Digital Project

Much of Bellaire’s History is Now Available Online Thanks To The Friends And The Bellaire Historical Society

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Online files of local Bellaire newspapers spanning almost 50 years are now available, with a searchable database, at The Portal to Texas History.  The Bellaire Library included a large collection of local newspapers in original paper format as well as on microfilm.  The cost of the microfilm process was underwritten by the Bellaire Historical Society in the early 1990s.

At the January, 2013, Annual Meeting of the Friends a motion was made and approved to form a committee to investigate a project to digitize the area newspapers now archived on microfilm, and to provide an estimated cost for digitization. The archive contains 69 rolls of microfilm, covering the years 1944 through 1990.

The following local publications have been converted to microfilm:

  • Southwestern Times 1944 -1952
  • Southwest Citizen 1947 – 1950
  • Bellaire Citizen 1949 – 1950
  • Bellaire Texan 1954 – 1980
  • Suburbia Reporter 1977 – 1986
  • The Texan 1985 – 1990
  • Southwest News 1988 – 1990

The committee consisted of members of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society. A copy of the report can be found here. The report was presented to the boards of the Friends of the Bellaire Library and the Bellaire Historical Society, and the Friends agreed to underwrite the $11,000 estimated cost for digitization.

The organization chosen to oversee the project is the University of North Texas, which will also publish the digitized publications on The Portal to Texas History. The Portal is a gateway to Texas history materials, and combined with the UNT Digital Library, digital content is provided to a worldwide audience.

The Portal to Texas History is created and maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries’ Digital Projects Unit. The Digital Projects Unit supports the UNT Libraries with guidance and digital services including imaging, archival storage of electronic files, digital preservation, and metadata development and pursues research opportunities in digital preservation and access and is active in state, national, and international professional organizations.

Many newspapers are now online in a searchable database.  The Portal to Texas History can be found here:

Additional information for Bellaire and the City’s history can be disseminated through the Portal as well, and we believe this will be an invaluable source for anyone interested in the City and its history.

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