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CLIR Announces 2012 Hidden Collections Awards

Washington, DC, Dec. 27, 2012-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the following recipients of the 2012 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards:

Alabama Folklife Association
Sacred, Secular, and Sewn with Soul: Discovering Alabama’s Folk Culture

American Museum of Natural History
Expeditionary Field Work at the American Museum of Natural History

Brooklyn Historical Society
City, Borough, Neighborhood, Home: Mapping Brooklyn’s Twentieth-Century Urban Identity

Caffè Lena
Uncovering the American Folksong Revival:  Coffeehouse Culture and The Caffè Lena Collection

College of Charleston
The William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection

Columbia University
Documenting Advocacy: Human Rights Collections in the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Columbia University

Columbia University
American View Books

David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland
David C. Driskell Archive Project

Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation
Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers

Jewish Theological Seminary
Jewish Ethnomusicology from the East: The Archives of Johanna Spector

Johns Hopkins University
The Roland Park Company Archives and the Martin L. Millspaugh Archives

Kentucky Historical Society
The Churchill Weavers Collection-40,000 Textiles Uncovered

Martha’s Vineyard Museum
Martha’s Vineyard Archives Project

Montana Historical Society
Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections

Museum of the City of New York
Discovering the Future: The New York World’s Fairs Collections of 1939 and 1964 at the Museum of the City of New York and the Queens Museum of Art

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives of USC
Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project

Open Knowledge Commons
Private Practices, Public Health: Privacy-Aware Processing to Maximize Access to Health Collections

San Diego Air & Space Museum
Increasing Access to Our Aerospace Heritage

Stanford University Archives
Documenting Climate Change: The Papers of Stephen H. Schneider

UC Santa Barbara Library
Foreign and Ethnic 78s in the UC Santa Barbara Sound Archives

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Oral History Cataloging Project

University of Pennsylvania
Uncovering Philadelphia’s Past: A Regional Solution to Revealing Hidden Collections

More detail on this year’s funded projects can be found at:

CLIR will issue a request for proposals for the next Hidden Collections funding cycle in early January 2013.

Created in 2008 and supported by ongoing funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program supports the identification and cataloging of special collections and archives of high scholarly value that are difficult or impossible to locate. Award recipients create Web-accessible records according to standards that enable the federation of their local cataloging entries into larger groups of related records, enabling the broadest possible exposure to the scholarly community.

A registry of hidden collections and archives, based on information supplied by applicants, is available at

The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent, nonprofit organization that forges strategies to enhance research, teaching, and learning environments in collaboration with libraries, cultural institutions, and communities of higher learning.

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