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CLIR Awards $504,200 for Recordings at Risk

Contact: Pedro Gonzalez-Fernandez

Washington, DC, October 31, 2017—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 16 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants:

Institution: Binghamton University Libraries
Project: Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection
Amount: $16,552.50

Institution: Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University
Project: Standard Hour Broadcast Recordings
Amount: $49,999.43

Institution: Boston College
Project: Sounds of Mid-20th Century Irish-America: Preserving Historic Music Field Recordings for Research Access
Amount: $30,775

Institution: Denver Public Library
Project: Preserving the History of World War II’s Elite Ski Troopers, the 10th Mountain Division
Amount: $22,990

Institution: Duke University Libraries
Project: Radio Haiti Open Reel Audio Tape: Intensive Remediation Project
Amount: $15,889

Institution: Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache Tribe
Project: Apache Prisoner of War Audio Collection Digitization and Processing Project
Amount: $41,733

Institution: Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Project: Preserving Rare Recordings of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the Free Synagogue Pulpit that are held at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives
Amount: $38,240

Institution: Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Project: Preserving the First-Person Oral History Recordings of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival
Amount: $50,000

Institution: Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University
Project: Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes, 1957-1980
Amount: $50,000

Institution: Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Project: Debating the Vietnam War: Film and Audio Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s
Amount: $44,405.40

Institution: The Regents of the University of California
Project: Preservation of the H.K. Yuen Social Movement Audio Archive
Amount: $29,210

Institution: The Research Foundation for SUNY on behalf of University at Buffalo
Project: Reel to Reel Tape Recordings of the Creative Associates Recitals at the University at Buffalo, 1964-1980
Amount: $34,136

Institution: Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania
Project: Caribbean Folklore Recordings, 1950s-1960s, Digitization Project: the University of Pennsylvania Folklore Department Collections
Amount: $10,132

Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Project: Preserving the Programming Archives of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland
Amount: $21,398.38

Institution: University of Southern California
Project: Lawrence Lipton’s L.A. in the Time of the Beats: Sounds of the 1950s and 1960s Counterculture
Amount: $20,500

Institution: Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Project: Preserving and Making Accessible the Dictabelt Recordings of Rod Serling
Amount: $28,239.60

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

This is the second 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 December 1, 2017.

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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