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CLIR Awards $154,817 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC, April 28, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following seven institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants:

Institution: City of Savannah, Georgia, Research Library and Municipal Archives
Project: W. W. Law Collection Audio Recordings Preservation
Amount: $13,111

Institution: Mississippi State University, Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections
Project: Citizens’ Council Radio Forums: Digitizing the Interviews of Segregationist Politicians, 1957-1966
Amount: $25,000

Institution: The Museum of Flight
Project: “Down we went into the maelstrom…” – The American Fighter Aces Oral History Digitization Project
Amount: $25,000

Institution: University of Alaska Fairbanks
Project: Digitization and Dissemination of Technically Problematic KUAC-FM Radio (Alaska) Programs (1979-1997)
Amount: $24,690

Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Project: Digitizing the Avant-Garde: Selections from the KPFA music archive in the Other Minds Records
Amount: $17,766

Institution: The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center
Project: Preserving the Interview Recordings of Mel Gussow, American and British Theater Critic
Amount: $24,600

Institution: William Way LGBT Community Center
Project: Reformatting of the Tommi Avicolli Mecca cassette tapes on LGBTQ history
Amount: $24,650

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

This is the first group of projects supported by the Recordings at Risk awards program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and September 2018.

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle on June 1, 2017.

While the pilot call focused exclusively on the reformatting of magnetic audio media to be digitized through the Northeast Document Conservation Center’s (NEDCC’s) newly implemented audio preservation service, the three subsequent calls in June 2017, December 2017, and May 2018 will cover costs of preservation reformatting for audio and/or audiovisual content by eligible institutions working with any external qualified service provider. Information about the next application cycle will be posted on our website at by June 1.

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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