CLIR Announces 2013 Hidden Collections Awards, 2014 Funding Cycle

Washington, DC, Dec. 9, 2013-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the following recipients of the 2013 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards:

Amherst College
Samuel French Theatre Archives
$144,300

Bok Tower Gardens
Cataloging the Vertical Files of the Anton Brees Carillon Library
$219,700

California Academy of Sciences
Frontier Science: Providing Access to the Early Scientific History of the American West in the Collections of the California Academy of Sciences
$50,600

Columbia University
Makino Collection Film Ephemera and Rare Book Project
$380,500

Dayton Society of Natural History
The Lichliter Site Project: A Model for Revealing Hidden Archaeological Collections
$91,000

Erie Canal Museum
Canal Society of New York State Collection
$71,100

George Eastman House
Documenting Their Films:  Hidden Collections of Four Independent Filmmakers
$155,900

The George Washington University
D.C. Africana Archives Project (DCAAP)
$495,900

Hagley Museum and Library
The David Sarnoff Collection Processing Project
$291,500

Kansas City Public Library
The Kansas City Stockyards Collection
$101,000

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club
Cataloging La MaMa’s Pushcart Years: A Unique History of the Off-Off Broadway Theatre Movement
$135,100

Lehigh University
Bridge and Building Forensics: Civil Engineering Archives at Lehigh University
$93,700

Maine State Museum
An American Mirror: Early Photograph Collections at the Maine State Museum
$145,600

The Newberry Library
Printing Specimens (1605-present) at the Newberry Library
$216,100

Princeton University
Princeton University Library’s Latin American Ephemera Project
$199,800

San Diego Museum of Man
Cataloging Hidden Collections: San Diego Museum of Man’s Archaeology, Archival and Photographic Collections
$240,500

Union College
Grass Roots Activism and the American Wilderness:  Pioneers in the Twentieth Century Adirondack Park Conservation Movement
$164,600

University at Albany, SUNY
Building New Access Tools for the National Death Penalty Archive
$119,900

University at Buffalo, SUNY
Processing the Editorial and Business Records of Eleven Little Literary Magazine Archives in the Poetry Collection
$150,600

University of North Texas
Post-War Industry and Development of the Southwest Metroplex
$163,400

University of Washington Libraries
Discovering Modern China: University of Washington and University of British Columbia Collections
$183,500

Yellowstone Park Foundation
Using a Team Approach to Expose Yellowstone’s Hidden Collections
$106,000

Two of this year’s projects feature partnerships between U.S. and Canadian institutions, the first such to be supported through this program. The Erie Canal Museum will collaborate with the Canadian Canal Society as well as the Canal Society of New York State on the project Canal Society of New York State Collection; the University of Washington is partnering with the University of British Columbia on the project Discovering Modern China: University of Washington and University of British Columbia Collections. More detail on this year’s funded projects can be found at: https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/awards/for-2013.

CLIR will issue a request for proposals for the next Hidden Collections funding cycle in early January 2014.

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 allow 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 https://www.clir.org/hiddencollections/registry.

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.