May 27, 2022

Minnesota: "Hill Museum & Manuscript Library Receives $3 Million Grant"

From the St. Cloud Times:

The Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML) recently received a $3 million grant from the Arcadia Fund of London for the digitization, archiving and cataloging of newly identified endangered manuscript collections for five years.

The funding, which was announced today, will also make the materials digitized by the library at St. John’s University in Collegeville freely available to users throughout the world.

“Many of these manuscripts have been kept for centuries by communities now facing threats to their very survival in their ancient homelands,” the Rev. Columba Stewart, executive director of HMML, said in a statement. “Other communities are threatened by rapid political and economic change, placing valuable cultural heritage at risk.”


Photographic manuscript preservation is HMML’s core mission. Since 2003, HMML teams have traveled to endangered manuscript collections in the Middle East, Ethiopia, India and Europe to create high-quality digital copies of each manuscript. HMML is now actively engaged in preservation fieldwork at 15 locations in nine countries throughout the world.

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