NEH Humanities Open Book Program

UNT, TSHA, and OHS Release Over 100 Free E-books on Texas and Oklahoma History

The University of North Texas (UNT), in collaboration with the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA) and Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS), has released more than 100 free e-books thanks to a $95,599 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities under the Humanities Open Book Program.

The e-books, relating to the history of Texas and Oklahoma, are available through the UNT Portal to Texas History and through the Gateway to Oklahoma History. They were created from scans of out-of-print books contributed by the UNT Libraries, UNT Press, TSHA and OHS, which are also available through the Portal to Texas History and Gateway to Oklahoma History. They will give a new generation of scholars, teachers, students and communities access to knowledge no longer in wide circulation.

Many of the books are in the public domain, meaning copyright protection has expired on them.  The rest have been released under various Creative Commons licenses, allowing them to be freely redistributed and, in some cases, modified by others as long as the creator of the work is acknowledged.

Among these titles are 66 publications of the Texas Folklore Society, published annually by the University of North Texas Press. Access these titles via the UNT Portal to Texas History.

About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release and these ebooks do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.