Funded Projects

Digitizing Hidden Collections (2015-Present): 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

Cataloging Hidden Collections (2008-2014): 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014

Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives

Funded Projects 2020

Digitizing and Creating Online Access to Vascular Plant Specimens from the Russian Far East ($69,843.00)

Burke Museum (University of Washington); University of Alaska Fairbanks; Western Washington University

The University of Alaska, University of Washington, and Western Washington University herbaria propose a collaborative, 2-year project to digitize and create online access to 23,000 vascular plant specimens from the Russian Far East held in their respective collections. The Russian Far East is a botanically diverse region with floristic affinities with arctic regions of North America, Europe, and Asia. Despite over a century of botanical exploration in the Russian Far East, historical and financial obstacles have resulted in limited availability of botanical specimen data to researchers worldwide. Requested funding supports databasing, imaging, georeferencing, label translation (where necessary), and creation of online access to Russian Far East vascular plant specimens. These data will be freely accessible to and downloadable by scholars researching the taxonomy, distribution, origins of, and potential climate change impacts on the Russian Far East and arctic floras.

Restoring the Visual Record of Mesoamerican and Spanish Colonial Cultures: Hidden Artifacts, Rare Books, and Photography Collections at Cal State LA and the USC Libraries ($499,728.00)

Cal State LA; University of Southern California

The digitization of Cal State LA’s and USC’s collections of Mesoamerican rare books, photographs, artifacts, and slides is a three-year collaborative project focused on the preservation and creation of digital access to hidden materials on the study, interpretation, and documentation of the Mesoamerican region. These valuable and rarely seen cultural objects highlight the rich histories and cultural heritage of Mexico and the Central American Isthmus, and the profound contributions to art, science, architecture, and language by the Maya, Toltec, Aztecs, and Shaft Tomb cultures, among other indigenous peoples. With the digitization of 360 artifacts previously unphotographed for national digital platforms, 59 rare books containing unique color plates and marginalia, and 24,827 original photographs that document material and temporal changes at important Aztec, Maya, and other Mesoamerican sites from the 1930s to the 1990s, global audiences will further comprehend the significant impact of Mesoamerica on human history.

Southern Roots of American Judaism ($77,721.00)

College of Charleston

The Lowcountry Digital Library proposes to digitize—with free access for the public—key components of the Jewish Heritage Collections from the College of Charleston’s Special Collections in order to shed light on the hidden history of Southern Judaism. Centered on Charleston, South Carolina’s early nineteenth-century Jewish history, the twelve-month project will digitize source materials including family papers, synagogue records, and photograph collections. The materials will contribute to scholarship in three major ways, illuminating Charleston’s history as the birthplace of Reform Judaism, documenting American Jews’ participation in slavery, and uncovering women’s role in shaping American Judaism. Given that all three of these aspects of Southern Jewish history have been neglected by scholars, this project will advance the scholarship by revealing these underdeveloped themes. Through digitization, advanced metadata, a public lecture, and a digital exhibit, this project will provide resources for scholars, public historians, students, and the broader public.

Fisk Forever: Digitizing Materials by and about Fisk University ($180,000.00)

The Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library

Fisk Forever: Digitizing Materials by and About Fisk University is a two-year project for the Fisk University John Hope and Aurelia E. Franklin Library to digitize, describe, and make its Fiskiana Collection publicly available online. The Fiskiana Collection contains all materials by and about Fisk University, its faculty, students, alumni, and friends. More specifically, the collection includes university catalogues and yearbooks, faculty and student handbooks, commencement, festival, and convocation programs, reports of conventions and conferences, student and alumni publications, artifacts, and oral histories. Once completed, this sustainable project will connect the world to primary resources for scholarly production about Fisk University’s unique culture and heritage from its founding in 1866 until forever.

The Ruth Finley Collection: Digitizing 70 Years of the Fashion Calendar ($183,750.00)

FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology)

“The Ruth Finley Collection: Digitizing 70 Years of the Fashion Calendar” is a 24-month digitization and digital humanities project organized by The Fashion Institute of Technology. The project will increase access, discoverability and search optimization of the Ruth Finley Collection [RFC], comprised of FIT’s unique Fashion Calendar archive and two supplementary publications that detail home furnishings and fashion news. For 70 years, Finley (1920-2018), a legend in American fashion, was the exclusive publisher of this independent, weekly periodical that served as the official scheduling clearinghouse for the American fashion industry. Finley documented and directly influenced the development of American fashion during its ascendancy in the 20th century, along with access to other global fashion centers. This project will be the most substantial contribution to-date of new knowledge to the field of American and global fashion and cultural studies, with significant impact for scholars, educators, students and the public everywhere.

Advancing Workers Rights in the American South: Digitizing the Records of the AFL-CIO’s Civil Rights Division ($349,286.00)

Georgia State University; University of Maryland

Advancing Workers Rights in the American South will digitize and provide access to AFL-CIO (American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations) Civil Rights Southeast Division records. The records include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, artifacts, and more that document the AFL-CIO’s work between 1962 and 1988. These records provide invaluable insights into the Southeast Division unions’ work during and after the American civil rights movement. Making these documents widely available will promote scholarship and community awareness of historical equality issues, many of which still plague our world today. Digital objects will be freely accessible in Georgia State University’s digital collections repository and will be shared with the Digital Library of Georgia, to be disseminated through the Digital Public Library of America, Umbra Search Engine, and Civil Rights Digital Library.

KVZK / American Samoa Public Media Digitization Project ($498,895.00)

KVZK-TV; WGBH; The Library of Congress

The KVZK / American Samoa Public Media Digitization Project seeks to digitize, preserve, and make accessible 11,643 historic public television programs produced by KVZK from 1965 to 2020. KVZK, a PBS member television station serving American Samoa, has been on the air since 1964. The station was initially established to provide instructional programming to schools in American Samoa and has continued to record and document the unique history, culture and landscape of the island.

The collection currently resides on deteriorating and obsolete magnetic tapes, which are also increasingly threatened by sea level rise and coastal surges.

The Library of Congress will preserve the digitized materials, and the collection will be made available in the AAPB at https://americanarchive.org. KVZK will also acquire digital copies to use in future programming that will continue to inspire and educate the people of American Samoa for years to come.

Resurrecting the 1970s Guerrilla Television Movement ($459,150.00)

Media Burn Archive; University of Chicago; Appalshop; Community TV Network; Rose Golden Archive of New Media Art at Cornell University; Kartemquin Films; New Orleans Video Access Center

The three-year project will digitize 1,015 videotapes produced from 1967-1979 with the collections of six institutions from across the United States. They represent the “Guerrilla Television” movement, a period when artists, activists, and community organizers utilized the new technology of portable video to create experimental works outside the restricted structures of broadcast television. The project partners include: Appalshop, Community TV Network (CTVN), Goldsen Archive for New Media Art at Cornell University, Kartemquin Films, Media Burn Archive, and New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC). The project will also create a dedicated portal to present more than 1,615 total videos and metadata, including previously digitized work. It will represent the first time that the majority of these videos have been accessible to the public. Moreover, partnering with the UChicago Library creates an opportunity to curate videos within the portal to serve a broad set of researchers.

Mount Mary University Fashion Archive Digitization Project ($249,960.00)

Mount Mary University

Mount Mary University (MMU) seeks to expand the reach of its hidden Fashion Archive (formerly the Historic Costume Collection) to inform scholarship on fashion design and the changing role of women throughout history. Over the course of two years, MMU’s Fashion Archive Digitization Project proposes to photograph, digitize, catalog, and preserve garments from the university’s historic clothing collection. With approximately 10,000 items, the Archive features an array of couture, ready-to-wear, and everyday garments and accessories, acquired primarily through donations, highlighting design and construction techniques from the mid-18th century to the present, though chiefly from the 20th century. Many designers within the collection are not well represented online. Building off a 2018 pilot grant funded by the Stella H. Jones Foundation, the broader digitization of the Fashion Archive (FA) will make these valuable, hidden resources widely accessible to students, scholars, artists, designers, and other interested researchers for scholarship and inspiration.

Digitizing Early Hip-Hop Materials from the Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP) Permanent Collection ($249,154.00)

Museum of Pop Culture

This project will provide accessibility for the public and researchers to MoPOP’s unique collection of early hip-hop materials. The totality of this collection includes internationally significant material artifacts and highlights music history, art, race, and popular culture. Hip-hop history, while having a seismic impact on world culture, is underrepresented in archival collections – especially online, digitally accessible content. MoPOP’s Collection, Curatorial, and IT Departments will be responsible for managing the project. Over 1,000 photographs, interviews, musical instruments, ephemera, costume, and other objects of material culture will be digitized, cataloged, and uploaded to the MoPOP online portal via the eMuseum platform. This two-year project will encourage further historical scholarship in the field of study by giving researchers and the general public access to previously inaccessible materials. This project will enable global access to materials that document the origins of a musical and social movement that has defined modern culture and society.

