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tracesoftexas
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The Portal to Texas History, hosted by the University of North Texas, is the premier Texas history website on the internet. There are close to 1.5 million items from 420 different collections on The Portal, to include photos, newspapers etc...   The homepage is here:

 

https://texashistory.unt.edu/

 

I find it most useful to use the "Advanced Search"  option, here:

 

https://texashistory.unt.edu/search/advanced_search/

 

So if, for example, I'm looking for photos of El Paso, I type  El Paso in the description and then scroll down to the resource type. There's a drop down menu there and I select photograph.  Then I hit the search button.  It's like magic!

 

 Here's what such a search yields:

 

https://texashistory.unt.edu/search/?q=&t=fulltext&q1=&t1=dc_title&q2=%28el+paso%29&t2=dc_description&q3=&t3=untl_agent&q4=&t4=dc_publisher&q5=&t5=dc_subject&q6=&t6=dc_coverage&q7=&t7=dc_identifier&t8=page&fq=dc_type%3Aimage_photo&sort=date_a&searchType=advanced

 

 

As you can see, there are (currently) 1,616 photos of El Paso on The Portal's site.  You can then sort the results by various criteria. I find that the Date Created option is very handy, because that takes the  reader (you) to the oldest photos of El Paso.

 

I hope this is clear. If not, let me know and I'll try to help!

Beauty is only skin deep but Texas is to the bone.

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Posted : 25th April 2020 1:27 pm