Funded Projects

The following projects have been funded through the Recordings at Risk grant program, a national regranting program administered by CLIR to support the preservation of rare and unique audio and audiovisual content of high scholarly value. Generously funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the program will award a total of $4.5 million between January 2017 and April 2021.

Fifth Call (Awarded Spring 2019)

Alaska Library Network ($19,002)

Preserving at risk audio, video, and film related to public health in Alaska and the circumpolar north

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Arizona State University Foundation ($49,190)

Arizona State University, Cross-Cultural Dance Resources Collections Media Digitization Project: Preserving and Providing Access to the Audiovisual Materials of an ‘American Treasure’ of Dance Ethnology Scholarship and World Cultural Heritage

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Berea College ($30,285)

Preserving Appalachian Voices in the Michael and Carrie Kline Collection

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Computer History Museum ($50,000)

Digital Equipment Corporation Audiovisual Records Digitization (DECARD)

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Holyoke Public Library Corporation ($14,644)

Claiming Place: Preserving the history of Puerto Rican and Latino Culture and Politics in Western Massachusetts through digitization of the Vecinos/Neighbors and La Familia Hispana, Inc. video collections

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Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Culture and Arts Development ($19,808)

American Indian Activism on the Radio: Preservation of “Seeing Red”

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Kent State University ($30,561)

Commissions, Committees, and Commemorations: Preserving Audio and Audiovisual Responses to the Kent State Shootings

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KUT Radio at University of Texas at Austin ($29,997)

In Black America: Preserving African-American Culture and Achievement in American Society

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NC State University ($28,001)

Preservation and Access for a Foundational Study on the Social Stratification of American English

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Smith County Historical Society, Inc. ($25,258)

Historical Magnetic Tape Preservation Project

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Southern California Library ($27,020)

Getting out the Message: Digitizing 10 Years of Public Access TV Programming from Michael Zinzun and the Coalition Against Police Abuse, 1988–1998

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Squeaky Wheel Film & Media Art Center ($27,905)

Axlegrease, the U-Matic years (1987-1999): Digitizing the tapes of Western New York’s artist and activist-led alternative media movement

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State University of New York (SUNY) Geneseo ($45,091)

New York State Square Dance Tradition: Digitizing the Recordings of James W. Kimball Collection

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The University of Alabama in Huntsville. ($18,775)

Shooting for the Moon: Digitizing Audiovisual Materials Related to the Apollo Program

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University of California San Diego Library ($34,960)

Singsings and Storytelling: Sounds of Oceania Audio Reformatting Project

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University of California, Santa Cruz ($32,867)

Digitizing the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music: Putting Experimental Music in Conversation with Classical Tradition

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University of North Carolina at Greensboro ($10,908)

Women Who Answered the Call: Digitizing the Oral Histories of Women Who Served in the U.S. Military and the American Red Cross

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University of Washington ($35,830)

Pacific Northwest Native American Cylinder and Disc Digitization Project

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University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries ($19,664)

Preserving Rural and Women’s Programming on Wisconsin Public Radio (WHA), 1920-1950

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William Way LGBT Community Center ($23,650)

Reformatting of the Gay and Lesbian Coffeehouse of Philadelphia cassette tapes and continued reformatting of the Tommi Avicolli Mecca cassette tapes on LGBTQ history

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Fourth Call (Awarded Fall 2018)

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, Inc. ($30,798)

Communities-At-Risk: An Audio-Visual History of Jewish Communities in Transition

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Amistad Research Center ($34,966)

Continuing to Break the Code: The Field Recordings of Lorenzo Dow Turner at the Amistad Research Center

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The Art Institute of Chicago ($16,560)

Preserving Historic SAIC Lectures: Stan Brakhage (1970-1976), and The Visiting Artists Program (1977-1996)

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Autry Museum of the American West ($31,742)

Digitizing A Century of Native Voice and Song at the Autry Museum

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The Jewish Theological Seminary ($45,943)

Disappearing Jewish Cultures and Traditions of the Non-Western World: Digitizing Film Footage and Audio Recordings from the Johanna L. Spector Papers and Audio-Visual Materials

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Media Mobilizing Project ($28,750)

Media Mobilizing Project Social Movement Video Collection 2002-2011

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New Museum of Contemporary Art ($17,100)

Critical Dialogue and Public Engagement in Contemporary Art, 1979–2000: Reformatting Analog Audiovisual Recordings in the New Museum Archives

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New York Philharmonic ($22,608)

Leonard Bernstein, James Fassett, and the New York Philharmonic Radio Broadcasts,1949-1967: Shaping Post-War American Culture for Millions Every Week

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The Regents of the University of California, Berkeley ($45,882)

Saving Film Exhibition History: Digitizing Recordings of Guest Speakers at the Pacific Film Archive, 1976 to 1986

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San Diego State University Research Foundation ($28,866)

Recorded Interviews with Postmodern and Contemporary American Writers in the Larry McCaffery Papers

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Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill ($29,925)

Conserving the Charism: Preservation of the Oral Histories and Legacy of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill

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South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections ($19,454)

Rural Representation: Saving the Voices of South Dakota Farmers Union

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Texas Tech University ($49,116)

Mold Abatement, Restoration, and Digitization of Americana Music Heritage Master Tape Collections at the Crossroads of Music Archive

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University of Houston ($23,500)

Preserving KUHT Early Educational Films

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University of Maryland, College Park ($30,417)

Sounds of the Silent Majority: Digitizing the Recordings of Political Culture in the Spiro T. Agnew Papers, 1968-1973

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University of South Carolina ($50,000)

Preserving Two Watershed Years of Outtakes from the WIS-TV News Collection, 1968-1969