More Than the News: The Local Television Programs of WCVB Boston ($214,918.00)

Northeast Historic Film

NHF will undertake a  24-month project to catalog, digitize and make accessible, locally originated programming from WCVB TV in Boston, MA.  WCVB launched in 1972 with a goal of redefining the conventional wisdom of what a television station could do. They originated 60 hours of programming a week, more than twice that of any other station.  They created shows which changed the face of television across the country. Collections of this scope are extremely rare, if they exist at all, raising the likelihood of significant scholarly use.    These recently donated master videotapes and reels of 16mm film consist of over 2,400 programs produced by WCVB between 1972 and 1997.  These range from the first legal affairs program (Miller’s Court), to a sitcom (Park Street Under- which was taken by ABC and renamed Cheers), to groundbreaking children’s programming like Jabberwocky, and youth and minority produced programming like Aqui and Rapmatazz.

Periodicals in the US-Mexico Border Region ($225,130.00)

Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage (University of Houston)

Recovering the US Hispanic Literary Heritage is the 27-year-old research center that has recovered, researched and digitized more Latino/Hispanic materials than any other in history. It is also the Center for Latino Digital Humanities. Recovery proposes to digitize, create the metadata for and upload for open access its own collection of 200 Spanish-language (a few in English) periodicals (some 200,000 pages) published along the US-Mexico border from 1850 to 1956, which it holds on newsprint and/or microfilm. From Brownsville TX to San Diego CA, and the northern Mexican states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas, most of the periodicals have never been accessible to scholars and most comprise the only extant copies. The newspapers are important especially for scholars interested in border studies, international relations, political science, history, literature, Mexican American/Latino Studies and feminist studies. Women edited or wrote significantly in a dozen of the newspapers.

Science and Survival: Digitizing the Papers of Georg and Max Bredig ($198,454.00)

Science History Institute

This project will digitize and make accessible approximately 3,000 archival documents and photographs that reveal the transition from science to survival in the collection of Georg and Max Bredig. The pre-1933 material details Georg Bredig’s scientific training under the founders of the emerging field of physical chemistry. However, after his forced retirement in 1933, the archive documents the demise of his career and very way of life under the oppressive Third Reich. Through the correspondence of Georg’s son, Max (a scientist in his own right), we see Max’s tireless efforts to help his family and friends escape after he had successfully fled Germany in 1937. The highly intimate and often harrowing details found across this collection chronicle the Bredig family’s struggle to survive Nazi-occupied Europe, to secure visas and offers of employment for themselves and their colleagues, and to ultimately emigrate to the United States.

Digitizing the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection in 2D and 3D ($240,206.00)

University of Idaho

The University of Idaho (U of I) Library and the U of I Alfred W. Bowers Laboratory of Anthropology will pursue a two-year project to digitize the Donald E. Crabtree Lithic Comparative Collection, a preeminent collection of lithic (stone) artifacts created by Crabtree as well as documents, slides, and photographs related to his work. All collection materials will be digitized in 2D and made available via a specially created version of the Library’s digital collection tool, CollectionBuilder. One thousand exemplary artifacts will also undergo 3D photogrammetric digitization for inclusion in a “Virtual Lithics Lab,” giving site visitors a “hands-on” experience with these fragile artifacts. Making this hidden collection visible will reinvigorate interest in lithic technology and flintknapping (the creation of chipped lithic tools) among archaeologists, educators, students, and the general public as well as facilitate community dialogue about the cultural appropriation of Indigenous knowledge.

What giant moms can tell us: digital rescue and distribution of a photo collection documenting the lifetime reproductive histories of right whales, revealing the effects of climate change on the Southern Ocean ecosystem and supporting a sustainable ecotourism industry ($169,193.00)

University of Utah; Ocean Alliance

This project will digitize and reveal a large collection of photographs that document the reproductive histories of individual right whales that calved at Península Valdés (PV), Argentina between 1971 and 2004. These images were made during the early years of the world’s longest-running study of reproduction in a large cetacean species, based on photo-identification of known individuals. Now in its 50th year, the PV study is central to a global initiative that will use right-whale demographics to monitor how climate change affects the Southern Ocean ecosystem. The study’s early analog photos remain vital to ongoing research because many individual whales seen in them are still alive and reproducing. Over two years, the Marriott Library will team with Ocean Alliance to digitize this collection and its rich metadata, and to make all of it openly accessible. Research, conservation and ecotourism will benefit from easy access to this unique and historic resource.

Digitizing Egypt’s Historic Geography ($137,156.00)

University of Wisconsin - Madison

During the interwar period, British cartographers working in Egypt comprehensively captured the country’s political, economic, and social geography on a series of approximately 500 1:25,000 scale map sheets. Today this collection, and the tremendous cache of information it holds, is hidden: mostly analog, geographically dispersed, and resistant to modern methods of search, discovery, and analysis. Over 22 months, the University of Wisconsin- Madison will assemble, scan, and systematically digitize the collection at the feature level. Each scanned map sheet will be georeferenced and the name, type, exact geographic coordinates, and size of each feature will be digitally captured and indexed. The resultant .tiff files, and shapefiles containing tens of thousands of digitized features, will be made free and fully discoverable (CC0) via the Big Ten Academic Alliance Geoportal (https://geo.btaa.org/). This wealth of material will allow a fuller investigation of Egypt’s economy, politics, and society during a time of historic change.

Funded Projects 2019

Digital Black Mountain College Collection and Interconnective Timeline ($163,694.00)

Asheville Art Museum Association, Inc.

The Asheville Art Museum requests funding to support a 24-month, single institution project to digitize the Museum’s hidden Black Mountain College (BMC) Collection materials and create the Digital BMC Collection and Interconnective Timeline. This website will provide an object-centric history of the College and the lasting legacy of its influence through interconnected stories of artists, works, ideas, and place. The Museum’s Curatorial staff, fellows, and interns will digitize hundreds of never-before-seen BMC archival documents and literature, works of art, furniture and more. The Digital BMC Collection and Interconnective Timeline will be an important multidisciplinary resource on BMC, providing access to the Museum’s digitized BMC holdings for scholars, students and the public worldwide. At the completion of the project, the Museum will host a webinar symposium that will feature presentations about the newly digitized BMC materials from scholars across the globe and encourage scholastic collaboration across academic disciplines and borders.

Unearthing a Half-Century of Archaeological Research in Indiana: Digitizing the Report of Investigations and Archaeological Report Series, and Associated Diagnostic Artifacts ($250,000.00)

Ball State University

Ball State University’s Applied Anthropology Laboratories (BSU/AAL) will execute a 24-month project digitizing over 50 years of archaeological research, making significant Indiana archaeological data readily accessible for the first time. These hidden collections include 18 Archaeological Reports and 110 Reports of Investigations (AR/ROIs) from 1965 to present. AR/ROI reports and maps will be scanned, digitized, and redacted (as necessary); and 4,000 of the most time-sensitive and culturally identifiable artifacts associated with these AR/ROIs will be 3D-scanned and photographed. All reports, maps, and artifact images will be uploaded into The Digital Archaeological Record (tDAR) with artifact scans shared on Sketchfab. These AR/ROIs cover Indiana’s long occupation history from the earliest (~11,500 B.C.) precontact American Indian land-use and ceremonial behaviors through frontier military engagements, historic American Indian village/settlements, and twentieth century farmsteads. These difficult to access and underutilized collections contain valuable information for the public, American Indian scholars, historians, and ethno-historians throughout the Midwest and nation.

Uncovering The City University of New York’s Audiovisual Heritage ($117,146.00)

CUNY Television

CUNY Television proposes to digitize, preserve, and make accessible select audiovisual collections from a diverse set of organizations within the CUNY system. CUNY Television has become the largest audiovisual archive within the CUNY system and has succeeded at developing and implementing efficient preservation and accessibility workflows. With this project, CUNY TV intends to apply its workflows to collections within select CUNY organizations that do not have active audiovisual preservation programs. These collections had been produced or acquired in order to meet particular educational goals; however their status as obsolete audiovisual objects has limited their potential, ongoing educational impact. These collections represent subjects including education, criminal justice, urban development, and New York’s Puerto Rican communities. These collections are passionate about serving their communities and we feel that drawing together their visionary outreach plans in collaboration to uncover these collections will create a significant educational asset to students, researchers, and the public.

