U. of Texas at Austin Libraries Will Administer New $700,000 Mellon Foundation Grant For “Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis” Project
Along with the grant discussed below, U. of Texas at Austin also received a $2 million grant from Mellon Foundation that, “will provide training for doctoral students working across disciplines in the humanities.”
From the U. of Texas at Austin:
The $700,000 grant to fund an LLILAS Benson Latin American Studies and Collections project, Cultivating a Latin American Post-Custodial Archival Praxis, focuses on vulnerable human rights documentation from Latin America. The UT Libraries will administer it.
The grant builds on a previous Mellon Foundation project through which LLILAS Benson collaborated with archives in Central America, which led to the creation of the Latin American Digital Initiatives, a repository providing access to unique archival collections, with an emphasis on human rights, race, ethnicity and social exclusion in the region.
The new grant will support post-custodial initiatives with partners in Brazil, Colombia and Mexico. As practiced by LLILAS Benson, post-custodial archiving enables the preservation of archives in the places they are created, while at the same time facilitating global online access to the collections.
Professor Virginia Garrard, director of LLILAS Benson, will serve as principal investigator (PI), and post-custodial archivist Theresa Polk will serve as co-PI.
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