January 20, 2021

New Digital Archive Will Preserve Historic Images, Documents of Virginia Indian Tribes

From a News Release:

The Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) will receive a grant of $150,000 from energy company, Dominion Resources to build the Commonwealth’s only online historical and cultural archive about Virginia’s Indian communities.

The grant matches an additional award from the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation of $75,000. Virginia Indian Heritage Online will be a collaborative project between two programs at the VFH—the Virginia Indian Heritage Program and Encyclopedia Virginia. It will create a comprehensive record of Virginia Indian history, interpreted and delivered, which anyone can access at any time.

Through this two-year project, VFH will visit tribal communities to scan historic photographs and documents and collect oral histories from tribal elders and others. Staff will also collect historic images housed in archives and other facilities; relevant documents such as treaties, court records, and letters; and will build audio and video programs such as the narrated slideshow, “A Place to Be Ourselves”. As content is created, it will be incorporated into Encyclopedia Virginia.

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to Encyclopedia Virginia

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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