The Early State Records for 26 U.S. States and Territories West of the Appalachians: a Digital Record from European Contact to Early Statehood Based on the Library of Congress’ Microfilm Collection. ($244,537.00)

Law Library Microform Consortium

LLMC will digitize and provide vital metadata for an extraordinary compilation on 507 reels entitled Microfilm Collection of Early State Records of the United States, a unique treasure trove of primary source materials for 26 states and territories West of the Appalachians, covering early territorial times to the 1940’s, including: seminal constitutions and debates of constitutional conventions; statutes and compiled laws; journals and debates of the legislative bodies of early territories and states; administrative, executive, and court records; local, county, and city records; records of the North American Indian nations; and newspapers. Originally created by Library of Congress in the 1940s, this significant resource is undiscoverable in its current state and held by only a dozen libraries, where it is at risk due to vinegar syndrome and divestment trends. Digitizing the Records promises to transform the study of American history and is essential to scholars and the general public.

Michigan Miners at Home and Work: Digitizing, Mapping, and Sharing Employee Records ($240,014.00)

Michigan Technological University

This project aims to uncover, contextualize, and make widely accessible a rare collection of 40,000 employee records of the Calumet & Hecla Copper Mining Company. Building on established workflows within the Michigan Technological University Archives and Geospatial Research Facility, this project will digitize and generate descriptive metadata for a collection that represents the labor experience in the country’s most influential copper region. Next, the team will create rich contextual and spatial linkages through time and space by integrating the employee records into the Copper Country HSDI, an interactive historical atlas funded by the NEH (#1507035) whose public interface is called the Keweenaw Time Traveler (www.keweenawhistory.com). When linked at the household level to historical maps and other geocoded datasets including censuses, these heavily-requested employee records become more discoverable and more valuable for research. Digitized records will also be shared as the Copper Mining Employee Card database on the Archives Preservica-based platform.

Uncommon Bonds: Labrador Inuit and Moravian Missionaries ($168,349.00)

Moravian Archives; Memorial University of Newfoundland; Nunatsiavut Government; Moravian Church in Newfoundland and Labrador

The Moravian Archives, Bethlehem (MAB) proposes a 24-month project to digitize approximately 56,119 pages of manuscript records of the Moravian mission province of Labrador, Canada, 1764-1944, and 1,072 pages of printed materials in the Inuttitut language. Project collaborators would include Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), Nunatsiavut Government (NG), and Moravian Church in Newfoundland and Labrador (MCNL) with project support provided by the National Heritage Digitization Strategy (NHDS).

 

Moravian missionaries arrived on the shores of Labrador from Europe in 1752, and the records they produced provide valuable insight into the demographics, culture, education and language of Labrador Inuit. The records include correspondence, station reports, mission conference minutes, and Inuttitut resources .

The digitized collections and accompanying metadata will be made accessible in three repositories – at MAB, in MUN’s Digital Archives Initiative (DAI), and in NG’s Collections Repository. The latter reflects a repatriation of archival records to their community of origin.

Digitizing the Records of U.S. Indian Boarding Schools ($499,793.00)

National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition; The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, The Indigenous Digital Archive project

The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS), the Ziibiwing Center for Anishinabe Culture and Lifeways, and the Indigenous Digital Archive (IDA) propose to collectively digitize and catalog records related to 8 Indian boarding schools across 5 different states, making these “hidden” materials more accessible to boarding school survivors, their descendants, and the general public. By processing approximately 388,300 pages in close consultation with associated tribal nations, the project will be the largest digitization effort of boarding school materials to date and the first that is led by primarily Native people. It will also be the first effort to link digitized collections of Indian boarding school materials through a single point of access. Our team will use these newly digitized materials to support the creation of new curriculum on Indian boarding schools and the first set of collaborative Protocols for the Management of U.S. Indian Boarding School Materials.

Thinking Out Loud: Digitizing 80 Years of Lectures and Public Programs at the San Francisco Art Institute ($103,453.00)

San Francisco Art Institute

SFAI proposes to digitize and make available online its Lectures and Public Programs Collection, a large and historically significant repository of audio and video recordings, transcripts, and ephemera documenting lectures and symposiums held at SFAI over the past 80 years. The collection contains rich resources for scholars in a range of disciplines, from art and art history to architecture, sociology, science and more. Highlights include the 1949 Western Round Table on Modern Art featuring Marcel Duchamp and Frank Lloyd Wright; a series of landmark symposiums focusing on multiethnic arts and issues of representation; and lectures by a remarkable range of speakers including Angela Davis, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, and Carrie Mae Weems, to name a few. We will fully digitize these materials and make them widely discoverable and accessible through the SFAI website and the online platform CollectiveAccess.

The Greer Lankton Collection: documenting the life and work of transgender artist Greer Lankton (1958-1996) ($209,527.00)

The Mattress Factory, Ltd.

The Mattress Factory Museum, in partnership with the University of Pittsburgh, proposes a 24-month project to digitize and make accessible 14,153 items including artwork, ephemera, periodicals, photographs, photo albums, slides and negatives, journals, and correspondence documenting the life and work of transgender artist, Greer Lankton (1958-1996). The project will result in item-level catalog records and a finding aid to the digitized collection, available through the museum’s online archive, Participate: An Active Archive. Lankton’s permanent installation, It’s all about ME, Not You, along with a rich trove of her now inaccessible personal papers, will comprise the largest archive devoted to this renowned artist and key figure during the intense artistic, social and politically transformative New York art scene in the 1970’s and 80’s. Once completed, this project will contribute significant content and context to understanding Lankton’s art and allow for new scholarly study relating to issues of gender identity and tolerance.

Land, Wealth and Power: Private Land Claims in California, ca. 1852 -1892 ($246,666.00)

The Regents of the University of California (University of California, Berkeley)

In 1851, the U.S. Congress passed an Act that required all Spanish and Mexican land grant holders to present proof of title to their land. A lengthy litigation process ensued, resulting in most Mexican Californians losing their titles. The “Documents Pertaining to the Adjudication of Private Land Claims in California” or Land Case Files, held by Bancroft Library, are heavily used by current land owners, genealogists, historians, and environmentalists. Over 1450 original diseños, plats, and surveys associated with these cases were digitized in 2004. Together these resources tell an important story about California land use, ownership, and the environment, and help us understand the distribution of land, wealth, and power in the state and the concept of justice in the early California. In this project we propose to digitize the remaining 847 Cases which, along with the already digitized maps, will create a comprehensive online resource on this important topic.

Digitizing Natural History Materials from University of Michigan’s Special Collections ($98,046.00)

The Regents of the University of Michigan

This two-year project will digitize 1300 rare, previously-unavailable-online works from the University of Michigan Museums and Herbarium Libraries’ special collections, including color scans of their image content, and make those works available to the biodiversity research community via deposit in HathiTrust Digital Library. This work will fill gaps in the emerging networked-information landscape of natural history and biodiversity research, facilitating new analyses of trends in adaptation, migration, and invasion.

New Mexico Public Media Digitization Project ($485,271.00)

The Regents of the University of New Mexico dba KNME-TV; New Mexico PBS – Albuquerque, NM; KRWG – Las Cruces, NM; KENW – Portales, NM; KUNM – Albuquerque, NM; KANW – Albuquerque, NM; WGBH Educational Foundation / AAPB – Boston; The Library of Congress / AAPB – Washington, DC/Culpeper, VA

The New Mexico Public Media (NMPM) Digitization Project is an innovative statewide collaboration that will digitize, preserve and provide access via the American Archive of Public Broadcasting the collections of leading public media stations in New Mexico, including New Mexico PBS, KUNM-FM, KENW, KANW-FM, and KRWG. NMPM stations have created substantive, original programming representing diverse communities that are underrepresented, under-resourced and oftentimes marginalized. In particular, New Mexico has large Indigenous (11.4%) and Hispanic (47%) communities. This project will take place over 24 months.

The collection currently resides on obsolete and deteriorating video and audio formats of 1”, ¾” beta, ¼” and cassette audio tape. This project includes original programming from 1970 to 2018 that provides a e chronicle of New Mexico’s political, social, cultural and artistic life.

The Library of Congress will preserve digital copies, and the collection will be made available on the AAPB website at http://americanarchive.org.

Peripheral Manuscripts: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest ($281,936.10)

Indiana University, Bloomington; Saint Mary’s College; Loyola University Chicago; Berea College; The College of Wooster; DePauw University; Illinois Wesleyan University; Earlham College; Northern Illinois University; University of Saint Mary of the Lake; The Southern Baptist; Theological Seminary; Saint Olaf College; Knox College; Saint Meinrad Archabbey, Seminary, and School of Theology; Goshen College; Marquette University; Bowling Green State University; Ohio Wesleyan University; University of Dayton; Xavier University; Truman State University; Muskegon Museum of Art

This three-year project, hosted at Indiana University Bloomington, will digitize and create item-level metadata for 78 codices and 406 medieval manuscript fragments from twenty-two primarily non-R1 Midwestern institutions. Participating institutions are a newly organized consortium extending across eight states. The Indiana University Libraries will scan or photograph holdings, and researchers at IU Bloomington, Loyola University Chicago, and Saint Mary’s College will create metadata for these objects, including many items unrecorded in previous bibliographical surveys. Resulting item descriptions and high-resolution, IIIF-compliant images will be made freely available through Pages Online at Indiana University. This project focuses on small collections that have not been economically feasible for holding institutions to digitize on their own and thus will bring a wealth of previously inaccessible and uncatalogued material to scholarly consciousness. This new material will be aggregated with existing digitized collections to yield a more comprehensive understanding of North American manuscript holdings.

