The third call of Recordings at Risk is now closed. A fourth call will be announced in May 2018. For questions about the program, e-mail email@example.com.
Proposal Planning Resources
- Collaborative Application Template (Google Doc): Applicants may use this template to assist with collaborative writing on draft proposals. If you are working with the Google Docs template, you will need to copy your final answer from each question into the official application form and submit your completed proposal by the deadline in order to be considered for a Recordings at Risk grant.
- Applicant Webinars: At the start of each application cycle, CLIR schedules an informational webinar for Recordings at Risk applicants. Dates for upcoming webinars and recordings of previous webinars can be found below:
- Digitizing Special Formats wiki: This is a list of external resources to help applicants plan projects involving the digitization of rare and unique materials. Content is curated by the Digital Library Federation (DLF).
All webinars are first come, first served. If you are unable to attend the webinar or the room is at capacity, complete recordings of each session will be posted here shortly following their conclusion.
- W. W. Law Collection Audio Recordings Preservation – City of Savannah, Georgia, Research Library and Municipal Archives
- Preserving the Interview Recordings of Mel Gussow, American and British Theater Critic – Harry Ransom Center, The University of Texas at Austin
- Reformatting the Tommi Avicolli Mecca cassette tapes on LGBTQ history – William Way LGBT Community Center
- Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection – Binghamton University
- Sounds of mid-20thc Irish-America: preserving historic music field recordings for research access – Boston College
- Preserving the History of World War II’s Elite Ski Troopers, the 10th Mountain Division – Denver Public Library
- Debating the Vietnam War: Film and Audio Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s – Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Frequently Asked Questions
For questions that are not answered below or in the application guidelines, contact CLIR program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. During the application period, CLIR accepts inquiries by e-mail only; no phone calls, please.
Can grant funds be used to increase subscription plans in order to ingest the migrated digital content into a cloud-based preservation system?
I need to place XYZ access limitations on the digitized recordings. Does this hurt my chances for receiving a grant?
Do I need to pick between applying for Digitizing Hidden Special Collections and Archives and Recordings at Risk?
- Audio: open-reel audio tape, compact cassette, shellac/vinyl/lacquer disc, wax cylinder, wire recording, microcassette, digital audio tape (DAT), compact disc, MiniDisc
- Video: VHS, U-Matic, 8mm, Betamax, Betacam, Digital8, DV, MiniDV
- Film: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm, Super 8
Note that applicant institutions must be able to find a qualified external service provider that can perform technically competent and cost-effective digital reformatting for the specified format(s). Applicants are encouraged to contact CLIR’s grants team with questions related to the eligibility of formats not listed above.