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CLIR Awards $509,488 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC, April 27, 2018—The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 16 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants in the program’s third grant cycle.

Institution: African American Museum & Library at Oakland
Project: Preserving the Black Panther Party and Social Protest Films from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection
Amount: $19,590

Institution: The Bancroft Library
Project: Global Influence: Preserving Moving Images from Environmental Movements in the West, 1920-2000
Amount: $46,039

Institution: Barnard Archives in partnership with the Barnard Center for Research on Women
Project: Preserving the Audio Recordings of The Scholar and Feminist Conference
Amount: $24,349

Institution: Bryant Library
Project: Everyday Voices: Preserving the Bryant Library Oral History Collection
Amount: $12,728

Institution: Columbia University Libraries
Project: Bob Fass Radio Broadcasts from the 1960s and 1970s
Amount: $49,931

Institution: Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting (FELPB)
Project: Saving French in Louisiana: Preserving LPB’s En Français Series
Amount: $12,655

Institution: Franklin Furnace
Project: Preserving Rare Recordings of Performance Art in the Franklin Furnace Video Collection
Amount: $27,396

Institution: Iowa State University Library
Project: Activist Farmers on Film: Preserving the Recordings of the National Farmers Organization
Amount: $49,800

Institution: National Public Radio
Project: Fuente de Diversas Voces y Perspectivas: Preserving and Providing Access to “Enfoque Nacional,” National Public Radio’s First Spanish-Language News Program
Amount: $36,490

Institution: University of California, Davis
Project: Red Power and Higher Education: Preserving the Audiovisual Record of the American Indian Movement for Education and Empowerment
Amount: $11,340

Institution: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Project: Preserving the Harvey B. Gantt 1996 Senate Campaign Recordings
Amount: $18,740

Institution: University of Oklahoma Libraries
Project: Preserving Native Voices from the Airwaves: Digitizing the Indians for Indians Hour Radio Program Recordings, 1942-1976
Amount: $49,900

Institution: University of Virginia Library
Project: Aluminum Instantaneous Discs from the Virginia Folklore Society, 1932-1940
Amount: $15,313

Institution: University of Washington
Project: Lesbian Feminist Broadcast Tapes
Amount: $39,204

Institution: Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Wartburg College
Project: Digitization of WHO Radio Discs, 1938-1961
Amount: $47,440

Institution: Wesleyan University
Project: Hudson River Festivals
Amount: $48,573

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

Recordings at Risk is a national regranting program that supports the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Recordings at Risk will award a total of $2.3 million between January 2017 and April 2019.

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle on May 1, 2018, at The CLIR grants team will host an introductory webinar for potential applicants on Wednesday, May 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm Eastern Time.

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 institution, and communities of higher learning.

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