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CLIR Announces 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Washington, DC, January 4, 2016-The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following projects have been selected for 2015 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards:

Project:          “All Day Singing”: Preserving and Providing Access to Original Early Twentieth Century Field Recordings in
the Frank Clyde Brown Collection
Award:            $74,595
Institution:      Duke University Libraries

Project:           Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: Toward A Comprehensive Online Library of Medieval and Early Modern
Manuscripts in PACSCL Libraries in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware
Award:            $499,086
Institutions:   Lehigh University, Linderman Library; Free Library of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Libraries;
Bryn Mawr College; College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Haverford College; Library Company of
Philadelphia; Rosenbach Museum and Library; Swarthmore College; Temple University; University of
Delaware; Chemical Heritage Foundation; Franklin & Marshall College; Villanova University; Philadelphia
Museum of Art

Project:           Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project
Award:            $491,713
Institutions:   Smithsonian Institution; Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library; American Museum of Natural
History; Yale Peabody Museum; Harvard University, Herbaria Botany Libraries; Harvard Museum of
Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library; University of California, Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology;
New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library; The Field Museum; Internet Archive

Project:           Digitizing British Manuscripts at UCLA’s Clark Library, 1601–1800
Award:            $194,225
Institution:      University of California, Los Angeles

Project:           Digitizing Over Fifty Years of Jukebox Music News: Cash Box, 1942–1996
Award:            $60,214
Institution:      College of William & Mary, Earl Gregg Swem Library

Project:          “I thought there was nothing so glorious as war…”: Creating Online Access to the World War I Materials at
The Museum of Flight
Award:            $58,200
Institution:     The Museum of Flight

Project:          New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First
Churches, Incubators of American Democracy
Award:            $210,000
Institutions:   American Congregational Association, Phillips Library, Connecticut Conference of the United Church of
Christ, New England Historic and Genealogical Society

Project:           PBS NewsHour Digitization Project
Award:            $500,000
Institutions:   WGBH Educational Foundation, Library of Congress, Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications
Association (WETA)

Project:          Photographic Collections of the Erie Canal
Award:            $59,100
Institutions:   Erie Canal Museum, Canal Society of New York State

Project:          Revealing our Melting Past: Toward a Digital Library of Historic Glacier Photography
Award:           $148,586
Institution:    University of Colorado

Project:          Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration
Award:           $250,000
Institution:     Washington University in St. Louis

Project:          Sharing “Gabo” with the World: Building the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Online Archive from His Papers at the
Harry Ransom Center
Award:            $126,730
Institution:     The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

Project:          The Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts
Award:            $275,795
Institutions:    Harvard University, Yale University

Project:           The Edison Collection of American Sheet Music, 1800–1870
Award:             $243,682
Institution:      University of Michigan

Project:           The Road from Hell is Paved with Little Rocks: Digitizing the History of Segregation and Integration of
Arkansas’s Educational System
Award:             $106,908
Institutions:     University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Center for Arkansas History and Culture; Central Arkansas Library
System Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (CALS); Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site

Project:           UMN Libraries/Umbra African American Digital Collection (UMN AADC): Digitizing African American Archival
Materials Across University of Minnesota Collections
Award:            $224,450
Institution:     University of Minnesota

Project:          Voices of the Revolution: Digitizing 30,000 French Pamphlets from the Newberry Library
Award:            $219,999
Institution:     Newberry Library

Project:          YWCA of the USA Digitization and Access Project
Award:            $250,000
Institution:     Smith College

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

This is the first group of projects supported by the Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards program, which is generously supported by funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Digitizing Hidden Collections program is the successor to the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives created in 2008. Like its predecessor, Digitizing Hidden Collections funds projects in which locally executed protocols contribute to a national good, using methods that are cost efficient and subject to wider adoption. It supports the creation of digital representations of unique content of high scholarly significance that will be discoverable and usable as elements of a coherent national collection.

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Digitizing Hidden Collections cycle in January 2016. Information about the application will be posted on our website at when available.

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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