Cataloging and Digitizing the Esther Funk Collection in University of La Verne’s Cultural & Natural History Collections ($59,200.00)

University of La Verne

Proposed here is a one year project to create a publicly assessable digital resource for the Esther Funk Collection, including her hand-crafted books and the Central- and South American textiles she collected in the 1930s. Funk’s work and textile collection document an indigenous industry on the cusp of the tourism industry. Her collection provides insights into this period of transition, when traditional craftsmanship shifts from community focus to commercial venue, when plant dyes are replaced by synthetic, when traditional symbols shift to market demands. Funk’s collection was gathered under the guidance of her mentor, the archaeologist Edgar Lee Hewett, who believed ancient cultures must be studied in relation to contemporary cultures. This was her contribution to Hewett’s on-going effort to document the past. For us, it is a reminder of that cultural constant of change; Funk’s collection is a temporal snapshot of the past from a now fully transformed industry.

New Insights on South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement: National Interracial Activism in the South Carolina Council on Human Relations Papers ($205,692.50)

New Insights on South Carolina and the American Civil Rights Movement: National Interracial Activism in the South Carolina Council on Human Relations Papers ($205,692.50)

In two years, the University of South Carolina (USC) Libraries’ Digital Collections will scan 36 boxes of material from USC’s South Caroliniana Library’s records of the South Carolina Council on Human Relations (SCCHR). Adding these materials to the existing digital collections at the university and in the state will create a comprehensive site of primary sources that deepens the understanding of the early efforts and leading role of African Americans in South Carolina in the nation’s struggle toward civil rights. This site will allow for new kinds of scholarship and more comprehensive understanding of South Carolina’s place in the national civil rights movement from the 1930s through the 1970s.

Entomo-3D: Digitizing Virginia Tech’s Insect Collection ($244,752.00)

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

The Virginia Tech Insect Collection is the oldest and largest entomological collection in Virginia, and an important repository of Appalachia’s natural heritage. This two-year project will digitize, describe, and provide access to 15,000 pinned insect specimens through high resolution photos and 400 high resolution 3D models. Since just 3% of the collection’s 500,000 specimens are digitized, the majority of specimens are only accessible on-site. Upon completion of the proposed project, this will be the world’s largest digital 3D insect collection, available through multiple online repositories, facilitating wide use. Online insect collections typically only have illustrations and photographs, but our 3D models will allow users to virtually manipulate specimens, zoom in and out, and inspect anatomy in ways that are impossible with physical specimens or still images. This project enables global access to new educational experiences with ecologically and economically important insects, and threatened and endangered species.

The Kansas Public Media Preservation Project ($407,997.14)

Wichita State University; KMUW Public Radio; WGBH/AAPB; Library of Congress/AAPB; Kansas Public Broadcasting Council of Stations; Vietnamese Public Radio; KHCC Radio; High Plains Public Radio; KPR Radio; KRPS Radio; KPTS – TV

The Kansas Public Media Preservation Project will include the digitization, preservation, and public access of 2,269 hours of historic public television and radio programming created by a consortium of Kansas stations including KMUW-FM, KHCC-FM, High Plains Public Radio-FM, KPR-FM, KRPS-FM, Vietnamese Public Radio, and KPTS-TV. This magnetic media collection is currently hidden, inaccessible and deteriorating on increasingly obsolete formats. Stations will contribute digital copies to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting (AAPB), a collaboration between the Library of Congress and WGBH. The AAPB currently lacks content from the state of Kansas, and this project ensures the preservation and access of Kansas’ public media legacy, which has richly documented many people, places, events, and perspectives over the past 60+ years. The Library of Congress will preserve the collection for posterity and WGBH will make it available on the AAPB website with accompanying metadata and transcripts.

Digitizing hidden selections of Houston’s African American and Jewish heritage ($72,086.00)

Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University

This project will provide public access to collecti ons highlighting the history and experiences of African-American and Jewish communities in and near Houston, which in turn shed light on nationally significant issues including politics, art, race, and religion. These communities are underrepresented in archival repositories across the nation, and particularly in publicly accessible digital repositories. The institution carrying out the project is Woodson Research Center, at Rice University’s Fondren Library. Original materials in formats such as photographs, correspondence, reports, synagogue and church bulletins, sermon recordings, and more will be digitized, described, and made available online via the UNT Portal to Texas History and Rice’s repository at scholarship.rice.edu. This project will span two years and will transform scholarship by enabling researchers and community members to engage with thousands of previously inaccessible archival records about the history of two ethnic communities in America’s fourth-largest city, and one of its most diverse.

Funded Projects 2018

Building Minneapolis: Images of the City’s Building and Infrastructure from the 20th Century ($82,800.00)

Hennepin County Library

Hennepin County Library proposes to digitize and/or describe 40,000 photographs recording the city’s houses, buildings, streets, bridges, public events, schools, hospitals, libraries, construction and redevelopment projects, and various infrastructure elements.

Creating a Digital LGBTQ collection from the Radclyffe Hall and Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge papers at the Harry Ransom Center ($160,436.00)

The Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin

The Ransom Center proposes a twenty-month project to digitize the papers of British author Radclyffe Hall and partner, artist Una Vincenzo, Lady Troubridge. Drafts of Hall’s controversial 1928 novel The Well of Loneliness – considered a landmark work in lesbian literature – are accompanied by Hall’s notebooks, additional manuscripts, correspondence, contracts, photographs, and scrapbooks, plus 131 diaries kept by Troubridge from 1930 to 1951 and other items. The Center plans to digitize 38,500 images and make them available as an online archive on multiple platforms, including DPLA; enable FancyBox viewing of the images within the finding aid; utilize IIIF and Mirador viewer to allow sharing, side-by-side comparison of drafts, and annotations; and further foster knowledge with an online teaching collection for educators. The project will provide worldwide access and broad outreach initiatives for scholars, educators, students, and interested communities to a LGBTQIA+ resource remarkable for its significance and comprehensiveness.

Digitization of Madam C.J. Walker Collections Which Encompass the Life, Work, and Impact of America’s First Female African American Self-made Millionaire ($79,928.00)

Indiana Historical Society

Over a 12-month period, the Indiana Historical Society (IHS) will digitize and catalog 40,000 items of correspondence, business records, photographs, and artifacts in the Madam C.J. Walker Collection (Walker Collection) and Madam C.J. Walker Supplemental Collection (Walker Supplemental Collection). Once a single collection, it was divided by previous owners with no regard to preserving content. One half was deposited with the IHS, and the other was later purchased. Once reunited, they will comprise a comprehensive collection on nationally renowned African American entrepreneur Madam C.J. Walker. Until then, their divided state leaves gaps and makes materials difficult to discover. Despite this challenge, the processed and minimally digitized Walker Collection half is consistently the IHS’s most requested, and its online guide is the most accessed. Digitization of both halves will allow for merging and organization of content; increase meaningful dissemination online; and preserve their content for future generations.

Digitizing Documentation of the Lost and Disappearing Historic Architecture of the Mid-Atlantic ($130,014.67)

Center for Historic Architecture and Design – University of Delaware

Historic buildings and landscapes cannot always be saved. The last resort in the face of demolition is to record these buildings in photographs and measured architectural drawings, preserving them at least on paper and film. Since the 1980s the Center for Historic Architecture and Design (CHAD) has been documenting historic structures that were threatened by development. This project proposes to digitize CHAD’s collection of architectural documentation of about 5,000 properties in the Mid-Atlantic. An estimated three-quarters of these resources are now demolished, and the CHAD collection is the only record of the now vanished historic landscape. Our collection, which includes measured drawings and photographs, is the largest repository of architectural documentation of vernacular buildings in the Mid-Atlantic. Almost the entirety of the collection is not digitized. The digitization of our collection aims to make our resources widely available through the University of Delaware’s Institutional Repository (UDSpace), an open access repository.

