The Digital Public Library of America: Past, Present, and Future

The Houston Public Library is pleased to welcome Dan Cohen, Executive Director of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) on Wednesday, October 29, from 1:15PM to 2:30PM at the Julia Ideson Building. Dan Cohen is the Founding Executive Director of the DPLA, where he works to further its mission to make the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity available, free of charge, to all. He will be speaking about what the DPLA can provide for the general public, teachers, students, and librarians. 

“The Digital Public Library of America brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. It strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used.”  Watch the video below to learn more about the DPLA.

The DPLA brings together a network of content and service hubs made up of state and regional libraries across the country. These libraries provide digital objects and related information to the DPLA. As a contributing institution, the Houston Metropolitan Research Center has added more than 3,000 digital objects from the John J. Herrera Papers and The Mexican American Family and Photo Collection to the DPLA through the Portal to Texas History (the service hub for Texas).  This partnership brings greater visibility to the rich and fascinating history of Hispanic and Latino Americans in Houston. 

Below are a few items that highlight the fascinating scope of the Houston Metropolitan Research Center’s collections on the DPLA.

Photograph of the Kido Zapata Trio on stage
Persistent link to the original item; last accessed October 19, 2014.

Photograph of Leo Tanguma's "The Rebirth of Our Nationality", a mural spanning a building on Canal Street in Houston, Texas.
Persistent link to the original item; last accessed October 19, 2014.

The brightly colored mural depicts multiple figures reaching toward each other. At the top of the mural: "To become aware of our history is to become aware of our singularity." The work was completed in 1973 during the Chicano mural movement.


LULAC News bulletin from the John J. Herrera Papers
Persistent link to original item; last accessed October 19, 2014.

Discover more from the Houston Metropolitan Research Center on the DPLA

You can also explore the DPLA through its interactive exhibitions, map, timeline, bookshelf, and apps. Or, if you’d like to dive in and get a sense of the vast array of digital material available on the DPLA, browse the Subjects pages. Teachers, students, librarians, and the general public will find the DPLA to be an outstanding and useful resource to find digital objects from a diverse array of repositories.

What have you found on the Digital Public Library of America?


Can't wait to explore more!

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