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CLIR Awards $546,281 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC September 28, 2018– The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 18 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants:

Institution: American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc.
Project: Communities-At-Risk: An Audio-Visual History of Jewish Communities in Transition
Amount: $30,798

Institution: Amistad Research Center
Project: Continuing to Break the Code: The Field Recordings of Lorenzo Dow Turner at the Amistad Research Center
Amount: $34,966

Institution: Art Institute of Chicago
Project: Preserving Historic SAIC Lectures:  Stan Brakhage (1970–1976) and The Visiting Artists Program (1977–1996)
Amount: $16,560

Institution: Autry Museum of the American West
Project: Digitizing a Century of Native Voice and Song at the Autry Museum
Amount: $31,742

Institution: Jewish Theological Seminary
Project: Disappearing Jewish Cultures and Traditions of the Non-Western World: Digitizing Film Footage and Audio Recordings from the Johanna L. Spector Papers and Audio-Visual Materials
Amount: $45,943

Institution: Media Mobilizing Project
Project: Media Mobilizing Project Social Movement Video Collection 2002–2011
Amount: $28,750

Institution: New Museum of Contemporary Art
Project: Critical Dialogue and Public Engagement in Contemporary Art, 1979–2000: Reformatting Analog Audiovisual Recordings in the New Museum Archives
Amount: $17,100

Institution: Philharmonic-Symphony Society of New York Inc.
Project: Leonard Bernstein, James Fassett, and the New York Philharmonic Radio Broadcasts, 1949–1967: Shaping Post-War American Culture for Millions Every Week
Amount: $22,608

Institution: Regents of the University of California, Berkeley
Project: Saving Film Exhibition History: Digitizing Recordings of Guest Speakers at the Pacific Film Archive, 1976 to 1986
Amount: $45,882

Institution: San Diego State University Research Foundation
Project: Recorded Interviews with Postmodern and Contemporary American Writers in the Larry McCaffery Papers
Amount: $28,866

Institution: Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
Project: Conserving the Charism: Preservation of the Oral Histories and Legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill
Amount: $29,925

Institution: South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections
Project: Rural Representation: Saving the Voices of South Dakota Farmers Union
Amount: $19,454

Institution: Texas Tech University
Project: Mold Abatement, Restoration, and Digitization of Americana Music Heritage Master Tape Collections at the Crossroads of Music Archive
Amount: $49,116

Institution: University of Houston
Project: Preserving KUHT Early Educational Films
Amount: $23,500

Institution: University of Maryland, College Park
Project: Sounds of the Silent Majority: Digitizing the Recordings of Political Culture in the Spiro T. Agnew Papers, 1968–1973
Amount: $30,417

Institution: University of South Carolina
Project: Preserving Two Watershed Years of Outtakes from the WIS-TV News Collection, 1968–1969
Amount: $50,000

Institution: University of Utah
Project: Regional Voices in a Time of National Change: Preserving and Providing Access to KUTV News Broadcasts January 1977–March 1979
Amount: $20,500

Institution: Walker Art Center
Project: Digitizing At-Risk Walker Art Center Sound and Moving Image Collection Recordings
Amount: $20,155

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

This is the fourth 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 April 2019.

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle beginning December 3, 2018, at

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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