Digitizing Hidden Archival Collections in Folklore Studies ($199,794.00)

American Folklore Society, Indiana University Bloomington Libraries, University of Oregon Archives of Northwest Folklore, and Vermont Folklife Center

For nine years the American Folklore Society has worked with a community of 24 important but under-resourced repositories in our field to increase access to their collections, unique and rich in scope and content but “hidden” by CLIR’s definition. This has led to our development of the online Folklore Collections Database (FCD; folklorecollections.org), which now provides metadata about more than 400 of these repositories’ collections. We are requesting support: 1) to digitize a sample of collections from our community as a means of testing systems and workflows for the larger-scale centralized digitization of these collections, 2) to make these digitized collections available though our database, and 3) to upgrade our database so that it can most effectively house and present digital objects. This project, part of our long-term partnership with FCD host the Indiana University Bloomington Libraries and this repository community, will lay the groundwork for larger-scale community-wide digitization efforts.

Digitizing the ‘World’s Most Experienced Airline’: Pan American World Airways Resources at the University of Miami, Duke University, and HistoryMiami and Development of an Aviation Portal ($275,786.00)

University of Miami Libraries, Duke University, HistoryMiami Museum, Digital Public Library of America

The University of Miami, HistoryMiami, and Duke University will partner to digitize 65 boxes of archival records, 66 boxes of advertisements, and 500 artifacts related to Pan American Airlines, producing 134,500 digital images. They will collaborate with the Digital Public Library of America to develop a curated portal on aviation. These promotional materials, operational records, and artifacts highlight the complexity and reach of Pan Am, a leader in globalizing aviation and shaping public perceptions of air travel, whose impact on global affairs, corporate culture, and social history is still relevant today. UMiami will make OCR text available for bulk download and Duke metadata, providing new avenues for intensive data analysis and digital scholarship. The DPLA portal will bring these Pan Am collections together alongside other digitized aviation materials, truly enhancing the connectedness and discoverability of resources that resonate with a global audience of scholars, students, teachers, and the broader public.

Digitizing the Yale Babylonian Collection ($232,537.00)

Yale University

Digitizing the Yale Babylonian Collection is a two-year project to image and document ca. 35,000 cuneiform artifacts housed in the Yale Babylonian Collection (YBC) using flatbed scanning, High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDR) and Reflectance Transformation Imagery (RTI). The YBC represents one of the most substantial cuneiform collections in the world, and holds documents of unparalleled historical significance, shedding light on the earliest phases of human history. The aim of the project is to advance the research and education objectives associated with this collection by documenting and disseminating the artifacts through Yale’s Discovery portal, through the YBC website and through the international cuneiform aggregate dissemination portal, Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative (CDLI). The project will make the cuneiform texts – a type of artifact that has been particularly targeted for looting and illicit trade – globally accessible to scholars as well as to the public.

Film on a Boat: Digitizing Historical Newspapers of the Caribbean ($434,124.00)

University of Florida, University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR), Digital Library of the Caribbean (dLOC)

Film on a Boat will serve a continuing partnership between the University of Florida (UF) and the University of Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras (UPR) to digitize each institutions’ unique, hidden holdings of Caribbean newspapers on master microfilm. This three-year project seeks to digitize and make freely available 800,000 pages of pre-1923 Caribbean newspapers. The partners will produce new second generation microfilm negatives; catalog individual titles; conduct issue-level collation; send to a vendor for digitization, creation of derivative files, and OCR text files; perform quality control on deliverables; and ingest into the Digital Library of the Caribbean (www.dloc.com) and Biblioteca Digital Puertorriqueña (https://web.archive.org/web/20190403061220/http://bibliotecadigital.uprrp.edu:80/cdm/cdm/). Once available digitally, these resources will provide scholars with access to previously unavailable information on daily life in the Caribbean to enable new research and research questions from a variety of fields and disciplines on cross-cutting issues including migration, social movements, history, and literature.

Fly on the Wall: Black Natchez by Ed Pincus and David Newman, Film Digitization for Access, 1965 and 1967 ($250,000.00)

Amistad Research Center

The Amistad Research Center (ARC) seeks to digitize the raw outtake film footage for the civil-rights-era documentary film, Black Natchez (1967) and an unfinished sequel film. The film, by filmmakers Ed Pincus and David Neuman, charts early attempts to organize and register Black voters and the formation of the self-defense group Deacons for Defense and Justice in Natchez, Mississippi in 1965. The filmmakers returned to Natchez in 1967 following the murder of Wharlest Jackson, the treasurer of the Natchez branch of the NAACP, to document Jackson’s funeral and the aftermath of his murder. Footage is shot cinéma vérité style, with the filmmakers acting as “fly-on-the-wall” observers to the action. This project will digitize and provide access to approximately ninety-hours of rare black and white 16mm footage of the African American community in Natchez at the height of the violence, racial tensions, and the fight for civil rights during the 1960s.

For the Health of the New Nation: Philadelphia as the Center of American Medical Education, 1746-1868 ($254,973.00)

The College of Physicians of Philadelphia, The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Pennsylvania Hospital Historic Collections, The Library Company of Philadelphia, American Philosophical Society, Thomas Jefferson University Archives and Special Collections, Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL)

This two year project, led by The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and Thomas Jefferson University, along with six other collaborating institutions listed below, would expose the history of medical education in Philadelphia through the end of the Civil War. As the birthplace of American medicine, Philadelphia was home to some of the greatest physicians of the period, who taught thousands of students. This project would digitize, describe, and provide access to lecture tickets, course schedules, theses, dissertations, student notes, faculty lectures notes, commencement addresses, opening addresses, and matriculation records, sharing not only the voices of the medical greats, but also the often unheard voices of students. Because of physicians’ flow between institutions across the city, this project would allow physically siloed material to be viewed and analyzed in one place for the first time.

From the Mountains to the Prairies, From Trout to Dace: Revealing Climate and Population Impacts on Culture, Ecology, and Economy in Montana’s Fisheries ($302,419.27)

The Montana State University, Montana State Library

The Montana State University (MSU) and Montana State Library propose to digitize a combination of archival documents, prairie-fish metadata, and aquatic insect field notes to create a unique digital corpus that will allow scientists, historians, sociologists, and economists to longitudinally study the cultural, ecological, and economic impacts of human population growth and climate change on the biodiversity of Montana’s rich fisheries.
This digital collection will comprise: 1) 60 linear-feet of manuscripts on aquatic biodiversity and cultural heritage surrounding fisheries and fish conservation efforts in the American West; 2) 4,000 metadata records for prairie fish specimens collected over the past century; and 3) 10,000 metadata records for the invertebrates that serve as food, pathogens, and competitors for these fish.
The digitized items will be available and discoverable via the Biodiversity Heritage Library, the Montana State Library Natural Heritage Program’s “Montana Field Guide” database, and the Symbiota, Fishnet2, and XBiod repositories.

I ali’i no ke ali’i i ke kanaka (A chief is a chief because of the people): Justice and Accountability through Access to the records of Hawai’i’s Governments ($500,000.00)

Hawai’i State Archives, Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai’i – Manoa, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation, Awaiaulu Literature Project, Hawai’i State Department of Education’s Office of Hawaiian Education, Honolulu Museum of Art, Washington Place, Royal Order of Kamehameha I

The proposed 36-month scanning project focuses on the earliest governance records of Hawai’i, from the Hawaiian Kingdom through the overthrow of the Monarchy up to its annexation by the United States in 1900. This is a collaborative partnership between the Hawai’i State Archives, Hawaiinuiakea, Office of Hawaiian Education, and other cultural institutions. A major emphasis of the project will be on providing online access to ‘Olelo Hawai’i (Hawaiian Language) records from the Hawaiian Kingdom due to their ongoing cultural, as well as legal, importance. The legality of the overthrow and constitutionality of the subsequent annexation of the State are still contentious issues to the people of Hawai’i. The intent of this grant project is to add a layer of transparency to the operation and transition of government within Hawai’i by providing online description and global access to a legally and culturally important collection hidden by language (Hawaiian) and geography.

Letters from Harriet Noyes: Missionaries and Women’s Education in 19th-Century China ($72,796.00)

The College of Wooster

The College of Wooster proposes a project to digitize a collection of 1075 documents including letters, sermons, journals, and reports (among other document types) that together provide insight into the life of a 19th-century missionary woman and the important impact she had on women’s education in China. The project, which will begin in January 1, 2019 and end December 1, 2020, will result in an Omeka website that showcases the items alongside transcriptions of the handwritten text in the collection in English and Mandarin, and corresponding bilingual metadata. This collection will allow for a deep exploration of the impact of the female missionaries of the Presbyterian church in this particular region and will be broadly accessible and searchable in Mandarin and English. The materials in the collection will be valuable to researchers in History, East Asian Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Medicine, Religious Studies, and many more disciplines.

