University library receives major grant

Commerce – The Gee Library at Texas A&M University-Commerce has received a $72,866 grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

The funding enables the Special Collections Department to continue a project with 11 area libraries in the Northeast Texas region. The project allows for the digitization of local history artifacts and African-American history and making them accessible online.

It was among five grants approved for area libraries and regional library systems across the state.

Andrea Weddle, project intern and A&M-Commerce staff member says "we are currently adding more library partners."

The digitized information is uploaded on the A&M-Commerce library website and then can be used by residents in the counties, educators, and others interested.

"We have uploaded about 300 items, photos, older school year books, Cotton Belt Railroad material, and other items," Weddle said.

For information on the collections, visits