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CLIR Awards $405,353 for Recordings at Risk

Washington, DC October 10, 2019– The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) today announced that the following 13 institutions have been awarded Recordings at Risk grants:

Institution: Tri-Centric Foundation
Project: Braxton75 Archival Recordings Project
Amount: $28,925

Institution: Brown University in Providence in the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
Project: Brown University Archives Audio-Visual Collection: Global Perspectives from Campus Speeches
Amount: $23,215

Institution: Jean and Alexander Heard Libraries, Vanderbilt University
Project: Opening Access to Afro-Colombian and Indigenous Voices: Manuel Zapata Olivella‘s Recordings of Marginalized Cultures and Traditions
Amount: $46,695

Institution: Montana Historical Society
Project: Voices of Labor: Preserving the Montanans at Work and New Deal in Montana Oral History Interviews
Amount: $32,118

Institution: The Administrators of the Tulane University Educational Fund
Project: “Tell the real story of me”: Mahalia Jackson and Black Gospel Quartets in the South
Amount: $14,903

Institution: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Project: Preservation and Access to Pittsburgh’s Black Arts Movement Performance Organizations: The Legacy Media of the Bob Johnson Papers and Kuntu Repertory Theatre Collection
Amount: $36,069

Institution: Congregation Adath Israel
Project: Preserving the Voices of American Jews: Temple Israel of Boston’s Audio Recordings 1934–1979
Amount: $18,570

Institution: George Mason University Foundation, Inc.
Project: Preserving the Voices of the Works Progress Administration Arts Projects: Digitizing the WPA Oral Histories Collection, 1938-1984
Amount: $10,820

Institution: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
Project: Preserving Circus History through the Digitization of the Tibbals Circus Collection of Buster Bailey Films at The Ringling
Amount: $20,016

Institution: Research Foundation of CUNY on behalf of Brooklyn College
Project: “Where the trumpet is expected, the flute will not suffice!” The sermons of the Rev. William Augustus Jones, Jr., 1975-2005
Amount: $41,103

Institution: North Texas Public Broadcasting, Inc.
Project: Preservation of KERA Historic Media
Amount: $44,048

Institution: University of North Carolina at Wilmington
Project: WWAY News and Societal Change in the Lower Cape Fear
Amount: $44,871

Institution: Regents of the University of Minnesota
Project: University Radio at Risk: Digital Preservation Reformatting of Educational Radio
Amount: $44,000

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

This is the sixth group of projects supported by the Recordings at Risk awards program, a national regranting program funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. 

CLIR will begin accepting applications for a new Recordings at Risk grant cycle beginning November 1, 2019

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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