New York Neighbors: The Shared Jewish and Chinese Immigrant and Refugee Experience ($364,824.00)

The Center for Jewish History, Inc., Museum of Chinese in America

This three-year project will bring cross-disciplinary attention to six collections that collectively illuminate understudied intersections of the Jewish and Chinese immigrant and refugee experience. These collections are significant to studies of the impact of exclusionary US legislation on individuals and communities here and abroad, artistic expressions of conflicting identities, and community formation. The Center for Jewish History will digitize materials from its in-house partner, the American Jewish Historical Society (AJHS) and project partner, the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). AJHS collections include the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society (HIAS) Records, Cecilia Razovsky Papers, and United Service for New Americans Records. MOCA collections include the Fly to Freedom Collection of paper sculptures and two Chinese-American newspapers. Following digitization, a digital exhibit and an academic conference will extend the reach of the project by bringing together multiple scholarly fields in an investigation of overlaps between these two major New York immigrant populations.

Nutarluki “Make Them New” ($241,995.00)

Bethel Broadcasting, Inc.

The NUTARLUKI: “Make Them New Project will result in digitization of 2,006 video and audiotapes from a 12,000 item, rare, hidden-to-the-world collection housed at Bethel Broadcasting in remote, arctic Alaska. This Project is Phase Two of a multi-year digitization plan already in process with federal and tribal support. The Project will save at-risk physical media in a collection unlike any other in the world, that documents the lifestyles, cultural traditions and languages of Yup’ik and Cup’ik Eskimos living along the western coast of Alaska for thousands of years. It will preserve, digitize, and make publicly available 2,006 magnetic records, for which preservation priorities and strategies have been established. By formal agreement, digitized archives will be sent to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting, posted online and shared for safekeeping at the Library of Congress, thereby enabling general access to a collection with local, national and international significance.

Visibility for Disability: Documenting the history of disability in America and the growth of the disability rights movement ($250,000.00)

University of Massachusetts Amherst

The Visibility for Disability Project will provide a freely available and fully accessible digital foundation for exploring the experience of disability in the United States and the evolution of the disability rights movement. Considering both depth of coverage and national historical significance, Special Collections and University Archives at UMass Amherst (SCUA) will select 130 linear feet of material for digitization representing nineteencollections. Spanning over 150 years of history, these collections provide valuable insight into the social, intellectual, political, and cultural background of disability and the ways in which new forms of cross-disability, rights-based activism grew within a broader civil rights struggle. Drawing on both the personal papers of activists and the records of organizations devoted to disability issues, this project will reveal the significant impact of disability activism on American politics and culture, while also providing rich resources framing the experience of physical and psychiatric disability.

Visualizing a Vast Wilderness: Mapping the Adirondack Park through Three Centuries ($60,500.00)

Adirondack Historical Association

The Adirondack Experience (ADKX) will contract with Hudson Archival to digitize 1,308 maps of the Adirondack region in New York State, dating from 1703 to 2004. The images will be uploaded into ADKX’s Past Perfect catalog, available to researchers online at https://adirondack.pastperfectonline.com/, and will also be shared with the consortium catalog New York Heritage (https://nyheritage.org/). The faceted search capabilities and image manipulation tools (zoom, rotate, etc.) offered by New York Heritage will allow for enhanced usability of these digitized maps. Metadata on New York Heritage is also harvested by the Digital Public Library of America, exposing these collections to a national audience. Joining other collections on Adirondack and state history on New York Heritage, these maps will illustrate for researchers the ways that the forces of human intervention and industrialization have shaped one of America’s largest wild spaces — New York’s six-million acre Adirondack Park.

Funded Projects 2017

Archiving Antigua: A Digital Record of Pre- and Post-Emancipation Antigua, 1760-1948

The Moravian Archives

 

“The Animal Turn”: Digitizing Animal Protection and Human-Animal Studies Collection

North Carolina State University Libraries and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

 

Bringing Back the Soaps: The Louis J. Boeri and Minín Bujones Boeri Collection of Cuban American Radionovelas at Tulane’s Latin American Library

Tulane University, The Latin American Library

 

Digitizing Hidden North Slope and Iñupiaq Audio Recordings: A Joint Partnership between Iḷisaġvik College and the Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture Department

Ilisagvik College – Tuzzy Consortium Library and the North Slope Borough’s Iñupiat History, Language, and Culture (IHLC) Department

 

Digitizing the Records of Philadelphia’s Historic Congregations: Providing Documentation for the Political, Social and Cultural Developments in Philadelphia

Christ Church Preservation Trust, St. George’s Methodist Church, Gloria Dei, Episcopal Dioceses Archives, Presbyterian Historical Society, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Mikveh Israel, African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas, American Baptist Historical Society, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia

 

Eastern Bloc Borderlands: Digitizing Russian Military Topographic Maps of Eastern Europe, 1883-1947

Indiana University

 

Genoa Indian School Digital Reconciliation Project

University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Genoa U.S. Indian School Foundation, National Archives at Denver, and National Archives at Kansas City

 

Immigrant Roots and Urban Growth in the New England Cultural Hearth: Digitizing, Georeferencing, and Opening Access to Metropolitan Boston Atlases, 1861 to 1938

Norman B. Leventhal Map Center

 

In Her Own Right: The Many Faces of Women’s Activism, 1820-1920

Temple University; Bryn Mawr College; Drexel University College of Medicine Legacy Center; German Society of Pennsylvania; Haverford College; Historical Society of Pennsylvania; Lehigh University; National Archives at Philadelphia; the Friends Historical Library and the Peace Collection at Swarthmore College; Temple University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center; University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press; University of Pennsylvania; Barbara Bates Nursing Center; and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections (PACSCL)

 

Manuscripts of the Muslim World

Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, Columbia University in the City of New York, University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Haverford College

 

The Marian Anderson Archive: The Artist on the World Stage

University of Pennsylvania Libraries

 

Public Radio as a Tool for Cultural Engagement in New York in the 60s and early 70s: Digitizing the Broadcasts of WRVR-FM Public Radio

The Riverside Church in the City of New York, the Library of Congress, and the WGBH Educational Foundation

 

Sculptures in the Air: An Accessible Online Video Repository of the American Sign Language (ASL) Poetry and Literature Collections at the RIT/NTID Deaf Studies Archive (RIT/NTID DSA) in Rochester, NY

Deaf Studies Archive at Rochester Institute of Technology and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (RIT/NTID DSA)

 

Seas of Knowledge: Digitization and Retrospective Analysis of the Historical Logbooks of the United States Navy

University of Washington, National Archives and Records Administration, and National Archives Foundation

 

Funded Projects 2016

The Albert Johannsen Project: Digitizing the House of Beadle and Adams and their Nickel and Dime Novels

Northern Illinois University; Villanova University

 

Avian Archives of Iowa Online (avIAn)

Iowa State University

 

Beneath the Surface and Cast in Steel: Forging the American Industrial Union Movement Digital Project

The Pennsylvania State University

 

Declassified! Digitizing the Records of the Vietnam War

Vietnam Center and Archive – Texas Tech University

 

The Digital Archive of Executions in the United States, 1608-2002: Digitization and Access to the M. Watt Espy Papers

University at Albany, SUNY

 

Digitizing the New York Quilt Project: making the archival documentation of more than 6,000 quilts made in New York before 1940 accessible and searchable in The Quilt Index, an international quilt digital repository

American Folk Art Museum; Michigan State University

 

Digitizing Southern California Water Resources

Pomona College; Claremont Colleges Library; A.K. Smiley Public Library; California State University Northridge Oviatt Library; California State University San Bernardino Water Resources Institute; National Archives and Records Administration at Riverside; Ontario City Library; Upland Public Library

 

Estela and Ernesto Bravo Film and Video Collection

New York University Libraries

 

The Four Valleys Digital Project: Thirty Years of Archaeological Research in the Naco, Cacaulapa, Santa Barbara, and El Paraíso Valleys, Northwestern Honduras

Kenyon College

 

Inside the Counting House: Brown Brothers & Co. records at The New York Public Library

The New York Public Library

 

Japanese Historical Maps in the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

C. V. Starr East Asian Library, University of California, Berkeley

 

Our Story: Digitizing Publications and Photographs of the Historically Black Atlanta University Center Institutions

Atlanta University Center Robert W. Woodruff Library; Spelman College Archives; University of Georgia; Morehouse College

 

Out Front: 60 Years of LGBTQ Political Graphics at ONE Archives

University of Southern California

 

The Sherman Indian Museum Digital Collection: Increasing Access to American Indian Off-Reservation Boarding School Archives

University of California, Riverside; Sherman Indian Museum

 

Step Right Up: Digitizing Over 100 Years of Circus Route Books

Illinois State University; Circus World; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

 

The Woman Behind the Camera: Home Movies and Amateur Film by Women, 1925-1997

Northeast Historic Film; Lesbian Home Movie Project; Chicago Film Archives

 

Women of Design: Revealing Women’s Hidden Contributions to the Built Environment

Virginia Tech

Funded Projects 2015

“All Day Singing”: Preserving and Providing Access to Original Early Twentieth Century Field Recordings in the Frank Clyde Brown Collection

