CLIR Announces 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Washington, DC, January 4, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following projects have been selected for 2016 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards: 

Project:          The Albert Johannsen Project: Digitizing the House of Beadle and Adams and Their Nickel and Dime Novels
Award:            $448,893
Institutions:    Northern Illinois University; Villanova University

Project:           Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn) 
Award:            $188,825
Institution:     Iowa State University

Project:           Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement Digital Project
Award:            $239,185
Institution:     The Pennsylvania State University

Project:           Declassified! Digitizing the Records of the Vietnam War
Award:            $71,175
Institution:     Vietnam Center and Archive–Texas Tech University 

Project:           The Digital Archive of Executions in the United States, 1608-2002: Digitization and Access to the M. Watt
Espy Papers 

Award:            $157,775
Institution:      University at Albany, SUNY 

Project:          Digitizing the New York Quilt Project: Making the Archival Documentation of More Than 6,000 Quilts Made in
New York Before 1940 Accessible and Searchable in The Quilt Index, an International Quilt
Digital Repository

Award:            $186,660
Institutions:    American Folk Art Museum; Michigan State University

Project:          Digitizing Southern California Water Resources 
Award:            $333,574
Institutions:  Pomona College; Claremont Colleges Library; A.K. Smiley Public Library; California State University
Northridge Oviatt Library; California State University San Bernardino Water Resources Institute;
National Archives and Records Administration at Riverside; Ontario City Library; Upland Public Library

Project:          Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection
Award:            $97,149
Institution:     New York University Libraries

Project:          The Four Valleys Digital Project: Thirty Years of Archaeological Research in the Naco, Cacaulapa,
Santa Barbara, and El Paraíso Valleys, Northwestern Honduras  

Award:            $217,458
Institution:      Kenyon College 

Project:          Inside the Counting House: Brown Brothers & Co. Records at The New York Public Library
Award:           $86,640
Institution:    The New York Public Library

Project:          Japanese Historical Maps in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley 
Award:           $170,880
Institution:     C. V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

Project:          Our Story: Digitizing Publications and Photographs of the Historically Black Atlanta University Center

Award:            $447,078
Institutions:   Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; Spelman College Archives; University of Georgia;
Morehouse College

Project:           Out Front: 60 Years of LGBTQ Political Graphics at ONE Archives
Award:            $164,337
Institution:     University of Southern California

Project:           The Sherman Indian Museum Digital Collection: Increasing Access to American Indian Off-Reservation
Boarding School Archives

Award:             $376,191
Institutions:    University of California, Riverside; Sherman Indian Museum

Project:            Step Right Up: Digitizing Over 100 Years of Circus Route Books
Award:             $268,139
Institutions:     Illinois State University; Circus World; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art  

Project:           The Woman Behind the Camera: Home Movies and Amateur Film by Women, 1925-1997 
Award:             $322,092
Institutions:    Northeast Historic Film; Lesbian Home Movie Project; Chicago Film Archives

Project:          Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the Built Environment
Award:            $232,356
Institution:     Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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

This is the second 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 Collectionsprogram, successor to the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, 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 mid-January 2017. 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.