Notes of History: UNT to Preserve Dallas Black History Archives

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DALLAS -- What better time than Black History Month to announce a collaboration between The Black Academy of Arts and Letters and the University of North Texas?

For the past 38 years, this non-profit based in downtown Dallas, has hosted Academy Award nominees, Grammy winners and legendary entertainers such as Erykah Badu, Alex Haley, and Maya Angelou.

Now the photos, video recordings and other artifacts from those appearances will be digitized and kept at the University of North Texas libraries as part of its special collection.

It's a pretty big step for an organization that had to rescue original documents and records from the trash and what better place to keep these dumpster diving documents than the UNT libraries, internationally recognized for its digital preservation techniques.

Curtis King, Founder and President of The Black Academy of Arts and Letters, thinks it’s the perfect marriage, "You look at people like Tyler Perry, all of his earlier productions were done right here with our institution. So it's a huge, huge plus for us and for the University of North Texas."

Now it's time for these two organizations to preserve treasures like Tyler for future generations and to make history together.

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