Duke University Libraries

 

Bibliotheca Philadelphiensis: Toward A Comprehensive Online Library of Medieval and Early Modern Manuscripts in PACSCL Libraries in Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware

Lehigh University, Linderman Library; Free Library of Philadelphia; University of Pennsylvania Libraries; Bryn Mawr College; College of Physicians of Philadelphia; Haverford College; Library Company of Philadelphia; Rosenbach Museum and Library; Swarthmore College; Temple University; University of Delaware; Chemical Heritage Foundation; Franklin & Marshall College; Villanova University; Philadelphia Museum of Art

 

Biodiversity Heritage Library Field Notes Project

Smithsonian Institution; Missouri Botanical Garden, Peter H. Raven Library; American Museum of Natural History; Yale Peabody Museum; Harvard University, Herbaria Botany Libraries; Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology, Ernst Mayr Library; University of California, Berkeley Museum of Vertebrate Zoology; New York Botanical Garden, LuEsther T. Mertz Library; The Field Museum; Internet Archive

 

The Digital Archive of Native American Petitions in Massachusetts

Harvard University, Yale University

 

Digitizing British Manuscripts at UCLA’s Clark Library, 1601 – 1800

University of California, Los Angeles

 

Digitizing Over Fifty Years of Jukebox Music News: Cash Box, 1942-1996

College of William & Mary, Earl Gregg Swem Library

 

The Edison Collection of American Sheet Music, 1800-1870

University of Michigan

 

“I thought there was nothing so glorious as war…”: Creating Online Access to the World War I Materials at The Museum of Flight

The Museum of Flight

 

New England’s Hidden Histories: Providing Public Access to the Manuscripts of New England’s First Churches, Incubators of American Democracy

American Congregational Association, Phillips Library, Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ, New England Historic and Genealogical Society

 

PBS NewsHour Digitization Project

WGBH Educational Foundation, Library of Congress, Greater Washington Educational Telecommunications Association (WETA)

 

Photographic Collections of the Erie Canal

Erie Canal Museum, Canal Society of New York State

 

Revealing our melting past: Toward a digital library of historic glacier photography

University of Colorado

 

Revealing Visual Culture: Digitizing Modern Illustrated Periodical Tear Sheets in the Walt Reed Illustration Archive

Washington University in St. Louis

 

The Road from Hell is Paved with Little Rocks: Digitizing the History of Segregation and Integration of Arkansas’s Educational System

University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Center for Arkansas History and Culture; Central Arkansas Library System Butler Center for Arkansas Studies (CALS); Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (CHSC)

 

Sharing “Gabo” with the World: Building the Gabriel Garcia Marquez Online Archive from His Papers at the Harry Ransom Center

The University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center

 

University of Minnesota Libraries/Umbra African American Digital Collection (UMN AADC): Digitizing African American Archival Materials Across University of Minnesota Collections

University of Minnesota

 

Voices of the Revolution: Digitizing 30,000 French Pamphlets from the Newberry Library

Newberry Library

 

YWCA of the USA Digitization and Access Project

Smith College

Cataloging Hidden Collections (2008-2014)

Funded Projects 2014

2014 Projects

Action in Appalachia: Revealing Public Health, Housing, and Community Development records in the UK Libraries Special Collections Research Center

University of Kentucky Research Foundation

 

Arranging and Describing Storefront’s Archive

Storefront for Art and Architecture

 

Book Traces @ UVA

University of Virginia

 

Bridging the Research Data Divide: Rethinking Long-term Value and Access for Historical and Contemporary Maternal, Infant and Child Research

Harvard University, University of Alberta Libraries

 

Cataloging Cavagna: Italian imprints from the Sixteenth through the Nineteenth Century

University of Illinois

 

Computer History Museum Archives Processing Project (CHM APP)

Computer History Museum

 

Fresh Air in the Sunlight: Opening Access to Forty Years of WHYY’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross

WHYY, Inc., Drexel University

 

Getting to the Core: Cataloging 45-RPM Records

Bowling Green State University

 

Illuminating New York’s Art and Performance Heritage from the 1960s to the Present: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Archives Audiovisual Collections

Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation

 

La Raza Newspaper & Magazine Records: Providing Access to the Mexican American Civil Rights Movement

University of California, Los Angeles

 

Living with Wilderness: Enhancing Access to The Adirondack Museum Historic Photograph Collection

Adirondack Historical Association

The Maritime World in Photographs: Cataloguing the Photo Negatives of The Mariners’ Museum

The Mariners’ Museum Library

 

National Educational Television Collection Catalog

WGBH Educational Foundation, Library of Congress

 

Quaker Diaries, Journals, Commonplace Books and Small Manuscript Collections

Haverford College

 

Processing the Globe Collection and Press

Johns Hopkins University, Maryland Institute College of Art

 

Segregated Japanese American Military Units of World War II: A Collaborative Online Repository of Oral Histories, Photos and Documents

Go For Broke National Education Center, Japanese American Service Center, Seattle Nisei Veterans Committee Foundation, Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, Military Intelligence Service Veterans Club

 

Tibetan Audio-Visual Collections at Trace Foundation’s Latse Library

Trace Foundation/Latse Library

 

We Still Scream: The Mountain Eagle/Tom and Pat Gish Archives

Appalshop, Inc., The Mountain Eagle

 

The Wellesley Centers for Women Records, 1974-

Wellesley College

Funded Projects 2013

An American Mirror: Early Photograph Collections at the Maine State Museum

Maine State Museum, Maine Historic Preservation Commission

 

Bridge and Building Forensics: Civil Engineering Archives at Lehigh University

Lehigh University

 

Building New Access Tools for the National Death Penalty Archive

University at Albany, SUNY

 

Canal Society of New York State Collection

Erie Canal Museum, Canal Society of New York State (CSNYS), Canadian Canal Society (CCS)

 

Cataloging Hidden Collections: San Diego Museum of Man’s Archaeology, Archival and Photographic Collections

San Diego Museum of Man

 

Cataloging La MaMa’s Pushcart Years: A Unique History of the Off-Off Broadway Theatre Movement

La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club

 

Cataloging the Vertical Files of the Anton Brees Carillon Library

Bok Tower Gardens

 

D.C. Africana Archives Project (DCAAP)

The George Washington University; District of Columbia Archives; Howard University Moorland-Spingarn Research Center; Historical Society of Washington, DC; National Museum of American History Archives Center; Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

 

The David Sarnoff Collection Processing Project

Hagley Museum and Library

 

Discovering Modern China: University of Washington and University of British Columbia Collections

University of Washington Libraries, University of British Columbia Libraries

 

Documenting Their Films: Hidden Collections of Four Independent Filmmakers

George Eastman House

 

Frontier Science: Providing Access to the Early Scientific History of the American West in the Collections of the California Academy of Sciences

California Academy of Sciences

 

Grass Roots Activism and the American Wilderness: Pioneers in the Twentieth Century Adirondack Park Conservation Movement

Union College

 

The Kansas City Stockyards Collection

Kansas City Public Library

 

The Lichliter Site Project: A Model for Revealing Hidden Archaeological Collections

Dayton Society of Natural History

 

Makino Collection Film Ephemera and Rare Book Project

Columbia University

 

Post-War Industry and Development of the Southwest Metroplex

University of North Texas

 

Princeton University Library’s Latin American Ephemera Project

Princeton University

 

Printing Specimens (1605-present) at the Newberry Library

Newberry Library

 

Processing the Editorial and Business Records of Eleven Little Literary Magazine Archives in the Poetry Collection

University at Buffalo, SUNY

 

Samuel French Theatre Archives

Amherst College

 

Using a Team Approach to Expose Yellowstone’s Hidden Collections

Yellowstone Park Foundation

Funded Projects 2012

American View Books

Columbia University

 

The Churchill Weavers Collection—40,000 Textiles Uncovered

Kentucky Historical Society

 

City, Borough, Neighborhood, Home: Mapping Brooklyn’s Twentieth-Century Urban Identity

Brooklyn Historical Society

 

Coleman A. Young Mayoral Papers

Detroit Public Library Friends Foundation

 

David C. Driskell Archive Project

David C. Driskell Center, University of Maryland

 

Discovering the Future: The New York World’s Fairs Collections of 1939 and 1964 at the Museum of the City of New York and the Queens Museum of Art

Museum of the City of New York, Queens Museum of Art

 

Documenting Advocacy: Human Rights Collections in the Center for Human Rights Documentation and Research Columbia University

Columbia University

 

Documenting Climate Change: The Papers of Stephen H. Schneider

Stanford University Archives

 

Expeditionary Field Work at the American Museum of Natural History

American Museum of Natural History

 

Foreign and Ethnic 78s in the UC Santa Barbara Sound Archives

University of California, Santa Barbara Library

 

