We digitized it—what’s next? Learning from and making use of digitized hidden collections.


About the event

Since 2015, with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives program has awarded approximately $4 million annually to archives, historical societies, libraries, museums, and other collecting organizations to support the digitization of rare and unique materials holding significance for research, learning, and the public good.

In autumn 2022, in cooperation with its Digital Library Federation (DLF) program, CLIR will host a two-day event for grant recipients to share lessons from their project work and talk about ‘what’s next’. The symposium, originally scheduled for November 2020 but postponed due to the ongoing pandemic, will be located in Baltimore, MD. Attendance will be open to the public.

A day of free virtual programming was held on November 13, 2020 — revisit  5 for 5: Conversations on Five Years of Digitizing Hidden Collections.

Key Dates


  • By Jan 2022

    Join the Planning Committee

    Learn more about ways to participate!

  • March 2022

    Submit a Proposal

  • May 2022

    Apply for a Fellowship

  • Fall 2022

    Attend the Symposium

    Join us in Baltimore for the event!

  • Early 2023

    Read the Proceedings

    Check back for the free download

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Contact hiddencollections [at] clir.org with questions.