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Digitizing Hidden Special Collections & Archives

Previous Events

March-April 2022


An event series hosted by 2019 grant recipient The Mattress Factory, leading up to the launch of an online finding aid to celebrate the famed artist Greer Lankton. The series will culminate in Greer’s Birthday Bash on April 21 – what would have been Greer’s 64th birthday.

January - July 2022:

In the Path of Islam: An Exhibition and Experience

In the Path of Islam is a place to share the stories of Islam and celebrate Philadelphia’s Muslim communities, with special emphasis on the voices of indigenous African-American Muslims, born and raised in the city. The exhibitions and programming are part of a project supported by a 2017 Digitizing Hidden Collections grant to the Free Library of Philadelphia. 

October 12-13, 2022

DHC Symposium

A two-day event which will invite 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.

Revisit a Past Event

In the culmination of a multi-year project supported by CLIR, the Amistad Research Center is excited to announce the digitization of the Ed Pincus Film Collection. The initiative is the largest film digitization project in ARC’s history, providing access to more than 85 hours of previously unreleased material tracking Southern civil rights organizing, voter registration, and white supremacist violence in the late 1960s.

In celebration of its release, the Amistad Research Center is sponsoring, “Unseen Natchez: 1960s Community Activism, Films from the Ed Pincus Collection at the Amistad Research Center,” an in-depth exploration of the civil rights era footage.

Over the past three years the Free Library of Philadelphia, Columbia University Libraries, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, and a number of other Philadelphia partners have worked to make their collective holdings of historic Muslim handwritten books and paintings freely available to the public online.

On July 14th the University of Pennsylvania held a free virtual afternoon program to celebrate this milestone and highlight some of the findings from the project. 

One hundred years after the passage of the 19th Amendment, the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL) held an online conference on women’s activism, 1820-1920. This conference celebrated more than 5 years of work on the In Her Own Right project,, supported by CLIR and the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Hosted and sponsored by The Claremont Colleges Library as part of programming associated with CLIR Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives grant. Speakers addressed the history, present, and future of water in California today.

Marking the fifth year of the Digitizing Hidden Collections program, this day-long virtual event featured lighting talks and conversations that brought together individuals from 20+ projects.

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, in conjunction with the CLIR-funded project For the Health of the New Nation (FHNN) through a partnership with the Philadelphia Area Consortium for Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL), held a one-day, online conference on the use of digital primary sources.

This capstone event to the seven-year Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, which concluded in 2015, brought together more than 180 participants, including many past and current grant recipients.

At this first gathering of staff working on projects funded by the Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives program, participants contributed suggestions for panels and discussion topics on subjects of shared interest.

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