Increasing Access to Our Aerospace Heritage

San Diego Air & Space Museum

 

Jewish Ethnomusicology from the East: The Archives of Johanna Spector

Jewish Theological Seminary

 

Lee Metcalf Photograph and Film Collections

Montana Historical Society

 

Martha’s Vineyard Archives Project

Martha’s Vineyard Museum

 

Oral History Cataloging Project

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

 

Out West: The LGBTQ Community Archive Cataloging Project

ONE National Gay and Lesbian Archives of USC

 

Private Practices, Public Health: Privacy-Aware Processing to Maximize Access to Health Collections

Harvard University; Center for the History of Medicine, Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine; Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions

 

The Roland Park Company Archives and the Martin L. Millspaugh Archives

Johns Hopkins University

 

Sacred, Secular, and Sewn with Soul: Discovering Alabama’s Folk Culture

Alabama Folklife Association, Alabama Department of Archives and History (ADAH), Alabama Center for Traditional Culture (ACTC), Archive of Alabama Folk Culture (AAFC)

 

Uncovering Philadelphia’s Past: A Regional Solution to Revealing Hidden Collections

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)

 

Uncovering the American Folksong Revival: Coffeehouse Culture and The Caffè Lena Collection

Caffè Lena

 

The William A. Rosenthall Judaica Collection

College of Charleston

Funded Projects 2011

Acting for Animals: Revealing the Records of Animal Rights and Animal Welfare Movements

North Carolina State University Libraries

 

Capturing History: Cataloging the San Diego Museum of Man’s Photographic Collection

San Diego Museum of Man

 

Cataloging Artifacts and Related Records of the World Trade Center Attack on September 11, 2001

New York Archival Society

 

Cataloging Hidden Archives of the Museum of Vertebrate Zoology: Increasing Integration and Accessibility for Interdisciplinary Research

Museum of Vertebrate Zoology

 

Cataloging Women in Jazz Collections at the Institute of Jazz Studies

Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

 

Cataloguing Southern California’s architectural history

University of California, Santa Barbara University Art Museum

 

Discovering a New World: Cataloging Old and Rare Imprints from Colonial and Early Independent Mexico

Texas A&M University, Cushing Memorial Library & Archives

 

Documenting Technology Innovation: Perham Collection of Early Electronics

History San Jose

 

Foundations of Dance Research (Foundations)

Dance Heritage Coalition; Arizona State University; Dance Notation Bureau; Library of Congress; Museum of Performance and Design; Ohio State University; Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival; University of California, Los Angeles

 

The Gordon Hall and Grace Hoag Collection of Dissenting and Extremist Printed Propaganda, Part II

Brown University Library

 

Increasing Access to Africana Collections: The American Committee on Africa and The Africa Fund Records

Amistad Research Center

 

Illuminating Hidden Collections at the Center for Jewish History

Center for Jewish History, American Jewish Historical Society, Leo Baeck Institute, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

 

Mapas históricos de Nuevo México = Historic New Mexico Maps

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library (Museum of New Mexico Foundation)

 

Merchant Mariners Muster: Cataloging Crew Manuscripts

Maine Maritime Museum

 

The New-York Historical Society American Almanac Collection

New-York Historical Society

 

The Pennsylvania German Textiles of the Goshenhoppen Historians, the Mennonite Heritage Center and the Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center

Mennonite Heritage Center (Mennonite Historians of Eastern Pennsylvania, Inc.), Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center, Goshenhoppen Historians

 

Providing Access to the Archives of the American Geographical Society

American Geographical Society Library, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee

 

Undiscovered Printmakers: Hidden Treasures in Georgetown University’s Library

Georgetown University, Lauinger Library

 

Uncovering Hidden Audio Visual Media Documenting Post-Modern Art at the Archives of American Art

Smithsonian Institution, Archives of American Art

Funded Projects 2010

Cataloging Hidden Archives of the University of California Museum of Paleontology

University of California, Berkeley

 

The “Color Curtain” Processing Project: Unveiling the Archives of Chicago’s Black Metropolis

Black Metropolis Research Consortium

 

Documenting Mexican American & Latino Civil Rights: Records of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund & CA Rural Legal Assistance

Stanford University

 

Enhancing Access to the History of San Diego and the Border Region

San Diego Historical Society

 

Exposing Unknown Boston Local TV News Collections

WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston Public Library, Cambridge Community Television, Northeast Historic Film

 

For the People, for Education, for Science: Web Access to the American Museum of Natural History Archives

American Museum of Natural History

 

From DNA to Dinosaurs: The Globalization of Science in America and the Development of a University Natural History Museum

Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History

 

Grove Press and a New American Morality

Syracuse University

 

Islamic Arts of the Book at the Smithsonian: Providing for Research Across Disciplines

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

 

Labor Rights are Civil Rights/Los Derechos de Trabajo Son Derechos Civiles

Arizona State University

 

Major Railroad Archival Collections

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries, Nebraska State Historical Society

 

Moving Images 1938-1940: Amateur Filmmakers Record the New York World’s Fair and Its Period

Northeast Historic Film, George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film, Queens Museum of Art

 

Open Plan, Open Access: Increasing Researcher Access to Modern Architectural Records

Getty Research Institute

 

Promoting Research through Rare Book Cataloging Partnerships

University of Pennsylvania

 

The Pruitt and Shanks Photographic Collection: The Life of a Southern Region in 140,000 Images

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

 

Revealing Texas Collections of Comedias Sueltas

The University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University Libraries

 

Z. Taylor Vinson Transportation Collection Processing Project

Hagley Museum and Library

Funded Projects 2009

Catholic Social Action Access Project (CSAAP)

Marquette University Libraries, Catholic University of America, St. Catherine University

 

Changing the Landscape: Exposing the Legacy of Modernist Architects and Landscape Architects

North Carolina State University Libraries

 

Excavating L.A.: USC’s Hidden Southern California Historical Collections

University of Southern California Libraries

 

Exposing Biodiversity Fieldbooks and Original Expedition Journals at the Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian Institution

 

French Pamphlet Collections at the Newberry Library

Newberry Library

 

Intellectual Access to Moving Images of Work Life, 1916-1950

Northeast Historic Film

 

Jewish Heritage Collection

College of Charleston

 

Milestones in 20th-Century American Children’s Literature at the Free Library of Philadelphia

Free Library of Philadelphia

 

The Moravian Community in the New World: The First 100 Years

Lehigh University, Moravian Archives

 

San Francisco Examiner Photograph Archive Project

University of California, Berkeley

 

Song, Speech, and Dance: Special Collections from the Recorded Sound Archives at Yale and Stanford Universities

Yale University, Stanford University Recorded Sound Archives

 

Uncovering California’s Environmental Collections: A Collaborative Approach

The California Digital Library; California State University Chico; California State University Fresno; Humboldt State University; UC Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, and Riverside; University of Southern California

 

Uncovering a Forbidden World: Providing Access to East German Art, Culture, and Politics

George Mason University

 

Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn’s 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation

Brooklyn Historical Society

Funded Projects 2008

The Africana Posters: Hidden Collections of Northwestern and Michigan State University Libraries

Northwestern University Library, Michigan State University Libraries

 

Archives from Atlanta, Cradle of the Civil Rights Movement: The Papers of Andrew Young, SCLC, and NAACP-Atlanta Chapter

Emory University, Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History

 

California Ephemera Project

California Historical Society; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Historical Society; San Francisco Public Library; Society of California Pioneers

 

Cataloging Hidden Archives of Western Botany and Beyond

University and Jepson Herbaria, University of California, Berkeley

 

Collaboration in Cataloging: Islamic Manuscripts at Michigan

University of Michigan Library

 

Foundations of Public Health Policy

Center for the History of Medicine, Countway Library, Harvard Medical School

 

Hidden Collections in the Philadelphia Area: A Consortial Processing and Cataloging Initiative

University of Pennsylvania Libraries; Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries (PACSCL)

 

Library of Congress Multi-Sheet Map Series Collection: Africa

Library of Congress

 

Litchfield Historical Society’s Revolutionary Era and Early Republic Holdings

Litchfield Historical Society

 

Mapping Special Collections for Research and Teaching at Goucher College

Goucher College

 

Processing Voter Education Project Collection

Robert W. Woodruff Library, Atlanta University Center

 

Providing Access to African American Collections at the Avery Research Center

Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture at the College of Charleston

 

The Records of the Communist Party, USA: A Preservation and Access Project

New York University

 

Uncovering Archives and Rare Photographs: Two Models for Creating Accession-level Finding Aids Using Archivists’ Toolkit

Getty Research Institute

 

Working for Freedom: Documenting Civil Rights Organizations

Amistad Research Center

Digitizing and Creating Online Access to Vascular Plant Specimens from the Russian Far East ($69,842.92)

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