University of Florida Libraries Receive $265,000 National Endowment for the Humanities Grant to Build Online Collection
From the University of Florida:
To prepare for the 450th anniversary of the founding of St. Augustine in 2015, the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries has been awarded $265,000 to build an online collection of hidden and fragile resources related to colonial St. Augustine.
The “Unearthing St. Augustine” grant, led by project director Thomas Caswell and co-director James Cusick, will establish a specialized computer digitization lab at the Government House in St. Augustine. This two-year project will create an interactive digital collection or database consisting of 10,000 maps, drawings, photographs and documents available freely online.
Partnering with the Smathers Libraries to realize this project are the City of St. Augustine departments of heritage tourism and archaeology program, the St. Augustine Historical Society, the UF College of Design, Construction and Planning, and the Government House, which is managed by UF.
The collection will support research in a broad range of subjects: Florida and U.S. history, Spanish colonies, Native Americans, slavery, exploration, architecture and urban planning, social and economic development, missionary work, military defenses and warfare. When completed, “Unearthing St. Augustine” will not only satisfy the needs of a wide variety of researchers including historians, archaeologists, architects and historic preservationists, but the project will also help in telling St. Augustine’s unique story on a global scale.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.