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CLIR Announces 2014 Hidden Collections Awards

Contact: Kathlin Smith


Washington, DC, Dec. 3, 2014-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced the following recipients of the 2014 Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards:

Adirondack Historical Association
Living with Wilderness: Enhancing Access to The Adirondack Museum Historic Photograph Collection

Appalshop, Inc.
We Still Scream: The Mountain Eagle/Tom and Pat Gish Archives

Bowling Green State University
Getting to the Core: Cataloging 45-RPM Records


Computer History Museum
Computer History Museum Archives Processing Project (CHM APP)


Go For Broke National Education Center
Segregated Japanese American Military Units of World War II: A Collaborative Online Repository of Oral Histories, Photos and Documents

Haverford College
Quaker Diaries, Journals, Commonplace Books and Small Manuscript Collections


 Johns Hopkins University
Processing the Globe Collection and Press


President and Fellows of Harvard College on behalf of the Harvard Medical School
Bridging the Research Data Divide: Rethinking Long-term Value and Access for Historical and Contemporary Maternal, Infant and Child Research


Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
Illuminating New York’s Art and Performance Heritage from the 1960s to the Present: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives Audiovisual Collections


Storefront for Art and Architecture
Arranging and Describing Storefront’s Archive


The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Cataloging Cavagna: Italian imprints from the Sixteenth through the Nineteenth Century

The Mariners’ Museum Library
The Maritime World in Photographs: Cataloguing the Photo Negatives of The Mariners’ Museum


The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia
Hidden in Plain Sight


The Regents of the University of California
La Raza Newspaper & Magazine Records: Providing Access to the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement


Trace Foundation/Latse Library
Tibetan Audio-Visual Collections at Trace Foundation’s Latse Library

University of Kentucky Research Foundation
Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development Records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center


Wellesley College
The Wellesley Centers for Women Records, 1974-

WGBH Educational Foundation
National Educational Television Collection Catalog

WHYY, Inc.
Fresh Air in the Sunlight: Opening Access to Forty Years of WHYY’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross


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

This will be the last group of projects supported by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program. Created in 2008 and supported by ongoing funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program has awarded 129 grants totaling about $27.3 million. As of June 2014, the program had funded the creation of a reported 3,240 finding aids and collection-level records; the processing of a reported 46,596 linear feet of archival materials, plus processing for an additional 3,747 cubic feet of materials; the creation of 82,587 new MARC records; and the creation of item-level metadata for another 209,527 items.

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

CLIR is seeking funds for a successor program, modeled on Hidden Collections, that would fund digitization of rare and unique materials. If successful, an announcement will be forthcoming later this month.

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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