TIME: For Immediate Release
DATE: September 11, 2019
CONTACT: John Tompkins, Communications Coordinator
(281) 756-3551 office
SUBJECT: ACC Library Receives Grant to Archive Newspaper
ACC Library Receives Grant to Archive Newspaper
One of the most vital sources of information in historical research is the archive of a community’s newspaper.
Alvin Community College was awarded a $24,870 grant from the Tocker Foundation in order to digitally scan more than 100 years of the Alvin Sun archives.
The ACC Library currently houses the archives of the Alvin Sun newspaper on microfiche which contains the history of the city, said Becky McClain, ACC Librarian.
“What this means for us is that our copies of the Alvin Sun will be digitized for everyone to access,” McClain said.
Community members often research the archives seeking materials including commendation articles, obituaries, data for genealogical research and even advertisements.
The Tocker Foundation is a non-profit organization that provides much needed support to community libraries. McClain applied for the Tocker Foundation grant at the behest of Alvin native John Koenig.
The microfiche archive will be scanned by the University of North Texas Digitation Library. The grant will fund the scanning of the years 1900-65 and the UNT will scan the remainder of the archive for free.
The microfiche will be unavailable for approximately six weeks as the UNT Library scans them for the digital archive. It will take several months before the digitization is complete.
The UNT Library is excited to work on the Alvin Sun archive because it provides a critical amount of history for the region, McClain said.
“Everyone in the community and around the world will now be able to access obits, ads, wedding and birth announcements,” she said. “We will be partners with UNT for this and future projects.”
ACC is also working to digitally archive other important documents related to the college and the community.
“Along with the digitization of our ACC catalogs from 1948 to present, yearbooks from the 1960-70s, and pictures, we are preserving the history of ACC and Alvin,” McClain said.
ACC Librarian Becky McClain shows the Alvin Sun Archives that are about to be digitized as part of a grant program with the Tocker Foundation.