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CLIR Announces 2017 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives Awards

Contact: Kathlin Smith

Washington, DC, January 4, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following projects have been selected for 2017 Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives awards.

Project: Archiving Antigua: A Digital Record of Pre- and Post-Emancipation Antigua, 1760-1948
Award: $67,049
Institution: The Moravian Archives

Project: “The Animal Turn”: Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collections
Award: $360,386
Institution: North Carolina State University Libraries and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Project: Bringing Back the Soaps: The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Boeri Collection of Cuban American Radionovelas at Tulane’s Latin American Library
Award: $229,189
Institution: Tulane University, The Latin American Library

Project: Digitizing Hidden North Slope and Iñupiaq Audio Recordings: A Joint Partnership between Iḷisaġvik College and the Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture Department
Award: $500,000
Institution: Ilisagvik College – Tuzzy Consortium Library and the North Slope Borough’s Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture (IHLC) Department

Project: Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations: Providing Documentation for the Political, Social and Cultural Developments in Philadelphia
Award: $385,205
Institution: Christ Church Preservation Trust, St. George’s Methodist Church, Gloria Dei, Episcopal Dioceses Archives, Presbyterian Historical Society, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mikveh Israel, African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, American Baptist Historical Society, and Athenaeum of Philadelphia

Project: Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947
Award: $62,218
Institution: Indiana University

Project: Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project
Award: $290,123
Institutions: University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, National Archives at Denver, and National Archives at Kansas City

Project: Immigrant Roots and Urban Growth in the New England Cultural Hearth: Digitizing, Georeferencing, and Opening Access to Metropolitan Boston Atlases, 1861 to 1938
Award: $138,462
Institution: Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

Project: In Her Own Right: The Many Faces of Women’s Activism, 1820-1920
Award: $496,170
Institutions: Temple University, Bryn Mawr College, Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center, German Society of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Lehigh University, National Archives at Philadelphia, the Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection at Swarthmore College, Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center, University of Delaware Libraries, University of Pennsylvania, Barbara Bates Nursing Center, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL)

Project: Manuscripts of the Muslim World
Award: $500,000
Institutions: Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College

Project: The Marian Anderson Archive: The Artist on the World Stage
Award: $110,536
Institution: University of Pennsylvania Libraries

Project: Public Radio as a Tool for Cultural Engagement in New York in the 60s and early 70s: Digitizing the Broadcasts of WRVR-FM Public Radio
Award: $330,816
Institutions: The Riverside Church in the City of New York, Library of Congress, and the WGBH Educational Foundation

Project: Sculptures in the Air: An Accessible Online Video Repository of the American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and Literature Collections at the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive (RIT/NTID DSA) in Rochester, NY
Award: $61,362
Institutions: Deaf Studies Archive at Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID DSA)

Project: Seas of Knowledge: Digitization and Retrospective Analysis of the Historical Logbooks of the United States Navy
Award: $482,018
Institutions: University of Washington, National Archives and Records Administration, and National Archives Foundation

More detail on these projects can be found at

This is the third 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, 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 2018. 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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