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The University of Utah ($20,500)

Regional Voices in a Time of National Change: Preserving and Providing Access to KUTV News Broadcasts January 1977-March 1979

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Walker Art Center ($20,155)

Digitizing at risk Walker Art Center Sound and Moving Image Collection recordings

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Third Call (Awarded Spring 2018)

African American Museum & Library at Oakland ($19,590)

Preserving the Black Panther Party and Social Protest Films from the Henry J. Williams Jr. Film Collection

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The Bancroft Library ($46,039)

Global Influence: Preserving Moving Images from Environmental Movements in the West, 1920-2000

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Barnard Archives in partnership with the Barnard Center for Research on Women ($24,349)

Preserving the Audio Recordings of The Scholar and Feminist Conference

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Bryant Library ($12,728)

Everyday Voices: Preserving the Bryant Library Oral History Collection

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Columbia University Libraries ($49,931)

Bob Fass Radio Broadcasts from the 1960s and 1970s

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Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting ($12,655)

Saving French in Louisiana: Preserving LPB’s En Français Series

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Franklin Furnace ($27,396)

Preserving Rare Recordings of Performance Art in the Franklin Furnace Video Collection

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Iowa State University Library ($49,800)

Activist Farmers on Film: Preserving the Recordings of the National Farmers Organization

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National Public Radio, in partnership with the University of Maryland ($36,490)

Fuente de Diversas Voces y Perspectivas: Preserving and Providing Access to “Enfoque Nacional,” National Public Radio’s First Spanish-Language News Program

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University of California, Davis ($11,340)

Red Power and Higher Education: Preserving the Audiovisual Record of the American Indian Movement for Education and Empowerment

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University of North Carolina at Charlotte ($18,740)

Preserving the Harvey B. Gantt 1996 Senate Campaign Recordings

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University of Oklahoma Libraries ($49,900)

Preserving Native Voices from the Airwaves: Digitizing the Indians for Indians Hour Radio Program Recordings, 1942-1976

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University of Virginia Library ($15,313)

Aluminum Instantaneous Discs from the Virginia Folklore Society, 1932-1940

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University of Washington ($39,204)

Lesbian Feminist Broadcast Tapes

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Archives of Iowa Broadcasting, Wartburg College, ($47,440)

Digitization of WHO Radio Discs, 1938-1961

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Wesleyan University ($48,573)

Hudson River Festivals

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Second Call (Awarded Fall 2017)

Binghamton University Libraries ($16,552.50)

Learning from Legends: Reflections on the 1960s Collection

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Stanford University ($49,999.43)

Standard Hour Broadcast Recordings

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Boston College ($30,775)

Sounds of mid-20thc Irish-America: preserving historic music field recordings for research access

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Denver Public Library ($22,990)

Preserving the History of World War II’s Elite Ski Troopers, the 10th Mountain Division

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Duke University Libraries ($15,889)

Radio Haiti Open Reel Audio Tape: Intensive Remediation Project

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Fort Sill Chiricahua/Warm Springs Apache Tribe ($41,733)

Apache Prisoner of War Audio Collection Digitization and Processing Project

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Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives ($38,240)

Preserving Rare Recordings of Rabbi Stephen S. Wise and the Free Synagogue Pulpit that are held at The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives

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Oregon Shakespeare Festival ($50,000)

Preserving the First-Person Oral History Recordings of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

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Special Collections & Archives, Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University ($50,000)

Documenting the Evangelical Movement in the United States: Digitizing Baptist State Convention of North Carolina Open-Reel Audiotapes, 1957-1980

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Swarthmore College Peace Collection ($44,405.40)

Debating the Vietnam War: Film and Audio Recordings from the 1960s and 1970s

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University of California, Berkeley ($29,210)

Preservation of the H.K. Yuen Social Movement Audio Archive

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State University of New York (SUNY), University at Buffalo ($34,136)

Reel to Reel Tape Recordings of the Creative Associates Recitals at the University at Buffalo, 1964-1980

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University of Pennsylvania ($10,132)

Caribbean Folklore Recordings, 1950s-1960s, Digitization Project: the University of Pennsylvania Folklore Department Collections

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University of Maryland, College Park ($21,398.38)

Preserving the Programming Archives of the National Federation of Community Broadcasters. National Public Broadcasting Archives at the University of Maryland

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University of Southern California ($20,500)

Lawrence Lipton’s L.A. in the Time of the Beats: Sounds of the 1950s and 1960s Counterculture

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Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison ($28,239.60)

Preserving and Making Accessible the Dictabelt Recordings of Rod Serling

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Pilot Call (Awarded Spring 2017)

City of Savannah, Georgia, Research Library and Municipal Archives ($13,111)

W. W. Law Collection Audio Recordings Preservation

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Mississippi State University, Mitchell Memorial Library Special Collections ($25,000)

Citizens’ Council Radio Forums: Digitizing the Interviews of Segregationist Politicians, 1957-1966

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Museum of Flight ($25,000)

“Down we went into the maelstrom…” – The American Fighter Aces Oral History Digitization Project

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University of Alaska Fairbanks ($24,690)

Digitization and Dissemination of Technically Problematic KUAC-FM Radio (Alaska) Programs (1979-1997)

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University of California, Santa Cruz ($17,766)

Digitizing the Avant-Garde: Selections from the KPFA music archive in the Other Minds Records

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University of Texas at Austin, Harry Ransom Center ($24,600)

Preserving the Interview Recordings of Mel Gussow, American and British Theater Critic

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William Way LGBT Community Center ($24,650)

Reformatting of the Tommi Avicolli Mecca cassette tapes on LGBTQ history

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